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Liquid Transparent Alternatives to Hedge Funds and Private Equity

An alternative approach to alternative investment methods.

Gaining exposure to low-correlation diversifying investment methods by the conventional route – direct subscription to Hedge Funds and Private Equity Limited Partnerships – is fraught with difficulties. Such investments require accredited investor status; lack of transparency with respect to strategies, underlying investments, and performance reporting; high fees (usually an asset based fee and a percentage of gains); low liquidity, lock-up periods, infrequent redemptions, and surrender charges; and ongoing capital commitments (with private equity) that may be difficult for clients to meet. But there are alternative routes to getting exposures to the strategies and risk premiums employed by Hedge Funds and Private Equity.

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Systematic Investing Specialization: The 4Thought Difference

We consider ourselves advocates for the idea of systematic savings and investment.

We consider ourselves advocates for the idea of systematic savings and investment, and we have developed focused proprietary strategies to potentially maximize the benefits of this process for our investors.

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Embrace Technology & Methodology Together To Optimize Conservation of Capital

Embracing technology and a solid investment methodology allows financial advisors to better conserve capital. Learn how turnkey asset allocation helps.

Financial professionals are starting to grasp the power of technology as a tool to manage client assets. A savvy financial professional will not only utilize technology but will develop a corresponding investment methodology and strategy behind it.

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How Can CPAs Mitigate Their Client's Risk? Ask “How Does This Tie In With the Rest of Your Finances?"

CPAs must ask the right questions to mitigate their clients risk. One of these questions is asking how an investment ties in with the overall picture.

Investment professionals and entities alike should always ask “How Does This Tie In With the Rest of Your Finances?”.  It is an important enough question that even from service providers such as attorneys and CPAs, often does not get asked enough to their clients.

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Utilize SMAs with Unique Investment Strategies to Mitigate Your Client's Risk

Financial advisors can leverage SMAs with unique strategies to help mitigate risk and to help better engage their clients.

Investment professionals can utilize specialized Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) as a way to mitigate the risk of their clients. SMAs can be customized by investing in certain securities or certain strategies. They may, for example, wish to screen for equities or fixed income and invest according to a selective or opportunistic strategy.

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Have A Difficult Conversation Now to Optimize Transfer of Wealth

Properly identifying assets and goals helps CPAs have an easier time with estate planning, along with having the appropriate products and strategies to help.

The subject of what to do with assets after retirement or death is an understandably difficult topic to address. Upset family members, lost documents and the absence of the grantor after death are among some of the difficulties that tax professionals face. But the ultimate difficulty lies in having the conversation in the first place.

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Identify Unique Goals and Strategies to Optimize Transfer of Wealth

Financial advisors must identify unique strategies and goals for their clients' wealth and the wealth of their heirs in order to drive their success.

Clients want to utilize their wealth to meet unique goals that they have. Charitable gifting, leaving assets to family members or even having enough for one last hurrah with friends requires a unique investment strategy for unique goals.

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Diversify The Tax Harvest To Simplify Asset Allocation

Diversification enhances tax harvesting for CPAs by providing a wider selection of investments to harvest while providing diversification to mitigate risk.

Tax loss harvesting involves the selling of a security that has experienced a loss. By selling the security, the investor realizes or "harvests" that loss and is able to offset taxes on both gains and income. The security that was sold is replaced by a similar one, which maintains the optimal asset allocation.

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Plan Along With Planning Needs To Minimize Retirement Liabilities

Financial advisors must take their clients' circumstances into account when constructing a financial plan. They must also be responsive to any life changes.

Financial professionals will often recommend products and services that reflect the current circumstances of their clients. But they also need to recommend products and services that reflect their future circumstances. A very real worry in the financial planning world for investors and their advisers alike is the possibility of outliving their assets and possessing more liabilities and expenses in retirement.

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Why Use Exchange Traded Funds in Portfolio Management

Exchange traded funds provide an easy, low-cost way to improve diversification and other aspects of the investment management process.

Why is this Topic Important to Wealth Managers? This blogticle represents a special series regarding advanced investing with ETFs. Recently there has been much discussion in the marketplace on the use of these tools and thus we present this topic for wealth managers who may consider these investment vehicles for their clients.

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