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Creating an Ecosystem for Sophisticated Investors to Gain an Edge

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 6/14/19 8:45 AM

If you have been following our briefings, you know that we have a blunt view of the financial services industry and how sophisticated investors can gain an edge in mitigating financial complexity and planning for their financial destinations. We have stated ad nauseam that there’s no longer a secret sauce when it comes to asset allocation or portfolio rebalancing. Computers do this stuff now and the services themselves are a commodity, so we don’t think that investors should pay for it.

So how can investors gain an edge?

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Topics: Asset Management, Financial Planning

Automation & Empathy for Clients (and future Clients)

Posted by Frank Parker and Philip Kessler, JD on 5/31/19 8:45 AM

One of our obsessions at SWS Partners is thinking about the role of the advisor and how to build the most value for clients.  One powerful driver of value comes from automating everything that can possibly be automated within a firm’s business, especially today where the actual products and investments in any given portfolio are increasingly commoditized.

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Topics: Technology & Investing, Financial Planning

Asymmetrical Relationships for Investment Managers Are Over

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 4/26/19 8:45 AM

More than a year ago, I published a piece for Investments and Wealth Monitor that was a follow up to an interview I participated in as part of the Schwab Impact Conference in 2016. It felt appropriate to resurface the article now because many of the ideas are increasingly mainstream today even if they felt a little radical only a few years ago.  Alas, it’s important for affluent investors to discern between talking points and the implementation of tools that will assist with financial self-actualization.

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Topics: Investment Advice, Financial Planning

Private investments for sophisticated investors

Posted by Frank Parker on 4/12/19 8:45 AM

A few weeks ago, my partner, Phil Kessler, authored a blog detailing how SWS Partners is different from other investment managers. For a firm with a bit of a renegade streak, this piece was foundational in articulating not only how SWS Partners is not only different but, more importantly, how this can translate to better outcomes for our clients.

To recap, we offer highly sophisticated solutions, employ a team of specialists, innovate continuously, and leverage technology whenever possible. In aggregate, we think this can position affluent investors for better outcomes. 

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Topics: Asset Management, Financial Planning

A financial revolution: algorithms, automation, and advisors

Posted by Philip Kessler, JD on 4/5/19 8:45 AM

The investment management industry continues to experience exponential change due to the impact of Moore’s Law, as the application of technology is growing more profound.  But despite the pie in the sky predictions that Robo-Advisors would dismember the brokerage firms by replacing human advisors, this hasn’t been the case. Still, the changing relationship between algorithms, automation, and advisors cannot be dismissed. The common denominator in this paradigm shift is the use of exchange-traded funds to build and manage portfolios. In fact, one could argue that algorithm-driven ETF platforms have been as impactful as the ATM machine. 

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Topics: Technology & Investing, Financial Planning

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May 2019 Dynamic Growth Opportunities Turns One: Portfolio Update

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May 2019 Dynamic Growth Opportunities Fact sheet

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March 2019 From the Desk of the CIO: Unleashing Asset Allocation Benefits

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January 2019 From the Desk of the CIO: Q4 2018 Market Update

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December 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Volatility in Context

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October 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Q3 2018 Market Update

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July 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Q2 2018 Market Update

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July 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: Growth Becoming "The Market"

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April 2018 From the Desk of the CIO: The Current Opportunities

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