In Part 1 of our Venture Capital Investing for Private Investors series, we discussed how technology has enabled more investors to harness the growth potential of these companies. Here, we will share some macroeconomic considerations specific to this asset class.
Consistent with our mantra of delivering contemporary solutions to sophisticated investors, SWS Partners is continuously developing expanded opportunities for our clients. To do so, we have prioritized staying abreast of changing trends and demographics. The confluence of these factors has led us to spending more time and attention on venture capital investing. We simply define venture capital investing as investments in high growth, private companies, or those that are not listed on an exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. Peloton, SoFi, Instacart, SpaceX, and Airbnb are common examples that fit this definition.
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.
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.