You only want what’s best
for your clients, and your business

We offer a total investment solution

With capabilities usually available only to institutional investors

As an adviser, you face many challenges. Stricter regulation, wider investment choice and fast-moving markets make managing your clients’ portfolios difficult and time-consuming.

Outsourcing your investment needs can help to achieve better performance at lower risk, while allowing you to focus on financial advice and wealth planning.

We offer you:

  • A proven track record
  • An exceptionally wide choice of products and capabilities, to meet a range of client needs
  • The strength and stability of a FTSE 250 company
  • A prudent, conservative approach to managing money 

At the heart of our service is our investment expertise. Each client, irrespective of the amount they invest, benefits from the same rigorous, disciplined, institutional-quality approach. We never forget whose money it is, and are always focused on giving clients what they want – whether that’s growing capital, generating income or planning for the next generation.

Benefits for you

  • Comprehensive and flexible investment solutions, from managed funds to bespoke portfolios
  • Award-winning investment process
  • Your relationship with your client is totally ring-fenced
  • Exceptional personal service, with a single point of contact for all your needs as well as a team based across the UK

Benefits for your clients

  • Professional, full-time portfolio management
  • Access to all major asset classes
  • Transparent charges and competitive fee structure
  • Choice of direct investments, active funds and passive
  • Award-winning reports and updates

Adding value through independent insight

We have created risk models with the assistance of Moody’s Analytics data - a leader in asset class forecasting. This enables us to:

  • Identify the optimum mix of asset classes
  • Match client needs with risks more precisely
  • Achieve greater clarity over risk and return expectations

Our solutions are available through offshore bonds, wrappers, SIPPs and ISAs, across a wide range of platforms.

We measure success not just by investment performance, but by how happy your clients are. We will always strive to exceed your expectations.

Investment philosophy

Our mission is to generate the best possible returns in line with your clients' expectations and risk profiles.

In our view, active management expressed across diversified, multi-asset portfolios is the best way to achieve superior performance.

We do this through:

  • Expert asset allocation
  • Identifying high-quality, liquid securities at attractive valuations
  • Rigorous risk management

Our approach is prudent, conservative, long term. We focus on real returns, the right balance of growth and income, and preservation of capital. Investment expertise is at the heart of our service, but we’ll use high-quality external funds or passive funds if that’s the right thing to do.

We’re also sceptical. We do not invest in products where it is unclear how returns are generated, or where we are unable to conduct thorough due diligence.

Investment management is very complex. But for us, it all comes down to one simple, but vital goal.

Using all our years of experience and combined wealth of expertise to deliver the optimum results for you and your clients.

Active management

We constantly review investment markets and our portfolios, so we can move rapidly to protect clients’ interests or capture new opportunities.

Liquid investments

We favour securities that we can buy and sell quickly. This allows us to make valuable tactical shifts, or move into cash if required.

Diversification

One of the key factors in enhancing performance, while managing risk. Within each asset class – equities, bonds, alternatives and cash – we use in-depth research to seek out the best individual investments.

Expertise

Collectively, our 55 investment professionals have decades of experience in macro-economic analysis and global asset allocation, asset classes and industry sectors, passive strategies (including counterparty risk) and third-party funds.

Risk management

More than simply a way to assess and control risk, our disciplined process and regular monitoring ensures that portfolios always operate within the limits set by your clients.

Investment process

In order to deliver optimal investment outcomes and to meet the varying requirements of our diverse investor base and help you achieve your clients' financial goals, we have adopted a disciplined investment process.

It has six main components:

  • Understanding the investment needs of your clients
  • Diversification across asset classes
  • Active, tactical asset allocation
  • A collegial approach to decision making through committee meetings
  • Intensive research
  • Risk and performance oversight

Diversification across asset classes

We use a combination of asset classes as the building blocks for our portfolios: shares, bonds (government and corporate) and alternatives. Each asset class contributes to performance in a different and complementary way.

Shares represent a share of ownership in a business. They tend to offer the best opportunities for generating long-term capital growth as well as income in the form of dividends but also carry a greater degree of risk.

Fixed income securities can be defined as a loan to either a company (corporate bond) or a government, for example the UK (Gilts). These loans can help to diversify portfolio returns away from equities, while also providing a reliable source of income although it can come at the expense of capital growth.

Our allocations to alternative investments tend to be a wall proportion of portfolios. we focus on liquid, alternative investments such as property, infrastructure, commodities and absolute return funds.

For all investment, our decision-making process includes a review of currency risk as part of the investment rationale for each asset class and security.

Active, tactical asset allocation

There can be prolonged periods when asset class returns deviate from their long-term trends. Therefore, we need to be willing to be active investors from both an asset allocation and security selection perspective.

We arrive at our tactical asset allocation decision through our quarterly Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) meetings. The committee is charged by our Chief Investment Officer and attended by all senior investment professionals. These meetings are complemented by an ongoing discussion of key economic and market trends.

Additional oversight is provided by monthly research meetings, weekly Multi Asset Committee meetings (where we discuss and review the tactical weightings) and a continuous flow of company management and fund manager meetings.

The purpose of tactical asset allocation is to enhance returns and minimise losses by making adjustments to the strategic framework. When making decisions, we aim to tilt portfolios to reflect prevailing market conditions, but not in a way that would alter a strategy's risk profile fundamentally.

A collegial approach to decision making

We use a broad range of inputs at our Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) meetings, including:

  • Our proprietary asset allocation model, which looks at the relative attractiveness of different asset classes based on valuation, earnings and macroeconomic factors.
  • A systematic evaluation of market and economic data taking into consideration changes in growth, value, liquidity, currency and management.
  • Input from leading research strategists.
The final application this decision is at the discretion of the investment team. In other words, we combine collegially-generated investment strategies with tailoring to meeting individual objectives. As a result, all investors benefits from the disciplines of a centralised approach with the personal attention and customisation they require.

Intensive research

We are active investors not just from an asset allocation perspective but also in terms of security and fund selection. As well as adding value through tactical asset allocation, we seek to add value through the process of selecting individual investments.

All investment managers have both portfolio and analytical responsibility and contribute to the investment selection process.

Our investment managers are supported by research teams dedicated to finding opportunities in equities, fixed income and alternatives. Our research team is 20 strong and is a valuable resource from our investment managers.

In line with our collegial approach, we hold regular research meetings to debate new investment ideas, confirm our security selection and listen to the views of external specialists.

The output from these meetings is a broad range of investment ideas - the Close Bothers Core Universe. They appear in portfolios in different ways depending on the mandate.

Risk and performance oversight

We have a proprietary risk and performance system which monitors adherence to risk profiles and provides analysis of the key attributes of portfolios as well as the sources of performance. This is important not only from a compliance and suitability perspective but helps inform our reviews with our and your clients'.

What we invest in

These are the major asset classes we invest in.

Equities

We use intensive research to identify the 350 strongest opportunities. We favour attractively priced, high-quality companies with an improving business profile and a track record of growing shareholder value. Our team includes six research analysts with over 50 years’ combined experience, and 14 investment managers, all sector specialists.

Fixed income

This can add a degree of certainty to a portfolio, by generating predictable cash flows with relatively low volatility. Our aim is always to grow wealth prudently over the long term, so we focus on finding safe, high-quality, liquid bonds. Typically these will be sovereign debt and high-grade corporate bonds in developed markets. We also invest in unrated bonds that have the potential to be upgraded, and index-linked securities to reduce inflation and interest rate risk.

Alternatives

Commercial property, infrastructure, commodities and absolute returns can help to diversify risk within a portfolio, while offering the potential for enhanced returns that are uncorrelated to traditional asset classes.

Active funds

We will use third-party funds where we do not have the appropriate expertise, or the investment remit requires them. Of 10,000 funds, our fund manager research team identifies 120 that are the best in their sector or region, across all asset classes. Past performance must be in line with the fund’s approach and objectives. It must be clear how the manager has generated value in different market conditions.

Passives

These can complement an actively managed portfolio by providing cost-effective exposure to global stock markets. We look for investments that offer low cost, low tracking error, low counterparty risk, and high liquidity.

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