Philosophy

Benjamin Graham

“The essence of investment management is the management of risks, not the management of returns. Well-managed portfolios start with this precept.”

Sir John Templeton

“Bull-markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.”

Warren Buffett

“Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

Brock Kidd’s philosophy developed through his career-long study of investment greats such as Benjamin Graham, Sir John Templeton, and Warren Buffett. As Graham said, “the essence of portfolio management is the management of risks, not the management of returns.”

Brock uses modern portfolio theory in an effort to properly diversify clients, while at the same time educating them and managing realistic expectations:

“I believe  that no other factor influences a long-term investor more than proper diversification. While remaining open to strong growth narratives, I embrace Templeton’s belief that the greatest values can often be found at points “of maximum pessimism.”

He utilizes tested asset allocation models as well as fundamental and technical analysis to look for a balance of the most compelling sectors and specific investment ideas.

“My objective is flexibility in changing markets while staying disciplined to a fundamental risk management approach,” he said. “ I offer my clients a complete suite of wealth management and planning services.”

In addition to his focus, Brock has a dedicated associate who is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional to structure insurance and other planning as needed. This combination allows him to focus exclusively on his passion: the managing of investments. “I believe this disciplined focus enables me to give my clients the full attention their investment plans deserve.”

Importance of Asset Allocation

Studies show that asset allocation policy is the main determinant of portfolio total return.

A 1991 study by Brinson, Singer and Beebower investigated the determinants of portfolio performance. By studying the quarterly returns of 82 pension plans over a 10-year period, they concluded that:

  • The selection of which asset classes to invest in and how much to invest in each explained 91.5% of the variation in the plan returns.
  • The combination of market timing, security selection and other factors accounted for only 8.5% of the differences in the plan returns.

 

The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Diversification and asset allocation do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected.

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