Investment Strategies Your success and failure as an investor lies in your ability to develop a strategic plan for handling the risk in your investment portfolio. Your portfolio should be built to weather all types of markets: up, down and sideways. By handling these swings strategically, you will lessen the emotional drivers of your investment decision, fear and greed. As we help you balance risk and return, we will work to diversify your investments among many asset classes and incorporate strategies that match your financial needs. Some of those include:Traditional InvestmentsTraditional investments include well-known assets such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs and annuities to build an investment portfolio. Most investors have experience using these types of assets within their personal accounts or company sponsored plans, like 401(k)s and 403(b)s.Alternative InvestmentsAlternative investments include assets such as real estate, precious metals, oil & gas, and commodities. Investors in these assets are looking to diversify their portfolios by adding assets that tend to react differently than their traditional counterparts. Alternative investments and strategies have become more popular in recent years due to their use in many endowment models of institutions and universities such as Yale and Harvard.Tax-Sensitive InvestingIn all of our recommendations, we are considering the effects of taxation at both the State and Federal level. Quite often the impacts of taxation are the difference between success and failure when it comes to investing and retirement planning. In some cases, tax sensitivity becomes the first priority in investment selection and management. It is for these cases that we utilize specialized investment managers and strategies.Socially Responsible InvestingSocially responsible investing (SRI) is becoming increasingly important for investors. This strategy involves vetting companies before investing to make certain that they are socially responsible and align with the investor’s principles. This may include avoiding investing in companies that participate in environmental degradation, morally questionable behavior, or other principle-based criteria. We work with clients who are interested in SRI and show them what these companies look like and how this strategy influences their investments.All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful. A diversified portfolio does not assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market. Asset allocation is an investment strategy that will not guarantee a profit or protect you from loss.