Portfolio Construction

Acumen’s Portfolio Management Committee believes understanding a client’s goals and feelings about risk are the most important aspect of portfolio construction, and that deep data analysis and an objective view of investor behavior compliments this understanding of a client in order to better position portfolios for the future.

Acumen Wealth Advisors works to understand our clients’ goals, cash flow needs, and tolerance for risk. We listen to our clients wants and reconcile their needs. Next, we discuss how to adjust and assemble their portfolios.

We incorporate a multitude of factors in portfolio construction including:

  • Tax Liabilities
  • Economic and Market Conditions
  • Potential Concentrated Stock Positions

Only after we have assessed a client’s unique needs, we then develop the investment strategy personalized for them. The market is driven by greed and fear, and our disciplined approach keeps emotions out of the investment management process.

Active Tax Management

Acumen seeks to enhance returns through active tax management comprising of security selection and asset location. Understanding when to withdraw assets, and from where, is crucial.

  • Asset location recommends purchasing less tax efficient assets in tax deferred (fixed-income investments and other income producing assets such as traditional retirement accounts) or tax-free accounts (growth stocks or mutual funds such as Roth accounts) and tax efficient assets in taxable accounts (equity investments such as dividend-paying stocks or mutual funds).
  • Tax optimization prioritizes trades for securities with losses, securities with no tax consequences, and securities with gains.

To potentially benefit from this strategy, clients must have both qualified and non-qualified accounts.

Due Diligence

We manage our clients’ portfolio risk with prudent investment selection and due diligence, tactical asset allocation, and diversification. With our commitment to maintaining transparency and the highest standard of fiduciary responsibility, we conduct ongoing due diligence meetings of our money managers’ investment and operational practices.

Primary purposes of onsite due diligence:

  • Verify, cross-check, and analyze information.
  • Money managers provide increased levels of transparency into their strategy and portfolios.
  • Verify assertions, question the drivers of performance, better understand philosophy, and inspect all aspects of their operations.

Be greedy when others are fearful and be fearful when others are greedy.”

Warren Buffett

Portfolio Management Committee

The Portfolio Management Committee (PMC) is responsible for Acumen Wealth Advisors’ investment selections, tactical asset allocation changes, and overall investment strategy. The PMC considers global economic conditions as well as market outlook and valuations when reviewing investment selections and asset allocation changes. The tactical asset allocation process allows for increases or decreases in the equity or fixed income exposure of a portfolio, within the ranges of its stated investment objective. The shifts are designed to position portfolios to either participate more in market upside or protect during market downturns.  Each PMC member brings their experience and frame of reference to provide diversity of thinking and ideas to the decision-making process and is comprised of:

Grant Allen

Portfolio Manager and Investment Strategist

Reese Veltenaar, CFP®, MAcc, CTFA

Wealth Strategist, Managing Partner

Amy Stone, IACCP®

Chief Operations and Compliance Officer, Partner

Jerome You, CTFA

Financial Planner

Ryan Walker

Investment Strategist

David Wolfe, CPA, CVA®

Business Strategist and Chief Financial Officer

David Barnes, MSBA

Portfolio Analyst

Tamarac Client Portal

Tamarac Client Portal provides a detailed and timely comprehensive view of clients’ financial picture, integrates with our custodian, Schwab, and offers advanced security features including dual-factor authentication.  We have the ability to customize reports to meet our clients’ needs including performance, holdings, transactions, portfolio analysis and metric visualization.  Quarterly performance reports are clear, concise, and easy to understand.

Dynamic Reports
We are able to customize reports on everything from transactional information to holdings, account performance, asset allocation and capital flows.

Integrated Goals Based Reporting
Our clients can seamlessly click between their Tamarac Client Portal and eMoney using single sign-on to view their financial planning data.

Acumen Client Portal App

Acumen Wealth Advisors has created a customized mobile app for our clients to access their Tamarac Client Portal conveniently and securely anytime.  We realize the importance of enhancing the client experience in today’s digital environment and leveraging the power of the Tamarac Client Portal.

Tamarac Rebalancer

Allows Acumen to monitor and efficiently implement investment strategy changes across client portfolios.  We customize client portfolios leveraging tax optimization, monitor their accounts for trading triggers, make tactical trades, execute trades directly with our custodian, Schwab, reconcile trades from the previous day, and leverage tax loss harvesting strategies.

Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

Wayne Gretzky

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