The only constant in life is change. For over a decade, the fluctuating economic environment has exposed many valleys, forcing hardworking investors to start again at the bottom. Our philosophy for portfolio management aims at avoiding this steep climb through a disciplined investment process that helps to manage risk and minimize losses.
Although many firms use a buy and hold approach, we believe in buying, holding, and selling. Selling investments at the right time can help you escape the enormous losses that accompany bear markets. While there is some threat of selling too soon, a small loss from underperforming can be quickly recovered, while a large loss from a plunging market can severely damage your savings, impacting your life for years to come.
Leap Wealth Management consequently seeks to Advance and Preserve your current and future wealth by generating a blended portfolio that allows us to frequently reassess allocations and be flexible within the market. When doing this, we leverage a multi-dimensional approach, which includes core strategies, enhancer strategies, and principal protection strategies. Below are several examples of the strategies we use to create personalized plans:
- Multi-cap Stock
Selected through a fundamental filtering process, our multi-cap stock strategy contains 25 individual stocks. Based upon each stock's technical strength, we move in and out of the selected securities. This strategy can be fully invested in all 25 stocks or hold as much as 100% in cash.
- Tactical allocation
Our tactical allocation models are made up of six exchange traded funds (ETFs). They range in size from small to large, as well as encompass emerging markets, EAFE, and commodities. Depending on your circumstances you could invest 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% on any one individual ETF or remain fully in cash.
- Multi-Sector Bond
Operating like tactical allocation, this strategy invests your money in bonds, diversifying your assets among several fixed-income sectors. These bonds take many forms, including low grade, emerging markets, government, strategic income, international and TIPs. Or in times of a bear market, this could mean taking a strong position in cash.
Using technical trading indicators and fundamental analysis, a Long/Short strategy allows us to actively trade the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) and the ProShares Short S&P 500 (SH). The benefit of this strategy is that it allows you to potentially profit in any type of market, up or down.
- Focus 5 Sector Rotation
Capitalizing on the strongest sectors of the market, our Focus 5 Sector strategy uses exchange traded funds. Your portfolio may have a mixture of these five ETF’s*, investing on a scale from no participation to 100%.
Principle Protection Strategies
- Fixed Rates
Our fixed rate strategy employs highly competitive Money Market accounts and Certificates of Deposit.
- Structured Notes
Structure Notes offer clients the opportunity to invest in equity linked CDs and participate only in the upside performance of the underlying index. Thus, principal protection is not at risk of suffering from the negative performance of the index, but is subject to issuer credit and default risk.
- Indexed Annuity**
For those in need of creditor protection, principal guarantee, or lifetime income, we use an Indexed Annuity strategy to pursue upside potential without sacrificing security.
Before making strategy recommendations, however, we spend quality time familiarizing ourselves with your investment objectives, your risk tolerance, and your financial timeline. Selecting the most effective combination of strategies for you involves tactical analysis using quantitative and qualitative screening processes. Our team gets down to the nitty gritty, employing innovative technology and specialized modeling to manage risk, invest at the appropriate times, and make changes according to market trends. Once we have determined an appropriate course for you, we are consistently monitoring and evaluating your progress, providing periodic reports and reviews.
Our team of professionals at Leap Wealth Management know exactly how you are invested and what is occurring in your portfolio on a daily basis. We manage your wealth on a personal level, helping you build the confidence you deserve.
* Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information about the investment company, can be obtained from the Fund Company or your financial professional. Be sure to read the prospectus carefully before deciding whether to invest.
** Indexed annuities are insurance contracts that, depending on the contract, may offer a guaranteed annual interest rate and some participation growth, if any, of a stock market index. Such contracts have substantial variation in terms, costs of guarantees and features and may cap participation or returns in significant ways. Any guarantees offered are backed by the financial strength of the insurance company. Surrender charges apply if not held to the end of the term. Withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken prior to 59 ½, a 10% federal tax penalty. Investors are cautioned to carefully review an indexed annuity for its features, costs, risks, and how the variables are calculated.
Neither Asset Allocation nor Diversification guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. They are methods used to help manage investment risk.
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