Every investor has different goals — the key to achieving them is finding the right balance.

To make the most of investing, you'll need to have a comprehensive investment strategy. Your life goals should be the foundation of your financial plan. For example, if you want to obtain a regular flow of income from your investments, you will take a very different approach from someone who wants a large lump sum of money at a certain point in the future. You must also factor in your tolerance and capacity for risk (which should vary according to your stage of life).

Every investment strategy and investment portfolio is individually tailored to suit the specific and individual needs of our clients.

Investment Portfolio

An investment portfolio is made up of different combinations of asset classes. Understanding their characteristics can help you make wise investment decisions regarding your 401k, retirement accounts and/or pension.

Asset classes are broken into two categories — defensive and growth

  • Defensive assets have a lower potential rate of return over the long-term but are also generally less volatile and have less potential to lose value than growth assets.
  • Growth assets have the potential to earn a higher rate of return over the long-term but are also generally more volatile than defensive assets.

We assist to invest in the following asset classes:

Fixed interest & cash

Cash, short-term deposits and bonds.


Stocks and shares of ownership in a company.


Investing in residential or commercial property.


Infrastructure, such as roads and airports, private equity investments.

Defensive Assets:

  • Government bonds
  • Corporate bonds
  • Cash and short-term deposits
  • High Yield Money Markets
  • Options Hedging Strategies

Growth Assets:

  • Listed US equities
  • Listed international equities
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Infrastructure (toll roads, airports, etc)
  • Commodities (agriculture, precious metals, energy etc)
  • Aggressive options strategies
Afterburner Financial Diversification Example

The Importance of Diversification

No asset class is free from risk. Using the different characteristics of each asset class in a balanced portfolio can help to smooth fluctuations in performance and balance risk.

To reduce the risk of losing capital when investing, you should diversify your investment portfolio. This means not putting all your eggs in the one basket.

Diversification can be implemented in three distinct ways by investing:

  • Across asset classes
  • Across markets and regions
  • Across investment management styles

Constructing your portfolio

Finding out the risk profile

Determine an appropriate spilt of growth and defensive assets after assessing the client's need for capital preservation, risk tolerance and capital draw downs — also known as the client's risk profile.

Allocating the assets

Consider the client's income requirement and tax situation then select the most appropriate asset class allocation and investment style within those asset classes.

Selecting investments

Select investments using a "best of breed" professional money/fund manager approach.

The risk profile concept

Our risk profiles and splits between growth and defensive assets are:

  Growth Defensive
Conservative 20% 80%
Moderately conservative 40% 60%
Balanced 60% 40%
Growth 80% 20%
High Growth 100% 0%

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