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Investment Process

Asset Allocation Asset Allocation

Our process begins with a thorough review of a clients goals, objectives and risk tolerance. As a planning based firm, we spend a lot of time and effort getting to know our clients and getting their asset allocation right. 

We employ a strategic long-term asset allocation framework across a multitude of asset classes, capitalization's and styles that should provide solid investment returns over multiple market cycles. 

Return Projections- To Build Strong Portfolios

Making appropriate return assumptions is a critical first step to meeting portfolio goals and expectations. We use a proven process that ensures the most accurate Long Term Capital Market Assumptions available for planning and portfolio construction.

Portfolio Construction Portfolio Construction

We are mindful when creating our clients’ long-term investment portfolios to use a range of assets to diversify risk while building portfolios that are resilient in different economic conditions.  The construction of portfolios is always in-tune with our clients’ objectives for income, growth and risk-tolerance.

We endeavor to construct portfolios that strike an appropriate balance of Active and Passive investments. We select active managers that have a proven sustainable advantage and passive indexes that are low cost and most relevant in the current investing environment.

 Manager & Security Selection Manager & Security Selection

We utilize a completely unbiased manager-of-managers process to find the best investment strategies around the globe for our clients. We accept no fees other than from our clients, avoiding any conflicts posed by product offerings or external incentives. 

Our proprietary screening process ranks over 10,000 exchange traded funds (ETFs), mutual funds and separately managed accounts (SMAs) each quarter. Only the highest ranking investments, that screen well qualitatively and quantitatively, make their way into client portfolios.

Monitoring & Re-balancing Monitoring & Re-balancing

Periodic re-balancing, according to the client’s asset allocation, disciplines us to trim expensive assets that have run up in value, and add to cheaper assets when their prices have pulled back in value. A disciplined approach to re-balancing leads to better investment returns and reduces errors related to emotional decision making.

From the Desk of Kate Saltonstall
Chief Investment Officer

Sandy Cove Advisors


Investment Officer, Financial Advisor

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August Market Update


The broad market finished its seventh straight positive monthly return in a row.  Much of that rise came from genuine excitement of stronger than expected earnings growth.  The corporate earnings picture was quite robust with companies beating expectations and raising guidance for the remainder of the year.  This picture played out in many well-known names like Marriot, United Airlines, KKR, Netflix, ConocoPhillips, etc.  In addition to corporate reports, we also saw solid economic data, a Fed that continued to be accommodative, and a population edging closer to herd immunity from COVID-19.  ..


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