Sprout Capital Management, LLC | Austin-based Wealth Management
This phrase encompasses our inspiration - and our mission - for improving your financial future. With a double meaning.
In one sense of the phrase, if your hard-earned assets compound, this can surely change your life for the better.
In another sense, life is evolving. Your financial plans and investment strategies must also evolve. Yet, do you have the time, energy and background to keep them up?
Sprout Capital is here to help. Sprout Capital was formed to translate deep investment experience and sophisticated financial tools into straightforward, actionable advice for clients like you. Sprout Capital aims to help you protect and grow your assets.
Also, have a read of our recent letter on market volatility.
SPROUT CAPITAL'S PROCESS
Program A normally invests in a basket of individual stocks, but will sell if conditions become unfavorable. Program A may be used with your taxable accounts, IRAs, and employer-sponsored plans with a SDBA (self-directed brokerage account option).
- Robust and intuitive
- Recession monitoring
Program B("Bond rotation")
Program B reallocates monthly into the strongest ETFs from a list of fixed income and gold ETFs. Program B may be used with your taxable accounts, IRAs, and employer-sponsored plans with a SDBA (self-directed brokerage account option).
- Robust and intuitive
- Lower risk than Program A
- Used in isolation or as a complement to Program A
Program R("Retirement plan")
Program R adapts to your employer-sponsored retirement plan. Program R uses the investment choices available and tries to improve the plan's return -- and decrease its risk -- for you, the participant.
Sprout Capital may have already analyzed your company's plan with Program R. Search for a company retirement plan below and see Program R in action!
Anyone acting in a fiduciary capacity must act in the best interests of those they represent. It is the highest legal duty of one party to another. An investment adviser firm and its employee representatives, when managing the finances of clients, owe those clients the duties of good faith and trust.
+ Portfolio Management
This is a nuanced discussion. The value of active management is in managing downside risk. Active mutual fund management is not the same as active management by a professional investment adviser.
- Mutual funds. Active, stock-based mutual funds have only limited tools to manage risk – they have an investment policy to always stay fully invested, even in a bear market. If history is a guide, active mutual funds can mitigate, but not avoid, severe downside in their target market.
- Investment advisers. Active investment advisers and wealth managers do not have such a mandate. Advisers have much more flexibility to sidestep a bear market. They can use mutual funds and ETFs to get exposure to a certain asset class or index when they need it, and divest when they don’t. If a bear market does emerge, an adviser can move his client to cash, or to lower-risk ETFs.
- Hedge funds. Hedge funds, like financial advisers, have much more flexibility than mutual funds, but focus on highly specific niches. Hedge funds actively manage downside risk, and may provide an uncorrelated (i.e., diversifying) return to an investment portfolio otherwise invested in stocks and bonds.
Sprout Capital Management, LLC is a registered investment adviser that actively manages client portfolios.
- Increase safe withdrawal rates. By reducing your portfolio risk relative to its return, you may be able to withdraw a larger amount during retirement. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to invest a sizeable portion of your portfolio in fixed income. Strategies such as tactical asset allocation (TAA) may decrease risk and allow larger safe withdrawal rates, while earning stock-like returns. TAA strategies systematically invest in different asset classes based on specific rules.
- Avoid behavioral issues. Compounded returns are very dependent on when your money is invested. A common concern: if you were to invest today, are you investing at the top of the stock market? With a lower-risk portfolio, you can invest with greater confidence and avoid making behavioral/psychological errors.
- Maintain dry powder. An investor who preserves assets with a lower-risk portfolio is better prepared to take advantage of rare (but attractive) opportunities after the broad market has fallen.
- Use leverage. By understanding and lowering portfolio risk, you may increase leverage to achieve a higher return through a broker margin loan or by using derivatives (i.e., futures and options).