Horizon’s investment approach is rooted in our conviction that goals-based investing is a great way to align your client’s wealth with their goals.
Goals-based investing enables you to help your clients identify their most important and meaningful financial goals in life, so you can position their investment capital to aim for those specific key objectives—on time and in-line with their risk tolerance.
Across the investment journey, these three stages demand different investment, risk mitigation and spending strategies:
Growing your wealth so it can support and enhance your most important life goals.
Guarding your wealth against the catastrophic losses that could derail your plan, and jeopardize your financial comfort and peace of mind.
Ensuring that the wealth you have worked so hard to build is there for you to meet your needs—and fund your dreams—during what may be a lengthy and active retirement.
During the accumulation stage, investors seek to maximize the growth of their capital and build the assets they need to reach their most important and meaningful life goals. Historically, the most effective method of achieving those growth objectives has been investing in the global equity markets. The additional risk inherent in global equities enables investors to pursue potential long-term returns that are far superior to the expected returns available from other asset classes, such as fixed income and cash.Our global asset allocation strategies are designed to take advantage of the superior long-term return potential offered by equities as an asset class. Our flexible, opportunistic approach allows us to target specific investment opportunities in various segments of the equity markets that we identify through our multi-disciplined research. We believe that this dynamic approach to capturing growth opportunities in the global financial markets can enhance investors’ ability to generate the wealth they need to reach their full range of financial goals. Our active asset allocation strategy is available through five model portfolios. Each portfolio is constructed to pursue the maximum potential return for its designated level of risk.
As investors accumulate the assets they need to achieve their goals, risk mitigation capabilities can be added to protect investment capital from the possibility of short-term catastrophic losses that threaten the realization of those goals.
Advanced risk mitigation strategies can help protect portfolios from the worst short-term losses that often accompany volatile markets. This protection can enable investors to stay committed to their equity-based investment strategies that offer the best opportunities for long-term financial success. Therefore, we believe a dynamic approach to risk management that allows investors to remain on course toward their key life goals is far superior to simply increasing a portfolio’s allocation to low-growth fixed-income assets when markets are volatile.
Horizon’s award-winning risk mitigation overlay strategy—Risk Assist—helps financial advisors mitigate potential harm done to their client’s portfolio in times of heightened market volatility. Our algorithm-based risk overlay tools employ financial engineering that dynamically shifts clients out of markets as they decline and back into markets as they stabilize and rise.
During the distribution stage of their lives, investors require a strategy that meets their need for current income while simultaneously addressing two key risks they face:
We believe that traditional approaches to addressing these concerns—such as increasing portfolios’ allocation to fixed-income securities, high-yield stocks and other vehicles to meet current income needs—unnecessarily expose investors to inflation and longevity risks that can jeopardize their future financial comfort and flexibility.
Instead, Horizon offers a retirement income strategy—Real Spend—that is equity oriented and rooted in cutting-edge financial engineering and proven academic research. This strategic approach to retirement income and spending is designed to strike the ideal balance between the current income that investors need to fund their goals and the asset longevity they require to ensure that their portfolios survive over what is likely to be lengthy and active golden years.
Real Spend consists of three main components:
Goals-based investment management is the foundation of successful investment outcomes that allow investors to reach their objectives.
ACTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, implemented effectively, can add value over time relative to passive investment strategies.
EQUITIES are the most effective asset class for helping investors achieve their most important goals throughout their lives.
GLOBAL DIVERSIFICATION enables investors to pursue a broad range of investment opportunities, reduce overall portfolio volatility and enhance overall portfolio returns.
RISK MITIGATION is a superior risk management approach to diversifying with fixed income investments.
LONGEVITY and shortfall risk addressed through allocation and selection strategies designed specifically for a spending investor.
Expert Insights. Actionable Strategies. Real Results.
Horizon Investments has extensive experience building and managing entrepreneurial advisory businesses. Our experience encompasses every aspect of building, growing and managing successful financial advisory practices:
Practice Leader/Horizon One
Austin Fitch, CFA®
Senior Analyst/Horizon One
Corinne Merriman, CFA®
Portfolio Analyst/Horizon One
Portfolio Analyst/Horizon One
Retirement plan participants need an investment strategy that effectively balances portfolio growth and risk management. Most traditional investment menus have a “benchmark-centric” design, and many target date strategies aren’t designed to “de-risk” from their glide path equity allocation targets, even during bear market environments. We believe that an active, risk-managed strategy may help participants stay the course in their retirement savings plans.
The Horizon Risk Assist® Series was designed to be just that strategy.
James Tavares, AIF
Head of Retirement Plan Services
BENEFITS OF PARTNERING WITH HORIZON INVESTMENTS
Turn-key fiduciary partner with differentiated solutions
Seamless integration of retirement practice with wealth management
Ability to work with a trusted advisor who is supported by the full capabilities of Horizon
Comprehensive, yet straightforward, investment framework
Dynamic risk-based portfolios designed to facilitate desired outcomes
Flexible investment structure to adapt to changing markets
Comprehensive investment choice for “do it yourselfers”