Our investment management process

  • November 16, 2017

Our investment management process

Investment Insights by Mike Jones


As we wrap up the investing year of 2017, I thought it would be helpful to give an overview of the investment management process I employ as the fiduciary of the life savings of so many families served by Argent Advisors.

As most investment professionals would agree, the most important decision to make is how to allocated capital along the risk reward continuum and into the various asset classes available.

Step 1: Broad Asset Allocation

Investopedia States, “Asset allocation is an investment portfolio technique that aims to balance risk and create diversification by dividing assets among major categories such as cash, bonds, stocks, real estate and derivatives (alternatives investments). Each asset class has different levels of return and risk, so each will behave differently over time.”

Step 2: Sub Asset Allocation

Although one cannot underestimate the importance of broad asset allocation, determining sub categories within asset classes and geographical dispersion of capital is vital to overall investment performance as well.

At Argent Advisors, a team of investment specialists meet once a month to complete the matrix you see below. Changes reflect the input from research we review as well as attempting to position investments congruent with the current macro economic trends.

Step 3: Portfolio Construction

Step three is where the heavy lifting comes in with respect to building portfolios.

Once a broad asset class and sub asset class has been defined, our investment management committee must vet countless possible investment vehicles which represent these categories. At this juncture research and experience is critical. Our committee must determining if low-cost index solutions fit or if more expensive yet active solutions potentially create more value. Eventually a choice must be made. Then that investment must be closely monitored. Decades of experience and knowledge are utilized vetting and selecting each investment selected in building your portfolio.

Step 4: Daily Monitoring

As both a portfolio manager and a fiduciary, I am responsible for “minding the store” with respect to my clients’ money. In many cases I build models to correlate to the portfolios of my clients. I use specialized software which allows me to monitor the performance of those portfolios. The purpose for this daily monitoring is to keep a close eye on the behavior of investments and to be ready to make adjustments if and when long-term trends are violated.

I always have a less risky portfolio B waiting in the wings. When conditions justify making a move, I intend to make subtle portfolio adjustments which remove some of the risk exhibited in a client’s account. The chart below is an illustration of one such portfolio (red line) with its corresponding less risky alternative (green line) as well as a benchmark (gray line).

For those of you who have trusted Argent Advisors with you money we say thank you. It is and will always be a tremendous honor to work for you.

For those of you who would like to have a discussion about our services please don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Byron R. Moore, CFP® is Managing Director / Planning Group of Argent Advisors, Inc. Mike Jones is Managing Director / Investment Group of Argent Advisors, Inc. Write to either at 500 East Reynolds Drive, Ruston, LA 71270 or call (318) 251-5800. This newsletter is available via email on a free subscription basis. You can subscribe by clicking here. Direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Byron Moore at bmoore@argentadvisors.com or to Mike Jones at mjones@argentadvisors.com.

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