We believe that professional fund managers will generate results far superior to a client’s or wealth manager’s direct security selection and management. Multi management is preferred, not one management house can be expert in all fields/styles of investment. We believe in the ’best of breed’ principle – seeking out those managers within investment management companies who outperform consistently over the long term.
We believe that managers should be selected and evaluated based on their philosophies, processes and people. Once selected, a manager should be allowed periods of poor performance, if he remains consistent with his philosophy and process. He or she should be replaced immediately if their implementation strays significantly from the stated philosophy or process.
Evaluation of managers should entail a detailed review of all available pertinent information, including both fundamental qualitative and return factor analyses. However, the ultimate decision to hire or fire should be based on fundamental data. Performance measurement should be against appropriate benchmarks, not broad market indices.