Our Approach




Our ‘Barbell’ approach to portfolio management keeps us focused on your long-term objectives while providing flexibility to capitalize on shorter-term opportunities. Our role in portfolio management includes empowering our clients through education, to help them avoid those behavioral mistakes that make staying true to the plan a daily battle. By stripping away the mystery around modern portfolio theory, asset allocation and security selection strategies, we reveal a sophisticated, flexible, disciplined approach that is academically structured and based on solid empirical data—not hunches, hopes or unproven theories.

At WT Wealth Management, the strategic side of the Barbell focuses on finding low-volatility strategies for investment in high-quality, defensive-oriented companies with traditionally more stable earnings and reputable cash-flow histories. This strategic side gives our clients broad-based market exposure with:

  1. typical allocations to large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap securities;
  2. exposure to international securities in both developed and emerging markets; and
  3. volatility-dampening asset classes: government bonds, corporate bonds, senior secured loans, treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), preferred securities, real estate investment trusts (REITs), higher-yielding cash alternatives, etc.


Extensive research shows that, over full-market cycles, low-volatility strategies can provide competitive risk-adjusted returns by providing downside protection, along with meaningful upside participation (upside/downside capture ratio). Notably, recent research and empirical results suggest that low-volatility strategies do not detract from returns in order to lower risk. Such strategies can thus replace existing typical market-exposure investments in portfolios without sacrificing return potential and, in many cases, outpacing such traditional benchmarks as the S&P 500, the S&P 400, and the MSCI EAFE Index.

While lowering risk is valuable to nearly every investor, one must avoid large drawdowns (see our website’s ‘Limiting Loss’ section). These are particularly damaging for investors, because they tend to occur during periods of economic stress, hence create challenges for investors to stay committed to their long-term plan.




We believe that investors with a strategic allocation to low-volatility strategies improve the asset allocation efficiency of their portfolios. In a sense, low-volatility strategies provide benefits similar to those gained from implementing a portfolio hedge or using alternative investments that have become all the rage. However, unlike traditional portfolio hedges and alternatives, research indicates that low-volatility strategies do not extract a premium (excessive cost) for this protection.

This counterintuitive feature is what makes low-volatility strategies particularly attractive. However, like all hedging strategies, investors need to hold them during dark periods and before they are needed, in order to realize their true benefit. For all of these reasons, we believe that all investors should have exposure to low-volatility strategies as part of the long-term strategic allocation component of their portfolios.

On the tactical side of the Barbell, we attempt to capitalize on cyclical biases by exposing the investor to sectors in which the greatest opportunity for capital appreciation appears to exist based on where we lie within the economic expansion and contraction cycle. Again, empirical data and extensive research have shown that many sectors have a history of outperformance, depending on where in the economic cycle our nation lies.




In addition to sector exposure, we use the tactical side of the Barbell for exposure to individual equities. We thoroughly research companies that fall into a category we have coined “Cultural Demographics” in order to capitalize on that category. These equity selections are usually industry leaders with wide moats who have embedded themselves into our daily lives to the extent we have taken them for granted.

These equities often provide the high growth (high alpha) component to the investor’s portfolio, but inherently come with additional volatility. But, as with most investment issues, if these equities are down within the framework of a larger asset allocation model and within your personal risk-tolerance framework, they can lead to above-average returns on the tactical side of the Barbell.

This unique combination of broad-market, low-volatility investments on the strategic side of the Barbell, coupled with culturally important high-growth investments and timely sector selections on the tactical side, separates WT Wealth Management from the competition.




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Any opinions expressed on this website are the opinions of WT Wealth Management and its associates only. Material listed on this website is neither an offer to buy or sell securities nor should it be interpreted as personal financial advice. You should always seek out the advice of a qualified investment professional before deciding to invest. Investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETF’s carry certain specific risks and part or all of your account value can be lost.

At WT Wealth Management we strongly suggest having a personal financial plan in place before making any investment decisions including understanding your personal risk tolerance and having clearly outlined investment objectives.

Disclosure

WT Wealth Management is an SEC registered investment adviser, with in excess of $100 million in assets under management (AUM) with offices in Flagstaff, Scottsdale and Sedona, AZ along with Jackson Hole, WY and Las Vegas, NV. WT Wealth Management is a manager of Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs). With SMAs, performance can vary widely from investor to investor as each portfolio is individually constructed and managed. Asset allocation weightings are determined based on a wide array of economic and market conditions the day the funds are invested. In an SMA, each investor may own individual Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), individual equities or mutual funds. As the manager we have the freedom and flexibility to tailor the portfolio to address an individual investor's personal risk tolerance and investment objectives – thus making the account “separate” and distinct from all others we manage. An investment with WT Wealth Management is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency. Any opinions expressed are the opinions of WT Wealth Management and its associates only. Information offered is neither an offer to buy or sell securities nor should it be interpreted as personal financial advice. Always seek out the advice of a qualified investment professional before deciding to invest. Investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs carries certain specific risks and part or all of an account's value can be lost. In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, narrowly focused investments, investments in smaller companies, sector and/or thematic ETFs and investments in single countries typically exhibit higher volatility. International, Emerging Market and Frontier Market ETFs, mutual funds and individual securities may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles or from economic or political instability that other nations experience. Individual bonds, bond mutual funds and bond ETFs will typically decrease in value as interest rates rise. A portion of a municipal bond fund's income may be subject to federal or state income taxes or the alternative minimum tax. Capital gains (short and long-term), if any, are subject to capital gains tax. Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or investment losses. At WT Wealth Management, we strongly suggest having a personal financial plan in place before making any investment decisions including understanding personal risk tolerance, having clearly outlined investment objectives and a clearly defined investment time horizon. WT Wealth Management may only transact business in those states in which it is registered, or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration requirements. Individualized responses to persons that involve either the effecting of transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, will not be made without registration or exemption. WT Wealth Management's website is limited to the dissemination of general information pertaining to its advisory services, together with access to additional investment-related information, publications, and links. Accordingly, the publication of WT Wealth Management's website should not be construed by any consumer and/or prospective client as WT Wealth Management's solicitation to effect, or attempt to effect transactions in securities, or the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation, over the internet. Any subsequent, direct communication by WT Wealth Management with a prospective client shall be conducted by a representative that is either registered or qualifies for an exemption or exclusion from registration in the state where the prospective client resides. A copy of WT Wealth Management's current written disclosure statement discussing WT Wealth Management's registrations, business operations, services, and fees is available at the SEC's investment adviser public information website (www. adviserinfo.sec.gov) or from WT Wealth Management directly. WT Wealth Management does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability, completeness, or relevance of any information prepared by any unaffiliated third party, whether linked to WT Wealth Management's web site or incorporated therein, and takes no responsibility therefor. All such information is provided solely for convenience purposes and all users thereof should be guided accordingly.