A smarter approach to personal financial management, designed to put you at ease.
At ValueAligned Partners, we actively seek not to lose big.
Take Control of Your Finances
What's your plan? Are your investments likely to produce a sufficient rate of return?
When can you retire? We can answer!
ValueAligned helps you plan for the future.
Everything your loved ones will need should something happen to you.
ValueAligned® reflects the ideals of rational, systematic investing in the stocks of good companies whose management is aligned with shareowners’ interests.
ValueAligned® means buying undervalued stocks of exceptional companies, who use Value-based Management (VBM) and EVA® (Economic Value Added principles).
Unlike brokers that call themselves “advisors”, we are paid only by our clients. We do not sell any financial products for which we are paid commissions. We make more money when our clients make more money, and less money when our clients’ accounts hit those temporary interruptions of the stock market’s permanent uptrend.
In that way, our interests are seamlessly aligned.
It’s nice to think that you can calculate when you can retire. But those calculations can do more harm than good if they cause you to retire too soon without a way to generate enough income to maintain your lifestyle. The “how” is much more important than the “when”.
Having sufficient income during retirement is what matters most. And in the vast majority of cases, the best prescription for sufficient income is to own stocks of great companies, purchased when they were “on sale”.
Once you’ve set that process in place, you can then start thinking about “when can I retire?”
Over the past decades, we’ve worked with thousands of investors and learned that even some CPAs, CFOs, and other financial professionals don’t know the first thing about how to choose stocks.
Lacking number-crunching skills is usually not a problem in most people’s daily lives. But it could pose a major threat to their retirement.
Our founder has a Columbia MBA in finance and has managed multi-million-dollar hedge funds. You can trust that we know what we’re doing when it comes to choosing stocks of great companies.
Most mutual funds contain hidden fees that can result in millions lost during decades of investing.
A few of them are legitimate, such as the investment advisory fees paid for your advisor to recommend the best funds for you to buy. Other fees are less defensible, such as sales loads (sales charges and commissions for buying and selling funds) and administrative fees. Not to mention fees to help your fund manager market her products so that her mutual fund company can make even more money!
Most people complain about $2 ATM transaction fees — think about how much they are paying in hidden mutual fund fees!
Separately managed accounts.
That phrase might not mean much to you, but it could mean a lot to your wallet.
The inability to separate accounts is the reason that people have to pay taxes on capital gains even when they lose money in their mutual fund.
With separately managed accounts, your stocks are owned by you directly, kept track of separately, and you pay taxes on only the realized gains on the individual stocks. This is a huge benefit because it allows us to pick, choose, and time when taxable income is incurred.
Smart investors have noticed that fundamental problems arise where ownership and control of the modern corporation are separated. Managers control the firm and can make decisions that benefit themselves at the expense of the firm’s owners.
Value-based management systems (VBM) are the answer to this problem.
Our value-based investing method avoids stocks in companies whose managers’ interests are not aligned with the interests of investors’. We know that these companies will not lead to long-term value for our clients.
Instead, the ValueAligned® Partners investment system focuses exclusively on VBM-friendly companies.
An Economic Value Added™ Stock
is a stock of a company that has high Economic Value Added™ (EVA), meaning that it is likely to provide maximum shareholder value based on certain calculations.
Consulting firm Stern Stewart & Co. developed and trademarked the EVA™ methodology to mitigate the various flaws in other valuation measures.
From 1997 to 2002, ValueAligned® Partners’ founder, David Berkowitz, was in charge of Stern Stewart’s North American EVA™ implementations. He specialized in advising manufacturing companies on how to manage the company to maximize shareholder value, so he can spot a well-run company – from a shareholder’s point of view – from a mile away.
Now, he uses his unique Economic Value Added™ expertise to help average investors grow their retirement savings.
Unlike Brokers, as Fiduciary, Independent Financial Planners, we are legally bound to put your interests ahead of our own.
You may have worked with an independent financial advisor whom you thought was serving as a fiduciary but instead turned out to be nothing but a middle man.
Eliminating 100% of all middle men (and the high fees they command) has been one of our core values since David Lee Berkowitz founded the firm in 2002. We wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s one of many ways that we ensure you’re getting the maximum possible retirement savings.
Separately managed accounts (SMAs) have traditionally been a tool for the wealthy, including our clients with more than $1 billion in net worth. Unfortunately, they’ve traditionally been out of the reach of most other investors. But with the incredible advances in technology, we can now avail them to all of our clients.
Our “breatkthrough solution” SMA
requires just a $25,000 investment and an all-in cost to clients of 100 basis points.
Separately managed accounts avoid tax pitfalls by giving the investors the benefits of professional money management, with all of the tax efficiencies associated with individual cost basis.
Quite simply, SMAs can do all these great things because of technology…specifically, computing power. Instead of having to pool investors’ money with that of other investors to gain enough money to buy one full share of stock (as is the case with mutual funds), computing power now allows us to buy a fractional share of stock for you – and you alone.
Pretty much every human is vulnerable to the “buy high, sell low” scenario. It’s all based on the instinct to preserve what we have while holding on to as much money as possible.
If anyone tells you they can consistently and successfully “time the market,” we give you license to call them out. No one, not even experienced stock investors like us, can consistently call the market’s short-term ups and downs.
Successful investors are in the market for the long-term – staying the course with a consistent investment program – avoiding critical market-timing mistakes.
Staying the course does not mean “buy and hold forever” or “buy and forget” stock investing. It’s about making regular investments and adjusting your portfolio as your needs and market-prices-relative-to-value change, as opposed to trying to time the market’s short-term ups and downs.
It means periodically reviewing your portfolio
and rebalancing it to avoid becoming predominated by over-valued stocks. And it means measuring and monitoring market-based risk so we can change tactics when the risk of general market decline increases.
Diversification is the process of combining different types of non-correlated investments that don’t all move in the same direction, by the same amount, at the same time in reaction to market forces. An example diversified portfolio might include retail, technology, and energy stocks, all with different risk characteristics.
By optimizing different investment type combinations that don’t move together, it is possible to generate higher returns without increasing risk — when one security or securities from one sector perform poorly, others may perform well. Therefore, diversification allows you to incur less risk and achieve higher expected returns in the market over an extended period.
Investment costs such as fees, commissions, and sales charges matter! The more you pay, the less you earn in return.
ValueAligned® Partners brings our clients UNLIMITED COMMISSION-FREE TRADING on MOST SECURITIES in exchange for a low annual fee based on invested assets. That’s it. No commissions, loads, or other fees to separate you from your money.
Study after study consistently shows that, over the long term, mutual funds actually trail the broad market averages, such as the S&P 500 index.
Add in the tax-minimization abilities built into the ValueAligned® Investing approach, and it’s hard to believe why anyone would choose the mutual fund approach. The truth is, it’s usually based in fear of bucking the trend – “Everyone else invests in mutual funds, so I guess I should too.” Following the herd is almost always a bad idea, however.
The TOTAL cost to any ValueAligned® Partners client is one low fee. (*Note that your custodian may charge for other services like IRA trust maintenance.)
Seeing how much potential their savings have has been the impetus for many of our clients to stop paying high hidden fees and transition to an investing method that helps them save for retirement by promising real purchasing power.
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