Wealth Management Begins with Risk Management
At Vago Financial our focus, first and foremost, is on managing risk. Why? Because the “buy and hold” strategies that worked in the past have proven inadequate to 21st Century challenges:
- From 2000-02 the S&P declined 47%; the NASDAQ declined 78%.
- From 2007-09 the S&P declined 56%.
*Data is from Yahoo Finance
The Fallout: A Lost Decade and More….
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For a buy and hold investor it took almost 13 years, from March 2000-January 2013, just to recover what they had lost in these downturns. They made nothing and would have seriously depleted their nest egg had they taken money out for retirement or emergencies.
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Can You Afford to Proceed with Business as Usual?
Since bottoming out in March 2009, the S&P has gone on a 7-year bull market run that has more than tripled its value. It traded near its all-time high at a time when corporate profits declined 18% from their peak levels.
Additionally, two major sources boosted its climb:
- The Fed’s quantitative easing
- Corporate stock buybacks
When there is an occasion when a client needs go beyond the scope of our firm we have developed relationships with legal & accounting firms along with other companies that may help to solve a client’s special situation.
Our Answer: Low Risk, Low Volatility Investment Platforms
The Key Ingredient: Tactical Management
Clearly they didn’t achieve such results with a buy and hold or asset allocation strategy. Instead, they all relied on their proprietary, tactically managed trading platforms to help guide their investment decisions: when to be in the market, when to go “risk-off” to cash, and even when to hedge and possibly make money when markets were declining.
Our goal for each client is to bring all our recourses to bear in an effort to give time-tested solutions for today and beyond.
Our affiliates span the financial landscape. We want to always use client first solutions no matter where we need to turn.
We don’t believe in the sales culture, but instead we believe in the service culture. Our approach is to dig in and get to the core issues.
We invite you to have a complimentary risk analysis done by us, where we can show you in detail the kind of risks you currently have in your portfolio and how it compares to strategies we offer.