The ‘Sweet Spot’ Between Robo-Advice and The Dinosaurs

Posted by Mike Carlone on 11/10/20 12:51 PM

It took some painful contortions in the markets this year for many advisors to realize robo-advisors may not be as diversified and risk-managed as they claim.

At Blueprint, we believe there is a “sweet spot” between the rudimentary machinations of a robo-advisor and a more traditional asset allocation method. In fact, we’ve bet our business on it. But, this briefing isn’t meant to say, “I told you so,” rather to articulate a solution to a problem that many well-intentioned advisors are contemplating.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance, Systematic Investing

ESG Investing: Driven by Risk Management & Client Demand (Part 2)

Posted by Brandon Langley on 10/27/20 9:41 AM

There’s been a paradigm shift in our recent conversations with advisors about ESG investing.

Whereas ESG investors previously were thought by some to be anti-capitalist tree huggers, this silly trope has run its course. Instead, there is a realization that optimal management of resources, social equity, and ethical corporate administration can significantly benefit human productivity and profits across the board.

This realization has helped portfolio managers recalibrate the idea of risk that is embedded within a portfolio. Just the same, the groundswell that is ESG has made it increasingly self-evident to investors that they no longer have to choose between their ideals and returns.

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Topics: Systematic Investing

You Can’t Win a Tournament in Round 1, But You Sure Can Lose It

Posted by Brandon Langley on 10/20/20 12:05 PM

Haters who know I bleed “Carolina Blue” will accuse me of taking a cheap shot with the story I’m about to retell. But when the world of sports rivalries intersects with managing risk in an investment portfolio, it seems unreasonable to ask me to not make the following comparison!

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Topics: Systematic Investing

‘CliffsNotes’ For Elite Financial Advisors

Posted by Mike Carlone on 10/8/20 12:12 PM

A confession: Without CliffsNotes, I may not have made it through high school…or college. In fact, until just recently, I actually thought it was “CliffNotes” (no “s”) – but I digress.

If you’re like me, these very valuable summaries are extremely helpful and efficient. With that in mind, I wanted to share three takeaways from a financial services virtual event last week, all of which struck me as highly relevant for elite financial advisors.

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Topics: Advisor Practice Management

ESG Investing: On Par with Value, Growth, or Momentum? (Part 1)

Posted by Jon Robinson on 9/17/20 1:33 PM

“[B]ecause capital markets pull future risk forward, we will see changes in capital allocation more quickly than we see changes to the climate itself.”

And just like that, Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, potentially changed everything. This quote is taken from his letter to CEOs in January, where Fink argues that climate change is the defining determinant of a company’s future success.

We believe his letter foreshadows a world where environmental, social, and governance factors are on a similar playing field as value, quality, and momentum.

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Topics: Systematic Investing

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