“It’s been a good strategy for companies,” said Adrian Cronje, chief investment officer at Balentine LLC, which manages more than $1 billion in investments. The top line of a balance sheet, where revenue is listed, grew the most at companies that expanded their business into emerging markets outside the United States, he said.
Through the years, as we have worked with clients who share our passion for principled investment within the community, we have often been asked how to put these principles into work within investment portfolios. Impact investing provides one of the best strategies for doing so. Impact investing, more specifically, is an investment strategy that seeks to generate both financial returns and positive social and/or environmental results.
Balentine employs an “Art and Science” approach to investment management. Within this approach, Science, a term that describes our highly objective investment decisions based on our scientific models, determines our strategic neutral position given today’s starting point. Our annual Capital Markets Forecasts are used to determine that strategic neutral position and the investment course we chart.
The stock market in China tends to rally after the Chinese New Year, says Clark Li, Global Investment Research Director at Balentine, a $1 billion advisory firm in Atlanta. “We are bullish towards emerging markets this month,” says Li. Balentine’s models update monthly. February the model went from bearish EM equity compared to developed markets, to bullish.
On January 1st, 2011, America’s Baby Boom generation began to turn 65. Roughly 10,000 boomers a day will pass this milestone birthday over the course of the next two decades, with many making plans to sell their businesses and enter retirement. At Balentine, we have a long history of working closely with individuals and families who either currently own or have recently sold their operating companies.
2011 was filled with many ups and downs – with issues ranging from natural disasters to politically-created ones affecting markets. In this three part series, we will look back at some of the biggest factors that affected the economy and examine their potential impact going forward. In Part One of this series, David Damiani, Director of Risk Management, discusses Balentine’s risk-first approach to investing and the benefits of approaching investments in this way.
In 1970, Warren Buffett opened a family safety deposit box to discover a letter from his grandfather and $1,000 cash. The letter, written to Buffett’s uncle on his 10th wedding anniversary, extolled the virtues of ready cash, explaining, “Over a period of a good many years I have known a great many people who at some time or another have suffered in various ways simply because they did not have ready cash.”
In our Market Notebook, we often share information when we make policy changes, explaining the What (the allocation change), the When and the Why (the reasons behind the rebalance), but we have never explained the How: the behind the scenes mechanics that go into an allocation change. Though Balentine is not a Broker Dealer, each time a policy change is enacted, portfolio implementation considerations play a central role. Implementation is one of the key components of investment management and though often overlooked or misunderstood, implementation has important implications for our clients’ portfolios.
In the weeks since Washington increased the debt limit, the markets have been a roller coaster ride. Continued fallout from the political debacle of early August and disappointing data from housing, manufacturing and employment sectors have all come together to create the perfect storm for a double dip recession. At Balentine, we have spent the last 18 months preparing portfolios for such an event and are positioned to weather the storm, by including protection from a sustained low interest rate environment, the threat of inflation and the economic struggles of the developed world.
A few weeks ago, the world’s markets began to adjust due to a significantly higher probability that there would be a global recession over the coming year. Stocks are down more than 15%, the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond has fallen below 2.5%, Europe is in trouble and Gold is at record levels. After the markets closed on Friday, August 5, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgraded U.S. debt, saying that our elected officials’ failure to agree upon steps to reduce spending and pay down debt caused the U.S. to lose its coveted AAA rating. Should we be worried? Well, yes and no.