Our Investment Philosophy
Asset Mix Management
A key determinant to successful investing is an appropriate mix of assets - cash, stocks and bonds. Using recommendations from BMO Nesbitt Burns' Research Department, we work closely with clients to develop portfolios that are tailored for them. As part of our long-term relationship, we will recommend changes to a portfolio mix if their personal circumstances change.
Prudent Security selection
For investors with a long-term outlook, equities have historically outperformed other classes of securities. Drawing on the expertise of not only BMO Nesbitt Burns' industry leading Research, but also JP Morgan, S&P and Accountability Research Corporation we will recommend a well-diversified portfolio of Canadian and/or U.S. equities to help meet each client's needs for capital growth.
Once sector allocations have been determined, we turn to the task of selecting specific individual investments. For equity investments we look for the following attributes.
- Low valuations relative to earnings, historical range and competitors.
- Larger Issuers with higher credit quality and the potential for credit upgrade.
- Leaders in their industry with established barriers to entry
- Strong earnings track-record with attractive future outlook.
- Globally diversified income streams.
- Higher dividend and interest yields
- Well positioned to benefit from macro business and market trends
- Good corporate citizens
- Research/Top pick recommendations from internal and external resources.
While we take a long-term approach to selecting investments we may make short-term decisions based on current economic decisions and market volatility.
Guaranteed Investment Certificates and other fixed income securities constitute a major component of our clients' portfolios. The wide selection of issues available through BMO Nesbitt Burns is sure to include the right term and yield for any investor. We believe that fixed income vehicles offer an extremely attractive way to achieve steady income, moderate investment risk and potentially generate capital gains.