Equity Investing

We seek to buy growing, profitable, and well-capitalized businesses at reasonable prices. The habit of relating quality to value is central to the WCA equity investing process.

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Asset Allocation

A comprehensive suite of asset allocation portfolios focused on matching investment objectives with risk tolerance. Both passive and active strategies are offered.

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Fixed Income

This portfolio seeks to generate a stream of income from a portfolio of 30 investment-grade corporate bonds. The portfolio is constructed as a “ladder” with maturities spanning 10 years.

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Recent Commentary

Debt Negotiations and Uncertainty: Importance of Quality Focus

Like it or not, debt negotiations and shutdowns are integral to the political process, recurring over the past 50 years. The fear of a budget impasse, shutdown, default, and debt downgrade has again gripped the markets. However, it is unlikely that lawmakers will allow a debt default, following instead a familiar pattern of bipartisan argument, brinksmanship, and, finally, compromise. While an outright U.S. government debt default is improbable, we should emphasize quality due to its numerous benefits. Durable, flexible, and predictable firms tend to fare better in uncertain times. In contrast, financially weak firms are more susceptible to government default…

Consistency and Quality

Consistency is not flashy. Consistency does not take center stage. Consistency does not make headlines. Yet, consistency wins the day when predictability is in short supply, as it is now. With many observing that the recession risk is high, earnings could be at risk. Sales and profit margins for the S&P 500 companies are rolling over. Forecasted earnings trends are also headed down. Several high-profile companies that boasted stellar growth in 2020-2021 are falling flat. For this reason, we thought we should focus on consistency — one of the three pillars of our definition of “quality.” Consistency Defined When evaluating…

Q2 2023 Conquest Tactical Asset Allocation

Surging inflation and interest rate expectations undermined stock and bond markets last year. There are nascent signs these trends may be reversing. Accordingly, stocks and bonds have rallied so far in 2023, despite the emergence of concerns in the banking sector. After a period of being slightly underweight equities, we have aligned tactical portfolio risk exposure close to benchmarks to reflect improvement in our WCA Barometer, coupled with a wide band of uncertainty around the forecast. Conquest portfolios