At Gradient Investments, LLC, our innovative approach to investing is focused on understanding our clients and providing personalized investment solutions. We believe that client access to our investment professionals is an invaluable service that is rare in the financial services industry.
Who We Are
Gradient Investments is an independent, privately-owned, fee-based, SEC-registered investment advisor that provides professional money management services. We serve individuals, employer-sponsored pension plans, foundations, endowments and corporations primarily through exchange-traded funds (ETFs), options and separately managed accounts.
We actively manage accounts through our proprietary Wright Investment Strategy, which is based on the principles of flight. The Wright brothers conquered this challenge by developing a scientific 3-Axis Control System that is still used today on fixed-wing aircrafts. We address investment challenges through a parallel 3-Axis Control System.
Active risk management is the foundation of our investment process. Risk exposure is defined as the potential deviation from an expected outcome. Standard deviation is used to measure the volatility of an investment. Higher standard deviation of an investment results in greater relative risk (and possible reward) due to uncertainty in the amount of return within the portfolio. Our approach to risk exposure minimizes standard deviation, and our risk management strategy helps to ensure assets are actively monitored and balanced based on investors’ desired risk profiles.
Investment strategy is defined as a set of rules, behaviors or procedures that guide investors to select appropriate investment portfolios. Our tailored investment strategy is designed around personal risk tolerances, and our investment selection process within our proprietary model portfolios is client-focused. Unlike other investment managers who offer the same portfolio to every potential client, we take a different approach. Rather than forcing investors into arbitrary categories, we build portfolios tailored to their individual objectives, risk tolerances and time horizons.
Investment performance is defined as the rate of return on an investment portfolio (given investors’ unique risk profiles). We measure investment performance against their goals and objectives. Our disciplined investment approach is shaped by a long-term investment focus, thorough due diligence, and a belief that broad diversification across and within asset classes is essential for long-term success. Our portfolios are designed to yield higher annual returns and less volatility relative to their respective benchmarks. Our Investment Performance Axis uses calculated charting, sophisticated performance reporting, and our proprietary investment tool, Portfolio Pilot. This invaluable tool provides the opportunity to visualize the relationship between risk (standard deviation) and reward (return).
Experience On Your Side
We built our dedicated investment team around seasoned investment professionals: our portfolio managers provide decades of institutional investment experience and have a deep working knowledge of the individual client market. Whether your investment goal is preserving principal, maximizing income or accumulating capital, our investment team has a carefully designed strategy to help you achieve your long-term investment goals.
GI In The Media
Our investment team is regularly featured in the national media in print and on television. Some recent appearances include CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CNN Money, and the Wall Street Journal.
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- Netflix lifts S&P, Nasdaq; J&J, Procter hold Dow in check Reuters 2018-01-23
- Jeremy Bryan on Growth Stocks TD Ameritrade 2017-12-13
- CVS Spends $69 Billion to Buy Aetna -- All Eyes Now on Amazon The Street 2017-12-03
- Nasdaq on Pace for Worst Day in Three Months After Another Sudden Tech Selloff The Street 2017-11-29
- Stocks Rebound on Tech Rally as Treasuries Weaken: Markets Wrap Bloomberg 2017-11-16
- With Aetna Deal, Is CVS Turning Its Back on Retail? The Street 2017-10-27
- Dow Industrials Briefly Cross 23000 for First Time Wall Street Journal 2017-10-16
- Will Gold Prices Keep Extending Their Gains? Forbes 2017-09-11
- Stocks Drop Most Since May, Bonds Rally on Tension: Markets Wrap Bloomberg 2017-08-09
- CVS Health's dull third-quarter forecast overshadows profit beat Reuters 2017-08-08
- Take Advantage Of The International Performance Gap With These 2 Stocks Forbes 2017-08-07
- The Reading On REITs FA Magazine 2017-08-01
- Emerging Markets Are Still a Bargain U.S. News 2017-07-21
- Monthly Dividend Stocks Offer Added Payouts U.S. News & World Report 2017-06-29
- U.S. Stocks Mixed, Dollar Lower on Growth Concern: Markets Wrap Bloomberg 2017-06-16
Investing can be a challenging yet rewarding process. Information changes rapidly which is why it is so important to stay informed. Please enjoy our latest market commentary and reflections.
Corrections, Interest Rates and Inflation
The US stock market had a correction in early February after starting the year with strong price returns in January. A correction is defined as a fall of 10% from recent highs and the chart below illustrates the past week's volatile performance in the market:
Year End 2017
The fourth quarter was another celebration for bulls in a year to be remembered for strong returns and an extraordinary lack of market volatility. The proverbial “wall of worry” kept investor’s bullish emotions in check as news flow on health care, tax reform, political uncertainty and elevated market valuations kept investors cautious. The market largely shrugged off these fears, and asset classes rose based upon supportive fundamental growth and strong corporate earnings.Read More
Our investment selection process within our proprietary model portfolios is client focused. We build a portfolio tailored to your unique objectives, risk tolerances and time horizons. Watch the videos to learn more about our proprietary model portfolios.
Portfolio Analysis Review
Our proprietary Portfolio Analysis Review (PAR) process gives you a detailed breakdown and thorough written analysis of your entire investment portfolio. The PAR process combines powerful third-party statistics with a simple, easy-to-read report so you can truly understand the possible risks and rewards of your current investment portfolio.Play Video
You gather and provide brokerage statements to a trusted advisor with a completed Color of Money Risk Analysis.
Our investment team will analyze and conduct a comprehensive Portfolio Analysis Review which includes the following areas of analysis: Morningstar Rating (1-5 Stars), Fees and Expenses (loads and internal fees), Performance (1, 3, 5, 10 years), Risk Exposure (as measured by standard deviation), and Allocation and Diversification.
Charting your desired flight plan with the proprietary Portfolio Pilot report is a process of thoroughly analyzing your current investments and desired risk tolerance, and making appropriate recommendations in a simple, easy-to-read format. The report is designed to illustrate your current portfolio risk/reward ratio relative to the risk/reward ratio within the selected portfolio. The report is based on personalized information and backed by independent, third-party data from Morningstar. Navigating through retirement is similar to flying in inclement weather. Charting an investment flight plan with the Portfolio Pilot can enable you to avoid turbulence by plotting your desired flight plan and seeking the greatest return for the least amount of risk.
You receive the Portfolio Analysis Review and can discuss findings with your advisor. At your request, you can schedule a consultation with a member of the Gradient Investments portfolio management team.
The interactive Asset Map provides a unique overview of your current and proposed asset allocation. The goal is to customize an overall strategy tailored to your risk tolerance, investment objectives and time horizon. This powerful tool is meant to give you a general idea of what you may expect long-term from a risk and reward standpoint. This proprietary tool allows you to analyze multiple investment strategies tailored to your risk tolerance, time horizon, investment objectives and income needs.