We believe the best way to reduce risk and enhance returns is to construct globally diversified, multi-asset-class portfolios that will harness the wealth-creating power of global capital markets. Each client's customized portfolio is a blend of our core institutional equity strategy and a selection of mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, real estate investment trusts and publicly-traded limited partnerships targeted to achieve portfolio exposure in specific asset classes, such as foreign and emerging market stocks and alternative assets. Our core equity portfolio consists of a concentrated group of high-quality, dividend growth companies. This is based on our belief in the power of rising dividends to drive superior investment performance with lower volatility.

At Raub Brock Capital Management, we manage client portfolios based on the following factors:

Quality. We start our decision making process with an elite group of financially strong companies. In times of increased volatility, investors tend to move toward higher quality equity securities, supporting their prices and making them less volatile than alternative investments. These exceptionally strong companies have proven that they can hold up through tough economic and market conditions with less price volatility.

Dividends Matter. At RBCM, dividends matter – a lot. In fact, in our core equity portfolio we invest only in companies who pay generous dividends, have a track record of consistently raising those dividends, and have every likelihood of continuing to increase dividends. We believe there are five main benefits to investing in companies that grow their dividends:

  • Dividends provide a clear signal of corporate financial health. Dividends enhance earnings transparency of a company and exert a level of financial discipline on management. They also increase corporate accountability and can be a signal of management’s confidence for future growth prospects.
  • Provide a significant source of total return. Dividend paying stocks offer the potential for both capital growth and income. Reinvested dividends have accounted for nearly 50% of equity total return since the 1930s.
  • Lower relative volatility. Dividends have helped buffer portfolio losses when equity prices have declined. Across longer time horizons, dividend paying stocks have produced stronger returns with considerably less risk than non-dividend-yielding securities.
  • Higher returns regardless of interest rate movements. Regardless of how the Federal Reserve alters monetary policy, dividend-paying stocks have historically outpaced their non-dividend paying counterparts.
  • Downside protection during turbulent market cycles. Dividend-paying stocks have outperformed non-dividend payers through both bull and bear markets. This pattern has been even greater for stocks that have grown their dividends over time.

Stocks represent an ownership interest in a business. At RBCM, we view stocks for what they are: an ownership interest in a business led by managers who view us as co-owners. We do not sell a company just because news headlines trumpet a macro-economic or political concern. We do not use market timing tactics. We focus on the business fundamentals that dictate the ability of the company to exhibit a consistent pattern of dividend increases greater than that of the market as a whole and whose business execution should, in Raub Brock's judgment, allow them to continue to raise their dividends.

A Long-Term View. Preservation and steady growth are the cornerstones of our wealth management approach. Benjamin Graham, the great-grandfather of investing and Warren Buffett's mentor, said, "In the short run, the market is a voting machine (influenced by popularity), but in the long run, it is a weighing machine (a measure of value)." Stock prices in the short run may react to world news, rumors, analyst recommendations, forced selling by institutional holders facing redemptions, or speculative buying by momentum-driven investors – none of which have much to do with the underlying ability of the company to continue generating cash flow or its related underlying value. In the long run, however, stock prices track closely with dividend growth, earnings and cash flow.

We begin every investment as if we plan to own it forever. Adopting this attitude directs us toward quality companies who treat us like true owners, and who share their earnings through dividends. Since the stock market takes such a short-term view of investing, it also creates opportunities to purchase some wonderful companies at great prices. When they run into temporary difficulty, as all companies do, the market often lowers the stock prices on quality companies that we know will grow successfully for decades to come. This creates low-risk opportunities to enhance long-term returns for our clients.

Focused Portfolio. Our portfolio typically holds between 20-25 companies. This focused approach has several advantages. The first is that our winners make a real difference in performance. If a stock doubles in a portfolio of 50-100 companies, the impact on performance will be small. While concentration can be double-edged sword, our track record has proven that a properly diversified portfolio with carefully selected companies can result in sound portfolio performance with less volatility than the market. Although our portfolio is relatively concentrated, we rarely own more than two stocks in the same sector or industry.

Low Portfolio Turnover. Our annual turnover averages about 25%, which means that we hold stocks for about four years. This turnover reflects the ongoing process of trimming oversized weights and selling certain stocks in favor of more compelling ones. A 25% turnover in a 20-25 stock portfolio means that we need 4-5 new ideas per year. This allows us to wait patiently for the most attractive opportunities. Furthermore, taxes can be one of the greatest obstacles to building capital, and low turnover produces attractive after-tax returns.

Asset Class Diversification. We believe that globally diversifying investments across multiple asset classes is central to successful investment management. Multiple uncorrelated asset classes and sector diversification help to enhance returns and provide protection. By combining multiple asset classes and sectors, we are able to build portfolios that harness the wealth-creating power of global capital markets while offering downside protection.

What You Get to Keep. Tax inefficiencies and excessive fees detract from client returns. We exercise great care in the appropriate placement of investments within taxable and tax-deferred accounts and continually monitor and review portfolios for tax opportunities in order to mitigate the tax consequences of portfolio management. Excessive expenses also reduce investment returns for clients. Since Raub Brock has no proprietary financial interest in any strategy or investment product, we always select investments for our clients that combine top performance expectations with the lowest possible cost.

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To see if our approach is right for you, please review our Disciplined Wealth Process. The Disciplined Wealth Process is a continuous and dynamic approach to financial management that will help you protect and grow your wealth, achieve your goals, and attain peace of mind.

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