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We also share ideas with a private network of trusted investment professionals and family offices that we have developed over our careers.  This network broadens our access to investment opportunities and gives us valuable feedback in our analysis.  Further, we have a strategic alliance with Iridius Capital to provide unique private investment opportunities to clients in the areas of real estate, cross-border international investments and specialty financial services.

WindRock Research

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The final filter in selecting specific investment managers and opportunities resides with WindRock.  We utilize the best research from outside firms and strategic partners and combine it with our internal research to deliver unique investment opportunities to clients.  This entrepreneurial-minded process of gathering the best ideas from a host of trusted sources delivers a superior array of choices for our clients.

WindRock Views

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In addition to the views of these experts, we utilize our own insights and experience to identify opportunities and risks in the environment ahead.  We seek to identify the macroeconomic path of highest probability while remaining aware of varying outcomes.

Outside Experts

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In our world of data overload, there are too many conflicting investment views and opinions for investors to process.  Therefore, it is critical to identify a select group of trusted voices and to filter their views into a manageable process.  We have identified a group of leading independent forecasters that have consistently gotten the big picture macroeconomic calls right regarding the direction of the economy and stock market.  They sounded warning signals well in advance of prior bursting financial bubbles, while most in the industry stood silent.  We aggregate these expert views, looking for similarities and seeking to understand differences of opinion.

The best investors are independent minds, not beholden to Wall Street influence.  We embrace this mindset of creative and independent thinking in our investment process.  The outcome of this process is a portfolio of carefully selected investments that offer the opportunity of enhanced returns while diversifying risks.

In our view, investors should have little faith left in the mainstream approach to protect them from these severe declines given three permanent problems in the industry:

  • An inability to see the big picture
    The industry takes comfort in phrases like “markets are efficient” and “no one could see it coming”. In fact, bubbles are often so obvious that experts are blind to them.  Most in the industry are so focused on the details of their research that they fail to step back and observe the big picture unfolding. Seeing the big picture through all of the noise requires common sense, adherence to a sound economic philosophy and a keen understanding of human history and behavior.  After all, as the philosopher George Santayana prophetically warned: “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
  • Misaligned incentives
    The industry remains riddled with hidden conflicts of interest and incentive structures that are sales-oriented and not in the best interest of clients. Most investment advisors are not trusted voices for clients, but rather sales teams for Wall Street very far removed from the actual investment research. Further, few advisors share the key ingredient to successful investing – the edge of an entrepreneurial mindset that is found in most prominent business owners and savvy investment minds.
  • Career risk
    Portfolios must look different than benchmarks to beat benchmark performance. Yet, advisors worry that this approach may get them fired in the interim since there is so much focus on short-term results.  Most in the industry believe clients may fire them if they perform out of sync with benchmarks. Accordingly, they would rather track benchmarks down 38% when the market is down 40% to be able to say “we did better”. They construct portfolios that over-diversify and do not deviate much from general stock and bond benchmarks because the main risk in their careers is deviating from benchmarks. We think this is the wrong way to invest.

Macroeconomic “Big Picture”

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We believe that the “writing is often on the wall” as to the macroeconomic direction ahead.  Today, unprecedented government debt and money printing are fuelling what may be the greatest financial bubble of our lifetimes.  Despite giving lip service to these issues, the mainstream industry remains largely blind to them and did little to protect their clients from the devastating aftermath of prior bubbles in technology, housing and the stock market.  We have asked ourselves, how can an industry full of so many well-educated economists consistently miss what are now deemed to be obvious investment bubbles? We believe this is due to several Permanent Problems In The Industry.    

Despite this, there are a select group of leading independent forecasters that have correctly foreseen the big picture and consistently sounded the warning bell well in advance of these bubble bursting.  We utilize research from these handpicked experts to shape our own views.  By identifying the prevailing macroeconomic trends, we position client portfolios for the environment ahead.  It is this ability to position for the big picture that led many of America’s richest families to dramatically increase wealth in the midst of the Great Depression.

Building Portfolios

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The construction of investment portfolios follows our investment philosophy, which is rooted in the belief that an effective process needs to combine the best elements of a Macroeconomic “Big Picture” with an Entrepreneurial-Minded Research Process to uncover unique investment opportunities for the environment ahead.  Our philosophy has been shaped by our experiences in the industry and two key insights:

  • The mainstream industry is largely incapable of identifying the macroeconomic “big picture” and looming financial bubbles, resulting in devastating losses for their clients as these bubbles burst.
  • The best results are achieved by thinking differently and straying from the mainstream advice which is still driven by a Wall Street sales culture.

Today, investors are overwhelmed by too many investment views and offerings to consider.  WindRock serves to filter all of these top-down macroeconomic views with bottom-up investment choices to bring clients our top recommendations.

 

Outside Experts

Top-Down Macroeconomic Views:

We filter expert big picture views into actionable decisions.


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Bottom-Up Investment Opportunities:

We uncover unique investment opportunities to fit the macroeconomic environment.

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Other Services

Our clients benefit from access to services offered through our network of third-party outside providers which may include lending arrangements (mortgages and secured lending), family office services (e.g. bill-paying, concierge services), and connections to leading tax accountants, estate attorneys, and insurance providers, etc.

 

Unique Private Opportunities

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Investors’ immediate challenge today is finding reasonable returns in a world of compressed interest rates and overvalued markets.  We believe investors can take advantage of unique investment opportunities that offer compelling returns today.  Our strategic partnership with Iridius Capital provides select investors with unique opportunities in real estate, cross-border international investments and specialty financial services.    Currently, Iridius Capital is focused on hybrid rental real estate, developing all-rental communities that deliver a single family home experience.

Financial Assets

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Our approach to identifying investment managers is to utilize the best ideas of outside research providers combined with our internal research.  We seek proven investment managers as well as low-cost index mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that mimic market performance. Our general bias in selecting managers is to identify those with a strong track record of outperformance who are not afraid to be contrarians and will position portfolios based on the macroeconomic forces shaping the world ahead. 

In general, we will adjust allocations to stocks and bonds to match our prevailing macroeconomic view.  For example, in periods with a heightened risk of a downturn, we will reposition exposure into more nimble and defensive tactical strategies. These tactical strategies involve managers that respond quickly to changing market conditions.

Hard Assets

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Unlike financial assets such as stocks and bonds, hard or “tangible” assets represent ownership in physical assets.  These assets include energy, agriculture and metals as well as real estate.  We identify investments that will benefit as the amount of paper currency in the global system continues to expand.  These investments will perform well in the current weak growth environment, but are poised to excel as an inflationary path takes hold.    We combine our own research with recommendations from outside research firms to arrive at WindRock’s Preservation Fund strategy.  Our strategy is to preserve the real purchasing power of client assets from the inflationary damage caused by currency debasement. The Preservation Fund invests in a diversified mix of assets in the following categories:

  • Precious Metals
    • physical gold and silver
    • mining stocks
  • Select Foreign Currencies
    • focus on countries with stable balance sheets
    • includes energy, agriculture and industrial metals
  • Commodities
    • current focus on farmland
  • Unique Trades
    • commodity or industry specific investments poised to appreciate based on anticipated trends

 

Family Office Solutions

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For clients with at least $10 million of investable assets, we enhance our wealth management offerings by serving as our client’s trusted confidant, providing holistic advice and planning services. For this select group of clients, we develop an intimate working relationship with their family to design services to meet their specific needs and objectives.  Such services may include wealth planning and capital sufficiency projections, gift planning, securing preferred lending arrangements, and providing education and investment management for heirs. WindRock can also assist in coordinating their financial team of advisors including their estate attorney, tax accountant and insurance provider etc. to ensure that a client’s entire advisor team is working in harmony for the best client experience.

Service Offerings

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We offer a broad array of wealth management services plus, for investors with more than $10 million, enhanced family office solutions.

 

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The Preservation Fund
  Financial
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Global Equities and Bonds, including Tactical Strategies
  Unique Private Opportunities Iridius Capital      

 

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WindRock Wealth Management

WindRock Wealth Management is an independent investment management firm founded on the belief that investment success in today’s increasingly uncertain world requires a focus on the macroeconomic “big picture” combined with an entrepreneurial mindset to seize on unique investment opportunities. We serve as the trusted voice to a select group of high net worth individuals, family offices, foundations and retirement plans.

Today, in an attempt to offset continued economic weakness, governments are reacting with spending, debt issuance, and intervention in the economy on a scale without precedent in modern history. Although these policies may buy time, they cannot solve the underlying issues. Ultimately, governments will repay debt with their last remaining option – printing more money. As money floods the system, this will drive inflation higher despite continued weakness in the economy.

Under these circumstances, the current conventional model of a static bond and stock mix will fail. It will fail investors in realizing reasonable returns. It will fail investors in preserving their purchasing power after inflation. And it will fail investors in protecting their capital and securing their retirement.

The conventional experts do not foresee such risks. But these same experts missed the bubbles in technology, real estate, and equities. Today they are missing the bubble in government debt and the ramifications of unbridled money creation. WindRock understands these issues and positions clients to not only minimize their risk associated with these dangers, but to profit from them.

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Outside Experts

In our world of data overload, there are too many conflicting investment views and opinions for investors to process.  Therefore, it is critical to identify a select group of trusted voices and to filter their views into a manageable process.  We have identified a group of leading independent forecasters that have consistently gotten the big picture macroeconomic calls right regarding the direction of the economy and stock market.  They sounded warning signals well in advance of prior bursting financial bubbles, while most in the industry stood silent.  We aggregate these expert views, looking for similarities and seeking to understand differences of opinion.

WindRock Views

In addition to the views of these experts, we utilize our own insights and experience to identify opportunities and risks in the environment ahead.  We seek to identify the macroeconomic path of highest probability while remaining aware of varying outcomes.

WindRock Research

The final filter in selecting specific investment managers and opportunities resides with WindRock.  We utilize the best research from outside firms and strategic partners and combine it with our internal research to deliver unique investment opportunities to clients.  This entrepreneurial-minded process of gathering the best ideas from a host of trusted sources delivers a superior array of choices for our clients.

Opportunities with Strategic Partners

We also share ideas with a private network of trusted investment professionals and family offices that we have developed over our careers.  This network broadens our access to investment opportunities and gives us valuable feedback in our analysis.  Further, we have a strategic alliance with Iridius Capital to provide unique private investment opportunities to clients in the areas of real estate, cross-border international investments and specialty financial services.

Outside Research

There is a dizzying array of investment choices for investors today: the selection of the investment manager, the various types of investment vehicles such as mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), separately managed accounts and limited partnerships (LPs), and tax considerations.   To efficiently filter the universe of investment choices, we partner with a group of third-party outside research providers and utilize their research recommendations as a starting point for our own analysis and evaluation.

Investment Management

We offer an array of investment solutions for clients ranging from high net-worth investors to family offices and foundations.  Wealth management includes both the holistic management of an entire portfolio as well as management of individual components including:  Hard Assets, Financial Assets (Global Equities and Bonds, including Tactical Strategies) and Unique Private Opportunities.  Unique Private Opportunities are offered through our strategic alliance with Iridius Capital as well as through other private investment firms and family offices.  Our clients also benefit from access to our network of third-party service providers.

Family Office Solutions

For clients with at least $10 million of investable assets, we enhance our wealth management offerings by serving as our client’s trusted confidant, providing holistic advice and planning services. For this select group of clients, we develop an intimate working relationship with their family to design services to meet their specific needs and objectives.  Such services may include wealth planning and capital sufficiency projections, gift planning, securing preferred lending arrangements, and providing education and investment management for heirs. WindRock can also assist in coordinating their financial team of advisors including their estate attorney, tax accountant and insurance provider etc. to ensure that a client’s entire advisor team is working in harmony for the best client experience.

Hard Assets

Unlike financial assets such as stocks and bonds, hard or “tangible” assets represent ownership in physical assets.  These assets include energy, agriculture and metals as well as real estate.  We identify investments that will benefit as the amount of paper currency in the global system continues to expand.  These investments will perform well in the current weak growth environment, but are poised to excel as an inflationary path takes hold.    We combine our own research with recommendations from outside research firms.  Our strategy is to preserve the real purchasing power of client assets from the inflationary damage caused by currency debasement. Our hard assets may constitute a diversified mix of assets in the following categories:

 

Hard Assets

Unlike financial assets such as stocks and bonds, hard or “tangible” assets represent ownership in physical assets.  These assets include energy, agriculture and metals as well as real estate.  We identify investments that will benefit as the amount of paper currency in the global system continues to expand.  These investments will perform well in the current weak growth environment, but are poised to excel as an inflationary path takes hold.    We combine our own research with recommendations from outside research firms.  Our strategy is to preserve the real purchasing power of client assets from the inflationary damage caused by currency debasement. Our hard assets may constitute a diversified mix of assets in the following categories:

 

Financial Assets

Our approach to identifying investment managers is to utilize the best ideas of outside research providers combined with our internal research.  We seek proven investment managers as well as low-cost index mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that mimic market performance. Our general bias in selecting managers is to identify those with a strong track record of outperformance who are not afraid to be contrarians and will position portfolios based on the macroeconomic forces shaping the world ahead. 

In general, we will adjust allocations to stocks and bonds to match our prevailing macroeconomic view.  For example, in periods with a heightened risk of a downturn, we will reposition exposure into more nimble and defensive tactical strategies. These tactical strategies involve managers that respond quickly to changing market conditions.

Financial Assets

Our approach to identifying investment managers is to utilize the best ideas of outside research providers combined with our internal research.  We seek proven investment managers as well as low-cost index mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that mimic market performance. Our general bias in selecting managers is to identify those with a strong track record of outperformance who are not afraid to be contrarians and will position portfolios based on the macroeconomic forces shaping the world ahead. 

In general, we will adjust allocations to stocks and bonds to match our prevailing macroeconomic view.  For example, in periods with a heightened risk of a downturn, we will reposition exposure into more nimble and defensive tactical strategies. These tactical strategies involve managers that respond quickly to changing market conditions.

Unique Private Opportunities

Investors’ immediate challenge today is finding reasonable returns in a world of compressed interest rates and overvalued markets.  We believe investors can take advantage of unique investment opportunities that offer compelling returns today.  Our strategic partnership with Iridius Capital provides select investors with unique opportunities in real estate, cross-border international investments and specialty financial services.    Currently, Iridius Capital is focused on hybrid rental real estate, developing all-rental communities that deliver a single family home experience.

Unique Private Opportunities

Investors’ immediate challenge today is finding reasonable returns in a world of compressed interest rates and overvalued markets.  We believe investors can take advantage of unique investment opportunities that offer compelling returns today.  Our strategic partnership with Iridius Capital provides select investors with unique opportunities in real estate, cross-border international investments and specialty financial services.    Currently, Iridius Capital is focused on hybrid rental real estate, developing all-rental communities that deliver a single family home experience.