ACCOUNTABLE WEALTH MANAGEMENT

When my son or daughter fell off their bikes as children, I wiped off the blood, dirt, and tears. Then I encouraged them to get back on the seat and keep peddling. Why should investing be any different? We can't predict when the next fall is going to happen in the markets any more so than when the next wipe-out may occur, but we can be there for you with salve and encouragement when the inevitable falls occur.

The support and confidence we provide comes from over two decades of financial services experience, an evidence based investing approach based on research from leading academics, and putting your success ahead of our profits. When downturns occur, we want you to know that we're all in this together. That is why we waive our already competitive advisory fee anytime your account value falls below (net withdrawals, deposits, and fees) the previous month end amount.

That's Accountable Wealth Management. If you are looking for more accountability from your financial adviser, we should get acquainted.

-Jeff Weeks, CFP®
Founder & Principal
ATX Portfolio Advisors                                           

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Is ATX Portfolio Advisors right for you?

  • Does planning and managing your finances take too much time?

  • Is managing your investments a chore?

  • Do you base investment DECISIONS on tips or hunches?

  • Is financial planning confusing or overwhelming?

  • Do you tend to buy high and sell low?

  • Do you want your adviser to put your interests first?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, see below for "Why ATX Portfolio Advisors?"


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Why ATX Portfolio Advisors?

 

INDEPENDENCE

As an Austin based independent registered investment adviser, ATX Portfolio Advisors is beholden only to you, our client.  We have no obligation to sell any product or service. We operate under a fiduciary standard of care to our clients. The result is that your interests always come first, even before our own.

 

PLAN FOR SUCCESS

We believe that the first step to successful investing is to have a financial plan. We utilize MoneyGuidePro® financial planning software to help understand your goals, the resources committed for those purposes, your capacity and tolerance for taking risk, and any other preferences you may express. We work with you to develop a plan that incorporates that information and then we test the chances of your plan succeeding based upon probability analysis. Finally, we use the plan as the foundation for how we manage your portfolio.

Many advisers charge a separate fee for financial planning. We feel it is our responsibility to understand your destination and route before we begin our journey together and include the planning as part of our advisory relationship.

 

TRANSPARENCY

At ATX Portfolio Advisors, you'll never have to wonder how we get paid or what our motivations may be. We take pride in being fully transparent about our business. You can see the composition of our Accountable Portfolios as well as our Pricing here on our website. Our accounts are held at a third party custodian, TD Ameritrade, in separate accounts that provide reporting and online access.

 

VALUE

We are committed to your success as an investor by offering the resources and knowledge of a large firm, coupled with the personalized attention of a small company. We get to know you, your purpose, your priorities, and your preferences. We build, test, and manage plans to help keep you pointed in the right direction with perspective formed from decades of experience. Finally, we do all of this with low all inclusive Pricing

 

EXPERIENCED ASSET MANAGEMENT

Evidence-BAsed Investing

Our portfolios are managed to emphasize factors that can lead to better performance in the long run. We invest in the broad markets but tilt towards companies based on size, relative price, and profitability. 

Research by economists Eugene Fama, Kenneth French, Robert Novy-Marx, and others has shown that over the long run this evidence-based approach leads to out-performance of more traditional capitalization-weighted indices such as the S&P 500®[i][ii] in the United States, and in 19 out of 20 international countries.[iii], [iv]      

ATX Portfolio Advisors currently employs Dimensional Funds Advisors as the equity manager in our Accountable Portfolios due to their strong track record of adding value over benchmarks and peers through an integrated and flexible approach that considers the interactions among premiums, market frictions, and costs. (In other words, they have a great track record and keep costs low!)  

REGULAR RE-BALANCING [v]

Regular re-balancing can add up to .4% to annual returns.[vi] We monitor portfolios daily. We re-balance your account if your portfolio drifts too far from target allocations, or when a deposit or withdrawal is made. At least once per year ,we will reevaluate your purpose, risk tolerance, and preferences and re-balance accordingly.  

BOND LADDERS

We offer the management of individual bond ladders of high quality bonds (CD's, US Governments, > A Rated Municipals). Ladders add predictability to your portfolio versus the perpetual duration risk of bond funds. Laddering also allows us to purchase longer maturity (typically higher yielding) bonds when shorter bond rungs come due.

TAX Harvesting

In taxable accounts, we seek to harvest losses (or gains in some situations) to increase after tax returns. Some of our competitors have done research showing up to 1+% more after-tax return from portfolios that regularly perform this practice.[vii][viii] We think that may be somewhat optimistic, but we still believe it's worthwhile and will employ the practice in taxable portfolios.  

 

 

 

**How We Build Your Portfolio**


[i] Indices are unmanaged and you cannot invest directly in an index.

[ii] The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500®) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. It is a market value weighted index with each stock's weight in the index proportionate to its market value.

[iii] See "Value vs. Growth: The International Evidence" at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2358 For more, see Kenneth French's website of data and working papers athttp://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/pages/faculty/ken.french/data_library.html

[iv] http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1418117

[v] Rebalancing can entail transaction costs and tax consequences that should be considered when  determining a re-balancing strategy. 

[vi] David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale Endowment: see his book Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment (2005) ISBN 0-7432-2838-3, Free Press.  See Table 6.4 "Rebalancing Smoothes the Market Cycles". Swensen; page 196

[vii]https://www.betterment.com/resources/research/tax-loss-harvesting-white-paper/

[viii]https://www.wealthfront.com/whitepapers/tax-loss-harvesting