What is a Separately Managed Account?

Do you know what a typical managed fund looks like? It’s one big portfolio with every investors cash in the same bucket of shares.

You are allocated units which represent your investment and as the value of the total pool of funds increases or decreases so to the value of your units.

Do you know what a portfolio looks like if you manage it yourself? You don’t hold units of course, you hold the shares you buy and you get to see all the companies you hold and the number of shares you hold in each.

Like the sound of your own portfolio without having to pick the stocks and manage them? That’s what a Separately Managed Account (SMA) gives you.

An SMA is like a managed fund in the way you get a professional fund manager controlling the portfolio, buying and selling stocks to achieve the portfolios stated goal. Depending on the investment strategy, portfolios will have different desired targets.

The major differences come in the ownership structure of the portfolio. You don’t own units in a pooled investment, you own the underlying stocks. With that comes greater transparency with the portfolio. Typically, a managed fund will only show you a snapshot of the top ten holdings at the end of the month. By the time, you see the update the fund might have sold some of those stocks.

Another benefit that comes with the ownership structure of a SMA is the ability to transfer stock in and out of the account when setting it up or closing it down. If you hold several stocks the investment model already holds you can save yourself from having to sell and buy back those holdings, therefore avoiding brokerage and potential tax implications.

An important factor to your future returns are the costs associated with running your portfolio. With an SMA we can keep the costs down especially on the transaction side. Investors benefit from our wholesale brokerage with transactions costing 0.05% of the trade value and a $0.33 settlement fee.

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