The four-step Portfolio Approach

The basis of long-term, successful money management, the Portfolio Approach is predicated around creating a customized investment portfolio that reflects your investment needs throughout the various stages of your life.

There are four steps to the custom Portfolio Approach:

Step 1 : Understanding your needs and goals

Our first and most important job is to listen to you and understand your needs and dreams for the future. We will take the time to understand your specific investment goals, such as saving for retirement or financing a business, and the timeframes available to achieve them. In addition, we will consider your return expectations and tolerance for risk. This “discovery process” doesn't end here—as time passes, and your situation changes, we will work with you to ensure that your investment strategy remains current.

Step 2 : Creating your investment strategy

With an in-depth understanding of your personal situation, we are able to create your investment strategy. This provides the framework for managing your financial assets going forward. It clearly sets out your investment objectives, income needs, timeframes, asset mix guidelines, security selection criteria and review process. Your investment strategy helps keep your investment goals and preferences in clear focus. It also provides a benchmark for measuring the progress you're making towards achieving your goals.

Step 3 : Building your custom-designed portfolio

Once you've approved your investment strategy, we can structure your personal portfolio.

In building a personalized investment portfolio for you, we select from a universe of international investments. This includes:

  • Investments for growth, such as Canadian, U.S. and international stocks
  • Investments for income, including government and corporate bonds
  • Investments for wealth preservation, including guaranteed investments

We also have access to leading-edge investment strategy and research provided by the RBC Investment Strategy Committee, RBC Capital Markets and third-party, independent firms.

You will have a diversified portfolio that conforms to the guidelines and direction you set in advance. This process means you will receive specific, appropriate investment recommendations, and each recommendation will be clear and well thought-out.

Step 4 : Managing your portfolio

The last step in the process is to monitor your progress towards your continued success. We will review your portfolio with you on a regular basis, and recommend appropriate changes to keep you on track. You will also receive detailed account statements, portfolio review statements, transaction updates and tax reports.

For more information, please contact us today.

Align your financial goals with your personal values

RBC Wealth Management supports the merits of responsible investing. RBC is committed to community involvement, diversity and inclusion, and environmental responsibility to help the world become a better place—for both current and future generations. To help make good on our commitment to have a positive social and environment impact, we have pathways for you to invest capital in a more responsible manner.

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ESG trends for 2022

A growing trend

Responsible investing assets have skyrocketed to $12 trillion as of 2018, a 38% increase in two years, according to the US SIF Foundation. This is projected to grow exponentially.

Responsible investing encompasses a number of investing approaches you may have heard of, including Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing (ESG), and Impact Investing.

Responsible investment

 
 
Socially responsible investing

Create or withdraw support for companies/ sectors in portfolio that do/don't meet personal values.

ESG integration

Support companies that perform well on environmental, social and governance metrics.

Impact investing

Support social or environmental issues with the expectation of measurable results.


Socially responsible investing

Socially responsible investing is also known as values-based or ethical investing. Investors are looking to make a positive change by aligning their personal values with their investment choices. This involves both negative and positive screening of companies, industries or sectors to make a financial influence that match their values.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing

ESG investors are seeking companies with leading environmental, social and governance metrics compared to their peers. These metrics may include:

Environmental concerns — Including climate change, natural resources conservation, pollution and waste management, and water scarcity.

Social issues — Such as corporate philanthropy, community and government relations, workplace health and safety, human rights and diversity.

Governance topics — Including accounting practices, board accountability and structure, disclosure practices, executive compensation, corporate ethics, regulatory compliance and transparency.

Impact Investing

Impact investing is not charity. It is an investment where an investor is hoping first and foremost to generate social or environmental impact. An impact investor also wants to earn a return on their investment. However, they may be willing to take a capital loss as long as some tangible result for the investment can be seen. In that way, it is essential to be able to measure the impact of this investment. An example includes investment in low-income housing loan assistance, where a tangible impact is measurable (i.e., number of households able to afford housing) and the investor is likely to get his or her money back.

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Next Steps

Today, more consumers are making a difference with their dollars. Sustainable products and solutions matter. Whether it’s your preference for clean energy, consumer goods or clothing, the trend toward more Earth-conscious companies is not likely to slacken.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please contact me today to learn more or set up a free consultation.


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Research resources

Non-U.S. Analyst Disclosure: Jim Allworth, an employee of RBC Wealth Management USA’s foreign affiliate RBC Dominion Securities Inc. contributed to the preparation of this publication. This individual is not registered with or qualified as a research analyst with the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and, since he is not an associated person of RBC Wealth Management, he may not be subject to FINRA Rule 2241 governing communications with subject companies, the making of public appearances, and the trading of securities in accounts held by research analysts.

In Quebec, financial planning services are provided by RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc. which is licensed as a financial services firm in that province. In the rest of Canada, financial planning services are available through RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

Guided Portfolios

Enjoy a highly disciplined approach to equity investing with RBC Dominion Securities Guided Portfolios. With Guided Portfolios, you follow a highly disciplined RBC investment strategy process that guides your decisions to buy or sell individual equities.

Key features and benefits of Guided Portfolios:

  • Invest in our top-ranked stocks from various sectors of the economy
  • Benefit from sector weightings based on our most current investment outlook
  • Remove the guesswork and emotion from buying and selling individual equities

Designed to fit your needs and style

There are a wide range of Guided Portfolio to help meet different financial objectives, including growth-oriented Canadian, U.S. and global equity portfolios, as well as income-oriented Canadian and U.S. portfolios.

A Guided Portfolio could be ideal if you:

  • Want to follow a highly-disciplined investment approach with proven results
  • Want guidance with all your investment decisions, while retaining final decision-making authority

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The freedom to live the life you want

If you desire greater freedom to focus on what’s really important to you, and the confidence of knowing that your portfolio is in the care of trusted professionals, we invite you to consider Private Investment Management, our premium level of discretionary wealth management. 

Busy professionals and executives, travelers, retirees and snowbirds often find that the greater their wealth, the more time they require every day to manage it. If you are responsible for investing for a not-for-profit organization, foundation or endowment, you may also find that the expertise required to make investment decisions according to specific guidelines can be time-consuming and complex. 

Whether you need your time to focus on your career, manage the needs of an organization or travel outside of the country for long periods, Private Investment Management may be the right solution for you.

How it works

By delegating your investment management to an accredited portfolio manager, who works within your specific investment preferences, constraints and risk tolerance, you can free yourself from and still be confident that your investment plan is on track. Because your approval is not required for every single transaction, we can make time-sensitive decisions quickly, helping you get closer to your investment objectives and freeing you from the burden of daily portfolio decisions. 

A dedicated portfolio manager to serve you 

You can be confident in the management of your wealth, because only experienced investment advisors who have met strict industry-wide qualifications for education, assets under management and investment experience are licensed to provide this level of discretionary investment management. 

Investment policy statements capture your needs

The Investment Policy Statement is your specific mandate that details all your objectives, goals and constraints in managing your portfolio. You can think of it as the charter or master plan that we create to manage your portfolio.

Essential standards for quality and oversight

Every portfolio we build is based on core asset quality requirements that set the standards for security concentration, industry and sector diversification, market capitalization and credit quality. An additional Portfolio Implementation and Risk Monitoring Group monitors the portfolio for alignment with our investment management guidelines and the preferences, constraints and other unique directives set out in your customized Investment Policy Statement. An additional compliance team ensures that your portfolio meets industry regulations and legal standards. By auditing our work, as well as the portfolios we manage, this team can help provide you with even greater peace of mind.