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WHAT SETS US APART
Everything we are and do is purposefully structured to meet our goals for superior service and compelling performance.
MICHAEL A. ROSEN
MANAGING PARTNER &
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
THE ANGELES DIFFERENCE
Angeles is driven to be the most admired investment firm for our positive impact on our clients and in our industry. We are not driven by the usual business metrics: revenue growth, profit margin, number of clients, employees, or offices. None of that. We only have two goals, and both are related to our clients.
- The first goal is to offer the highest level of service. We define this more than merely being responsive to requests (although that’s important too). Great service to our clients also means anticipating their needs, which requires not only intimate knowledge of our clients’ financial history, condition and projections, but also a deep, intuitive understanding of the culture and character of each client. Our work with clients covers a range of responsibilities, tailored to best meet each client’s needs, yet flexible to evolve with them over time.
- Our second goal is to enable each client to fulfill its mission by achieving its investment objectives through superior investment results. As stewards, we do this by optimizing the allocation of our clients’ capital in concert with their unique needs and considerations.
MICHAEL A. ROSEN
MANAGING PARTNER &
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Angeles is organized to achieve these dual goals.
Our Investment Officers are experienced investment professionals. They serve each client as an internal chief investment officer would: being intimately familiar with the client’s requirements, guiding the fiduciaries in establishing client-appropriate investment objectives and parameters, educating and communicating the investment strategy in the context of the economic environment, and marshalling all the resources of the Angeles organization to support each client. We have two divisions of Investment Officers, Angeles Investments and Angeles Wealth Management that, respectively, serve institutional and private investors.
Angeles Investment Management is our research and investment division responsible for implementing our best investment ideas across every client’s portfolio, principally through our series of proprietary commingled funds. These funds, organized by asset class and strategy, reflect Angeles’ highly selective manager research process (fewer than 1% of strategies reviewed are ever funded by Angeles). Overall portfolio risk exposures are internally managed by Angeles Investment Management.
We are proud to say we have achieved our goals.
For the past three years, Angeles has received one of the highest overall scores among investment advisory firms* in the Greenwich Associates survey of more than 1100 institutional investors across the United States. We were graded on our investment acumen, understanding of clients’ needs, responsiveness to their requests, and many other areas of investment knowledge, communication and client service. We think these results offer strong proof of the value Angeles brings to its clients.
We have also succeeded in our goal of achieving superior investment results. Angeles has a 17-year track record of outperforming our benchmarks, a track record that has been independently audited and is in full compliance with industry reporting standards.
In the end, we are proud that our clients have benefitted from our achievements. For we define our success as advancing our clients' missions.
* Note: The top 15 largest consultants based on number of client evaluations in the 2019 Greenwich Associates U.S. Institutional Investor Study. The study covers 1,128 institutional clients, including 14 Angeles clients. Angeles does not pay to have its clients participate in the study. Angeles was designated as a Greenwich Associates Quality Leader in Overall U.S. Investment Consulting among midsized advisors.
We believe there is no investment advisor that offers this combination of superior service and investment results better than Angeles.
WE CONTROL OUR DESTINY
- We control our destiny given we are employee owned, ensuring we aren’t subjected to distractions or bureaucracy.
- Our horizon is infinite, as we intentionally develop depth to withstand the natural evolution of our colleagues.
- Our durability is strong, as we consciously build redundancies and safeguards.
- Our ownership and operational structure fully aligns our interests with those of our clients.
- Our collaborative structure among colleagues brings out the best ideas.
WE ARE AN IDEAL SIZE
Our size is intentional - big enough to perform the sophisticated functions required to manage complex global portfolios and gain access to best-of-breed managers, yet small enough to be agile in efficiency, decision-making and execution. We are not distracted, nor conflicted, by running a large global organization with hundreds, or even thousands, of employees.
WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE
We believe clients prefer to work with those that design, develop and implement investment decisions for their portfolio, which is why our senior investment professionals serve as the key point of contact for each client relationship. This offers clients transparent and unassailable accountability for the management of their investment program. This is a stark contrast from firms that instead provide relationship managers who are not part of the investment team and are not directly accountable for the investment program.
We believe this direct and in-person relationship forms the foundation for a long-term successful relationship.
WE DESIGN COMPREHENSIVE
- Our firm is built to provide a full suite of front-to-back office services, consistent with a sophisticated institutional investment office.
- Our investment team performs research, designs custom investment programs, executes investment decisions, and manages risk - all within client guidelines and investment policies. We develop views on opportunities, risks, and how to construct optimal investment programs. Specialized considerations such as impact investing, tax-sensitive strategies, and philanthropic programs are areas of strength to support clients which we integrate where appropriate.
- Our back office interfaces with service providers such as custodians and auditors, negotiates contracts, ensures compliance, performs reconciliations, generates reports, and supports clients’ audit and tax needs.
- Angeles believes strongly in the importance of listening to each client, understanding their preferences, constraints, and way of communicating, so as to design a unique and optimal investment program.
- We seek to see our clients' perspectives as both a partner and a fiduciary.
- Clients have similarities in their investment program, for example, they all tap into the same global markets. However, not all asset classes and strategies are appropriate for every client nor their investment program. Listening and translating opportunities identified in the global market to each client’s investment program is an important strength of ours.
- Clients also have unique considerations, whether they be: the operating/sponsor entity’s relationship with the assets; investment, risk and liquidity preferences; regulatory influence; and purpose for the investment program. Each of these impacts how to construct an optimal investment program.
We build portfolios of best-in-class investment managers across all asset classes. If you would like to be considered for our portfolios, please contact us using our manager inquiries form.
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