July 20, 2012

Genworth Wealth Adds 4 Strategists, 8 Strategies

BlackRock, DoubleLine, F-Squared and Forward Management join platform as portfolio strategists

Genworth Financial Wealth Management has added four new portfolio strategists along with four new strategies to the lineup on its investment platform so independent financial advisors can better respond to current market conditions and client needs, the company announced on Tuesday.

The new portfolio strategists joining the platform are BlackRock Financial Management, DoubleLine Capital, F-Squared Investments and Forward Management. They bring the total of Genworth’s strategists to 16. In addition, four of Genworth’s existing strategists adding new strategies to the platform are Altegris Advisors, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, New Frontier Advisors and Stadion Money Management.

Genworth Wealth Management President and CEO Gurinder Ahluwalia Noting that the firm’s “purpose-driven” platform offers strategies tailored to what indie advisors need most, Genworth Wealth Management President and CEO Gurinder Ahluwalia (left) told reporters in New York that the firm offers a limited menu of just eight strategies for all life stages. They range from strategic to tactical to absolute return to alternative investment strategies.

“I call it the happy meal,” Ahluwalia said of the simplified menu. “This is all we serve up to our independent financial advisor fiduciaries.”

The firm’s eight new strategies are designed to address three challenges faced by financial advisors and their clients:

1) income distribution in a protracted, low-return environment

2) additional investments to diversify and build wealth in volatile markets

3) choices that help investors “stay the course” to achieve results as financial environments change

For example, San Francisco-based Forward’s new multi-asset income investment offering seeks to build an income stream by allocating assets across four traditional asset classes and eight nontraditional investment strategies, including emerging-market corporate debt, global infrastructure and international real estate.

“We're very excited about becoming part of Genworth's investment platform,” Forward's CEO, Alan Reid, said in a statement. “We feel our new multi-asset Income strategy will offer an innovative new choice. It will give advisors a new set of approaches and opportunities to generate the retirement income their clients seek.”

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