The Dangers of Focusing Solely on Returns

What is the impact of volatility on investment outcomes?

The example to the right represents a $100,000 initial investment in three different investments over three years. While the average return for all three scenarios is the same, increasing volatility impacts the investment's cumulative return and end balance of the account. 

Additionally, volatility can lead investors to emotional responses, such as buying high and selling low, causing them to miss out on market rebounds. 

impact of volatility on investments

Chart is intended for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the performance of any particular investment vehicle.

Investment Scoring Methodology

We analyze asset classes differently with a scaled scoring system. Each criteria is scored relative to its quartile performance against its specific benchmarks and peer groups. From there, we can determine whether the funds are deemed passing, put on watch, or flagged for replacement. 

COTA - Equity Fixed Income2

 24% Performance
 18% Absolute Risk/Return
 18% Relative Risk/Return
 20% Style & Market Capture
 20% Qualitative Analysis


 24% Performance
 18% Absolute Risk/Return
 20% Relative Risk/Return
20% Qualitative Analysis
■10% Market Capture

10% Risk

COTA - Index Funds3

 30% Performance
30% Risk
40% Qualitative Analysis

Investment Methodology

Investment Selection Process

Marrying our custom criteria and analytics, our analysts apply a qualitative screen to help determine investments we feel have the highest probability of success.

Criteria Screen: The fund universe is reviewed to screen the vast majority of undesirable investment options. 

Qualitative Review: Our analysts go beyond the numbers to review qualitative factors that may impact the probability of investment success. 

Final Analysis: Final selection of each investment is determined based on the quantitative, qualitative, and cost impact data.

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