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Model portfolios, the fashion product in investments

Model portfolios in T-Advisor

Model portfolio is one of the main fashion concepts in investments. They are mentioned everywhere and the roboadvisor trend has underlined them as a standard solution to offer easy and cheaper investment products with interesting returns.

In T-Advisor, model portfolios are far from being something new. We saw it clear since the beginning three years ago. One of our modules is specific to provide two different kind of them: ETF portfolios divided in different risk profiles and share portfolios divided in different markets.

Our modeling strategy is based on quantitative calculations. These are complex mathematical models that help detect investment opportunities mixing several indicators, as historical returns, volatility, trend, alpha, VaR, correlations… the data cocktail depends on the developer and the strategist, who work together to find the appropriate composition of this data mix in order to obtain the most interesting assets and the best performance.

In our case, our model portfolios play with two criteria: best performance and capital preservation. We look for good returns to overperform the market, but we also reduce losses compared with the reference indexes in bearish periods. To keep these goals, we review every second month the model portfolios to rebalance the assets that are not working as we wish.

Model portfolios are easy for customers: the structure is clear, they are based on a disciplined strategy and changes are seldom, in order to make adjustments in certain periods. However, they are not easy products for the companies that offer them, because they need strong calculation systems, as we have developed in T-Advisor. In addition, we cannot say that the machine work alone, but wealth managers monitor also the process, creating the strategy and analyzing possible changes. Although model portfolios are linked to roboadvisor, they are not totally robotic and they are used by traditional investment houses.

Model portfolios are flexible, because the wealth manager can design them taking into account different diversification, risk, assets, currencies or geographical areas. They are also easy to explain to investors, because they look like bespoke boxes.

Take a look at one example in T-Advisor: our Mexico portfolio, composed by 10 local shares. The 1-year performance was 22.69%.

Mexico model portfolio in T-Advisor

The Mexican IPC index had a 1-year performance of… 0,46%.

Mexican IPC index performance

This is a clear example of how a model portfolio works. Individual investors choose them because they are easy to understand and wealth managers, because they are easy to explain. Communication plays a very important role in finance and easy products provide more trustworthiness.