Pension Transfer Gold Standard

Wealth Management

We strongly believe that clients should embrace the concept of Wealth Management – the integration of financial planning, investment advice, tax and estate planning – rather than considering their affairs on a piecemeal basis.

The development of an individual’s investment strategy remains a cornerstone of Wealth Management and is key to successfully achieving their financial goals.

There are some core Investment Principles that investors should understand and adhere to:

  • Risk and return are related – we will assess your propensity to risk and your financial goals in order to produce a robust plan that takes no more risk than is necessary.
  • Investors should gain exposure to proven generators of returns at a low cost and maintain discipline by holding a diverse portfolio and rebalancing regularly.
  • No-one can consistently time the market or pick the best performing stocks, funds or asset classes.
  • Investment strategies should therefore be based on evidence and research rather than forecasts and predictions.
  • Long-term focus and discipline should not be swayed by short-term market events.
  • Although often initiated by a one-off event – the sale of a business, an inheritance, a change of advisor – your relationship with Highwood should be considered as the core of a long-term process that will evolve over time to ensure that your goals are achieved. To this end, we endeavour to collaborate with you and provide ongoing advice and support.

Highwood’s Investment Committee meets every quarter to review all aspects of our investment process. Clients receive a copy of the minutes of these meetings as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and independence.

Testimonials

I’ve worked with Highwood since we started our company over 12 years ago. Highwood now not only works with my business partner and me, but also a large number of the 80 people that work here at Grand Union. In addition to always getting strong financial advice from the Highwood team, I rely on Michael Gould for crucial guidance and support in relation to my family and professional finances. His expertise, understanding and, above all, candour has proved invaluable throughout this time.

Matt Nicholls
Chief Executive, Grand Union Limited

After I sold my business I decided to take a serious look at my Pension Fund that I’d built up over many years and to appoint new financial advisors. Upon the recommendation of David Grunberg of Grunberg & Co, I approached Michael Gould and Highwood. It was important to me to be working with someone that I liked and felt I could get on well with, and Michael ticked those boxes. He appeared to be a man of honesty and integrity and he explained things in an easy to understand and relaxed fashion, and without any complicated technical financial jargon. He still does. I was looking for someone to take over my hard earned pension fund, look after it and invest it well, in order that it would in turn look after me going forward. I also wanted to sleep well at night, knowing it was in safe hands. So, 5 years on and I still sleep well at night, very well in fact. Michael and his team have looked after me extremely well, I’m now drawing down on my pension fund and am pleased to say that, even in this unsettled market, my fund is growing by at least, if not more than I’m taking out, and my capital is still intact.

Peter Nye