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

Highwood Financial Services have been instrumental in helping us to get our financial house in order and giving us confidence in our plans for the future. We have a small business, and two young children, but we knew that we had gaps in our arrangements. Financial planning requires a high degree of trust, and we instantly had a rapport with Michael Gould that meant we had no hesitation talking with him about our journey so far and hopes for the future. In conjunction with a detailed assessment of our appetite for risk, he conducted a wide-ranging financial review of our existing insurance, historic pension and ongoing savings arrangements, and gave clearly reasoned advice on how to better structure them. We discussed his recommendations in great detail and followed all of his advice. With good life insurance and critical illness cover now in place, with new consolidated pension arrangements, we have confidence in the cover and plans that have put in place for ourselves and our family.
Ben Cons
The French Bedroom Company

John Helfgott is the consummate professional in delivering results. With excellent financial expertise and customer insight he ensures that the client gets the quality of service and product offering that the competitive market place requires. I highly recommend him.

Warren Hampton
General Manager, Networks Division at Samsung Electronics