Why Go Independent
As an independent advisory firm, we focus solely on serving our partners’ and clients’ needs and strive to act in their best interest at all times. This provides our partners with the confidence they seek to pursue financial success for their clients on their terms.
- As an independent investment advisory firm we have no obligations to investment product manufacturers and no cross-sell quotas or home-office directives that may lead to conflicts of interest.
- We spend our time developing customized strategies for the unique challenges your clients face.
Our independence is supported by LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer.* The firm provides a comprehensive array of tools and resources to independent financial advisors, enabling them to work towards providing objective financial guidance to their clients.
* As reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996–2016, based on total revenue.
Our Investment Philosophy
At Stratos Wealth Advisory Group, our investment philosophy is quite simple. We believe that both proper asset allocation and proper investment vehicle selection are the cornerstones to any efficient portfolio. This combination is what drives long-term risk adjusted value in our client portfolios.
Our portfolios are thematic and tactical** in nature. This allows us the ability to be nimble and capitalize on opportunities in the marketplace. Being tactical also affords us the ability to strive to reduce risk where it may be perceived. We are philosophically distinct in that we employ a disciplined approach to asset allocation, yet we are unconstrained in our investment universe. Our definition of value investing is seeking growth and income at current prices, which we believe are dramatically discounted from their fair market value. Thus, we look for value on a global scale within all traditional and non-traditional asset classes. At times, while seeking value, we may encounter short-term volatility. We view volatility as an opportunity to capitalize on short-term inefficiencies in the marketplace, which may benefit our portfolio in the long run.
Stratos Wealth Advisory Group focuses heavily on risk management. Part of our risk management process is performing ongoing research and due diligence on all of our managers. In doing so, we have a qualitative and quantitative process that all our managers must meet before consideration in our portfolios. Our managers and portfolios are monitored on a daily basis.
Most importantly, Stratos Wealth Advisory Group believes in full transparency. We align our investment interests alongside our clients. Stratos Wealth Advisory Group clients have full access to their portfolios, as well as the Stratos management team. We believe in the concept of total return. Thus, we seek out investment vehicles with the most efficient cost to our clients.
It’s no secret that sound communication between your most valued partners fosters an environment for growth and success. It can also result in more proactive and thoughtful decisions. Stratos Wealth Advisory Group brings depth in organizational intelligence, talent, insight and expertise to the development of financial strategies that seek to advance and protect a lifetime of your clients’ investment assets.
We support a diverse and varied clientele, from business owners and executives to retirees and individual investors. We embrace this diversity because it allows us to continually enhance our skills and depth of knowledge to meet the vast array of needs our clients present.
**Tactical allocation may involve more frequent buying and selling of assets and will tend to generate higher transaction costs. Investors should consider the tax consequences of moving positions more frequently.