Investment Approach

Taxable and tax-free accounts are managed to generate a total rate of return including: earned interest, dividends, distributions and capital gains realized over a given period of time.  Portfolios are individually constructed to meet the client’s particular investment requirements such as maturity structure and cash flow needs. 

Portfolios are actively managed, rather than positions that are bought and held to maturity.  Our strategy enhances portfolio liquidity and reduces price risk in a rising interest rate environment.  Conversely, portfolio maturities can be extended to capture capital gains when rates are at cyclical highs and headed lower.

Investment decisions are based on a thorough analysis of domestic and global economic factors that determine the direction and shifts in U.S. yield curve.  Economic and market conditions are continually assessed, and portfolios are adjusted when changes in rates necessitate modifying the effective maturity or duration.

The credit rating of both taxable and tax-exempt portfolios is restricted to investment grade or high grade. Credit quality is continually monitored.    

Derivative products are not used to enhance portfolio results. 

 

Taxable Income

 Portfolio composition includes debt issued by public and private entities and equities with debt-like properties.

Portfolios with assets of $1 million or more are invested using the Broad Market Index (BMI) as a measure of performance.

Our strategy allows the manager to deviate from the structured description of the benchmark to:

  •  Shorten or extend the effective average maturity or duration of the portfolio in anticipation of changes in the yield curve or the direction of interest rates.

  • Modify the specified portfolio allocations in the index to increase yield and improve liquidity. 

 

The same strategy is used for portfolios with assets of less than $1 million; however, less liquidity and transactional costs may affect returns.   

Tax-Exempt

An actively managed tax-free Portfolio placing emphasis on high-grade municipal debt. 

Portfolios are normally invested to generate the highest current returns by including bonds at or near par while giving full consideration to market volatility.  The need for current returns may also dictate a strategy including premium or discounted bonds.

  •               Portfolios are individually structured.

  •              The average life or duration will be determined by the client investment objectives.

When executing portfolio decisions McCullough transacts business in the institutional markets. This level of access provides a broader selection of competitively priced inventories, improving portfolio quality at lower execution costs.

Because accounts are individually managed portfolio results may vary from our composite returns.

 

Investment Philosophy

The market is inefficient and frequently prices companies above or below their intrinsic value. We seek to profit from this inefficiency by doing our won analysis of the financial strengths, management, competitive positions, and assessments of future earnings potential of our companies. Successful investing is predicated on buying stocks at a discount to underlying value.

Investment Philosophy 

Our Team

Our team provides our clients with the highest standard of financial and investment advice to create a roadmap for your financial portfolio based on your unique investment objectives, liquidity needs, tolerance of risk and time horizon Whether you have one investment goal or an array of complex needs, we put our investment knowledge and experience to work for you.

Our Team 

Portfolios

Each portfolio is separately managed and constructed to follow strict investment standards within the client’s goals and guidelines.  Also, as a fee based advisor our incentives are aligned with those of our client. 

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