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INNOVATIVE, RISK ADVERSE INVESTING


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SINCE 1990, BRIAN R. CARRUTHERS & ASSOCIATES HAS OFFERED PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT DESIGNED TO ACHIEVE RETURN OBJECTIVES WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF RISK

Brian Carruthers  has been a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) since 1988 and a Chartered Market Technician (CMTSM) since 1992. He joined the Market Technicians Association in 1986 and was one of the founders of the MTA’s Southern California chapter.

When I was a kid in Connecticut, I had a friend who worked on a farm driving an Allis-Chalmers tractor. He was so fond of it he bought stock in the company. That’s the first time I realized someone could make money by investing. In 1974, I took the plunge and invested $500 in Polaroid, nearly doubling my money. I was hooked.

My strength has always been numbers. I completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida before going to work in the financial industry. The crash of ’87, changed everything. People were afraid of equities. My answer was a pure bond portfolio. That was the start of my oldest portfolio strategy – Managed Income.

What many people don’t realize is that the U.S. bond market is 50% larger than the U.S. equities market. On a global basis, bond capitalization is double that of the global equity markets. When you take a tactical approach to allocating among the bond sectors there are opportunities to create annualized rates of return comparable with the equity market at less risk.

In 1994, after the memory of the ’87 market had faded, I introduced equity exposure to client portfolios through my Income & Growth strategy, which offers more opportunity for appreciation through an active allocation of up to 40% equities, with the ability to move as much as 100% of the portfolio to bonds when market conditions warrant. The Momentum portfolio, which followed, is a true dynamic asset allocation approach that looks for positive momentum across equity sectors, selecting the best funds based on relative strength, chart patterns and Sharpe ratios.

My investment approach is a blend of technical analysis based on proprietary, trend-following models, and individual investment selection, focusing on top performing no load mutual funds. I believe successfully managing money is an art – balancing risk and return through the combination of technical analysis to understand the market’s trend and market experience. You need the experience of investing through multiple bull and bear cycles to have confidence in your investment approach and to be able to objectively evaluate current market conditions. Today, my firm manages more than $70 million for clients and is a third-party adviser to Registered Investment Advisers throughout the U.S. The Paladin Registry of Advisors, an independent and objective rating service of independent advisors, has given Brian Carruthers & Associates a 5-star rating, a standard achieved by fewer than 10% of Paladin-rated advisors.

My focus is on hitting singles and doubles. I am not trying to hit returns out of the ball park. There’s too much risk in that approach. Does it work? I have clients who have been with me since day 1. That’s best measure I know as to whether I have been successful in helping them build wealth and achieve financial security.

Brian Carruthers  CFP®, CMTSM

OUR PORTFOLIOS

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Managed Income

Our most conservative portfolio, designed for investors to whom income and safety are of paramount performance

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Income and Growth

A blend of bond and equity funds designed for investors who desire income along with the potential for modest growth

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Momentum

A tactical asset allocation growth portfolio approach which invests primarily in high momentum equity mutual funds

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BCA ADVANTAGES

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TACTICAL INVESTMENT APPROACH
Managing risk is essential to successful investing. Technical analysis allows us to determine when to be invested, and in what asset classes and funds, to achieve our return goals with minimum risk.
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FEE-ONLY INVESTMENT MANAGER
BCA receives no commissions, sales fees, surrender charges or incentives to promote one investment over another. We are paid solely by our clients, aligning our interests with theirs – to provide consistent income and grow the value of their portfolios.
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PROFESSIONAL, CONFIDENTIAL AND PERSONALIZED
Our structure is that of a boutique investment advisory firm, providing a small number of clients with highly personalized money management and financial consulting.