Investment Management

About Us

KeatsConnelly provides management of your investment accounts based on your goals and needs of a cross-border lifestyle. When you combine our investment management with our cross-border tax and financial planning expertise you enjoy a truly comprehensive approach to the management of your wealth–a claim that very few, if any, other firms can make. We provide unbiased advice, so we do not accept commissions, referral fees, kickbacks, soft dollars or any other type of income from any source other than our clients. To read more about the KeatsConnelly difference, click here.

What Clients Want

We realize that you are concerned with protecting your existing wealth, earning a reasonable return, keeping taxes low, and receiving unbiased advice. And of course, you want experienced and competent professionals who understand your unique situation.

What We Provide

  • We believe that our investment philosophy allows us to provide a high-value, low-cost approach to investing that is based on the best academic research available

We have developed an investment philosophy that begins with an emphasis on empirical research over the often detrimental emotional decisions investors make based on the latest trends or disasters happening in the world. The empirical research that we rely on comes from many sources but is based primarily on the work of Drs. Eugene Fama of the University of Chicago and Kenneth French of Dartmouth who developed the multi-factor asset pricing model. Dr. Fama has recently been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the markets and investing. To read more about Dr. Fama and his work, click here. To read more about their research, click here.

  • An investment philosophy that is vetted and consistent

KeatsConnelly employs an investment committee to oversee the firm’s investment philosophy, decisions, and processes. The committee includes, among others, our president and founder, Bob Keats. The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation is the highest professional designation that can be earned in the investment industry. To learn more about the CFA® designation, click here.

  • An agreement on your goals and our mandate before we invest

For all of our investment clients, we create an Investment Policy Statement (IPS). An IPS is a document drafted between us, the portfolio manager, and you the client, and it outlines our general strategy for managing your portfolio by providing the principles and guidelines for future asset management decisions. The IPS defines your investment goals and objectives and describes the parameters within which we can manage your portfolio, such as the asset allocation target and ranges, risk tolerance, liquidity requirements, and special circumstances particular to each client. Click here to see a sample of a sample investment policy statement for a client with a $1,000,000 portfolio.

The principal reason for developing an investment policy, and for putting it in writing, is to help protect the portfolio from ad hoc revisions of a sound long-term plan. In times of turmoil, investors are often inclined to make impromptu investment decisions that are inconsistent with prudent long-term investment management principles. The investment policy is intended to provide a well-thought-out framework from which sound investment decisions can be made.

  • A quarterly performance report and economic discussion

Each quarter we provide a short letter describing what is happening in the markets along with a report of how you have done for the last quarter, year-to-date, last five and ten years, compared to your applicable targets or benchmarks. Annually, we provide a more comprehensive report that also includes a consultation where we review your long-term plan, performance, and the markets. Our objective is to keep you on track toward your investment goals and for us to remain sensitive to your changing circumstances.

Cross-Border Series
The Border Guide
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A Canadian's Best Tax Haven
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Taxation of Canadians in America
This book addresses individual US taxation and estate planning issues you will face as a Canadian living in the US.
Taxation of Americans in Canada
US citizens and green card holders are subject to US tax regardless of where they reside in the world. Are YOU at risk?

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