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October 23, 2016

Why private equity appeals to wealthy families

There is a growing interest in investing into private equity amongst wealth families with over $10 million, particularly those who made their wealth through running operating businesses themselves.
"We’ve noticed that private equity typically resonates very well especially among those families who generated their wealth by running operating businesses themselves," observes Martin Pelletier, Portfolio Manager and OCIO at TriVest Wealth Counsel Ltd, in the Financial Post, 27th September, 2016.
Pelletier goes on to quote from the most recent UBS Global Family Office Report: "We are not alone in this observation as the 2016 Campden Wealth-UBS Global Family Office Report highlights that the average family office has a 22% portfolio allocation to private equity. Approximately two-thirds of this is done through direct and co-investing rather than private equity funds. This makes some sense as it provides more control over the investment process and families can better utilize their previous hands-on business experience." (Read the whole article here.)
Wealthy families who have run their own operating companies have a comfort in understanding the due diligence required to get a grasp of the business and why capital needs to be tied up for a long time period. They also understand why there is also a higher risk premium for illiquid exposure expected to generate higher returns over the long run.
One caveat for those interested in private equity is that access to quality private equity deals is the critical requirement to achieving the returns to cover the higher fees.
Jacoline Loewen, UBS Bank (Canada), author of Money Magnet: How to Attract Investors to Your Business, (Wiley). You can follow Jacoline on Twitter @jacolineloewen

October 1, 2016

Boring the way investing should be

Mawer Investments Jamboree 2016 and Jacoline Loewen
What a great evening hosted by Mawer Investment Funds who ran a Calgary style jamboree for the Make a Wish Foundation. Mawer have as their tag line for their business: be boring, make money. It is true that Mawer funds are rated well but their style of entertaining for a good cause is far from dull.

Boring: The way investing should be

Before I got into the wealth management business, I was working in corporate finance and trying to get companies to sell to private equity. That was definitely exciting, and the returns were double digit or zero - really exciting. Now that rate of return sure is thrilling to vision but the downside is not as attractive.
I have since learned that keeping a large pool of your investments in safer pools of investments is actually the main target of wealth management, which does mean lower returns than Venure Capital investing. Those private investment,double-digit returns can still be attained by using small capital investments which will not break ou if you lose the entire deal. You can still have the excitement of investing in early stage entepreneurs without betting the house.

Short term combined with long term

It is sort term and long term thinking combined.
So think about what is exciting as a potential investment - go ahead. Discuss it with your friends at the golf course. Then think long term. Do you have an income stream from your investments until you are a 100 yars old? After that, by all means, beat on the next business investment your buddy shows you. Your family will thank you for sticking to that long term outlook though.

September 19, 2016

Christine Lagarde talks about Canada and the IMF

Christine Lagarde and Jacoline Loewen in Toronto 2016
It was an honour to spend time with Christine Lagarde, IMF, and hear her views on the world and the future. She touched on many topics such as Brexit, China and women in finance. She was also highly complimentary about the Canadians she had met and our finance ministers (she has worked with three ministers of finance).
The event was on the front page of the Financial Post:
Christine Lagarde, who spoke at an event hosted by The International Economic Forum of the Americas in Toronto Monday, said that the backlash against globalization represents one of the biggest threats to the global economy.
“Those who suffer from globalization need to be helped along the way, we cannot just have growth that benefits some and leaves many without skills, without retraining,” she told the audience.
“The first thing that is needed is to have some growth — my grandmother used to say that everything is better with butter,” said Lagarde. “If you have more growth, you can deal with your debt … more jobs are being created, it’s much easier.”

September 10, 2016

What is wealth management

Wealth management is a common term used by financial advisors in front of their clients, but is it understood? Most clients with portfolios over $2 million in accumulated wealth may be surprised to learn what is available to them now that they are millionaires. 
Jacoline Loewen, Business Development for Wealth Management

Forrbes magazine had a good article asking the question: 

What is wealth management?

Wealth management is very straightforward. From the affluent individual’s perspective, wealth management is simply the science of solving/enhancing his or her financial situation. From the financial advisor’s perspective, wealth management is the ability of an advisor or advisory team to deliver a full range of financial services and products to an affluent client in a consultative way.

Specialized expertise

Theoretically, a wealth manager can provide every single financial product in existence.  In reality most wealth managers specialize in services and products they have experienced. This is where a large wealth manager will be able to offer a more diverse service and be able to call in the expert teams around the different products sch as hedge funds, ETFs or structured products or PPNs.

It all starts with you

A further defining quality of wealth management is that it is delivered in a consultative manner. By being consultative, wealth managers are truly client-centered. A good wealth manager meets a client without any presupposition about what financial products or services are appropriate for that affluent individual.

While it is common for a wealthy individual to be sitting with a wealth manager to address a particular need (investment management, say), the consultative wealth manager’s overriding objective is to understand the person and find out what’s important and why. Then the wealth manager is able to bring in the appropriate experts and provide the appropriate financial products.

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The 4 questions to maximize your business valuation

Profits are returning and owners interested in selling their businesses are watching industry cycles like hawks looking for the upswing, waiting to get the timing right. A critical question for these owners is “where is my own business in its cycle?”
Jacoline Loewen Director of Business Development 

For any business owner contemplating a sale in the next year, here are a few additional quesions to ask to boost their business valuation to increase their wealth after selling:

Does your business have solid management?

The owner may be leaving but buyers want to know whether there’s a team in place with big goals to drive the business forward with equal determination. Having a succession plan is critical, but it is estimated that fewer than 5 per cent have a written document with a strong operator or family member ready to take over. Owner-operators have built their lives around running their businesses and they do not want to let that go. This reluctance may prevent them from seeing the importance of planning for their own exit and they will get dinged on their company sale price for this omission.

Are your key processes institutionalized?

“There is the risk that the company incurs a fatal loss of knowledge and connections upon the exit of the owner,” the president of a manufacturing business told me. “The earn-out helps, but two to three years does not make up for 30 years experience in a company. One way to mitigate this risk is to bring in a guy like me.” Paying a high-quality CEO for a few years will help the owner of a windows manufacturer convert “in the head” knowledge to written processes. “We preserved the knowledge and demonstrated the existence of a reliable management team to a potential buyer,” the president added.

Do you know good buyers?

The sale price of a business is what buyers offer and when a company is in the growth part of its business cycle, there will be multiple offers and phone calls from all sorts of interested parties. “I know the ‘I’m comfortable with my business’ owners where the offers to buy have made great sense,” says succession planning coach Janice Lahiti . “The owners don’t do it because they think their ability to influence a variety of broader agendas will diminish.” As the business hits the mature stage of its life cycle, which often occurs in tandem with the owner’s life cycle, suddenly the pool of multiple bidders dries up and as Janice says: “The owner can no longer command the multiples they want.”
The owner may also miss the opportunity to sell to a buyer who will structure the sale so that the majority of the company is purchased but the owner can keep 20 per cent to 30 per cent with a fixed medium-term buyout schedule. They can also have limited management or board involvement. This structure keeps the owner involved mentally and financially in his or her ‘baby’ while taking some money off the table to free up time to pursue other interests.

What is your opportunity cost, really?

Melanie Kau exited her successful family business, Mobilia, to take on the challenge of running Le Naturiste. “The ‘what next’ after you have worked for 15 to 20 years in a business prevents people from asking themselves the cost of staying where they are because they are comfortable. I know what that feels like because I have just been through it. Therein lies a great deal of value with the experience the entrepreneur has built up: sometimes the business is more like a cage than a platform.”
While you may not plan to sell your business today, it is certainly wise to begin thinking about that day. Careful planning now will allow you to take advantage of opportunities promptly when they materialize. With a plan in place, you will be ready to act and know if you wish to keep making your money through your business - or do a partial or full sale of the business - you do want to reap the full monetary value of your hard work.

Next column, I will address what to consider as the entrepreneur becomes a wealth manager.

Originally published by The Globe and Mail.

For more information on  UBS financial advisors - please feel free to contact Jacoline Loewen.
Jacoline Loewen is director of business development of UBS Bank (Canada). She is also author of Money Magnet: How to Attract Investors to Your Business. You can follow her on Twitter @jacolineloewen.