Welcome to the Future of Investing: Model Portfolios Designed by WisdomTree and Powered by 55ip
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There has never been a better time to be an investor. With very low investment minimums, ordinary investors can access sophisticated asset allocation Model Portfolios that were once reserved for only the largest institutions.
But too often, the concern over capital gains can hold investors back from accessing these exciting investments. And that’s exactly why WisdomTree collaborated with 55ip—to provide financial advisors with a playbook for reaching an optimum portfolio that will help their client minimize or defer taxes during the transition—and drive better after-tax outcomes along the journey through systematic, ongoing tax-loss harvesting.
What is 55ip?
55ip was founded by a team of leading academics, researchers and technologists with the mission of improving financial outcomes for everyone. At the heart of 55ip’s value proposition is its ActiveTax Technology®, which includes tax-smart transitions, investment management and withdrawals—enabling advisors to deliver differentiated value throughout the client journey. This tax management technology provides investors and advisors with access to modern investment science previously reserved for institutions.
How does the collaboration between WisdomTree and 55ip work?
Together, WisdomTree and 55ip seek to help advisors transition end clients into ETF Model Portfolios and demonstrate added value at every step. We do this by starting with the end in mind, providing a personalized plan of attack and then tracking progress along the way.
- Starting with the End in Mind: WisdomTree offers Modern Alpha® ETF Model Portfolios to advisors that fulfill a wide variety of client investment objectives and risk tolerances. We help advisors with due diligence on these portfolios so they can match clients to portfolios that best meet their needs.
- Providing a Personalized Plan of Attack: Once a model is selected, 55ip helps advisors create a personalized road map for transitioning into the optimal portfolio that illustrates approximate tax bills and transition costs.
- Tracking Progress Along the Way: 55ip’s platform allows advisors to showcase the tax savings accomplished by their end clients and illustrates the progress made along the journey through quarterly reports.
Advisors and their clients benefit from the blending of technology with investment intelligence.
Advisors get the efficiency and institutional quality of outsourcing while retaining control of decisions that add tremendous value to their clients, such as investment costs, taxes and risk. Clients get tax-smart, tailored, institutionally managed Model Portfolios that drive better investor outcomes. With WisdomTree and 55ip, transitioning to Model Portfolios is easy for advisors and impactful for their clients.
Just how impactful is it?
2020 was a difficult year for many reasons—one of which was market volatility. The upside to market volatility is that it can create opportunities for tax loss harvesting. Using real accounts on 55ip’s state-of-the-art technology platform, the average tax savings (or “tax alpha”) per account was 2.41%, which translated to more than $13,600 during the first half of 2020.1 As 55ip’s Dennis Follmer eloquently put it, “Tax-smart management is an opportunity to show proactivity and build confidence among clients that there’s an actionable silver lining to market volatility.”2
Putting it into a practice management perspective, generating “tax alpha” for end clients has the potential to offset or mitigate the advisor’s advisory fee—that is real money back into the end client’s account. That is the definition of added value and a differentiated end client experience.
How do financial advisors get started?
Getting started is easy. Visit 55ip's site to create an account, sign 55ip’s sub-advisory agreement via DocuSign and engage with 55ip’s Advisor Success Team to seamlessly connect your account holdings data through their user-friendly platform.
The future is here—are you ready?
Outsourcing to third-party Model Portfolios is one of the most transformational trends in wealth management today. For many advisors, the question of migrating to a third-party model is not why but how. Our collaboration with 55ip helps minimize the tax impact of moving clients from their existing portfolios into WisdomTree models, so advisors can get back to focusing on their clients’ goals and adding value without worrying about their tax bill.
1Source: 55ip. Average tax savings is year-to-date in client’s accounts as a percent of average account balance as of June 30, 2020. Estimated tax savings is the estimated after-tax dollar value added to the client account portfolio due to 55ip’s proprietary tax loss harvesting. Estimated tax savings is calculated by estimating the current tax bill for client portfolios, based on year-to-date realized gains and losses, and subtracting the estimated tax bill for a similar account with the same model without active tax management.
2Dennis Follmer, “The Election, Volatility, and Why Advisors Should Consider Tax-Smart Investment Strategies Now,” 55ip, 10/30/20. www.55-ip.com/the-election-volatility-and-why-advisors-should-consider-tax-smart-investment-strategies-now/
3Dennis Follmer, “Building a Successful Model-Based Practice,” 55ip, 8/6/20. www.55-ip.com/building-a-successful-model-based-practice/
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Ryan Krystopowicz joined WisdomTree in March 2016 and serves as a Product Specialist, ETF Model Portfolios. He is a leading voice in the content and commercialization of WisdomTree’s Model Portfolio Research Study & Model Adoption Center. Ryan also contributes to the commercial success of WisdomTree’s Model Portfolio offerings by supporting Distribution and the management of host platforms. His passion for third-party model portfolios and investment outsourcing was cultivated during his tenure at a Registered Investment Advisor where he took on a variety of roles within research and operations. Ryan received a degree from Loyola University of Maryland and is a CFA charterholder.