Equities Fixed Income Hedge Funds Private Equity and Real Estate Sustainable Investing


We follow a philosophy that low-turnover, concentrated portfolios derived from sound bottom-up fundamental research provide an opportunity for attractive performance results over time. We have a culture and firm equity ownership structure that help us attract and retain professionals who share those beliefs, and we follow a repeatable investment process that helps us stay true to our philosophy.

We construct balanced portfolios for private clients, nonprofits and institutions depending on the needs of the client. We can be 100% open architecture, using third-party managers only, or we can put together a mix of internal and external strategies, whatever is in the client's best interest.

Fixed Income

We follow a philosophy that fixed income strategies built from a foundation of stability coupled with fundamental credit research can seek to generate alpha and control risk. We have a culture and firm equity ownership structure that attract and retain professionals who share those beliefs, and we follow a repeatable investment process that helps us stay true to our philosophy.

We construct balanced portfolios for private clients, nonprofits and institutions depending on the needs of the client. We can be 100% open architecture, using third-party managers only, or we can put together a mix of internal and external strategies, whatever is in the client's best interest. Meet the Investment Solutions Group.

Hedge Funds

Hedge Funds

The Investment Solutions Group is an investment-management team within Brown Advisory that specializes in asset allocation, manager selection, hedge funds and other alternative investment strategies. Dedicated to open-architecture solutions, our team has established a strong track record of identifying high-quality, third-party investment managers across the hedge fund, long-only and private equity universes. We leverage this expertise to help clients assemble portfolios that we believe best fit their needs and goals, offering clients a range of solutions from complete portfolio management to fulfillment of specific hedge-fund and alternative-asset mandates.

Founded in June 2002, the Investment Solutions Group now manages in excess of $3.4 billion for clients (data as of January 31, 2017) in a combination of managed accounts, advisory relationships and fund-of-fund offerings.

Private Equity and Real Estate

Private Equity and Real Estate

Brown Advisory has incorporated private equity and real estate investments in client portfolios since our founding. Today, we can provide that exposure in three distinct ways.

Feeder Funds and Multimanager Funds
We introduce clients to investment opportunities in early- and late-stage venture capital and buyout funds, as well as select real estate funds. We also construct these feeder funds into multimanager funds through our Private Equity Partners (PEP) and Real Estate Partners (REP) vehicles to make private equity investing as easy as possible for our clients.

Customized Private Equity Portfolios
For most clients, private equity is one component of a balanced portfolio that we manage. Other clients, however, come to us specifically for custom-built private equity and real estate portfolios.

For more information on private equity please click here or contact Jacob Hodes at 410-537-5315 or [email protected].

Sustainable Investing

Sustainable Investing Strategies

  • Multi-Manager Strategies
  • For clients seeking an open-architecture solution, we have access to several of the premier sustainable managers in the industry - all vetted by internal research.
  • Private Equity
  • Our private equity team is focused on evaluating the growing universe of private impact investments to identify standout opportunities that target various issues of particular concern to our clients. To date, we have placed assets in investments targeting a variety of impact themes such as community impact, microfinance, education technology, sustainable real estate, water initiatives and others.*
  • *Many alternative investments by regulation may only be sold to Accredited Investors (institutions with at least $5 million in assets) or Qualified Purchasers (institutions with at least $25 million in investments).

Customized Portfolios

This diverse assortment of solutions will meet many clients’ sustainability objectives; however, we understand the continued evolution of this space and seek to be able to react quickly to client needs.

For clients with unique missions, value-aligned investing programs, or who simply wish to ensure that they do not own certain controversial companies or have access to certain industries, we offer the following customized options:

Additional Screening: To the extent we have reliable data and can build rules into our compliance systems, we can add specific screens to a separate account to restrict companies (e.g. oil and gas providers) or industries (e.g. tobacco or weaponry).

Customized and Thematic Portfolios: Within a separate account, we can work together to solve for a sustainability need. From a universe of securities researched from both the bottom-up and for their ESG profile, we can assemble a custom portfolio of securities designed to meet many specific sustainable goals or outcomes.


Stock market corrections can prompt investors to impulse selling or other moves that are often harmful to their long-term financial well-being. By walking through four steps with a client, we can refocus his or her mindset on the fundamental issues that help safeguard financial stability and achieve steady outperformance.

During periods of market volatility, investors overly focused on shortterm gyrations in stock prices may fall prey to emotional swings that can ultimately prove more detrimental to their financial wellbeing than a bear market.

In advising clients over the years, we have seen the value of helping families buy into the longterm orientation essential to successful investing and portfolio management through all market conditions. Such a perspective is more than just a state of mind: it’s the benefit of taking deliberate, practical steps toward the sound decision making and management necessary to achieve clarity and instill confidence in any long-term plan. Here are four ways we think about preparing clients to stay the course regardless of the market’s mood:

Clarify your mission. We work with clients to create—either in writing or verbally—a “mission statement” detailing how they want their assets to serve their well-being in coming decades. This includes articulating a policy with regard to investment risk tolerance, long-term goals, cash flow needs and sector diversification. It also encompasses intended lifestyle, charitable giving, retirement and estate planning, and liabilities, including anticipated costs for health care. During times of market volatility, such long-term planning enables clients to shake off an impulse to sell.

Set hard numbers. Determine both your annual level of spending and a five- and 10-year goal for portfolio returns. This helps to meet your immediate needs and instill discipline in a longterm context, averting excessive spending when valuations are rising.

There are three fundamental variables to monitor in portfolio management: market performance, changes in tax policy and a portfolio’s rate of drawdown (expenses and spending). We cannot control the first two forces. But by helping a client determine the optimal rate for drawing from a portfolio, we can help preserve capital and ensure a successful long-term outcome.

Use the “Three Bucket” approach to ensure balance in a portfolio. We regularly review portfolio allocations to confirm that clients have sufficient “operating” funds to meet near-term cash needs. This allows a client to ride out a market correction without having to sell equities or any security at a disadvantageous time.

The operating allocation for annual living expenses is typically invested in money market instruments and short-duration, fixed income vehicles. It is just one of “three buckets” that help clients differentiate among the purposes of their investments, manage risk and achieve solid, long-term returns.

The “core” allocation is made up of a mix of assets aimed at stability and growth. It is not meant to be changed dramatically over time and is tailored to a client’s specific needs, including retirement, education and philanthropy.

With well-structured core and operating allocations, a client can comfortably go on the offensive with the third, “opportunistic” bucket. This focuses on tactical, timely investments and will vary depending on an investment’s risk level, liquidity and return potential. This allocation should yield a risk-adjusted return exceeding that of the core bucket.

Create a portfolio structure buffered against taxes. There are few pieces of news more exasperating for investors than a significant tax bill following a period of meager returns. Therefore, it is essential that we structure client portfolios to be tax efficient. After the 2008-2009 financial crisis, many clients could use loss carry-forwards to reduce taxes against gains taken in subsequent years. With those benefits used up, we are always looking for new and sometimes creative ways to manage tax liabilities.

By understanding and meeting the four criteria above, a client can set a windward anchor of realistic expectations. A family will then approach its portfolio—and any foul weather in financial markets—with confidence, increasing the likelihood of achieving its long-term goals.


Please download The Advisory to read other articles in this issue including:

Off the Beaten Trail
By Taylor Graff, CFA, Asset Allocation Analyst

Investors should expect the market swings of 2015 to carry over into the new year, driven largely by concerns over weak global growth. We are recommending that clients consider high-yield bonds and other asset classes that can offer the prospect of solid gains that diverge from the path of traditional stocks and bonds.

Diamonds In The Rough
By Tom Graff, CFA, Head of Fixed Income

Weak commodity prices and flagging emerging market economies have dimmed the outlook for energy and metals companies, and are shaking up the high-yield bond market. Through conservative, bottom-up analysis, we are taking advantage of current market dynamics to buy attractively priced debt in companies with solid revenues and limited vulnerability to an economic downturn.

Ensuring Legacies Last
By Joe Ferlise, Strategic Advisor

Heirs who are unprepared for an inheritance may find that a big windfall can quickly become a mixed blessing. An essential step in estate planning is making sure beneficiaries know all the responsibilities and challenges that accompany the management of increasing wealth.

The views expressed are those of the authors and Brown Advisory as of the date referenced and are subject to change at any time based on market or other conditions. These views are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance. In addition, these views may not be relied upon as investment advice. The information provided in this material should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned. It should not be assumed that investments in such securities have been or will be profitable. To the extent specific securities are mentioned, they have been selected by the author on an objective basis to illustrate views expressed in the commentary and do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for advisory clients or other clients. The information contained herein has been prepared from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by us as to its timeliness or accuracy, and is not a complete summary or statement of all available data. This piece is intended solely for our clients and prospective clients and is for informational purposes only. No responsibility can be taken for any loss arising from action taken or refrained from on the basis of this publication.

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