Forget About Global Investing – Winans Investments Post Solid Performance in a Volatile 2018

Winans Investments (WI), a 25-year old investment advisory firm, has drawn national recognition by being featured in TD Ameritrade’s financial magazine “Advisor Solutions” for its proprietary approach to active investing. Since 2017, WI’s performance comes through good-old fashioned “stock picking”.

Morningstar’s Separate Managed Account database has 2,981 advisor portfolios with more than 90% of their holdings in US & foreign stocks.

WI 5-year performance places it in the 0.6% percentile of its peers.

Access to Winans Investments can currently be found on TD Ameritrade’s Separate Account Exchange program as well as by contacting us directly.

This program makes Winans Investments services available to other financial advisors as well as separate managed accounts for individuals, Trusts, IRAs and 401ks.

Winans Investment SMA Growth Portfolio Composite:

Net Annualized Returns:
Total Return YTD 2017 3-year 5-year 10-year 15-year

WI Results 6.1% 27.8% 11.8% 16.3% 9.3% 17.8%
Benchmark 0.4% 19.1% 8.9% 15.7% 10.4% 18.2%
Beta na 0.56 0.67 0.77 na na
Alpha na 17.08 4.40 2.64 na na
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COMPOSITE DISCLOSURES
Performance results displayed are based on a composite of similarly managed portfolios. Individual portfolio returns are calculated on a monthly basis using the BAI method, which computes an approximated time-weighted rate of return. Composite returns are then calculated by asset-weighting portfolio returns on a monthly basis using beginning of period market values.

Valuations are computed and performance is reported in U.S. dollars. All returns include the reinvestment of income and dividends. Net performance results have been reduced by trading expenses and have been further reduced by actual management fees.

Past performance should not be taken as representative of future results. The information supplied and the formula calculations used are considered reliable but cannot be guaranteed. Information supplied can change without notice. Additional information is available upon request.

The Growth 100% Composite includes fully discretionary all growth portfolios that are actively managed to Winans’ 100/0 Strategy which is designed for investors who have the highest tolerance or need for risk. The strategy employs a top-down investment approach to determine investment exposure in stocks. Financially sound, multi-cap U.S. listed common stocks are selected utilizing technical analysis focusing on the security’s 200-day moving average, while also emphasizing each investment’s downside protection. This strategy offers Winans’ most aggressive allocation of equity securities. Winans has discretion over individual investments as well as the discretion to increase and decrease the portfolio’s exposure to multi-cap U.S. listed stocks. The allocation of the strategy can vary over time but typically maintains a target equity allocation near 100% of portfolio assets. Starting January 2010, the minimum account size for inclusion in the composite is $100,000.

The Corporate Income 100% Composite includes fully discretionary portfolios that are managed to Winans’ 0/100 Strategy which is designed for investors who have a low tolerance or need for risk. This strategy offers Winans’ most conservative allocation of bond and preferred stock income. Winans has discretion over individual investments as well as the discretion to increase and decrease the portfolio’s exposure to any income investment. The allocation of the strategy can vary over time but typically maintains a target allocation near 100% of portfolio assets to an intermediate ladder of medium to high yield U.S. corporate bonds and U.S. listed preferred stocks. Starting January 2010, the minimum account size for inclusion in the composite is $100,000.

Prior to January 2010, composite membership was compiled on an annual basis and excluded:
• Portfolios that had less than $50,000 as of the year-end balance.
• Portfolios that were open for less than 12 months.
• Clients who changed their investment goal and/or asset allocation by more than 10% during the year, or had a variation allowance greater than or equal to 25%.
• Portfolios that had net deposits and withdrawals greater than or equal to 25% of the year-end balance.
• Portfolios with client selected investments that made up 10% or more of portfolio holdings at year-end.
• Portfolios with restrictions on the investment activities at any time during year.
• Winans International retirement plans, employee accounts, and employee spouse accounts.

COMPOSITE BENCHMARKS
Growth: A total return consists of: 24% S&P 500 Index, 24% NYSE Composite, 24% Dow Industrial Average, and 24% Winans Legacy Stock Index, 5% S&P U.S. Treasury Bill 0-3 Month Index.
Income: A total return consists of: 95% Dow Jones Corporate Bond Average, 5% S&P U.S. Treasury Bill 0-3 Month Index.

Benchmark performance for each portfolio category is based on the strategic weightings described above and may differ from actual weightings of client holdings during the period displayed. Client portfolios included in each portfolio category are based on client’s stated investment strategy and not on actual asset class weightings within each client’s portfolio. The volatility of each benchmark may be materially different from that of the investment portfolio. The percentage of clients outperforming their benchmark may be less than shown if benchmark weightings were adjusted to reflect actual client asset weightings over the same period. The Difference % in performance between WI Net Return % and Benchmark % may be less than shown, or negative, if benchmark weightings were adjusted to reflect actual client asset weightings over same period.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTIONS
The S&P 500 Index is a market-capitalization weighted index, which measures price movements of the common stock of 500 large U.S. companies within leading industries.

The New York Stock Exchange Composite Index is a float-adjusted market-capitalization weighted index which includes all common stocks listed on the NYSE, including ADRs, REITs and tracking stocks and listings of foreign companies.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.

The Dow Jones Corporate Bond Average Index is designed to track the total returns of 96 large and liquid investment-grade bonds issued by companies in the U.S. corporate bond market.

Winans Legacy Stock Index (WILSI) is an unweighted composite of 250 senior common stocks from diverse industry sectors which comprise the historical leadership of the U.S. economy. Most of the companies have been in continuous operation since 1906 (on average), and most have been continuously traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) since 1970. Since the WILSI’s underlying components are unweighted and remain unchanged over a 45-year timeframe, this provides a baseline to compare today’s financial conditions to past stock market cycles using the exact same securities. The WILSI provides an alternative means to evaluate stock market activity (past and present), and it eliminates many of the statistical flaws inherent in conventional stock market indices (i.e., S&P 500 Index & Dow Jones Industrial Average) due to their frequent changes in underlying components and data weighting methods.

• There are no assurances that an investor’s return will match or outperform any particular benchmark.

• Winans Investments is registered as an investment adviser with the SEC and only transacts business in states where it is properly registered, or is excluded or exempted from registration requirements. SEC registration does not constitute an endorsement of the firm by the Commission nor does it indicate that the adviser has attained a particular level of skill or ability.

• All investment strategies have the potential for profit or loss. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or strategy will be suitable or profitable for a client’s investment portfolio.

• This press release is a publication of Winans Investments. Information presented is believed to be factual and up-to-date, but we do not guarantee its accuracy and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author as of the date of publication and are subject to change. Content should not be viewed as personalized investment advice or as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell the securities mentioned herein. A professional adviser should be consulted before implementing any of the strategies presented.
• Past performance may not be indicative of future results. Therefore, no current or prospective client should assume that the future performance of any specific investment or strategy will be profitable or equal to past performance levels.

• All investment strategies have the potential for profit or loss. Changes in investment strategies, contributions or withdrawals, and economic conditions may materially alter the performance of your portfolio.

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