At Ferris Capital,
we have the experience and expertise to understand the complexities of managing fiduciary assets while balancing the needs of institutional missions and goals. Our team has spent much of their career helping schools, foundations and endowments establish proper guidelines, policies and governance of their assets.
 

You don’t need to navigate these waters alone.

Ferris Capital’s consultative, comprehensive approach to working with you and understanding your needs can help you craft an investment policy, design a portfolio using Modern Portfolio Theory, select managers and allocations, monitor results, and keep you abreast of the issues affecting your goals. We can also share the best practices of similar entities and attend board meetings. Below is a summary of our non-profit services.

Strategy Development
Mission and goal planning Investment policy statement Investment guidelines Fiduciary governance Gift acceptance parameters Donor development plan Liquidity analysis.


Investment Management
Open investment architecture Fiduciary asset management Portfolio construction Manager analysis and selection Asset class re-balancing Performance reporting Gift transfer assistance.


Monitoring
Review goal progression Review portfolio risk Meet and present to board Provide gift valuations Board Education.

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 Dave Ferris

Dave Ferris

 Matthew Elsenbeck

Matthew Elsenbeck


 
 

The Ferris Capital Process


We firmly believe that the best results come from a consistent process with a thoughtful design.

We use low cost ETFs, mutual funds, individual bonds, and stocks to build custom portfolios for our clients that are in line with their larger financial plan. We always seek to use the lowest fee, most efficient investment vehicles possible and to utilize best of class managers when they offer more value than an index or ETF.

Understand Your Goals and Financial Situation 

Ferris Capital meets with you to fully understand your goals, time horizon, anticipated cash flows, and feelings towards investments in general . We also conduct an in-depth evaluation of your total financial picture including insurance, wills, trusts, 
and employee benefit options.

Create a Financial Plan Tailored to Your Goals

Ferris Capital works with you to develop a comprehensive financial plan that positions you with the highest probability of success in meeting your goals. The plan includes goal-driven asset allocations, tax sensitivity, long-term estate planning, and overall 
risk management.

Establish the Proper Accounts and Legal Structures

If applicable, Ferris Capital can direct you to top notch accountants and attorneys or work with your existing relationships to formulate and execute the structures and strategies to best protect your assets from taxes and liability. 

Current Investment Evaluation and Tax Analysis 

We analyze your current holdings to see if there are any embedded taxable gains or additional issues that should be considered in building your portfolio. If there are any issues, we will construct the investment portfolio to address those issues specifically and potentially use the existing investment as proxies to our investment model choices. 

Portfolio Construction

Using the risk profile from the financial plan and the considerations from the analysis of your existing assets, we manage your capital in one of our strategies that corresponds with your risk level which are designed using our proprietary market outlook, historical asset class performance, manager interviews and internal expenses. 

Ongoing Maintenance, Monitoring, and Reporting 

Ferris Capital monitors market and portfolio changes and keeps you informed on performance, risk and goals-based progress through quarterly calls or meetings. We also look to address any liquidity needs or life changes that may impact the long-term financial plan. 

Why Ferris Capital?

All investment firms offer “financial planning”. However, not all investment firms are bound by the fiduciary standard and not all firms are conflict free. Ultimately the most important difference between firms comes down to the people, their experience, and the service they provide.

At Ferris Capital, our independence ensures that your interests always come first. We believe that transparency and integrity are critical to building long-term relationships. We’re devoted to a client experience that revolves around the needs of you and your family, not around commissions.

Our work doesn’t end with a financial plan; that’s where it begins.

 

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