How to select and use model portfolios to serve your clients better

The number of model portfolios available across the industry has surged over the last few years. Learn how to choose models that can help you grow your practice, streamline your investment process, and focus more time on your clients.

There are more options than ever, but not all model portfolios are created equal.

In Morningstar’s U.S. Model Allocation 50%-70% Equity category, return dispersion was >10% over the last 4 years—and widened as more models launched.

1,000+

models launched since 20181

2,100+

model portfolios in Morningstar’s database1

There are more options than ever, but not all model portfolios are created equal.

In Morningstar’s U.S. Model Allocation 50%-70% Equity category, return dispersion was >10% over the last 4 years—and widened as more models launched.

1,000+

models launched since 20181

2,100+

model portfolios in Morningstar’s database1

It’s easy to see why model portfolios are gaining popularity: these offerings allow you to streamline your business, reduce risk, and get back time to spend with clients. But performance varies dramatically model to model, which can make finding the best fit for your client difficult. Here’s what you should look for when selecting model portfolios.


An experienced provider. High-quality model portfolios come from high-quality portfolio managers. Look for a manager with an experienced investment team and institutionally managed strategies.


Strategic portfolio design. Any model you select must fit the needs of your client. The strategic design can help you determine if a model matches your client’s objectives, risk tolerance, and time horizon.


Tactical asset allocation. It’s important to know if a model can shift allocations to react to market changes—and if the portfolio manager has demonstrated success doing so.


Underlying components. A model is only as good as its underlying investments. Consider whether the model’s investments have a record of strong performance and are well-managed.


Due diligence. Does the portfolio manager regularly evaluate the model’s performance? High-quality portfolios are monitored carefully and consistently.


Ongoing support. Good investment management is essential in choosing a model, but a portfolio manager should also provide added resources, like collateral to help you communicate with clients.


It's not enough to choose the right model. You need to know how to use it.

Finding the best model for your client involves much more than just portfolio construction and design. There are many ways to implement model portfolios to meet your clients’ needs.

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It’s easy to see why model portfolios are gaining popularity: these offerings allow you to streamline your business, reduce risk, and get back time to spend with clients. But performance varies dramatically model to model, which can make finding the best fit for your client difficult. Here’s what you should look for when selecting model portfolios.


An experienced provider. High-quality model portfolios come from high-quality portfolio managers. Look for a manager with an experienced investment team and institutionally managed strategies.


Strategic portfolio design. Any model you select must fit the needs of your client. The strategic design can help you determine if a model matches your client’s objectives, risk tolerance, and time horizon.


Tactical asset allocation. It’s important to know if a model can shift allocations to react to market changes—and if the portfolio manager has demonstrated success doing so.


Underlying components. A model is only as good as its underlying investments. Consider whether the model’s investments have a record of strong performance and are well-managed.


Due diligence. Does the portfolio manager regularly evaluate the model’s performance? High-quality portfolios are monitored carefully and consistently.


Ongoing support. Good investment management is essential in choosing a model, but a portfolio manager should also provide added resources, like collateral to help you communicate with clients.


It's not enough to choose the right model. You need to know how to use it.

Finding the best model for your client involves much more than just portfolio construction and design. There are many ways to implement model portfolios to meet your clients’ needs.

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Morningstar, 2021 Model Portfolio Landscape, September 2021.

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