Wealth & finance International - Wealth & Money Management Awards 2015

www.wealthandfinance-intl.com 13 BBVA Wealth Solutions, Inc Best for Wealth Solutions - Texas BBVA Wealth Solutions, Inc. (“BWS”) is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Com- mission and provides various investment advisory and portfolio management services. The solutions provided by BWS offer clients access to various wrap fee programs, including third party model strategies, Separately Managed Accounts and Unified Managed Accounts. The original wrap fee program offered by BWS, the SmartPath® Diversified Portfolios Program, is a discretionary asset allocation program offering access to certain model portfolios composed of mutual funds, exchanged-traded funds and similar pooled investment vehicles. Currently, clients may access seven SmartPath Diversified Model Portfolios, which are run by Anne-Joëlle Viguier-Galley, MS, CFA. We spoke to her to find out more about these services. Company: BBVA Wealth Solutions, Inc. Name: Anne-Joëlle Viguier-Galley, MS, CFA Email: [email protected] Address: 2200 Post Oak Blvd., 19th Floor, Houston, TX 77056, USA Telephone: +1 832-204-1694 Galley started by emphasizing that “We focus mainly on risk when building and monitoring the portfolios. Risk is part of investing, yet a thorough due diligence process and constant monitoring try to ensure that when markets experience volatility, the positions and their risk con- tributions to the portfolios are well understood and, thus, the long term strategy remains intact. Investing is a process and the ability to stick to a strategy is key to achieving long term objectives.” “Even with changes in the industry, clients’ needs and objectives remain the same: build a nest for the future generation, prepare for retirement, etc. Constantly reading and knowing what is going on in the markets helps ensure that you are on top of your investment positions.” “BWS is and has always been “service oriented”. The success of investing relies to a great extent on trust; investing is a “human intense service” and clients expect this service.” The BWS team is all about service. Galley says: “Personally, I am all about service: as a Portfolio Manager I will spend as much time as necessary with clients to make sure they understand what they are invested in, what risks they are taking, how I view the world and how the portfolios reflect this view. Thanks to modern communications, I am available virtually 24/7 and communicate this to clients.” “Investing is hard work and markets make you very respectful. The minute you think you had a “great day”, they come back roaring to re- mind you that they will always have the last word; thus, it is imperative to follow a process, stick to solid due diligence, admit your mistakes, carry on and remain humble.” “The culture within the company is that of a team approach in order to service the client. From front to back office, we take pride in our motto: One Team. Client First.”

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