Independent investment management firm Sheaff Brock utilizes an approach to money management that challenges traditional presumptions about investing. Beyond its everyday operations, the company provides support to the Susan G. Komen Foundation; best known for its annual "Race for the Cure". The Susan G. Komen chapter in Central Indiana, where Sheaff Brock’s is headquartered, administers the Sisters in Pink program for African-American women.
Sisters in Pink addresses a startling statistic that although African-American women are less likely to develop breast cancer, the risk of death increases by 40 percent for those diagnosed with it. A peer-to-peer education program, Sisters in Pink teaches women about breast health and breast cancer, in addition to providing accessing to life-saving screening and diagnostic services. The program is open to African-American women throughout Marion County.
Members of the Marion County community who feel passionate about breast cancer can join the program’s team in delivering educational sessions. Educators will receive training on breast cancer information and how to host good educational sessions prior to hosting their first session. Furthermore, they will receive monthly stipends depending on the number of completed sessions. Sister in Pink sessions will begin in late summer 2017.
From its headquarters in Indianapolis, Sheaff Brock provides portfolio management services in line with its clients' risk tolerance and financial objectives. Focusing primarily on high net worth individuals, the firm combines no-load mutual funds with exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to allocate assets. Beyond its work, Sheaff Brock supports several local organizations, including the nonprofit Susan G. Komen.
In addition to its Race for the Cure event, Susan G. Komen operates the 3-Day, a 60-mile walking event that takes place over the course of three days. Participants have the opportunity to camp together for two nights as part of the 3-Day community and receive full support from a roadside crew that ensures all walkers stay safe during the event. Each walker raises $2,300 for the organization upon completion of the 60 miles.
Since its inception in 2003, the 3-Day has raised over $820 million due to the dedication of more than 500,000 walkers. This money has funded over 2,500 research projects and more than 460 clinical trials, all with the aim of putting an end to breast cancer.
Sheaff Brock is a registered investment advisory firm located in Indianapolis, Indiana. While offering a variety of traditional investment portfolio options, Sheaff Brock also offers alternative portfolios.
While the major US equity markets continued their strong performance into the first quarter of 2017, there are indications that alternative investment asset classes are growing in popularity. In fact, according to Preqin’s Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets, H1 2017, the hedge funds and the private capital market are the largest they have ever been at a combined $7.7 trillion assets under management.
Investment in alternative assets grew by more than $300 billion in 2016, with Preqin attributing this to further diversification by existing investors rather than new inflows of capital. In the Investor Outlook, Preqin outlined six alternative investment classes and listed the proportion of institutional investor involvement in each one:
1. Real Estate - 61 percent of institutional investors have a portion of their portfolio invested in real estate
2. Private Equity - 57 percent
3. Hedge Funds - 51 percent
4. Natural Resources - 40 percent
5. Private Debt - 37 percent
6. Infrastructure - 36 percent