Sat, Aug 23, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Hutchens Investment Management merges with New Leaf Asset Management

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - Hutchens Investment Management, Inc., an independent investment advisor managing $100 million+ in assets for equity and multi-asset portfolios announced that it has merged with New Leaf Asset Management, LLC.

New Leaf executives Fletcher Cole, CFA, and Carrie Bossi are now part of the Hutchens team, which employs a disciplined institutional approach focused on fundamentals. Cole re-joins the firm as a partner to spearhead Hutchens’ research initiatives and Ms. Bossi provides research support.

From 1997-2001, Cole was Hutchens’ director of research and portfolio manager during which time he refined the investment models and served as the primary portfolio manager for the firm’s mid-cap accounts. From 2002-2011, prior to the merger with Hutchens, he was managing member and co-founder of New Leaf. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he brings with him additional assets under management that he will continue to manage in a value-oriented approach. In addition, he was previously a submarine warfare officer in the U.S. Navy and also worked with Gabelli & Company and E.R. Taylor Investments.

“Fletcher’s style complements our growth-oriented bent and is well-suited for today’s challenging market environment. We see great cross-pollination potential as we share thoughts on stocks, economic themes and investment ideas, and are committed to providing the highest quality investment services to our institutional and high net worth clients. Our investment process, methodology and philosophy will continue to add value over the long term by controlling risk and focusing on fundamentals,” said William Hutchens, CFA, founder of Hutchens Investment Management.

Hutchens reports that the firm is currently finding interesting equity investment opportunities. Stocks are inexpensive relative to fixed income and other asset classes, and valuations are reasonable for a number of reasons. Earnings have rebounded and are about to reach the all time peak for the S&P 500. In addition, fears of a European debt meltdown are rampant, the U.S. unemployment rate is high, global growth is slowing due to Chinese rate hikes, the U.S. budget deficit will impede economic recovery, and interest rates are at historical lows.

“With all of the fear and doubt out there it is no wonder that the markets are climbing a wall of worry. We see opportunity - not problems. Companies which are able to increase sales beyond analyst expectations and who are still selling at reasonable multiples of earnings and cash flow are potential investment candidates for our clients’ portfolios. Likewise many exchange traded funds are packed with these companies and in many cases we will use them to gain exposure to a particular market sector. Security selection is key to outperforming in this environment. Slow U.S. growth and inflation problems overseas makes it essential to select stocks that are able to thrive in this climate, gaining market share from competitors and managing their finances to the betterment of shareholders,” Hutchens said.

(press release)

Source

kb

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing
  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Institutions – Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives, CalPERS' real estate consultant cautions the pension fund's investment committee, Why Sunsuper likes hedge funds[more]

    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

  2. Private equity follows hedge funds into reinsurance for long-term capital[more]

    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

  3. North America – New York City’s next hot neighborhoods targeted with property funds[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: New York’s real estate world is filled with tales of ordinary people who bought property decades ago and saw values skyrocket to the millions. Seth Weissman is seeking investors to get in early on the next hot neighborhoods. The veteran of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hedge

  4. Investing – George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse, Warren Buffett's Berkshire reveals Charter stake, cuts DirecTV, Hedge funds lusting to cash out of MGM, Top hedge fund managers are buying Ally Financial, Hedge funds dumped 5m Herbalife shares in Q2, Paulson & Co hedge fund ups Puerto Rico real estate bet, Netflix Inc., Citigroup Inc, Google Inc are top new picks in Tiger Management’s 13F[more]

    George Soros bets $2bn on stock market collapse From Newsmax.com: Billionaire investor George Soros has increased his financial bet that U.S. stocks will collapse to more than $2 billion. The legendary hedge fund manager has been raising his negative bet on the Standard & Poor's 500 Inde

  5. Investors now net short S&P500 and increased Russell shorts, technicals suggest further selling[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added