Conservative asset management
for private individuals and foundations
for private individuals and foundations
Laaken represents conservative, transparent and high quality asset management. The goal of the company is to thoroughly manage the capital of private individuals, family offices, endowments and charities. Partners at Laaken possess many years of experience in the financial sector and have accomplished good investment returns, as visible in the charts below. Client capital is invested globally based on economic fundamentals with a strong emphasis on liquidity and daily tradability.
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Laaken attained above average returns for its clients. Partially due to successfully avoiding excessive losses in the portfolios and a strong emphasis on liquidity.
A truly independent asset manager with a worldwide network via partners and employees in Amsterdam, the United States and Singapore.
When deemed necessary, more liquidity and fixed income is retained. In more favourable times a larger part of the portfolio is invested in real assets.
Laaken has minimal investments in products and funds. By investing in self-selected, solid stocks and bonds, risk and cost efficient portfolios are constructed and constantly monitored.
The core activity of Laaken Asset Management is managing individual portfolios. The asset management mandate is executed in the client's account at a renowned Dutch and foreign custody bank of choice. This service is offered to clients with investable capital starting from EUR 1.000.000. In an individual mandate client portfolios are invested in line with a model portfolio or can be tailor-made.
Clients can also choose to participate in one of the Laaken investments funds. By offering participation in funds Laaken can attain more diversified investments for its clients. Furthermore, the funds have a V.A.T. cost advantage. For clients with investable capital starting from EUR 250.000 this can be a cost efficient solution to follow one of the model portfolios.
Important ways to retain the value of capital are: emphasising the importance of liquid and conservatively constructed investment portfolios, keeping cost low and be vigilant for irreparable losses in the portfolio of clients. The investment philosophy of Laaken is that risk and cost efficient portfolios can be realised by investing in individual stocks, bonds and alternative investments with a long term view.
With this view the company aims to add value in all asset classes. In equity, worldwide and solid investments are selected of companies that have a strong balance sheet (low debt), good growth expectations, reliable management and acceptable valuations. The bond allocation in the portfolio also consists of direct individual investments including government, corporate, variable rate and convertible bonds.
In the investment policy the importance of liquidity and daily tradability is emphasized. Portfolios can be set up or made liquid on a daily basis. Selecting direct investments in stocks and bonds avoids unnecessary accumulation of cost.
Jolmer started working in the financial services industry in The Netherlands in 1971. He co-founded SNS Securities in 1981, and Laaken Asset Management in 2005. He has been responsible for the financial well-being of institutional clients, private clients, and foundations. Together with Sem he forms the daily management of Laaken. Within the investment committee Jolmer emphasises individual stocks and bonds.
Served as member and as adviser of the managing board of ABN AMRO Bank up to 2007. Rijnhard is non executive chairman of Petrofac Ltd., BNP Paribas OBAM, Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext N.V. He serves as chairman of the Laaken investment committee where he makes valuable contribution to the macro economic view, supperted by economic analyses.
Graduated from Erasmus University in general and business economics. His working experience includes Thyssen-Bornemisza Group in London, management buy outs such as Bols in Amsterdam and Interpool in New York, and successful start-ups: Trac Lease, Blueline, Ocean Point Development. Raoul divides his time between Singapore, New York and Amsterdam and shares his views on the world economy for the investment process.
Before graduating from his dual master's degree in business economics at the University of Amsterdam and Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Sem was already working at Laaken Asset Management and after an internship at Rabobank Private Equity he starting working full-time in 2011. Sem is a CFA charter holder and has recently entered the board of Laaken.
The beginning of the year is a moment to evaluate our outlooks of the past year. The expectation that the U.S. stock market should perform better than Europe was incorrect in local currencies, however adjusted and thankfully for currency movements appeared to be correct for EUR investors. Positioning in USD and stock selection added to our outperformance. The U.S. stock market clearly showed how the “Nifty Nine”: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Alphabet, Priceline, eBay, Starbucks, Microsoft and Salesforce, returned over 60% last year, with the S&P500 index returning 1%. A potentially great year for most active investors
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