What binds us is the belief that the industry is and will increasingly become more divided between 3 broad groups;
- Industry Super Funds, with a growing Advisory Arm,
- Bank Aligned Planners, and
- IFA’s – Independent Financial Advisers.
We clearly sit in the third – IFA camp.
Our business model is based on both; the flexibility and efficiencies gained by operating under an MDA licensing structure, coupled with the freedom of being a non-aligned licensee.
Without institutional ties and the limitations placed by conflicted ownership structures, we are able to pursue and offer a true Fee for Service model.
Our AFSL has MDA & Derivatives capabilities, plus all other traditional inclusions. There’s very little if any area of advice we cannot accommodate.
What drives us is the opportunity to work closely with like-minded groups seeking innovative ways to deliver Professional Advice, and assist them in growing their business by utilising our unique services and offering.
Each year we license a number of Advisers and Planning groupsseeking a true IFA alternative. Watershed represents the various people, stakeholders and businesses, working together to form a complete solution.
The Watershed Group, based in Collins Street Melbourne, comprises of:
- Watershed Funds Management Pty Ltd – provides MDA (managed discretionary account) services, constructing IMA (individually managed account) portfolios for Financial Planners & Planning Groups.
- Watershed Dealer Services Pty Ltd – provides traditional Dealer Services on a ‘user pays’ model.
In an environment where smaller independent dealer groups are rapidly being absorbed, Watershed presents a non-aligned licensee and portfolio service offering to independently- minded practices striving for excellence and a point of difference in their advice.
The shareholders of the Watershed Group are; Adam Rowley, Adrian Rowley and Ben Bowen. We have no institutional ties of any kind. Watershed is a private company.
Reporting Season Summary – Upcoming Webinar
The Australian market continued to grind higher through the August reporting season finishing up 2.2%. Once again however, this lagged US equities, with the S&P500 up 7% and the technology heavy NASDAQ up nearly 10% in the month. The Small Ordinaries on the other hand was up 7.1% and has continued its stro...
The last half of the 2019 financial year saw violent market gyrations as the world grappled with the fallout from the global Covid pandemic. Dramatic market declines were followed by almost equally expeditious market gains with many bourses worldwide clawing back much of the catastrophic losses incurred d...
Q4 – Rounding Out A Very Successful Year
The June Quarter and 2020 Financial Year was a highly successful one for the Watershed Portfolios. All Equity SMA’s; International Share, Australian Share (large cap) and Emerging Leaders (mid cap) strongly outperformed their respective benchmarks for the year This outperformance coupled with shrewd Dyna...
Large or Small investment teams…who’s r...
Our experience has been markedly different, with our much larger Investment Committee structure of yesteryear proving cumbersome and far more cluttered in terms of management. We have found having a more concentrated portfolio management team who, whilst having a niche sectoral expertise, are integrated a...
Identifying the next game changer – Watershed...
The Watershed Emerging Leaders SMA returned 13.09% for the month of May and 5.44% over the past twelve months, significantly outperforming its benchmark and its industry peers. Carrying a cash weighting of 34% into March, it was able to take advantage of the indiscriminate selling that ensued, and selectiv...
Between 2 Screens – episode 3
Episode 3 - in this episode we discuss China's May data dump and highlight May's very strong US Retail Sales
Between 2 Screens – episode 2
In this episode we discuss why the US employment report has the market so excited
Looked at 2020 – Knew when to fold ’em ...
TRADE UPDATE - JUNE 2020 Market sentiment seems to be driving markets over economic reality. And while markets typically bottom before earnings, the dramatic rise seems to have caught a lot of investors by surprise. Watersheds SMAs have navigated the selloff well and were positioned accordingly for a mark...
Between 2 Screens
In this episode we discuss why markets are trading where they are...and whether the rally is sustainable, or not.
The Scoreboard: TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD
Exceptional Outperformance across the board for Watershed SMA’s in April and the year to date Diversified Models at the top of the table in two out of three of the major categories Dynamic Management drove significant buying of equities and credit during March that we believe sets us up ver...
Award Winning International Share SMA – Provi...
Watershed International Share SMA: Proving Its Resilience The March quarter saw the Watershed International Portfolio continue to substantially outperform its benchmark and deliver industry-leading returns.
Delivering outperformance in challenging markets
Watershed Australian Share SMA: Delivering outperformance in challenging markets The March quarter saw significantly higher activity within the Australian Share Portfolio than would ordinarily be expected, but this has not been an ordinary market. Over the quarter we unwound the portfolio’s …