Henley Smith of Commonwealth Asset Management, LLC Headlines Ivy Family Office Network Boston, MA Event

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The Ivy Family Office Network hosted its 2014 Family Office Outlook Forum in Boston, MA on October 29th with a discussion on “The 2014 Family Office Outlook” led by Henley Smith. Mr. Smith is the Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Asset Management, LLC.

Henley Smith

Henley Smith

We see a need for greater control and transparency, dissatisfaction with current fund returns and pricing, and the demand to have a more targeted and customized investment experience that families have not been able to achieve in the past. ”

The Ivy Family Office Network hosted its 2014 Family Office Outlook Forum in Boston, MA on October 29th with a discussion on “The 2014 Family Office Outlook” led by Henley Smith. Mr. Smith is the Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Asset Management, LLC.

According to Mr. Smith, “We see many challenges and market trends emerging in 2014, as a direct result of economic and market uncertainty. These range from current elevated levels of cash and its proper allocation and timely deployment back in to the market, to a growing need to satisfy a newly emerging demand of families targeting impact investing.

But, one trend we see that is firmly taking hold is the desire for families to participate in direct investments outside of traditional market vehicles. We see a need for greater control and transparency, dissatisfaction with current fund returns and pricing, and the demand to have a more targeted and customized investment experience that families have not been able to achieve in the past. ”

Moreover, “Though, traditional multifamily office (MFO) organizations continue to look to expand their direct investment participation and portfolios, many MFO’s continue to be squarely focused only on non-investment issues.

As a result, Wall Street has identified the family office market as a growth target, so we anticipate more product offerings and possible solutions from that product portal, not to mention legal and accounting firms that remain in the mix. However, we believe that participating in smaller, targeted family office events as a good first step. We believe that the formation of strategic partnerships that serve this growing sector will only continue to pick up steam. Families will look to identify those service providers and trusted advisors that bring value, through the delivery of a consortium of thought and insight, with expertise in a single market segment that can serve to customize a family’s liquidity needs, risk parameters and investment objectives. ”

Other speakers on the panel included Paul McKibbin of Family Office Metrics, Gary
Domoracki of Ten Mountain Capital and Ken Knox of Tenzing Advisors.

Henley Smith serves as Chief Investment Officer and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager of Commonwealth Asset Management LLC which is part of the Gabelli Family Office Private Investment Platform. He is charged with initial oversight responsibilities, as well as direct involvement in all client and portfolio investments regarding the firm’s fixed income products. He also involved in introducing clients to potential direct, co-investment opportunities that are currently being sourced privately. Additionally, Commonwealth Asset Management is committed to providing a client centric approach to investment management and portfolio advisory services. Their portfolio management solutions include liquidity management through active, direct ownership as well as, access to equity, longer duration fixed income and alternative investments strategies.

About Commonwealth Asset Management, LLC

Commonwealth Asset Management LLC is committed to providing a client centric approach to investment management and portfolio advisory services. We provide selective institutions, family offices and HNW individuals with a focused, customized insight to unlocking value in financial markets; in addition to a direct connection to our long-standing and well-established professional resources. Our portfolio management solutions include liquidity management through active direct ownership as well as, access to equity, longer duration fixed income and alternative investments strategies.

The Ivy Family Office Network Forum provides an ongoing dialogue for family offices to support high-value education and information on trends for family office investing, structure and operational excellence. Attendees gain practical strategies and solutions to achieve both short and long-term objectives. The program features off-the-record, peer-to-peer discussions in a non-commercial setting, in-depth and highly interactive sessions.

About The Ivy Family Office Network

The Ivy Family Office Network, IvyFON, is a leading peer to peer, global family office network with several hundred family offices attending events around The Americas every year.

Premier Speakers have included Harry Gruber, Nick Maounis, John Taylor and many others. Forum sessions are multi-format and cross-disciplinary covering a range of family office centric topics.

IvyFON’s orginates from one of the United States’ oldest and largest alternative investment networks, the IvyPlus network. The group includes New York City and Los Angeles deal networks across multiple disciplines including private equity, health care and real estate. More than 12,000 investment, family office and institutional investment professionals have attended forums globally.

For more information on Commonwealth Asset contact Henley Smith at hs(at)gabellipartners(dot)com or you can follow Henley on twitter @camllccio .    For more information on the Ivy Family Office Network, contact us at 646-290-8114 or at ivyfon.com/contact.html.

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