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Customized Third Party Money Management

For over 30 years, Tom Walsh and Dave Duncan have demonstrated expertise in asset allocation and fund selection through managing their own clients’ assets. Tom and Dave identified an opportunity to provide this service to other advisor representatives and in 2013, launched Duncan Walsh Advisors (DWA).

Duncan Walsh Advisors is singularly focused on helping advisors manage their clients’ portfolios. We’re not working concurrently on research to sell elsewhere, or creating a separate set of institution-only portfolios, or offering wholesale investment advice and strategy.

We focus on what we do best: provide your clients various investment platforms. Then, we provide you with the tools for communication to do what you do best: have conversations with your clients about setting and reaching goals.

Your Trusted Advisors

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David S. Duncan, CFP®

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

David Duncan is the Chairman and CEO of Duncan Financial Group, the parent company of Duncan Walsh Advisors. Dave is a Certified Financial Planner® and has over 35 years of investment management experience. Although he has responsibility for all aspects of the company’s growth, his main focus is private wealth management, which allows him to help his clients develop, monitor and achieve their financial goals.

David graduated from Point Park University in 1979 with a degree in Business Administration. He received the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner from the College for Financial Planning in 1986.

David has responsibility for the investment of over $250,000,000 of his client’s funds.

Thomas J. Walsh, CFA

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer

Thomas J. Walsh, CFA is the President of Walsh Asset Management, which he founded in 1999. He has over 30 years experience in the investment business, including positions in portfolio management, research, trading and marketing.

Tom received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1989 and is a member of the Cincinnati Society of Financial Analysts. As a Visiting Instructor of Finance at Miami University, Tom taught Principles of Investments and Securities Markets to seniors and graduate students on the Oxford campus from 2000-02.

He graduated from Miami University in 1983 with a B.S, in Business / Finance, and the Broad School of Management at Michigan State University in 1991, where he received an MBA in Finance.

Tom has responsibility for the investment of over $100,000,000 of his client’s funds.

Investment Selection

DWA offers a suite of managed portfolios appropriate for a range of clients. We rely on your careful assessment of your clients’ risk tolerances, financial circumstances, and long-term goals, all of which help inform your choice of an appropriate portfolio. As your clients’ lives change, you can make adjustments to their investments by selecting a different portfolio.

Our portfolios are carefully weighted against measured targets and allocation goals, and balanced accordingly. We create our portfolios and weigh asset classes around a core strategy, not a hot fund. We execute on our strategy by choosing securities which are carefully considered and agreed upon by our Investment Policy Committee.

Portfolio Management

Duncan Walsh Advisors

We regularly review our portfolios and track them for how they are performing against key targets. Our methodology includes a range of what we consider to be acceptable.

In managing portfolios, our moves are dictated by the following decision points:

  • Asset Class Selection (Stocks vs. Bonds)
  • Domicile Selection (Foreign vs. Domestic)
  • Capitalization (Large Cap vs. Mid/Small Cap)
  • Style (Growth vs. Value)
  • Foreign Selection (Developed vs. Emerging)
  • Sector/Commodities/Alternatives
  • Bond Selection

As we review each of these parameters, we choose the appropriate funds to stay on target, based on a client’s risk parameters. Our suite of portfolios moves as we weigh one decision point against another.

The changes we make to funds or to asset classes are then pushed out across our portfolios. Those changes are based on solid research. They are not based on a one-day spike in the market or a single change in an economic indicator. Instead, we approach investing with a big-picture, long-term view.