In business for nearly a half century, GW&K Investment Management, LLC is a fee-only firm headquartered in Boston. The firm offers investment advisory services to 40,000 clients who include individual and institutional clients. GW&K specializes in active equity and fixed income investment solutions, and it incorporates equity, municipal bond and taxable bond strategies in its investment process.
The financial advisor has more than $42 billion in assets under management (AUM).
GW&K Investment Management Background
The firm was founded in 1974, and in 2008 it became a partner of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc, a publicly-traded global asset management company. In addition to its municipal bond strategies, the firm employs small cap and small/mid cap and core fixed income investment approaches. GW&K manages wrap accounts, and it also participates in certain sub-advisory agreements.
GW&K Investment Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes
GW&K accepts private or high-net-worth clients, estates, pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable foundations, endowments, corporations, private funds, mutual funds, Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) funds, collective trusts and other entities.
The firm's minimum account size varies by asset class and GW&K strategy. For advisory services the firm provides to wrap fee programs, or for sub-advisory services it offers to pooled investment vehicles, the relevant program or fund sponsor determines the minimum.
Services Offered by GW&K Investment Management
GW&K offers the following advisory services:
GW&K states that it believes in rigorous research, disciplined management and a client-driven culture. It seeks to find unexpected investment opportunities and provides personalized management services.
The firm describes its management approach as one that places clients’ interests first and strives to meet investment objectives in the midst of market fluctuations.
GW&K Investment Management Fees
For investment advisory services, GW&K earns 1.00% for equity strategies and 0.65% for fixed income strategies. (For context, the industry average is 0.95%, according to a 2018 study of 1,500 firms by RIA in a Box.) GW&K fee rates vary per account size and investment strategy. The firm’s standard fee schedules are negotiable, and its fees are usually billed quarterly in advance or in arrears.
For the firm’s sub-advisory services to pooled investment vehicles, and its management of wrap programs, each vehicle or program’s contract sponsor determines the advisory fee. The fee schedules for private funds, mutual funds and UCITS are specified in each fund’s prospectus or offering memorandum. The firm also manages some programs without full discretion, and these fees are also determined each program’s or account’s sponsor.
GW&K additionally receives performance-based fees for its investment management. The fees are based on a percentage of the net profits being managed.
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What to Watch Out For
This firm has no disclosures of legal or regulatory action in its most recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
One thing to note: The firm acknowledges that its side-by-side management of asset-based and performance-based accounts may create incentive for advisors to favor performance-based accounts. This is because the performance-based accounts may earn them higher compensation if investments perform well. That said, the firm has a fiduciary duty to put work in clients' best interests.
Opening an Account With GW&K Investment Management
If you’re interested in opening an account, you can reach out to an advisor through the firm’s contact page. You can also call the firm’s main office at (617) 236-8900.
All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.
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