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Meet the NovaPoint Team
Alan J. Conner
President & Chief Compliance Officer
Alan has 20 years’ experience in the investment management industry. Prior to founding NovaPoint, he was a fixed income manager at both Spectrum Advisory Services and a private family office. Alan was also with the Bank Group division of Countrywide Capital Markets where he developed balance sheet strategies for depository institutions. He holds a BS in Banking and an MBA in Finance from Nova Southeastern University. Alan is an endurance athlete and three-time IRONMAN finisher.
Joseph Sroka, CFA, CMT
Chief Investment Officer
Joe has 20 years’ experience in the investment management industry. Prior to founding NovaPoint, he was a portfolio manager at Spectrum Advisory Services and GMT Capital in Atlanta and Epoch Investment Partners in New York. He has also worked as an equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch and ABN Amro. Before beginning his investment career, Joe was an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. Joe holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a MBA from the University of Chicago. He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Market Technician (CMT).
Learn the NovaPoint Strategy
We work with each client to determine an appropriate asset allocation based on investment objective, risk tolerance and any factors that may be important to a specific client.
Our equity strategy seeks to own high-quality, dividend-paying stocks that have demonstrated resilience through good and bad market cycles as evidenced by a track record of annual dividend increases.
We may pair this equity strategy in balanced accounts with either a taxable or tax-free fixed income strategy based on the appropriate asset allocation determined for each client.
For clients with asset levels that may not be adequately diversified through individual stock ownership, we have an Exchange Traded Fund (“ETF”) strategy that may mirror our investment strategy.
Equity Strategy – Dividend Growth
Investing in stocks that have a track record of annual dividend increases may offer investors above average total returns and a reduction of overall portfolio risk.
Our research shows that a portfolio of companies with track records of raising their dividends have, on average, produced total returns higher than both the market and their non-dividend paying peers.
We favor companies with consistent dividend growth for the following additional reasons:
- Rising dividends may be an indication of both rising profitability and future prospects.
- A consistent dividend policy focuses management on rationing capital to its best uses. Excess capital is shared with investors versus dragging returns or wasted on uneconomic investments.
- Dividend payments are real versus announced share buybacks that may never come to fruition.
- Rising dividends may serve as an inflation hedge for investors.
Not all dividends are created equal and we seek to avoid companies that may be forced to reduce or eliminate their dividends. We may pay particular attention to avoiding companies with unsustainable payout ratios or that use debt to fund their dividends.