United Capital Fortifies Its Industry-Leading Investment Management Offering with SpiderRock and iCapital Strategies

New additions strengthen firm’s sophisticated defensive strategies at
an attractive price

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/financiallifemanagement?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#financiallifemanagementlt;/agt;–United
Capital Financial Advisers LLC
(“United Capital”), the country’s
first and largest financial
life management firm
, has created a sophisticated suite of defensive
strategies in the U.S. With newly-added strategies from SpiderRock
Advisors, LLC
, and iCapital
, the United Capital Investment Management platform rounds
out a formidable suite of protective and tactical strategies offered
with competitive fees.

United Capital has invested heavily in its investment management
platform to provide exceptional defensive strategies to help safeguard
the financial life goals of its clients, as they face the headwinds of
market volatility in 2019 and beyond. United Capital’s size and scale
allow it to offer a comprehensive, fully-managed index portfolio at a
competitive cost. Third-party advisors who use United Capital Investment
Management through FinLife Partners are able to access these strategies
as well.

“When I joined the United Capital team nine months ago, I saw an
opportunity to expand our investment management capabilities and drive
down costs,” said Kara Murphy, chief investment officer for United
Capital. “Thanks to our comprehensive approach, partnership with
emerging portfolio managers with exceptional expertise, and leveraging
our scale, we can give our clients access to strategies that have been
favored by the largest institutions, endowments, foundations and family
offices for decades.”

Safeguarding financial lives through new defensive strategies

Murphy and her team identified a demand for additional defensive
strategies to complement United Capital’s wide selection of tactical
asset allocation strategies. To aid advisors in this goal, United
Capital has partnered with SpiderRock Advisors and iCapital Network.
SpiderRock offers options overlays which have an objective to provide
additional income and mitigate investment risk. iCapital Network offers
access to alternative investment strategies in a number of different
structures to increase diversification and potentially reduce portfolio
volatility for experienced, large investors.

SpiderRock’s options strategies, which will be managed by SpiderRock as
a sub-adviser for United Capital, attempt to shield clients from market
volatility with a suite of customizable strategies as overlays for
existing portfolios. These strategies may create a compelling
alternative to simply selling stocks or increasing fixed income exposure
to mitigate risk. SpiderRock’s customizable options strategies may also
help clients earn additional income on their investments, enable wealth
migration for beneficiaries and assist in strategic liquidation to
optimize exposure to capital gains taxes.

The United Capital Investment Management platform also supports
alternative investment strategies from iCapital, letting advisors offer
low or negatively correlated assets that may reduce risk and help
enhance total return. iCapital’s proprietary set of private equity,
hedge, and real estate funds have integrated seamlessly with United
Capital’s leading technology platform, creating new avenues for

Guidance-driven, client-first investing

These defensive strategies play an integral part in the financial life
management process pioneered by United Capital. Guidance-driven
investing forms the bedrock of United Capital’s investment management.
By understanding the financial life goals of clients, advisors can use
the platform to build a financial plan and a personalized portfolio that
aligns with clients’ individual goals, priorities and preferences. The
platform matches clients with the strategies and tradeoffs that make the
most sense for them.

United Capital’s investment platform is based on incorporating
partnerships with the largest institutional investment firms where size
and scale matters. The platform also sources unique, emerging managers
to direct proprietary strategies with innovative structures and
investment philosophies. This results in a platform with a broad variety
of choices for clients and advises, including low-cost index-focused
core strategies, as well as an array of satellite approaches, including
protection-focused strategies that seek to limit downside risk, tactical
strategies that may take advantage of market changes, and
performance-oriented strategies that seek to outperform the market over
the long term.

In combining both approaches – guidance-based investing and a process
that seeks best-of-breed institutional managers – United Capital offers
clients a financial planning and investment management process that is
substantially personalized and differentiated from anything else in the

“We’ve built our investment management platform around the idea that
money is the fuel for the lives our clients want to live,” Murphy said.
“As we look ahead to 2019, we believe our selection of best-in-breed
strategies and competitive fees will allow our clients to live richly.”

To learn more about how United Capital Investment Management powers the
asset management strategies of FinLife Partners, click

Investing involves risk and clients should carefully consider their own
investment objectives and never rely on any single chart, graph or
marketing piece to make decisions. The information contained herein is
intended for information only, is not a recommendation to buy or sell
any securities, and should not be considered investment advice. Please
contact your financial adviser with questions about your specific needs
and circumstances. Options trading is not suitable for all investors as
the special risks inherent to options trading may expose investors to
potentially rapid and substantial losses. Certain complex options
strategies carry additional risk. Prior to buying or selling an option,
an investor must read “Characteristics and Risks of Standardized
Options. Tactical Asset allocation strategy is not appropriate for every
investor due to its potential higher tax liabilities. Active trading
typically increases the tax costs associated with such a portfolio.
Investing in alternative assets involves higher risks than traditional
investments and are suitable only for the long term. They are not tax
efficient and have higher fees than traditional investments. They may
also be highly leveraged and engage in speculative investment
techniques, which can magnify the potential for investment loss or gain.
Equity, fixed income and cash are considered “traditional” asset
classes. The term “alternative” describes all non-traditional asset
classes. They include private and public equity, venture capital, hedge
funds, real estate, commodities, distressed debt and more.

About United Capital Financial Partners

United Capital Financial Partners, Inc., the parent company of United
Capital Financial Advisers, LLC (“United Capital”) and its consulting
affiliate, is an independent financial life management firm, ranked #2
in the Barron’s
2018 list of Top 40 Independent advisory firms
. United Capital is a
registered investment adviser (RIA) offering clients objective advice
and an open architecture platform that enables a wide array of
investment management solutions tailored specifically to client needs.
Today, United Capital has approximately $22.8 billion in assets under
management and 94 offices nationwide. For more information, please visit www.unitedcp.com.
United Capital is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

About SpiderRock Advisors

SpiderRock Advisors, LLC, headquartered in Chicago, is a tech-enabled
asset manager focused exclusively on option strategies. Combining
world-class technology with comprehensive derivative expertise,
SpiderRock is making it easy for financial advisors and institutions to
add option strategies to their portfolios.

About iCapital Network

iCapital Network is the financial technology platform democratizing
alternative investments with complete tech-based solutions for
investors, advisors and asset managers. The firm’s flagship platform
offers high-net-worth investors and independent wealth advisors a
curated menu of private equity and hedge funds at lower minimums with a
full suite of due diligence and administrative support in a secure
digital environment. Banks and asset managers leverage iCapital’s
tech-enabled services to streamline and scale their private investments
operational infrastructure. iCapital was included in the 2018 Forbes
FinTech 50 and as of September 30, 2018 serviced more than $6 billion in
invested capital across more than 14,000 underlying accounts.


Jimmy Moock
Phone: 610-228-2125
for United