Discretionary Asset Management

Wells Fargo & Company closed on the sale of our Institutional Retirement & Trust business to Principal Financial Group effective July 1, 2019.  There will be no immediate impacts to clients or plan participants and all plans and accounts will remain with Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust at this time. Customers will continue to access account information through this site and Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust relationship managers will continue to service all relationships. Clients will be contacted directly with additional details of the integration period.

Custom investment solutions

As organizations strive to become more efficient, it’s a great time to consider outsourcing your investment management to potentially enhance results and put internal resources to better use. Whether you are seeking a provider to manage a single investment portfolio, develop a completely outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) program, or deliver a custom pension investment strategy, we can create a program tailored to your needs.

Investment philosophy and approach

Wells Fargo Institutional Asset Advisors operates as a discretionary manager, taking fiduciary responsibility for portfolio allocation, manager selection, monitoring, and reporting. We believe in creating sophisticated, transparent, and understandable investment solutions that are right for you. Learn more about our investment philosophy.

Team dedicated to your success

As your trusted discretionary manager, we take the time to get to know you and understand your organization’s specific needs and goals. Your dedicated relationship manager and client portfolio manager will work with your investment committee to design your investment plan and your dynamic portfolio.

Portfolio designed for you

Our open-architecture, manager-of-managers approach gives you access to high-quality low-cost investments. Using our proprietary manager selection process and asset allocation strategy, we will create a cost-effective solution based on your objectives. Pairing your multimanager, multistyle portfolio with rigorous oversight and ongoing monitoring, we design your program to provide diversification, volatility control, and risk-adjusted returns to help you reach your long-term goals.

Wealth of investment services to help meet your needs

Wells Fargo Institutional Asset Advisors works with a wide range of clients, including corporations, foundations, endowments, government entities, and tribal nations. We also provide specialized investment management for defined benefit plans, employer-directed defined contribution plans, and other postemployment benefits (OPEB). We will work with you to design a program to fit your organization’s needs. Your custom investment program may include:

  • Complete review of your investment policy and portfolio
  • Asset and liability study
  • Investment policy statement development
  • Fiduciary support
  • Custom portfolio development
  • Trust and custody services
  • Dynamic asset allocation strategies
  • Ongoing portfolio management
  • Investment flexibility
  • In-depth portfolio manager evaluations
  • Custom reporting
  • Benefit payments and tax reporting
  • Regulatory monitoring and market updates  

Transparent pricing approach

Even before it was a hot topic in the industry, we provided a straightforward fee structure because it is the right thing to do. We believe in full fee transparency. With the experience of the Wells Fargo Investment Institute at our core, our approach is comprehensive, objective, consistent, and effective.

Long-standing history of investment advice

We’ve been providing investment advice to our clients since 1932. With Wells Fargo & Company, you benefit from the rich history, strength, and experience of one of the country’s largest financial services companies. Leveraging the vast investment resources of Wells Fargo & Company, including the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, allows us to deliver outstanding service.