Investment & Research


At ACT Wealth Management, LLC, we truly understand that all asset classes represent a unique and important part in all client portfolios. Through strategic, opportunistic, and tactical asset management, we employ a needs-based investment approach created specifically to each client’s unique situation. We do not believe that one size fits all. We are a firm built on 100% open architecture, transparency and unbiased investment research.


One of our strongest beliefs is that in order to have unbiased research, the one conducting the research must be totally removed from the final recommendation process. At ACT Wealth Management, LLC, we have partnered with Envestnet | PMC, one of the leading research firms in the country, to perform due diligence on investments we may ultimately use in client portfolios. This allows ACT Wealth Management, LLC to remove any potential conflicts of interest between the product and the client, as the end user. We are not held hostage to our own ideas, something most investment professionals cannot or will not say. The three Principals at ACT Wealth Management, LLC have the final say on the investments utilized in client accounts.

Investment Structure

ACT Wealth Management, LLC utilizes a holistic investment approach focused on building portfolios from the bottom up. The Principals at ACT Wealth Management, LLC determine appropriate allocation and diversification based on the independent research we utilize as well as global macro and economic factors.* The decisions emanating from these meetings tie directly to our opportunistic/tactical investment initiatives for our clients. The Principals of the company make all investment directives in each client account, taking direction from our Research team at Envestnet | PMC.

Investment Consultants

Tim Clift, Chief Investment Strategist – Mr. Clift serves as Chief Investment Strategist at Envestnet | PMC and is responsible for research and consulting services for the organization. He leads a team of analysts who are responsible for the selection and monitoring of investment managers and a team of consultants who support institutional and advisory clients. Mr. Clift serves on PMC’s Investment Committee and is instrumental in setting investment policy for the Company.

Prior to joining Envestnet | PMC, Mr. Clift was the Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee at FundQuest. He joined FundQuest in 1994 and maintained overall responsibility for the firm’s investment management programs for separately managed accounts, mutual funds, alternative investments, exchange-traded funds, and annuities. As Chairman of the Investment Committee, he led a team of analysts and portfolio managers that produced the firm’s research and recommendations.

Mr. Clift possesses over 24 years of industry and investment management experience. He received an MBA in Finance from Boston University and a BA in Economics from Allegheny College.


Erik Preus, CFA, Managing Director, Envestnet | PMC – In his role, Erik Preus heads up a new Business Consulting initiative designed to bring Envestnet | PMC’s institutional research, due diligence, investment solutions and consulting expertise to our clients to empower their financial advisors to enhance client outcomes. Mr. Preus joined PMC in 2014 via Envestnet’s acquisition of Placemark Investments, where he was head of enterprise sales and business development.

Mr. Preus has 22 years of experience in the investment services industry, with considerable time spent in both investment management and investment consulting firms. Prior to joining Placemark, Mr. Preus was President of the RBC Funds and Head of Strategic Relationships for RBC Global Asset Management. While at RBC, Mr. Preus also served as Director of Investment Consulting Services within RBC’s U.S. Wealth Management business. Prior to RBC, he held management and business development positions with Nicholas|Applegate, Delaware Investments, Jeffrey Slocum & Associates, and SEI Capital Resources.

Mr. Preus earned his Bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and he holds an MBA from the University of Dayton and an MA from the University of Hawaii. He is also a CFA charterholder.



* Neither Asset Allocation nor Diversification guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. They are methods used to help manage investment risk.

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