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Investment Philosophy

Our Approach

At J.W. Burns & Company Investment Counsel, one of Syracuse’s premiere and oldest fiduciary financial advisors, we focus on offering exceptional investment management services at a fair price. We adhere to a disciplined, time tested philosophy centered around owning high-quality individual companies and low-cost index funds. We seek to purchase for our clients great companies, with great managements, selling at attractive prices. Our investment management firm conducts intensive, top-to-bottom fundamental research to find quality businesses that can generate powerful, long-term wealth for our valued clients. Specifically, the kinds of companies we invest in for our clients have the following attributes:

We also complement our individual equity holdings with low-cost, core index funds across areas of the stock market. We strive to craft a portfolio that our clients can understand and feel confident in.

If you presently work with a large bank, Wall Street brokerage firm, or insurance company, you know it’s hard to tell how much you are being charged—and that’s just how they want it.

*Please note, at this time our minimum account value is $150,000.

Client Communication

J.W. Burns & Company is committed to building personal, long-term relationships with our clients. We grew to be one of the largest investment advisory firms in the Syracuse area by guiding our clients in reviewing their individual investment goals, and determining the appropriate asset allocation framework for their unique situation. Every portfolio is managed according to the specific needs of the client. We maintain consistent communication with our clients, including quarterly newsletters, notes about important market and holding-specific events, and periodic portfolio updates.

We offer clients in and around Syracuse investment management services that include the following: