Enhanced Intermediate Tax Exempt Strategy

Executive Summary

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APA seeks to provide a high level of income exempt from federal income tax by investing primarily in lower rated municipal bonds. The Strategy seeks to exploit investment opportunities in the high-yield market, primarily through diversified exposure to high-yield municipal bonds.  Investment opportunities that maximize total return are sought through a well-defined investment process that has been in place for over 25 years.


APA’s primary focus is to purchase attractively priced, quality, high yield municipal bonds. At the same time, we seek to manage the risk of lower-rated securities through careful and in depth credit analysis.

APA Municipal Bond Team:

Veteran Portfolio Manager, Ken Woods, and Portfolio  Manager, Kyle Gerberding, direct the Strategy’s active management and draw upon the expertise of our municipal traders and credit analysts. Nine investment professionals, including a credit research team, portfolio managers and analysts focused on this strategy. Together, the team identifies issuers, evaluates credit fundamentals and implements a relative value trading approach.

Investor Benefits:

  • Of APA’s strategies, it provides the highest potential for tax exempt current income and  capital appreciation.
  • Lower default risk than corporate high income.

Investment Professionals

Kenneth R. Woods – Chairman/CEO
Ken Woods established Asset Preservation Advisors, Inc. in 1989 after a long and successful career in the investment industry. Prior to forming APA, he was Vice President and Manager of Bankers Trust Company’s Southeastern Global Market Division located in Atlanta. Mr. Woods holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Florida State University. In addition he is a member of the FINRA (Formerly NASD) Board of Arbitrators and has been appointed by the Superior Court of Georgia to serve as an arbitrator in fee arbitration. Mr. Woods is also a speaker on topics concerning fixed income and is quoted in many business and financial publications, including The Bond Buyer, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Barron’s, Money Magazine, and Reuter News. Mr. Woods is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Souther Municiapl Finance Society. Ken has 40+ years investment experience.

Charles R. Doty – President/COO
Charles Doty has been with APA since 2002 and has been in the municipal bond business for 30 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and worked for SunTrust Equitable Securities for 16 years, eventually serving as Director of National Institutional Municipal Sales. In  1999 he joined Municipal Trade, an online public finance investment bank, as Chief Operating Officer and President. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Prevent Blindness Georgia and is currently member of the Advisory Board of Skyland Trail, George West Mental Health Foundation. Mr. Doty is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Southern Municipal Finance Society. Charles has been included in Barron’s list of Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors and Top 1,200 Top Advisors for the past four consecutive years. Additionally, he has appeared on CNBC to discuss topics related to the municipal bond market. 

Kevin B. Woods – Managing Partner/Chief Investment Officer
Kevin Woods has been with APA since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Finance degree. Mr. Woods is a Principal of APA and serves as the Chief Investment Officer. His responsibilities include research, trading of taxable and tax-exempt securities, portfolio analytics, and client service. Mr. Woods is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, the Southern Municipal Finance Society, and the Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts. Kevin has 13+ years investment experience.

Paul Nolan – Director of Municipal Research
Paul joined Asset Preservation Advisors in June of 2011 and has nearly 14 years of investment industry and related experience. His primary responsibilities include assisting with portfolio analytics and investment research. Prior to joining APA, Mr. Nolan was employed by McDonnell Investment Management, where he was responsible for providing both the municipal and taxable portfolio management teams with fixed income credit and market research, with an emphasis on health care credits. Previously, he was employed by Moody’s Investors Service where he performed municipal credit analysis including general obligation, essential service, and special tax backed securities. He earned a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano New School University (formerly the New School For Social Research) and also holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Buffalo. Paul has 15 years investment experience.

Bob M. Farmer – Senior Managing Director
Bob Farmer joined APA in 2008 and has over 35 years investment experience. Mr. Farmer was previously employed by Ridgeworth Investments (formerly Trusco Capital Management) for 28 years where he served as Managing Director of Business Development. He obtained his B.S. degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Economics and a Masters in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He is a member of the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals and formerly served on the Honorary Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Georgia. Mr. Farmer is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative and holds the Series 65 license. 

Trisha Broussard – Senior Vice President       

Trisha Broussard joined Asset Preservation Advisors in January of 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Southwest Louisiana. Trisha began her career in the Atlanta Municipal Bond Department at Dean Witter, and has been involved in the municipal bond market since 1987. Prior to joining Asset Preservation Advisors, Trisha worked at Morgan Stanley. She was Vice President in the Municipal Bond Department responsible for Southeast trading. She was also Senior Vice President of Municipal Trading at Sterne Agee & Leach. She currently focuses on fixed income trading and client servicing. 

Kyle Gerberding – Director of Trading 
Kyle serves as Portfolio Manager primarily focused on the APA Short Term Tax Exempt Strategy and APA High Income Tax Exempt Strategy where he is responsible for the construction, implementation, and monitoring of client portfolios in separately managed accounts and private funds. He also assists with trading in each of these strategies as well as the APA Intermediate Tax Exempt Strategy and APA Taxable Strategy, where he concentrates on detecting dislocations in the municipal market. He has been with APA since 2008 in successive fixed income roles. Kyle is an active member of our Investment Committee and works closely with clients to develop an in-depth understanding of their unique investment objectives. He graduated from the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Sport Management. He is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.

Matthew Riggle – Vice President, Credit Research
Matthew Riggle joined Asset Preservation Advisors in 2006. Matt is involved in analyzing credits of municipal securities. In addition, he is responsible for maintaining our client reporting and accounting systems. He is a Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Florida, where he received his degree in Business. He received a Master of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Matt has 9+ years investment experience.

Trish Hodgman – Vice President / Portfolio Manager

Patricia “Trish” Hodgman joined Asset Preservation Advisors in 2015, bringing with her 12 years of investment experience in the financial services industry and specifically in the municipal bond market.  In her role as Portfolio Manager, Trish focuses on portfolio analytics, performance attribution and client services. As a member of APA’s credit research team, she contributes to the firms’ investment research and risk management.  

Wesley Williams – Vice President, Business Development
Wesley Williams joined Asset Preservation Advisors in 2012. He supports the business development team by analyzing investment portfolios and by building sample portfolios incorporating APA’s investment strategies. Additionally, Wesley works directly with clients on an ongoing basis to discuss market conditions and portfolio management strategies. Wesley is pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business. He earned his Bachelor of Finance from The University of Mississippi. Previously, he was employed as an investment professional with Morgan Stanley and with Sterne Agee & Leach in Chattanooga, TN. In his free time, Wesley coaches youth basketball at Northside Youth Organization.

Matthew Swan – Business Development

Matthew Swan joined Asset Preservation Advisors in August of 2014. He supports the trading group as an assitant trader. Previously, he was employed as a financial advisor and client service associate at Morgan Stanley for two and a half years. Prior to that, Matthew played professional golf for two years. Matthew is a graduate from the University of Alabama where he was a four year letterman on the University's golf team. Matthew was an Academic and an Athletic All-American while on the team. He is Series 66 licensed.



Past performance is not indicative of future results. This material is not financial advice or an offer to sell any product. The performance and portfolio characteristics shown relate to the APA High Quality Intermediate Tax-Exempt Composite (the “Composite”).

Composite Description: Asset Preservation Advisors (“APA”) uses a fixed income strategy focused on high quality intermediate municipal bonds. The investment objective of the APA High Quality Intermediate Tax-Exempt Composite is total return through income with a focus on controlling portfolio volatility. When constructing an intermediate portfolio, APA conducts an analysis of yield curve, credit and sector and then seeks diversification through a wide number of issues and sectors. Securities selected for these portfolios are typically investment grade issues with intermediate maturities.

Not every client's account will have these exact characteristics. The actual characteristics with respect to any particular client account will vary based on a number of factors including but not limited to: (i) the size of the account; (ii) investment restrictions applicable to the account, if any; and (iii) market predicaments at the time of investment. APA reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs. The information provided in this report should not be considered a recommendation to purchase or sell any particular security. There is no assurance that any securities discussed herein will remain in an account's portfolio at the time you receive this report or that securities sold have not been repurchased. The securities discussed may not represent an account's entire portfolio, and in the aggregate may represent only a small percentage of an account's portfolio holdings. It should not be assumed that any of the security transactions, holdings or sectors discussed were or will prove to be profitable, or that the investment recommendations or decisions we make in the future will be profitable or will equal the investment performance of the securities discussed herein.

APA is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. More information about the advisor including its investment strategies and objectives can be obtained by visiting www.assetpreservationadvisors.com. A list of composite descriptions is available upon request.

The Composite contains fully discretionary, fee paying accounts with a minimum asset level of $1MM. For comparison purposes, the Composite is measured against the BofA Merrill Lynch 1-12 Year US Municipal Securities Index. This index tracks the performance of US dollar denominated investment grade tax-exempt debt publicly issued by US states and territories, and their political subdivisions, in the US domestic market. Qualifying securities must have at least 1 year and less than 12 years remaining term to final maturity, a fixed coupon schedule and an investment grade rating (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch). The volatility (standard deviation) of the composite may be greater than that of the index. It is not possible to invest in the index. Leverage, derivatives or short positions are not used in this Composite. The annual composite dispersion is an equal-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite for the entire year. For this Composite, APA defines a significant cash flow as greater than or equal to 30% of an account’s market value at the beginning of the measurement period. Accounts removed from the composite due to significant cash flows will be excluded for a grace period of one month. This significant cash flow policy has been applied for the entire history of the Composite. The U.S. Dollar is used to express performance. The APA High Quality Intermediate Tax-Exempt Composite was created December 31, 2009.

Asset Preservation Advisors, Inc. claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Asset Preservation Advisors, Inc. has been independently verified for the periods January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2017. A copy of the verification report is available upon request. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm’s policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

The three-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period. The standard deviation is not presented for 2002 through 2010 because monthly composite and benchmark returns were not available and is not required for periods prior to 2011. Prior to January 2010 composite returns were calculated quarterly, therefore monthly returns for the 36-month period ended December 31, 2011 are not available and the standard deviation of the composite and benchmark are not presented.

Returns are presented gross and net of investment advisory fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Gross returns will be reduced by investment advisory fees and other expenses that may be incurred in the management of the account. For example, a 0.50% annual fee deducted quarterly (0.125%) from an account with a ten year annualized growth rate of 5% will produce a net result of 4.4%. Actual performance results will vary from this example. Net returns were calculated using the highest management fee charged within the Composite through December 31, 2017. From January 2018 to present, APA uses actual fees to calculate net of fee performance. The Composite includes wrap/bundled fee accounts. In addition to brokerage commissions, this asset-based fee may include custodial, administrative and other expenses associated with the wrap sponsor’s management of the accounts. APA does not receive any portion of the wrap fees paid by the client, except for management fees as stated in our contract with the corresponding wrap program sponsor. The Firm’s policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.

The fee schedule for APA’s investment advisory services for separately managed accounts in the APA High Quality Intermediate Tax-Exempt Composite is 0.50% on the first $10 million in net assets under management and 0.40% on amounts above $10 million in net assets under management. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients may vary. A complete description of APA’s fee schedule can be found in Part 2 of its FORM-ADV which is available at www.assetpreservationadvisors.com or by calling (404) 261-1333.