The IMX process

    Client goals are at the forefront of our design process, and our innovative and easy-to-use IMX portfolio modeller will help you identify the portfolio most suited to your client's needs.

    Choosing the right IMX portfolio for your client

    A step-by-step guide on aligning your client's goal to an IMX portfolio and using the portfolio modeller. Further details can be found in the process guide below.

    Understanding your client's goal

    By understanding your client’s broad investment goals, you’ll be able to identify the most appropriate IMX portfolios.

    Questions that can help this process are:

    • What is the broad investment goal? Investment growth or regular withdrawals?

    • How long is the likely term of investment?

    • Is a low/medium/high growth or withdrawal rate required?

    • What is your client’s risk tolerance and capacity for loss?

    Identify a range of suitable portfolios

    Due to the holistic nature of the IMX portfolios in delivering client goals, you should select a range to model in the IMX portfolio modeller.


    1. IMX grow or IMX spend portfolios?

    If your client’s goal is for investment growth, you can choose from the IMX grow range of portfolios. If it’s focused on taking income, our range of IMX spend portfolios can provide the right option.


    2. Level of growth assets?

    Our portfolios are managed to a range of growth asset allocations, which we label from ‘very low’ to ‘very high’ to help narrow your selection. Portfolios with higher growth asset allocations will have greater expected return in the long term, but greater risk of losing money. If a client’s goal suggests they’ll need a high rate of return, then starting the comparison with a portfolio that has a greater allocation to growth assets may be more appropriate. The opposite is the case for client goals that require low growth to achieve the outcome.

    Compare portfolios using the IMX portfolio modeller

    The next stage is to use the IMX modeller to compare the portfolios you’ve identified.

    All you need to do is input the client details to the IMX portfolio modeller, including their goals, and select a portfolio from the drop-down menu. You can then model the portfolio and compare it to the others you’re considering for the client. This is a good starting point but you also have the option to compare portfolios outside your selected range, which may produce results more aligned to the client goal.


    Through using the modeller and discussing the outputs with the client, you can identify and recommend the most appropriate IMX portfolio.

    Using the IMX portfolio modeller

    Our innovative and easy-to-use tool lets you model the different portfolios from the selected range, to help identify the right solution for your client.

    After inputting the client's details and goal, and selecting an IMX portfolio, the tool runs the calculations and displays how well the portfolio could achieve the desired outcome. Examples of the tool in practice are shown in the process guide below.

    If you have any questions when using the IMX portfolio modeller, please don't hesitate to contact your regional business development director.

    ESS and the IMX portfolio modeller

    Underpinning both the creation of IMX portfolios and the projections in the IMX portfolio modeller is Hymans Robertson’s economic scenario service (ESS). The ESS is a collection of mathematical models to generate thousands of random, but plausible, future economic situations. This gives a better understanding of the most appropriate investment strategies to achieve client goals.

    Our IMX portfolio modeller utilises Hymans’ expertise in the institutional market by using their ESS to measure how IMX portfolios might behave in future outcomes, in relation to the client’s specific investment goal. Hymans Robertson have a section on their website which gives a more detailed overview on this service or if you need any more detail, please get in touch with your regional business development director.  

    Finding out more

    Download our process guide

    This guide explains how to pick the most appropriate portfolio for your client, including how to use the IMX portfolio modeller. Some IMX in practice examples are also included.


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