Portfolios as unique as DNA.

We work side-by-side with advisors to personalize and tax optimize indexed equity SMAs (separately managed accounts) that reflect the individuality of each investor.

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The Aperio Difference

Thoughtful personalization

Express the individuality of each investor through a wide variety of strategy customization options, including the most granular level of values-aligned investing.


Access to experts

Work directly with the people designing your portfolio. Reach out any time. Call, email, fax, whatever works for you. Let’s talk tax, portfolio optimization, or the best restaurants near San Francisco.


Engineering excellence

Rely on experienced portfolio managers to deploy our scalable SMA automation engine, which encapsulates more than two decades of experience, to rebalance a vast number of accounts, with the highest degree of personalization.

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23 years of ingenuity

That’s 23 years of sweating the details to design optimal solutions for each of our clients.

14,100+ accounts*

That’s 14,100 unique learning experiences you can benefit from.

It starts with listening

That’s our philosophy. We partner with you as an extension of your team.

Portfolio creation is a journey of collaboration and iteration.

Working together often begins with a conversation to unpack investment preferences.


We map data to client preferences to craft a unique portfolio.


We regularly rebalance while optimizing for after-tax performance.

Applied Insights
Applied Insights
Mining for tax gold: Charitable donations

A simple question at your next meeting may be all it takes to uncover valuable tax “gold.” For the charitably inclined, a more tax-efficient alternative to effectively liquidating appreciated securities and donating the after-tax cash proceeds to charity may be to contribute the most highly appreciated securities directly to charity and then replenish the account with cash.

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There is more to diversity than initially meets the eye

Investors interested in intersectionality—how gender intersects with other aspects of identity such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and religion, and the implications for social and political equity—may choose to use their shares to directly engage in a dialogue with companies to push for more data disclosure, more diversity on companies’ boards, and policies and practices that are supportive of minority employees.

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Highfliers drive market returns. Losers drive tax alpha.

The S&P 500 Index return was up 18.4% in 2020, even though 95% of its constituents experienced a drawdown of more than 10%. This is not, however, just another crazy thing that happened in 2020. The pairing of strong US large-cap index performance with large drawdowns to most index constituents has been the norm and not the exception since 1975. The S&P 500 return was positive in 38 of 46 years since 1975, while more than half the S&P 500 constituents had a drawdown larger than 10% in 41 of those years. 

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*As of 6/30/2023.

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