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Advisor Profile

Eye on the Prize
By Laura Pavlenko Lutton

Iris Mack Dayoub, a triathlete, is highly energized to help her clients reach their potential.

Focus on the goal. Iris Mack Dayoub, a Savannah, Ga.-based advisor and fierce triathlete, insists on that for her clients and herself. There have been formidable distractions, be it 2008’s market slide or high winds and extreme heat endured while competing in Hawaii’s Ironman triathlon. But she does her best to tune out that kind of noise. “I’ve really worked hard to take the emphasis away from how the investments are performing and focus on the goals,” Dayoub says. “We do a lot of work with clients to help them convey their goals to us.” In fact, the website for Dayoub’s $60 million Alpha Financial Management practice makes scant mention of her investment strategy and doesn’t note her affiliation with the Dimensional Financial Advisors, a fund family that employs broad market diversification through a quantitative strategy that’s somewhat akin to indexing. What’s more evident is a wealth-management philosophy that Dayoub picked up from Ross Levin, author of The Wealth Management Index. “We want clients to take actions that align with their values,” she says. “We ask them to visualize their ideal life.”

Reaching goals—be they financial or physical—takes planning and practice, and Dayoub is well-versed at both. The 73-year-old five-time Ironman competitor is currently training for a national Olympic-distance triathlon set for September in Alabama by putting in grueling hours of swimming, biking, and running each week. Dayoub trains for her races with her husband, Michael, and she’s hoping that her effort at nationals will qualify her for global competition. While Dayoub is preparing to perform under the stress of competition, she’s also preparing her clients’ portfolios for whatever the markets dish up. To protect her retired clients’ portfolios from market risk, Dayoub calculates a client’s cash needs over a typical year, doubles that figure, and sets the sum aside in one- and two-year bank certificates of deposit. That way, clients facing down markets can cover their expenses with cash rather than selling mutual fund investments and permanently dinging their nest eggs. This approach helped Dayoub’s clients stay invested through 2008’s downturn in relatively stock-heavy portfolios, which Dayoub thinks is the best hedge against inflation. The strategy put them in good position to recoup losses in 2009’s rally.
The Evolutionary Investor

youth, helping out in her mother’s small grocery store. “I loved to help her do some planning,” Dayoub says. Later, when her husband’s Army career prompted the Dayoubs and their five children to move every year, she adapted her career along the way. “When the children were growing up and my husband was in the military, having a teaching job was so convenient,” she says. Dayoub began teaching math in middle school and went on to complete a master’s degree and Ph.D. in math education. She taught at Howard and Gallaudet universities during two separate years living in Washington, D.C. Dayoub’s investing career was sparked as her youngest child was heading off to college—Dayoub was itching for a change, and she networked with two stockbrokers. With their encouragement, she rewrote her resume, sent it to brokerage firms, and the offers rolled in. “I was totally floored,” she said. “I had no experience!” Dayoub quickly learned that sales— not financial planning—was the main thrust of her new career. Dayoub tried her hand at stock-picking, with limited success. “It took me a while to realize I wasn’t a good stockpicker,” she says. “I’ve gone from stocks to funds, trying to make my life easier.”

Dayoub’s approach to investing has evolved over a career with roots that wind back to her

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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010
Contents
New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Contributors
Letter From the Editor
What Aspects of Health-Care Reform Will Most Affect Your Clients?
Bonds, Chicago Style
Investment Briefs
Which Risk Are You Managing?
Eye on the Prize
Advisors Can’t Rely on Fidelity Alone
Health Care Gets Back to Business
An Opportune Time to Bet the Pharm
Reform’s Impact on Other Health-Care Industries
Top Takeover Targets in Biotech
After Reform, Narrow-Moat Firms Have Strong Prospects in Diagnostics
Health-Care Investing Alive and Well
Quest for Knowledge
Four Picks for the Present
How to Make Your Bond Portfolio Inflation-Resistant
Weeding Through the Energy Patch
Uncertainty and Value in Basic Materials
Stock Market Doom-Busters
Hunting Down European Debt-Dodgers
Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
Undervalued Stocks With Wide Moats
VA Sales Slip a Bit in First Quarter
New at Morningstar
Star Wars, the Sequel
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Contents
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Contributors
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Letter From the Editor
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - What Aspects of Health-Care Reform Will Most Affect Your Clients?
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Bonds, Chicago Style
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 13
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Investment Briefs
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 15
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Which Risk Are You Managing?
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Eye on the Prize
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Advisors Can’t Rely on Fidelity Alone
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Health Care Gets Back to Business
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - An Opportune Time to Bet the Pharm
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Reform’s Impact on Other Health-Care Industries
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Top Takeover Targets in Biotech
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - After Reform, Narrow-Moat Firms Have Strong Prospects in Diagnostics
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Health-Care Investing Alive and Well
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Quest for Knowledge
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Four Picks for the Present
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - How to Make Your Bond Portfolio Inflation-Resistant
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Weeding Through the Energy Patch
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 60
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Uncertainty and Value in Basic Materials
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 62
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 63
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Stock Market Doom-Busters
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 65
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Hunting Down European Debt-Dodgers
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 67
Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - 50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - Undervalued Stocks With Wide Moats
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Morningstar Advisor - August/September 2010 - VA Sales Slip a Bit in First Quarter
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