Who we are
Sharp Investments is an independent, non-custodial, Registered Investment
Advisor. We use long term investing in common stock for creating wealth, and
fixed income investing for preserving wealth. We invest directly in publicly
traded, nationally listed, corporate and government securities. We are
compensated by you for choosing and managing your investment portfolio
according to your specific goals and risk tolerances. Your investment funds
are held by an SIPC-insured deep discount broker.
Who we are not
We represent no particular investment product such as mutual funds or
insurance products. We represent no particular broker/dealer. We receive no
commissions or fees on investments. We do not invest in mutual funds, IPO's,
partnerships, commodities, real estate, uncovered derivatives, or emerging
Our relationship with clients
Clients of Sharp Investments usually have an IRA, 401k, 403b, or other
long term investment portfolio that requires management. Rather than pay a
mutual fund company or pick the stocks themselves, clients sign a limited
power of attorney that allows Sharp Investments to choose and manage the
investments. Unlike a mutual fund company, Sharp Investments meets with each
client to determine the management style that best fits the client based on
their investment goals and risk tolerances. For example, a client getting
ready to retire will be concerned with dividends and income and maintaining a
stable but growing portfolio. A client with twenty years until retirement
will be more concerned with creating wealth and willing to take on more risk
in order to meet their long term retirement goals.
Once the management style is determined, clients sign a contract that allows
Sharp Investments to act in the client's behalf in choosing individual
stocks. The appropriate accounts are then opened at a reliable deep discount
broker. Sharp Investments does not have the ability to access client funds,
write checks, or otherwise control client funds. Buying and selling stocks,
and debiting the account once per quarter for the management fee are the
extent of the limited power of attorney. Sharp Investments management fee is
based on the amount of the assets under management on the last day of the
quarter. The assets are multiplied by 1/4th of the annual fee listed below,
the same way a mutual fund is compensated. However, except at the lower
levels, Sharp Investments is less expensive than mutual funds.
Clients receive monthly statements from the
discount broker, and quarterly statements from Sharp Investments. Quarterly
statements include performance information, explanation of account activity,
market and portfolio analysis, and a client newsletter. Clients are also
encouraged to call or email questions or concerns and can meet with Sharp
Investments portfolio managers upon request.
Our goal at Sharp Investments is to treat your money as if it were our own.
This means striving to minimize expenses whenever possible, being cautious
when warranted and being aggressive when warranted, in spite of conventional
(often wrong) wisdom. We also "eat our own cooking" at Sharp Investments,
the principals of the firm have all of their long term investing assets in
the exact same securities owned by clients. There is no conflict of interest,
we make money when we make you money.
Sharp Investments is unique
Sharp Investments does not have plush offices and large corporate structure.
Being small (and intending to stay that way) allows Sharp Investments to take
advantage of market opportunities that cannot be accessed by the vast
majority of financial professionals. Running lean means being able to offer
fees considerably under industry averages and avoid enforcing minimum
portfolio sizes. At Sharp Investments we buy long term holdings that may go
against short term conventional wisdom in order to produce returns. We also
keep investing decisions under tight control and do not farm out decisions to
subordinates. Managing all client accounts according to their individual
wishes and following an investment plan developed specifically for each
client brings a personalized approach to each portfolio. Most of our clients
are small businesses and individuals which means that your account receives
much more attention than it does with the large investment companies.
How we invest
Sharp Investments utilizes long term historically successful strategies to
provide returns. Value investing criteria are used to select securities, value
stocks are those that are offered at less than their apparent economic value,
and are often temporarily out of favor. Sharp Investments concentrates on two
types of value: Aggressive Value and Low Risk Value. Aggressive Value
criteria have historically produced higher return with higher risk. These
stocks are generally smaller, unknown, volatile companies. Low Risk Value
criteria have historically produced market returns with much lower risk.
These stocks are generally large, well known, stable, dividend paying
companies. Aggressive Value is geared towards higher capital gains, while Low
Risk Value provides a stable source of dividends plus above average capital
gains. Portfolio management techniques such as dollar cost averaging, use of
limit orders and optimal diversification are also used to create portfolio
Expected Risk and Return
At Sharp Investments, investors must take long term views of their
portfolios, which is not for everyone. Providing strong returns in the
long run occasionally means providing poor returns in the short run.
Investors are encouraged to view their investments as businesses, not as stocks
that fluctuate daily in price. Most stocks will be held across an entire
economic cycle (3 to 5 years).