How about Simple, Transparent,
and Fair for a change?

Simply put, we never want to profit from unearned fees, or confusion.  No asterisks or small print here.

We charge one simple all-inclusive fee for everything. We believe that fees should be earned and that the interests of managers should always be aligned with those of their clients.

Each of our funds is designed with the best interests of our investors in mind. You won’t find any high volume systems that exist primarily to churn out commissions for the broker and traders; our full team has bought in wholeheartedly to our “client-centric” approach.

We only make money, when you make money. The fee we charge is called a High Water Mark “Incentive Fee”, often referred to as a High Water Mark “Performance Fee”. We have two types of accounts to chose from: Basic and Connoisseur Grade, and this fee varies per fund and ranges between 25%-35%.

High Watermark Performance Fees cover every function of our service, inclusive of…

  • Account opening
  • Investment management
  • Portfolio construction
  • Re-balancing
  • Advice
  • Ongoing service and support as required

The only other fees incurred, are ones levied by 3rd parties for deposits/withdrawals (i.e., Visa/Master card charges, bank wire fees from your bank, Union Pay etc…), and any spread and/or transactional fees charged by our executing brokers, which is standard practice at virtually all FCMs and Brokers.

Two Account Types and Fees

Why No Administration or Management Fees?

lets be honest – It’s a big waste of everyone’s time to have to sift through pages of “fine print” and line-item charges in order to understand the fees you are being charged (or uncover hidden ones). We don’t believe in nickel and dime charges for admin, service, maintenance or whatever other terms might be used to justify fees. Simplicity and transparency is our goal and we are happy to have clients pay only after they have received tangible value.

We don’t believe in paying up to x% per year in Management Fees either, only to get “leading-edge” investment management from someone who won’t give you even a small percentage of their time (and in return probably deliver lack-lustre performance at best). Rather, we aim to to keeping our overhead low, rely on the testimony of satisfied clients and partners, utilize smart technology, and produce funds that deliver real, solid performance.

By focusing on the cake, and not the icing, we do not need to charge these burdensome fees, and can pass the savings on to intelligent investors. Furthermore, our model clearly demonstrates our confidence in the ability of our funds to produce results. Thus, our income is the hands of our fund managers, much the same as your profits are; so we are all reaching for the same prize!

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FAQ 1: Why is the High Water Mark fee structure the only real fair profit sharing model?

The High Water Mark is truly a measure designed explicitly as an investor-friendly provision that essentially prevents a manager from taking a performance fee on the same gains more than once. Simply put, it ensures that investment managers and advisors are not making profits unless their clients are. We simply can’t think of a fee structure that can be more fair than that.

While mgmt fees and other fees are an appealing luxury to some of the world’s largest fund managers, we believe this is a real misalignment and generally speaking, a shortcoming in the industry. Getting paid to look pretty at the expense of investors, or even for continued ongoing under-performance has never really jived well with us.

High Water Mark Incentive Fees are paid ONLY on NET new rises in asset value. If a temporary decline occurs, it must be recouped before new incentive fees are paid. Thus – profits come first, fees come afterwards.

FAQ 2: Can you give me an example of how a High Water Mark Performance Fee is calculated?

Sure! Generally speaking, here is basic example how it works…

1.) When a Client deposits their initial funds, that balance becomes the first High Water Mark (HWM). In this example (for simplicity’s sake) the Client deposits $100,000 USD.

2.) After 1 month the Trader/Advisor produces 10% in gross profit which brings the Client account up to a gross value of $110,000 USD.

3.) $110,000 USD in equity, minus the last HWM ($100,000 USD) = $10,000 USD in new profit.

4.) In this example the Performance Fee is 30%. So 30% of $10,000 USD new profit is $3,000 USD Performance Fee (PF) which is payable to the Trader/Advisor.

5.) After paying $3,000 USD PF to the Trader/Advisor, the Client retains $7,000 USD of the profit. His account balance after paying the Performance Fee is $107,000 USD, which is then reset as the new High Water Mark for the following month. There will be no more fees charged to the client if the balance declines in value. Only if the trader/advisor makes profits and brings the account higher than the new High Water Mark of $107,000 USD.

Misaligned Interests Add Up!

The real cost of complex fees from traditional investments can be staggering! Especially when assessed in the context of returns being generated.

Regular advisors and brokers often only recommend investments that give them the highest commissions, or they’ll choose high-load instruments for their clients. Similarly, many alternative investment advisors only provide high volume systems to their clients to reap transactional fees (our core/vetted funds are all low volume). And to top it off, both are notorious for dinging you with ludicrous and complex fees every step of the process, and in frequent intervals.

There is a good chance you may be paying some, if not all, of these hidden fees. It’s time to put your foot down, because over time traditional advisory and even mutual fund fees that look like minor or as insignificant percentages can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in both lost investment capital and opportunity. Don’t let industry driven intentional complexity eat up years of your retirement or hard earned savings.

Invest with those who are truly aligned with you, and keep it simple!

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