Sparrow Unconstrained Long/Short Strategy

Managed by Sparrow Capital Management

5.0% Last 30 days 10.5% Last 90 days 30.2% Last 365 days 2.44 Sharpe Ratio -6.1% Max Drawdown

Sparrow Unconstrained Long/Short Strategy

Managed by Sparrow Capital Management

5.0% Last 30 days 10.5% Last 90 days 30.2% Last 365 days 2.44 Sharpe Ratio -6.05 Max Drawdown
Risk score
Strategy Stocks
AUM fee 1.5%
Performance fee 12.0%
• Investment minimum: $50,000
• Margin account
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Sparrow Unconstrained Long/Short Strategy invests across market sectors, industries, and market capitalization ranges. The Sparrow Capital Fund’s objective is to provide the most efficient risk/reward outcome over time. The strategy is intended to achieve market neutrality.


We use screens to identify industries and companies that show consistent earnings power over multiple economic cycles. Then, we rate stocks using a proprietary matrix of various fundamental, quantitative, and technical factors. Some of these factors include above-average earnings per-share growth rates, above-average return on equity, excess-free cash flow, low debt-to-equity ratios, and shareholder-friendly management. Finally, we review the company's original source material including quarterly and annual reports. We also participate in quarterly conference calls and webcasts and read independent analyst reports in an effort to buy value stocks at opportune times.


The screening process helps identify companies that meet specific criteria for growth, cash generation and other metrics. We then value these businesses using a discounted cash flow model and buy their stocks when the market price indicates sufficient upside potential.

Allocation discipline

Our research helps us to diversify the portfolio’s holdings across multiple sectors. We often will have different weightings for each sector, as compared to the S&P 500 Index.

Sell discipline

We sell positions when the original reason for the purchase no longer exists or when our research is showing us that stocks are overvalued. Sell determinations are made on a case-by-case basis.

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. This information was calculated on January 18, 2018.

Daily returns
S&P 500
Manager (net of fees )
Last 30 days 5.0% 4.3%
Last 90 days 10.5% 8.7%
Last 365 Days 30.2% 23.2%
Since inception (Annualized) 16.1% 17.6%
2018 (YTD) 7.5% 4.7%
2017 22.5% 19.4%
2016 4.4% 9.5%
Risk metrics (last 365 days)
S&P 500
Manager (net of fees )
Volatility 11.8% 6.8%
Sharpe Ratio 2.44 3.19
Sortino Ratio 3.22 4.34
Maximum Drawdown -6.1% -2.8%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.7% -1.6%
Additional metrics (last 365 days)
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.8%
Alpha 2.72
Beta 1.16
R-Squared 0.4%
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About Sparrow Capital Management

Sparrow Capital Management is a registered investment adviser based in Missouri. Gerry Sparrow, an investment professional with more than 20 years of investment management experience, is our President and Founder. He selects stock investments using a proprietary matrix of fundamental, quantitative and technical factors.

Important Information

  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.  
  2. All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account, using the manager’s own funds. Portfolio Manager’s pre-IB Asset Management performance information may include performance of non-IB Asset Management client accounts. Performance of the Portfolio Manager's account is calculated by IB Asset Management on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions and reflects the deduction of broker commissions. Manager returns include trades and positions that fail IB Asset Management's trading rules, as a result, actual client returns will differ. IB Asset Management advisory fees are simulated and applied retroactively to present the portfolio return "net-of-fees".
  3. None of the performance information displayed on this page is based on the actual performance of any IB Asset Management client account investing in this portfolio. The performance in an IB Asset Management client account invested in this portfolio may differ (i.e., be lower or higher) from the Portfolio Manager’s account performance based on any trading restrictions imposed by the client (resulting in different account holdings), time of initial investment, amount of investment, frequency and size of cash flows in and out of the client account, applicable brokerage commissions, and different corporate actions. Clients investing in this portfolio may view the actual performance of their investment in this portfolio by logging into their IB Asset Management account and reviewing their customized dashboard.
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  6. Benchmark returns displayed have been calculated by IB Asset Management using daily benchmark prices and do not include dividend income. More information here. For certain portfolios IB Asset Management uses an index as a benchmark, while for others it uses an investable exchange traded fund (ETF) as a benchmark. Index returns do not reflect the deduction of any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an index. Investable ETF returns reflect the deduction of (i.e., are net of) management fees, transaction costs and expenses.
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  8. Not all transactions listed will appear in accounts due to IB Asset Management's trading rules and individual client constraints. Eligibility of these securities is monitored periodically, and may change over time. Actual client investment holdings may vary.
  9. This portfolio was launched on IB Asset Management on August 24, 2015.
  10. The Portfolio Manager could use short selling to manage this portfolio. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
  11. The Portfolio Manager could use borrowed funds or leverage to fund investments in this portfolio. Leverage indicates the level of margin utilized and is calculated by dividing gross exposure by portfolio net liquidation value. Leverage involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. Leverage increases both the amount you may lose and the amount you may make in a portfolio, leading to higher returns in the case of favorable market movements but also larger losses under adverse market conditions. You may also incur additional expenses associated with borrowing funds. You should only select a portfolio using leverage if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in using leverage.
  12. For this portfolio, IB Asset Management's fees include both a management fee taken from the portfolio on a monthly basis and a performance fee calculated quarterly. Performance fees are calculated as a proportion of profits above a high water mark. Clients entering the portfolio at different times may pay different performance fee amounts, due to the high water mark and other factors, including the timing of the Client's subscription to a portfolio. Therefore the returns displayed may not be representative of actual client experience over a period.