FAQs 2016-11-16T18:50:02+00:00

What is Karpus Investment Management?

Karpus Investment Management is a fee-based, independent Registered Investment Advisory firm providing balanced and specialty management including fixed-income (taxable and tax-advantaged), cash, domestic equity and international equity management. For more than 30 years, KIM has provided consistently long term (7-10 years or a market cycle) outstanding results for individual investors, IRAs and institutions including corporations, retirement/401(k) plans, Taft-Hartley funds, endowments and foundations.

As a registered investment adviser, KIM is independent of banks, brokerage firms and insurance companies. This eliminates conflicts of interest commonly found in the investment industry by firms that sell products for comissions. KIM does not sell products or take commissions. Its fee-based approach ensures objectivity, independence and strict focus on customer needs. In addition, KIM is large enough to deploy sophisticated resources for uncovering market inefficiencies—yet small enough to take nimble advantage of these opportunities on your behalf.

What is KIM’s investment philosophy?

KIM provides conservative, long-term investment management emphasizing capital preservation through strict control of risk. We achieve low risk through extensive diversification in asset classes and management styles. To maximize returns, KIM uncovers investment opportunities commonly overlooked by other money managers. Each portfolio is individually managed. Asset allocation is based on client investment goals and objectives. All assets are held in separate custodial accounts to ensure transparency and accountability.

How has KIM performed for clients?

Founded in 1986, KIM brings a long-term track record of strong returns in bull markets, bear markets and everything in between. KIM aims for investment returns in the Top 10% over ten-year periods, and top quartile over three- to five-year periods, of professionally managed monies, based on each client’s risk and return objectives. Our ongoing success at meeting these goals has earned the company top rankings in databases including PSN and Thomson Reuters World’s Best Money Managers.

How do I work with KIM?

Experienced KIM investment professionals work closely with you to plan and implement your investment strategy. Asset allocation is determined according to your investment goals, income needs, risk tolerance, tax considerations and wealth-transfer strategies. In addition, KIM professionals are experienced in personal trust and tax reporting, and can work closely with your legal and tax advisers. We can optimize portfolio transactions in relation to outside tax events such as capital gains or losses from business or real estate holdings. KIM also can provide Private Banking and Trust services through a major commercial bank.

Who are the people at KIM?

KIM was founded in 1986 by George Karpus and Jo Ann Van Degriff, former senior trust executives of a large regional bank. An investment professional since 1969, George Karpus was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and has been quoted in numerous leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Barron’s and Forbes. KIM employs a management team of experts in investment strategy, client service and price-efficient trading. The firm is privately owned with each member of the management team participating in stock ownership.

How do I get started?

It’s easy. Just contact us today. No pressure, no obligation. Just an opportunity to explore whether KIM is a good fit for your individual wealth management or institutional portfolio.