Accounts


Cable Car provides a common investment approach to a broad variety of clients. Clients delegate trading authority to Cable Car in their own brokerage accounts at Interactive Brokers, an unaffiliated third-party custodian. Interactive Brokers supports many account structures, including individual, joint, IRA, trust, corporation, partnership, LLC, unincorporated entity, and pension trust accounts. Accounts may be domiciled in many jurisdictions worldwide and funded in a wide range of currencies.

To find out if Cable Car’s services may be right for you, learn more about our offerings for individuals or institutions.

Managed accounts

What is the difference between a managed account and a fund?

Each of Cable Car’s clients opens a separate brokerage account with a third-party custodian, which Cable Car manages alongside its other client accounts. Clients delegate trading permissions to Cable Car, but otherwise retain full control over the account. Assets within the account are held in the client’s name.

Mutual funds, hedge funds, and other similar vehicles are pools of capital from multiple investors combined into a single account. Investors own fractional interests in the pooled assets but do not own or control the underlying account.

What are the advantages of separately managed accounts?

Separately managed accounts offer four principal advantages:

  1. Transparency: Clients can view the complete record of transactions and positions held in their accounts at any time. Commissions, fees, and expenses are fully transparent.
  2. Liquidity: Clients can initiate deposit and withdrawal requests at will, without lock-ups imposed on hedge fund investors.
  3. Ownership: Clients maintain separate accounts at an independent, third-party custodian, allowing them to rely on the safety and security of a well-capitalized brokerage firm rather than a small money manager. Cable Car only has trading rights over accounts and does not have access to client funds except for the automatic deduction of its fee. Clients also maintain ownership of the underlying securities held in their accounts, rather than fractional interests in a pooled fund.
  4. Customization: Although Cable Car does not create custom trading strategies for clients, it is possible to restrict specific securities from being traded in an account (e.g. in order to satisfy an employer’s trading restrictions). Upon request, Cable Car can also temporarily liquidate positions for tax purposes.

What are the disadvantages of separately managed accounts?

Despite their superior transparency and liquidity, managed accounts may have certain drawbacks compared to pooled vehicles:

  1. Access: Certain strategies and investment products are only available to institutional accounts or accounts meeting minimum size thresholds. Investors who are not institutions or who have small accounts with Cable Car may not be able to participate in opportunities they could otherwise access through pooled vehicles.
  2. Transaction costs: New accounts must purchase or sell shares in order to match the target portfolio. When opening or closing an account, clients may incur higher per-share commissions to open or close positions than for ongoing trading activity, where commissions are spread over more accounts.
  3. Trade allocation: Due to market conditions, suitability considerations, and rounding, it may not always be possible to allocate every investment opportunity equally to all client accounts. Cable Car attempts to balance trade allocations fairly over time and does not systematically favor any particular account or group of accounts. However, performance across client accounts may diverge, unlike a pooled vehicle in which all interests are proportional.

Do clients have an “account” with Cable Car?

No. Clients hold brokerage accounts at an independent third-party broker-dealer. Clients of Cable Car delegate trading authority over their brokerage accounts to Cable Car.

Who is Interactive Brokers?

Interactive Brokers LLC is an unaffiliated third-party broker-dealer. Cable Car has selected Interactive Brokers as its custodian and prime broker, and it generally recommends that clients establish accounts with Interactive Brokers. Cable Car does not receive any compensation for referring clients and has selected Interactive Brokers following a review of the security, costs, market access, and trading platforms of competing brokerage firms. Please see Item 12 of the Form ADV brochure for more information.

Interactive Brokers LLC is a registered Broker-Dealer, Futures Commission Merchant and Forex Dealer Member, regulated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Futures Association (NFA), and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and several other self-regulatory organizations.  Interactive Brokers does not endorse or recommend any introducing brokers, third-party financial advisors or hedge funds, including Cable Car Capital LLC.  Interactive Brokers provides execution and clearing services to customers.  None of the information contained herein constitutes a recommendation, offer, or solicitation of an offer by Interactive Brokers to buy, sell or hold any security, financial product or instrument or to engage in any specific investment strategy. Interactive Brokers makes no representation, and assumes no liability to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided on this website.

More information about Interactive Brokers and its affiliates is available on the firm’s website. Prospective clients are encouraged to review information about Interactive Brokers in more detail before establishing a brokerage relationship.

Is Cable Car affiliated with Interactive Brokers?

No. Interactive Brokers is an unaffiliated third party.

Why does Cable Car recommend Interactive Brokers?

Cable Car does not receive any compensation for referring clients to Interactive Brokers and selected the firm following a review of the security, costs, market access, and trading platforms of competing brokerage firms. Please see Item 12 of the Form ADV brochure for more information.

Cable Car believes that Interactive Brokers offers the lowest cost managed accounts for clients on an overall basis, taking into consideration market access, trade commissions, financing costs, and other expenses. Interactive Brokers does not provide access to every potentially desirable product (support for convertible bonds is notably absent), but it does enable direct market access on a broad set of exchanges around the world at a much lower cost than many alternatives.

Is Interactive Brokers secure?

Cable Car is not responsible for the safety and security of third-party custodians. However, Cable Car also has assets custodied with Interactive Brokers, and Cable Car believes Interactive Brokers to be well-capitalized and well-managed based on its interactions with the firm and publicly disclosed financial data. Funds held with Interactive Brokers may be protected, up to certain limits, by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

More information about Interactive Brokers’ security and financial profile is available on its website.

Can Cable Car clients open accounts with a different broker?

At this time, Interactive Brokers is the only brokerage firm at which Cable Car has established trading relationships. However, for accounts larger than $1 million, clients may choose to custody assets with other brokerage firms. Cable Car may reevaluate its choice of managed account platform in the future. Existing clients of other brokerage firms may be able to transfer assets to Interactive Brokers after opening an account using a position transfer.

What currencies may be used to fund an account?

Interactive Brokers currently supports funding in most major world currencies, including USD, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, HKD, and offshore RMB. The complete list of 19 different currencies, most of which Cable Car can also trade for hedging purposes, is available here. Cable Car reports returns in the base currency of client accounts, generally USD. On a case-by-case basis, international clients may choose whether or not they wish Cable Car to hedge their net exposure to the USD.

What account information and reporting is available?

As required by law, Interactive Brokers will send a quarterly summary of account performance, transactions, and positions to all clients advised by Cable Car. Additionally, clients may log in to Interactive Brokers’ secure website at any time to view customizable account statements. Clients may view complete transaction details, trade confirmations, expenses, and corporate actions on daily activity statements. Trade confirmations are generally available in real time, while most other activity reports are processed daily. Interactive Brokers also provides portfolio analytics and customer support via email, telephone, and chat.

How are trades allocated among client accounts?

For each trading opportunity, Cable Car first determines the suitability of the trade for each account, which may depend on the account type or size. Cable Car then attempts to aggregate purchase and sale orders for multiple accounts, as doing so typically results in lower commission costs. Cable Car relies on Interactive Brokers’ automated trade allocation software to allocate aggregated orders proportionally among suitable client accounts. Due to market conditions and rounding, this may result in client account performance diverging over time. Cable Car cannot guarantee that every trade opportunity will be allocated equally to all suitable accounts; however, Cable Car attempts to allocate opportunities fairly to clients over time.

When it is not possible to aggregate orders, Cable Car places orders for client accounts before accounts in which its principals have a beneficial interest.

Can I direct trades in my account or restrict certain securities?

Only under certain circumstances. Clients restricted from transacting in certain securities due to employer policy or other relationships may restrict Cable Car from trading those securities in their accounts. For example, Cable Car does not transact in securities of Google (GOOG) for any clients because one of its principals is employed there.

Cable Car otherwise does not allow clients to direct trades; however, it may allow temporary position liquidation for tax purposes upon request on a best-efforts basis. Clients who wish to trade other securities outside of Cable Car’s investment program are encouraged to open a separate brokerage account.

Can I replicate Cable Car’s trades in another account?

Cable Car’s investment advisory agreement prohibits clients from attempting to replicate Cable Car’s portfolio in a larger account in order to avoid Cable Car’s advisory fees. If you disagree with a position held in your account, you are free to take an offsetting position in another account with notice to Cable Car in order to avoid cross trades.

Can I discuss the contents of my portfolio publicly?

No. Just as Cable Car maintains confidential client information in accordance with its privacy policy, Cable Car’s investment strategies and holdings are confidential. Cable Car’s intellectual property shared with clients should not be disseminated publicly except by Cable Car. Cable Car may make exceptions to this policy; please request permission to discuss your portfolio publicly before doing so.

Fees

Cable Car charges a management fee or a performance fee depending on the type of client. Cable Car’s fees are designed to fund its full-time investment research efforts and align the firm’s incentives with its clients’. Our fees are competitive with other alternative investments such as hedge funds. However, lower fees may be available from other investment advisers.

Fees and expenses

What fees does Cable Car charge?

For US investors who are not qualified clients, Cable Car charges a flat annual management fee equal to 3% of the account value, billed daily in arrears by the custodian.

For non-US investors and qualified clients, Cable Car waives the management fee and charges a 30% incentive fee, computed quarterly by the custodian on the net profit and loss in the account and subject to a high water mark of previous performance.

Please see Item 5 in the firm’s brochure on Form ADV for more information.

Management fee Incentive fee
Non-Qualified 3% None
Qualified None 30%

What is a qualified client?

By law, Cable Car may only charge performance-based (“incentive”) fees to non-US investors and US investors who are qualified clients. The SEC has established a net worth threshold of $2 million (excluding primary residence) or $1 million under management with an adviser before the adviser may charge performance-based fees. A higher minimum may apply to pension accounts.

Are Cable Car’s fees negotiable?

Yes, for non-discretionary mandates and large, long-term capital commitments.

What other costs are associated with Cable Car’s investment program?

Clients incur brokerage and other investment expenses in addition to Cable Car’s fees. Clients pay trade commissions, which represent a pass-through of exchange fees, clearing fees, and transaction fees plus brokerage commissions that do not include research-related markups. Client assets are not utilized for research costs; Cable Car bears all research-related expenses directly.

In addition to brokerage costs, clients may incur custody fees, broker interest, minimum activity fees, order cancellation fees, and other costs related to operating and maintaining an investment account. These commissions and fees are charged or passed through by the custodian and not by Cable Car.

How do Cable Car’s fees compare to alternatives?

Cable Car is not the lowest-cost provider of investment advice, and lower fees for similar services may be available elsewhere.

The firm’s fees are generally higher than those offered by index funds, long-only mutual funds, and long-only managed accounts. They are generally comparable to or lower than fees for actively managed “alternative investments” such as long/short mutual funds, long/short managed accounts, and hedge funds. Unlike many mutual funds, Cable Car does not charge sales loads or marketing and distribution (12b-1) fees. Cable Car also does not use client assets to pay for research. The practice of inflating brokerage commissions to pay for research is common in the industry, can lead to conflicts of interest, and adds to client expenses without transparency. Cable Car’s fees are used to support its full-time research efforts, and all research expenses are paid directly by the firm.