A Fiduciary-Focused, Registered Investment Advisor
Servo is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Servo acts as a “fiduciary,” which means we always put our clients’ best interests first. We don’t earn commissions nor do we have any of the conflicts of interest that commonly plague other firms in the financial services industry.
Servo works with clients in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. Regardless of proximity, all of our clients have important long-term financial goals and appreciate the benefits of partnering with a trusted advisor who can help them to make smarter decisions with their wealth. As of year-end 2016, we manage approximately $65,000,000 on behalf of 35 individuals and families.
Eric Nelson, CFA, co-founded Servo in 2012. Eric graduated from Hobart College (’98) in New York with a degree in Economics after concluding a basketball career which placed him among the all-time leading scorers in school history. Eric holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Before founding Servo, Eric gained significant investment experience working for a variety of different financial services firms. Eric began his career at a prominent Wall Street brokerage firm in Syracuse, NY, transitioned to the investment group of a leading East Coast commercial bank, worked for the largest discount brokerage firm in the country, as well as an RIA firm in Oklahoma City.
In 2009 Eric joined his friends at Equius Partners, a large and established RIA firm in Northern California with a similar approach to managing investment portfolios and client relationships. Eric’s experience with Equius was instrumental in crystallizing his philosophy on how to manage an investment firm. Insights gleaned from his time at Equius continue to inform the strategic direction of Servo today.
Servo’s clients maintain their own investment accounts in their own names at Charles Schwab, the leading discount brokerage firm. Servo has no affiliation with Schwab except as the custodian of our client assets. Servo never takes possession of client funds, and only has a Limited Power of Attorney (LPOA) on investment accounts allowing us to make the necessary trades that are in accordance with our Investment Policy Statements.
Servo’s investment approach can best be described as “Asset Class” Investing. It is based on Nobel Prize-winning financial principles such as The Efficient Markets Hypothesis (EHM), Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and the Fama/French Three-Factor Model, as well as the groundbreaking work taking place in the field of Behavioral Economics. We use the institutional-based mutual funds from Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) to design and manage highly structured, globally-diversified investment portfolios. In certain cases, we will retain pre-existing client holdings for individual or tax-specific reasons (such as a Vanguard index fund or ETF).
Servo’s only form of compensation is a percentage of the assets that we manage for clients, which can be paid to us directly or debited from accounts. Our typical client has at least $1,000,000 in investable assets. We charge 1% on assets up to $2,000,000, and 0.5% on amounts above $2,000,000. In many cases, unlike traditional brokerage fees and commissions, our fees are tax deductible to our clients depending on their specific circumstances.