CEO/CIO / FOUNDER
Skip, as his friends know him, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of municipal securities, where he has worked continuously since 1970. Before founding CFI in 1984, Skip managed the Municipal Bond Department of Crocker National Bank, with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. That was followed by four years with the brokerage firm of Smith Barney Harris Upham. Over the years he acquired an in-depth knowledge of underwriting, credit analysis, portfolio management, trading, and sales of municipal bonds.
Skip has served on numerous boards during his career, including the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), created by an Act of Congress in 1975 to establish the rules governing the conduct of the thousands of municipal securities dealers across the United States. Skip was elected Chairman of this Board and during his tenure was a leading proponent of the rules that were adopted to curb abuses in political contributions, and greatly expanded the disclosure policies of municipal bond issuers. He has also had the distinction of being called to testify before Congress on two occasions: once representing the municipal securities industry as a whole and once representing municipal bond investors in the aftermath of Orange County, California's bankruptcy filing.
Skip earned his Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University before serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1970.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Betsy has worked in the securities industry since 1972 and with CFI since 1996, where she is responsible for overseeing the extensive due diligence performed by CFI’s research department.
She has been and continues to be actively involved in the investment community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA) where she has chaired a senior living panel discussion at their annual conference. Betsy is also a member of the California Society of Municipal Analysts and previously served as a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB) Investor Advisory Group, which provides the MSRB board with additional expertise on municipal market practices, transparency, and investor protection issues. In addition, she is an instructor with the Fixed Income Academy, an online training program designed to enhance market participants’ knowledge, technical skills, and confidence to better navigate the complexities of the fixed income markets. As the firm’s prior Chief Compliance Officer, Betsy was instrumental in the development, implementation, and monitoring of CFI’s policies and procedures. She is a formerly an arbitrator for the MSRB and has instructed numerous investment professionals with respect to SEC, FINRA, and MSRB regulations.
Her primary responsibilities include 1) oversight of CFI’s credit assessment and monitoring practices. In this capacity she researches, evaluates, and monitors client assets; performs impact analyses on regulatory, judicial and legislative issues; and maintains CFI’s extensive credit database, 2) surveillance of the firm’s monthly valuation process, identifying pricing inaccuracies relative to market considerations, and 3) administration of CFI’s year-end tax reports including management of the amortization/accretion process on municipal securities, both tax-exempt and taxable. Additionally, she routinely interfaces with clients with regard to their portfolio assets, investment strategies, and other needs.
Betsy earned a degree in Economics from the University of Redlands and has also completed advanced studies through UCLA, UCI, and AIMR. She holds a paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine.
Annie joined CFI in August 2014 as a Portfolio Analyst. Previously, Annie was part of the Orange County Treasurer’s investment team that was responsible for over $7 billion of fixed income assets. Her duties included researching and analyzing macro-economic and financial data; evaluating fixed income investment structures and credit quality; and monitoring activities and results. After her time with the County, she joined the commercial lending division at US Bank as a Portfolio Analyst, while also working as a Research Associate at the Fixed Income Academy.
Annie graduated with highest honors from California State University, Fullerton with an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s of Art in Business Economics. In 2015, she obtained the designation of Charter Financial Analyst (CFA).
In addition to monitoring the markets and analyzing compelling investment opportunities for client portfolios, Annie utilizes her extensive Bloomberg and computer skills to develop proprietary models to assist the trading and compliance processes.
As Director of Client Services and COO (Chief Operating Officer), Sharmi is responsible for insuring all clients receive timely, competent assistance whenever needed. She oversees the coordination with every client's custodian, other professional advisors and accountants and sees that client confidentiality is strictly observed.
Since joining our company in 2012, Sharmi has become indispensable to CFI in her role of establishing and maintaining good client relationships, the smooth coordination of all client transactions and the resolution of any problems. Her work is vital to insuring that not only are new accounts with existing portfolios are brought on board accurately, but also in providing ongoing quality client services that aligns with the "client first" culture of CFI.
Sharmi has an extensive background in all aspects of fixed income securities. She began her career 20 years ago at PIMCO and further honed her fixed income skills at Hotchkis and Wiley, a client servicing boutique investment firm acquired by Merrill Lynch Investment Management in 2003. Subsequently she worked as a Senior Performance Analyst for BNY Mellon and as an Account Relationship Manager for Financial Information Network (FIN), where she made significant contributions assisting clients with their accounting, performance and tax reporting needs.
Born in Calcutta, India, Sharmi holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Masters in Geography, and an MBA in Global Management.
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Charles Fish Investments, Inc. (CFI) founded in 1984, is a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Act of 1940 and notice filed with the California Department of Business Oversight. The firm, which is wholly-owned by its employees, is not affiliated with any broker/dealer. CFI's revenues are derived exclusively from the fees received for the investment advisory and/or management services provided.