• Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Beware the ESG momentum trade

    March 26, 2021

      Mark Northway, Investment Manager at Sparrows Capital, shares his thoughts about the momentum behind ESG investing and reminds investors to keep a cool head following a year of strong returns.

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  • Press/Video,


    January 5, 2021

    Alpha is elusive We know that alpha is elusive and that finding managers that can consistently deliver alpha is a very difficult thing to do. But in the upwards moving stock market we have seen...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Weighing up the true costs of ESG

    June 15, 2020

    ETF Insight There are long-standing arguments over the lack of consensus in ESG filtering. In this article Mark Northway points to research from Elroy Dimson, Marsh and Staunton in the recent Credit Suisse Investment Yearbook...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Model Portfolio Service – the cost of delivery for advice firms

    June 8, 2020

    IFA Magazine. John Bennett looks at the anachronism of asset based fees for platform-based model portfolios. Model portfolios are a very efficient way of delivering a diversified portfolio mix for every type of client attitude...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: ETF growth stunted by platforms

    June 4, 2020

      Speaking on the fourth of ETF Stream’s webinar series, ETF Ecosystem Unwrapped, entitled Capital Markets: Making the ecosystem tick, Backreedy has bemoaned the major platforms’ decision to not upgrade their technology to incorporate ETFs.

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  • Press/Video,

    Live Webinar: Capital markets: Making the ecosystem tick.

    June 1, 2020

    Sparrows Capital's Raymond Backreedy joins ETFStream's Tom Eckett, JPMorgan Asset Management's Thomas Stevens and UniCredit's Paolo Giulianini in the fourth webinar in the ETF Ecosystem Unwrapped series this Wednesday, 3rd June at 11am BST. The...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Retirement Planner – The advantages of a predefined investment strategy

    May 7, 2020

    by Jenna Brown Raymond Backreedy: Humans are naturally cautious about making long term commitments. We value flexibility in the face of an unknown future. Common sense tells us that keeping all options open is better...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Lack of standardisation in daily ETF holdings disclosure thrown into spotlight

    May 4, 2020

    ETFStream. The record ETF trading volumes seen amid the coronavirus turmoil has highlighted issues with the lack of standardisation in the publication of an ETF’s daily holdings. But Mark Northway questions why a buy-side investor...

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  • Press/Video,

    Press Release – Sparrows Capital partners with Intelliflo on SCore MPS

    May 4, 2020

    Delivering a low-cost capped fee model portfolio service to advisers LONDON, 4th April 2020 – Following the launch last month of SCore MPS, Sparrows Capital’s low-cost, evidence-based, capped-fee model portfolio service, Sparrows Capital has partnered...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Money Marketing – Intelliflo launches first third-party model portfolios

    May 4, 2020

    by Daniela Esnerova Back office provider Intelliflo is set to launch portfolios from Sparrows Capital on its new Model Portfolio Service, Money Marketing can reveal. Sparrows will introduce 11 model portfolios priced at 0.08 per...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Professional Adviser – Claire Tyrrell

    February 20, 2020

    London-based DFM Sparrows Capital has launched a platform-based model portfolio service for advisers, becoming one of the first fund houses to combine a low percentage-based fee with a low cap. Sparrows has released its SCore...

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  • Press/Video,

    Press Release – SCore MPS from Sparrows Capital

    February 20, 2020

    Sparrows Capital has today launched an evidence-based model portfolio service, SCore MPS. This is an evidence-based, adviser only offering, initially available on a discretionary basis. Pricing is 0.1% per annum, capped at £20 per month...

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  • Press/Video,

    ‘Not relevant to investors’: ETFStream Product Panel on WisdomTree’s bitcoin ETP

    December 4, 2019

    ETFStream - Scott Longley Cryptocurrencies are speculative assets, not investments. They are not relevant to investors, and it is not clear that they ever will be. It is not helpful for providers to be using...

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  • Press/Video,

    Saudi ETF flows point to wider index inclusion worries

    December 4, 2019

    ETFStream - Scott Longley The Aramco offering is an example of the issues faced by passive investors in emerging market ETFs. Given the increasing focus by both investors and regulators on environmental considerations, automatic investment...

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  • Press/Video,

    BMO GAM’s European exit

    November 28, 2019

    ETFStream by Scott Longley The BMO product suite, and in particular the short-dated high grade corporate global bond ETFs tracking the Bloomberg Barclays Global Corporate 1-3 Very Liquid Hedged to GBP index was certainly a...

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  • Press/Video,

    ‘I would rather bet on the Gold Cup’: Product Panel on GraniteShares’ single stock ETPs

    November 11, 2019

    Single-company leveraged ETPs compete directly with CFDs. ETPs have the advantage of being exchange traded, which suggests the possibility of a liquid market. The ability to sell to a third-party and the engagement of a...

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  • Press/Video,

    Larry Swedroe – Q3 2019 hedge fund performance update

    October 29, 2019

    Hedge funds entered this year coming off their 10th straight year of trailing the return of the S&P 500 Index. Over the 10-year period ending December 2018, they underperformed every single major equity asset class...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: ETF Insight: Is self-indexing the solution to index providers’ high fees?

    September 23, 2019

    Mark Northway comments that as ETF expense ratios head ever lower, it is natural for investors to start to wonder what part of the cost of following a given index is the royalty paid across...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – ETFStream – The Passive Tipping Point

    August 22, 2019

    ETF Insight: To parity and beyond – what happens when we reach the passive tipping point? Mark suggests that ‘peak passive’ will be reached when a sufficiently large opportunity has opened up for price makers...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: ETFStream – Pension fund attitudes to ETFs evolving despite hurdles

    August 2, 2019

    Data from CREATE Research earlier this summer suggests that though the changing nature of pension fund ETF usage is gradual, it is happening and is on the increase. Mark Northway predicts we will see more...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: WM – The red flags signalling a fund manager may have lost it

    July 10, 2019

    Mark Northway,  Sparrows Capital Like racehorses, few fund managers persistently outperform. Occasionally, a champion does appear, set apart from the field and beating the odds. Betting on these winners can be lucrative, but punters do...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Franklin Templeton India ETF

    July 4, 2019

    ETFS Product Panel: Franklin Templeton India ETF The Franklin Templeton India ETF is a useful tool for managing tactical exposure to India over the short term, but perhaps not ideal as a strategic portfolio holding.

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Mark Northway discusses the role of active management in relation to Smart Beta

    July 3, 2019

    ETF Insight: Should smart beta be the preserve of active? Mark Northway argues that factor tilts are expected to attract a premium over the long-term, and no evidence has been presented to date to suggest...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Political issues overshadow MSCI’s A-Shares inclusion

    May 28, 2019

    Part of the responsibility of index providers is an assessment of the rule of law, of investor protections and of governance practices – all areas in which China remains notably deficient. Mark Northway points to...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Robin Powell’s second interview with Sparrow’s Capital’s Professor Elroy Dimson

    December 20, 2018

    ELROY DIMSON ON ESG AND WHETHER TO INVEST IN COLLECTIBLES In his second interview with Sparrows Capital's Professor ELROY DIMSON Robin Powell explores Elroy's more specialised academic interests, including ethical investing, and the wisdom (or...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press – Robin Powell interviews Sparrow’s Capital’s Professor Elroy Dimson

    December 20, 2018

    ELROY DIMSON ON THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON FROM MARKET HISTORY The importance of diversification is clear within markets, but across markets it is also worthwhile. And it’s easier today than it was 100 years ago...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: ETFStream – an ESG polemic

    November 15, 2018

    In response to BlackRock iShares recent high profile move into ESG funds, Mark Northway from Sparrows Capital suggests that naming conventions on ESG matter – and that BlackRock are confusing matters with a lack of...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows Capital announces Strategic Partnership

    September 24, 2018

    Sparrows Capital is delighted to announce its strategic partnership with Robin Powell's Adviser 2.0 platform. Adviser 2.0, is a truth seeking blog. It is based on a belief in evidence-based investing and on the premise...

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  • Press/Video,

    Larry Swedroe – debunking popular myths

    July 25, 2018

    A comprehensive review by Larry Swedroe of the disingenuous claims made by some market participants about the dangers of passive investing. Worth a read!

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  • Press/Video,

    Yariv and Elroy – WM Centrefolds!

    June 28, 2018

    Yariv Haim and Elroy Dimson feature as the cover story for Wealth Manager Magazine. Yoosof Farah interviews Sparrows Capital and explores the company's history, philosophy and unique business proposition.

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Evening Standard – Predicting is difficult

    March 13, 2018

    The Evening Standard's Simon English looks at the difficulties of predicting the future, and the issues faced by investors even where their intuition is correct. An army of City forecasters — bankers, analysts, fund managers and...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Express – Monetary Methadone

    March 7, 2018

    Mark Northway of Sparrows Capital warns the global financial system is in virgin territory. He told “As global growth and inflation start to raise their head, the central banks are starting to want to...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Express – The financial crash: 10 years on

    March 6, 2018

    Ten years to the day since Northern Rock was nationalised and the fragile state of the UK’s financial system was exposed, spoke to to a number of finance experts on whether the lessons of 2008...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Express – Fund managers add just 16p for every £100 invested

    January 30, 2018

    Analysis carried out by CEM Benchmarking for the FT shows that most of the value created by investing people’s pensions is simply returned to the asset management industry. The research concludes that “active” fund managers pocket...

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  • Press/Video,

    Goldstein on Gelt Show – Doug Goldstein speaks with Yariv Haim

    December 19, 2017

    Does evidence-based investing yield positive results? There is more than one way to skin a cat, and there are multiple investment strategies you can apply to your savings. But how do you know which strategy...

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  • Newsletters, Press/Video, Sparrows Papers,

    Sparrows Capital announces Investment Suite for Trustees

    December 5, 2017

    An evidence-based approach to trustees' fiduciary responsibility   London, December 2017: Sparrows Capital, the evidence-based asset manager, has launched its new investment suite specifically designed for trustees looking to preserve and enhance the value of...

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows in the Press: Evening Standard, Anthony Hilton: Investing and the vital need to keep one’s cool

    November 10, 2017

    Anthony Hilton: With stock markets hitting new highs here and in the US, it is a good time to ask how many investors are actually making the money they could be? Booming markets suggest profits...

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  • Press/Video, Sparrows Papers,

    Sparrows in the Press: Charities Management – The impact of investment skill

    October 16, 2017

    The reality of the impact of investment skill Mark Northway looks at whether investment performance for charities is really generated by the skill of the fund manager and how passive strategies contribute to charity portfolios.

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  • Newsletters, Press/Video, Sparrows Papers,

    The Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (NVPERS) –

    September 26, 2017

    The Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada (NVPERS) follows an approach which will sound remarkably familiar to our readers. The fund adopts a core and satellite approach to investing, with the 80% core portfolio expressed...

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  • Press/Video, Sparrows Papers,

    Sparrows in the Press: Evidence-Based Investing – Money Observer

    September 5, 2017

    Evidence-based investing does away with emotive decision making and focuses on robust risk management, says Danielle Levy.   Selling out of poorly performing investments during a market sell-off is one of the most common mistakes investors...

    Read More
  • Press/Video, Uncategorized,

    Sparrows in the Press – Citywire

    August 11, 2017

    Seven wealth managers share their summer reads - by Hamza Ali Mark Northway,  Sparrows Capital Winning the Loser’s Game by Charles D. Ellis A required read at Sparrows Capital by one of the most respected...

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  • Press/Video, Recommended Books,

    Financial Market History – David Chambers and Elroy Dimson

    July 24, 2017

      A recent project funded by the CFA Institute Research Foundation was the writing and publication of Financial Market History: Reflections on the Past for Investors Today. Financial Times senior investment commentator John Authers praised this...

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  • Press/Video,

    Transparency Task Force seeks progressive asset managers

    July 7, 2017

    The Transparency Task Force (TTF) has launched an exclusive new community for progressive asset managers. The purpose of the community is to facilitate collaboration between asset managers that have a more enlightened and progressive approach....

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  • Press/Video,

    Swedroe: Top Firms Fail To Beat Passive

    April 26, 2017

    Another intriguing article from Larry Swedroe. Larry compares the performance of two of the top US active investment firms,  SEI and Russell, to the rules-based performance of the equivalent fund from Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA)....

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  • Press/Video,

    Sparrows Capital appoints Raymond Backreedy to its senior management team.

    April 25, 2017

    Raymond Backreedy Raymond will be responsible for investment policy and for portfolio design and management. He will also be providing risk oversight. His experience of constructing and managing rules-based multi asset portfolios will further broaden the...

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  • Press/Video,

    SPIVA Survey Continues Passive Winning Streak

    April 19, 2017

    The SPIVA Scorecards provide powerful evidence on the persistent failure of active management’s ability to generate alpha (Larry Swedroe)

    Read More
  • Press/Video,

    How today’s two biggest investment fads are setting up the next crash

    April 4, 2017

    John Stepek makes a strong point about the extension of duration in the sector which can magnify any correction in the Fixed Income markets. Low interest rates are further addressed in our 2016 white paper...

    Read More
  • Press/Video,

    A clinical test of the 5 most popular Smart Beta factors

    March 13, 2017

    The FT's John Authers looks at the 458 claimed factor sightings, and effectively dismisses most as snake oil. "If treated like new drugs, most would never be cleared for sale to the public"​ He goes on...

    Read More
  • Press/Video,

    Spreading its wings – Sparrows Capital on bringing its investment approach to more families

    June 17, 2016

    Article published on thewealthnet

    Read More

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United Kingdom’s Stewardship Code. The Stewardship Code (the “Code”) was developed from the Walker Review on Corporate Governance in the UK and aims to enhance the quality of engagement between investors (and investment managers) and UK listed companies.

Sparrows supports the principles enshrined in the Code.  Although the Code is voluntary, the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) requires Sparrows to include on this website a disclosure about its commitment to the Code or, where it does not so commit, its alternative strategy.  The FCA and the Financial Reporting Council have acknowledged that certain aspects of the Code are not directly relevant to all investment firms.

Sparrows invests almost exclusively in rule-based ETFs and index funds in order to capture market returns across all asset classes globally. Sparrows does not directly invest in shares or bonds issued by UK listed companies and therefore has no direct interaction with the management of such companies and does not enjoy voting rights in relation to such companies. For this reason, the Code is not directly relevant to Sparrows and it is not practical for Sparrows to implement a policy of direct engagement.

Sparrows’ due diligence prior to investment in an ETF or index fund does, however, take specific account of the fund manager’s own commitment to the Code (or equivalent depending on jurisdiction) and the nature of their engagement and voting policies with regard to companies in which their funds invest.

Given both Sparrows and the ETF or index funder provider’s index tracking requirements, there is very limited scope for stewardship through selective allocation or de-allocation decisions. For this reason Sparrows’ analysis focuses on stewardship through engagement and through the exercise of voting rights.

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Pillar 3 Disclosures



These are the Pillar 3 disclosures made by Sparrows Capital Limited (“Sparrows”) in accordance with the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) Prudential Sourcebook for Banks, Building Societies and Investment Firms (“BIPRU”).

The European Union Capital Requirements Directive (“CRD”) created a regulatory capital framework consisting of three ‘pillars’ namely:

Pillar 1 – sets out the minimum capital requirements that firms are required to meet;

Pillar 2 – requires firms to take a view on whether additional capital should be held against capital risks not covered by Pillar 1; and

Pillar 3 – requires firms to publish certain details of its risks, capital and risk management process.


Disclosure policy

The rules in BIPRU 11 provide that Sparrows may omit one or more of the required disclosures if it believes that the information is immaterial. Materiality is based on the criteria that the omission or misstatement of material information would be likely to change or influence the assessment or decision of a user relying on that information for the purposes of making economic decisions. Where Sparrows considers a disclosure to be immaterial, this will be stated in the relevant section.

Sparrows is also permitted to omit one or more of the required disclosures where it believes that the information is regarded as proprietary or confidential. Proprietary information is that which, if it were shared, would undermine Sparrows’ competitive position. Information is considered to be confidential where there are obligations binding Sparrows to confidentiality with its clients and counterparties.

Where Sparrows has omitted information for any of the above reasons, a statement explaining this will be provided in the relevant section.

Unless stated as otherwise, all figures contained in this disclosure are based on Sparrows’ audited annual reports for the year ending 31 December 2019.


These Pillar 3 disclosures will be reviewed on an annual basis as a minimum. The disclosures will be published as soon as is practical following the finalisation of Sparrows’ Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (“ICAAP”) and its annual accounts.


The information contained in these disclosures has not been audited by Sparrows’ external auditors and does not constitute any form of financial statement.


Sparrows’ Pillar 3 disclosures are published on its website.

Scope and application of CRD requirements

These disclosures are made in respect of Sparrows, a BIPRU firm authorised and regulated by the FCA, providing  financial advice and discretionary investment management services.

Risk management objectives and policies

Sparrows’ risk management policy reflects the FCA requirement that it must manage a number of different categories of risk. These include: liquidity; credit; interest rate; market; and operational risks.

  1. Liquidity risk

Sparrows manages all cash and borrowing requirements to maximise potential interest income whilst ensuring it has sufficient liquid resources to meet the continued operating needs of its business. This is supported by a robust budgeting and forecasting process which has the full involvement of the senior management team.

  1. Credit risk

The main credit risk for Sparrows relates to income from fees, the risk being that a client does not pay amounts due for services provided by Sparrows.  Quarterly management fees are charged to clients based on a percentage of the client’s assets under management.  Concentration risk is defined as the risk of loss of income through external changes having a disproportionate impact on overall income due to a reliance on revenue from certain sectoral, geographic areas and/or businesses.  Credit risk concentrations include significant exposure to an individual client or group of clients and credit exposures to clients in the same economic sector or geographic region.

A significant proportion of Sparrows’ income is received from clients that are part of the same group as Sparrows’ major shareholders.  This ongoing interest in the activities of Sparrows by the group mitigates the risk of the group jeopardising Sparrows’ income flow.

Sparrows is exposed to country risk as a number of clients are based in a non-European Economic Area country.  As these clients are all high net worth or ultra-high net worth long-term investors with spare capital invested in globally diversified liquid financial instruments, the risk of being unable to meet unforeseen financial needs and payment of Sparrows’ fees is low.

Based on the analysis of concentration risk, the risk of non-payment of fees has been assessed as minimal.

  1. Interest rate risk

Sparrows has no exposure to interest rate risk.

  1. Market risk

The main market risk for Sparrows relates to falls in value of assets under management following a market downturn, which would lead to lower management fees. To mitigate its market risk, Sparrows regularly analyses various different economic scenarios to model the impact of economic downturns on its financial position.

  1. Operational risk

Operational risk is defined as the potential risk of financial loss or impairment to reputation resulting from inadequate or failed internal processes and systems, from the actions of people or from external events.

Major sources of operational risk include: outsourcing of operations, IT security, internal and external fraud, implementation of strategic change and regulatory non-compliance.

Sparrows operates a robust risk management process which is regularly reviewed and updated by the Board. The Board formally reviews all significant risk issues annually as part of the ICAAP.

All senior members of staff bear responsibility for internal controls and the management of business risk as part of their accountability to the Board.  All staff are responsible for identifying the risks surrounding their work, implementing controls over those risks and reporting areas of concern to their senior member of staff.

  1. Other risks

Sparrows operates a simple business model. Accordingly, many of the specific risks identified by the FCA do not apply.

Capital resources

Pillar 1 requirement

In accordance with the FCA rule GENPRU 2.1.45R (calculation of variable capital requirement for a BIPRU firm), Sparrows’ capital requirement has been determined as being its fixed overhead requirement and not the sum of its credit risk capital requirement and its market risk capital requirement.

The Pillar 1 capital requirement for Sparrows was £245,000 as at 31 December 2019.

Pillar 2 requirement

Sparrows’ overall approach to assessing the adequacy of its internal capital is set out in its ICAAP report. The ICAAP involves separate consideration of risks to Sparrows’ capital, combined with stress testing using scenario analysis. The level of capital required to cover risks is a function of impact and probability. Sparrows assesses impact by modelling the changes in its income and expenses caused by various potential risks over a 1-year time horizon. Probability is assessed subjectively. In addition, Sparrows has reviewed the outputs of its risk reviews to quantify any risks identified. This has identified a number of key business risks, which (having reviewed the guidance in BIPRU 2.2.61-65) Sparrows has classified against the risk categories outlined in FCA rule GENPRU 1.2.30R.

Sparrows Pillar 2 capital requirement, which is its own assessment of the minimum amount of capital that it believe is adequate against the risks identified, has been assessed as greater than its Pillar 1 requirement.

There is a considerable surplus of reserves above the capital resource requirement deemed necessary to cover the risks identified.

Regulatory capital

The main features of Sparrows’ capital resources for regulatory purposes, as at 31 December 2019 are as follows:

Capital item: £000
Tier 1 capital (called up share capital, share premium account, profit and loss account, externally verified interim net profits) 2,662
Total of Tier 2 and Tier 3 capital (broadly long and short term subordinated loans)  –
Deductions from Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital  –
Total capital resources, net of deductions 2,662


Sparrows holds regulatory capital in accordance with the CRD. All such capital is classified as Tier 1 capital and is therefore of the highest quality.

Remuneration Code Disclosures

Sparrows is subject to the BIPRU Remuneration Code. This section provides further information on Sparrows’ remuneration policy.

BIPRU Remuneration Code Staff

Sparrows has identified, and maintains a record of, BIPRU Remuneration Code staff (“Code staff”), i.e. staff to whom the BIPRU Remuneration Code applies. This includes senior management and members of staff whose actions may have a material impact on Sparrows’ risk profile. All of Sparrows’ Code staff fall into the “senior management” category of Code staff (rather than the “risk taker” category) for the purposes of the BIPRU Remuneration Code.

Decision Making / Remuneration Committee

Sparrows does not have a Remuneration Committee. The Board is responsible for Sparrows’ remuneration policy including determining the framework and policy for remuneration and ensuring it does not encourage undue risk taking; agreeing any major changes in remuneration structures; reviewing the terms and conditions of any new incentive schemes and in particular, considering the appropriate targets for any performance related remuneration schemes; and considering and recommending the remuneration policy for senior staff taking into account the appropriate mix of salary, discretionary bonus and share based remuneration.

In determining remuneration arrangements, the Board will give due regard to best practice and any relevant legal or regulatory requirements including the BIPRU Remuneration Code.

Link between pay & performance

There is a discretionary variable pay element to the Sparrows’ remuneration package.

Quantitative information on remuneration

The FCA rules require certain firms to disclose aggregate information on remuneration in respect of its BIPRU Remuneration Code staff broken down by business area, senior management and other Code staff, including “risk takers”.

Sparrows has only one business area – investment management & advice.

Sparrows has 5 Directors but no “risk takers”. Director remuneration is agreed formally at Board meetings. The link between performance and pay is inevitable in a small firm, but Sparrows’ risk adverse strategy and robust risk management systems mitigate any risks.

Privacy Policy

At Sparrows Capital we are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our visitors. This Privacy Policy explains what happens to any personal data that you provide to us, or that we collect from you whilst you visit our site.

We do update this Policy from time to time so please do review this Policy regularly.

Information We Collect

In running and maintaining our website we may collect and process the following data about you:

  1. Information about your use of our site including details of your visits such as pages viewed and the resources that you access. Such information includes traffic data, location data and other communication data.
  2. Information provided voluntarily by you. For example, when you register for information or make a purchase.
  3. Information that you provide when you communicate with us by any means.

Use of Cookies

Cookies provide information regarding the computer used by a visitor. We may use cookies where appropriate to gather information about your computer in order to assist us in improving our website.

We may gather information about your general internet use by using the cookies. Where used, these cookies are downloaded to your computer and stored on the computer’s hard drive. Such information will not identify you personally. It is statistical data. This statistical data does not identify any personal details whatsoever.

You can adjust the settings on your computer to decline any cookies if you wish. This can easily be done by activating the reject cookies setting on your computer.

Use of Your Information

We use the information that we collect from you to provide our services to you. In addition to this we may use the information to provide information to you that you request from us relating to our services and to inform you of any changes to our website or services.

Storing Your Personal Data

In operating our website it may become necessary to transfer data that we collect from you to locations outside of the European Union for processing and storing. By providing your personal data to us, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We do our upmost to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to make sure that your data is treated and stored securely.

Unfortunately the sending of information via the internet is not totally secure and on occasion such information can be intercepted. We cannot guarantee the security of data that you choose to send us electronically. Sending such information is entirely at your own risk.

Disclosing Your Information

We will not disclose your personal information to any other party other than in accordance with this Privacy Policy and in the circumstances detailed below:

  1. In the event that we sell any or all of our business to a buyer.
  2. Where we are legally required by law to disclose your personal information.
  3. To further fraud protection and reduce the risk of fraud.

Third Party Links

On occasion we include links to third parties on this website. Where we provide a link it does not mean that we endorse or approve that site’s policy towards visitor privacy. You should review their privacy policy before sending them any personal data.

Access to Information

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you have the right to access any information that we hold relating to you. Please note that a reasonable charge may be payable.

Contacting Us

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any matter relating to this Privacy Policy at