When I worked for other companies, I was told, “Sell the relationship, not the returns.” But the fact is, the very reason any of us invest is because we WANT returns. And by the way, we do have long-term relationships with many of our clients.

They’re based on our untiring efforts to achieve superior results (and of course, our great service).

I was an undergrad math major, and I trust math. I use my knowledge of it to help create wealth.


While Mike Adams has been managing client accounts for over 32 years, he launched Adams Financial Concepts in January 2005 as an Investment Advisor through Mid-Atlantic Capital Inc. In May 2005 Adams Financial Concepts became a Registered Investment Advisor. So actual returns shown below date to inception in 2005. Results achieved prior to that cannot be verified since he was employed by Wachovia and Dain Rauscher.

2018 Q4 Actual Composit Comparison

Inception date is January 1, 2005. Individual client performance net of all fees and time-weighted is calculated by Morningstar an independent third party. The composite is calculated by AFC.

$100,000 in the composite has grown to $280,266 net of all fees and costs taking a significant dip in the Great Recession but recovering and going on to new highs. . This is the composite average for all accounts. Studies have shown top performing funds will at times trail their benchmark but often then catch up and surpass. (RW Baird, FundX).

Since the bottom in 2009 through 12/31/2018 the AFC composite of all accounts has grown at 14.8% annually net of all fees compared to 14.3% for the S&P 500 TR . In dollar terms, from the bottom $100,000 grew to $ 398,000. As with the drop in 2007-9 followed by the recovery, we anticipate the stock accounts will recover from the drop in the fourth quarter 2018. In fact, now is, in our opinion a great time to put money to work at Adams Financial Concepts, LLC. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Check AFC blogs to view Adams’ outlook going forward.


Profit sharing accounts require a minimum investment of $1,000,000 with a net worth of $2.1 million excluding home. Profit sharing accounts are structured differently than long only accounts, and we believe profit sharing accounts will deliver superior performance with less volatility. If you don’t have $1 million to invest, no problem Do our growth account with the objective of growing to the $1 million. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

Long Short Illustration Q4 2018

The Incentive Fee Program offers the opportunity for accredited investors who only want to share profits. There is no assets under management fee or management fee. Adams Financial Concepts only earns money if you do. If the account value goes down you pay nothing. Profits are calculated as cumulative and on a yearly basis.

AFC's goal is to out-perform the market in the long-term (5 years or longer). We are banking on our ability and offer this program as proof of our confidence. Rule 501 Regulation D of the US Securities and Exchange Commission defines an “accredited investor as one who has a net worth of one million dollars excluding home or an income of $200,000 each year in the last two years or $300,000 combined income (if married) and the expectation to make the same amount this year.


Annual Returns

2018 Q4 Annual Returns (3)
2018 Q4 Annual Returns2

Annual Standardized Deviation

2018 Q4 Annual Standardized Deviation
2018 Q4 Annual Standardized Deviation2

Trailing Returns

2018 Q4 Trailing Returns (2)
2018 Q4 Trailing Returns2

Every year Dalbar and Associates study mutual fund investors and how well their investments do. Their most recent survey covers the last 30 years (January 1, 1985 to December 31, 2014). The average stock mutual fund investor who began with $100,000 on January 1, 1985 would have seen the investment grow to $294,110. On the other hand, invested in the S&P500, that $100,000 would have grown to $2,094,944!

Eugene Fama shared the Noble Prize in 2013 for his work showing fewer than 7% of professional money managers actually do better than their benchmark12. He is not alone in his findings. Charles Ellis and Burton Makiel found fewer




  • Adams Financial Concepts (AFC) Managed Accounts results are net of all fees and expenses. The results are net, net, net.
  • AFC Managed Accounts returns include all active accounts as well as all closed accounts with the same objective: to beat the S&P 500 over the longer-term (10 years).
  • AFC Managed Accounts information in the charts and tables does not include AFC balanced accounts or AFC fixed income accounts which have performance objectives (or benchmarks) different from the growth accounts.
  • The objective for all AFC Managed Accounts in these tabulations have a common objective: “Beat the S&P 500 over the longer-term (10 years).
  • AFC Managed Accounts are concentrated in 8 to 12 securities as opposed to the S&P 500 which is a diversified index. (For further discussion see AFC Investment Philosophy).
  • AFC Managed Accounts include capital gains and losses, both realized and unrealized, but do not include the impact of taxes on capital gains.
  • AFC Managed Accounts tend to have greater volatility than the S&P 500 Index.
  • Minimum Account Size as of 1/1/2008 is $100,000; Prior to 1/1/2008, the minimum account size was $50,000. Several long-term clients of A Michael Adams were allowed to join the Custom Portfolio Wrap program even with less than $50,000 during 2005 and 2006.
  • Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.
  • S&P 500 Index includes dividends reinvested.
  • This summary does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or to enter into any investment advisory relationship and may not be relied upon in connection with any offer or sale of securities.
  • “Luck versus Skill in the Cross-Section of Mutual Fund Returns” published in The Journal of Finance, October 2010 by Eugene Fama and Kenneth French.