Since its founding in 1989, SPARX's mission has been to be the most trusted and respected investment company in the world. In order to achieve this goal, we believe that we need to have a deep understanding of our clients' needs and goals.
SPARX has been a pioneer in introducing the Japanese equity long-short strategy to Japan. Since that time, this strategy has been widely adopted by other investment management companies. Through the past two decades of investing in Asia, SPARX has encountered and overcome significant challenges, but through even the most difficult times, we have prospered by maintaining a singular focus on serving our clients' needs. As an independent asset management company, we align our interests with those of our clients by operating without conflicts such as providing or underwriting services.
We are proud of the fact that our devotion to our clients enabled SPARX to become the first publicly-listed investment advisory company in Japan. We will continue to challenge ourselves to become the most trusted and respected investment company in the world.
We will always strive to achieve bigger goals in an ever-changing environment through our innovation, dedication and flexibility. However, our principles will always be the same. These core principles are represented by what we call the "ARTS Spirit," which all SPARX employees share and understand thoroughly.
The explanation of the "ARTS Spirit" is as follows:
We will always act with an aggressive approach, reflecting our belief that bold and decisive actions enable us to make the best decisions with the best information.
We will always act with speed and precision, reflecting our belief that alertness and agility are the best ways to deal with change.
We will always act with discernment and care, reflecting our belief that innovative knowledge is created when one is meticulous and complete.
We will always act with sympathy and dignity, reflecting our belief that treating clients and colleagues with empathy, sincerity and respect, which will lead to harmony, goodwill and mutual growth.