About Manley Capital Management

Private Wealth Management | Registered Investment Advisor

Wall Street doesn't put clients first and they charge too much for poor performance and antiquated products and services.

We believe that each client deserves the best financial advice. As a Registered Investment Advisor founded in 2013, Manley Capital Management provides responsible private wealth management services to investors seeking capital appreciation, balanced growth with risk management and a focus on preserving capital.

As CFA Charterholders we are bound by the highest ethical standards and as a Registered Investment Advisor by law, must always act in the client's best interest.

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New Jersey Investment Management

J. Lawrence  Manley, Jr., CFA

Founder and Chief Investment Officer

A message from our founder.

In my experience there are three major obstacles preventing individuals from reaching their investment goals: Wall Street, Human Nature, and Uncle Sam. Individually, each obstacle is formidable but when these two forces are combined, it nearly impossible for many to reach their investment goals of a comfortable retirement, improved living standard or providing a family and/or charitable legacy.

In my view "the street" continues to:

  • Employ many questionable practices, fraught with conflicts of interest
  • Rely on antiquated investment theories (Efficient Markets, MPT)
  • Charge too much for poor performance and/or advice 

Additionally, while most investors are aware that human nature and emotions (fear and greed, and fight or flight) impact their investment decisions, in the past ten to twenty years, research in behavioral finance has led to a better understanding of how investors make decisions.

This research has revealed that humans have many cognitive biases (mental shortcuts) that were hard wired into our DNA 10,000 years ago. While these biases helped our ancestors survive, evolve and prosper, today, they negatively impact our decision making process, especially regarding financial decisions. While most economists and academics believe individuals and markets are always rational and efficient, we are confident that human nature negatively impacts our financial decisions and investors need a strategy to overcome:

  • Fear and Greed, and Fight or Flight
  • Herd Mentality, Gamblers Fallacy and Linear Thinking
  • Loss Aversion (not risk averse), Sunk Cost Effect and Endowment Effect
  • Attribution Bias, Confirmation Bias, Outcome Bias and Recency Bias

As an investment advisor with more than twenty-five years of value investing experience, I have always had a passion for investing and have been lucky enough to spend nearly 25 years managing investment portfolios for pension funds, endowments and high-net-worth families.

I founded Manley Capital Management, LLC to employ a disciplined, institutional investment process to overcome these investment obstacles and partner with clients to grow their savings in a responsible manner that is simple yet sophisticated.

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