Discover the Benefits of a GARP Investment with These Experts

  • Growth at a reasonable price (GARP) is an investment theory that is based on the firm belief that stocks should be purchased only when a company has demonstrated consistent earnings growth.
  • Most investors take one of two approaches to GARP investing.
  • P, or growth at a reasonable price, is an investment theory that is based on the firm belief that stocks should be purchased only when a company has demonstrated consistent earnings growth.
  • P investing involves buying companies where earnings are growing faster than their cost of capital.
  • Investors can buy a broad universe of stocks that exhibit this characteristic, including small-cap stocks, mid-cap stocks, or large-cap stocks.

GARP (growth at a reasonable price) is an investment theory that is based on the belief that stocks should be purchased only when a company has demonstrated consistent earnings growth.
The theory was developed by Professor Burton Malkiel of Princeton University and was originally coined as the "GARP strategy" in 1973. Most investors take one of two approaches to GARP investing.

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Eric Gross is the Chief Investment Strategist of The Gross Family of Funds. A 25-year veteran of the financial markets, he is a noted authority on global markets and commodities, and a frequent guest of CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and Bloomberg Radio. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and forums, he is the author of many highly regarded investment books, including, most recently, "The GARP Investment Philosophy: Leveraging the Power of Diversification."

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David Swensen is an Investment Officer at Yale University responsible for managing $37 billion in Yale's endowment.

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Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley's Global Allocation \
"In today's dynamic world, investors face a wide number of opportunities and risks, from health and technology breakthroughs to geopolitical risks. We believe investors need a robust, diversified portfolio that is designed to weather a changing environment.
"In 2015, we launched GARP Investing to help investors build portfolios that take advantage of these new opportunities. We designed GARP Investing to capitalize on the unique opportunities that exist in today's marketplace."
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Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley's Global Allocation \
"GARP Investing is all about taking advantage of new investment opportunities that are created by our changing world," says Miller. "The portfolio was originally designed for clients with longer time horizons and broader risk appetites.
"But in today's environment, when investors are searching for higher returns, we believe GARP Investing may be a great option."

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Tony Sagami
Tony Sagami is the chief investment officer at Morgan Creek Capital Management, where he is responsible for firmwide investment strategy. He previously spent 10 years as a portfolio manager at George Soros' Quantum Fund.

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Meet Laurence Meyer

Laurence Meyer is the founder of Laurence Meyer & Associates, which specializes in GARP investing. Meyer's GARP strategies have generated annualized returns of 11% to 12% for over 20 years.
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Brian Rogers is president of Brian Rogers Capital Management, which specializes in GARP strategies. Rogers has managed the Equity GARP Fund (GARPX) since 2002, and the fund has generated annualized returns of 10% to 12% since inception.

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Meet Chris Puplava

Chris Puplava is a former investment banker and founder of Puplava Capital Management, an investment research advisory. He is also the author of "The Modern GARP Investing System" and "The GARP Investing Toolkit."
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Meet David Bianco

David Bianco is a renowned investor, and is the creator of the GARP investing strategy. He is also the author of "The GARP Investing Strategy: Growth at Reasonable Prices." Bianco has been on the Forbes Midas list multiple times and is the winner of the 2010 CFA Research Award.

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Feldstein is a professor at Harvard University and the former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Ronald Reagan. In 2015, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Martin Armstrong is one of the world's most respected investors. His investment company, Armstrong (AFM), provides investors with an alternative to the GARP (growth at a reasonable price) investment strategy.
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Why he recommends GARP investing: "GARP investing allows you to take advantage of opportunities that are missed by broad market indices, like bonds and commodities. GARP investing also allows you to tilt your portfolio toward asset classes that are likely to outperform in uncertain times."
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Why he recommends GARP investing: "GARP investing lets you take advantage of macroeconomic trends, but in a way that's uncorrelated to broad market indices. It's designed to create a portfolio that performs well over the long term, even when economic conditions are uncertain."
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Why he recommends GARP investing: "GARP investing is a simple way to build a diversified portfolio that takes into consideration both macroeconomic trends as well as individual company fundamentals. It enables you to invest in asset classes that are more likely to outperform over time."
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Meet Jeff Gundlach

Chief Investment Officer, DoubleLine
310 Wall St, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

"The GARP (Growth at a Reasonable Price) investment philosophy is based on the idea that long-term, high-quality growth that exceeds inflation can be achieved with a disciplined and diversified approach to stock picking. The portfolio is made up of companies that we believe have attractive long-term growth prospects and that are trading at a reasonable price," explained Gundlach, CFA, CAIA, CIM, who is quoted as an expert on GARP investing.

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Inverse volatility strategy (GARP)
First, what is a GARP investment? GARP is an investment strategy that involves the purchase of short-term, inverse-duration investment strategies, such as VIX futures and options, that use futures and options on VIX futures.

GARP is an investment strategy that attempts to profit from a decline in volatility. If volatility declines, investors are able to enjoy stable markets. If volatility increases, investors can suffer losses.