Why Aspera 

There are numerous options available when it comes to investment advice, and we understand that the process of finding an adviser can be intimidating, stressful, and confusing. Our ambition in establishing Aspera was to build the type of investment advisory firm that we would want to work with if we were the client. Many clients have benefited from our business and investment philosophy, and we take great pride in the fact that a number of financial professionals themselves have turned to Aspera for our expertise.

Our key strength lies in our investment management approach, but the following attributes form the bedrock of our business:


Experience & Performance

When all is said and done, what really matters most to our clients is that their portfolios are successfully managed in a manner consistent with their goals, objectives, and risk tolerance. This is our focus and our core strength. We are an investment firm, not a marketing firm. Most of our clients come to us from client referrals which allows us to spend our time on what really matters - your portfolio. 

Aspera is headed by Ken Bell whose background includes over 25 years of successful research, trading, and portfolio management experience at some of this country’s leading asset management firms. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a CFA® charterholder as well as a CFP® professional. 


Independence & Objectivity

Aspera is not affiliated with or beholden to any other company. We only answer to our clients, and our clients’ best interests are of paramount importance. What's best for our clients is what's best for Aspera.

Aspera provides services on a fee-only basis. We are compensated solely by our clients, and our fee is clearly and explicitly disclosed. We do not charge, receive, or accept loads, commissions, or referral fees. Furthermore, we evaluate our investment performance on an after-fee basis.


Integrity & Trust

As a Registered Investment Advisor, our business is regulated by the state of North Carolina and the North Carolina Investment Advisers Act. We have also adopted a Code of Ethics. We also adhere to the CFA Institute’s ”Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct,” and we adhere to the “Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility” adopted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

Furthermore, Aspera serves its clients in a legal fiduciary capacity. This means that we place each client’s best interests ahead of our own. Of course, we don’t need all of these codes and rules to mandate what is simply good business practice.



Although no one will ever care about our clients’ money as much as they will, we know that we come in a very close second. We are available to our clients at any time, and we make a point of being very responsive to any and all inquiries. Nothing is more important to us than the continued trust, respect, and confidence of our clients.