About Sharkey, Howes & Javer


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At Sharkey, Howes & Javer, we specialize in people, their money and their choices. We offer our clients peace of mind and the guidance to help them make wise lifetime decisions along their path to success.

Team Approach

We are a team, working in partnership with our clients and their other professional advisors to ensure a comprehensive approach to long-lasting financial decisions.

Our History

We were established in Denver, Colorado in 1990, when Eileen M. Sharkey, CFP®, formed the firm of Sharkey, Howes & Javer, a partnership with Lawrence E. Howes, MBA, CFP® and Joel B. Javer, CLU, CFP®. Since then, our team of professional planners and support staff has grown to serve over 1000 clients.

Industry Acknowledged Certifications

Larry Howes, MBA, AIF®, CFP® is a founder and principal of Sharkey, Howes & Javer, Inc., a firm that provides financial planning and portfolio management to individuals and businesses. He received his MBA from Regis University and Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Metropolitan State College in Denver and was admitted to the Registry of Financial Planning Practitioners in 1986. He received his CFP® designation in 1987. Larry was awarded an AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary, in 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Certified Medical Planner™ (Hon).

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RIA – Yes

Published Authors and Educators

Mr. Howes is an adjunct professor of financial planning at Metropolitan State College – Denver.

Larry teaches the Investment course for the Certified Financial Planning certification program for Metro.

Larry is a featured writer for the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society’s journal entitled Articulator.  Larry is also a featured writer for Colorado Medicine.  In addition, Larry co-authored the Estate Planning and Execution chapter in the book entitled the Financial Planning Handbook for Physicians and Advisors



Clean CRD record – Yes

Clean Criminal record – Yes





More information:

Tammy K. Durnford; MA

Manager of Client Relations


Sharkey, Howes & Javer, Inc.

720 S. Colorado Blvd.

Suite 600 South Tower

Denver, Colorado 80246



Fax 303-759-2335

Website: www.shwj.com

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Using Home Mortgage Brokers

Advantages and Disadvantages

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A physician or other medical professional may consider using the services of a home mortgage broker when s/he does not want to spend much personal time searching for the best loan. Other reasons include poor credit history, low credit ratings level; or similar. Of course, this will cost the doctor-client money, but the expense may be worth it; or not.

Duties and Responsibilities

A mortgage broker’s main responsibility is to represent a physician-borrower to different lenders and to take the borrower through the process of acquiring a loan. These brokers are usually aware of the best lending institutions and where to get the best deals.


However, using a broker has three disadvantages. First, a fee will be charged. Second, some lenders will not work with some brokers. Third, some lenders will add extra fees to their loans to pay the broker’s commission.


During the current financial crisis, the use of this intermediary may be a necessity in some cases. 


And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. What has been your experience using the services of a mortgage broker; if any?

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Independent Medical Practitioner as Solo Primary Care Surrogate

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Doctors Facing a Bleak Future Business and Financial Planning Model

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™


According to Physicians News, on March 19, 2009, the demand for family physicians is growing. Proposals for health system reform focus on increasing the number of primary care physicians in America. Yet, despite these trends, the number of future physicians who chose family medicine dipped this year, according to the 2009 National Resident Matching Program. What gives?


The National Resident Matching Program [NRMP] recently announced that a total of 2,329 graduating medical students matched to family medicine training programs. This is a decrease in total student matches from 2008, when 2,404 family medicine residency positions were filled.

Primary Care Demand Explodes

Meanwhile, demand for primary care physicians continues to skyrocket. For example, in its most recent recruitment survey, Merritt Hawkins, a national physician recruiting company, reported primary care physician search assignments had more than doubled from 341 in 2003 to 848 last year. 

The Decline of Solo Medical Practitioners

Regular readers and subscribers to this Medical Executive- Post are aware of the declining number of solo medical practitioners; we have been sounding the alarm here, in our books, journal, speaking engagements and elsewhere for years now.dhimc-book4

In fact, the statistic that we often cite is that more than 40% of the nation’s physicians are employed doctors; not employers as in the past. This business model shift has occurred over the past decade or so, and has accelerated of late. The decline in solo and independent doctors has occurred elsewhere as well, but much more slowly [i.e., dentistry, podiatry and osteopathy] as these specialties have been somewhat isolated from the traditional allopathic mainstream.

Going forward, this solitary model seems to be a good thing, and a fortunate result of the un-intended consequence of previously keeping these folks out of the healthcare mainstream.

The Decline of Independent Medical Practitioners

Now, in the March 2009 issue of Healthcare Finance News, we learn that the number of hospital owned physician practices has been climbing over the last four years, according to the Medical Group Management Association [MGMA]. Think: PHOs back-in-the-day. ho-journal3

And, while this trend only marginally affects patients and patient care, it is quite disruptive to physicians, their families, personal wealth accumulation, retirement and estate planning endeavors.

For example, according to Professor Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP™ of our firm www.MedicalBusinessAdvisors.com

“The professional good-will valuation component of a medical practice is being decimated. Today, some practices are being bought and sold for tangible asset value, only.


Therefore, allow me to identify this emerging trend which suggests independent medical practice as reflective of solo primary medical care. In other words, as independence goes the way of the “dodo-bird”, so goes primary care practitioners precisely at a time when the later is needed more than the former.

Why? Employed doctors stay that way by making money for their employer and hospital-bosses. Specialists make more money than primary care doctors. So, if you want to stay an employed doctor; which specialty would you pursue?

Answer: The NRMP class this year spoke out loud and clear. Any specialty but primary care!

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