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401 Advisor

Founder,Financial Services,401 Advisor

  • EducationUniversity of Rochester
  • QualificationsBA Economics
  • Investment Experience20+ years - Winner of the 2008 Charles H. Dow award
  • Founded1993

Dividend and Income Plus

  • Asset class Equity
  • Strategy Yield
The Dividend and Income Plus portfolio attempts to provide investors with stable value while seeking a target yield of 8%. We attempt to buy high-yielding securities that our research suggests have the financial ability to maintain and possibly raise dividends. We keep as much as 20% of the portfolio liquid for hedging purposes to maintain principal.
We strive to provide stable value while potentially generating a high yield. We typically invest 80% in domestic securities (U.S. stocks, preferred stocks, ETFs, also know as Exchange Traded Funds), and 20% in cash or a U.S. Index fund ETFs for principal stability. Our goal is to manage downside risk, reduce volatility, and sustain capital appreciation. We invest in dividend stocks in an effort to protect investments and reinvests dividends to avoid share erosion through ill-timed distributions at market lows.
We conduct fundamental research using financial statements and other publicly available information. We first performs a top-down overview to assess future dividend prospects and employ award-winning proprietary technical analysis to determine a long, short, or neutral position. We attempt to maximize the effectiveness of hedges by identifying the most appropriate sector based on correlation to the overall portfolio.
The portfolio typically holds a minimum of 10 income-producing securities, plus one or two additional market long or short positions. Holdings tend to increase as individual securities are added and decrease as more ETFs are selected.
We emphasize income generation rather than market return, including low priced securities with stable dividends, and reevaluate those that reduce or suspend dividends. We attempt to hedge against market losses by purchasing short or leveraged-short ETFs in the sector, making it possible to collect dividends while potentially minimizing or reversing portfolio risk.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 13.1%

    Best quarter

  • -8.2%

    Worst quarter

  • $20,000 investment min
  • 1.5% fee

Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees )

Performance Portfolio inception March 04, 2010

as of July 22, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 2.9% 3.6%
Quarter-to-date 2.9% 3.6%
Last 365 Days -5.0% 3.5%
Since inception (Annualized) 6.0% 10.9%
2016 (YTD) 3.0% 6.4%
2015 -3.9% -0.7%
2014 3.6% 11.4%
2013 9.2% 29.6%
2012 6.0% 13.4%
2011 3.2% 0.0%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of July 22, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 14.2% 17.2%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.38 0.18
Sortino Ratio - 0.53 0.25
Maximum Drawdown -19.2% -13.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.3% -4.0%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 0.95
Alpha -7.6%
Beta 0.71
R-Squared 0.73


  • Equity Fund
  • Financial
  • MLP
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Debt Fund

Top 5 securities

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Portfolio commentary

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    9 May 2016

    Apple has plenty to offer income-focused investors

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  5. 401-advisor/_profile-35x35.jpg Is volatility really such a bad thing for investors? 9 September 2014
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Latest transactions Average trades per month 1.4

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
11/03/14 BKCC BlackRock Capital Investment Corp Buy $8.74
11/03/14 YYY YieldShares High Income ETF Buy $22.96
11/03/14 GSK GlaxoSmithKline PLC Buy $45.42
11/03/14 KKR KKR & Co LP Buy $21.35
11/03/14 PSP PowerShares Global Listed Private Equity Portfolio Buy $11.03
10/20/14 RIG Transocean Ltd Buy $29.23
10/20/14 AMLP Alerian MLP ETF Buy $18.47
10/20/14 PFF iShares US Preferred Stock ETF Buy $39.44
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Important Information

  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  2. Performance of the Portfolio Manager's account is calculated by Covestor on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions and broker commissions. Manager returns include trades and positions that fail Covestor's trading rules, as a result, actual client returns will differ. Covestor advisory fees are simulated and applied retro-actively to present the portfolio return "net-of-fees".
  3. Average client returns are calculated by Covestor and are composed of the asset-weighted average returns of all active client investments (some of which may contain investment restrictions) to the underlying portfolio. These daily average returns are then linked together for the timeframe presented. These returns include cash, dividends, earnings distributions, brokerage commissions and Covestor advisory fees.
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  9. Not all transactions listed will appear in your account due to Covestor's trading rules and individual client constraints. Eligibility of these securities is monitored periodically, and may change over time. Actual client investment holdings may vary.
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