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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

Seasonal ETF Growth

The Seasonal ETF Growth Portfolio attempts to invest aggressively in months when US stock market returns are historically strong. Conversely, it typically dials back the risk in the months when stock market gains are historically weak. It accomplishes this goal by strategically shifting from either low beta or low-volatility Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to more aggressive ones.

Risk score

Risk Score 3

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 1.9%
    30 day
  • 3.2%
    90 day
  • 11.2%
    365 day
    July 09, 2012
Monthly vs S&P500
401 Advisor - Seasonal ETF Growth Monthly vs S&P500
-4.2% 12 months
  • $10,000 investment min
  • Margin account required
  • 1.5% fee


  • Equity Fund
  • Technology
  • Financial
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Industrial

Top 5 securities View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. Too early for the bears to growl

    2 March 2015

    Technical indicators don't point to a big market downturn.

  2. Is volatility really such a bad thing for investors? 9 September 2014
  3. What investors should watch in the second half of 2014 2 July 2014
  4. A little perspective on the market's all-time highs 17 June 2014
  5. Sell in May: Treading water, for now 15 May 2014

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Covestor inception July 09, 2012

as of May 28, 2015 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days 1.9% 0.5%
Past 90 days 3.2% 1.3%
Past 365 days 11.2% 13.3%
Since Covestor inception (Annualized) 10.0% 19.4%
2015 (YTD) 8.5% 3.9%
2014 2.3% 13.7%
2013 17.3% 32.4%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of May 28, 2015 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 8.6% 9.7%
Worst 30 days -6.2% -6.7%
Volatility 12.8% 11.8%
Sharpe Ratio 0.87 1.13
Sortino Ratio 1.22 1.65
Maximum Drawdown -8.5% -7.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.0% -2.7%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 0.38
Alpha -1.5%
Beta 0.98
R-Squared 0.80
  • $10,000 investment min
  • Margin account required
  • 1.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 1.6
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
11/05/14 EXP Eagle Materials Inc Yes Buy $83.14
11/05/14 SPHB PowerShares S&P 500 High Beta Port ETF Yes Buy $33.89
11/05/14 AAPL Apple Inc Yes Buy $108.78
11/05/14 AVGO Avago Technologies Ltd Yes Buy $86.42
11/05/14 WLL Whiting Petroleum Corp Yes Buy $57.94
11/05/14 V Visa Inc Yes Buy $248.98
11/05/14 SIG Signet Jewelers Ltd Yes Buy $119.78
10/23/14 DIA SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF Trust Yes Sell $167.02

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.
  4. All graph data is as of the end of day for the referenced period, unless otherwise specified. The investment minimum is the minimum investment required to follow a particular portfolio. The minimum amount is determined by Covestor, based on the characteristics of the underlying portfolio. It should not be considered as specific investment advice for your investment situation.
  5. The performance charts are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as the basis for making an investment decision. Variables such as corporate actions or foreign exchange may affect daily performance displays. We rely on mathematical formulas, computer programs, and pricing information from third-party vendors to provide these returns. Neither Covestor nor any of its data or content providers shall be liable for any errors in this information or any actions taken by you in reliance upon this information.
  6. Benchmark returns have been calculated by Covestor using a time-weighted calculation of daily index valuations. Benchmarks presented are total return and therefore inclusive of cash, dividends and earnings distributions but not transaction costs. More
  7. Leverage indicates the level of margin utilized and is calculated by dividing gross exposure by portfolio net liquidation value.
  8. All Portfolio Manager information including personal data, profiles, strategies, monthly investment reports, and historical results outside of Covestor has been provided by the Portfolio Manager. Covestor makes no representation or warranty of its accuracy, completeness or relevance and it does not represent the opinions of Covestor. Transaction history is available upon request. Portfolio classifications are provided by Covestor, and are intended to serve as a general guide.
  9. Transactions that are marked as "Replicable" passed Covestor's trading rules and were eligible for replication at the time of execution, subject to individual client constraints. Eligibility for replication may change over time. Actual client investment trade activity may vary.
  10. Index returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an Index.