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Brendan Ruchert-Dixon

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  • EducationStanford University
  • QualificationsMS, BS
Brendan Ruchert-Dixon
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Alpha Trapper

The Alpha Trapper strategy takes a long-short approach. It seeks balanced growth for the long investments. I also take short positions in ETFs in an effort to help me hedge the total investment risk and to add to potential returns.

Risk score

Risk Score 4

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 13.9%
    30 day
  • 4.8%
    90 day
  • -5.7%
    365 day
    December 02, 2010
Monthly vs S&P500
Brendan Ruchert Dixon - Alpha Trapper Monthly vs S&P500
-38.2% 12 months

Portfolio currently closed to new investors. Let me know if space becomes available.

  • $20,000 investment min
  • Margin account required
  • 1.5% fee


Top 5 securities View all

Portfolio commentary

  1. I pounced when Apple fell below $425

    11 March 2013

    Apple has a low PE, an incredible balance sheet, and potential for further growth.

  2. My two resolutions for 2013 26 December 2012
  3. My investment in Best Buy has yet to deliver 20 November 2012
  4. Going long Best Buy and short natural gas 7 October 2012
  5. Fed stimulus will deliver only a short term sugar buzz for stocks 6 September 2012

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Covestor inception December 02, 2010

as of October 30, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days 13.9% 1.3%
Past 90 days 4.8% 4.1%
Past 365 days -5.7% 15.5%
Since Covestor inception (Annualized) 6.0% 15.8%
2014 (YTD) 3.1% 9.7%
2013 -16.1% 32.4%
2012 8.5% 16.0%
2011 29.9% 2.1%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of October 30, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 18.5% 7.9%
Worst 30 days -10.0% -6.7%
Volatility 18.4% 11.0%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.31 1.41
Sortino Ratio - 0.57 1.85
Maximum Drawdown -20.8% -7.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -4.3% -2.5%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 0.75
Alpha 17.2%
Beta - 1.42
R-Squared 0.72

Portfolio currently closed to new investors. Let me know if space becomes available.

  • $20,000 investment min
  • Margin account required
  • 1.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 3.4
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
10/15/14 FXY CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust Yes Buy to cover $91.98
10/15/14 UPRO ProShares UltraPro S&P 500 Yes Buy to cover $94.72
10/15/14 SQQQ ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ Yes Buy to cover $45.49
10/15/14 FAS Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X Shares Yes Buy to cover $85.36
10/15/14 UNG United States Natural Gas Fund LP Yes Buy to cover $20.32
10/15/14 UCO ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil Yes Buy to cover $23.69
10/15/14 SCO ProShares UltraShort Bloomberg Crude Oil Yes Buy to cover $38.65
10/15/14 SLV iShares Silver Trust Yes Sell $16.72

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  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 average, time-weighted 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. 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.
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