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Brendan Ruchert-Dixon

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  • EducationStanford University
  • QualificationsMS, BS
Brendan Ruchert-Dixon
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Beta Blocker

The Beta Blocker strategy uses long and short ETF positions and seeks to achieve absolute returns with very low volatility. The core of the portfolio is made up of index ETFs. Smaller short positions are held in ETFs that I believe have a negative expected return.

Risk score

Risk Score 4

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 0.9%
    30 day
  • 0.0%
    90 day
  • -4.6%
    365 day
    June 01, 2011
Monthly vs S&P500
Brendan Ruchert Dixon - Beta Blocker Monthly vs S&P500
-26.7% 12 months
  • $20,000 subscription min
  • Margin account required
  • 0.5% fee


  • Replicable

Top 5 Holdings 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)
  • Dow Jones Moderate Conservative


Inception June 01, 2011

as of April 22, 2014 Manager (net of fees) Dow Jones Moderate Conservative S&P 500
Past 30 days 0.9% 0.8% 0.8%
Past 90 days 0.0% 1.8% 2.4%
Past 365 days -4.6% 7.9% 22.8%
Since Inception (Annualized) 3.6% 6.0% 15.6%
2014 (YTD) -0.3% 2.4% 2.3%
2013 -3.8% 8.1% 32.4%
2012 6.2% 8.4% 16.0%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of April 22, 2014 Manager (net of fees) Dow Jones Moderate Conservative S&P 500
Best 30 days 3.6% 3.8% 7.9%
Worst 30 days -3.0% -3.6% -4.8%
Volatility 5.2% 4.7% 11.4%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.89 1.67 2.01
Sortino Ratio - 1.39 2.07 2.81
Maximum Drawdown -6.0% -4.6% -5.7%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -1.2% -1.1% -2.6%
vs. Dow Jones Moderate Conservative vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 1.57 - 1.78
Alpha -2.3% 2.1%
Beta - 0.31 - 0.32
R-Squared 0.08 0.48
  • $20,000 subscription min
  • Margin account required
  • 0.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 1.3
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
10/23/13 AAPL Apple Inc Yes Sell $524.87
08/19/13 TMV Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear 3x Shares Yes Sell short $77.05
08/16/13 AAPL Apple Inc Yes Sell $501.09
08/13/13 SLV iShares Silver Trust Yes Buy $20.70
08/13/13 AGQ ProShares Ultra Silver Yes Buy to cover $20.13
08/12/13 ZSL ProShares UltraShort Silver   Buy to cover $83.57
04/17/13 ELD WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund Yes Sell $53.24
04/17/13 AAPL Apple Inc Yes Buy $402.05

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  9. These securities are currently held in the portfolio manager's brokerage account. Holdings in the "Replicable Holdings" table currently pass Covestor's trading rules, subject to individual client constraints. Eligibility for replication may change over time. Actual client subscription holdings may vary.
  10. These transactions were executed in the portfolio manager's brokerage account. Those marked as "Replicable Transactions" 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 subscription trade activity may vary.
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