Growth Plus Income

  • Strategy Etfs / funds
Our Growth Plus Income portfolio seeks to target an annual yield of 5%. We use both dividend-paying stocks and bond Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) in this growth- and income-oriented portfolio.

The equity portion of the portfolio holds positions in multiple industry sectors. The income portion includes commodity trusts, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and ETFs.
We employ top-down analysis to target specific sectors for inclusion in the portfolio and bottom up analysis to pick individual equities within those sectors.
We primarily conduct our own fundamental research. Our third-party research comes from Morningstar, S&P Research, and several industry-specific investment newsletters.
We tend to invest in industry groups and sectors that we believe will outperform. We typically include income-generating positions in the portfolio.
We close positions as they become overpriced or if their price-to-earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratios are over 2. Income-oriented positions will be held as long as we believe that the company can continue to pay dividends.
We keep an eye on companies that may raise their cash distributions to shareholders. We will determine our strategy with regard to these holdings on a case-by-case basis.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

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Risk score

  • 30.0%

    Best quarter

  • -19.0%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.5% fee
    • $20,000 min

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception Apr 18, 2010

as of Dec 02, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date -0.3% -0.3%
Quarter-to-date 2.9% 1.1%
Last 365 Days 13.0% 6.9%
Since inception (Annualized) 2.2% 9.6%
2016 (YTD) 21.1% 7.2%
2015 -29.5% -0.7%
2014 -5.0% 11.4%
2013 11.7% 29.6%
2012 5.2% 13.4%
2011 -5.7% -0.0%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of Dec 02, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 20.6% 13.8%
Sharpe Ratio 0.61 0.47
Sortino Ratio 0.90 0.63
Maximum Drawdown -20.2% -12.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -4.8% -3.2%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.47
Alpha 5.2%
Beta 1.19
R-Squared 0.63


  • Industrial
  • MLP
  • Energy
  • Technology
  • Basic Materials

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Portfolio commentary

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 0.6

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
03/12/15 HD Home Depot Inc/The Buy $115.71
03/12/15 DIS Walt Disney Co/The Buy $106.39
06/17/14 LINEQ Linn Energy LLC Buy $31.27
06/17/14 APC Anadarko Petroleum Corp Buy $107.58
01/14/14 PSEC Prospect Capital Corp Buy $11.19
01/14/14 EMR Emerson Electric Co Buy $68.85
09/12/13 ETN Eaton Corp PLC Buy $67.24
09/12/13 KMP Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP Buy $79.94
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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 reflects the deduction of 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 retroactively to present the portfolio return "net-of-fees".
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