Pure Growth

  • Strategy Stocks
Our Pure Growth portfolio typically invests in equities. It focuses on companies that meet or exceed specific fundamental ratios based on their return on equity, price to earnings to growth ratios, and liquidity.
We employ top-down analysis to target specific sectors for inclusion in the portfolio and bottom-up analysis to pick the individual stocks 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.
For this portfolio, we look at industry sectors that are expected to outperform for the next 18-24 months and allocate assets across those sectors.
We usually start reducing specific positions when their price-to-earnings- to-growth (PEG) ratios exceed 2, or when we believe a particular sector is starting to become overpriced.
We may at times choose to hold a well-priced stock in an overpriced sector if we believe that stock has potential to catch up to the valuations of its peers.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 27.7%

    Best quarter

  • -29.3%

    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 -0.1% -0.3%
Quarter-to-date 5.4% 1.1%
Last 365 Days 15.3% 6.9%
Since inception (Annualized) 0.8% 9.6%
2016 (YTD) 22.4% 7.2%
2015 -21.3% -0.7%
2014 -20.5% 11.4%
2013 19.3% 29.6%
2012 15.5% 13.4%
2011 -19.7% -0.0%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of Dec 02, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 21.7% 13.8%
Sharpe Ratio 0.68 0.47
Sortino Ratio 0.98 0.63
Maximum Drawdown -20.6% -12.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -5.0% -3.2%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.66
Alpha 6.5%
Beta 1.31
R-Squared 0.70


  • Industrial
  • Energy
  • Basic Materials
  • Technology
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical

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Portfolio commentary

  1. Profile Picture Stocks for an age of energy abundance 18 February 2016

    Cheap energy has a big upside for some industrial companies

  2. Profile Picture In turbulent times, patient investors win 21 January 2016
  3. Profile Picture How to play energy sector heading into 2016 19 November 2015
  4. Profile Picture Green shoots emerging in energy markets 23 September 2015
  5. Profile Picture Stick with cash-rich stocks amid uncertainty 26 August 2015
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Latest transactions Average trades per month 0.5

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
03/12/15 KR Kroger Co/The Buy $75.88
06/17/14 LINEQ Linn Energy LLC Buy $31.27
01/17/14 NVGS Navigator Holdings Ltd Buy $27.46
01/17/14 PSX Phillips 66 Buy $76.44
01/17/14 WLK Westlake Chemical Corp Buy $122.58
01/14/14 EMC EMC Corp Sell $25.58
09/12/13 LINEQ Linn Energy LLC Buy $28.22
08/15/13 LINEQ Linn Energy LLC Buy $24.50
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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".
  3. Average client returns are calculated by Covestor and are composed of the asset-weighted daily 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, and earnings distributions, and reflect the deduction of Covestor advisory fees, brokerage and other commissions and expenses actually paid by clients.
  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.
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  6. Benchmark returns have been calculated by Covestor using a time-weighted calculation of daily index valuations. More information here.
  7. Leverage indicates the level of margin utilized and is calculated by dividing gross exposure by portfolio net liquidation value.
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  9. Not all transactions listed will appear in accounts 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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