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Capital Ideas

Capital Ideas

  • Founded1984

Macro Plus Income

  • Asset class Equity
  • Strategy Stock selection
Our Macro Plus Income portfolio is designed for those with a five-year retirement horizon in mind. It seeks a combination of dividend-paying stocks, as well as growth stocks that are trading at reasonable prices compared to their book value. In addition to common stocks, we may hold high-yield bond Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), master limited partnerships (MLPs), and specialized real estate investment trusts (REITs).
For this portfolio, we primarily invest in growth and income securities. We select stocks using our own proprietary models that take into account economic factors, company fundamentals, and price charting techniques. We pay particular attention to earnings growth and balance sheet strength.
We use both fundamental and technical analysis in making investment decisions. Our information sources include both original and third-party research.
We typically hold 70% in stocks and 30% in bond Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). All of our holdings are subject to continuous review. We keep certain core holdings in ETFs as opposed to individual stocks to help diversify our investments.
Stocks are typically sold when our research indicates that they are fully valued. We may also sell when our research shows that a particular stock can be replaced with a security that we believe has better return potential. Stocks that decline a specific amount from their purchase price or fall through an important technical level may also be sold.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 16.7%

    Best quarter

  • -27.2%

    Worst quarter

  • $20,000 investment min
  • 0.9% fee

Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees )


  • Equity Fund
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • MLP
  • Industrial

Top 5 securities

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Portfolio commentary

  1. capital-ideas/_profile-35x35.jpg Rethinking your ETF strategy

    19 May 2016

    Today's low-rate climate calls for tactical portfolio planning

  2. capital-ideas/_profile-35x35.jpg How the stock market got its groove back 11 April 2016
  3. capital-ideas/_profile-35x35.jpg Oil prices in search of a bottom 9 March 2016
  4. capital-ideas/_profile-35x35.jpg Central banks are out of silver bullets 28 February 2016
  5. capital-ideas/_profile-35x35.jpg Why I’m wading back into energy stocks 16 December 2015
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Performance Portfolio inception February 24, 2010

as of May 27, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 1.7% 1.6%
Quarter-to-date 0.8% 1.9%
Last 365 Days -4.3% -1.0%
Since inception (Annualized) 3.3% 10.8%
2016 (YTD) -3.2% 2.7%
2015 -1.3% -0.7%
2014 1.4% 11.4%
2013 26.8% 29.6%
2012 10.2% 13.4%
2011 -14.1% 0.0%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of May 27, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 20.9% 16.7%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.22 - 0.08
Sortino Ratio - 0.33 - 0.11
Maximum Drawdown -21.3% -14.1%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -4.8% -3.9%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 0.32
Alpha -2.6%
Beta 1.10
R-Squared 0.77

Latest transactions Average trades per month 9.0

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. 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. Not all transactions listed will appear in your account 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.
  10. Index returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an Index. For certain portfolios we use an investable ETF as a benchmark, in these cases returns include management fees, transaction costs and expenses.