Dan Plettner Profile Picture Individual Investor

Dan Plettner

Financial Services

  • EducationNew York University; Miami University of Ohio
  • QualificationsMBA, BS
  • Investment ExperienceApproximately 20 years


The Core Total Return investment strategy seeks to exploit inefficiencies in Closed-End Funds. I potentially seek a risk-adjusted total return outperformance versus the S&P 500 index.  The portfolio’s target yield is 3-6% when it is fully invested. That said, I believe that total return is more important than the yield.

Risk score

Risk Score 3

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • -1.0%
    30 day
  • 1.3%
    90 day
  • 5.9%
    365 day
    March 31, 2010
Monthly vs S&P500
Dan Plettner - Core Monthly vs S&P500
-8.5% 12 months
  • $30,000 investment min
  • 1.5% fee


  • Equity Fund
  • Mixed Allocation Fund
  • Debt Fund
  • Financial
  • Preference Shares

Top 5 securities View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. Investing lessons from the NFL

    5 November 2014

    Like NFL fans, investors can overreact to the market scoreboard.

  2. Focusing on income and managing risk 13 August 2014
  3. Diversification is a must in this market 9 June 2014
  4. KIPO: Finding my highest conviction idea off the beaten path 9 April 2014
  5. Anatomy of two short positions in a bull market 21 March 2014

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Covestor inception March 31, 2010

as of March 26, 2015 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days -1.0% -2.7%
Past 90 days 1.3% -1.1%
Past 365 days 5.9% 13.3%
Since Covestor inception (Annualized) 10.4% 14.4%
2015 (YTD) 2.0% 0.3%
2014 6.8% 13.7%
2013 18.8% 32.4%
2012 19.5% 16.0%
2011 0.1% 2.1%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of March 26, 2015 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 7.7% 9.7%
Worst 30 days -6.4% -6.7%
Volatility 8.4% 11.9%
Sharpe Ratio 0.69 1.11
Sortino Ratio 1.04 1.56
Maximum Drawdown -8.3% -7.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.0% -2.8%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 1.11
Alpha -1.8%
Beta 0.60
R-Squared 0.71
  • $30,000 investment min
  • 1.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 2.9
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
12/30/14 SVVC Firsthand Technology Value Fund Inc Yes Buy $18.56
12/30/14 MVC MVC Capital Inc Yes Buy $9.89
10/31/14 BIF Boulder Growth & Income Fund Inc Yes Sell $8.84
10/31/14 BIF Boulder Growth & Income Fund Inc Yes Sell $8.84
10/15/14 CLM Cornerstone Strategic Value Fund Inc Yes Buy $4.42
10/15/14 BIF Boulder Growth & Income Fund Inc Yes Buy $8.25
10/10/14 DRA Diversified Real Asset Income Fund Yes Buy $17.74
10/02/14 NMA Nuveen Municipal Advantage Fund Inc Yes Sell $13.47

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 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.
  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. Benchmarks presented are total return and therefore inclusive of cash, dividends and earnings distributions but not transaction costs. More
  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. 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.
  10. Index returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an Index.