Dan Plettner Profile Picture Individual Investor

Dan Plettner

Financial Services

  • EducationNew York University; Miami University of Ohio
  • QualificationsMBA, BS
  • Investment ExperienceApproximately 20 years
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Well-Intentioned Activism

My strategy seeks to profit from the presence of what I believe is well-intentioned investor activism in Closed-End Funds. My belief is that activist investors can provide a catalyst for unlocking shareholder value. However, I do not personally have control over any activist campaigns. I typically make mid-to-long-term investments and seek to minimize the portfolio turnover.

Risk score

Risk Score 3

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 0.2%
    30 day
  • 2.0%
    90 day
  • 6.3%
    365 day
    August 01, 2010
Monthly vs S&P500
Dan Plettner - Well Intentioned Activism Monthly vs S&P500
-16.3% 12 months
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  • Replicable

Top 5 Holdings View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. KIPO: Finding my highest conviction idea off the beaten path

    9 April 2014

  2. Anatomy of two short positions in a bull market 21 March 2014
  3. MLPs could benefit from bond fund carnage 27 June 2013
  4. Why I'm shorting these three closed-end funds 14 May 2013
  5. Why I'm staying with closed end funds in this market 14 March 2013

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Inception August 01, 2010

as of April 22, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days 0.2% 0.8%
Past 90 days 2.0% 2.4%
Past 365 days 6.3% 22.8%
Since Inception (Annualized) 18.9% 17.9%
2014 (YTD) 3.7% 2.3%
2013 14.5% 32.4%
2012 34.9% 16.0%
2011 4.7% 2.1%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of April 22, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 4.4% 7.9%
Worst 30 days -6.7% -4.8%
Volatility 7.8% 11.4%
Sharpe Ratio 0.81 2.01
Sortino Ratio 1.21 2.81
Maximum Drawdown -7.3% -5.7%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -1.8% -2.6%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 2.01
Alpha -3.6%
Beta 0.47
R-Squared 0.48
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Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 2.5
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
02/21/14 TTF Thai Fund Inc/The Yes Sell $10.40
02/19/14 SWZ Swiss Helvetia Fund Inc Yes Sell $14.39
12/02/13 SVVC Firsthand Technology Value Fund Inc Yes Buy $21.34
09/27/13 USA Liberty All Star Equity Fund Yes Sell $5.47
09/19/13 JGT Nuveen Diversified Currency Opportunities Fund Yes Buy $10.63
08/15/13 SWZ Swiss Helvetia Fund Inc Yes Buy $13.34
08/13/13 ZTR Zweig Total Return Fund Inc/The Yes Buy $13.05
08/12/13 SVVC Firsthand Technology Value Fund Inc Yes Sell $22.87

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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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