Eric Linser Profile Picture Investment Adviser

Eric Linser

Avant Garde Advisors

Eagle Portfolio

  • Strategy Stocks
Together, the combination of short-term disappointment and long-term value define a statistically mis-priced opportunity that we can exploit to the benefit of our investors.
We constantly search over 2,200 companies for those rare cases where short-term disappointment causes general opinion to turn negative but where, to the contrary, our long-term “quality of the business” analysis finds hidden value. We expect that, over time, the long-term value of the business will triumph over short term distractions, to the benefit of our investors.
We maintain a real-time, proprietary database of over 2,200 companies with over 1,100 input data points per company – plus historical analytic data going back to 1990. This huge resource allows us to execute the methodology of our portfolio.
Long-term, equities-only approach. We go where the opportunities are, one company at a time. To achieve a satisfactory balance of diversification, tax efficiency, and minimal market disturbance, the portfolio is limited to 60-70 stocks.
Our Risk Control Model culls those stocks whose statistical characteristics fall to an unacceptable level and our Valuation Model sets a price target which, when reached, will trigger a sale.
Exceptions are few given our discipline. Prior to actual purchase of a stock, and regularly thereafter, a due diligence review is performed to uncover cases where the financial picture of the business cannot be clearly deduced from company financial reports. This is a warning sign we take very seriously and we will typically move on to the next opportunity.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 13.7%

    Best quarter

  • -17.1%

    Worst quarter

  • $50,000 investment min
  • 1% fee
  • Required: Margin account

Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees )

Performance Portfolio inception March 30, 2011

as of September 22, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 0.1% 0.3%
Quarter-to-date 3.2% 3.7%
Last 365 Days -0.2% 12.3%
Since inception (Annualized) 6.9% 9.4%
2016 (YTD) -0.4% 6.5%
2015 1.6% -0.7%
2014 7.3% 11.4%
2013 32.0% 29.6%
2012 10.5% 13.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of September 22, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 14.8% 14.7%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.03 0.82
Sortino Ratio - 0.04 1.12
Maximum Drawdown -19.7% -13.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.4% -3.4%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 2.03
Alpha -10.7%
Beta 0.91
R-Squared 0.83


  • Equity Fund
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Financial
  • Technology
  • Misc Funds

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Portfolio commentary

  1. eric-linser/_profile-35x35.jpg Keep calm, carry on

    27 June 2016

    Here's how the Brexit vote will impact your portfolio

  2. eric-linser/_profile-35x35.jpg The ties that bind stocks and oil 22 February 2016
  3. eric-linser/_profile-35x35.jpg Forget China. Focus on Fed and bonds 21 January 2016
  4. eric-linser/_profile-35x35.jpg Will Santa be kind to investors post-rate hike? 30 November 2015
  5. eric-linser/_profile-35x35.jpg The bull market in stocks is far from over 12 September 2014
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  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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  11. This portfolio uses short selling. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
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