PPCA Inc. Profile Picture Investment Adviser



  • EducationUniversity of Chicago; University of Illinois
  • QualificationsMBA

Centric Core

My strategy seeks to invest in large, liquid, high-quality companies that fall between value and growth definitions. As a result, I invest in stocks that I personally believe do not meet the holdings requirements of many other professional money managers. Centric Core portfolio seeks to complement other equity investment strategies. It tends to take on less risk and offer slightly less reward than the S&P 500 over time. Most importantly, my own research suggests that it is less correlated to value and growth than the S&P 500 Index, making it a potentially better source of diversification.

Risk score

Risk Score 3

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • 1.7%
    30 day
  • 4.1%
    90 day
  • 15.4%
    June 05, 2013
Monthly vs S&P500
PPCA Inc. - Centric Core Monthly vs S&P500
-3.3% S.I.
  • $30,000 subscription min
  • 0.5% fee


  • Replicable

Top 5 Holdings View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. Why a diversified portfolio really matters in 2014

    9 April 2014

    Spreading portfolio risk is an effective strategy in this market.

  2. A new approach to building your portfolio's core 10 March 2014
  3. Where we currently stand in global stock markets 9 January 2014
  4. Improving your investment portfolio’s core strength 16 December 2013
  5. Why I like consumer, healthcare and industrials in Q4 23 October 2013

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Inception June 05, 2013

as of April 23, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days 1.7% 1.1%
Past 90 days 4.1% 3.1%
Since Inception 15.4% 18.7%
2014 (YTD) 2.9% 2.1%

Risk metrics

Since Inception

as of April 23, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 7.9% 7.9%
Worst 30 days -4.9% -4.8%
Volatility 11.0% 11.4%
Sharpe Ratio 1.59 1.85
Sortino Ratio 2.33 2.57
Maximum Drawdown -5.5% -5.7%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.5% -2.6%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 1.44
Alpha -1.9%
Beta 0.94
R-Squared 0.95
  • $30,000 subscription min
  • 0.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 5.3
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
04/21/14 NOV National Oilwell Varco Inc Yes Sell $82.37
04/17/14 DUK Duke Energy Corp Yes Sell $73.18
04/17/14 MOS Mosaic Co/The Yes Sell $48.59
04/17/14 HCP HCP Inc Yes Sell $41.03
04/17/14 BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Co Yes Sell $49.11
04/17/14 WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc Yes Sell $77.16
04/17/14 KMP Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP Yes Sell $77.93
04/16/14 SU Suncor Energy Inc Yes Sell $36.41

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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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