PPCA Inc. Profile Picture Investment Adviser



  • EducationUniversity of Chicago; University of Illinois
  • QualificationsMBA

Centric Core

  • Additional attributes Large cap
  • Strategy Stocks
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.
I believe my Centric Core portfolio is an alternative to strategies that perform similarly to the S&P 500 Index. It focuses on roughly 45 large-cap U.S. stocks that are not classified as either growth or value. As a result, it tends to perform differently than growth or value investments, similar to the way that mid-cap stocks perform differently than large and small caps.
I start with a list of U.S. stocks with market values generally above $14 billion. Then I apply a value metric that combines earnings yield, dividend yield and a sector-adjusted book value ratio. Then I define the 20% of stocks in the middle of my valuation metric as Centric. The result is a list of about 45 stocks that I believe offer a favorable risk-reward ratio and can potentially help equity investors to complement their other investment strategies.
The strategy is managed to maintain industry and sector neutrality. Stocks are equal-weighted within their respective sectors, in an effort to create a portfolio that is centric by size, as well as by style. The portfolio is rebalanced quarterly.
Stocks are sold either because of a drop in value that makes them no longer attractive to me or because the stocks are no longer in between value and growth parameters.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 8.3%

    Best quarter

  • -4.4%

    Worst quarter

    • 0.5% fee
    • $30,000 min

Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)

Performance Portfolio inception Jun 05, 2013

as of Oct 24, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date -1.8% -0.8%
Quarter-to-date -1.8% -0.8%
Last 365 Days 4.6% 3.7%
Since inception (Annualized) 8.5% 9.0%
2016 (YTD) 5.6% 5.3%
2015 -1.7% -0.7%
2014 13.1% 11.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of Oct 24, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 12.6% 14.1%
Sharpe Ratio 0.33 0.24
Sortino Ratio 0.45 0.32
Maximum Drawdown -9.9% -13.3%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.9% -3.3%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.23
Alpha 1.3%
Beta 0.86
R-Squared 0.93


  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Industrial
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Communications
  • Technology

Top 5 securities

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Portfolio commentary

  1. Profile Picture Market mood shift 12 October 2016

    After a rough start, stock prices have improved this year

  2. Profile Picture Beware the madness of crowds 1 August 2016
  3. Profile Picture Long road ahead for stocks 8 July 2016
  4. Profile Picture Time to rethink core-satellite portfolios 9 June 2016
  5. Profile Picture Why storm clouds still hover over stocks 15 April 2016
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Latest transactions Average trades per month 7.9

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
07/06/16 PCG PG&E Corp Buy $65.15
07/06/16 KR Kroger Co/The Buy $37.37
07/06/16 MRK Merck & Co Inc Buy $58.66
07/06/16 TEL TE Connectivity Ltd Buy $55.26
07/06/16 CVX Chevron Corp Buy $103.78
07/06/16 CAT Caterpillar Inc Buy $74.06
07/06/16 D Dominion Resources Inc/VA Buy $78.57
07/06/16 AON Aon PLC Buy $107.78
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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".
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