Split Rock Profile Picture Investment Adviser

Split Rock

Portfolio Manager,Financial Services,Split Rock

  • EducationCardinal Stritch University
  • QualificationsSeries 65 and 63

North American Shale Energy

  • Asset class Equity
  • Strategy Stock selection
  • Specialist focus Sector focus
Split Rock Private Trading & Wealth Management monitors, evaluates, and then invests in companies with significant exposure to the Bakken formation of the Williston Basin, as well as other major U.S. oil and natural gas shale deposits. These include Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Green River, and Haynesville.
Our strategy is driven primarily by fundamental analysis. We tend to favor companies with consistent growth, stable earnings and dividends, limited debt, low P/E multiples and strong cash flows. We supplement our research with technical analysis that helps to identify trends. In this portfolio, several companies selected might be in their initial growth stage, in which case we invest based on our analysis of growth potential relative to regional peers.
We begin by analyzing all publicly traded companies that have exposure to major shale deposits. We then screen stocks based on fundamental properties, and select equities with the desired statistics and perceived growth potential. We conclude by cross checking our research with other well respected analysts’ recommendations before we make our final selections. Data sources include, but are not limited to Standard & Poors, Morningstar, Kwanti and CNBC.
We typically have 50 or fewer holdings. Each individual stock usually represents between 2 to 15% of the portfolio. Rebalancing is conducted to make either tactical adjustments or based on stock performance.
Our sell discipline is based on many factors including both strategic and tactical adjustments to the portfolio, as well as our ongoing fundamental and technical analysis.
Split Rock may invest in non-shale deposit related energy plays in the event of any unforeseen political, environmental or other events that may negatively affect shale operation and production.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

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Risk score

  • 14.8%

    Best quarter

  • -17.5%

    Worst quarter

  • $20,000 investment min
  • 1% fee
  • Required: Margin account

Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees )
  • S&P 500 Energy ETF


  • Energy
  • Equity Fund
  • Utilities
  • Industrial
  • Diversified

Top 5 securities

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Performance Portfolio inception December 28, 2011

as of May 26, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500 Energy ETF S&P 500
Month-to-date 3.4% -0.6% 1.2%
Quarter-to-date 9.4% 8.4% 1.5%
Last 365 Days -6.7% -14.8% -1.6%
Since inception (Annualized) -0.5% -0.5% 12.4%
2016 (YTD) 16.1% 11.2% 2.3%
2015 -23.2% -23.8% -0.7%
2014 -3.1% -10.6% 11.4%
2013 18.6% 23.9% 29.6%
2012 -4.4% 3.3% 13.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of May 26, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500 Energy ETF S&P 500
Volatility 23.7% 28.6% 16.6%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.30 - 0.53 - 0.11
Sortino Ratio - 0.46 - 0.87 - 0.16
Maximum Drawdown -28.2% -34.3% -14.1%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -5.5% -6.6% -3.9%
vs. S&P 500 Energy ETF vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.63 - 0.32
Alpha 4.7% -3.9%
Beta 0.74 1.04
R-Squared 0.80 0.53

Latest transactions Average trades per month 9.8

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
05/12/16 SLB Schlumberger Ltd Buy $74.68
05/11/16 CNP CenterPoint Energy Inc Sell $22.17
05/02/16 XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund Buy $67.16
04/27/16 NAT Nordic American Tankers Ltd Buy $15.09
04/27/16 STR Questar Corp Sell $25.06
04/27/16 CPGX Columbia Pipeline Group Inc Sell $25.54
04/27/16 STNG Scorpio Tankers Inc Sell $6.54
04/18/16 ALB Albemarle Corp Buy $65.14
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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".
  3. Average client returns are calculated by Covestor and are composed of the asset-weighted average 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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  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. Not all transactions listed will appear in your account due to Covestor's trading rules and individual client constraints. Eligibility of these securities is monitored periodically, and may change over time. Actual client investment holdings may vary.
  10. Index returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an Index. For certain portfolios we use an investable ETF as a benchmark, in these cases returns include management fees, transaction costs and expenses.
  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.
  12. This portfolio uses borrowed funds or leverage to fund investments. Leverage involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. Leverage increases both the amount you may lose and the amount you may make in a portfolio, leading to higher returns in the case of favorable market movements but also larger losses under adverse market conditions. You may also incur additional expenses associated with borrowing funds. You should only select a portfolio using leverage if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in using leverage.