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Vista IM

Vista IM

  • EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh; Penn State University
  • QualificationsMBA, BS, CFA, CPA
  • Investment ExperienceOver 25 years experience
  • Founded2002

Core Equity

Vista Investment Management employs a Core Equity investment strategy for its portfolio portfolio, primarily using ETFs. The primary objective is growth of capital with a moderate level of risk. The portfolio is highly diversified and has exposure to virtually all major equity sectors. Market timing does not play a significant role in Vista's strategy. At all times, Vista will maintain at least an 85% exposure to equity investments.

Risk score

Risk Score 4

Best 30 days


Worst 30 days


  • -0.2%
    30 day
  • 0.5%
    90 day
  • 16.9%
    365 day
    June 22, 2011
Monthly vs S&P500
Vista IM - Core Equity Monthly vs S&P500
-4.4% 12 months
  • $10,000 subscription min
  • Margin account required
  • 0.5% fee


  • Replicable

Top 5 Holdings View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. Tech shares aside, most stocks are reasonably valued

    15 April 2014

    There are bargains out there for the discerning investor.

  2. Beware of frothiness in the stock market 10 January 2014
  3. We've had a remarkable rally since the financial crisis 8 October 2013
  4. Stay cautious with this record stock rally 16 April 2013
  5. Why emerging markets and small companies offer the best growth opportunity 9 July 2012

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Inception June 22, 2011

as of April 16, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Past 30 days -0.2% 0.3%
Past 90 days 0.5% 1.4%
Past 365 days 16.9% 20.8%
Since Inception (Annualized) 13.5% 16.5%
2014 (YTD) 0.4% 1.3%
2013 25.6% 32.4%
2012 20.1% 16.0%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of April 16, 2014 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Best 30 days 8.2% 8.4%
Worst 30 days -5.8% -4.8%
Volatility 11.9% 11.5%
Sharpe Ratio 1.42 1.81
Sortino Ratio 2.02 2.55
Maximum Drawdown -7.0% -5.7%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.8% -2.7%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 1.31
Alpha -3.2%
Beta 1.00
R-Squared 0.94
  • $10,000 subscription min
  • Margin account required
  • 0.5% fee

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 0.4
Executed Symbol Security Replicable Type Price
03/15/13 ZIV VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Medium Term ETN   Buy $30.20
03/15/13 SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF Yes Sell $90.53
12/26/12 SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF Yes Buy $67.74
07/20/12 IJR iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF Yes Buy $73.12
07/20/12 BXUC Barclays ETN+long C Leveraged ETN Linked to S&P 500   Sell $157.43
07/20/12 VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF Yes Buy to cover $39.33
06/22/12 VWO Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF   Sell short $38.63
06/22/12 IIF Morgan Stanley India Investment Fund Inc Yes Buy $14.59

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 that fail Covestor's trading rules, do not reflect any Covestor suitability or risk score restrictions and are exclusive of Covestor fees. More
  3. Average subscription returns ("Avg Sub" or "Avg Client") are calculated by Covestor and are composed of the average, daily, time weighted returns of all active subscriptions to the underlying portfolio. These daily average returns are then linked together for the timeframe requested. In addition, these returns include cash, dividends and earnings distributions, brokerage commissions, Covestor advisory fees, and reflect individual client suitability and risk score restrictions. More
  4. All graph data is as of the end of day for the referenced period, unless otherwise specified. The subscription minimum is the minimum subscription 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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  6. Benchmark returns have been calculated by Covestor using a time-weighted calculation of daily index valuations. Benchmarks presented are total return and therefore inclusive of cash, dividends and earnings distributions but not transaction costs. More
  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. 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.
  11. S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index compiled by Standard & Poor´s Corp. Index returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Individuals cannot invest directly in an Index. S&P 500 index data: S&P/Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies Copyright © 2014.