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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, 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.


  • -4.7%

    Month to date

  • -10.1%

    Quarter to date

  • -10.1%

    Year to date

  • Quarterly vs S&P500

    Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 11.6%

    Best quarter

  • -17.5%

    Worst quarter

  • $10,000 investment min
  • 0.5% fee
  • Required: Margin account


  • Equity Fund

Top 5 securities View all


Portfolio commentary

  1. US stock valuations improve amid market turmoil

    19 October 2015

    The correction has burned off the market's speculative froth.

  2. Rates, earnings shape stock market contours 27 July 2015
  3. The stock market's Fed dependency problem 22 April 2015
  4. US stocks are still the best place to invest 13 January 2015
  5. This bull market is looking wobbly 15 October 2014

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Performance detail

  • Manager (net of fees)


Portfolio inception June 22, 2011

as of February 10, 2016 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Month-to-date -4.7% -4.6%
Quarter-to-date -10.1% -9.4%
Last 365 Days -13.9% -10.5%
Since inception (Annualized) 6.3% 8.2%
2016 (YTD) -10.1% -9.4%
2015 -3.8% -0.7%
2014 7.8% 11.4%
2013 25.6% 29.6%
2012 20.1% 13.4%

Risk metrics

Last 365 days

as of February 10, 2016 Manager (net of fees) S&P 500
Volatility 16.3% 16.2%
Sharpe Ratio - 0.87 - 0.66
Sortino Ratio - 1.21 - 0.92
Maximum Drawdown -18.4% -13.1%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.8% -3.8%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio - 0.98
Alpha -4.1%
Beta 0.98
R-Squared 0.95

Latest transactions View all

Average trades per month 0.3
Executed Symbol Security Type Price
01/13/16 IJR iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF Buy $99.80
01/13/16 IJH iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF Buy $127.50
02/11/15 VEA Vanguard FTSE Developed Markets ETF Buy $38.79
02/11/15 XLE Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund Buy $78.95
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 Sell $90.53
12/26/12 SVXY ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF Buy $67.74
07/20/12 IJR iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF Buy $73.12

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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  6. Benchmark returns have been calculated by Covestor using a time-weighted calculation of daily index valuations. 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. 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.