Core Equity

  • Strategy Etfs / funds
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.
Vista employs a Core Equity approach in an effort to achieve long-term returns in excess of the S&P 500 Index, while maintaining a level of risk that is equal to or less than this Index. It attempts to accomplish this by weighting market sectors that appear to be attractively valued relative to the S&P 500. Vista’s equity investment process relies heavily on the analysis of fundamental data to identify attractive investment opportunities.

Vista may take short positions if an arbitrage opportunity arises.
Utilizing analytical software, thousands of companies are screened and scored, based on value, growth, quality and momentum indicators. The analysis of individual companies provides the basis for making investment decisions regarding the relative valuation of market sectors. Investments are made in equity sectors that appear to be undervalued in relation to their earnings, cash flows and growth rates. This portfolio will primarily utilize ETFs, but on occasion may also invests in closed-end funds, individual common stocks, and ADRs.
Vista seeks exposure to all major industry sectors, growth and value stocks, large and small companies and international markets, primarily through the use of ETFs. Although exposure may vary, ETFs investing in large U.S. companies will typically comprise approximately 40% of the portfolio, mid and small company ETFs will also represent about 40%, and international ETFs (including emerging markets) will equal about 20% of the portfolio. The portfolio will typically hold 8 to 12 positions. Rebalancing is done on an ongoing basis. Generally, no individual position will exceed 20% of the portfolio.
When long-term fundamentals negatively change, or a price target is reached, the investment is sold. The partial sale of positions occur in order to rebalance the portfolio to reflect desired targets for various equity sectors.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

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Risk score

  • 11.6%

    Best quarter

  • -17.5%

    Worst quarter

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

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception Jun 22, 2011

as of Dec 08, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 3.0% 2.2%
Quarter-to-date 6.2% 3.6%
Last 365 Days 15.8% 9.7%
Since inception (Annualized) 10.4% 10.7%
2016 (YTD) 16.1% 9.9%
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 Dec 08, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 15.4% 13.7%
Sharpe Ratio 1.00 0.67
Sortino Ratio 1.35 0.88
Maximum Drawdown -12.7% -12.0%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.6% -3.2%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 1.61
Alpha 4.8%
Beta 1.09
R-Squared 0.95


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