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The Virtus Dynamic AlphaSector® Fund is a mutual fund offering that features ability to both employ leverage in rising markets and take short positions in declining markets. The Fund has an investment objective of long-term capital appreciation, which it seeks to achieve by taking long and short positions in exchange-traded funds ('ETFs') and/or stocks representing the nine primary sectors of the S&P® 500 Index. The fund intends to employ leverage in the form of borrowing in circumstances where the fund has taken long positions representing four or more sectors, up to a maximum of 30% of the fund's net assets. The fund intends to take short positions in sectors projected to have negative absolute performance, up to approximately 5.5% of the fund's net assets for each such sector, up to a maximum of 50% of the fund's net assets.

The fund may also invest in stocks of primarily large-cap issuers. The fund may invest in a basket of securities to represent a sector if it determines that investment in the ETF for that sector is not feasible or otherwise not in the best interest of the fund.

Effective February 6, 2012 this fund changed its strategy and its name from the Virtus Market Neutral Fund.

Fund Risks

A fund that focuses its investments in a particular industry or sector will be more sensitive to conditions that affect that industry or sector than a non-concentrated fund.

When a fund leverages its portfolio, the value of its shares may be more volatile and all other risks may be compounded.

The fund may engage in short sales, and may experience a loss if the price of a borrowed security increases before the date on which the fund replaces the security.

The value of an ETF may be more volatile than the underlying portfolio of securities the ETF is designed to track. The costs of owning the ETF may exceed the cost of investing directly in the underlying securities.

U.S. government securities may be subject to price fluctuations. An agency may default on an obligation not backed by the United States. Any guarantee on U.S. government securities does not apply to the value of the fund's shares.

The fund's exposure to different asset classes may not be optimal for market conditions at a given time. Asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in declining markets.

The market price of equity securities may be affected by financial market, industry, or issuer-specific events. Focus on a particular style or on small or medium-sized companies may enhance that risk.

Key Stats (as of 4/23/2014)

Inception: 5/1/1998
Ticker: EMNAX
CUSIP: 92828R727
Fund No: 1251
Net Assets by Fund: $2,677,345,454
Net Assets by Class: $993,517,151

Management Team

Howard Present
Howard Present F-Squared Institutional Advisors

Industry start date: 1988

Start date with Fund: 2012

Amy Robinson
Amy Robinson Euclid Advisors LLC

Industry start date: 1979

Start date with Fund: 2012

Euclid Advisors LLC

F-Squared leverages the trading and operational expertise of Euclid Advisors in the management of the AlphaSector® Funds.

F-Squared Alternative

F-Squared strives to deliver long-term outperformance while attempting to avoid short-term performance disappointments. The firm's innovative business model delivers scalable, transparent investment strategies and customizable capabilities to meet investor needs.

Average Annual Total Returns

Monthly Performance (%) (as of 3/31/2014)
  3 Mon. YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
NAV -0.15 -0.15 19.65 9.87 5.60 2.26 1.87
POP -5.89 -5.89 12.77 7.72 4.35 1.66 1.50
Quarterly Performance (%) (as of 3/31/2014)
  3 Mon. YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
NAV -0.15 -0.15 19.65 9.87 5.60 2.26 1.87
POP -5.89 -5.89 12.77 7.72 4.35 1.66 1.50
Index 1.81 1.81 21.86 13.45 7.93 5.47 NA

3 Mon., YTD and 1 Year performance is not annualized.

Index: Dynamic AlphaSector® Linked Benchmark
The Dynamic AlphaSector® Linked Benchmark consists of the S&P 500® Index, a free-float market capitalization-weighted index of 500 of the largest U.S. companies. The index is calculated on a total return basis with dividends reinvested. Performance of the Dynamic AlphaSector® Linked Benchmark prior to 2/6/2012 is that of the Citigroup 90-Day Treasury Bill Index. The index is unmanaged, its returns do not reflect any fees, expenses, or sales charges, and is not available for direct investment.

Sales Charge and Expense

POP (Public Offering Price) performance reflects the deduction of the maximum sales charge of 5.75%. A contingent deferred sales charge of 1% may be imposed on certain redemptions within 18 months on exchanges from a Virtus non-money market fund into a Virtus money market fund and purchases on which a finder’s fee has been paid.

Fund class operating expenses are 3.06%.

Excluding the indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests and expenses related to dividends on short positions and prime brokerage interest expense, fund class operating expenses are 2.45%.

Risk Statistics3 (as of 3/31/2014)

  Fund Index
R2 0.83 1.00
Beta 1.08 1.00
Alpha -4.14 0.00
Std Dev 9.97 8.39
Index: Dynamic AlphaSector® Linked Benchmark

Daily Price (as of 4/23/2014)

NAV Change ($)
13.08 0.01
POP Change ($)
13.88 0.01

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any Virtus Mutual Fund before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. Please contact your financial representative, call 1-800- 243-4361 or visit www.virtus.com to obtain a current prospectus and/or summary prospectus. You should read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.


Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. NAV returns do not include the effect of any applicable sales charges. POP and w/CDSC returns include the effect of maximum applicable sales charges.

Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.

1 Yields/Distributions: Distribution Yield (at NAV) is calculated by annualizing the latest month's distribution and dividing by the NAV on the last business day of the period. SEC Yield represents the net investment income earned by a fund over a 30-day period (7-day period for Money Market Funds), expressed as an annual percentage rate based on the fund's public offering share price at the end of the 30-day period (7-day period for Money Market Funds).

2 Distribution History: Distributions are represented on a cash basis and may be reclassified at year end for tax purposes. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. STCG: Short Term Capital Gain, LTCG: Long Term Capital Gain

3 Risk Statistics:  R2 is a statistical measure that represents the percentage of a fund or security's movements that can be explained by movements in a benchmark index. Beta is a quantitative measure of the volatility of a given portfolio to the overall market. Alpha is a risk adjusted measure of an investment's excess return relative to a benchmark. A positive Alpha indicates that the investment produced a return greater than expected for the risk (as measured by Beta) taken. Standard Deviation measures variability of returns around the average return for an investment fund. Higher standard deviation suggests greater risk. Risk Statistics are calculated using 36 monthly returns.

4 Characteristics: For Equity Funds:Trailing P/E: Per-share stock price divided by the latest12-months Earnings per Share; Price/Cash Flow: Per-share stock price divided by the per-share operating cash flow; Price/Book: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-month per-share Book Value; 3-Year EPS Growth Rate: Average of earnings per share growth for latest 3-year period. The 3-Year EPS Growth Rate is not a forecast of the fund's performance.

4 Characteristics: For Fixed Income Funds:  Duration represents the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed income fund. For example, if a fund's duration is five years, a 1% increase in interest rates would result in a 5% decline in the fund's price. Similarly, a 1% decline in interest rates would result in a 5% gain in the fund's price.



Morningstar Disclosures: 
For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for a variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in an investment category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Ratings are for the A Shares as shown only; other share classes bear different fees and expenses, which affect performance.

Load-waived A share star ratings do not include any front-end sales load and are intended for those investors who have access to such purchase terms (e.g., plan participants of a defined contribution plan). Not all A share mutual funds for which Morningstar calculates a load-waived A share star rating may actually waive their front-end sales load. Therefore, Morningstar strongly encourages investors to contact their investment professional to determine whether they are eligible to purchase the A share without paying the front load.

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