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Investment Opportunity

The fund utilizes a Growth at a Reasonable Price style with macroeconomic and fundamental security analysis to identify the most attractive investment candidates. Provides exposure to the equity REITs market, which has historically had a lower correlation to traditional asset classes. Management believes the value of a REIT extends beyond the value of the underlying real estate. Through fundamental research, the fund managers strive to uncover and exploit market inefficiencies. The team has been employing this same philosophy, process and style for over a decade.

Fund Risks

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.

The fund may be negatively affected by factors specific to the real estate market, including interest rates, leverage, property, and management.

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.

Key Stats (as of 4/23/2014)

Inception: 3/1/1995
Ticker: PHRAX
CUSIP: 92828R586
Fund No: 578
Net Assets by Fund: $1,479,644,824
Net Assets by Class: $780,243,226

Management Team

Geoffrey P. Dybas, CFA
Geoffrey P. Dybas, CFA Duff & Phelps Investment Management

Industry start date: 1989

Start date with Fund: 1998

Frank J. Haggerty, Jr., CFA
Frank J. Haggerty, Jr., CFA Duff & Phelps Investment Management

Industry start date: 1996

Start date with Fund: 2007

Duff & Phelps Investment Management

Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. offers an investment product mix comprised of Global Utilities, Real Estate and Infrastructure portfolios. The product mix emanated from the in-depth fundamental research expertise in income-producing securities that the firm established in 1932.

Morningstar Ratings

Overall Rating Non Load-Waived

As of 3/31/2014 the Fund was rated 2 stars out of 225 funds, 2 stars out of 194 funds and 3 stars out of 145 funds within the Real Estate category for the 3-, 5- and 10 year periods, respectively.

Overall Rating Load-Waived

As of 3/31/2014 the Fund was rated 3 stars out of 225 funds, 3 stars out of 194 funds and 4 stars out of 145 funds within the Real Estate category for the 3-, 5- and 10 year periods, respectively.

Strong ratings are not indicative of positive fund performance.

Average Annual Total Returns

Monthly Performance (%) (as of 3/31/2014)
  3 Mon. YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
NAV 10.95 10.95 5.64 9.98 27.45 8.40 11.93
POP 4.57 4.57 -0.43 7.83 25.95 7.76 11.59
Quarterly Performance (%) (as of 3/31/2014)
  3 Mon. YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
NAV 10.95 10.95 5.64 9.98 27.45 8.40 11.93
POP 4.57 4.57 -0.43 7.83 25.95 7.76 11.59
Index 9.98 9.98 4.16 10.65 28.20 8.22 NA

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

Index: FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index
The FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index is a free-float market capitalization-weighted index measuring equity tax-qualified real estate investment trusts, which meet minimum size and liquidity criteria, that are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ National Market System. The index is calculated on a total return basis with dividends reinvested. 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 1.40%.

Risk Statistics3 (as of 3/31/2014)

  Fund Index
R2 0.99 1.00
Beta 1.03 1.00
Alpha -0.84 0.00
Std Dev 17.01 16.53
Index: FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index

Daily Price (as of 4/23/2014)

NAV Change ($)
36.68 -0.17
POP Change ($)
38.92 -0.18

Distribution History2 (March 2014)

Ex-Date 03/21/2014
Income $0.110000
STCG $0.000000
LTCG $0.000000
Reinvest NAV $35.49

Top Holdings (% Fund)
(as of 3/31/2014)

Simon Property Group, Inc. 10.83
Public Storage 6.65
Prologis, Inc. 6.05
Equity Residential 4.80
General Growth Properties, Inc. 4.69
Macerich Company 4.49
Essex Property Trust, Inc. 4.29
Kilroy Realty Corporation 4.26
AvalonBay Communities, Inc. 4.20
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. 4.11

Top Sectors (% Equity)
(as of 3/31/2014)

Retail: Regional Malls 19.72
Residential: Apartments 17.64
Industrial/Office: Office 11.04
Industrial/Office: Industrial 10.27
Self Storage 10.11

Morningstar Ratings

Overall Rating Non Load-Waived

As of 3/31/2014 the Fund was rated 2 stars out of 225 funds, 2 stars out of 194 funds and 3 stars out of 145 funds within the Real Estate category for the 3-, 5- and 10 year periods, respectively.

Overall Rating Load-Waived

As of 3/31/2014 the Fund was rated 3 stars out of 225 funds, 3 stars out of 194 funds and 4 stars out of 145 funds within the Real Estate category for the 3-, 5- and 10 year periods, respectively.

Strong ratings are not indicative of positive fund performance.

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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