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The fund seeks long-term capital appreciation with lower volatility than broad stock market indices by investing in a portfolio of primarily large-capitalization U.S. equity securities or exchange traded funds (ETFs) designed to produce returns generally in line with the S&P 500® Index. The fund will be selling (writing) equity index call options to monetize the volatility inherent in the equity market and buying call options on CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) futures with the objective of insulating the portfolio from significant market declines. The fund may provide attractive diversification benefits to investors through a risk/return profile that seeks to deliver lower beta, relative to traditional equities.

Fund Risks

Equity Securities: The market price of equity securities may be adversely 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.

Exchange Traded Funds: 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.

Call Options: Selling call options may limit a fund's opportunity to profit from the increase in price of its underlying portfolio. Buying call options risks the loss of the premium paid for those options.

Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund's prospectus.

Key Stats (as of 2/22/2017)

Inception: 6/11/2013
Ticker: VLVAX
CUSIP: 92828W650
Fund No: 2420
Net Assets by Fund: $2,489,114
Net Assets by Class: $573,150

Management Team

Warun Kumar
Warun Kumar Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC

Industry start date: 1993

Start date with Fund: 2016

Michael Davis
Michael Davis Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC

Industry start date: 1999

Start date with Fund: 2016

Brendan R. Finneran, CMT
Brendan R. Finneran, CMT Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC

Industry start date: 2003

Start date with Fund: 2013

Robert F. Hofeman, Jr.
Robert F. Hofeman, Jr. Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC

Industry start date: 2002

Start date with Fund: 2013

Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC

Rampart Investment Management strives to generate incremental yield and dampen portfolio volatility through the use of systematic and disciplined options solutions.

Morningstar Ratings

Overall Rating

As of 1/31/2017 the Fund was rated 3 stars out of 77 funds within the Option Writing category for the 3-year period.

Strong ratings are not indicative of positive fund performance.

Average Annual Total Returns

Monthly Performance (%) (as of 1/31/2017)
  3 Mon. YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
NAV 3.24 0.17 4.24 3.98 NA NA 5.45
POP -2.70 -5.59 -1.75 1.94 NA NA 3.75
Quarterly Performance (%) (as of 12/30/2016)
  3 Mon. YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR Since Inception
NAV 1.73 -0.59 -0.59 2.62 NA NA 5.53
POP -4.12 -6.31 -6.31 0.62 NA NA 3.79
Index 3.82 11.96 11.96 8.87 14.66 6.95 NA
Index 2 2.64 7.07 7.07 5.98 7.24 4.28 NA

Index: S&P 500® Index
The S&P 500® Index is 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. The index is unmanaged, its returns do not reflect any fees, expenses, or sales charges, and is not available for direct investment.

Index 2: CBOE S&P 500 Buywrite Index
The CBOE S&P 500 Buywrite Index is a passive total return index based on buying an S&P 500 stock index portfolio and writing (or selling) the near-term S&P 500 Index (SPXSM) covered call option. 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 purchases on which a finder’s fee has been paid.

The fund class gross expense ratio is 3.16%. The net expense ratio is 1.75%, which reflects a contractual expense reimbursement in effect through 01/31/2018. This ratio reflects the direct and indirect expenses paid by the Fund.

The net expense ratio minus the indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests is 1.55%.

Risk Statistics3 (as of 12/30/2016)

  Fund Index
R2 0.76 1.00
Beta 0.67 1.00
Alpha -3.22 0.00
Std Dev 8.16 10.59
Index: S&P 500® Index

Daily Price (as of 2/22/2017)

NAV Change ($)
12.15 0.01
POP Change ($)
12.89 0.01

Top Holdings (% Fund)
(as of 12/30/2016)

Powershares S&p 500 Quality Portfolio 98.14
Vix Us 01/04/17 C14 0.15
S&p Index 0.00

Top Sectors (% Equity)
(as of 12/30/2016)

Industrials 19.96
Consumer Discretionary 19.65
Information Technology 17.72
Consumer Staples 17.33
Materials 8.03

(as of 12/30/2016)

Avg Weighted Market Cap (bn) $96.98
Median Market Cap (bn) $23.81
Trailing P/E 18.13x
Price-to-Book Value 6.30
3-Year EPS Growth Rate 1.88

Morningstar Ratings

Overall Rating

As of 1/31/2017 the Fund was rated 3 stars out of 77 funds within the Option Writing category for the 3-year period.

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 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 (a) annualizing the latest distribution for fixed income funds or funds less than 1 year old (b) summing all distributions over the preceding 12 months for all other funds, and dividing the NAV on the last business date of the period. SEC Yield represents the net investment income earned by a fund over a 30-day period, expressed as an annual percentage rate based on the fund's public offering share price at the end of the 30-day period.  Gross SEC Yield represents the yield if there were no expense reimbursements.

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:
The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product 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 managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

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