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.
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 5/25/2016)
|Net Assets by Fund:||$4,163,690|
|Net Assets by Class:||$1,814,284|
Industry start date: 2003
Start date with Fund: 2013
Rampart Investment Management
Rampart Investment Management uses an array of analytical tools, including a proprietary technology platform, the Rampart Options Management System (ROMS®), to manage client positions and portfolios using domestic and international index and equity options.
Average Annual Total Returns
|Monthly Performance (%) (as of 4/29/2016)|
|3 Mon.||YTD||1YR||3YR||5YR||10YR||Since Inception|
|Quarterly Performance (%) (as of 3/31/2016)|
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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.
Fund class operating expenses are 1.55% and gross operating expenses are 2.90%.
Operating expenses reflect a contractual expense reimbursement in effect through 01/31/2017.
Operating expenses do not include indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests.
Daily Price (as of 5/25/2016)
Top Holdings (% Fund)
|iShares S&P 100 ETF||101.82|
|Vix Us 04/20/16 C23||0.06|
|S&p 500 Index||-2.44|
Top Sectors (% Equity)
(as of 3/31/2016)
(as of 3/31/2016)
|Avg Weighted Market Cap (bn)||$207.84|
|Median Market Cap (bn)||$83.92|
|3-Year EPS Growth Rate||5.92|
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 (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.
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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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