The Virtus Equity Trend Series strives to participate in rising markets while placing an emphasis on preserving capital during major market declines. The Series has an investment objective of long-term capital appreciation. It aims to deliver attractive returns with lower volatility, beta, and correlation over full market cycles.
The Virtus Equity Trend Series employs relative strength analysis provided by Dorsey, Wright & Associates (DWA) to construct a risk-managed portfolio of U.S. equities, prioritizing market segments with the strongest price momentum. Cash equivalents are used for defensive purposes as the model indicates.
Effective May 14, 2015 this series changed its strategy and its name. This document reflects the new investment process.
There is no relationship between Dorsey Wright and Virtus other than a license by Dorsey Wright to Virtus of certain Dorsey Wright trademarks and trade names, and the Dorsey Wright technical analysis (“Technical Analysis”). The Technical Analysis has been created and developed by Dorsey Wright without regard to and independently of Virtus, its business, its development of this product, and/or any prospective investor. The licensing of any Technical Analysis to Virtus is not an offer to purchase or sell, or a solicitation or an offer to buy any securities. A determination that any portion of an investor's portfolio should be devoted to any product developed by Virtus is a determination made solely by the investment advisor serving the investor or the investor himself, not Dorsey Wright or Virtus.
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.
Industry/Sector Concentration: 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.
Allocation: 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.
Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund's prospectus.
Key Stats (as of 2/24/2017)
|Net Assets by Fund:||$4,526,610|
|Net Assets by Class:||$4,401,289|
Industry start date: 1999
Start date with Series: 2016
Industry start date: 2003
Start date with Series: 2016
Dorsey, Wright & Associates, LLC
Dorsey Wright's expertise, and the cornerstone of the firm's investment approach, is technical analysis. The firm's research objectively and methodically evaluates a wide array of asset classes, sectors, sub-industry groups, and securities on the basis of price momentum. The proprietary Relative Strength price momentum model is used to rank and select market components for the Series.
Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc.
Virtus Investment Advisers, Inc. ('VIA') serves as investment adviser to Virtus mutual funds and closed-end funds. In this capacity, VIA is primarily responsible for implementing an investment strategy for each fund, and selecting either affiliated or unaffiliated subadvisers to implement an investment management program for each of the funds.
As of 1/31/2017 the Fund was rated 1 stars out of 210 funds and 1 stars out of 192 funds within the Large Blend category for the 3- and 5- year periods, respectively.
Strong ratings are not indicative of positive fund performance.
Average Annual Total Returns
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|Quarterly Performance (%) (as of 12/30/2016)|
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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.
Sales Charge and Expense
The fund class gross expense ratio is 1.73% and reflects the direct and indirect expenses paid by the Fund.
The gross expense ratio minus the indirect expenses incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests is 1.70%.
Risk Statistics3 (as of 12/30/2016)
Daily Price (as of 2/24/2017)
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.
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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