Rampart Enhanced Core Equity Series
The Series provides exposure to U.S. equities with the goal of low tracking error relative to the S&P 500® Index. Slight tilts toward those areas demonstrating the strongest relative strength will be systematically incrementally overweighted. This, combined with an innovative options overlay strategy, seeks to provide greater returns than the S&P 500 Index with a similar level of risk.
Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC
Rampart Investment Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners, is one of the leading asset managers specializing in option strategies. A registered investment adviser since 1983, Rampart manages client positions and portfolios using domestic and international index and equity options.Visit the Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC website
Chief Investment Officer
Industry start date: 1993
Start date with fund: 2016
Warun Kumar is chief investment officer of Rampart Investment Management, a Virtus affiliate specializing in option strategies.
Prior to joining Virtus in 2014, Mr. Kumar was a managing partner at Varick Asset Management, an alternative investment firm, where he developed derivative-based active and passive investment strategies. Prior to forming Varick in 2010, he was the head of the Americas division of Barclays Capital Fund Solutions, which managed derivative-based strategies for institutional clients and third-party funds. Mr. Kumar’s role at Barclays evolved from his previous role at Lehman Brothers (which was acquired by Barclays), where he led the structured investments team that designed and built derivative-based products for individual and institutional investors.
Mr. Kumar began managing derivative investment portfolios in 2001 at Volaris Advisors, a derivative advisory firm, where, as a partner and head of the investment team, he developed and managed option trading strategies. From 2002 to 2007, he was a managing partner at Sigma Advisors, an investment consulting firm he founded, which was focused on portfolio construction and asset allocation strategies for institutional clients.
Mr. Kumar began his career in the capital markets, working for J.P. Morgan’s equity derivatives business (1993-1999) where he focused on concentrated stock hedging and monetization transactions, before moving to Robertson Stephens (1999-2001) where he was head of equity derivatives marketing.
Mr. Kumar earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He began his career in the investment industry in 1993.
Industry start date: 1999
Start date with fund: 2016
Michael Davis is a portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners.
Mr. Davis’ responsibilities with Rampart include investment strategy, product development, and portfolio management for the firm’s high-net-worth, institutional, and mutual fund clients.
Mr. Davis has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including investment management and capital markets. Prior to joining Virtus in 2014, he was a founding partner of Varick Asset Management, an independent alternative manager focused on the development of innovative portfolio solutions and investment strategies. Before forming Varick, Mr. Davis worked in the institutional asset management division of Barclays Capital, focused on quantitative and derivative-based investment strategies. Prior to Barclays, he worked in the derivative structuring group at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Davis started his career at Merrill Lynch in the asset-backed finance business.
Mr. Davis earned a B.A. in psychology from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1999.
Brendan R. Finneran, CMT
Industry start date: 2003
Start date with fund: 2016
Brendan Finneran is a portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners.
Mr. Finneran’s responsibilities with Rampart include investment strategy, product development, and portfolio management for the firm’s high-net-worth, institutional, and mutual fund clients.
Prior to joining Rampart in 2008, Mr. Finneran was a trader and operations manager at Andover Capital Advisors, where he was responsible for operational account management (processing and settlement) for all equity, option, bond, bank debt, CDS, and swap trades. Prior to entering the financial industry, he held sales positions at Cone Jacquards and was an account manager at Robert Fleming.
Mr. Finneran received a B.A. in organizational behavior and management from Brown University. He is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds the Chartered Market Technician® (CMT) designation. He began his career in the investment industry in 2003.
Robert F. Hofeman, Jr.
Industry start date: 2002
Start date with fund: 2016
Robert Hofeman is a portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners.
Mr. Hofeman’s responsibilities with Rampart include investment strategy, product development, and portfolio management for the firm’s high-net-worth, institutional, and mutual fund clients.
Prior to joining Rampart in 2012, Mr. Hofeman was an equity trading consultant for Linedata (2010-2012), director and senior equity trader at Evergreen Investments (2007-2009), and equity trader at Ironwood Investment Management, LLC (2002-2007).
Mr. Hofeman earned a B.S. in computer science from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Emory University. He is a member of the Boston Securities Traders Association (BSTA) since 2003, serving on its board of directors from 2008 to 2015, and as its president in 2014. He began his career in the investment industry in 2002.
The options strategy seeks to exploit pricing inefficiencies in the S&P 500® Index options market. This type of strategy tends to be less accessible and more difficult to consistently implement outside of professional investment management
Excess returns generated from the options strategy tend to be less correlated with equity markets
All options trades are short dated and have defined loss parameters
Top Holdings (% Series)
|Invesco S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF||
|Facebook, Inc. Class A||
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B||
|Johnson & Johnson||
|Alphabet Inc. Class C||
|Alphabet Inc. Class A||
|JPMorgan Chase & Co.||
|Average Weighted Market Cap (billions)||$248.69|
|Median Market Cap (billions)||$21.79|
|Trailing P/E Ex-Negative Earnings||21.68|
|3-Year EPS Growth Rate||7.59|
Sector Allocation (% Equity)
Performance & Risk
Growth of $10,000 Investment
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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.
Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.
Sales Charge and Expenses
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The investments for the Series are managed by the same portfolio manager(s) who manage one or more other funds that have similar names, investment objectives and investment styles as the Series. You should be aware that the Series is likely to differ from the other mutual funds in size, cash flow pattern and tax matters. Accordingly, the holdings and performance of the Series can be expected to vary from those of the other mutual funds.
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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.
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