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Rampart Low Volatility Equity

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Ticker
VLVAX
CUSIP
92828W650
POP
$
(as of )
Inception
06/11/2013
Total Assets by Class
$527,968.65
(as of 07/24/2017)
Total Assets by Fund
$2,455,804.41
(as of 07/24/2017)
Morningstar Category
Option Writing
Product Overview

The Fund looks to generate attractive long-term returns with lower volatility than the broad stock market indexes over a full market cycle by investing in a portfolio of large cap U.S. stocks or exchange traded funds. It will sell equity index call options to monetize the volatility inherent in the equity market and buy call options on CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) futures with the objective of insulating the portfolio from significant market declines.

Effective May 8, 2017 this fund changed its name from the Virtus Low Volatility Equity Fund.

Management Team

Investment Partners

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.

Visit the Rampart Investment Management Company, LLC website
Portfolio Managers
Warun Kumar
Warun Kumar

Portfolio Manager

Industry start date: 1993

Start date with fund: 2016

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Michael Davis
Michael Davis

Portfolio Manager

Industry start date: 1999

Start date with fund: 2016

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Brendan Finneran
Brendan R. Finneran, CMT

Portfolio Manager

Industry start date: 2003

Start date with fund: 2013

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Robert Hofeman
Robert F. Hofeman, Jr.

Portfolio Manager

Industry start date: 2002

Start date with fund: 2013

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Investment Process Highlights
Step
1

Allocate to a portfolio of large capitalization stocks (through ETFs or individual securities).

Step
2

Sell (write) S&P 500® Index call options to generate premium income. Selling equity index call options provides a steady source of cash flows into the Fund, which may reduce the Fund’s volatility and contribute to total return

Step
3

VIX call options are purchased dynamically to insulate the portfolio from downside moves. Buying call options on VIX futures may provide downside protection as their value generally increases exponentially with stock price decreases.

Step
4

Attempt to minimize the “options drag” in up markets associated with the traditional strategy of buying index put options to provide portfolio protection, which are relatively expensive.

Portfolio Characteristics

Top Holdings (% Fund)
(as of 06/30/2017)
Security
Powershares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio
97.78
Vix US Call expiration 07/05/17 strike price $12
0.01
0.01
S&P 500® Index Call expiration 07/07/17 strike price $2,485
-0.00
-0.00
S&P 500® Index Call expiration 07/14/17 strike price $2,475
-0.01
-0.01
S&P 500® Index Call expiration 07/21/17 strike price $2,490
-0.01
-0.01
S&P 500® Index Call expiration 07/28/17 strike price $2,475
-0.03
-0.03

Holdings are subject to change.

Characteristics4
(as of 06/30/2017)
Average Weighted Market Cap (billions) $88.05
Median Market Cap (billions) $39.33
Trailing PE 21.39x
Price-to-Book Value 4.99
3-Year EPS Growth Rate 4.26
Sector Allocation (% Equity)
(as of 06/30/2017)

Performance & Risk

Growth of $10,000 Investment
From to

This chart assumes an initial investment of $10,000 made on for Class ddd shares including any applicable sales charges. Performance assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions.

Performance
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As of
YTD 3 Month 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years Since Inception

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.

Sales Charge and Expenses
Risk Statistics3
(as of )
Fund Index
R2
Beta
Alpha
Std Dev
Risk Considerations
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.

Documents & Resources

Marketing Materials

Virtus Rampart Low Volatility Equity Fund
Financial Materials
Virtus Opportunities Trust - Statutory Prospectus
Virtus Rampart Low Volatility Equity - Summary Prospectus
Virtus Opportunities Trust Prospectus XBRL 485B 04 10 2017
Virtus Opportunities Trust - SAI
Virtus Opportunities Trust - Annual Report
Virtus Opportunities Trust - Semiannual Report
Holdings
Low Volatility Equity Quarterly Holdings
Low Volatility Equity Top Holdings

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.

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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