Strategic Allocation Series
Invested in approximately 45% U.S. equity, 15% non-U.S. equity, and 40% fixed income, this portfolio may be suitable for investors who want income and growth from one fund. The U.S. equity allocation emphasizes companies with a competitive advantage, strong management, and low financial risk that are able to grow over market cycles, despite their discounted valuations. The non-U.S. equity allocation employs bottom-up fundamental analysis along with top-down macro views to identify the best investment opportunities. The fixed income manager employs a time tested approach of active sector rotation, extensive credit research, and disciplined risk management designed to capitalize on opportunities across undervalued areas of the fixed income markets.
Effective September 7, 2016, Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management became the subadviser to the domestic equity portion of the Series. Performance and characteristics of the domestic equity portion prior to this date were attained by the previous manager. Concurrently, Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. was added as subadviser to the Series.
Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co.
Duff & Phelps (international equity) manages a high-conviction core portfolio where stock selection is informed by a forward looking analysis of cash flow return on invested capital.Visit the Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. website
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC
Kayne Anderson Rudnick (domestic equity) invests in a select group of large-cap growth companies believed to be undervalued relative to their future growth potential.Visit the Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC website
Newfleet Asset Management, LLC
Newfleet Asset Management leverages the knowledge and skill of a team of investment professionals with expertise in every sector of the bond market, including evolving, specialized, and out-of-favor sectors.Visit the Newfleet Asset Management, LLC website
Douglas S. Foreman, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Industry start date: 1989
Start date with fund: 2016
Doug Foreman is chief investment officer and a portfolio manager at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management. He is also a member of the executive management committee.
Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2011, Mr. Foreman was director of equities at HighMark Capital Management, and before that, group managing director and chief investment officer of U.S. equities at Trust Company of the West (TCW) in Los Angeles. He began his investment career at Putnam Investments as an equity research analyst and portfolio manager.
Mr. Foreman earned a B.S. in marine engineering from The U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charter holder. He began working in the investment industry in 1986.
Frederick A. Brimberg
Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager
Industry start date: 1979
Start date with fund: 2016
Frederick Brimberg is a senior managing director at Duff & Phelps Investment Management, an affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners, where he serves as senior portfolio manager of the International Equity strategy. Mr. Brimberg and the International Equity team joined Duff & Phelps in 2016 from Euclid Advisors LLC, another Virtus affiliate.
Mr. Brimberg’s career spans 30-plus years in investment management, trading, and capital markets. Prior to joining Euclid in 2012, he was a senior vice president and international equity portfolio manager at Avatar Associates where he started the international equity strategy in 2006. Earlier, he was vice president and portfolio manager for ING Investment Management with a focus on the international separately managed account product.
From 1990 to 2000, Mr. Brimberg held several positions at Lexington Management, including as a research analyst specializing in cyclical sectors within the developed international and emerging markets. Earlier in his financial career, he was a partner at Brimberg & Co., a New York Stock Exchange member firm, and he worked in institutional equity sales at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Inc.
Mr. Brimberg earned a B.A. in psychology from Washington & Lee University and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and sits on the Bank of New York ADR committee. He has been working in the investment industry since 1979.
David L. Albrycht, CFA
President and Chief Investment Officer
Industry start date: 1985
Start date with fund: 2007
David Albrycht is president and chief investment officer of Newfleet Asset Management. Prior to joining Newfleet in 2011, Mr. Albrycht was executive managing director and senior portfolio manager with Goodwin Capital Advisers, a former Virtus investment management subsidiary. He joined the Goodwin multi-sector fixed income team in 1985 as a credit analyst and has managed fixed income portfolios since 1991.
Mr. Albrycht is portfolio manager of Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Short Term Bond Fund since 1993 and Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund since 1994; and co-manager of Virtus Newfleet Senior Floating Rate Fund since 2008, Virtus Tactical Allocation Fund and Virtus Newfleet High Yield Fund since 2011; Virtus Newfleet Bond Fund, Virtus Strategic Allocation Fund, and Virtus Newfleet Low Duration Income Fund since 2012; and Virtus Newfleet Credit Opportunities Fund since 2015. He also manages several variable investment options and is co-manager of three closed-end funds, Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZF), Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund (NYSE: VGI), and Virtus Global Dividend & Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZTR), and two exchange-traded funds, Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Unconstrained Bond ETF (NFLT) and Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF (BLHY).
In Barron’s “Best Fund Families of 2016” annual rankings published in 2017, Virtus Investment Partners was ranked the #2 Taxable Bond Fund Family, and held the #1 position in 2012 and 2010, due in large part to the expert management of the firm’s multi-sector fixed income funds by Mr. Albrycht and the Newfleet team.1 The Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Short Term Bond Fund, managed by Mr. Albrycht, received the 2017 Lipper Fund Award for best Short-Intermediate Investment-Grade Debt Fund over five years.2 Recognized in the industry as a leading multi-sector fixed income strategist, Mr. Albrycht has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and been quoted or featured in Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Dow Jones, and InvestmentNews.
While at Goodwin Capital, Mr. Albrycht also served as director of credit research. In addition, he managed the Phoenix MISTIC CDO, a $1 billion multi-sector collateralized debt obligation, where he was responsible for credit analysis and deal structure.
Mr. Albrycht earned a B.A., cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University and an M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Connecticut. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder. He began his career in the investment industry in 1985.
1Barron's Best Mutual Fund Families Annual Rankings: Within the taxable bond category for 2016 (published February 11, 2017), 2012 (published February 11, 2013), and 2010 (published February 7, 2011), Virtus Investment Partners ranked 2 out of 61, 1 out of 62, and 1 out of 57 qualifying fund families for the 1-year period ended 12/31/16, 12/31/12, and 12/31/10, respectively. Barron’s annual fund family rankings are based on asset-weighted returns (excluding 12b-1 fees and sales charges) in five fund categories: U.S. equity, world equity, mixed asset, taxable bond, and tax-exempt bond, as calculated by Lipper. Each fund’s performance is measured against all other funds in its Lipper category, resulting in a percentile ranking which is weighted by asset size relative to the fund family’s other assets in its general classification.
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Virtus Newfleet ETFs: Please consider the Fund’s objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing. Contact us at 1-800-243-4361 or visit Newfleet.com for a prospectus, which contains this and other information about the Fund. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
Virtus Newfleet ETFs distributed by ETF Distributors LLC, an affiliate of Virtus ETF Advisers LLC.
Stephen H. Hooker, CFA
Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Industry start date: 1993
Start date with fund: 2017
Stephen Hooker is a managing director and portfolio manager at Newfleet Asset Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners.
Mr. Hooker is a member of the multi-sector portfolio management team with primary responsibilities for institutional accounts. He also serves as co-portfolio manager of the Virtus Newfleet Bond Fund and Virtus Strategic Allocation Fund, and assists in the management of the closed-end Virtus Global Dividend & Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZTR). He joined Newfleet in 2011 to serve as sector manager for emerging markets, where he was responsible for researching issuers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
From 2005 until 2011, Mr. Hooker was vice president, senior credit analyst at Aladdin Capital Management and Global Plus Investment Management, respectively, both of which specialize in high yield and structured credit products. Prior to 2005, he was at Goodwin Capital Advisers, a former Virtus investment management subsidiary, for 12 years, serving in various capacities, including as a senior credit analyst and emerging markets sector manager on its fixed income team.
Mr. Hooker earned a B.A. in psychology from Trinity College. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder. He began his career in the investment industry in 1993.
Top Holdings (% Series)
|Facebook, Inc. Class A||
|Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Sponsored ADR||
|U.S. Treasury Bond, 2.5% 02/15/2046||
|Visa Inc. Class A||
|Monster Beverage Corporation||
|Priceline Group Inc||
|Amphenol Corporation Class A||
|Average Weighted Market Cap (billions)||$138.56|
|Median Market Cap (billions)||$33.98|
|3-Year EPS Growth Rate||20.06|
Sector Allocation (% Equity)
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