Strategic Allocation Series
The Series seeks to achieve both long-term capital growth and income through a balanced portfolio of global stocks and bonds. Disciplined fundamental analysis is utilized to construct a diversified portfolio allocated to approximately 60% equity (15% non-U.S.) and 40% fixed income.
Effective June 4, 2019, the international equity portion of the portfolio is managed by KAR. Performance generated prior to June 4 for the international equity portion is that of a prior subadvisor.
Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC
Kayne Anderson Rudnick believes that superior risk-adjusted returns may be achieved through investment in high-quality companies with market dominance, excellent management, financial strength, and consistent growth, purchased at reasonable prices.
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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. The team employs active sector rotation and disciplined risk management to portfolio construction.
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Douglas S. Foreman, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Industry start date: 1986
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2016
Doug Foreman is chief investment officer and a portfolio manager at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. 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). 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®) charterholder. He began working in the investment industry in 1986.
Craig Thrasher, CFA
Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Industry start date: 2003
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2019
Craig Thrasher is a portfolio manager and senior research analyst at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. Mr. Thrasher has primary research responsibilities for emerging markets small-cap and international small- and mid-cap equities.
Before joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2008, Mr. Thrasher worked at Kirr, Marbach & Company as an equity analyst, and at Wedbush Morgan Securities in correspondent credit.
Mr. Thrasher earned a B.S. in business and public administration, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Arizona, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder. He began working in the investment industry in 2003.
Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Industry start date: 2004
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2019
Hyung Kim is a portfolio manager and senior research analyst at Kayne Anderson Rudnick, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners, where he has primary responsibilities for the emerging markets small-cap and international small- and mid-cap strategies.
Prior to joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2017, Mr. Kim served as an international equity analyst at Advisory Research Inc. for seven years, and as a portfolio manager on its global value strategy. Before joining Advisory Research, he worked as a research analyst at Coghill Capital Management and in corporate banking at HSBC and Woori Bank in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Kim also worked as an equity research intern at CLSA in Seoul.
Mr. Kim earned a B.A. in German with a minor in economics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, and an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is fluent in Korean and German. Mr. Kim began working in the investment industry in 2004.
Chris Armbruster, CFA
Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst
Industry start date: 2004
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2020
Chris Armbruster is a portfolio manager and senior research analyst at Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners, where he has primary research responsibilities for the large-capitalization consumer discretionary, health care, and technology sectors.
Prior to joining Kayne Anderson Rudnick in 2013, Mr. Armbruster worked at B. Riley & Co. as an associate analyst covering special situations, and at Al Frank Asset Management as a vice president in equity research. He has approximately 14 years of equity research experience.
Mr. Armbruster earned a B.A. in business economics, with a minor in accounting, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and has been working in the investment industry since 2004.
David L. Albrycht, CFA
President and Chief Investment Officer
Industry start date: 1985
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2007
David Albrycht is president and chief investment officer of Newfleet Asset Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. 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 the Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Short Term Bond Fund since 1993 and Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund since 1994. He is co-manager of the Virtus Newfleet Senior Floating Rate Fund since 2008, Virtus Tactical Allocation Fund and Virtus Newfleet High Yield Fund since 2011; Virtus Newfleet Core Plus Bond Fund, and Virtus Newfleet Low Duration Core Plus Bond since 2012. In addition, he co-manages two variable investment options and two closed-end funds, Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZTR), and Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund (NYSE: VGI). He also is a manager of four exchange-traded funds, AdvisorShares Newfleet Multi-Sector Income ETF (NYSE: MINC), Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Bond ETF (NFLT), Virtus Newfleet High Yield Bond ETF (BLHY), and Virtus Newfleet ABS/MBS ETF (VABS), and two offshore funds, the Virtus GF Multi-Sector Short Duration Bond Fund and Virtus GF Multi-Sector Income Fund. He is also responsible for the structuring and management of Newfleet’s CLO platform.
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 2018 Lipper Fund Award for best Short-Intermediate Investment-Grade Debt Fund over ten 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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2Lipper Fund Awards: The Lipper Fund Awards from Refinitiv, granted annually, highlight funds and fund companies that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers. The awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. The fund with the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value in each eligible classification wins the Lipper Fund Award. Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Short Term Bond Fund (I: PIMSX) had the highest Effective Return value in its Lipper classification, Short-Intermediate Investment-Grade Debt Funds, out of 32 funds, based on total return for the 10-year period as of 11/30/18. Rankings do not include the effect of a fund’s sales load, if applicable. Ranking is for Class I shares only, other classes may have different performance characteristics.
Lipper, Inc. is a nationally recognized organization that ranks the performance of mutual funds.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Strong ratings may not be indicative of positive fund performance. Performance for some funds may be negative.
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 as fund Portfolio Manager: 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 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.
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.
Balances Risk and Reward
Leverages diverse investment expertise from across Virtus to deliver a professionally managed 60/40 equity/fixed income allocation in a single portfolio
Global Equity Exposure
Extensive fundamental research guides discrete, actively managed investment styles in the U.S. equity and international equity allocations
Multi-Sector Fixed Income Exposure
Employs a time-tested approach of active sector rotation, extensive credit research, and disciplined risk management
Top Holdings (% Series)
|Bill.com Holdings Inc||
|Meta Platforms Inc||
|Paycom Software Inc||
Holdings are subject to change.
Characteristics4(as of 12/31/2021)
|Average Weighted Market Cap (billions)||$295.76|
|Median Market Cap (billions)||$11.21|
|Trailing P/E Ex-Negative Earnings||39.43|
|3-Year EPS Growth Rate||20.19|
Sector Allocation (% Equity)
Performance & Risk
Growth of $10,000 InvestmentFrom to
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
The investments for the Virtus Variable Insurance Funds (the “Funds”) 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 Funds. You should be aware that the Funds are likely to differ from the other mutual funds in size, cash flow pattern, and tax matters. Accordingly, the holdings and performance of the Funds can be expected to vary from those of the other mutual funds.
Shares of the Funds are sold only through the currently effective prospectuses and are not available to the general public. Shares of the Funds may be purchased only by life insurance companies to be used with their separate accounts which fund variable annuity and variable life insurance policies or qualified retirement plans and are also available as an underlying investment fund for certain qualified retirement plans. The performance information for the Funds does not reflect fees and expenses of the insurance companies. If such fees and expenses were deducted, performance would be lower.
Please carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the Virtus Variable Insurance Funds before investing. For this and other information about any Virtus Variable Insurance Fund, call 1-800-367-5877 or visit Virtus.com for a prospectus and/or summary prospectus. Read it carefully before you invest or send money.
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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: Avg. Weighted Market Cap (bn): The total dollar market value of all of a company’s outstanding shares. Trailing P/E-Negative Earnings: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-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: Effective Duration represents the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed income fund. For example, if a fund's effective 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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