Virtus Equity & Convertible Income Fund
The Fund seeks total return comprised of capital appreciation, current income, and gains.Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in a combination of equity securities and income-producing convertible securities.
The equity component of the Fund may vary from 40-80% and the convertible component may vary from 20-60% of assets.
The Fund typically employs a strategy of writing (selling) call options on the stocks held in the equity component, generally with respect to approximately 70% of the value of each stock position. The extent to which the Fund uses this strategy will vary depending on market conditions and other factors. This strategy is intended to generate current gains from options premiums as a means to enhance distributions payable to the Fund's shareholders and to reduce overall portfolio risk.
Effective June 22, 2022, this Fund's name has changed.
Effective July 25, 2022, this Fund's subadviser has changed.
Voya Investment Management
Voya Investment Management (Voya IM) strives to help investors push what's possible. As the asset management business of Voya Financial (NYSE: VOYA), Voya IM seeks to understand and anticipate client needs, delivering differentiated solutions across public and private fixed income, equity, and multi-asset platforms, including private markets and alternatives.
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Justin M. Kass, CFA
Senior Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Co-Head of Income & Growth
Industry start date: 1998
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2007
Justin Kass is chief investment officer, co-head of income and growth at Voya Investment Management. Prior to joining Voya, he was a portfolio manager, managing director, CIO and co-head of U.S. income and growth strategies at Allianz Global Investors, where he held portfolio management, research, and trading responsibilities for the income and growth strategies team.
Prior to that at Allianz Global Investors, Mr. Kass held portfolio manager responsibilities for the U.S. convertible strategy and was a lead portfolio manager for the income and growth strategy since its inception. In that role, he was responsible for managing multiple closed-end and open-end mutual funds.
Mr. Kass earned a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a CFA® Charterholder. He began his career in the investment industry in 1998.
Michael E. Yee
Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager – Income & Growth
Industry start date: 1994
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2007
Michael Yee is a lead portfolio manager, income and growth at Voya Investment Management. Prior to joining Voya, Mr. Yee was a portfolio manager and managing director at Allianz Global Investors, where he held portfolio management, research and trading responsibilities for the income and growth strategies team. He also served as a lead portfolio manager for the income and growth strategy since inception and was responsible for managing multiple closed-end and open-end mutual funds.
Prior to that, Mr. Yee was an analyst for the global and systematic team with responsibilities focused on U.S. large cap equity strategies and worked in global portfolio administration and client service.
Previously, he was a financial consultant for Priority One Financial/Liberty Foundation.
Mr. Yee earned a B.S. from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. He began his career in the investment industry in 1994.
David J. Oberto
Senior Vice President, Lead Portfolio Manager – Income & Growth
Industry start date: 2003
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2022
David Oberto is a lead portfolio manager, income and growth at Voya Investment Management. Prior to joining Voya, he was a portfolio manager and director at Allianz Global Investors, where he held portfolio management, research and trading responsibilities for the income and growth strategies team. and served as portfolio manager for the U.S. High Yield Bond strategy and was also responsible for managing multiple closed-end and open-end mutual funds.
Prior to that, he was a portfolio administrator, a credit default swaps (CDS) account manager and a trade-closer at Bain Capital.
Mr. Oberto earned a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics from Fordham University and an M.S. in finance from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. He began his career in the investment industry in 2003.
Performance & Risk
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.
Performance reflects the deduction of fund operating expenses. Performance does not reflect the incurrence of brokerage expenses, which typically apply to exchange traded products. Total return net of brokerage expenses would be lower than the total returns on
Portfolio Breakdown (% Fund)
|Cash and Equivalents||
Allocations are subject to change daily.
Credit Quality (% Invested Assets)
|CCC and Below||
Credit ratings issued by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations assess the credit worthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities and not to the Fund or its shares. Ratings are measured using a scale that ranges from AAA (highest) to NR (not rated). Not rated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. The security's credit rating does not eliminate risk and credit ratings are subject to change. Credit Quality reflects the higher of the ratings of Standard & Poor's Corporation and Moody's Investors Service, Inc. Only one rating will be utilized if only one is available. Ratings are then adjusted to the Standard & Poor's rating tiers shown. Ratings are subject to change.
Sector Allocation (% Invested Assets)
Sector Allocation (% Invested Assets)
Allocations are subject to change daily.
Top Holdings (% Fund)
|Alphabet, Inc.- Cl A||
|UnitedHealth Group Inc||
|Costco Wholesale Corp||
|Union Pacific Corp||
Holdings are subject to change.
Assets (in millions)(as of 09/30/2022)
|Total Net Assets||$637.50|
|Total Preferred Assets||$0.00|
|Total Borrowed Debt||$0.00|
|Total Managed Assets||$637.50|
Effective Leverage(as of 09/30/2022)
|Total Effective Leverage||0.00%|
Borrowed Debt Leverage Statistics(as of 09/30/2022)
|Short Term Notes||$0.00|
|Short Term Loan||$0.00|
Assets (in Millions):
Total Net Assets: includes net assets applicable to Common Shareholders
Total Preferred Assets: consists of the value of: Auction Rate Preferred Shares, and/or Series A Cumulative Preferred Shares, and/or Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares
Total Managed Assets: Total Net Assets + Total Preferred Assets + Total Borrowed Debt
Preferred Assets: % consists of Total Preferred Assets divided by Total Managed Assets
Borrowed Debt: % is short term debt + long term debt divided by Total Managed Assets
Total Effective Leverage (%) consists of Total Preferred Assets + Total Borrowed Debt, as applicable, divided by Total Managed Assets
Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.
Distributions may be comprised of net investment income, capital gains and/or return of capital. Please refer to Section 19a notices below, if applicable for estimates on the composition of the distribution.
Year-to-Date Distribution History
|Ex-Date||Record Date||Payable Date||Total Distribution ($/Share)||Note|
You should not draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from its distributions. Please view the Fund’s Section 19a notices below, if applicable, which set forth information regarding the estimated composition of the distributions, including any portion that may constitute a return of capital.
Fund Distributions and Managed Distribution Plan
Under the terms of the Fund’s managed distribution policy, the Fund seeks to maintain a consistent distribution level that may be paid in part or in full from net investment income and realized capital gains, or a combination thereof. Shareholders should note, however, that if the Fund’s aggregate net investment income and net realized capital gains are less than the amount of the distribution level, the difference will be distributed from the Fund’s assets and will constitute a return of the shareholder’s capital. A return of capital is not taxable; rather it reduces a shareholder’s tax basis in his or her shares of the Fund.
The amounts and sources of distributions reported in Section 19(a) Notices are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of the fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Please note that the characterization of Fund distributions for federal income tax purposes is different from book accounting generally accepted account principles (“GAAP”). 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. Please consult a tax professional regarding specific tax matters.
Please view the Fund’s Section 19-a notices, which set forth information regarding the composition of the distributions, including any portion that may constitute a return of capital.
Automatic Reinvestment Plan
This plan offers shareholders a convenient way to acquire additional shares of the fund. Registered holders will be automatically placed in the Plan. If shares are held at a brokerage firm, contact your broker about participation.
Net Asset Value vs. Market Price
Net Asset Value (NAV) represents the total value of all assets held by the Fund (minus its total liabilities), divided by the total number of common shares outstanding. The net asset value returns reflect the performance of the manager. Market price is the price at which investors may purchase or sell shares of the Fund. Market price is determined in the open market by buyers and sellers, based on supply and demand. The Fund’s Market Price fluctuates throughout the day and may differ from its underlying NAV. Shares of the Fund may trade at a premium (higher than) or a discount (lower than) to NAV. This characteristic is a risk separate and distinct from the risk that the Fund’s net asset value could decline. The Fund has no control over the market price. The difference between the market price and the NAV (Premium/Discount) is expressed as a percentage of NAV.
There can be no assurance that the
This information does not represent an offer, or the solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell securities of the Fund.
Contact your financial representative for more information, or email or call for service at 1-866-270-7788.
Section 19a Notices
|September 28, 2022 - Certain Virtus Closed-End Funds Announce Results of Shareholder Meeting|
|August 4, 2022 - Joint Special Meeting of Shareholders Proxy Statement|
|July 21, 2022 - Certain Virtus Closed-End Funds Announce Shareholder Proposal For New Subadvisory Agreements|
|July 13, 2022 - Virtus Closed-End Funds Announce Shareholder Meeting Results|
|June 8, 2022 - Virtus Closed-End Funds Announce Fund Name Changes|
|May 31, 2022 - Virtus AllianzGI Closed-End Funds Joint Proxy Statement|
|May 18, 2022 - Virtus AllianzGI Closed-End Funds Announce Future Change in Subadviser|
|December 17, 2021 - Virtus AllianzGI Equity & Convertible Income Fund Institutes Managed Distribution Plan, Increases Quarterly Distribution to $0.50/Share|
|July 16, 2021 - Certain Virtus AllianzGI Closed-End Funds Announce Future Change In Portfolio Management Team|
|June 8, 2021 - Virtus AllianzGI Closed-End Funds Joint Annual Meeting of Shareholders Proxy Statement|
|January 27, 2021 - AllianzGI Closed-End Funds Provide Additional Information on Fund Name Change|
|AllianzGI CEF Second Adjournment of Special Meeting - Press Release - 12.24.20|
|AllianzGI Equity Convertible Income Fund Press Release Fiscal Quarter Ended April 30 2020|
|AllianzGI NIE NFJ Funds Quarterly Distribution Press Release September 2020|
|AllianzGI Equity Convertible Income Fund NIE Press Release Form 8K|
|AllianzGI Equity Convertible Income Fund Press Release January 31 2020|
|AllianzGI NIE NFJ Funds Quarterly Distribution Press Release December 2020|
|Allianz CEF Adjournment of Special Meeting - Press Release|
|AllianzGI Equity Convertible Income Fund Press Release 10.31.20|
|AllianzGI Equity Convertible Income Fund Press Release July 31 2020|
|NFJ, NIE Quarterly Dividend Press Release March 2019|
|Governance & Nominating Committee Charter (AIO/CBH/NCV/NCZ/ACV/NIE/NFJ)|
|Audit Oversight Committee Charter (AIO/CBH/NCV/NCZ/ACV/NIE/NFJ)|
|Procedures for Complaints Regarding Accounting, Internal Accounting Controls or Auditing Matters (AIO/CBH/NCV/NCZ/ACV/NIE/NFJ)|