Greenwich, CT, September 17, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Vista Research and Management, LLC (Vista) announced today on its website, www.vrmfunds.com
that the Listed Private Equity Plus Fund (Ticker: LPEAX) is now available directly to individual investors through a broad array of discount brokerage firms. These firms include Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, E*Trade, Fidelity, Scottrade as well as a host of others.
“With the introduction of LPEAX over two years ago, investors have a unique opportunity and ideal long-term investment solution for participating in this asset class without the high minimums, reduced liquidity, long lock-up or investor qualification requirements generally associated with traditional Private Equity partnership,” said Steven R. Samson, Chief Executive Officer at Vista.
The Listed Private Equity Plus Fund provides mutual fund investors with exposure to the Private Equity asset class with a low minimum investment, daily liquidity and all of the flexibility, convenience and regulatory oversight associated with traditional, open-end mutual funds.
Private Equity returns have historically outperformed broad market equity indices. Also, Private Equity has only moderate correlation to public equities, suggesting that it provides added diversification value to traditional portfolios of stocks and bonds. Historically, major institutional investors have bolstered returns while reducing volatility by utilizing Private Equity as a key component of their portfolios. By making LPEAX available directly to investors through discount brokerage firms, they can now, for the first time, align their portfolios in a more similar fashion as leading institutional investors.
The Listed Private Equity Plus Fund’s primary objective is to provide long-term capital appreciation. Fund holdings include publicly traded Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, Private Equity funds, and companies that provide expansion and buy-out capital to well-established, mid-size companies. The Fund also invests in investment and merchant-banking companies that provide advisory services, growth capital and capital markets services for private equity transactions and that also manage Private Equity funds.
Ibbotson & Associates, a leading investment research and consulting firm, in an October, 2007 research report entitled, “ Private Equity and Strategic Asset Allocation” found that investing in Listed Private Equity securities provides similar outsized returns and relatively low correlation to a market portfolio as traditional Private Equity partnerships. Ibbotson concluded that Listed Private Equity is an excellent proxy for traditional partnerships and recommends a 3 to 8 percent allocation for all investors depending on personal risk profile and investment time horizon.
“The global universe of publicly listed Private Equity firms is expected to continue its substantial growth over the next several years, and Vista is at the forefront in bringing this important alternative asset class to individual investors and retirement plan participants,” commented Luke Aucoin, Portfolio Manager to the Fund. “Our objective is to put our mutual fund’s shareholders’ money to work with the management talent, deal-making skills and over $1 trillion of liquid capital available for new investments held by Private Equity firms worldwide. Vista’s global investment universe now consists of over 300 listed Private Equity companies, and our goal is to employ our research skills to select the strongest and best performing participants in this asset class. Presently, the Fund has 29 holdings. We are delighted that thus far this year, through August 31st, LPEAX’s performance has been exemplary.”
With over 55 years of management experience, Vista focuses its resources solely on the global Private Equity asset class. As a specialist in this area, it independently evaluates stocks from a global universe of listed Private Equity firms. These firms possess direct holdings (or portfolios) consisting of several thousand private enterprises spanning a wide variety of industries and regions throughout the world. The Listed Private Equity Plus Fund’s management team provides pro-active stewardship that monitors, reviews and, as appropriate, adjusts the Fund’s portfolio on a daily basis.
To learn more about the Listed Private Equity Plus Fund (Ticker: LPEAX), log onto www.vrmfunds.com.
Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with changing market conditions so that when redeemed, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investors should consider the Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before reinvesting or sending money. This and other important information about he Fund can be found in the Fund's prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. Please call 1.888.473.7373 for a prospectus or log on to www.vrmfunds.com.
The fund may also invest in smaller capitalized companies that are subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than larger, more established companies; foreign securities which involve currency risk, different accounting standards and are more susceptible to political instability; and shares of other investment companies that invest in securities and styles similar to the Fund resulting in generally higher investment cost than from investing directly in the underlying shares of these funds.
As a non-diversified fund, the value of Listed Private Equity Plus Fund shares may fluctuate more than shares invested in a broader range of industries and companies.
Mutual fund investing involves risk; loss of principal is possible.
Distributor: Matrix Capital Group, Inc.