|By PR Newswire||
|December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST||
CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dividend Strategy has been named a Bull and Bear Master from PSN Top Guns in the Large Value Universe. This award was given to the top ten performing firms in their peer group for the top ten ratios of Upside Capture Ratio over Downside Capture Ratio.
"We are excited about being recognized as a Bull & Bear Master. We think the Dividend Strategy is unique in that it has been able to provide a sustainable dividend yield in both up and down markets," said Robert Coulton, Managing Director of Zacks Investment Management. "The Zacks Dividend Strategy is our solution to finding large cap stocks with attractive and sustainable yields."
The Zacks Dividend Strategy seeks tax efficient total returns from both capital appreciation and dividend payments. The objective is to outperform the Russell 1000 Value Index while maintaining a significantly higher dividend yield than the S&P 500.
Zacks utilizes a proprietary three factor alpha model to identify stocks for inclusion in the strategy. Furthermore, the portfolio managers utilize an optimizer to maximize predicted return while reducing predicted risk.
PSN, produced by Informa Investment Solutions, is one of the leading investment manager search and evalutation databases to be offered industry wide. PSN tracks more than 2,000 money management firms and over 20,000 investment products. For more information regarding Top Guns List, you can visit www.informais.com
About Zacks Investment Management
Zacks Investment Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zacks Investment Research, one of the largest providers of independent equity research in the U.S. Zacks is an expert in the practice of using earnings estimate revisions in the investment process. Client portfolios are managed using a unique combination of Zacks independent research and Zacks quantitative models. Zacks Investment Management is a Register Investment Advisor. For more information please visit www.ZacksWMG.com.
Past Performance is no guarantee of future results. Individual results may differ. This press release is distributed for information purposes only; to notify readers of a PSN ranking. Zacks Strategies ("Strategies") discussed reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. For the period since inception through June 2012, the results portrayed are the performance history of a single representative managed separate account that ZIM believes is representative of client accounts invested in each Strategy. A representative account must meet the following ZIM criteria to be selected: 1) there are no restrictions placed on the account, 2) ZIM has discretionary authority over the account, 3) the account has no capital additions and withdrawals and 4) dividends are reinvested. If the single representative account in use no longer meets ZIM selection criteria, ZIM will replace the representative account with another that meets the above ZIM selection criteria.
Effective July 1, 2012, ZIM began using composites to market performance of the Strategies. The composites consist of fully discretionary retail client accounts invested in each Strategy. New accounts are included in each composite at the beginning of their first full month of performance, while terminated accounts are included through their last full month under management. Each composite is asset-weighted using beginning of the month market value to weight the individual returns of all accounts included in the composite for the full month. Returns are computed using a time-weighted total rate of return that takes into effect the timing of cash flows. Period returns are geometrically linked to calculate quarterly and year-to-date returns. The strategy composite minimum for inclusion is $25,000 for all strategies, except the International and MLP Strategies which have a composite minimum for inclusion of $10,000. Upon request, Zacks Investment Management will provide gross and net performance information for the Dividend Strategy.
PSN and Informa Investment Solutions have no affiliation with Zacks, but rather evaluate investments managers' performance on an objective basis. Products must have an R-Squared of .80 or greater relative to the style benchmark for the three year period ending September 30, 2012. Products must also have an upside market capture over 100 and a downside market capture less than 100 relative to the style benchmark. The top ten ratios of Upside Capture Ratio over Downside Capture Ratio become the PSN Bull & Bear Masters.
Upside Capture Ratio – A ratio that measures an investment manager's performance relative to an index during up-markets.
Downside Capture Ratio – A ratio that measures an investment manager's performance relative to an index during down-markets.
Zacks Investment Management is represented by the following individuals:
Andrew Bresnahan – Chicago; Herb Brown – San Francisco, Phil Carter – New York; Richard Delio – Fort Lauderdale; Mark DeProspero – St. Louis; Jay Falini – New Jersey; Brad Gaglione – Connecticut & Rhode Island; Tim Harper – Orlando; Jeffrey Haskin – Chicago; Greg Huffman – Virginia; Alex Insley – Chicago; Michael Jazo – Chicago; Dave Kecskes – Cincinnati; John Kelly – Minneapolis; David Koty – Nashville; Rashid Kourany – Indianapolis; Brian Langenkamp – Chicago; Randy LeClair – North Carolina; Wayne Lockwood – Seattle; Ron Lyke – Detroit; Brad Miksek – Dallas/Fort Worth; Joe Peck – Washington D.C.; Mark Rafaloff – New York; Paula Sauer – Chicago; Matthew Schaeffer – New York; Casper Terpinski – Houston; Christian Whittemore – Chicago; Michael Willeford – Colorado; Larry Zerg – Los Angeles.
Zacks Contact Information:
Robert J. Coulton
SOURCE Zacks Investment Research, Inc.
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