HARTFORD, Conn., March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS), which operates a multi-manager asset management business, today announced that the Virtus Global Real Estate Securities Fund (Class I: VGISX) has been honored with a 2016 Lipper Fund Award as the best global real estate fund for the three-year period ended December 31, 2015. To earn this distinction, the fund had the highest "Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return)" value in its classification for the three-year period.
Geoffrey P. Dybas, CFA, global head, REITs and senior portfolio manager at Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., subadviser to the fund, and Frank J. Haggerty, Jr., CFA, senior managing director and portfolio manager at Duff & Phelps, have managed the fund since its inception in 2009. Duff & Phelps specializes in managing listed real asset investment strategies for institutions and individuals, including global real estate securities, as well as global listed infrastructure, global utilities and MLPs. Dybas and Haggerty also manage the Virtus Real Estate Securities Fund, which is focused on U.S. investments, and the Virtus International Real Estate Securities Fund.
"We are honored that Geoff and Frank have been recognized by Lipper for their successful approach to managing real estate portfolios including the Virtus Global Real Estate Securities Fund," said Frank Waltman, executive vice president, product management at Virtus. "The fund has benefited from their extensive knowledge of the global real estate market and from Duff & Phelps' consistent investment philosophy, process, and style. This Lipper Fund Award is a recognition of their exceptional portfolio management skill and long-term success in managing their portfolios."
The Virtus Global Real Estate Securities Fund seeks to generate strong total returns with lower correlation to traditional stock and bond markets. The fund provides global exposure to the real estate securities market by focusing on high-quality commercial real estate owner-operators with a rental business profile. These companies derive 70 percent or more of total revenue from rental income and the rental model offers stable cash flows, consistent income, and higher risk-adjusted returns than developers that are focused on residential merchant-based real estate projects.
The Lipper Fund Awards are part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, a global family of awards that honor funds and fund management firms that have excelled in providing consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.
About Duff & Phelps Investment Management
Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co., the investment subadviser of the fund with $9.2 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2015, has more than 35 years of experience managing investment portfolios, including institutional separate accounts and open- and closed-end funds investing in utilities, infrastructure, and real estate investment trusts (REITs). For more information about Duff & Phelps visit www.dpimc.com.
About Virtus Investment Partners
Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ: VRTS) is a distinctive partnership of boutique investment managers singularly committed to the long-term success of individual and institutional investors. Virtus offers access to a variety of investment styles across multiple disciplines to meet a wide array of investor needs, and provides products and services through affiliated managers and select subadvisers, each with a distinct investment style, autonomous investment process, and individual brand. Its affiliates include Duff & Phelps Investment Management, Euclid Advisors, Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, Kleinwort Benson Investors International, Newfleet Asset Management, Rampart Investment Management, Virtus ETF Solutions,and Zweig Advisers. Additional information can be found at www.virtus.com.
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