North American Shale Energy

Managed by Split Rock

-3.3% Last 30 days -3.8% Last 90 days -9.1% Last 365 days -0.75 Sharpe Ratio -15.3% Max Drawdown

North American Shale Energy

Managed by Split Rock

-3.3% Last 30 days -3.8% Last 90 days -9.1% Last 365 days -0.75 Sharpe Ratio -15.26 Max Drawdown
Risk score
Strategy Stocks
AUM fee 1.0%
• Investment minimum: $20,000
• Margin account
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Split Rock Private Trading & Wealth Management monitors, evaluates, and then invests in companies with significant exposure to the Bakken formation of the Williston Basin, as well as other major U.S. oil and natural gas shale deposits. These include Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Green River, and Haynesville.


We begin by analyzing all publicly traded companies that have exposure to major shale deposits. We then screen stocks based on fundamental properties, and select equities with the desired statistics and perceived growth potential. We conclude by cross checking our research with other well respected analysts’ recommendations before we make our final selections. Data sources include, but are not limited to Standard & Poors, Morningstar, Kwanti and CNBC.


Our strategy is driven primarily by fundamental analysis. We tend to favor companies with consistent growth, stable earnings and dividends, limited debt, low P/E multiples and strong cash flows. We supplement our research with technical analysis that helps to identify trends. In this portfolio, several companies selected might be in their initial growth stage, in which case we invest based on our analysis of growth potential relative to regional peers.

Allocation discipline

We typically have 50 or fewer holdings. Each individual stock usually represents between 2 to 15% of the portfolio. Rebalancing is conducted to make either tactical adjustments or based on stock performance.

Sell discipline

Our sell discipline is based on many factors including both strategic and tactical adjustments to the portfolio, as well as our ongoing fundamental and technical analysis.


Split Rock may invest in non-shale deposit related energy plays in the event of any unforeseen political, environmental or other events that may negatively affect shale operation and production.

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. This information was calculated on March 22, 2018.

Daily returns
S&P 500 Energy ETF
S&P 500 ETF
Manager (net of fees )
Last 30 days -3.3% -2.5% -0.1%
Last 90 days -3.8% -1.0% -6.0%
Last 365 Days -9.1% 14.7% 0.5%
Since inception (Annualized) -1.3% 15.0% 2.0%
2018 (YTD) -4.0% -0.8% -6.4%
2017 -12.1% 21.7% -0.9%
2016 29.8% 12.0% 28.0%
2015 -23.2% 1.2% -21.5%
2014 -3.1% 13.5% -8.7%
2013 18.6% 32.2% 26.2%
2012 -4.4% 16.1% 5.2%
Risk metrics (last 365 days)
S&P 500 Energy ETF
S&P 500 ETF
Manager (net of fees )
Volatility 14.5% 10.7% 15.7%
Sharpe Ratio -0.75 1.21 -0.08
Sortino Ratio -0.96 1.23 -0.10
Maximum Drawdown -15.3% -10.1% -14.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.4% -2.5% -3.6%
Additional metrics (last 365 days)
vs. S&P 500 Energy ETF
vs. S&P 500 ETF
Information Ratio -2.3% -0.9%
Alpha -22.38 -9.79
Beta 0.97 0.72
R-Squared 0.5% 0.6%
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About Split Rock

Split Rock Private Trading & Wealth Management is a registered investment adviser based in Minneapolis. Split Rock provides access to several specialized investment portfolios. They currently operate and manage an Equity Rotation portfolio that strives to identify and understand economic and business cycle conditions and allocate funds accordingly. Split Rock also manages a North American Shale Energy portfolio that seeks to invest into the Bakken and other various major U.S. Shale plays. It invests funds according to each individual company’s strength of position and growth potential within those shale deposits.

Investment process

Split Rock employs a top down, fundamentally driven approach to investing. Portfolios are adjusted on a regular basis depending on economic and geopolitical conditions.

Important Information

  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.  
  2. All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account, using the manager’s own funds. Portfolio Manager’s pre-IB Asset Management performance information may include performance of non-IB Asset Management client accounts. Performance of the Portfolio Manager's account is calculated by IB Asset Management on a daily time-weighted basis, including cash, dividends and earnings distributions and reflects the deduction of broker commissions. Manager returns include trades and positions that fail IB Asset Management's trading rules, as a result, actual client returns will differ. IB Asset Management advisory fees are simulated and applied retroactively to present the portfolio return "net-of-fees".
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  9. This portfolio was launched on IB Asset Management on December 28, 2011.
  10. The Portfolio Manager could use short selling to manage this portfolio. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
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