Category: Spectrum Funds Snapshot

Spectrum’s Equity Fund Shines

Spectrum Advisors Preferred Fund (SAPEX) was launched three years ago and has acquired a 5-Star Morningstar Rating Overall and 5-Star Morningstar Rating for 3 years in its fund category, Multi Alternative, made up of 288 funds. (Morningstar disclosure below) This Fund was created for investors who want equity exposure in a fund that can also reduce risk. The goal of the fund is to outperform the equity market in both up and down markets. The research and portfolio construction of SAPEX has allowed this fund to receive its high rating and perform according to its objectives. Spectrum’s research found that understanding the equity market environment is important. The stock market has different personalities in different economic environments. Depending on the market environment, Bear, Bull or Transitional, the Fund will use different “play books”. These market environment types are defined by Spectrum’s investment and research team and are not the common media definitions. The play books have different analysis tools, asset types, speed of trades, and exposure ranges that allow the Fund to be dynamic and adaptive in changing environments.


The chart above illustrates the Fund’s exposure to both stocks and bonds since inception. It had an “up market capture” of 103% and a “down market capture” of 81.5% of its blended stock-bond benchmark. For the first 6 months of 2018, SAPEX had a gain of 6.76% and outperformed the S&P 500 TR Index by 4.11% and outperformed the NYSE Composite TR Index by 7.83%. (See full performance information and disclosures below)

By combining all these strategies into an overall portfolio, the investment team strives to do four things based on the market environment: (1) Select the best stock pickers. (2) Determine how much and what kind of equity exposure to have. (3) Implement bear market strategies to reduce risk in economic recessions. (4) Specific selection of bond and credit investments may be used to add additional return when appropriate. To learn more about SAPEX, please call our office at 757-463-7600 or visit TheSpectrumFunds.com.

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may by worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted and assumes the reimbursement of any dividend and/or capital gains distributions. To obtain performance data current to most recent month-end, please call toll free 1-888-572-8868.

Consider these risks before investing: Bond risk, derivatives risk, equity risk, inverse ETF risk, junk bond risk, leverage risk,
management risk, market risk, mutual fund and ETF risk, short position risk, small and medium capitalization risk, and turnover risk. There is no guarantee the fund will achieve its investment objective. You can lose money by investing in the fund. Please carefully review the prospectus for detailed information about these risks.

S&P TR 500 Index is a capitalization weighted index of 500 stocks representing all major domestic industry groups. The S&P 500 TR assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. It is not possible to directly invest in any index.

*60/40 NYSE Composite/Barclays U.S. AGG. Bond Index: This benchmark gives 60% weight to the NYSE Composite Index and 40% weight to the Barclays U.S. Agg. Bond Index. The NYSE Composite Index (NYA) measures the performance of all stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It includes more than 1,900 stocks, of which over 1,500 are U.S. companies. Its breadth therefore makes it a much better indicator of market performance than narrow indexes that have far fewer components. The weights of the index constituents are calculated on the basis of their free-float market capitalization. The index itself is calculated on the basis of price return and total return, which includes dividends. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate
Bond Index measures the underlying index and performance of the total U.S. investment grade bond market. It is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar-denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250 million per amount outstanding and with at least one year to final maturity.

Request a prospectus or a summary prospectus from your financial representative or by calling Gemini Fund Services at 855-582-8006 or access www.thespectrumfunds.com. These prospectuses include investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses, and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing. Gemini Fund Services serves as transfer agent to the Fund and is not affiliated with the advisor, subadvisor or distributor.

*© 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Morningstar Rating TM for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The Spectrum Fund’s Strategy Snapshot

Spectrum Low Volatility Fund

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The Spectrum Low Volatility Fund (SVARX) focuses mostly on investments in the domestic fixed-income and credit markets but can invest globally. The management team navigates the various bond classes as each tend to have specific characteristics regarding price action and market impacts. The attempt at a bottom by high yield and float investments in late January had SVARX entering February with a mix of smaller, newly established positions in those two categories. Some exposure was maintained in the bond categories that had been trending higher back in January and earlier, primarily government bonds that included agency and municipals. Exposure remained defensive throughout the month. This mix of economic growth oriented and capital preservation oriented bond categories helped maintain an NAV with low volatility characteristics in February as overall market volatility increased and minor trend reversals were seen in various bond classes.

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Spectrum Advisors Preferred Fund

The Spectrum Advisors Preferred Fund (SAPEX) was active in February, which is in line with the concept of navigating risk and investment opportunities typically seen in the higher volatility market environments with bearish characteristics. Among tactical trades, a core equity fund was sold and hedging methodologies were stepped up during this period deemed “defensive” by management. Exposure ramped up quickly mid-month as technical methodologies flagged overly pessimistic extremes with favorable risk/reward trading parameters. Despite the exposure increase, management capped exposure levels in order to stay in line with perceived higher risk levels of the prevailing market environment.

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DISCLOSURES

3S&P 500 TR Index is a capitalization weighted index of 500 stocks representing all major domestic industry groups. It is not possible to directly invest in any index. The S&P 500 TR assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. It is not possible to directly invest in any index.

4S&P LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index: This benchmark is designed to reflect the performance of the largest facilities in the U.S. dollar leveraged loan market. Term loans from syndicated credits must meet the following criteria at issuance to be eligible for inclusion. 1) senior secured 2) minimum initial term of one year 3) minimum initial spread of LIBOR +125 basis points 4) U.S. dollar denominated 5) all constituents must have a publicly assigned CUSIP.

Barclays US High Yield VLI Index: includes publicly issued U.S. dollar denominated non-investment grade, fixed-rate taxable corporate bonds that have a remaining maturity of at least one year, regardless of optionality. The bonds are rated high-yield (Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below) using the middle rating of Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch, respectively (before July 1, 2005, the lower of Moody’s and S&P was used). Included issues consist of only the three largest bonds from each issuer that have a minimum amount outstanding of $500 million or more (face value) and less than five years from issue date.

550/50 Barclays VLI HY/S&P LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index: This benchmark gives 50% weight to the Barclays VLI HY Index and 50% weight to the S&P Leveraged Loan Index. (see above)

660/40 NYSE Composite/Barclays U.S. AGG. Bond Index: This benchmark gives 60% weight to the NYSE Composite Index and 40% weight to the Barclays U.S. Agg. Bond Index. The NYSE Composite Index (NYA) measures the performance of all stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It includes more than 1,900 stocks, of which over 1,500 are U.S. companies. Its breadth therefore makes it a much better indicator of market performance than narrow indexes that have far fewer components. The weights of the index constituents are calculated on the basis of their free-float market capitalization. The index itself is calculated on the basis of price return and total return, which includes dividends. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index measures the underlying index and performance of the total U.S. investment grade bond market. It is a market value-weighted index that tracks the daily price, coupon, pay-downs, and total return performance of fixed-rate, publicly placed, dollar denominated, and non-convertible investment grade debt issues with at least $250 million per amount outstanding and with at least one year to final maturity.

The performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results; the investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost; current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Please call 1-866-842-4860 for monthly performance updates.

An investment in a mutual fund involves risk, including loss of principal. There is no guarantee any investment strategy or the funds will meet their investment objectives of generating profits or preventing loss. The risks associated with the Funds are detailed in the prospectus which include risks of the Sub adviser’s investment strategy, aggressive investing techniques, high portfolio turnover, investing in ETF’s, investing in other investment companies, swap agreements, asset-backed securities, leverage, shorting and non-diversification. Aggressive investing techniques would include the use of futures, enhanced betas and shorting securities. Shorting occurs when investors sell securities they do not own and are committed to repurchasing eventually. Because the Fund’s holdings include small-cap, mid-cap, and international equities, there are additional risks such as the possibility of greater price volatility and reduced liquidity, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, and political diplomatic and economic conditions as well as regulatory requirements in foreign countries. There are additional risks associated with investing in instruments rated below investment grade (i.e., junk bonds) because such instruments generally involve greater risk of default or price changes than other types of fixed-income instruments, therefore the Fund’s performance may vary significantly as a result.

 

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of The Spectrum Funds carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about The Spectrum Funds. To obtain a prospectus please call Ceros Financial Services 866-842-4860. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. Date of first use: March 11, 2016.

 

 

 

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