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Salient Tactical Growth Fund

Daily NAV

Updated: 4/28/17

Inception Date
Sep 14, 2009
Net Assets (All Classes)
$366 M


The fund is designed as a core investment for those who worry about losing money in equity market downturns but also want to participate in the market’s upside. The nimble strategy seeks to sidestep downturns while aiming for positive returns through market cycles. Using active market exposure management, the fund moves in and out of the market incrementally based upon macro and technical factors.

Three Things to Know

  • The investment team uses proprietary models to judge the direction of the market and is able to change exposure immediately as market conditions change
  • The fund is able to be up to 120% long when models are positive or move to a 100% cash position and take short positions if models turn negative, with a general objective of maintaining net exposure between 100% net long and 100% net short
  • With a very low standard deviation, the strategy seeks to add value by helping to lower the impact of volatility and to preserve capital during down markets


Objective: The fund’s investment objective is to produce above-average, risk-adjusted returns, in any market environment, while exhibiting less downside volatility than the S&P 500 Index.

  • The investment process begins with an assessment of the fundamental economic environment through valuation, monetary policy and investor sentiment
  • The team then validates these qualitative factors with a quantitative assessment using a proprietary multifactor Volume/Breadth Momentum Model
  • After evaluating these models, the team adjusts the fund’s market exposure accordingly, increasing equity exposure when the risks are low, decreasing equity exposure when the risks are high or taking a neutral position when no clear opportunities are apparent

Prior to May 1, 2016, Salient Tactical Growth Fund was named Forward Tactical Growth Fund.


Christopher J. Guptill

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Broadmark Asset Management
San Francisco


Performance (%)

  Mar'171 Q12 YTD2 1 YR2 3 YR2 5 YR2 SINCE
Institutional NAV -0.11 2.77 2.77 7.49 2.64 3.96 3.62
Investor NAV -0.15 2.73 2.73 7.14 2.29 3.61 3.27
Class A NAV* -0.15 2.68 2.68 6.98 2.14 3.44 2.65
Class A MOP** -5.90 -3.24 -3.24 0.82 0.14 2.23 1.79
Class C NAV† -0.20 2.58 2.58 6.49 1.67 2.98 2.65
Class C MOP‡ -1.20 1.58 1.58 5.49 1.67 2.98 2.65
S&P 500 Index 0.12 6.07 6.07 17.17 10.37 13.30
Morningstar Long/Short Equity Index -0.08 1.98 1.98 3.87 0.19 2.33

1. As of 03/31/2017
2. As of 03/31/2017

On March 29, 2017, Advisor Class shares were closed and outstanding shares were exchanged for Institutional Class shares.

Returns for periods greater than one year are annualized.

* Excludes sales charge.
** Reflects effects of the fund’s maximum sales charge of 5.75%.
† Excludes the effects of the 1% contingent deferred sales charge.
‡ Includes the effects of the 1% contingent deferred sales charge.

The performance quoted represents past performance, does not guarantee future results and current performance may be lower or higher than the data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained on this website. Investment performance reflects fee waivers in effect. In the absence of fee waivers, total return would be lower. Total return is based on NAV, assuming reinvestment of all distributions. Performance does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares.

Calendar Year Performance (%)

Class A3.04-2.02-1.0815.114.67-8.21
Class C2.55-2.440.8814.654.14-6.371.60
S&P 500 Index11.961.3813.6932.3916.002.1115.06
Morningstar Long/Short Equity Index-0.55-1.901.8911.162.75-3.445.15

Growth of $10,000*** as of 03/31/2017

*** This chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in the fund on the commencement of its operations and assumes no additional deposits or withdrawals were made to the fund and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. This chart is not intended to imply any future performance of the fund. The chart does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares.

Expense Ratio as of 05/01/2016

  Gross Net
Investor 1.83% 1.83%
Institutional 1.48% 1.48%
Class A 1.98% 1.98%
Class C 2.43% 2.43%

Net Exposure (%)

Week Ending Gross Market Exposure Net Market Exposure
December 30, 2016 61.95 61.95
January 06, 2017 51.16 51.16
January 13, 2017 50.29 50.29
January 20, 2017 50.51 50.51
January 27, 2017 51.13 51.13
February 03, 2017 51.47 51.47
February 10, 2017 51.92 51.92
February 17, 2017 52.38 52.38
February 24, 2017 52.59 52.59
March 03, 2017 49.93 49.93
March 10, 2017 49.89 49.89
March 17, 2017 49.91 49.91
March 24, 2017 40.23 40.23
March 31, 2017 50.63 50.63

Gross exposure is the value of all of the portfolio’s holdings (long and short positions), excluding the value of the portfolio’s net cash and cash equivalent holdings. Net exposure is the value of the portfolio’s long holdings, minus the value of the portfolio’s short portions and excluding the value of the portfolio’s net cash and cash equivalent holdings.

Drawdown (%) as of 03/31/2017

Fund Details as of 03/31/2017

Annual Portfolio turnover 837%

Risk Characteristics as of 03/31/2017

Beta 0.43
Correlation 0.82
Standard Deviation 6.51
Distributions & Tax Information


Share Class Type Record Date Distribution
Ex-Dividend /
Reinvest /
Payable Date
Institutional Long-Term Capital Gain 12/07/2015 $0.129 12/08/2015
Investor Long-Term Capital Gain 12/07/2015 $0.129 12/08/2015
Class A Long-Term Capital Gain 12/07/2015 $0.129 12/08/2015
Class C Long-Term Capital Gain 12/07/2015 $0.129 12/08/2015
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You should consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. A prospectus with this and other information may be obtained by calling (800) 999-6809 or by downloading one from this website. It should be read carefully before investing.

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Fund Specific Risks

Salient Tactical Growth Fund


There are risks involved with investing, including loss of principal. Past performance does not guarantee future results, share prices will fluctuate and you may have a gain or loss when you redeem shares.

Borrowing for investment purposes creates leverage, which can increase the risk and volatility of a fund.

Debt securities are subject to interest rate risk. If interest rates increase, the value of debt securities generally declines. Debt securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to changes in interest rates and more volatile than securities with shorter durations.

Derivative instruments involve risks different from those associated with investing directly in securities and may cause, among other things, increased volatility and transaction costs or a fund to lose more than the amount invested.

Investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) will subject a fund to substantially the same risks as those associated with the direct ownership of the securities or other property held by the ETFs.

Foreign securities, especially emerging or frontier markets, will involve additional risks including exchange rate fluctuations, social and political instability, less liquidity, greater volatility and less regulation.

Short selling involves additional investment risks and transaction costs, and creates leverage, which can increase the risk and volatility of a fund.

Alternative strategies typically are subject to increased risk and loss of principal. Consequently, investments such as mutual funds which focus on alternative strategies are not suitable for all investors.

Diversification does not assure profit or protect against risk.

Alpha is a coefficient measuring risk-adjusted performance.

Beta is a measure of risk which shows a fund’s volatility relative to its benchmark index.

Correlation is a statistical measure of the interdependence of two random variables that range in value from -1 to +1, indicating perfect negative correlation at -1, absence of correlation at zero and perfect positive correlation at +1.

Drawdown is the gradual decline in the price of a security or other investment between its high and low over a given period.

Morningstar Long/Short Equity Index is an equal-weighted index that measures the average performance of all funds in Morningstar’s long/short equity category.

S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks chosen to reflect the industries in the U.S. economy. One cannot invest directly in an index.

Standard deviation measures the degree to which a fund’s return varies from its previous returns or from the average of all similar funds.

Valuation is the process of determining the current worth of an asset or company.

Volatility is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given security or market index.

Volume/Breadth Momentum Model is a proprietary model used by the Fund’s sub-advisor (Broadmark Asset Management) to determine optimal market exposure.

Advisor Class shares are available only to fee-based advisory platforms and retirement plans via omnibus accounts.

Prior to May 1, 2016, Salient Tactical Growth Fund was named Forward Tactical Growth Fund.