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.
Objective: The fund seeks to produce, in any market environment, above-average risk-adjusted returns and less downside volatility than the S&P 500 Index.
|Nov'171||Q32||YTD2||1 YR2||3 YR2||
|Class A NAV*||2.01||1.40||1.40||9.47||3.25||5.31|
|Class A MOP**||-3.57||-4.21||-4.21||3.48||1.33||4.07|
|Class C NAV†||1.98||1.16||0.80||8.77||2.45||4.50|
|Class C MOP‡||0.98||0.16||-0.20||7.77||2.45||4.50|
|Class F NAV||2.15||1.55||1.82||10.13||3.77||5.86|
|S&P 500 Index||3.07||4.48||14.24||18.61||10.81||—|
1. As of 11/30/2017
2. As of 09/30/2017
|S&P 500 Index||11.96||1.38||13.69|
Annual Fund Operating Expenses includes management fees, distribution and service (12b-1) fees, acquired fund (subsidiary) fees and expenses, and “other expenses.” See the Fund’s prospectus for more information.
Under an expense limitation agreement, the investment advisor has contractually agreed to waive its management fee and/or reimburse or pay operating expenses of the Fund to the extent necessary to maintain the Fund’s total operating expenses at 2.05% for Class A, 2.80% for Class C, 1.80% for Class I shares and 1.49% for Class F shares, excluding certain expenses, such as taxes, brokerage commissions, interest and borrowing expense, short dividend expense, any acquired fund fees and expenses, litigation and extraordinary expenses. This expense limitation agreement expires on April 30, 2018, and may only be modified or terminated by a majority vote of the independent trustees. The advisor is permitted to recover waived expenses for a period of up to three years.
Market exposure greater than 100% is a function of using leverage.
|Share Class||Type||Record Date||Distribution
|Institutional||Long-Term Capital Gain||12/27/2016||$0.343||12/28/2016||12/29/2016|
|Institutional||Short-Term Capital Gain||12/27/2016||$0.136||12/28/2016||12/29/2016|
A final determination of the tax character of distributions paid by the fund will not be known until the completion of the fund’s fiscal year and there can be no assurance as to the portions of the fund’s distributions that will constitute return of capital and/or dividend income. The final determination of the tax character of distributions paid by the fund will be reported to shareholders in the January after fiscal year end on form 1099-DIV. Please consult your tax advisor for proper treatment on your tax return.
Investment Advisory Services for the Salient Tactical Plus Fund are offered through Salient Advisors, L.P., a subsidiary of Salient Partners, L.P. Mutual Funds are distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC. The information contained herein does not constitute an offering of any security, product, service or fund. Salient funds are offered by prospectus and only to United States residents.
You should consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. A fund’s current prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. For mutual funds, a prospectus is available by calling 866-667-9228, on this website, or from your financial professional. For other Salient Funds, you should contact your financial professional. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.
An investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) or any other government agency. The fund’s principal risk factors are listed below. The fund’s shares will go up and down in price, meaning that you could lose money by investing in the fund. Many factors influence a mutual fund’s performance. An investment in the fund is not intended to constitute a complete investment program and should not be viewed as such. Before investing, be sure to read the additional descriptions of these risks beginning on page 13 of the prospectus.
As an overall matter, instability in the financial markets has led many governments, including the United States government, to take a number of unprecedented actions designed to support certain financial institutions and segments of the financial markets that have experienced extreme volatility and, in some cases, a lack of liquidity. Federal, state and other governments, and their regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations, may take actions that affect the regulation of the instruments in which the fund invests, or the issuers of such instruments, in ways that are unforeseeable. Legislation or regulation may also change the way in which the Fund itself is regulated. Such legislation or regulation could limit or preclude the fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
All securities investing and trading activities risk the loss of capital. No assurance can be given that the fund’s investment activities will be successful or that the fund’s shareholders will not suffer losses.
It is part of the fund’s investment strategy to, at times, hold a substantial portion of its assets in cash and/or cash equivalents, including money market instruments. Under certain market conditions, such as during a rising stock market, this strategy could have a negative effect on the fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. To the extent that the fund invests in a money market fund, the fund will indirectly bear a proportionate share of the money market fund’s expenses, in addition to the operating expenses of the fund, which are borne directly by fund shareholders.
Fixed-income securities generally are subject to credit risk and interest rate risk. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable to make interest payments and/or repay the principal on its debt. Interest rate risk refers to fluctuations in the value of a fixed-income security resulting from changes in the general level of interest rates. When the general level of interest rates goes up, the prices of most fixed-income securities go down. When the general level of interest rates goes down, the prices of most fixed-income securities go up.
Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the security will not be able to make principal and interest payments when due. Changes in an issuer’s credit rating or the market’s perception of an issuer’s creditworthiness may also affect the value of the fund’s investment in that issuer. The degree of credit risk depends on both the financial condition of the issuer and the terms of the obligation. Securities rated by the rating agencies in the four highest categories (Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) (AAA, AA, A and BBB), Fitch Ratings (“Fitch”) (AAA, AA, A and BBB) or Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) (Aaa, Aa, A and Baa)) are considered investment grade, but they may also have some speculative characteristics, meaning that they carry more risk than higher rated securities and may have problems making principal and interest payments in difficult economic climates. Investment grade ratings do not guarantee that bonds will not lose value.
Extension risk is the risk that, when interest rates rise, certain obligations will be paid off by the issuer (or obligor) more slowly than anticipated, causing the value of these securities to fall. Rising interest rates tend to extend the duration of securities, making them more sensitive to changes in interest rates. The value of longer-term securities generally changes more in response to changes in interest rates than shorter-term securities. As a result, in a period of rising interest rates, securities may exhibit additional volatility and may lose value.
The yields for certain securities are susceptible in the short-term to fluctuations in interest rates, and the prices of such equity securities may decline when interest rates rise. Interest rate risk in general is the risk that prices of fixed income securities generally increase when interest rates decline and decrease when interest rates increase. The fund may decline in value or suffer losses if short term or long term interest rates rise sharply or otherwise change in a manner not anticipated by the Sub-Advisor.
Prepayment risk is the risk that certain debt securities with high interest rates will be prepaid by the issuer before they mature. When interest rates fall, certain obligations will be paid off by the obligor more quickly than originally anticipated, and an investor may have to invest the proceeds in securities with lower yields. In periods of falling interest rates, the rate of prepayments tends to increase (as does price fluctuation) as borrowers are motivated to pay off debt and refinance at new lower rates. During such periods, reinvestment of the prepayment proceeds by the management team will generally be at lower rates of return than the return on the assets that were prepaid. Prepayment reduces the yield to maturity and the average life of the security.
The use of derivative instruments exposes the Fund to additional risks and transaction costs. These instruments come in many varieties and have a wide range of potential risks and rewards, and may include futures contracts, options on futures contracts, options (both written and purchased), swaps and swaptions. A risk of the fund’s use of derivatives is that the fluctuations in their values may not correlate perfectly with the overall securities markets.
The fund may have exposure to emerging markets. Emerging markets are riskier than more developed markets because they tend to develop unevenly and may never fully develop. Investments in emerging markets may be considered speculative. Emerging markets are more likely to experience hyperinflation and currency devaluations, which adversely affect returns to U.S. investors. In addition, many emerging securities markets have far lower trading volumes and less liquidity than developed markets.
Equity securities may be subject to general movements in the stock market, and a significant drop in the stock market may depress the price of securities to which the fund has exposure. The fund may have exposure to or invest in equity securities of companies with small or medium capitalization. Investments in securities of companies with small or medium capitalization involve certain risks that may differ from, or be greater than, those for larger companies, such as higher volatility, lower trading volume, lack of liquidity, fewer business lines and lack of public information (See “Small and Mid-Capitalization Securities Risk”).
Because the fund invests in ETFs and in options on ETFs, the Fund is exposed to the risks associated with the securities and other investments held by such ETFs. The value of any investment in an ETF will fluctuate according to the performance of that ETF. In addition, the fund will indirectly bear a proportionate share of expenses, including any management fees, paid by each ETF in which the fund invests. Such expenses are in addition to the operating expenses of the fund, which are borne directly by shareholders of the fund. Further, individual shares of an ETF may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. The price of such shares is based on market price, and because ETF shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (a premium) or less than NAV (a discount). The market price of an ETF’s shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. The bid-ask spread often increases significantly during times of market disruption, which means that, to the extent that the fund invests directly in an ETF, the shares of that ETF may trade at a greater discount at a time when the fund wishes to sell its shares.
Many ETFs have obtained exemptive relief from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) permitting unaffiliated funds to invest in shares of the ETF beyond the limitations imposed by the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”), subject to certain conditions. The fund may rely on these exemptive orders to invest in unaffiliated ETFs, and the risks described above may be greater than if the fund limited its investment in an ETF in accordance with the limitations imposed by the 1940 Act.
Foreign investments often involve special risks not present in U.S. investments that can increase the chances that the fund will lose money. These risks include:
Although hedging activities are generally engaged in to help offset negative movements with respect to an investment, such activities will not always be successful. Moreover, hedging may cause the fund to lose money and may reduce the opportunity for gain.
To the extent that the Fund makes investments on a shorter-term basis, the fund may as a result trade more frequently and incur higher levels of brokerage fees and commissions.
The fund may make investments in options, swaps and futures contracts or other derivative instruments. These and certain other derivatives provide the economic effect of financial leverage by creating additional investment exposure, as well as the potential for greater loss. In connection with derivatives investments, the Fund will be required to maintain specified asset coverage with respect to such investments by both the 1940 Act and the terms of these investments. The fund may be required to dispose of portfolio investments on unfavorable terms if market fluctuations or other factors reduce the required asset coverage below necessary amounts.
The U.S. Government and the Federal Reserve, as well as certain foreign governments and their central banks, have taken various steps designed to support and stabilize credit and financial markets since 2008. Reduction or withdrawal of this support, failure of efforts to stabilize the markets, or investor perception that such efforts are not succeeding could negatively affect financial markets generally, as well as have an adverse impact on the liquidity and value of certain securities. In addition, policy and legislative changes in the United States and in other countries are affecting many aspects of financial regulation. For example, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) was enacted in the U.S., reflecting a significant revision of the U.S. financial regulatory framework. The Dodd-Frank Act addresses a variety of topics, including, among others, new rules for trading in derivatives; restrictions on banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading of certain instruments; the registration and additional regulation of private fund managers; and new federal requirements for residential mortgage loans. Securities in which the Fund invests, or the issuers of such securities, may be impacted by the Dodd-Frank Act and any related or additional legislation or regulation in unforeseeable ways. The ultimate effect of the Dodd-Frank Act and any related or additional regulation is not yet known. The impact of these changes on the markets, and the practical implications for market participants, may not be fully known for some time.
Market risk is the risk that the markets on which the fund’s investments trade will increase or decrease in value. Prices may fluctuate widely over short or extended periods in response to company, market or economic news. Markets also tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising and falling prices. If there is a general decline in the securities and other markets, your investment in the Fund may lose value, regardless of the individual results of the securities and other instruments in which the fund invests.
The fund is newly-formed. Accordingly, investors in the fund bear the risk that the fund may not be successful in implementing its investment strategy, and may not employ a successful investment strategy, any of which could result in the fund being liquidated at any time without shareholder approval and at a time that may not be favorable for all shareholders. Such a liquidation could have negative tax consequences for shareholders.
The fund may take a short position in a derivative instrument, such as a future, forward or swap. A short position on a derivative instrument involves the risk of a theoretically unlimited increase in the value of the underlying instrument. The fund may also from time to time sell securities short, which involves borrowing and selling a security and covering such borrowed security through a later purchase. A short sale creates the risk of an unlimited loss, in that the price of the underlying security could theoretically increase without limit, thus increasing the cost of buying those securities to cover the short position. There can be no assurance that the securities necessary to cover a short position will be available for purchase. The fund must set aside “cover” for short sales to comply with applicable SEC positions under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”).
The fund may invest its assets in the common stocks and other equity securities of small and mid-capitalization companies with smaller market capitalizations. While the Sub-Advisor believes these investments may provide significant potential for appreciation, they involve higher risks in some respects than do investments in common stocks and other equity securities of larger companies. For example, prices of such investments are often more volatile than prices of large-capitalization stocks and other equity securities. In addition, due to thin trading in some such investments, an investment in these common stocks and other equity securities may be more illiquid than that of common stocks or other equity securities of larger market capitalization issuers. Smaller capitalization companies also fail more often than larger companies and may have more limited management and financial resources than larger companies.
The downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating in 2011 may adversely affect fund performance. In 2011, S&P downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating from AAA to AA+, and this unprecedented downgrade could lead to subsequent downgrades by S&P or downgrades by other credit rating agencies. These developments, and the government’s credit concerns in general, could cause an increase in interest rates and borrowing costs, which may negatively impact both the perception of credit risk associated with the debt securities issued by the U.S. and the country’s ability to access the debt markets on favorable terms. In addition, a lowered credit rating could create broader financial turmoil and uncertainty, which may negatively affect the value of Fund shares or the fund’s performance.
The S&P 500 Index is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of 500 of the largest companies in the United States as measured by market capitalization. The S&P 500 Index assumes reinvestment of all dividends and distributions. Because indices cannot be invested in directly, the returns of the S&P 500 Index do not reflect a deduction for fees, expenses or taxes.