“The Small Cap Dividend Fund”
The North Star Dividend Fund is one of a select group of funds in the small-cap investment category that seeks to invest in stocks that pay dividends.
The fund seeks to generate dividend income; its secondary objective is capital appreciation. The fund invests in a diversified portfolio of dividend-paying securities with market capitalizations under $1 billion.
A surprising number of small-capitalization stocks pay dividends. Our focus is on companies that have paid a dividend yield of at least 3% annually, and have shown a strong commitment to maintaining and growing dividend payments.
CALENDAR YEAR TOTAL RETURNS
|QTR 1||2018 YTD||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013|
|Russell 2000 TR||(0.08%)||(0.08%)||14.65%||21.31%||(4.41%)||4.89%||38.82%|
Unaudited, net of fees as of March 31, 2018
|Russell 2000 TR||11.79%||8.39%||11.47%||13.48%|
Unaudited, net of fees as of March 31, 2018 | Inception date 2/01/10
Each Fund will deduct a 2% redemption fee on the redemption amount if you sell your shares less than 30 days after purchase or shares held less than 30 days are redeemed for failure to maintain a Fund’s balance minimum. See Low Balances for further information on account closure policy. Shares held longest will be treated as being redeemed first and shares held shortest as being redeemed last. Shares held for 30 days or more are not subject to the 2% fee. Redemption fees are paid to a Fund directly and are designed to offset costs associated with fluctuations in Fund asset levels and cash flow caused by short-term shareholder trading.
Past performance or ranking is not indicative of future results. There is no assurance dividends will be paid. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above. Investment value will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Performance quoted is past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Please review the fund’s prospectus for more information regarding the fund’s fees and expenses. Current performance may be lower or higher. For performance information current to the most recent month-end, please call toll-free 855-580-0900.
Performance shown before June 3, 2013, is for the fund’s predecessor limited partnership (North Star Dividend Fund, LP). The prior performance is net of management fees and other expenses, but does not include the effect of the performance fee. The fund has been managed in the same style and by the same portfolio managers since the predecessor limited partnership’s inception on Feb. 1, 2010. The fund’s investment goals, policies, guidelines, and restrictions are, in all material respects, equivalent to the predecessor limited partnership’s investment goals, policies, guidelines, and restrictions. From its inception on Feb. 1, 2010, through the date of this prospectus, the predecessor limited partnership was not subject to certain investment restrictions of the 1940 Act of the Code, which if they had been applicable might have adversely affected its performance. Performance of the predecessor fund is not an indicator of future results.
The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe.
Mutual funds have investment risks including loss of principal. There is no guarantee the fund will meet its objective. In general, the price of a fixed income security falls when interest rates rise. There is a risk that issuers and counterparties will not make payments on securities and other investments held by the Fund, resulting in losses to the Fund.
The Fund may invest in high yield securities, also known as “junk bonds.” High yield securities provide greater income and opportunity for gain, but entail greater risk of loss of principal. Foreign common stocks and currency strategies will subject the Fund to currency trading risks that include market risk, credit risk and country risk. Municipal securities are subject to credit risk where a municipal security might not make interest and principal payments as they come due. The Adviser follows an investing style that favors value investments. At times when the value investing style is out of favor, the Fund may underperform other funds that use different investing styles.
Investments in lesser-known, small and medium capitalization companies may be more vulnerable than larger, more established organizations. As with any investment, there are risks associated with REITs. Investments in lesser-known, small and medium capitalization companies may be more vulnerable than larger, more established organizations. The Advisor does not attempt to keep the portfolio structure or fund performance consistent with any market index. Increased portfolio turnover may result in higher brokerage commissions, and other transaction costs may result in taxable capital gains.
Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the North Star Funds. No-load mutual funds are sold without sales charge; however, they have ongoing expenses, such as management fees. This and other important information about each of the Funds are contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained at www.nsinvestfunds.com or by calling (855) 580-0900. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.