Introducing the Affinity Small Cap Fund
The Affinity Small Cap Fund (“the Fund”) seeks to provide capital growth and income.
The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in common stocks and other equity securities of small capitalization companies, including exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) which, in turn, invest in small capitalization companies.
The Fund selects stocks that it believes are undervalued and has strong earnings and/or revenue momentum and relative strength. In selecting securities, the Fund employs a disciplined approach to equity investing based on both quantitative modeling and fundamental analysis. The Fund employs a quantitative, algorithm-based model that evaluates, ranks and monitors stocks included in the Russell 2000 Index based on factors such as valuation, earnings, revenues and price momentum.
Using this multi-factor analysis, the model ranks stocks within each economic sector of the Russell 2000 Index. Stocks ranked in the top quartile of each sector are identified as “buy” candidates, and stocks ranked in the bottom quartile are identified as “sell” candidates.
The Fund conducts further fundamental analysis on the stocks identified as buy candidates to confirm the attractiveness of the companies and identify possible weaknesses that are not reflected in the model. Stocks identified by the model as sell candidates are typically sold when the Fund’s assessments of capital growth and income potential of such securities materially change.
Ticker: AISOX (Class A); AISPX (Class C); AISQX (Class I)
Inception Date: 7/31/2015
Benchmark: Russell 2000 Index
Gross Expense Ratio: 3.35% (Class A); 4.10% (Class C); 3.10% (Class I)
Net Expense Ratio: The Fund’s adviser has contractually agreed to reduce the Fund’s fees and/or absorb expenses of the Fund until at least December 1, 2019 to ensure that total annual Fund operating expenses (exclusive of any front-end or contingent deferred loads; brokerage fees and commissions; expenses of other investment companies in which the Fund may invest (“acquired fund fees and expenses”); borrowing costs, such as interest and dividend expense on securities sold short; taxes; and extraordinary expenses, such as litigation expenses) do not exceed 1.75%, 2.50% and 1.50% of average daily net assets attributable to Class A, Class C and Class I shares, respectively.
NLD Approval Code: 8444-NLD-11-14-18