U.S. equity markets were up last week, buoyed by strong performance on Friday (1/4). The NASDAQ Composite gained 2.34%, the S&P 500 gained 1.86%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.61%. Nine of the 11 S&P industrial sectors were positive last week. The best-performing sector was Energy, which gained 5.03%, followed by Communication Services, which gained 4.13%. The Quantified Funds had mixed performance last week: The Quantified Managed Income Fund (QBDSX) finished up 0.77%, the Quantified All-Cap Equity Fund (QACFX) closed the week up 0.57%, the Quantified Alternative Investment Fund (QALTX) gained 0.22%, the Quantified Market Leaders Fund (QMLFX) recorded a weekly gain of 0.12%, and the Quantified STF Fund (QSTFX) lost 1.93%.
Last week the Quantified All-Cap Equity Fund (QACFX) changed its weightings in four leading stock baskets, which were approximately 38.31% of the portfolio’s composition: “Ultimate Dividend Portfolio” (16.00%), “All Cap–Contrarian” (12.58%), “International–Liquidity Premium” (5.29%), and “All Cap–Low Debt” (4.44%). Among domestic sector distributions, Industrials and Utilities were leaders of the portfolio with allocations of 5% and 4%, respectively. The largest stock holding in the All-Cap portfolio was Pfizer Inc. (PFE, 1.99%). The largest ETF holding was the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT, 0.95%).
The cash level within the All-Cap Fund increased to 57.97% last week. The Fund’s daily trading of S&P 500 futures started the week 2.9% net long, changed to 3.2% net long on Wednesday’s close, and then scaled back to 2.6% net long on Friday’s close to begin this week. The Fund’s daily trading of NASDAQ 100 Index futures was 1.8% net short throughout last week and into this week.
The Market Environment Indicator (MEI) remained bearish last week. On Friday, equity asset-class allocations in the Quantified Market Leaders Fund changed to the following: Large-Cap Value (3.49%), Large-Cap Growth (2.62%), Mid-Cap Growth (1.75%), and Mid-Cap Value (0.87%). Total sector ETF weightings remained at 0.00%. The individual ETF positions with the leading portfolio weightings were the iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD, 3.49%) and the iShares Russell 1000 Growth (IWF, 2.62%). Total cash remained at 91.27%.
Within the Quantified Alternative Investment Fund (QALTX), the Long/Short Market Neutral Alternative subportfolio made no major changes last week. There were a few changes among the largest ETF positions: Allocation to the ProShares RAFI Long/Short ETF (RALS, 0.88%) increased, while allocation to the iShares Dow Jones US Telecom ETF (IYZ, 0.67%) decreased. Last week, the funds returned -0.35% and +3.42%, respectively.
The cash level within the Alternative Fund increased to 57.79% last week. The daily trading of S&P 500 Index futures with 10% fund capital allocation remained neutral for the week. The 7.5% capital allocation of the volatility-based systematic trading of NASDAQ 100 Index futures began the week 3.0% net short and remained there throughout the week and into Monday.
The Self-adjusting Trend Following strategy’s signal exposure in the NASDAQ 100 Index (NDX) was at -0.8X throughout the week. Last week, the Fund (QSTFX) lost 1.93%, compared to a gain of 2.19% on the NASDAQ 100 Index (NDX) and a gain of 2.23% for the Rydex Series NASDAQ 100 Fund (RYHOX), a current potential holding of the STF strategy.
The Quantified Managed Income Fund’s (QBDSX) two leading broad-bond index ETF holdings were the iShares Barclays MBS Bond ETF (MBB, 13.50%) and the SPDR Lehman Municipal Bond ETF (TFI, 10.13%). Last week, the funds returned 0.45% and 0.17%, respectively. Cash remained at 12.00%.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield continued its tumble through last week, closing at 2.67% on Friday. The 12% active portfolio exposure to 30-year U.S. Treasury bond futures in the Fund began 9.8% net long, dropped to 6.6% net long on Monday’s close, and then dropped again to 1.9% net long on Friday’s close to begin this week. The position gained approximately 0.72%.
|Fund (Inception)||Symbol||Qtr Ending 12/31/18||YTD Ending 12/31/18||1 Year Ending 12/31/18||3 Year Ending* 12/31/18||5 Year Ending* 12/31/18||Since* Inception Ending 12/31/18||Annual Expense Ratio|
|The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (7/5/13)||QGLDX||7.10%||(4.08%)||(4.08%)||4.50%||(0.67%)||(1.16%)||1.54%|
|Quantified Managed Income Fund (8/9/13)||QBDSX||(2.14%)||(3.16%)||(3.16%)||2.54%||1.22%||1.10%||1.78%|
|Quantified All-Cap Equity Fund (8/9/13)||QACFX||(17.37%)||(11.15%)||(11.15%)||5.37%||2.52%||3.20%||1.55%|
|Quantified Market Leaders Fund (8/9/13)||QMLFX||(21.47%)||(13.46%)||(13.46%)||6.06%||2.79%||3.76%||1.76%|
|Quantified Alternative Investment Fund (8/9/13)||QALTX||(5.61%)||(8.89%)||(8.89%)||1.51%||0.08%||1.57%||2.07%|
|Quantified STF Fund (11/13/15)||QSTFX||(18.64%)||(6.93%)||(6.93%)||10.33%||N/A||9.20%||1.71%|
* Performance for periods of greater than one year are annualized.
As of the most recent prospectus, the expense ratios for the Gold Bullion Strategy Fund are as follows: Investors’ Class (No Load), 1.54%; Class A, 1.54%; Class C, 2.14%. The maximum sales charge imposed on Class A share purchases (as percentage of offering price) is 5.75%. An additional 2% redemption fee applies to all share classes, including Investors’ Class, when shares are redeemed within 7 days of purchase.
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 and an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. To obtain performance data current to the most recent month-end please call 1-855-647-8268.
Risks associated with the Quantified Funds include active frequent trading risk, aggressive investment techniques, small and mid-cap companies risk, counter party risk, depository receipt risk, derivatives risk, equity securities risk, foreign securities risk, holding cash risk, limited history of operations risk, lower quality debt securities risk, convertible bond risk, non-diversification risk, investing in other investment companies (including ETFs) risk, shorting risk, asset backed securities risk, commodity risk, credit risk, interest risk, prepayment risk, mortgage backed securities risk, hedging and leverage risk, preferred stock risk, and MLP and REIT risks. For detailed information relating to these risks, please see prospectus.
The principal risks of investing in The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund are Risks of the Sub-adviser’s Investment Strategy, Risks of Aggressive Investment Techniques, High Portfolio Turnover, Risk of Investing in Derivatives, Risks of Investing in ETFs, Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies, Leverage Risk, Taxation Risk, Concentration Risk, Gold Risk, Wholly-owned Corporation Risk, Risk of Non-Diversification and interest rate risk. “Gold Risk” includes volatility, price fluctuations over short periods, risks associated with global monetary, economic, social and political conditions and developments, currency devaluation and revaluation and restrictions, trading and transactional restrictions.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of each Quantified Fund and The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds’ prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 1-855-647-8268. The prospectus should be read carefully prior to investing in The Quantified Funds or The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund.
There is no guarantee that any of the Quantified Funds or The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund will achieve their investment objectives.
Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., serves as investment sub-adviser to The Gold Bullion Strategy and Quantified Funds. Advisers Preferred, LLC serves is the Funds’ investment adviser.