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How dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment

2nd Quarter | 2021

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Updates on how dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment.

U.S. equity markets posted gains in two of the three indexes last week. The S&P 500 gained 0.41%, the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.85%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.80%. Six of the 11 sectors were up last week; Real Estate, which posted the largest gain, was up by 1.95%. Six of the 11 Quantified Funds were up last week: The Quantified STF Fund (QSTFX) was up 3.32%, the Quantified Evolution Plus Fund (QEVOX) was up 1.76%, the Quantified Pattern Recognition Fund (QSPMX) was up 0.76%, the Quantified Rising Dividend Tactical Fund (QRDTX) was up 0.29%, the Quantified Managed Income Fund (QBDSX) was up 0.23%, the Quantified Alternative Investment Fund (QALTX) was up 0.18%, the Quantified Common Ground Fund (QCGDX) was flat, the Quantified Tactical Fixed Income Fund (QFITX) was down 0.50%, and the Quantified Government Income Tactical Fund (QGITX) was down 0.50%, the Quantified Market Leaders Fund (QMLFX) was down 1.11%, and the Quantified Tactical Sectors Fund (QTSSX) was down 3.31%.

The Market Environment Indicator (MEI) remained bullish last week. Equity asset-class allocations in the Quantified Market Leaders Fund were as follows: Small-Cap Value (30.25%), Mid-Cap Value (22.70%), Large-Cap Value (15.14%), and International Developed (7.57%). Total sector ETF weightings were at 75.66%, holding nearly equal exposures in Banking, Financial Services, Retail, and Energy.

The cash level within the Quantified Alternative Investment Fund decreased by 2.12% last week (18.12%). The largest allocation increase and decrease, respectively, within the Quantified Alternative Investment Fund (QALTX) last week were the following: Allocation to the iShares Global Consumer Discretionary ETF (RXI, 4.54%) increased by 1.80%, while allocation to the VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF (VSDA, 1.35%) decreased by 1.35%. Last week, the funds were up 0.30% and down 0.13%, respectively.

The 10% capital allocation of the volatility-based systematic trading of NASDAQ 100 Index futures started the week at 6% net long, changed to 8% net long on Wednesday, and changed to 7% net long on Friday.

The QFC Self-adjusting Trend Following strategy’s signal exposure in the NASDAQ 100 Index (NDX) held a 200% exposure throughout the week. The Quantified STF Fund (QSTFX) was up 3.32% for the week, compared to a gain of 1.65% on the NASDAQ 100 Index (NDX) and a gain of 1.64% 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 are the iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY, 22.80%) and the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF (JNK, 9.10%). Last week, the funds were flat and up 0.46%, respectively. Cash was at 12.21%.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield closed the week down 6.56%. The 12% active portfolio exposure to 30-year U.S. Treasury bond futures in the Fund started the week with a 1% net short exposure, changed to a 4% net short exposure on Tuesday, changed to a 4% net long exposure on Thursday, and remained there for the rest of the week. The S&P E-mini Futures started the week with an 8% net short exposure, changed to a 7.50% net short exposure on Thursday, and remained there for the rest of the week.

The Quantified Pattern Recognition Fund (QSPMX) started the week with 200% net long exposure. On Thursday, exposure changed to 180% net long. It remained there through the end of the week.

The Quantified Tactical Fixed Income Fund (QFITX) started the week with a 6.60% net short exposure to Treasurys and a 19.20% net long exposure to high-yield bonds. On Tuesday, exposure changed to 28.60% net short Treasurys and 19.20% net long high-yield bonds. On Thursday, exposure changed to 40.30% net long Treasurys and 19.20% net long high-yield bonds. It remained there through the end of the week.

The Quantified Evolution Plus Fund (QEVOX) changed to the following allocations: 25% in the S&P, 26% in real estate, 38% in international equity, and 11% in gold.

The Quantified Common Ground Fund (QCGDX) had a 3.98% cash exposure. The Fund’s largest allocations were to Magellan Health Inc. (MGLN, 6.09%) and Deckers Outdoor Corporation (DECK, 5.71%). Last week, the stocks were down 0.01% and up 3.23%, respectively.

The Quantified Tactical Sectors Fund (QTSSX) had the following allocations: SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE, 50%), Financial SPDR ETF (XLF, 50%), SPDR Retail ETF (XRT, 50%), and VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH, 50%).

The Quantified Government Income Tactical Fund (QGITX) started the week with a 7.70% net short exposure to Treasurys. On Tuesday, exposure changed to 30.80% net short Treasurys. On Thursday, exposure changed to 28.60% net long Treasurys. It remained there for the rest of the week.

The Quantified Rising Dividend Tactical Fund (QRDTX) had a bullish exposure last week.

Total Return

Fund (Inception) Symbol Qtr Ending (3/31/21) YTD Ending (3/31/21) 1 Year Ending (3/31/21) 3 Year Ending* (3/31/21) 5 Year Ending* (3/31/21) Since* Inception Ending (3/31/21) Annual Expense Ratio
The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund (7/9/13) QGLDX (11.02%) (11.02%) 4.82% 5.74% 4.00% 1.98% 1.51%
Quantified Managed Income Fund (8/9/13) QBDSX  (1.81%)  (1.81%) (1.74%) (0.66%) 0.80% 0.57% 1.64%
Quantified Market Leaders Fund (8/9/13) QMLFX 16.72% 16.72% 82.46% 20.23% 18.97% 12.60% 1.68%
Quantified Alternative Investment Fund (8/9/13) QALTX 5.79% 5.79% 27.44% 4.13% 4.36% 3.25% 2.11%
Quantified STF Fund (11/13/15) QSTFX (2.79%) (2.79%) 76.09% 26.98% 23.69% 19.82% 1.72%
Quantified Common Ground Fund (12/27/19) QCGDX 8.41% 8.41% 39.04% N/A N/A 18.94% 1.86%
Quantified Evolution Plus Fund
(9/30/19)
QEVOX (5.54%) (5.54%) 10.57% N/A N/A (6.15%) 1.81%
Quantified Pattern Recognition Fund (8/30/19) QSPMX 11.80% 11.80% 30.35% N/A N/A 14.65% 1.78%
Quantified Tactical Fixed Income Fund (9/13/19) QFITX (9.24%) (9.24%) (10.08%) N/A N/A 0.96% 1.77%
Quantified Tactical Sectors Fund (3/3/21) QTSSX N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0.60% 1.77%

* 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), 1.51%; Class A, 1.51%; Class C, 2.10%. 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-advisor’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-advisor to The Gold Bullion Strategy and Quantified Funds. Advisors Preferred, LLC serves is the Funds’ investment advisor.



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