AC Alternatives® Equity Market Neutral Fund

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About the Fund

AC Alternatives® Equity Market Neutral is a portfolio diversifier with high liquidity*, low volatility and low correlations to traditional asset classes designed to deliver return regardless of market conditions.

Potential Benefits of the Fund

This fund is designed to provide:

  • Low correlation to traditional asset classes
  • Low volatility
  • Capital appreciation, independent of equity market conditions

Replacing a portion of an investor's fixed-income or excess cash position with this fund may help provide:

Diversified Source of Return

Performance When Stocks or Bonds Decline

How to Use this Fund

Equity Market Neutral is designed to help address several client concerns and may be appropriate as a:

  • Surplus Cash Substitute: Clients holding large positions in cash due to market concerns may consider allocating a portion to ALHIX.
  • Bond Substitute: Clients concerned about rising interest rates may consider allocating a portion of their bond holdings to ALHIX.
  • Stock Substitute: Clients concerned about stock market volatility and a potential correction may consider allocating a portion of their stock holdings to ALHIX.

Performance

  • CUMULATIVE
  • Average annual total returns illustrate the annual compounded returns that would have produced the cumulative total return if the fund's performance had remained constant throughout the period indicated. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized.

    For periods prior to the inception of a class, performance is for the oldest class, restated with applicable fees, if any.

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    Composition

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        Management

        Brian Garbe

        Brian Garbe

        Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

        Claudia Musat

        Claudia Musat

        Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Quantitative Analyst

        * High Liquidity refers to the fact that mutual funds allow shareholders to purchase or redeem their shares on a daily basis. Conversely, hedge funds restrict contributions or redemptions to a monthly or quarterly basis.

        Data reflects past performance, assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than data shown. Investment return and principal value fluctuates. Redemption value may be more or less than original cost. Obtain performance data current to the most recent month end. For additional share class information, consult the prospectus.

        Diversification does not assure a profit nor does it protect against loss of principal.

        There are risks associated with selling short, including the risk that the fund may have to cover its short positions at a higher price than the short price, resulting in a loss. The fund's loss on a short sale is potentially unlimited, as a loss occurs when the value of a security sold short increases.

        Fund(s) shown may take short positions. A short position arises when the fund sells stock that it does not own but was borrowed in anticipation that the market price of the stock will decline. If the market price declines, the fund can replace the borrowed stock at a lower price and capture the value represented by the difference between the higher sale price and the lower replacement price. Conversely, if the price of the stock goes up after the fund borrows the stock, the fund will lose money because it will have to pay more to replace the borrowed stock than it received when it sold the stock short. Any loss will be increased by the amount of compensation, interest or dividends, and transaction costs the fund must pay to the lender of the borrowed security. In addition, because the fund's loss on a short sale stems from increases in the value of the stock sold short, the extent of such loss, like the price of the stock sold short, is theoretically unlimited. By contrast, a fund's loss on a long position arises from decreases in the value of the stock and therefore is limited by the fact that a stock's value cannot drop below zero. In addition, the fund may not be able to close out a short position at a particular time or price advantageous to the fund and there is some risk the lender of the stock sold short will terminate the loan at an inopportune time.

        Alternative mutual funds that hold a variety of non-traditional investments also often employ more complex trading strategies than traditional mutual funds. Each of these different alternative asset classes and investment strategies have unique risks making them more suitable for investors with an above average tolerance for risk.

        Only Investor Class shares are made available to investors directly. Advisor, A, C, I, and Y Classes of shares are only available for purchase by institutions or other financial intermediaries. R, R5, and R6 Classes of shares are only available for purchase by group employer-sponsored retirement plans. Review definitions and minimums for all share classes.

        B

        Please see the prospectus for details about sales charges.

        C

        Expense ratios provided are the funds' total annual operating expense ratios, gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements. Expense ratios are as of the funds' most current prospectus.

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