Snow Capital Long/Short Opportunity Fund - Overview


The Long/Short Opportunity Fund's ("Fund") objective is long-term capital appreciation and protection of investment principal.

Investment Strategy

To achieve its investment objective, the Fund invests in domestic equity securities, including common and preferred stocks, convertible securities, and shares of other investment companies and exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") that invest in equity securities. The Fund may invest in securities of companies of any size. In addition to domestic securities, the Fund may have up to 25% of its net assets invested directly or indirectly in foreign securities, including investments in emerging markets.

To the extent deemed appropriate by the Adviser to mitigate the risks of volatility in the U.S. equity market, the Fund seeks protection of investment principal by using derivative instruments. Through the Fund's use of options, including covered call options, naked put options, bull and bear spread option trades, put options and index options, the Adviser attempts to enhance equity returns relative to a long-only equity strategy and to lower the overall volatility of the Fund's investment portfolio. The Fund may also use futures contracts in place of options to achieve similar results. The Fund may use an investment in a derivative instrument as a substitute for a comparable market position in the underlying equity security or to attempt to "hedge" or limit the exposure of the Fund’s position in an equity security.

In addition to equity securities, the Fund may invest up to 50% of its net assets in debt securities of varying maturities and durations, including securities issued or guaranteed as to principal and interest by the U.S. Government or its agencies, instrumentalities or sponsored entities, and including debt securities that have been rated below investment grade by a nationally recognized statistical ratings organization ("NRSRO"), commonly referred to as "junk bonds" or "high yield bonds." However, the Fund will not purchase debt securities rated as in default by an NRSRO. In addition to direct investments in debt securities, the Fund may invest in other companies and ETFs that invest in debt securities.

The Fund's portfolio typically consists of 30 to 60 equity securities that are weighted according to the Adviser’s projected return expectations.

Investment Philosophy

Snow Capital Management employs a contrarian, fundamental, relative value investment philosophy. We believe that attractive returns can be earned by constructing diversified portfolios of well-managed, financially strong companies where the stock price is depressed because the company has experienced short-to intermediate-term difficulties. The philosophy is consistent with modern behavioral finance research. It attempts to take advantage of investors' overreaction to negative surprises and as a result should avoid overpaying for the crowd's current favorites.

The philosophy relies on independent, fundamental research to determine the nature of the problem, assess the likelihood of a solution, gain confidence that the company has the financial resources to survive the difficulty, and to estimate the likely value of the company's stock after the problem is resolved. Only stocks with the highest potential returns make it into the portfolio. When skillfully executed, this contrarian philosophy should result in a portfolio of stocks with the potential for an asymmetrical payoff. The downside should be minimized because the stock price is already depressed, the company appears to be in sound financial condition, Wall Street's opinion is already negative, and investor expectations are low. The upside potential may be enhanced by the expected earnings turn-around, and more powerfully, the potential expansion of the price-to-earnings ratio that a positive change in investor sentiment can generate after an earnings recovery.

Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) is a common tool for comparing the prices of different common stocks and is calculated by dividing the current market price of a stock by the earnings per share.

Diversification does not assure a profit nor protect against loss in a declining market.

Derivatives may involve certain costs and risks such as liquidity, interest rate, market, credit, management, and the risk that a position could not be closed when most advantageous. Investing in derivatives could lose more than the amount invested.

Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. Investments in smaller companies involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. Investments in foreign securities involve greater volatility and political, economic and currency risks and differences in accounting methods. These risks are greater in emerging markets. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. The fund may invest in lower-rated and non-rated securities which present a greater risk of loss to principal and interest than higher-rated securities. The fund may invest in other investment companies, and the cost of investing in the Fund will generally be higher than the cost of investing directly in the shares of the mutual funds in which it invests. By investing in the Fund, you will indirectly bear your share of any fees and expenses charged by the underlying funds, in addition to indirectly bearing the principal risks of the funds. The fund also invests in ETFs. They are subject to additional risks that do not apply to conventional mutual funds, including the risks that the market price of an ETF's shares may trade at a discount to its net asset value ("NAV"), an active secondary trading market may not develop or be maintained, or trading may be halted by the exchange in which they trade, which may impact the Fund's ability to sell its shares. The Fund may use options and futures contracts which have the risks of unlimited losses of the underlying holdings due to unanticipated market movements and failure to correctly predict the direction of the securities prices, interest rates and currency exchange rates. This investment may not be suitable for all investors. Small- and Medium-capitalization companies tend to have limited liquidity and greater price volatility than large-capitalization companies. If a fund is non-diversified, meaning it may concentrate its assets in fewer individual holdings than a diversified fund. The fund is more exposed to individual stock volatility than a diversified fund.

Before you invest in the Snow Capital Funds, please refer to the Prospectus for important information about the investment company, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. You may also obtain a prospectus by calling 1-877-766-9363. The prospectus should be read carefully before you invest or send money.

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P.O. Box 701 . Milwaukee, WI 53201-0701 . Phone (877) 766-9363