Several analyses are offered in this application for use. They include, but are not limited to: top fund changes (buy / sell) through the week, top five gains and losses from holdings, asset class positions, daily portfolio allocation changes and open fund positions 1 year historical risk (standard deviation) distributions. This information is derived from exchange history and believed to be accurate.
All returns are after advisory fees and any trading commissions where applicable. The returns are considered preliminary estimates as they have been derived from downloaded transaction history (exchange history) and therefore may potentially exclude dividends, reinvestment and compounding.
"Model Account" results for the identified investment management strategy(s) shown are time weighted geometrically linked returns. Except where noted, statistics are taken from single strategy accounts and are representative of our largest mutual fund and variable annuity holdings. These returns reflect actual accounts and dates of Flexible Plan's buy and sell signals. If an account terminates during a period, an alternative single account is substituted. Selection of accounts to serve as "model accounts" is based on the longevity of the account and least number of additions and withdrawals. Accordingly, many of the single accounts serving as 'models' are titled in the name of Flexible Plan's President and controlling shareholder, a person related to Flexible Plan.
If single strategy account histories are unavailable, statistics applicable to such accounts are derived from the exchange history files of each strategy used. Actual buy-sell trading signals and pricing are used in conjunction with such files to create the applicable statistics for each model account. These exchange-history derived returns are believed representative of each strategy's actual results, but the results do not represent the actual experience of any client during the period. Therefore, these results may not reflect the impact that material economic and market factors might have had on the results. Nor do they reflect any problems of execution or pricing that may have been encountered in the actual implementation of the buy and sell signals shown in the exchange history files, the effect of which has not been determined, and may be indeterminable.
SUITABILITY PROFILES: For many strategies Adviser provides suitability based profiles with names such as, without limitation, Conservative, Moderate, Balanced, Growth and Aggressive or with numerical designations such as 25, 40, 60, 80, 100. Clients should draw no conclusions from such titles. Rather they are simply a way of designating the hierarchical ranking of Adviser's Profiles within a strategy. They are not meant to imply any ranking within some universal risk measure or benchmark, nor are they equivalent to a Client's subjective concept of the term.
Enhancements have been made in our methodologies on numerous occasions, which are believed to have had a positive effect on returns. The amount is not precisely quantifiable, but as strategy actual buy and sell signals are used, to the extent described, the effect of these enhancements is reflected. Efforts to develop indicators are ongoing and may result in further changes. Dividends are reinvested.
Utilizing performance between selected dates may not be indicative of overall performance of a profile since the dates chosen by the operator of the program may have been selected to present optimum performance and may not be representative of investment performance of any profile during a different period. Inquiry for current results is always advised. Mutual fund, Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), or annuity results will vary based upon their volatility as they relate to the S&P 500 Index or other indices that may be shown. Specific mutual funds, ETFs, sub-accounts or indices may materially outperform or under perform these results. Various mutual funds, ETFs, or sub-accounts used in any model account may no longer be available due to the result of advisor's, sponsor's, or fund advisor's periodic review, fund consolidations and/or exchange conditions imposed by the funds or annuity.
Reference to popular market indexes are included to demonstrate the market environment during the period shown and are not intended as "benchmarks" Index returns are after dividends. Since Index dividends are posted after the end of each month, they are retroactively prorated on a daily basis (which tends to understate returns if the end date range is inclusive of the current partial month). The investment program for the accounts included in the profiles includes trading and investment in securities in addition to those that may be included in the S&P 500. Such indexes may not be comparable to the identified investment strategies due to the differences between the indexes' and the strategies' objectives, diversification, represented industries, number and type of component investments, their volatility and the weight ascribed to them. No index is a directly tradable investment.
For all strategies, the maximum current management fee in effect is 2.6% annually. Fees are deducted in arrears with pro-ration of partial periods. Strategic Solutions strategy(s) may include up to a 1.2% establishment fee at inception. All mutual fund fees and expenses are included to the extent they are reflected in net asset value; other fees may apply. If a front-end fund purchase is contemplated, any commission charged should be deducted. As individual tax rates vary, taxes have not been considered.
For ETF strategies at Folio Institutional and Fidelity, Adviser primarily utilizes NTF (no transaction fee) funds. However, Folio Institutional and Fidelity may charge short-term (funds held less than 30 days) transaction fees ranging between $3.75 and $7.95 per trade. Additionally, Client accounts utilizing ETF strategies at Folio Institutional will be charged an annual brokerage fee of 20 basis points or a minimum of $50. These costs are the responsibility of the Client and are not included in the Adviser’s fees. (See ADV brochure for details.) The trading commissions are the investor’s responsibility.
Advisor retains the right to predicate certain of its strategies on trading signals furnished by non-affiliated firms. In each such instance, the non-affiliated firm is under contract to Adviser to provide, and in certain instances, implement all buy and sell directions for management of Client accounts in the associated Advisor strategies. And, as with all third parties, Flexible Plan by necessity relies on their information, data, and software provided, but whose reliability, while believed to be accurate, cannot be guaranteed and losses may result from reliance upon them. These are normal risks for which Flexible Plan takes no responsibility beyond use of reasonable care in its selection of the third party.
Advisors Preferred LLC ("AP"). Pursuant to a contract with AP, Flexible Plan Investments, acting in the capacity of a sub-adviser, provides investment advisory services for select equity, income, derivative and ETF Investments which Flexible Plan also may use in selected strategies regardless of the Investments described as being utilized elsewhere in this Brochure. If these Investments are used in Client's portfolio, since Adviser would receive a fee for its sub-adviser activities, Clients will receive a pro-rata credit on their billing. AP is a federally registered investment adviser and is the adviser of the Gold Bullion Strategy Fund, Gold Bullion Strategy Portfolio and the Quantified family of funds. Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd. serves as investment sub-adviser to The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund and the Quantified funds, distributed by Ceros Financial Services, Inc. (member FINRA/SIPC). AP is the Funds' investment adviser and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ceros Financial Services, Inc. AP is compensated by the funds in its role as investment adviser to the funds on the basis of assets under management in the funds. You may obtain a Prospectus by calling Advisors Preferred LLC at (888) 572-8868 or writing Advisors Preferred, LLC 1445 Research Boulevard, Ste. 530, Rockville, MD 20850 or download the PDF from:www.goldbullionstrategyfund.com or www.quantifiedfunds.com.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund and the Quantified Funds before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund's prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 1-855-650-7453. The prospectus should be read carefully prior to investing in The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund and the Quantified Funds.
There is no guarantee that The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund or the Quantified Funds will achieve their investment objectives.
Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd. serves as investment sub-advisor to The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund and the Quantified Funds, distributed by Ceros Financial Services, Inc. (member FINRA/SIPC). Ceros Financial Services, Inc. and Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd. are not affiliated entities. Advisors Preferred, LLC is the Fund's investment adviser. Advisors Preferred, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ceros Financial Services, Inc.
The principal risks of investing in The Gold Bullion Strategy Fund or the Quantified Funds 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.
Results are shown after fees at the rate indicated and, if applicable, less a credit for use of any sub-advised funds (primarily used in QFC Strategies). The maximum investment advisory fee is 2.25% yearly, dependent upon assets under management and is deducted pro-rata in arrears.
The FPI Self-adjusting Trend Following and Market Leaders Ultra Sectors Indexes (the “Indexes”) are calculated by NYSE Group, Inc. or its affiliates (“NYSE Group, Inc.”). The FPI Self-adjusting Trend Following and Market Leaders Ultra Sectors Index strategies or managed accounts, which are based on the Indexes, are not issued, sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by NYSE Group, Inc., and NYSE Group, Inc. makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product.
NYSE GROUP, INC. MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO THE FPI FUSIONSM, SELF-ADJUSTING TREND FOLLOWING AND MARKET LEADERS ULTRA SECTORS INDEXES OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL NYSE GROUP, INC. HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Indexes do not predict or project the performance of an investment or investment strategy as one cannot invest directly in an index. FPI’s Self-adjusting Trend Following (“STF”) strategy is based on the STF Index and FPI’s Market Leaders Ultra Sectors strategy is based on the Market Leaders Ultra Sectors Index. The Indexes reflect the theoretical performance an investor would have obtained had it invested in the manner shown and does not represent returns an investor actually attained, as investors cannot invest directly in an index. No representation is being made that any client will or is likely to achieve results similar to those presented.
The Indexes’ calculations from January 2014 forward were performed by the NYSE Group, Inc. From January 1998 to December 2013, the Indexes’ performance was calculated by FPI. The hypothetical performance of these allocations was drawn from various historical sources, including actual returns of FPI’s model account strategies, ETFs and open-end mutual funds (including long/short and/or leveraged funds).
The Self-adjusting Trend Following Index rules have been used to manage assets at FPI since July 2009. The Market Leaders Ultra Sectors Index rules have been used to manage assets at FPI since February 2014. FPI reserves the right to make enhancements to the Indexes’ methodologies.
The Indexes contain no management or advisory fees, other than the internal fees and expenses reflected in the NAV of the mutual funds or ETFs used. A client account in an FPI-offered STF or Market Leaders Ultra Sectors strategy will incur advisory fees; additional fees may apply including transactions and trading costs determined by the custodian of the account. These fees and costs will decrease the return experienced by a client. Individual client account results will vary from the Indexes’ returns. Current and prospective clients should not assume that future performance will be the same or profitable. When provided, dividends are reinvested for indexes. In those cases where indexes do not provide dividend information, those returns would be understated. As individual tax rates vary, taxes have not been considered.
PAST PERFORMANCE DOES NOT GUARANTEE FUTURE RESULTS.
Please read Flexible Plan Investments' Brochure Form ADV Part 2A carefully before investing.
As supplemental information, a listing of all recommendations made within the immediately preceding twelve months, all assumed trades and other data used to generate the referenced results is available upon request. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss as well as the potential for gain.