AXS Market Neutral Fund

Institutional: COGIX     Investor: COGMX

Fund Overview

A market neutral investment that buys stocks expected to perform well and short sells stocks expected to underperform, with a focus on large U.S. companies in the S&P 500.

MSR
4 Globes

Out of 145 market neutral funds as of 10/31/2020. Based on 100% of AUM. Data is based on long positions only.

Low Carbon

As of Sep 30, 2020.

Investor Benefits

Seeks to profit from the spread between its long and short positions to deliver attractive market neutral returns with lower volatility.


Employs proprietary ROTA/ROME® methodology to analyze underlying business economics and valuations to identify companies whose intrinsic value diverges from current stock prices.

Offers true portfolio diversification by seeking return streams uncorrelated to equities and fixed income with the potential to perform in up or down markets.

Fund Details

Institutional Shares

Ticker: COGIX
CUSIP: 55379J808
Inception Date: 12/31/2012
Distribution Frequency: Annual
Management Fees: 1.40%
Total Operating Expense: 4.62% 
Net Expense*: 4.10%

Investor Shares

Ticker: COGMX
CUSIP: 55379J709
Inception Date: 12/31/2012
Distribution Frequency: Annual
Management Fees: 1.40%
Total Operating Expense: 4.87% 
Net Expense*: 4.35%

*The Fund’s investment advisor has contractually agreed to reduce its fees and/or absorb expenses of the Fund, to ensure that the Fund’s total annual operating expenses do not exceed 1.45% of the Fund’s average daily net assets, effective until October 31, 2021.

Portfolio Manager

Portfolio managers Jonathan Angrist and Brian Machtley manage the AXS Market Neutral Fund and developed ROTA/ROME®. This proprietary stock selection and portfolio construction methodology allows them to focus on a company’s Return on Total Assets (ROTA) and Return on Market Value of Equity (ROME) in order to identify companies that have generated high returns on invested capital and traded at attractive valuations.

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Jonathan Angrist

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Brian Machtley

Effective December 1, 2020, the Fund (formerly the Cognios Market Neutral Large Cap Fund) entered an interim advisory agreement with AXS Investments, LLC, to provide investment advisory services for the Fund for up to 150 days pending shareholder approval of a new agreement.

There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

The value of the Fund’s assets will fluctuate as the equity market fluctuates, although the beta-adjusted market neutral focus of the Fund should reduce the effect of general market fluctuations on the valuation of the Fund as a whole. Utilization of leverage, such as borrowings and shorting positions, involves certain risks to the Fund’s shareholders, including potential for higher volatility of the net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund’s shares and the relatively greater effect of portfolio holdings on the NAV of the shares. The Fund may not always be able to close out a short position on favorable terms. Short sales involve the risk that the Fund will incur a loss by subsequently buying a security at a higher price than the price at which it sold the security short.

Long is the buying of a security such as a stock, commodity or currency with the expectation that the asset will rise in value. All market indices are unmanaged. Short is a sale that is completed by the delivery of a security borrowed by the seller. Short sellers assume they will be able to buy the stock at a lower amount than the price at which they sold short.

Historical Sustainability Score as of Oct 31, 2020. Sustainability Rating as of Oct 31, 2020.

Sustainalytics provides company-level analysis used in the calculation of Morningstar’s Historical Sustainability Score. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is a measure of how well the portfolio holdings are managing their ESG Risk relative to the portfolio’s Global Category peer group.

The Morningstar Historical Sustainability Score is a weighted average of the trailing 12 months of Morningstar Portfolio Sustainability Scores. Historical portfolio scores are not equal-weighted; rather, more-recent portfolios are weighted more heavily than older portfolios. Based on their Morningstar Historical Sustainability Score, funds are assigned absolute category and percent ranks within their Morningstar Global Categories. A fund’s Morningstar Sustainability Rating (Globe Rating) is its normally distributed ordinal score and descriptive rank relative to the fund’s global category. Higher ratings are better and indicate that a fund has, on average, more of its assets invested in companies that have lower ESG risk as characterized by Sustainalytics.

Carbon Metrics as of Sep 30, 2020. Based on 125% of AUM. Data is based on long positions only.

Morningstar carbon metrics are asset-weighted portfolio calculations based on Sustainalytics company carbon-risk research. Based on two of these metrics—Carbon Risk Score and Fossil Fuel Involvement %—funds may receive the Low Carbon designation, which allows investors to easily identify low-carbon funds within the global universe.

To receive the Low Carbon designation, a fund must have a 12-month average Portfolio Carbon Risk Score below 10 and a 12-month average Fossil Fuel Involvement % of less than 7% of assets. For these metrics to be calculated, at least 67% of a portfolio’s assets must be covered by Sustainalytics company carbon-risk research. All Morningstar carbon metrics are calculated quarterly.

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