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AXS Multi-Strategy Alternatives Fund (KCMTX) Wins 2021 SMArtX Award for Best Risk-Adjusted Returns

4-star rated core multi-alternative strategy recognized for strong 2020 performance, continuing nearly 13-year reliability for investor portfolios

NEW YORK, March 3, 2021 – AXS Investments, a leading alternative investment manager, today announced the firm has been named winner of the SMArtX 2021 Award for the “Best Risk Adjusted Returns – Alternatives” for its AXS Multi-Strategy Alternatives Fund (KCMTX) strategy.

Winners were chosen from among 725 strategies available on the SMArtX Advisory Solutions platform based on annual performance data for the period ending 12/31/2020. AXS Investments’ Multi-Strategy Alternatives competed against over 30 alternative investment strategies and was recognized for achieving the best alternatives risk-adjusted return.

“We’re thrilled to have earned this distinguished recognition for our multi-strategy alternatives solution for investors,” said Greg Bassuk, Chairman and CEO of AXS Investments. “With a very strong and nearly thirteen-year live performance track record, our multi-alternative strategy has shown its consistent ability to perform in all market cycles, including some of the most volatile environments our markets historically have experienced. Our long-term and 2020 performance amid major market shocks and volatility is emblematic of how we expect the fund to continue to perform to enhance investor portfolios.”

The reliability and constancy of the strategy’s performance are among the many factors driving the 4-Star rating of the AXS Multi-Strategy Alternatives Fund. In the Morningstar long-short equity category, KCMIX and KCMTX received an overall rating of 4 stars and 3 stars, respectively, based on risk-adjusted returns as of 12/31/2020. Both received a 3-year rating of 3 stars out of 188 funds, 5-year rating of 4 stars out of 148 funds and 10-year rating of 4 stars out of 49 funds.

The SMArtX 2021 Virtual Awards were introduced by a variety of celebrities, including Mark McGrath, lead singer of Sugar Ray, who introduced AXS portfolio manager Parker Binion with a short rendition of the band’s hit “Fly,” which reached Number 1 on the Billboard Charts in 1997.

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About Morningstar Ratings

In the Morningstar long-short equity category, KCMIX and KCMTX received an overall rating of 4 stars and 3 stars, respectively, based on risk-adjusted returns as of 12/31/2020. Both received a 3-year rating of 3 stars out of 188 funds, 5-year rating of 4 stars out of 148 funds and 10-year rating of 4 stars out of 49 funds.

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The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Morningstar Rating is for the I share classes; other classes may have different performance characteristics.

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