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InvestmentNews Names AXS Aspect Core Diversified Strategy Fund (EQAIX) Among Top Equity Mutual Funds

NEW YORK, May 15, 2020 – AXS Investments, a leading alternative investment manager, today announced that its AXS Aspect Core Diversified Strategy Fund (EQAIX) was included by InvestmentNews in its recently published list of Top Equity Mutual Funds.

In a quarter marked by severe market disruption related to the COVID-19 pandemic, EQAIX continued to perform as designed and exhibited strong results not only among its alternative investment and managed futures peers, but also among all U.S. equity funds generally.

“We are thrilled that EQAIX is included among the U.S. mutual funds named by InvestmentNews — not just alternative investment funds, but all U.S. equity funds,” said Greg Bassuk, Chief Executive Officer of AXS Investments. “The fund represents a strong case study illustrating how certain liquid alternatives have been there for investors when they needed them most. EQAIX remains positioned very well to manage the market volatility and uncertainty ahead.”

The AXS Aspect Core Diversified Strategy Fund seeks capital appreciation through a proprietary systematic trend following strategy managed by Aspect Capital. One of its lead portfolio managers is Aspect Capital co-founder Martin Lueck, recipient of the prestigious 2019 Managed Futures Pinnacle Achievement Award recognizing his 30-year career as a leading pioneer of systematic investing. Presented by CME Group and BarclayHedge, nominees for the award were chosen based on quantitative data provided by BarclayHedge across a total of 23 award categories.

According to Mr. Lueck, “The fund was able to navigate periods like this by having exposure to lots of markets and opportunities in a very broad range of assets. With no directional bias, we can participate on the short side as easily as on the long, and therefore potentially profit in both bull and bear markets.”

Managed futures funds have a long track record of resilience during market downturns, including recessions. Many funds in the category, like the 4-star rated EQAIX, use quantitative models to identify price trends and invest long or short to buy and sell to profit from movements. Managed futures strategies have been shown to improve overall performance over traditional 60/40 portfolios during times of market stress.

In the Morningstar managed futures category, EQAIX (I-share) received an overall rating of 4 stars, a 3-year rating of 3 stars out of 86 funds, and a 5-year rating of 3 stars out of 72 funds, based on risk-adjusted returns as of 3/31/2020. EQAAX (A-share) and EQACX (C-share) both received an overall rating of 3 stars, a 3-year rating of 3 stars out of 86 funds, and a 5-year rating of 3 stars out of 72 funds.

About AXS Investments

AXS Investments is a leading alternative investment manager providing a diversified family of alternative investment funds for individual investors, financial advisors, family offices and others seeking alternative sources of growth, income and diversification. The firm empowers investors to diversify their portfolios with investments previously available only to the largest institutional and high net worth investors. The firm’s investor-friendly funds are time-tested, liquid and transparent, sub-advised by top institutional managers with long and strong track records. For more information, visit

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