Josh Strauss, Portfolio Manager, Appleseed Capital sat down with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO, RIA Channel, LLC to discuss APPLX, their core, go anywhere, ESG mutual fund. As a fundamentally focused, active manager, Strauss discusses their investment strategy, research and overall approach to uncovering ESG opportunities globally.
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Through 03/31/2017, the Appleseed Fund (APPLX) generated a one year return of 8.57%, a three year annualized return of 0.74%, a five year annualized return of 5.14%, a ten year annualized return of 5.84% and an annualized return of 6.17% since the Fund’s inception on 12/08/06.
Performance data quoted above represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month is available by calling us toll free at 1-800-470-1029.
The Investor Class gross expense ratio is 1.48%, and the net expense ratio is 1.25%. The Institutional Class gross expense ratio is 1.23%, and the net expense ratio is 1.06%. The Fund’s Adviser has contractually agreed to limit its receipt of payments under the Fund’s Administrative Services Plan to 0.19% of the average daily net assets of Investor Class shares through January 31, 2018. This expense cap may not be terminated prior to this date except by the Board of Trustees. The Fund’s Adviser has contractually agreed to waive its management fee and/or reimburse expenses so that total annual operating expenses (excluding brokerage fees and commissions; fees paid pursuant to the Administrative Services Plan (Investor Class only); borrowing costs, such as (a) interest and (b) dividend expenses on securities sold short; any 12b-1 fees; taxes; extraordinary expenses; and any indirect expenses, such as acquired fund fees and expenses) do not exceed 0.95% of the Fund’s average daily net assets through January 31, 2018. Any waiver or reimbursement by the Advisor is subject to repayment by the Fund within three fiscal years; provided that the Fund is able to make the repayment without exceeding the 0.95% limitation. This expense cap may not be terminated prior to this date except by the Board of Trustees. The Fund’s ninety day redemption fee is 2.00%.
As of 03/31/2017 the following represent the fund’s top ten holdings – Sprott Physical Gold Trust – 14.53%, Herbalife Ltd – 9.77%, United Natural Foods Inc – 6.28%, SK Telecom Co Ltd ADR – 4.75%, Hyundai Home Shopping Network Corp – 4.31%, Oaktree Capital Group LLC – 4.18%, Mexico Utd Mex – 3.72%, Toyo Tanso Co Ltd – 3.04, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG – 2.98%, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc – 2.92%.