Fortunatus Investments Launches Small Cap Mutual Fund with Protactical™ Management Approach

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First mutual fund in company’s portfolio will target US as well as both emerging and developed international markets

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Due to the highly volatile nature of small caps stocks, the Protactical New Opportunity Fund tactically manages the exposure to each market segment based on proprietary measures determining investment and allotment of funds.

Fortunatus Investments has launched its first mutual fund, the Fortunatus Protactical New Opportunity Fund (a shares: FPOAX; i shares: FPOIX), filling a void in the marketplace with its own unique fund management system.

The New Opportunity Fund tracks the Fortunatus Protactical Global Small Cap Index, a custom index based on the company’s proprietary trend signals. Market segments considered for the fund are:

  • US small cap stocks
  • International Developed small cap stocks
  • Emerging Markets small cap stocks
  • Defensive positions, including cash and fixed income investments.

Making investment in small caps stocks a less volatile endeavor is one of the core tenants of the fund. Due to the highly volatile nature of small caps stocks, the Protactical New Opportunity Fund tactically manages the exposure to each market segment based on proprietary measures determining investment and allotment of funds. Defensive positions protect fund assets during large market declines.

“The small cap mutual fund market traditionally provides a return premium over large cap stocks,” said Fund Manager and Fortunatus Investment's Chief Investment Officer, Tim Giampetroni. “Small caps are not a market to pursue a passive buy and hold strategy. Our unique, proactive, and disciplined approach to analyzing the market segments may reduce the negative compounding effects of large drawdowns by seeking to move to safer, less volatile investments during severe market declines.”

Fortunatus Investments, launched by Brighton, Michigan-based Executive Wealth Management (EWM) in 2009, currently advises on over $400 million in assets for EWM today through separately managed accounts. Each Fortunatus model has a tactical component designed to limit the loss of capital during declines in the market.

This “proactive” investment approach of anticipating opportunity in global markets while making “tactical” market adjustments based on proprietary research explains the “Protactical” ™ name of the fund.

“We decided our first mutual fund should be a small cap fund due to our own experience,” said Bert Herzog, CEO and Founder of Fortunatus Investments and Executive Wealth Management. “When we found small cap funds to our liking they often were closed to additional investors. After years of research, we are ready to debut our own fund incorporating our own unique principles.”

Tracking of the Protactical New Opportunity Fund began December 30, 2014.

For additional information, contact Fortunatus Investments at 855-807-6585, or visit http://www.fortunatusfunds.com.

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Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fortunatus Protactical New Opportunity Fund. This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained at http://www.fortunatusfunds.com or by calling 844-798-3646. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. The Fortunatus Protactical New Opportunity Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC member FINRA/SIPC.

Mutual Funds involve risk including the possible loss of principal. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objectives. The Fund has a limited history of operation. Investments in ETF’s are subject to specific risks, depending on the nature of the underlying strategy of the fund. These risks could include liquidity risk, sector risk, as well as risks associated with fixed income securities, real estate investments, and commodities, to name a few. When the Fund invests in fixed income securities, the price of a fixed income security may fall when interest rates rise.

Investments in small-capitalization companies may be more vulnerable than larger, more established organizations. Investments in foreign securities could subject the Fund to greater risks including, currency fluctuation, economic conditions, and different governmental and accounting standards. In addition to the risks generally associated with investing in securities of foreign companies, countries with emerging markets also may have relatively unstable governments, social and legal systems that do not protect shareholders, economies based on only a few industries, and securities markets that trade a small number of issues.

The success of the Adviser’s volatility management strategy depends in part on the Adviser’s ability to effectively and efficiently manage the strategy for the Fund’s benefit by moving to defensive positions when all sub-indices of the Custom Index are in an unfavorable trend.

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