Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund Named Morningstar’s Best Performing Small Cap Value Fund for 1- and 3-Year Periods, Beating Russell 2000 Value Index

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The Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund (QRSVX) has been named the best-performing mutual fund in the Morningstar Small Value Category for the 1-year and 3-year periods ending 3/31/2020. The fund ranks in the top 3% of the small cap value category for the 5-year period and top 15% for the 10-year period. Morningstar has assigned the fund a Gold Quantitative Rating and a 5-star Overall Morningstar Rating™.

“Active management has the potential to reduce much of the risks that often unknowingly plague passive investors,” Steve Scruggs, CFA

The Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund (QRSVX) has been named the best-performing mutual fund in the Morningstar Small Value Category for the 1-year and 3-year periods ending 3/31/2020. The fund ranks in the top 3% of the small cap value category for the 5-year period and top 15% for the 10-year period. Morningstar has assigned the fund a Gold Quantitative Rating and a 5-star Overall Morningstar Rating™.

“While index investing has become very popular, our disciplined process has significantly outpaced the Russell 2000 Index year-to-date as well as over the past 15+ years,” said Steve Scruggs, CFA, portfolio manager of the Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund. Since inception in 2002, the Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund has a cumulative return of 267% vs. 166% for the Russell 2000 Value Index (http://www.queensroadfunds.com).

Active Management, Disciplined Investing Process Beats Index
The volatile first quarter stock market led by the COVID-19 pandemic led many mutual funds to underperform their benchmark indices. Bucking this trend, the Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund has outperformed the Russell 2000 Value Index by over 13% year-to-date (through 3/31/2020) while beating the Russell 2000 Value Index over the past 1-, 3-, 5-, 10- and 15-year periods.

“Active management has the potential to reduce much of the risks that often unknowingly plague passive investors,” said Scruggs. “While passive investing can provide low-cost investing it is not without risks. The biggest and likely most unrealized risk is that by piling onto the passive investing bandwagon, one virtually puts the attainment of their goals on cruise control.”

Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund Takeaways:

  • The Queens Road Small Cap Value fund (QRSVX) is 13% ahead of the Russell 2000 Value Index year-to-date through 3/31/2020.
  • The fund has beaten the Russell 2000 Value Index over the past 1-, 3-, 5-, 10-, and 15-year periods as of 3/31/20.
  • Cumulative performance since inception in 2002 for the Queens Road Small Value fund is 267% vs. 166% for the Russell 2000 Value Index.

Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund Has Been Named:

  • Best performing fund in Morningstar Small Cap Value Category for past 1-year.
  • Best performing fund in Morningstar Small Cap Value Category for past 3-years.
  • Top 3% for the 5-year period
  • Top 15% for the 10-year period
  • Morningstar Gold Quantitative Rating™
  • 5-star Overall Morningstar Rating™

Members of the media wishing to speak with Queens Road Funds personnel should contact: Joseph Finora: jfinora@optonline.net / 631-680-7870.

Queens Road Funds: 1031 South Caldwell St., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28203, (888) 353 0261 / http://www.queensroadfunds.com

The Queens Road Funds are managed by Bragg Financial Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm manages over $1.7 billion for institutions and private clients as of 12/31/2019. The portfolio manager, fund analysts and trustees, and firm principals and associates are among the largest shareholders in the Queens Road Funds. Learn more at http://www.braggfinancial.com.

Bragg Financial Advisors, Inc. is a Registered Investment Firm offering securities through an affiliate, Queens Road Securities, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Bragg Financial Advisors, Inc. is the investment adviser for the Queens Road Funds. Queens Road Securities, LLC is the distributor of the Queens Road Funds and an affiliate of Bragg Financial Advisors, Inc.

Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund invests primarily in small-cap companies which may involve considerably more risk than investing in larger-cap stock. An investor should carefully consider a Fund’s investment objective, risks, fees, charges, and expenses before investing or sending money. This and other important information about the Queens Road Funds can be found in the Funds’ prospectus. To obtain a prospectus, and information about the performance of the Queens Road Funds, please call (888) 353-0261 or visit http://www.queensroadfunds.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. Distributor: Queens Road Securities, LLC

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The Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund was rated against the following numbers of Small Value funds over the following time periods: 407 funds in the last three years, 356 funds in the last five years, and 250 funds in the last ten years. With respect to these Small Value category funds, the Queens Road Small Cap Value Fund received a Morningstar Rating of 5-stars for the three-, five- and 10-year periods. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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