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Quality Dividend Fund QDVAX | QDVCX | QDVIX

A diversified portfolio of high-quality higher-dividend paying stocks that seeks to achieve three main goals: asset preservation, attractive current income and income growth.

Symbols

Class A: QDVAX

Class C: QDVCX

Class I: QDVIX

Morningstar category

Large Value

Lipper classification

Global Equity Income

Inception

Class A: 9/30/2013

Class C: 10/1/2013

Class I: 10/5/2016

Dividend frequency

Quarterly


Highlights

Seeks Asset Preservation While Generating Attractive Income

  • The portfolio invests exclusively in high-quality stocks that have demonstrated the will and ability to pay both current dividends as well as increased dividends annually.

Suitable for Consideration by Income-Seeking Investors

  • The portfolio companies have historically yielded dividend income roughly twice that of the S&P 500. With bond yields at historical lows*, this portfolio provides an all-equity alternative to income seeking investors.

Actively Managed

  • Experienced management team leverages deep industry insights and fundamental research to select stocks and optimize the portfolio for yield, protection and tax-efficiency.

Portfolio Management

Larry C. Baker, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

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Michael S. Scherer

Senior Portfolio Manager

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Thomas P. Mulroy

Executive Vice President

Senior Portfolio Manager

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* EquityCompass has contractually agreed to a reduction of its advisory fee and/or reimbursement of other operating expenses until August 31, 2019, unless the Board of Trustees approves its earlier termination.

Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here. The performance shown reflects fee waivers/reimbursements in effect; without these waivers, performance would have been lower. Total returns are based on net change in NAV with reinvestment of all dividends. For performance current to the most recent month-end, please call (888) 201-5799. The Fund charges a 1% redemption fee if shares are redeemed within 60 days of purchase.

* EquityCompass has contractually agreed to a reduction of its advisory fee and/or reimbursement of other operating expenses until August 31, 2019, unless the Board of Trustees approves its earlier termination.

Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here. The performance shown reflects fee waivers/reimbursements in effect; without these waivers, performance would have been lower. Total returns are based on net change in NAV with reinvestment of all dividends. For performance current to the most recent month-end, please call (888) 201-5799. The Fund charges a 1% redemption fee if shares are redeemed within 60 days of purchase.

Sector Allocation

Market Capitalization

* EquityCompass has contractually agreed to a reduction of its advisory fee and/or reimbursement of other operating expenses until August 31, 2019, unless the Board of Trustees approves its earlier termination.

Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here. The performance shown reflects fee waivers/reimbursements in effect; without these waivers, performance would have been lower. Total returns are based on net change in NAV with reinvestment of all dividends. For performance current to the most recent month-end, please call (888) 201-5799. The Fund charges a 1% redemption fee if shares are redeemed within 60 days of purchase.

Literature

Quality Dividend Fund is distributed by Foreside Funds Distributors LLC, not an affiliate of EquityCompass.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

All investments involve risks, including the risk of a possible loss of principal. Foreign investments are subject to risks not ordinarily associated with domestic investments, such as currency, economic and political risks, and different accounting standards. There are special considerations associated with international investing, including the risk of currency fluctuations and political and economic events. Investing in emerging markets may involve greater risk and volatility than investing in more developed countries. Small company stocks are typically more volatile and carry additional risks, since smaller companies generally are not as well established as larger companies. The market risk associated with small‐cap and mid‐cap stocks is generally greater than that associated with large‐cap stocks because small‐cap and mid‐cap stocks tend to experience sharper price fluctuations than large‐cap stocks, particularly during bear markets. Due to their narrow focus, sector‐based investments typically exhibit greater volatility and are generally associated with a high degree of risk. When investing in bonds, it is important to note that as interest rates rise, bond prices will fall. In addition, duration risk measures a debt security’s price sensitivity to interest rate changes. Bonds with higher duration carry more risks and have higher price volatility than bonds with lower duration. Therefore, if interest rates are very low at the time of purchase of the bonds, when interest rates eventually do rise, the price of such lower interest rate bonds will decrease and anyone needing to sell such bonds at that time, rather than holding them to maturity, could realize a loss. When investing in real estate, it is important to note that property values can fall due to environmental, economic, or other reasons, and changes in interest rates can negatively impact the performance of real estate companies.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) represent a share of all stocks in a respective index. ETFs trade like stocks and are subject to market risk, including the potential for loss of principal, and may trade for less than their net asset value. The value of ETFs will fluctuate with the value of the underlying securities. Inverse ETFs are considered risky and are not suitable for all investors. Typically, these products have one‐day investment objectives, and investors should monitor such funds on a daily basis. Inverse ETFs are constructed by using various derivatives for the purpose of profiting from a decline in the value of an underlying benchmark. Investing in inverse ETFs is similar to holding various short positions, or using a combination of advanced investment strategies to profit from falling prices. Investors should review the prospectus and consider the ETF’s investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. Prospectuses are available through your Financial Advisor and include this and other important information. Rebalancing may have tax consequences, which should be discussed with your tax advisor. Diversification and/or asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss. The portfolio risk management process includes an effort to monitor and manage risk, but does not imply low risk.

Changes in market conditions or a company’s financial condition may impact a company’s ability to continue to pay dividends. Companies may also choose to discontinue dividend payments. High-dividend paying stocks may carry elevated risks and companies may lower or discontinue dividends at any time.

All benchmark returns presented are provided to represent the investment environment existing during the time periods shown. Actual investment performance will vary due to fees and expenses. For comparison purposes, the benchmarks include the reinvestment of income. The benchmarks are unmanaged and unavailable for direct investment.

EquityCompass Strategies is a research and investment advisory unit of Choice Financial Partners, Inc. (“Choice”). Choice is a wholly owned subsidiary and affiliated SEC Registered Investment Adviser of Stifel Financial Corp.

Portfolios based on EquityCompass Strategies are available primarily through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated.

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