Investment Process

The team’s investment approach is based on thematic idea generation, a systematic framework for analyzing companies and proactive risk management. Utilizing this approach, the team seeks to construct a focused portfolio designed to maximize alpha while limiting downside risk over the long term.

Thematic Idea Generation

  • Identify inflections in multi-year trends caused by changes in supply/demand dynamics, societal behavior, market conditions, technology, laws/regulations and business models, among other variables—these can lead to powerful re-ratings of industries and companies
  • Find areas where the team’s views on industry fundamentals differ from consensus estimates—a key element in alpha generation

Systematic Analytical Framework

  • Apply a systematic framework for analyzing companies across sectors and themes, creating a repeatable and methodical decision-making process
  • Focus on multi-year earnings power differentiation, expected outcome scenario analysis, return on invested capital and discounted cash flow valuations using the team’s proprietary company models
  • Utilize internally developed visual outputs to consistently evaluate positions across the portfolio

Proactive Risk Management

  • Incorporate risk management into all stages of the investment process
  • Evaluate metrics including crowding, correlation, volatility, stress tests, liquidity, factor analysis and macro drivers, in order to inform portfolio construction and position sizing
  • Where appropriate, use various instruments, such as options, in an effort to magnify alpha and minimize downside

Investment Results (%)

As of 30 June 2017 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Investor Class: ARTTX 5.20 5.20
S&P 500® Index 2.48 2.48
As of 30 June 2017 QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yr Inception
Investor Class: ARTTX 5.20 5.20
S&P 500® Index 2.48 2.48
Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. QTD figure represents performance from inception of the portfolio to the quarter end. 

Past performance does not guarantee and is not a reliable indicator of future results. Investment returns and principal values will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown. Performance may reflect agreements to limit a Fund’s expenses, which would reduce performance if not in effect. The Fund's investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) made a material contribution to the Fund's performance. IPO investments may not be available in the future. The Fund's returns may vary greatly over shorter periods due to the limited operating period since inception.

Expense Ratio

  Gross Net
Semi-Annual Report 31 March 2017
Prospectus 5 March 2017 1.56% 1.50%

Expense Ratio Disclosure

Net expenses reflect a contractual Fund expense reimbursement agreement in effect through 30 Jun 2018. Includes estimated expenses for the current fiscal year. See prospectus for more information. 

The investment team leverages high degrees of experience and knowledge within a disciplined investment process. Learn more about the Team.
  • Christopher Smith
  • Portfolio Manager
  • 14Years Investment
    Experience
A non-diversified portfolio may invest a larger portion of assets in securities of a smaller number of issuers and performance of a single issuer may affect overall portfolio performance greater than in a diversified portfolio. Private placement and restricted securities are subject to strict restrictions on resale and may not be able to be easily sold and are more difficult to value.  The use of derivatives in a portfolio may create investment leverage and increase the likelihood of volatility and risk of loss in excess of the amount invested.  Securities of small- and medium-sized companies tend to have a shorter history of operations, be more volatile and less liquid and may have underperformed securities of large companies during some periods.  Growth securities may underperform other asset types during a given period.  International investments involve special risks, including currency fluctuation, lower liquidity, different accounting methods and economic and political systems, and higher transaction costs. These risks typically are greater in emerging markets.  These risks are discussed in the prospectus. Please read it carefully before you invest or send money. 

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