Performance Summary

Monthly Performance as of 4/30/2019

  Average Annual Total Returns
Performance 1 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
Litman Gregory Masters Equity Fund (Institutional Class 12/31/96) MSEFX 7.10% 9.43% 13.94% 8.31%
Russell 3000 Index
12.68% 11.20% 15.29% 8.49%
Morningstar Large Blend Category Average1
10.82% 9.31% 13.31% 6.98%
Litman Gregory Masters International Fund (Institutional Class 12/1/97) MSILX -3.69% 0.82% 7.02% 6.97%
MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Index
-3.23% 2.83% 7.75% 5.25%
MSCI EAFE Index
-3.22% 2.60% 7.95% 4.81%
Morningstar Foreign Large Blend Category Average
-3.61% 2.48% 7.58% 4.25%
Litman Gregory Masters Smaller Companies Fund (6/30/03) MSSFX 9.36% 4.37% 13.31% 8.18%
Russell 2000 Index
4.61% 8.63% 14.10% 9.77%
Morningstar Small Blend Category Average
3.06% 6.71% 13.03% 8.97%
Litman Gregory Masters Alternative Strategies Fund (Institutional Class 9/30/11) MASFX 3.72% 3.11% n/a 4.79%
Litman Gregory Masters Alternative Strategies Fund (Investor Class 9/30/11) MASNX 3.45% 2.87% n/a 4.55%
Barclays Aggregate Bond Index 5.29% 2.57% n/a 2.48%
3-Month LIBOR 2.51% 1.03% n/a 0.80%
Morningstar Multialternative Category Average 1.19% 1.03% n/a 1.77%
HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index -3.34% -0.30% n/a 1.22%
Russell 1000 Index 13.33% 11.41% n/a 15.84%
Litman Gregory Masters High Income Alternatives Fund (Institutional Class 9/28/18) n/a n/a n/a 1.72%
Litman Gregory Masters High Income Alternatives Fund (Investor Class 9/28/18) n/a n/a n/a 1.64%
Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index n/a n/a n/a 4.65%
HFRX Fixed Income – Credit Index n/a n/a n/a -1.47%
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield TR USD Index n/a n/a n/a 3.82%

Periods greater than one year are annualized
1 Although Morningstar categorizes the Equity Fund as Large Growth, we believe it is better categorized as Large Blend.




Quarterly Performance as of 3/31/2019

  Average Annual Total Returns
Performance 1 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception
Litman Gregory Masters Equity Fund (Institutional Class 12/31/96) MSEFX 1.47% 8.06% 14.96% 8.07%
Russell 3000 Index
8.77% 10.36% 16.00% 8.34%
Morningstar Large Blend Category Average1
6.81% 8.51% 13.97% 6.82%
Litman Gregory Masters Equity Fund (Investor Class 4/30/09) MSENX 1.22% 7.78% n/a 13.21%
Russell 3000 Index
8.77% 10.36% n/a 14.98%
Morningstar Large Blend Category Average1
6.81% 8.51% n/a 12.99%
Litman Gregory Masters International Fund (Institutional Class 12/1/97) MSILX -6.71% 0.06% 7.92% 6.76%
MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Index
-4.22% 2.57% 8.85% 5.14%
MSCI EAFE Index
-3.71% 2.33% 8.96% 4.69%
Morningstar Foreign Large Blend Category Average
-4.76% 2.13% 8.45% 4.15%
Litman Gregory Masters International Fund (Investor Class 4/30/09) MNILX -6.95% -0.20% n/a 6.32%
MSCI ACWI ex U.S. Index
-4.22% 2.57% n/a 7.53%
MSCI EAFE Index
-3.71% 2.33% n/a 7.72%
Morningstar Foreign Large Blend Category Average
-4.76% 2.13% n/a 7.39%
Litman Gregory Masters Smaller Companies Fund (6/30/2003) MSSFX 4.63% 2.72% 14.89% 7.93%
Russell 2000 Index
2.05% 7.05% 15.36% 9.59%
Morningstar Small Blend Category Average
-0.19% 5.37% 14.34% 8.77%
Litman Gregory Masters Alternative Strategies Fund (Institutional Class 9/30/11) MASFX 2.02% 2.87% n/a 4.64%
Litman Gregory Masters Alternative Strategies Fund (Investor Class 9/30/11) MASNX 1.76% 2.62% n/a 4.40%
Barclays Aggregate Bond Index 4.48% 2.74% n/a 2.50%
3-Month LIBOR 2.47% 0.99% n/a 0.78%
Morningstar Multialternative Category Average 0.20% 0.81% n/a 1.65%
HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index -3.34% -0.30% n/a 1.22%
Russell 1000 Index 9.31% 10.64% n/a 15.42%
Litman Gregory Masters High Income Alternatives Fund (Institutional Class 9/28/18) 0.92%
Litman Gregory Masters High Income Alternatives Fund (Investor Class 9/28/18) 0.86%
Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index 4.08%
HFRX Fixed Income – Credit Index -1.79%
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield TR USD Index 2.39%

Periods greater than one year are annualized
1 Although Morningstar categorizes the Equity Fund as Large Growth, we believe it is better categorized as Large Blend.

 

Gross and Net Expenses
 
Fund Gross Expense Ratio* Net Expense Ratio**
MSEFX 1.27% 1.15%
MSENX 1.52% 1.40%
MSILX 1.26% 1.03%
MNILX 1.55% 1.32%
MSSFX 1.74% 1.32%
MASFX 1.75% 1.66%
MASNX 2.00% 1.90%
MAHIX 1.10% 0.98%
MAHNX 1.35% 1.23%

* Gross and net expense ratios are per the Prospectus dated 4/30/2018 (High Income Alternatives prospectus dated 9/28/2018). There are contractual fee waivers in effect through 4/30/2019.

Performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Index performance is not illustrative of fund performance. An investment cannot be made directly in an index. Short-term performance in particular is not a good indication of the fund’s future performance, and an investment should not be made based solely on returns. 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 funds may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Investment performance reflects fee waivers in effect. In the absence of such waivers, total return would be reduced.

The performance quoted does not include a deduction for taxes that a shareholder would pay on distributions or the redemption of fund shares. Indexes are unmanaged, do not incur expenses, taxes or fees and cannot be invested in directly.

† Source: MSCI. Neither MSCI nor any other party involved in or related to compiling, computing, or creating the MSCI data makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such data (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such data. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, any of its affiliates, or any third party involved in or related to compiling, computing, or creating the data have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential, or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages. No further distribution or dissemination of the MSCI data is permitted without MSCI’s express written consent. Source note: Returns prior to 1999 are the MSCI ACWI ex-US GR index. Returns from 1999 onwards are MSCI ACWI ex-US NR index.

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