Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund:
- Value Risk: A company may be undervalued due to market or economic conditions, temporary earnings declines, unfavorable developments affecting the company and other factors, or because it is associated with a market sector that generally is out of favor with investors. Undervalued stocks tend to be inexpensive relative to their earnings or assets compared to other types of stock. However, these stocks can continue to be inexpensive for long periods of time and may not realize their full economic value.
- Management Risk. The advisor’s value-oriented approach may fail to produce the intended results. If the advisor’s perception of a company’s worth is not realized in the expected time frame, the Fund’s overall performance may suffer.
- Small-Cap and Mid-Cap Risk. Stocks of small-capitalization and mid-capitalization companies are more risky than stocks of larger companies. Many of these companies are young and have a limited track record. Their securities may trade less frequently and in more limited volume than those of more mature companies. As a result, small-and mid-cap stocks may be significantly more volatile than larger-cap stocks. Small-cap and mid-cap companies also may lack the managerial, financial or other resources necessary to implement their business plans or succeed in the face of competition. The prospects for a company or its industry may deteriorate because of a variety of factors, including disappointing operating results or changes in the competitive environment. It may be difficult to sell a small-cap or mid-cap stock, and this lack of market liquidity can adversely affect the Fund’s ability to realize the market price of a stock, especially during periods of rapid market decline.
- Foreign Risk. Foreign securities may experience more rapid and extreme changes in value than securities of U.S. companies because the securities markets of many foreign countries are relatively smaller than those in the U.S. Foreign issuers are not subject to the same degree of regulation as U.S. issuers. Also, nationalization, expropriation or confiscatory taxation or political changes could adversely affect the Fund’s investments in a foreign country. There is a risk that fluctuations in the exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies may negatively affect the value of the Fund’s investments in foreign securities.
- Interest Rate Risk. Changes in interest rates will affect the value of the Fund’s investments in debt securities. Increases in interest rates may cause the value of the Fund’s investments to decline and this decrease in value may not be offset by higher interest income from new investments. Interest rate risk is greater for investments in junk bonds.
- Credit Risk. Changes in the financial strength of an issuer may affect the issuer’s ability to repay principal and to make timely interest payments. The degree of risk for a particular security may be reflected in its credit rating. Junk bonds are subject to greater credit and market risk than higher rated securities.
- Company Risk. The value of the Fund may decrease in response to the activities and financial prospects of an individual company in the Fund’s portfolio. The value of an individual company can be more volatile than the market as a whole.
- Market Risk. Overall stock market risks may also affect the value of the Fund. Factors such as domestic economic growth and market conditions, interest rate levels and political events affect the securities markets and could cause the Fund’s share price to fall.
- An investment in the Fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.
- The Fund is not a complete investment program. As with any mutual fund investment, the Fund’s returns will vary and you could lose money.
Is the Fund Right for You?
The Fund may be suitable for:
- Long-term investors seeking a fund with a value investment strategy
- Investors who can tolerate the risks associated with common stock investments
- Investors willing to accept the greater market price fluctuations of smaller companies
Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Marathon Value Portfolio (the “Fund”). This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 1-800-788-6086 or going to http://www.marathonvalue.com. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. The Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC.