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Asset Class Performance Comparisons

june 2006 – March 2017

ASSET
CLASSES
ANNUALIZED
RETURN (%)
CURRENT
YIELD (%)
HYPOTHETICAL
VALUE OF $1000
CORRELATION
TO MLPS
SHARPE
RATIO
STANDARD
DEVIATION (%)
MLPs 9.3 6.9 $ 2,611 1.00 0.39 18.6
REITs 7.2 4.0 $ 2,115 0.33 0.21 24.6
Utilities 9.2 3.3 $ 2,602 0.33 0.52 13.9
Fixed Income 4.6 2.6 $ 1,625 -0.06 0.79 3.2
S&P 500 TR 8.2 2.0 $ 2,344 0.53 0.42 14.8
Russell 2000 7.7 1.4 $ 2,233 0.46 0.29 19.5
Nasdaq 9.7 1.1 $ 2,713 0.51 0.44 17.3
Dow Jones 8.6 2.4 $ 2,455 0.51 0.48 13.9

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MLPs are represented by the total return of the Alerian MLP Index (NYSE: AMZ), a composite index of the 50 most prominent energy master limited partnerships (Inception date:06/01/2006). REITs are represented by the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index designed to track performance of publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (Inception date: 12/31/1971). Utilities are represented by the Dow Jones Utilities Index designed to track the performance of the Utilities sector (Inception date: 01/02/1929). The S&P 500 Index is a capitalization-weighted index that measures the performance of 500 large-capitalization domestic stocks representing all major industries (Inception date: 03/04/1957). The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe (Inception date: 12/29/1978). Fixed Income is represented by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index (Inception date: 01/30/1976). An investor cannot invest directly in an index. Data from Alerian and Bloomberg

 

Asset classes above are represented by the following indices:

MLPs – Alerian MLP Index

REITs – NAREIT All Equity

Utilities – Dow Jones Utilities Index

Fixed Income – Barclays Aggregate Bond Index

Data from Alerian and Bloomberg

The above time period begins on the inception of the Alerian Index (06/01/2006). We believe this data from 06/01/2006 through the present represents multiple market cycles.

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The Alerian MLP Index

Provides investors with unbiased and comprehensive benchmarks for the MLP asset class. The Series is used for the purposes of asset allocation, investment analysis, portfolio hedging, and the creation of index tracking funds. Investments in MLPs involve risks different from those of investing in common stock, including limited control and voting rights, conflicts of interest, cash flow and dilution risks. MLPs are generally considered interest-rate sensitive investments and during periods of interest rate volatility, these investments may not provide attractive returns.

 

NAREIT All Equity REIT Index
A free-float adjusted market "capitalization weighted" index that includes all "tax qualified" REITs listed in the NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ National Market. Real estate values can be affected by a variety of factors, including supply and demand for properties, the economic health of the country or different regions and the strength of specific industries that rent properties.

Dow Jones Utilities
A stock index tracking 15 large, American utility companies. Utility companies borrow more than most companies and thus benefit from low interest rates. Because of this, a downturn on the DJUA is considered a predictor signaling an expected rise in interest rates. Investments focused in the energy sector are subject to risks specific to the industry they serve, including, but not limited to: price fluctuations, reduced volumes, depletion, rising interest rates and extreme weather conditions.

Barclays Aggregate Bond Index
A broad base index, maintained by Barclays Capital, and is often used to represent investment grade bonds being traded in United States. The value of the Fund's investments in fixed income securities will fluctuate with changes in the interest rates, which is typically an inverse relationship.

S&P 500

Index is an unmanaged index commonly used as a benchmark to measure large cap core stock performance and characteristics. The index's performance does not reflect the deduction of transaction costs, management fees, or other costs which would reduce returns. References to market or composite indexes, benchmarks or other measures of relative market performance (indexes) over a specified period of time are provided for your information only and do not imply that a portfolio will achieve similar returns, volatility or other results. An investor cannot invest directly in the index. Overall securities market risks may affect the value of individual instruments in which the Fund invests.

 

Russell 2000
The most common benchmark for mutual funds, it tracks the overall performance of small-cap to mid-cap company shares. The value of a small or medium capitalization company securities may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than those of larger, more established companies or the market averages in general.

Nasdaq
An American stock exchange that is the largest electronic screen-based equity securities trading market in the United States and fourth largest by market capitalization in the world. Overall securities market risks may affect the value of individual instruments in which the Fund invests.

Dow Jones
A stock market index that shows how 30 large, publicly owned companies based in the United States have traded during a standard trading session. Overall securities market risks may affect the value of individual instruments in which the Fund invests.

 

The Alerian MLP Index performance results shown above are not indicative of the performance of the Eagle MLP Stategy Fund. As it is not possible to invest in the indices, the data shown does not reflect or compare features of an actual investment, such as its objectives, costs and expenses, liquidity, safety, guarantees or insurance, fluctuation of principal or return, or tax features. Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Eagle MLP Strategy Fund. This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the Prospectus, which can be obtained by contacting your financial advisor, or by calling 1.888.868.9501. The Prospectus should be read carefully before investing.


The Eagle MLP Strategy Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC member FINRA/SIPC, Eagle Global Advisors, Princeton Fund Advisors and Northern Lights Distributors, LLC are not affiliated.

 

DISCLOSURES

CREDIT RISK
There is a risk that note issuers will not make payments on securities held by the Fund, resulting in losses to the Fund. In addition, the credit quality of securities held by the Fund may be lowered if an issuer's financial condition changes.


DISTRIBUTION POLICY RISK

The Fund's distribution policy is not designed to guarantee distributions that equal a fixed percentage of the Fund's current net asset value per share. Shareholders receiving periodic payments from the Fund may be under the impression that they are receiving net profits. However, all or a portion of a distribution may consist of a return of capital (i.e. from your original investment). Shareholders should not assume that the source of a distribution from the Fund is net profit. Shareholders should note that return of capital will reduce the tax basis of their shares and potentially increase the taxable gain, if any, upon disposition of their shares.


ETN RISK
ETNs are subject to administrative and other expenses, which will be indirectly paid by the Fund. Each ETN is subject to specific risks, depending on the nature of the ETN. ETNs are subject to default risks. Foreign Investment Risk: Investing in notes of foreign issuers involves risks not typically associated with U.S. investments, including adverse political, social and economic developments, less liquidity, greater volatility, less developed or less efficient trading markets, political instability and differing auditing and legal standards.


INTEREST RATE RISK
Typically, a rise in interest rates can cause a decline in the value of notes and MLPs owned by the Fund.


LIQUIDITY RISK

Liquidity risk exists when particular investments of the Fund would be difficult to purchase or sell, possibly preventing the Fund from selling such illiquid securities at an advantageous time or price, or possibly requiring the Fund to dispose of other investments at unfavorable times or prices in order to satisfy its obligations.


MANAGEMENT RISK
Eagle's judgments about the attractiveness, value and potential appreciation of particular asset classes and securities in which the Fund invests may prove to be incorrect and may not produce the desired results. Additionally, Princeton's judgments about the potential performance of the Fund's investment portfolio, within the Fund's investment policies and risk parameters, may prove incorrect and may not produce the desired results.


MARKET RISK
Overall securities market risks may affect the value of individual instruments in which the Fund invests. Factors such as domestic and foreign economic growth and market conditions, interest rate levels, and political events affect the securities markets.


MLP RISK
Investments in MLPs involve risks different from those of investing in common stock including risks related to limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP, risks related to potential conflicts of interest between the MLP and the MLP's general partner, cash flow risks, dilution risks and risks related to the general partner's limited call right. MLPs are generally considered interest-rate sensitive investments. During periods of interest rate volatility, these investments may not provide attractive returns. Depending on the state of interest rates in general, the use of MLPs could enhance or harm the overall performance of the Fund.


MLP TAX RISK
MLPs, typically, do not pay U.S. federal income tax at the partnership level. Instead, each partner is allocated a share of the partnership's income, gains, losses, deductions and expenses. A change in current tax law or in the underlying business mix of a given MLP could result in an MLP being treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, which would result in such MLP being required to pay U.S. federal income tax on its taxable income. The classification of an MLP as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes would have the effect of reducing the amount of cash available for distribution by the MLP. Thus, if any of the MLPs owned by the Fund were treated as corporations for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it could result in a reduction of the value of your investment in the Fund and lower income, as compared to an MLP that is not taxed as a corporation.


ENERGY RELATED RISK
The Fund focuses its investments in the energy infrastructure sector, through MLP securities. Because of its focus in this sector, the performance of the Fund is tied closely to and affected by developments in the energy sector, such as the possibility that government regulation will negatively impact companies in this sector. Energy infrastructure entities are subject to the risks specific to the industry they serve including, but not limited to, the following: Fluctuations in commodity prices; Reduced volumes of natural gas or other energy commodities available for transporting, processing, storing or distributing; New construction risk and acquisition risk which can limit potential growth; A sustained reduced demand for crude oil, natural gas and refined petroleum products resulting from a recession or an increase in market price or higher taxes; Depletion of the natural gas reserves or other commodities if not replaced; Changes in the regulatory environment; Extreme weather; Rising interest rates which could result in a higher cost of capital and drive investors into other investment opportunities; and Threats of attack by terrorists.


NON-DIVERSIFICATION RISK
As a non-diversified fund, the Fund may invest more than 5% of its total assets in the securities of one or more issuers.


SMALL AND MEDIUM CAPITALIZATION COMPANY RISK

The value of a small or medium capitalization company securities may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than those of larger, more established companies or the market averages in general.


STRUCTURED NOTE RISK

MLP-related structured notes involve tracking risk, issuer default risk and may involve leverage risk.

 

6650-NLD-5/3/2017     FR2012-0924-0070/E