The ultimate goal of the HCM Tactical Growth Fund is long-term capital appreciation. Using the proprietary HCM-BuyLine® method, the fund seeks to mitigate losses during market declines by moving from equity securities into money markets and short-term bonds. But it is not a purely defensive fund. While invested in equity securities, the fund will aggressively seek growth. The HCM Tactical Growth Fund offers two share classes in order to meet a broad range of investment and needs.Download Fund Fact Sheet
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective through investments in: (i) domestic equity securities of any market capitalization; (ii) other investment companies (mutual funds (including mutual funds that use leverage), closed-end funds and ETFs); and (iii) cash and cash equivalents.
The Advisor uses the HCM-BuyLine®, its proprietary quantitative investment model, to determine when the Fund should be in or out of the market. The HCM-BuyLine® uses trend analysis to help identify the broad trend in the equity market. When the trend is down, the Advisor (as defined below) starts to reduce the Fund’s exposure to equities, and, when the trend is up, the Advisor increases the Fund’s exposure to equities. A number of indicators comprise the HCM-BuyLine®, with the ratio of new highs to new lows over different time horizons having the heaviest weight. The Advisor uses its discretion to determine how much the Fund will be in or out of the market based on the strength of the trend identified by the HCM-BuyLine®. When the Fund is out of the market, it will invest in cash and cash equivalents and/or put options to hedge the portfolio’s equity securities and to reduce volatility. Put options generally have an inverse relationship to the underlying security on which the option is held. When the Fund is in the market, it will invest in equity securities. The Fund may be invested from 0-100% in cash and cash equivalents and/or put options and 0-100% in equities depending on the strength of the trend identified by the HCM-BuyLine®.
When the Fund is in the market, the Fund’s portfolio will be comprised of equities of companies whose earnings are growing, while the remaining portion of the Fund’s portfolio will be invested in investment companies. These investment companies will invest in equity securities of companies in sectors selected by the Advisor’s proprietary quantitative model, which indicates which sectors are outperforming other sectors at any given time based on the Advisor’s proprietary strength criteria.
Vance has offered professional money management through Howard Capital Management, Inc. since 1999. He specializes in research, development, and implementation of various types of trading systems. After years of research, he developed a disciplined, systematic, and non-emotional method of investing that is designed with the goal of protecting our clients' assets during market declines. Vance proactively manages all the Funds.
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