Investment Vehicles

We are value investors who seek to generate positive returns by making prudent and disciplined investments on behalf of our investors.

 
 

Customized Client Portfolios

When we create an investment portfolio for a client, we work hard to ensure that the portfolio will serve the client’s needs. The makeup of a portfolio is determined by a client’s financial goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, income needs, and more, and is fully customized to each client. Our clients’ portfolios are generally assembled from a combination of the following traditional and alternative investment vehicles:

Equities

A suitable segment of a client’s portfolio is allocated to high-quality stocks for long-term capital appreciation. When we choose a company’s stock for a client’s portfolio, we are disciplined with our purchase price and generally seek to invest in situations that present a favorable risk-reward profile.

Fixed Income Securities

Our approach to fixed income investing balances the desire to generate a reliable stream of income for our clients (and confidence that the principal amount invested will be repaid) against the risks associated with committing capital for a fixed rate of return.

Alternative Investment Vehicles

Certain clients have expressed their desire to allocate a portion of their capital into private, alternative investment vehicles such as real estate and private equity. These investments are often managed by individuals and firms with expertise complementary to our own. As is the case with our equity investments, we like to invest our own capital in alternative investment opportunities alongside our clients.

Precious Metals

In an effort to hedge our client portfolio for risk and provide inflation protection for our client portfolios, we seek out appropriate precious metal exposure that we can obtain for our clients through the public markets.

Mutual Funds

We try to use mutual funds and ETFs sparingly to minimize our clients’ investment expenses. When we invest our clients’ capital in Appleseed Fund, whose investment portfolio we manage ourselves, we waive Pekin Hardy’s investment advisory fee. We generally limit our investments in mutual funds to small accounts that are difficult to diversify with individual securities and to asset classes in which the expertise of a third-party manager is required.

APPLESEED FUND DISCLOSURE

You should carefully consider the investment objectives, potential risks, management fees, and charges and expenses of the Fund before investing. The Fund’s prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund, and should be read carefully before investing. You may obtain a current copy of the Fund’s prospectus by calling 1-800-470-1029.

There is no guarantee that the vehicles presented will succeed; and investment results may vary. Bonds are affected by a number of risks, including fluctuations in interest rates, credit risk, and prepayment risk. Alternative Private Investments, such as REIT’s and real-estate related securities involve special risks. such as limited liquidity and interest rates risk. Investors in alternative investments should bear in mind that these products can be highly speculative and may not be suitable for all clients. Investments in commodities may be affected by overall market movements, changes in interest rates, and other factors, such as weather disease, embargoes, and international economic and political developments.

The universe of acceptable investments for the Fund may be limited as compared to other funds due to the Fund’s ESG investment screening. Because the Fund does not invest in companies that do not meet its ESG criteria, and the Fund may sell portfolio companies that subsequently violate its screens, the Fund may be riskier than other mutual funds that invest in a broader array of securities. Although the Pekin Hardy believes that the Fund can achieve its investment objective within the parameters of ESG investing, eliminating certain securities as investments may have an adverse effect on the Fund’s performance.

The Fund’s past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the Fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling 1-800-470-1029.

The Fund is managed by Pekin Hardy Strauss Inc. an SEC registered investment firm dedicated to value investing. For more information, visit www.appleseedfund.com.

The Appleseed Fund is distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors, LLC. (member FINRA)

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