Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Marathon Value Portfolio (the “Fund”) is to provide shareholders with long-term capital appreciation in a well-diversified portfolio.  The Fund will measure its performance against the S&P’s 500 Index®. It will benchmark both relative performance and volatility against that measure.

Principal Strategies

The Fund primarily will provide the investor broad exposure to what the Fund’s advisor, Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC, believes are the best opportunities or values in common stocks of U.S. companies.  These opportunities or values typically will be stocks of companies that, in the advisor’s opinion, do not reflect the intrinsic value of the companies.

The advisor intends that the Fund will invest primarily in common stocks of U.S. companies that have potential “value” in the advisor’s judgment.  The advisor believes that determining value involves an effort to understand a company’s assets and business strengths and to compare those to the current price of the company’s stock.  It is worth noting that in today’s economy, assets are often intangible.  A value investor does not place great emphasis on precise projections of future earnings or on the current momentum of the company’s business.  The advisor will not exclude great companies that sell at reasonable prices relative to their value.  The advisor intends for the Fund to provide investors with exposure to a wide number of industries.

In valuing a company, the advisor takes a long-term approach, with an emphasis on management strength and the fundamental profitability of the company’s business.  To assess management strength, the advisor looks for characteristics such as a long-term record of success or positive opinions from industry observers.  The advisor seeks companies whose businesses possess, in the advisor’s opinion, inherent strength based on factors such as superior production or distribution processes, unique products or quality franchises.  The Fund may also purchase a company’s stock if the advisor’s assessment of the private market value of the company (i.e., the price at which knowledgeable buyers and sellers would exchange a comparable business) exceeds, by a material amount, the price of the security.  The advisor’s assessment of private market value is based on reported similar transactions, information in industry publications or from individuals within the industry, or other sources of information.

The Fund may invest in short-term and long-term debt securities, preferred stocks, convertible debt securities and convertible preferred stocks.  The Fund may invest in lower-rated debt securities of a company if the advisor believes that the company’s junk bonds offer more potential for participating in the company’s long-term prospects than could be achieved by investing in the company’s other available securities.  The Fund also may invest up to 10% of its assets in junk bonds rated at the time of purchase BB/Ba or lower by S&P or Moody’s or, unrated, but determined to be of comparable quality by the advisor.  The Fund also may invest up to 10% of its assets in equity securities of foreign issuers, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”).  ADRs are certificates held in trust by a U.S. bank or trust company evidencing ownership of shares of foreign-based issuers, and are an alternative to purchasing foreign securities in their national market and currency.

The Fund intends to remain substantially invested in value securities.  If, however, the advisor believes that sufficient investment opportunities that meet the Fund’s investment criteria are not available, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its total assets in money market funds, investment grade short-term money market instruments including U.S. Government and agency securities, commercial paper, certificates of deposit, repurchase agreements and other cash equivalents.  The Fund will incur duplicate management and other fees when investing in money market funds.  By keeping cash on hand, the Fund may be able to meet shareholder redemptions without selling stocks and realizing gains and losses.  However, the Fund may not achieve its investment objective when holding a substantial cash position.

The advisor believes its price-driven, value-oriented approach may provide investors with the opportunity for growth, while providing some protection against permanent impairment of capital.  The advisor seeks to reduce risk by buying stocks the advisor believes are reasonably priced relative to the company’s earnings and sales, by diversifying broadly and by avoiding current market favorites.  The advisor’s decision to purchase a stock is made without regard to the market capitalization of the company or its weighting in any market index.  The Fund may invest in companies of all sizes, which includes large, mid-cap, and small-cap securities.

The Fund may sell a security when the advisor believes the price is no longer undervalued relative to the company’s earnings and sales, the company’s prospects have deteriorated, there has been a change in management, or better investment opportunities are available.

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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.

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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 The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. The Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Kovitz Investment Group Partners, LLC is not affiliated with Northern Lights Distributors, LLC.



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