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Performance

Cumulative Total Return as of
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Average Annual Total Return as of
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The performance quoted represents past performance, does not guarantee future results and current performance may be lower or higher than the data quoted. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained at www.emeraldmutualfunds.com.

Maximum Offering Price (MOP) for Class A shares includes the Fund's maximum sales charge of 4.75%. Performance shown at NAV does not include these sales charges and would have been lower had it been taken into account.

A Contingent Deferred Sales Charge (CDSC) of 1.00% may apply to Class C shares redeemed within the first 12 months after a purchase.

The performance shown for periods prior to March 16, 2012, reflects the performance of the Forward Growth Fund, a series of Forward Funds (as a result of a prior reorganization of the Forward Growth Fund into the Emerald Growth Fund).

1Inception Dates - Class A: 10/01/1992, Class C: 07/01/2000, Class Institutional: 10/21/2008, Class Investor: 05/02/2011

2The Russell 2000 Growth Index measures the performance of the small-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 2000 Index companies with higher price-to-value ratios and higher forecasted growth values. An investor may not invest directly in an index.

Top 10 Holdings

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*Portfolio holdings as of month-end are posted on the 21st day of the next succeeding month (or, if the 21st day is not a business day, then on the next business day).

Fund Details

Objective

The Fund seeks long-term growth through capital appreciation.

Overview

The Fund invests in companies of any size and favors smaller-sized companies with market capitalizations that are equal to or less than the largest company in the Russell 2000 Index and seeks companies with perceived leadership positions and competitive advantages in niche markets.

  • The portfolio is diversified across industry sectors and focuses on companies that do not receive significant coverage from other institutional investors.
  • The Fund utilizes a fundamental approach to choosing securities: the research staff of Emerald conducts research analysis that includes its proprietary 10-step research process, assessing factors such as each company’s specific competitive advantages, management strengths/weaknesses, growth drivers and risks, as well as financial and valuation models.
  • The team seeks to control volatility by diversifying the Fund's portfolio among subgroups within each industry sector and seeks to minimize risk by unequally weighting the percentage ownership of portfolio companies through a comprehensive on-going risk assessment process.

Portfolio Management

Distributions

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Address:

P.O. Box 8556
Denver, CO 80201

Overnight Address:

1290 Broadway, Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80203

E-mail:

emeraldmutualfunds@alpsinc.com

Telephone:

Emerald Mutual Funds: (855) 828-9909

Emerald Broker Services: (800) 722-4123