COMMENTARY: Managed Futures Strategy Fund May 2019

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  • Commodities: Short Natural Gas
  • Currencies: Short Euro / Japanese Yen
  • Fixed Income: Long US Ultra Bond
  • Equities: Short MSCI EAFE
  • Commodities: Short Corn
  • Currencies: Short Euro / British Pound
  • Fixed Income: N/A all positions positive
  • Equities: Long S&P 500

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The Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund was down -1.48% on the month as losses in commodities and stock indexes outweighed significant gains in fixed income.

May marked the end of the 2019 winning streak for domestic equities as central banks and earnings took a back seat to renewed political turmoil. President Trump ratcheted up the trade wars by increasing tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese imports, as well as a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports. China retaliated with tariffs of their own on $60 billion of U.S. imports. This was followed by weaker industrial production data out of both the U.S and China which pushed equities lower.

Eurozone issues also moved to the forefront later in the month as Germany posted weaker than expected data, and UK Prime Minister May announced she would step down June 7th. This led to speculation of a hardline Brexit scenario which coincided with centrist parties losing seats in a European Parliamentary election.

These events fueled a risk off trade domestically and internationally, leading to lower interest rates globally. The U.S. yield curve was lower across the board and remain inverted. While the fund exposure to gold and oil remained neutral, WTI crude finishing the month down 16% and gold had a more up and down path finishing the month slightly higher as trade war fears outweighed a stronger U.S. dollar. Finally, grains saw a large rally as rainy conditions severely delayed planting domestically. The surge in prices negatively impacted performance as the fund was significantly short grains in May.

Performance (as of 3/31/2019)
The Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses for the Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund class A and I are 3.12% and 2.88% respectively. The maximum sales charge for Class A (Max Load) shares is 5.75%. The performance data quoted here represents past performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For performance information current to the most recent month-end, please call toll-free 855-294-7540 or visit our website, www.longboardfunds.com. There is no guarantee that any investment will achieve its objectives, generate positive returns, or avoid losses.


The risk off nature of the market had a mixed effect on the portfolio. Our long position in fixed income benefited greatly and currently stands at its highest risk allocation since inception. Meanwhile, equities sold off, causing us to exit several positions and bring our risk allocation back down near all-time lows. Despite exiting some agricultural products at the end of the month, we remain mostly short commodities, specifically softs and grains. Overall the fund continues to be balanced with a preference to fixed income over equities.

Given our current positioning, the fund is positioned to take advantage of global weakness and flight to quality trades. Our largest position is long fixed income, both domestically and internationally. We also remain long the U.S. dollar versus other currencies and continue to add long Japanese Yen positions. The fund remains on the low end of its historical number of positions, which gives us the opportunity to capture trends as they emerge.


Equity weakness cause the fund to exit several long positions at a loss.


The global bond rally led to large gains with every position in this sector positive on the month.


Currencies were choppy given the political turmoil but long U.S. dollar and Japanese Yen positions continued to profit.


A sharp rally in grains hurt our short positions, while other commodity positions were flat.

Commodity Market
A physical or virtual marketplace for buying, selling, and trading raw or primary product such as natural resources, agricultural products, and livestock.
Forward Contract
A non-standardized contract between two parties to buy or sell a specified asset of specified quantity with delivery and payment occurring on a specified date.
Futures Contract
A standardized contract between two parties to buy or sell a specified asset of standardized quantity and quality with delivery and payment occurring on a specified date.
Buying an asset such as a stock, commodity or currency with the expectation that the asset will rise in value.
Risk Allocation
The estimated maximum equity a position could lose, divided by the estimated aggregate equity currently at risk of loss across all positions inthe portfolio.
Selling an asset such as a stock, commodity or currency, with the expectation that the asset will decrease in value.
Holding periods averaging greater than one year.


Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund. This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained at https://www.longboardfunds.com or by calling 855-294-7540. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. The Longboard Managed Futures Strategy Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, a FINRA/SIPC member. Longboard Asset Management, LP, is not affiliated with Northern Lights Distributors, LLC.


Mutual funds involve risk including possible loss of principal. The fund will invest a percentage of its assets in derivatives, such as commodities, futures and options contracts. The use of such derivatives and the resulting high portfolio turnover may expose the fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to, if it invested directly in the securities and commodities underlying those derivatives. The fund may experience losses that exceed those experienced by funds that do not use futures contracts, options and commodities. Changes in interest rates and the liquidity of certain investments could affect the fund’s overall performance. The fund is non-diversified and as a result, changes in the value of a single security may have significant effect on the fund’s value. Other risks include credit risks and investments in fixed income securities, structured notes, asset-backed securities and foreign investments. Furthermore, the use of short positions and leveraging can magnify the potential for gain or loss and amplify the effects of market volatility on the fund’s share price. The fund is subject to regulatory change and tax risks. Changes to current regulation or taxation rules could increase costs associated with an investment in the Fund.