Summary Prospectus
Class E Shares : AMREX

Effective November 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

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Table of Contents

Fee Table, 3

Investment Objectives/Goals, 3

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries, 6

Portfolio Manager, 6

Portfolio Turnover, 3

Principal Investment Strategy, 3

Principal risks of investing in the Fund, 4

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares, 6

Risk Return Summary, 3

Risk/Return Bar Chart and Table, 5

Tax Consequences, 6

The Investment Adviser, 6

 

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Risk/Return Summary
Investment Objectives/Goals

The Fund’s primary objective is growth of capital.

Fee Table
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the American Growth Fund. More information about these breakpoints can be found under “Distribution Arrangements” on page 13 of this prospectus.

 

Class E

SHAREHOLDER FEES: (fees paid directly from your investment)

 

Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price)

5.75%

Maximum deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption proceeds, whichever is lower

1%

Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends

None

Redemption Fees

None

Exchange Fee

None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (Expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) ended July 31, 2017:

Management Fees

  1.00%

Distribution and Service (12b-1) fees

  0.30%

Other Expenses

13.23%

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

14.53%


This Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.
The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

1 Year

3 Years

5 Years

10 Years

Class E

$1,879

$4,127

$5,966

$9,233

You would pay the following expenses if you did not redeem your shares:

Class E

$1,879

$4,127

$5,966

$9,233


The Example does not reflect sales charges (loads) on reinvested dividends and other distributions. If these sales charges (loads) were included, your costs would be higher.

Portfolio Turnover
The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 151% of the average value of its portfolio due, in part, to the change in investment strategy.

Principal Investment Strategy
Investment Research Corporation (the "Adviser") manages the Fund by searching for companies/investments with growth potential that could show faster growth than markets indexes. The Adviser also looks for securities that are considered undervalued or out of favor with investors or are expected to increase in price over time. We use a consistent approach to build the Fund’s security

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portfolio which is made up primarily of common stocks involved, in at least some way, in the legal cannabis business. In addition to the principal investment strategy, we may also invest in securities convertible into common stock in companies involved, in at least some way, in the legal cannabis business. Examples of companies associated with the legal cannabis industry could include legally registered publicly traded companies in fields such as agriculture, pharmaceutical, hydroponic or tobacco companies or REITs. These securities may be issued by large companies and also small and mid-sized companies, Micro Cap and Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”). Income through dividend payments is a secondary objective. Income also becomes a Fund objective when it is in a temporary, defensive position. The legal cannabis business does not need to be the sole focus point of a company for Series Two to invest in it nor does it need to account for a majority of its overall revenues. For example, Series Two may invest in Company XYZ, a pharmaceutical company developing uses for medical cannabis even if the revenues produced as a result of the sales of medical cannabis is responsible for less than 5% of XYZ’s overall revenue.

Principal risks of investing in the Fund
The primary risks of investing in the Fund are:

~ General Risk - All investments are subject to inherent risk. Markets can trade in random or cyclical price patterns and prices can fall over time. The value of Series Two can fluctuate as markets fluctuate over long and short periods of time,
~ Political, Economic and Regulatory Risk - Changes in economic and tax policies, high inflation rates, government instability, and other political or economic actions or factors that may have an adverse effect on Series Two,
~ Cannabis Industry Risk – The cannabis industry is a very young, fast evolving industry with possible increased exposure to rule changes, changes in laws, increasing regulations, increasing competition which may cause businesses to suddenly close or businesses to shrink as well as the possibility that a company currently operating legally may suddenly find itself exposed to illegal activities,
~ REITs Risk - REITs may be subject to certain risks associated with the direct ownership of real property including declines in the value of real estate, risks related to general and local economic conditions, over building and increased competition, increase in property taxes and operating expenses, and variations in rental income,
~ Stock Market Risk - the value of an investment may fluctuate,
~ Industry and security risk - the risk that the value of securities in a particular industry or the value of an individual stock or bond will decline because of changing expectations for the performance of that industry or for the individual company issuing the stock or bond.  The Fund may have significant holdings in certain industries and thus may be more susceptible to volatility in those industries, and thus more susceptible to losses.
~ Management Risk - risks that the Adviser’s assessment of a company’s growth prospects may not be accurate,
~ REITs Risk – Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) includes declines in the value of real estate, risks related to general and local economic conditions, over building and increased competition, increase in property taxes and operating expenses, and variations in rental income,
~ Mid Cap Risk - mid cap stocks tend to have a greater exposure to market fluctuations and failure,
~ Small Cap Risk - small cap stocks tend to have a high exposure to market fluctuations and failure,
~ Micro Cap Risk - low-priced stocks issued by the smallest of companies. Many microcap companies do not file financial reports with the SEC, so it's hard for investors to get the facts about the company's management, products, services, and finances. Microcap stocks historically have been more volatile and less liquid than the stock of larger companies,
~ Liquidity Risk - Series Two may face increased liquidity risk which is the risk that a given security or asset may not be readily marketable,
~ New Issuer Risk - New Issuers have been in the business less than 3 years, may face increased pressures from established companies, new unseasoned management, may be more volatile and may offer less liquidity then larger companies,
~ Convertible Security Risk - risk of loss of principal before maturity,
~ Large Cap Company Risk - slower response to competitors, technology and consumer tastes and slower growth rates during periods of economic expansion,

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~ Portfolio Turnover Risk - High portfolio turnover (generally, turnover in excess of 100% in any given fiscal year) may result in increased transaction costs to the Fund, which may result in higher fund expenses and lower total return.

Loss of some or all of the money you invest is a risk of investing in Series Two.
Because of the nature of the Fund, you should consider the investment to be a long-term investment that typically provides the best results when held for a number of years.
Please see the Statement of Additional Information for further discussion of risks.

Risk/Return Bar Chart and Table
The bar chart and table are intended to provide you with an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing changes in performance from year to year and by showing how the Fund’s average annual returns
for Class E shares for 1 year and since inception (February 23, 2011) of Series Two compared to those of the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index total return. Past performance, before and after taxes, is not predictive of future performance. Sales load and account fees are not reflected in the chart. If the sales load and account fees were included, the returns would be less than those that are shown. Updated performance information for the Fund is available at the Fund’s web site (www.americangrowthfund.com) or toll free telephone number (800) 525-2406.

 

Best calendar quarter ended 12/11: 3.68%. Worst calendar quarter ended 09/11: -24.68%. Year to date performance for the period ended 09/30/2017 was -33.75%.

Average annual total returns for the periods ended December 31, 2016

One Year

Five Year

Since Inception (02/23/2011)

Class E Return before taxes

-14.03%

3.00%

-0.32%

Class E Return after taxes on Distributions

-14.03%

3.00%

-0.32%

Class E Return after taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares

-14.03%

3.00%

-0.32%

Standard and Poor’s 500 Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)

11.96%

14.66%

11.75%


After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes;
Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor´s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.


After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes;
Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts;

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After-tax returns are shown for only Class E and after-tax returns for other Classes will vary.

The Investment Adviser
The investment adviser is Investment Research Corporation. The Investment Advisor and Underwriter are under common ownership and share many of the same employees.

Portfolio Manager

The Fund is managed by an Investment Committee made up of Timothy Taggart, the Fund´s President, and Robert Fleck, an employee of the Advisor, who has both acted in this capacity since April of 2011.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares
When purchasing Fund shares there is no minimum initial or subsequent amount required. You can purchase and sell your shares on any business day through your financial adviser, by mail by writing to: American Growth Fund, 1636 Logan Street, Denver, CO, 80203, by wire if the purchase or sale is over $1,000 or by calling 800-525-2406 if the purchase or sale is $5,000 or less. For more information please visit www.agfseries2.com.

Tax Consequences
Distributions from the Fund’s long-term capital gains are taxable as capital gains, while distributions from short-term capital gains and net investment income are generally taxable as ordinary income.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries
If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s Web site for more information.

 

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