Securities Act Registration No. 333-21860
Investment Company Act Registration No. 811-132055
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D. C. 20549
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
Pre-Effective Amendment No.
Post-Effective Amendment No. 3
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ¨
ACT OF 1940
Amendment No. 4
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Wegener Investment Trust
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248
Alexandria, VA 22312
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)
Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (703) 282-9380
Steven M. Wegener
5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248
Alexandria, VA 22312
(Name and Address of Agent for Service)
With copy to:
JoAnn M. Strasser
Thompson Hine LLP
312 Walnut Street, 14th floor
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Approximate date of proposed public offering:
It is proposed that this filing will become effective:
o Immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)
ý On November 1, 2009 pursuant to paragraph (b)
o 60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
o On (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
o 75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)
o On (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 485.
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WEGENER ADAPTIVE GROWTH FUND
NOVEMBER 1, 2009
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE: long-term capital appreciation, while attempting to protect capital during negative market conditions using hedging strategies.
5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248
Alexandria, VA 22312
The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or determined if this Prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUND
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND’S STRATEGIES
HOW TO BUY SHARES
HOW TO REDEEM SHARES
DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation, while attempting to protect capital during negative market conditions using hedging strategies.
The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing in a portfolio of common stocks that the Fund’s investment manager, Wegener, LLC, believes have superior prospects for appreciation. The Fund may invest in options to increase the Fund’s market exposure, or use hedging strategies to reduce the Fund’s market exposure, based on the investment manager’s assessment of market conditions.
The investment manager believes that individual stocks, and the stock market as a whole, are influenced by three primary groups of factors: Long Term Reversal Factors, Intermediate Term Trend Factors, and Short Term Reversal Factors.
Long Term Reversal Factors are primarily tied to the ratio of current price to the present value of future cash flows. Other valuation measures, such as the ratio of stock price to current sales and stock price to current earnings, in relation to expected future growth rates and the expected level of risk, are also used. The investment manager believes these Factors can be used to measure investors’ expectations for individual stocks, and investors’ risk tolerance for the stock market. When expectations or risk tolerance are low, the manager believes there is significant potential for them to increase. When either expectations or risk tolerance increases, the investment manager believes stock prices typically appreciate at an above average rate.
Intermediate Term Trend Factors vary a great deal depending on whether individual stocks, or the stock market, is being evaluated. For individual stocks, the Factors include trends in stock price and trends in analysts’ earnings estimates. For the stock market, the Factors are tied to price trends in a wide variety of security types and groups, including sector indexes, small capitalization stocks, large capitalization stocks, corporate bonds, government bonds. The investment manager believes these Factors estimate the current direction of change in investors’ expectations for individual stocks, and the current direction of change in investors’ risk tolerance for the stock market. Intermediate describes the average length of time historically for the Factors to go from positive to negative, or negative to positive.
Short Term Reversal Factors for individual stocks are related to individual stock price, and for the market are related to a wide variety of price. For an individual stock, it is primarily the short term price movement of the stock compared to the broader market. For the broader market, Short Term Reversal Factors are related to recent movement in the overall market compared to typical changes in the market over similar time periods. The investment manager believes these Factors are important because they measure short term overreactions that are usually corrected over a short period of time.
The investment manager selects individual stocks for the Fund’s portfolio that it believes gives the portfolio the best combination of Factors, and sells those that have become less attractive based on the Factors. When the combined Factors of the stock market as a whole lead the manager to expect a poor reward for the risk taken, the investment manager will attempt to reduce market risk by “hedging” the portfolio. When the combined Factors of the stock market lead the investment manager to expect a positive reward for the risk taken, the investment manager may increase stock market exposure by “leveraging” the portfolio.
As a hedging strategy, the Fund will typically simultaneously purchase put options on market indexes and write call options on market indexes. To achieve leverage, the Fund will typically buy call options on individual stocks or market indexes. The Fund’s maximum stock position, either directly or through option positions, will be limited to 150% of its net assets. This means that the option positions will never exceed 50% of the Fund’s net assets.
Stocks are selected from among all stocks sold on the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq System, and American Stock Exchange, and may include foreign companies sold as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). These companies will be selected from any capitalization range (small, mid and large capitalization).
Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund
All mutual funds carry a certain amount of risk. The Fund’s returns will vary and you could lose money on your investment in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Also, an investment in the Fund is not a complete investment program. Below are some specific risks of investing in the Fund.
Management Risk. The investment manager’s judgments about the attractiveness, value and potential appreciation of particular stocks or other securities in which the Fund invests may prove to be incorrect and there is no guarantee that the investment manager’s judgment will produce the desired results. In addition, the investment manager may be unsuccessful in identifying the correct time to leverage or hedge the Fund’s portfolio, in which case the Fund’s value may be adversely affected.
Option Risks. The Fund may terminate an option it has purchased by selling it, allowing it to expire, or by exercising the option. If the option is allowed to expire, the Fund will lose the entire premium it paid (plus related transaction costs). When the Fund sells call options, it receives cash but limits its opportunity to profit from an increase in the market value of the underlying security or index beyond the exercise price (plus the premium received). When the Fund sells put options, the Fund receives the option premium, but will lose money if a decrease in the value of the underlying security or index causes the Fund’s costs to cover its obligations upon exercise to increase to a level higher than the option premium the Fund received. The Fund may also terminate a position in an option it has sold by buying it back in the open market prior to expiration. The Fund will lose money if the cost to buy back the option position is higher than the premiums originally received, due to a rise in the price of the underlying security or index, in the case of calls, or a decline in the price of the underlying security or index, in the case of puts. Increases in the volatility of the underlying security can also cause the price of the options to increase, thus increasing the Fund’s cost to cover its obligation.
Leverage Risk. - Trading in options can result in large amounts of leverage. The leverage offered by trading in options may magnify the gains and losses experienced by the Fund and could cause the Fund’s net asset value to be subject to wider fluctuations than would be the case if the Fund did not use the leverage feature in options.
Smaller Company Risk. To the extent the Fund invests in smaller capitalization companies, the Fund will be subject to additional risks. These include:
The earnings and prospects of smaller companies are more volatile than larger companies.
Smaller companies may experience higher failure rates than do larger companies.
The trading volume of securities of smaller companies is normally less than that of larger companies and, therefore, may disproportionately affect their market price, tending to make them fall more in response to selling pressure than is the case with larger companies.
Smaller companies may have limited markets, product lines or financial resources and may lack management experience.
Foreign Investing Risk. Because the Fund may invest in foreign stocks by purchasing ADRs, it is also subject to foreign investing risk. Foreign investing involves risks not typically associated with U.S. investments. These risks include, among others, adverse fluctuations in foreign currency values as well as adverse political, social and economic developments affecting a foreign country. In addition, foreign investing involves less publicly available information, and more volatile or less liquid securities markets. Investments in foreign countries could be affected by factors not present in the U.S., such as restrictions on receiving the investment proceeds from a foreign country, foreign tax laws, and potential difficulties in enforcing contractual obligations. Foreign accounting may be less revealing than American accounting practices. Foreign regulation may be inadequate or irregular. Owning foreign securities could cause the Fund’s performance to fluctuate more than if it held only U.S. securities.
Security Risk. The value of the Fund may decrease in response to the activities and financial prospects of an individual security in the Fund’s portfolio.
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.
Portfolio Turnover Risk. The Fund may engage in short-term trading to achieve its objective and may have portfolio turnover rates in excess of 100%. A portfolio turnover rate of 100% is equivalent to a fund buying and selling all of the securities in its portfolio once during the course of a year. Increased portfolio turnover may cause the Fund to incur higher brokerage costs, which may adversely affect the Fund’s performance, and may produce taxable distributions.
The bar chart shows the Fund’s total return for each full calendar year since inception . The performance table below shows how the Fund’s average annual total returns compare over time to those of a broad-based securities market index. The variability of performance over time provides an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. This past performance (before and after taxes), however, does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future.
The Fund’s return for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was 38.15 %. During the years displayed in the bar charts, the highest and lowest return for an individual calendar quarter was as follows:
Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund
AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS (FOR PERIODS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008 ).
Returns Before Taxes
Returns after Taxes on
Returns After Taxes on
Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares1
S&P 500 Index2 (reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes)
Russell 2000 Index3 (reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes)
*The Fund commenced investment operations on September 13, 2006.
1 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. 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.
2 The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (“S&P 500”) is a market value-weighted index, representing the aggregate market value of the common equity of 500 stocks primarily traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500 is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of common stock prices. The figures for the S&P 500 reflect all dividends reinvested but do not reflect any deductions for fees, expenses or taxes.
3 The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership.
FEES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUND
The tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.
(fees paid directly from your investment)
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Reinvested Dividends
and other Distributions
Annual Fund Operating Expenses
(expenses that are deducted from Fund assets)
Distribution (12b-1) Fees2
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses3
0. 02 %
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses
Net Expenses (after expense reimbursement)
2. 01 %
1 In order to discourage short-term investors and protect existing shareholders, the Fund will impose a 1.50% redemption fee on any shares redeemed within 6 months of purchase. Please see section titled “Market Timing” for details on this policy. A wire transfer fee of $15 may be charged to defray custodial charges for redemptions paid by wire transfer.
2 The Fund has adopted a Rule 12b-1 Plan; however the Plan has not been activated and the Fund has no present intention to activate the plan.
3 Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses are the indirect costs of investing in other mutual funds. The Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses in this table will not correlate to the expense ratio in the Fund’s financial statements (or the Financial Highlights in this Prospectus) because the financial statements include only the direct operating expenses incurred by the Fund, not the indirect costs of investing in other funds. Excluding the indirect costs of investing in any acquired fund, the Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (before expense reimbursements) are 4.86 % and Net Expenses (after expense reimbursements) are 1.99%.
4 The investment manager has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses but only to the extent necessary to maintain the Fund’s total annual operating expenses (excluding brokerage costs; borrowing costs, such as (a) interest and (b) dividends on securities sold short; indirect costs of investing in other funds; taxes; and extraordinary expenses) at 1.99% of its average daily net assets through October 31, 2010 . Advisory fee waivers and expense reimbursements by the investment manager are subject to repayment by the Fund for a period of three years after such fees and expenses were incurred provided that the repayments do not cause the ordinary operating expenses to exceed 1.99% per annum.
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, reinvest dividends and distributions, 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 (except for the fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement reflected in the first year). Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND’S STRATEGIES AND RISKS
The objective of the Fund is long-term capital appreciation, while attempting to protect capital during negative market conditions using hedging strategies. The Board of Trustees may change the objective without shareholder approval. If the Fund decides to change its investment objective, shareholders will be given 60 days advance notice. The Board does not anticipate making any change to the Fund’s objective.
From time to time, the Fund may take temporary defensive positions, which are inconsistent with the Fund’s principal investment strategies, in attempting to respond to adverse market, economic, political, or other conditions. For example, the Fund may hold all or a portion of its assets in money market instruments, including cash, cash equivalents, U.S government securities, other investment grade fixed income securities, certificates of deposit, bankers acceptances, commercial paper, money market funds and repurchase agreements. If the Fund invests in a money market fund, the shareholders of the Fund generally will be subject to duplicative management fees. As a result of engaging in these temporary measures, the Fund may not achieve its investment objective. The Fund also may also invest in money market instruments at any time to maintain liquidity or pending selection of investments in accordance with its policies.
A description of the Fund’s policies regarding disclosure of the securities in the Fund’s portfolio is found in the Statement of Additional Information.
HOW TO BUY SHARES
You may buy shares on any business day. This includes any day that the Fund is open for business, other than weekends and days on which the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is closed, including the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Shares of the Fund are sold at net asset value (“NAV”) per share. The NAV is calculated as of the close of trading on the NYSE every day the NYSE is open. The NYSE normally closes at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”). The Fund’s NAV is calculated by taking the total value of the Fund’s assets, subtracting its liabilities, and then dividing by the total number of shares outstanding, rounded to the nearest cent.
Purchases orders received in “proper form” by the Fund’s transfer agent, Mutual Shareholder Services, before the close of trading on the NYSE will be effective at the NAV next calculated after your order is received. On occasion, the NYSE closes before 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. When that happens, purchase orders received after the NYSE closes will be effective the following business day. To be in “proper form,” the purchase order must include:
Fund name and account number;
Account name(s) and address;
The dollar amount or number of shares you wish to purchase.
Opening An Account
You may purchase shares directly through the Fund’s transfer agent or through a brokerage firm or other financial institution that has agreed to sell the Fund’s shares. If you purchase shares through a brokerage firm or other financial institution, you may be charged a fee by the firm or institution.
If you are investing directly in the Fund for the first time, please call toll-free 1-800-595-4077 to request a Shareholder Account Application. You will need to establish an account before investing. Be sure to sign up for all the account options that you plan to take advantage of. For example, if you would like to be able to redeem you shares by telephone, you should select this option on your Shareholder Account Application. Doing so when you open your account means that you will not need to complete additional paperwork later.
If you are purchasing through the Fund’s transfer agent, send the completed Shareholder Account Application and a check payable to the Fund to the following address:
Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund
c/o Mutual Shareholder Services
8000 Town Centre Drive, Suite 400
Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147-4403
All purchases must be made in U.S. dollars and checks must be drawn on U.S. banks. No cash, credit cards or third party checks will be accepted. A $20 fee will be charged against your account for any payment check returned to the transfer agent or for any incomplete electronic funds transfer, or for insufficient funds, stop payment, closed account or other reasons. If a check does not clear your bank or the Fund is unable to debit your predesignated bank account on the day of purchase, the Fund reserves the right to cancel the purchase. If your purchase is canceled, you will be responsible for any losses or fees imposed by your bank and losses that may be incurred as a result of a decline in the value of the canceled purchase. The Fund (or Fund agent) has the authority to redeem shares in your account(s) to cover any losses due to fluctuations in share price. Any profit on such cancellation will accrue to the Fund. Your investment in the Fund should be intended to serve as a long-term investment vehicle. The Fund is not designed to provide you with a means of speculating on the short-term fluctuations in the stock market. The Fund reserves the right to reject any purchase request that it regards as disruptive to the efficient management of the Fund, which includes investors with a history of excessive trading. The Fund also reserves the right to stop offering shares at any time.
If you choose to pay by wire, you must call Mutual Shareholder Services, LLC, the Fund’s transfer agent, at 1-800-595-4077 to obtain instructions on how to set up your account and to obtain an account number and wire instructions.
Wire orders will be accepted only on a day on which the Fund, custodian and transfer agent are open for business. A wire purchase will not be considered made until the wired money is received and the purchase is accepted by the Fund. Any delays that may occur in wiring money, including delays that may occur in processing by the banks, are not the responsibility of the Fund or the transfer agent. The Fund presently does not charge a fee for the receipt of wired funds, but the Fund may charge shareholders for this service in the future.
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. This means that when you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask for other identifying documents or information, and may take additional steps to verify your identity. We may not be able to open your account or complete a transaction for you until we are able to verify your identity.
Minimum Purchase Amount
The minimum initial investment in the Fund is $1,000 for a regular account, $500 for an IRA account, and $100 for an AIP account. The Fund reserves the right to change the amount of these minimums from time to time or to waive them in whole or in part for certain accounts. Investment minimums may be higher or lower for investors purchasing shares through a brokerage firm or other financial institution. To the extent investments of individual investors are aggregated into an omnibus account established by an investment adviser, broker or other intermediary, the account minimums apply to the omnibus account, not to the account of the individual investor.
The minimum subsequent investment in the Fund is $100. You may purchase additional shares of the Fund by check or wire. Your bank wire should be sent as outlined above. You also may purchase Fund shares by making automatic periodic investments from your bank account. To use this feature, select the automatic investment option in the account application and provide the necessary information about the bank account from which your investments will be make. You may revoke your election to make automatic investments by calling 1-800-595-4077 or by writing to the Fund at:
Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund
c/o Mutual Shareholder Services
8000 Town Centre Drive, Suite 400
Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147-4403
Other Purchase Information
The Fund may limit the amount of purchases and refuse to sell to any person. If your wire does not clear, you will be responsible for any loss incurred by the Fund. If you are already a shareholder, the Fund can redeem shares from any identically registered account in the Fund as reimbursement for any loss incurred. You may be prohibited or restricted from making future purchases in the Fund.
The Fund has authorized certain broker-dealers and other financial institutions (including their designated intermediaries) to accept on its behalf purchase and sell orders. The Fund is deemed to have received an order when the authorized person or designee receives the order, and the order is processed at the net asset value next calculated thereafter. It is the responsibility of the broker-dealer or other financial institution to transmit orders promptly to the Fund’s transfer agent.
The Fund discourages and does not accommodate market timing. Market timing is an investment strategy using frequent purchases, redemptions and/or exchanges in an attempt to profit from short term market movements. Market timing may result in dilution of the value of Fund shares held by long term shareholders, disrupt portfolio management and increase Fund expenses for all shareholders. For example, the Fund may invest in small capitalization companies. Because the securities of these companies may be infrequently traded, investors may seek to trade shares of the Fund in an effort to benefit from their understanding of the value of these securities (referred to as price arbitrage). Such frequent trading may interfere with the efficient management of the Fund’s portfolio to a greater degree than it would with a fund that invests in highly liquid securities. This is because the Fund may have difficulty selling these portfolio securities at advantageous times or prices to satisfy large and/or frequent redemption requests. The Board of Trustees has adopted a redemption policy to discourage short term traders and/or market timers from investing in the Fund. A 1.50% fee will be assessed against investment proceeds withdrawn within six months of investment, based a first-in, first out basis. The proceeds collected from redemption fees will be used for the benefit of existing shareholders. The redemption fee is applied uniformly in all cases. In addition, the Board of Trustees has adopted a policy directing the Fund to reject any purchase order with respect to one investor, a related group of investors or their agent(s), where it detects a pattern of purchases and sales of the Fund that indicates market timing or trading that it determines is abusive. This policy applies to all Fund shareholders. While the Fund attempts to deter market timing, there is no assurance that it will be able to identify and eliminate all market timers. For example, certain accounts called “omnibus accounts” include multiple shareholders. Omnibus accounts typically provide the Fund with a net purchase or redemption request on any given day where purchasers of Fund shares and redeemers of Fund shares are netted against one another and the identities of individual purchasers and redeemers whose orders are aggregated are not known by the Fund. The netting effect often makes it more difficult for the Fund to detect market timing, and there can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to do so. The Fund does not currently have any omnibus accounts; however, should the Fund enter into an omnibus account in the future, it will ensure that brokers maintaining such accounts enter into an agreement with the Fund to provide shareholder transaction information to the extent known to the broker, to the Fund, upon request.
HOW TO REDEEM SHARES
You may redeem you shares on any business day. Redemption orders received in proper order by the Fund’s transfer agent or by an brokerage firm or other financial institution that sells the Fund’s shares before 4:00 p.m. ET (or before the NYSE closes if the NYSE closes before 4:00 p.m. ET) will be effective at that day’s NAV. Your brokerage firm or financial institution may have an earlier cut-off time.
Shares of the Fund may be redeemed by mail or telephone. You may receive redemption payments in the form of a check or federal wire transfer, subject to any applicable redemption fee. A wire transfer fee of $15 may be charged to defray custodial charges for redemptions paid by wire transfer. Any charges for wire redemptions will be deducted from your account by redemption of shares. If you redeem your shares through a broker-dealer or other institution, you may be charged a fee by that institution.
By Mail. You may redeem any part of your account in the Fund at no charge by mail. Your request, in proper form, should be addressed to:
Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund
c/o Mutual Shareholder Services
8000 Town Centre Drive, Suite 400
Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147-4403
“Proper form” means your request for redemption must:
Include the Fund name and account number;
Include the account name(s) and address;
State the dollar amount or number of shares you wish to redeem; and
Be signed by all registered share owner(s) in the exact name(s) and any special capacity in which they are registered.
The Fund may require that the signatures be guaranteed if you request the redemption check be mailed to an address other than the address of record, or if the mailing address has been changed within 30 days of the redemption request. The Fund may also require that signatures be guaranteed for redemptions of $25,000 or more. Signature guarantees are for the protection of shareholders. You can obtain a signature guarantee from most banks and securities dealers, but not from a notary public. All documentation requiring a signature guarantee must utilize a New Technology Medallion stamp. For joint accounts, both signatures must be guaranteed. Please call the transfer agent at 1-800-595-4077 if you have questions. At the discretion of the Fund, you may be required to furnish additional legal documents to insure proper authorization. The Fund does not make redemption checks payable to parties other than the shareholder of record or financial intermediaries for the benefit of the shareholder of record.
By Telephone. You may redeem any part of your account in the Fund by calling the transfer agent at1-800-595-4077. You must first complete the Optional Telephone Redemption and Exchange section of the investment application to institute this option. The Fund, the transfer agent and the custodian are not liable for following redemption instructions communicated by telephone to the extent that they reasonably believe the telephone instructions to be genuine. However, if they do not employ reasonable procedures to confirm that telephone instructions are genuine, they may be liable for any losses due to unauthorized or fraudulent instructions. Procedures employed may include recording telephone instructions and requiring a form of personal identification from the caller.
The Fund may terminate the telephone redemption procedures at any time. During periods of extreme market activity it is possible that shareholders may encounter some difficulty in telephoning the Fund, although neither the Fund nor the transfer agent has ever experienced difficulties in receiving and in a timely fashion responding to telephone requests for redemptions or exchanges. If you are unable to reach the Fund by telephone, you may request a redemption or exchange by mail.
Additional Information. If you are not certain of the requirements for redemption please call the transfer agent at1-800-595-4077. Redemptions specifying a certain date or share price cannot be accepted and will be returned. You will be mailed the proceeds on or before the fifth business day following the redemption. You may be assessed a fee if the Fund incurs bank charges because you request that the Fund re-issue a redemption check. Also, when the NYSE is closed (or when trading is restricted) for any reason other than its customary weekend or holiday closing or under any emergency circumstances, as determined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Fund may suspend redemptions or postpone payment dates.
Because the Fund incurs certain fixed costs in maintaining shareholder accounts, the Fund may require you to redeem all of your shares in the Fund on 30 days written notice if the value of your shares in the Fund is less than $1,000 due to redemption, or such other minimum amount as the Fund may determine from time to time. You may increase the value of your shares in the Fund to the minimum amount within the 30-day period. All shares of the Fund are also subject to involuntary redemption if the Board of Trustees determines to liquidate the Fund. An involuntary redemption will create a capital gain or a capital loss, which may have tax consequences about which you should consult your tax adviser.
The Fund has adopted a plan under Rule 12b-1 that allows the Fund to pay distribution fees for the sale and distribution of its shares and allows the Fund to pay for services provided to shareholders. Shareholders of the Fund may pay annual 12b-1 expenses of up to 0.25%. Because these fees are paid out of the Fund’s assets on an on-going basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges. As of the date of this Prospectus, the Rule 12b-1 Plan has not been activated and the Fund has no present intention to activate the Rule 12b-1 Plan.
VALUING THE FUND’S ASSETS
The Fund’s assets are generally valued at their market value. If market prices are not available or, in the investment manager’s opinion, market prices do not reflect fair value, or if an event occurs after the close of trading on the domestic or foreign exchange or market on which the security is principally traded (but prior to the time the NAV is calculated) that materially affects fair value, the investment manager will value the Fund’s assets at their fair value according to policies approved by the Fund’s Board of Trustees. For example, if trading in a portfolio security is halted and does not resume before the Fund calculates its NAV, the investment manager may need to price the security using the Fund’s fair value pricing guidelines. Without a fair value price, short term traders could take advantage of the arbitrage opportunity and dilute the NAV of long term investors. Securities trading on overseas markets present time zone arbitrage opportunities when events effecting portfolio security values occur after the close of the overseas market, bur prior to the close of the U.S. market. Fair valuation of the Fund’s portfolio securities can serve to reduce arbitrage opportunities available to short term traders, but there is no assurance that fair value pricing policies will prevent dilution of the Fund’s NAV by short term traders. The Fund may use pricing services to determine market value. The Fund’s NAV is calculated based upon the NAV of the underlying investment companies in its portfolio, and the prospectuses of those companies explain the circumstances under which they will use fair value pricing and the effects of using fair value pricing.
DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES
Dividends and Distributions
The Fund typically distributes substantially all of its net investment income in the form of dividends and taxable capital gains to its shareholders. These distributions are automatically reinvested in the Fund unless you request cash distributions on your application or through a written request to the Fund. The Fund expects that its distributions will consist primarily of short term capital gains.
In general, selling shares of the Fund and receiving distributions (whether reinvested or taken in cash) are taxable events. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price, you may have a gain or a loss on any shares sold. Any tax liabilities generated by your transactions or by receiving distributions are your responsibility. You may want to avoid making a substantial investment when the Fund is about to make a taxable distribution because you would be responsible for any taxes on the distribution regardless of how long you have owned your shares. The Fund may produce capital gains even if it does not have income to distribute and performance has been poor.
Early each year, the Fund will mail to you a statement setting forth the federal income tax information for all distributions made during the previous year. If you do not provide your taxpayer identification number, your account will be subject to backup withholding.
The tax considerations described in this section do not apply to tax-deferred accounts or other non-taxable entities. Because each investor’s tax circumstances are unique, please consult with your tax adviser about your investment.
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
Wegener, LLC, a Virginia limited liability company located at 5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248, Alexandria, VA 22312, serves as investment manager to the Fund. Subject to the authority of the Fund’s Board of Trustees, Wegener, LLC is responsible for the overall management of the Fund’s business affairs, and for selecting the Fund’s investments according to its investment objective, polices and restrictions. Wegener, LLC has been a registered investment adviser since 2003, offering tactical asset allocation managed account service. As of September 30, 2009 , Wegener, LLC manages approximately $2. 67 million in assets for individual clients.
For the fiscal period ended June 30, 2009 , the investment manager earned a fee equal to 1.25% of the Fund’s average daily net assets during the period, however, all fees were waived. The investment manager has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses, but only to the extent necessary to maintain the Fund’s total annual operating expenses (excluding brokerage costs; borrowing costs, such as (a) interest and (b) dividends on securities sold short; indirect costs of investing in other funds; taxes; and extraordinary expenses) at 1.99% of its average daily net assets through October 31, 2010 . A discussion regarding the basis of the Board of Trustees’ approval of the Management Agreement between the Fund and Wegener, LLC is available in the Fund’s most recent semi-annual report to shareholders.
Steve Wegener, owner of Wegener, LLC, has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio since the inception of the Fund. Mr. Wegener formed Wegener, LLC in 2003 and acts as its President. While pursuing a Master’s Degree, from 2001-2003, he taught Micro and Macro Economics, Financial Management, and Money and Banking at the University of Virginia. Mr. Wegener has a M.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and B.S. in Finance and Economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information provides information about Mr. Wegener’s compensation, other accounts managed by Mr. Wegener, and his ownership of Fund shares.
The investment manager (not the Fund) may pay certain financial institutions (which may include banks, brokers, securities dealers and other industry professionals) a fee for providing distribution related services and/or for performing certain administrative servicing functions for Fund shareholders to the extent these institutions are allowed to do so by applicable statute, rule or regulation.
The following table is intended to help you better understand the Fund’s financial performance since its inception. Certain information reflects financial results for a single Fund share. Total return represents the rate you would have earned (or lost) on an investment in the Fund, assuming reimbursement of all dividends and distributions. The information was audited by Sanville & Company, whose report, along with the Fund’s financial statements, are included in the Fund’s annual report, which is available upon request.
Net Asset Value, at Beginning of Period
Income From Investment Operations:
Net Investment Income (Loss) **
Net Gain on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)
Total from Investment Operations
Net Investment Income
Total from Distributions
Net Asset Value, at End of Period
Total Return ***
Net Assets at End of Period (Thousands)
Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets ****
Ratio of Net Investment Income (Loss) to Average Net Assets ****
Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets ****
Ratio of Net Investment Income (Loss) to Average Net Assets ****
* For the period September 13, 2006 (commencement of investment operations) through June 30, 2007.
** Per share net investment income has been determined on the basis of average shares outstanding during the period.
*** Assumes reinvestment of dividends.
Categories of Information the Fund Collects. The Fund collects the following nonpublic personal information about you:
Information the Fund receives from you on or in applications or other forms, correspondence, or conversations (such as your name, address, phone number, social security number, assets, income and date of birth); and
Information about your transactions with the Fund, its affiliates, or others (such as your account number and balance, payment history, parties to transactions, cost basis information, and other financial information).
Categories of Information the Fund Discloses. The Fund does not disclose any nonpublic personal information about its current or former shareholders to unaffiliated third parties, except as required or permitted by law. The Fund is permitted by law to disclose all of the information it collects, as described above, to its service providers (such as the Fund’s custodian, administrator and transfer agent) to process your transactions and otherwise provide services to you.
Confidentiality and Security. The Fund restricts access to your nonpublic personal information to those persons who require such information to provide products or services to you. The Fund maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your nonpublic personal information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Several additional sources of information are available to you. The Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), incorporated into this Prospectus by reference, contains detailed information on Fund policies and operations, including policies and procedures relating to the disclosure of portfolio holdings by the Fund’s affiliates. Annual and semi-annual reports contain management’s discussion of market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance results as of the Fund’s latest semi-annual or annual fiscal year end.
Call the Fund at 1-800-595-4077 or visit our website at www.wegenerfunds.com to obtain free copies of the SAI, the annual report and the semi-annual report, to request other information about the Fund and to make shareholder inquiries.
You may review and copy information about the Fund (including the SAI and other reports) at the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. Call the SEC at 1-202-551-8090 for room hours and operation. You also may obtain reports and other information about the Fund on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s Internet site at http.//www.sec.gov, and copies of this information may be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by electronic request at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing the SEC’s Public Reference Section, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549-5009.
Investment Company Act File No. 811-21860
WEGENER ADAPTIVE GROWTH FUND
STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
November 1, 2009
This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) is not a prospectus. It should be read in conjunction with the Prospectus of the Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund dated November 1, 2009 . A free copy of the Prospectus and Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 (the “Annual Report”) can be obtained by writing the transfer agent at Mutual Shareholder Services, LLC, 8000 Town Centre Drive, Suite 400, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147-4403, or by calling 1-800-595-4077. The Fund’s prospectus and Annual Report are incorporated by reference in this SAI.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Description of the Trust and the Fund
Additional Information About the Fund’s Investments
Investment Strategies and Risks
Management of the Fund
Code of Ethics
Control Persons and Principal Holders of Securities
Investment Advisory and Other Services
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Brokerage Allocation and Other Practices
Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings
Determination of Share Price
Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures
DESCRIPTION OF THE TRUST AND FUND
The Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund (the “Fund”) was organized as a diversified series of Wegener Investment Trust (the “Trust”) on January 23, 2006 and commenced operations on September 13, 2006. The Trust is an open-end investment company established under the laws of Ohio by an Agreement and Declaration of Trust dated January 23, 2006 (the “Trust Agreement”). The Trust Agreement permits the Trustees to issue an unlimited number of shares of beneficial interest of separate series without par value. The Fund is one of a series of funds currently authorized by the Trustees. The investment advisor to the Fund is Wegener, LLC (the “Advisor”).
The Fund does not issue share certificates. All shares are held in non-certificated form registered on the books of the Fund and the transfer agent for the account of the shareholder. Each share of a series represents an equal proportionate interest in the assets and liabilities belonging to that series with each other share of that series and is entitled to such dividends and distributions out of income belonging to the series as are declared by the Trustees. The shares do not have cumulative voting rights or any preemptive or conversion rights, and the Trustees have the authority from time to time to divide or combine the shares of any series into a greater or lesser number of shares of that series so long as the proportionate beneficial interest in the assets belonging to that series and the rights of shares of any other series are in no way affected. In case of any liquidation of a series, the holders of shares of the series being liquidated will be entitled to receive as a class a distribution out of the assets, net of the liabilities, belonging to that series. Expenses attributable to any series are borne by that series. Any general expenses of the Trust not readily identifiable as belonging to a particular series are allocated by or under the direction of the Trustees in such manner as the Trustees determine to be fair and equitable. No shareholder is liable to further calls or to assessment by the Trust without his or her express consent.
Any Trustee of the Trust may be removed by vote of the shareholders holding not less than two-thirds of the outstanding shares of the Trust. The Trust does not hold an annual meeting of shareholders. When matters are submitted to shareholders for a vote, each shareholder is entitled to one vote for each whole share he owns and fractional votes for fractional shares he owns. All shares of the Fund have equal voting rights and liquidation rights. The Agreement and Declaration of Trust can be amended by the Trustees, except that any amendment that adversely affects the rights of shareholders must be approved by the shareholders affected. All shares of the Fund are subject to involuntary redemption if the Trustees determine to liquidate the Fund. An involuntary redemption will create a capital gain or a capital loss, which may have tax consequences about which you should consult your tax advisor.
For information concerning the purchase and redemption of shares of the Fund, see “How to Buy Shares” and “How to Redeem Shares” in the Prospectus. For a description of the methods used to determine the share price and value of the Fund’s assets, see “How to Buy Shares – Purchasing Shares” and “Valuing the Fund’s Assets” in the Prospectus and “Determination of Share Price” in this Statement of Additional Information.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND’S INVESTMENTS
Investment Strategies and Risks
All principal investment strategies and risks are discussed in the prospectus. This section contains a more detailed discussion of some of the investments the Fund may make and some of the techniques it may use, as described in the Risk/Return Summary in the Prospectus. Additional non-principal strategies and risks also are discussed here.
Exchange Traded Funds
The Fund may invest in a range of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”). ETFs may include, but are not limited to, Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts (“SPDRs”), DIAMONDS,SM Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking Stock (“QQQs”), iShares, HOLDRs, Fidelity Select Portfolios, Select Sector SPDRs, Fortune e-50, Fortune 500, streetTRACKS and VIPERs. Additionally, the Fund may invest in new exchange traded shares as they become available.
SPDRs represent ownership in the SPDR Trust, a unit investment trust that holds a portfolio of common stocks designed to closely track the price performance and dividend yield of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Composite Stock Price IndexTM (“S&P 500 Index”). SPDRs trade on the American Stock Exchange (“AMEX”) under the symbol SPY. The value of SPDRs fluctuates in relation to changes in the value of the underlying portfolio of common stocks. A MidCap SPDR is similar to a SPDR except that it tracks the performance of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and trades on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol MDY. DIAMONDS represent an investment in the DIAMONDS Trust, a unit investment trust that serves as an index to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the “Dow”) in that its holding consists of the 30 component stocks of the Dow. The DIAMONDS Trust is structured so that its shares trade at approximately 1/100 (one one-hundredth) of the value of the Dow Index. The DIAMONDS Trust’s shares trade on the AMEX under the symbol DIA. QQQs represent ownership in the Nasdaq-100 Trust, a unit investment trust that holds a portfolio of common stocks designed to track the price performance and dividend yield of the Nasadaq 100 Index by holding shares of all the companies on the Index. Shares trade on the AMEX under the symbol QQQ. The iShare products own the stocks in various sector indices, such as the Morgan Stanley Corporate 100 Bond Index. Investments in SPDRs, DIAMONDS, QQQs and iShares are considered to be investment companies, see “Investments in Other Investment Companies” below.
When the Fund invests in sector ETFs, there is a risk that securities within the same group of industries will decline in price due to sector-specific market or economic developments. If the Fund invests more heavily in a particular sector, the value of its shares may be especially sensitive to factors and economic risks that specifically affect that sector. As a result, the Fund’s share price may fluctuate more widely than the value of shares of a mutual fund that invests in a broader range of industries. Additionally, some sectors could be subject to greater government regulation than other sectors. Therefore, changes in regulatory policies for those sectors may have a material effect on the value of securities issued by companies in those sectors. The sectors in which the Fund may invest more heavily will vary.
The shares of an ETF may be assembled in a block (typically 50,000 shares) known as a creation unit and redeemed in-kind for a portfolio of the underlying securities (based on the ETF’s net asset value) together with a cash payment generally equal to accumulated dividends as of the date of redemption. Conversely, a creation unit may be purchased from the ETF by depositing a specified portfolio of the ETF’s underlying securities, as well as a cash payment generally equal to accumulated dividends of the securities (net of expenses) up to the time of deposit. The Fund may redeem creation units for the underlying securities (and any applicable cash), and may assemble a portfolio of the underlying securities and use it (and any required cash) to purchase creation units, if the Fund’s Advisor believes it is in the Fund’s interest to do so. The Fund’s ability to redeem creation units may be limited by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”), which provides that the ETFs will not be obligated to redeem shares held by the Portfolio in an amount exceeding one percent of their total outstanding securities during any period of less than 30 days.
There is a risk that the underlying ETFs in which the Fund invests may terminate due to extraordinary events that may cause any of the service providers to the ETFs, such as the trustee or sponsor, to close or otherwise fail to perform their obligations to the ETF. Also, because the ETFs in which the Fund intends to principally invest may be granted licenses by agreement to use the indices as a basis for determining their compositions and/or otherwise to use certain trade names, the ETFs may terminate if such license agreements are terminated. In addition, an ETF may terminate if its entire net asset value falls below a certain amount. Although the Fund believes that, in the event of the termination of an underlying ETF, it will be able to invest instead in shares of an alternate ETF tracking the same market index or another market index with the same general market, there is no guarantee that shares of an alternate ETF would be available for investment at that time. To the extent the Fund invests in a sector product, the Fund is subject to the risks associated with that sector.
The Fund may write (sell) covered call options and covered put options and purchase call and put options. The Fund may utilize call and put options to attempt to protect against possible changes in the market value of securities held in or to be purchased for the Fund’s portfolio and to generate income or gain for the Fund. The ability of the Fund to utilize options successfully will depend on the Advisor’s ability to predict pertinent market movements, which cannot be assured. The Fund will comply with applicable regulatory requirements when implementing these techniques and instruments.
A covered call option is an option sold on a security owned by the seller of the option in exchange for a premium. A call option gives the purchaser of the option the right to buy the underlying securities at the exercise price during the option period. If the option is exercised by the purchaser during the option period, the seller is required to deliver the underlying security against payment of the exercise price. The seller’s obligation terminates upon expiration of the option period or when the seller executes a closing purchase transaction with respect to such option. Call options on securities which the Fund sells (writes) will be covered or secured, which means that the Fund will own the underlying security or, to the extent it does not hold such a portfolio, will maintain a segregated account with the Fund’s custodian consisting of high quality liquid debt obligations equal to the market value of the option, marked to market daily. Index options will be considered covered if the pattern of price fluctuations of the Fund’s portfolio, or a portion thereof, substantially replicates the pattern of price fluctuations in the index underlying the option. When the Fund writes a covered call option it profits from the premium paid by the buyer, gives up the opportunity to profit from an increase in the value of the underlying security above the exercise price. At the same time, the seller retains the risk of loss from a decline in the value of the underlying security during the option period. Although the seller may terminate its obligation by executing a closing purchase transaction, the cost of effecting such a transaction may be greater than the premium received upon its sale, resulting in a loss to the seller. If such an option expires unexercised, the seller realizes a gain equal to the premium received. Such a gain may be offset or exceeded by a decline in the market value of the underlying security during the option period. If an option is exercised, the exercise price, the premium received and the market value of the underlying security determine the gain or loss realized by the seller.
When the Fund sells a covered put option, it has the obligation to buy, and the purchaser of the put the right to sell, the underlying security at the exercise price during the option period. To cover a put option, the Fund deposits U. S. government securities (or other high-grade debt obligations) in a segregated account at its custodian. The value of the deposited securities is equal to or greater than the exercise price of the underlying security. The value of the deposited securities is marked to market daily and, if necessary, additional assets are placed in the segregated account to maintain a value equal to or greater than the exercise price. The Fund maintains the segregated account so long as it is obligated as the seller. The obligation of the Fund is terminated when the purchaser exercises the put option, when the option expires or when a closing purchase transaction is effected by the Fund. The Fund’s gain on the sale of a put option is limited to the premium received plus interest earned on its segregated account. The Fund’s potential loss on a put option is determined by taking into consideration the exercise price of the option, the market price of the underlying security when the put is exercised, the premium received and the interest earned on its segregated account. Although the Fund risks a substantial loss if the price of the security on which it has sold a put option drops suddenly, it can protect itself against serious loss by entering into a closing purchase transaction. The degree of loss will depend upon the Fund’s ability to detect the movement in the security’s price and to execute a closing transaction at the appropriate time.
The Fund will write options on such portion of its portfolio as management determines is appropriate in seeking to attain the Fund’s objective. The Fund will write options when management believes that a liquid secondary market will exist on a national securities exchange for options of the same series so that the Fund can effect a closing purchase transaction if it desires to close out its position. Consistent with the investment policies of the Fund, a closing purchase transaction will ordinarily be effected to realize a profit on an outstanding option, to prevent an underlying security from being called or to permit the sale of the underlying security. Effecting a closing purchase transaction will permit the Fund to write another option on the underlying security with either a different exercise price or expiration date or both.
The Fund may purchase put options to protect against declines in the market value of portfolio securities or to attempt to retain unrealized gains in the value of portfolio securities. Put options might also be purchased to facilitate the sale of portfolio securities. The Fund may purchase call options as a temporary substitute for the purchase of individual securities, which then could be purchased in orderly fashion. Upon the purchase of the securities, the Fund would normally terminate the call position. The purchase of both put and call options involves the risk of loss of all or part of the premium paid. If the price of the underlying security does not rise (in the case of a call) or drop (in the case of a put) by an amount at least equal to the premium paid for the option contract, the Fund will experience a loss on the option contract equal to the deficiency.
Options may be exchange-traded or traded in OTC transactions between private parties. Exchange-traded options are standardized and generally very liquid. The exchange clearinghouse is the counterparty of every contract. Thus, each holder of an exchange contract bears the credit risk of the clearinghouse (and has the benefit of its financial strength) rather than that of a particular counterparty. On the other hand, OTC option transactions are not traded on established exchanges and are not guaranteed by the creditworthiness of any exchange. Consequently, OTC options are subject to additional risks, such as the credit risk of the counterparty to the instrument. OTC option transactions are less liquid than exchange-traded option since they often can only be closed out with the other party to the transaction.
Investment Company Securities
The Fund may invest in the securities of other investment companies to the extent that such an investment would be consistent with the requirements of the 1940 Act and the Fund’s investment objectives. Investments in the securities of other investment companies may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. By investing in another investment company, the Fund becomes a shareholder of that investment company. As a result, the Fund’s shareholders indirectly will bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses paid by shareholders of the other investment company, in addition to the fees and expenses the Fund’s shareholders directly bear in connection with the Portfolio’s own operations.
Under the 1940 Act, a Fund may not acquire shares of another investment company (ETFs or other mutual funds) if, immediately after such acquisition, the Fund and its affiliated persons (including other series of the Trust) would hold more than 3% of the ETF’s or investment company’s total outstanding stock (the “3% Limitation”). Accordingly, the Fund Portfolio is subject to the 3% Limitation unless (i) the ETF or the Fund has received an order for exemptive relief from the 3% limitation from the SEC that is applicable to the Fund; and (ii) the ETF and the Fund take appropriate steps to comply with any conditions in such order.
Under Section 12(d)(1) of the 1940 Act, the Fund may only invest up to 5% of its total assets in the securities of any one investment company, but may not own more than 3% of the outstanding voting stock of any one investment company or invest more than 10% of its total assets in the securities of other investment companies. However, Section 12(d)(1)(F) of the 1940 Act provides that the provisions of Section 12(d)(1) shall not apply to securities purchased or otherwise acquired by the Fund if (i) immediately after such purchase or acquisition not more than 3% of the total outstanding stock of such registered investment company is owned by the Fund and all affiliated persons of the Fund (including other series of the Trust); and (ii) the Fund has not offered or sold after January 1, 1971, and is not proposing to offer or sell any security issued by it through a principal underwriter or otherwise at a public or offering price which includes a sales load of more than 1 ½% percent. An investment company that issues shares to the Fund pursuant to Section 12(d)(1)(F) shall not be required to redeem its shares in an amount exceeding 1% of such investment company’s total outstanding shares in any period of less than thirty days. The Fund (or the Advisor acting on behalf of the Fund) must comply with the following voting restrictions: when the Fund exercises voting rights, by proxy or otherwise, with respect to investment companies owned by the Fund, the Fund will either seek instruction from the Fund’s shareholders with regard to the voting of all proxies and vote in accordance with such instructions, or vote the shares held by the Fund in the same proportion as the vote of all other holders of such security. Because other investment companies employ an investment advisor, such investments by the Fund may cause shareholders to bear duplicate fees.
Equity securities consist of common stock, convertible preferred stock, rights and warrants. Common stocks, the most familiar type, represent an equity (ownership) interest in a corporation. Warrants are options to purchase equity securities at a specified price for a specific time period. Rights are similar to warrants, but normally have a short duration and are distributed by the issuer to its shareholders. Although equity securities have a history of long term growth in value, their prices fluctuate based on changes in a company’s financial condition and on overall market and economic conditions.
Investments in equity securities are subject to inherent market risks and fluctuations in value due to earnings, economic conditions and other factors beyond the control of the Advisor. As a result, the return and net asset value of a Fund will fluctuate. Securities in a Fund’s portfolio may not increase as much as the market as a whole and some undervalued securities may continue to be undervalued for long periods of time. Although profits in some Fund holdings may be realized quickly, it is not expected that most investments will appreciate rapidly.
The Fund may invest in fully collateralized repurchase agreements. A repurchase agreement is a short term investment in which the purchaser (i.e., the Fund) acquires ownership of a security and the seller agrees to repurchase the obligation at a future time at a set price, thereby determining the yield during the purchaser’s holding period (usually not more than 7 days from the date of purchase). Any repurchase transaction in which the Fund engages will require full collateralization of the seller’s obligation during the entire term of the repurchase agreement. In the event of a bankruptcy or other default of the seller, the Fund could experience both delays in liquidating the underlying security and losses in value. However, the Fund intends to enter into repurchase agreements only with its custodian, other banks with assets of $1 billion or more and registered securities dealers determined by the Advisor to be creditworthy. The Advisor monitors the creditworthiness of the banks and securities dealers with which the Fund engages in repurchase transactions. The Fund may not enter into a repurchase agreement with a term of more than seven days if, as a result, more than 15% of the value of its net assets would then be invested in such repurchase agreements and other illiquid investments.
The Fund may purchase indexed securities consistent with its investment objectives. Indexed securities are those, the value of which varies positively or negatively in relation to the value of other securities, securities indices or other financial indicators. Indexed securities may be debt securities or deposits whose value at maturity or coupon rate is determined by reference to a specific instrument or statistic. Recent issuers of indexed securities have included banks, corporations and certain U.S. Government agencies.
The performance of indexed securities depends to a great extent on the performance of the security or other instrument to which they are indexed and also may be influenced by interest rate changes in the United States and abroad. Indexed securities are subject to the credit risks associated with the issuer of the security, and their values may decline substantially if the issuer’s creditworthiness deteriorates. Indexed securities may be more volatile than the underlying instruments. Certain indexed securities that are not traded on an established market may be deemed illiquid.
The Fund may seek to realize additional gains or hedge investments by selling a security short. A short sale is a transaction in which the Fund sells a security that it does not own in anticipation of a decline in the market price of the security. To complete the short sale, the Fund must arrange through a broker to borrow the security in order to deliver it to the buyer. The Fund is obligated to replace the borrowed security by purchasing it at a market price at or prior to the time it must be returned to the lender. The price at which the Fund is required to replace the borrowed security may be more or less than the price at which the security was sold by the Fund. Until the security is replaced, the Fund is required to repay the lender any dividends or interest attributable to the borrowed security that may accrue during the period of the loan. To borrow the security, the Fund may be required to pay a premium, which would increase the cost of the security sold. Until the short position is closed out, the Fund also will incur transaction costs.
The net proceeds of the short sale plus any additional cash collateral will be retained by the broker to the extent necessary to meet margin requirements and provide a collateral cushion in the event that the value of the security sold short increases. The Fund will receive the net proceeds after it closes out the short position by replacing the borrowed security. Until the Fund closes the short position, the Fund also must maintain a segregated account with its custodian consisting of cash or other high-grade liquid securities in an amount at least equal to (i) the current market value of the security sold short, (ii) less any collateral deposited with the broker (not including the proceeds of the short sale). The assets in the segregated account are marked to market daily. The collateral held by the broker and the segregated account with the custodian will not necessarily limit the Fund’s potential loss on a short sale, which is unlimited.
The Fund will incur a loss if the price of the security increases between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund replaces the borrowed security. The Fund will realize a gain if the price of the security declines between those dates. The amount of any gain will be decreased, and the amount of any loss increased, by the amount of any premium, dividend, interest or expenses the Fund may be required to pay in connection with the short sale. There can be no assurance that the Fund will be able to close out a short position at any particular time or at an acceptable price.
In addition to the risks described above, there is the risk that the Fund may not be able to engage in short sales under SEC regulations. Under current SEC regulations, short sales may be made only if the security to be sold is trading at an “uptick”, “plus tick” or “zero plus tick”, except as otherwise permitted. A security is trading at an “uptick” or “plus tick” if the last sale price for the security was at a higher price than the sale preceding it. A security is trading at a “zero plus tick” if the last sale price is unchanged but higher than the last preceding different sale.
Futures contracts provide for the future sale by one party and purchase by another party of a specified amount of a specific security, class of securities, or an index at a specified future time and at a specified price. Futures contracts may be issued with respect to fixed-income securities, foreign currencies, single stocks or financial indices, including indices of U.S. government securities, foreign government securities, and equity or fixed-income securities. U.S. futures contracts are traded on exchanges that have been designated “contract markets” by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and must be executed through a futures commission merchant (“FCM”), or brokerage firm, which is a member of the relevant contract market. Through their clearing corporations, the exchanges guarantee performance of the contracts between the clearing members of the exchange. The Fund only invests in futures contracts to the extent it could invest in the underlying instrument directly.
The Fund will generally engage in futures transactions for hedging purposes. This means that the Fund’s primary purpose in entering into futures contracts is to protect the Fund from fluctuations in the value of securities or interest rates without actually buying or selling the underlying debt or equity security. For example, if the Fund anticipates an increase in the price of stocks, and it intends to purchase stocks at a later time, the Fund could enter into a futures contract to purchase a stock index as a temporary substitute for stock purchases. If an increase in the market occurs that influences the stock index as anticipated, the value of the futures contracts will increase, thereby serving as a hedge against the Fund not participating in a market advance. This technique is sometimes known as an anticipatory hedge. Conversely, if the Fund holds stocks and seeks to protect itself from a decrease in stock prices, the Fund might sell stock index futures contracts, thereby hoping to offset the potential decline in the value of its portfolio securities by a corresponding increase in the value of the futures contract position. The Fund could protect against a decline in stock prices by selling portfolio securities and investing in money market instruments, but the use of futures contracts enables it to maintain a defensive position without having to sell portfolio securities.
Risk Factors in Futures Transactions
Liquidity Risk. Because futures contracts are generally settled within a day from the date they are closed out, compared with a settlement period of three days for some types of securities, the futures markets can provide superior liquidity to the securities markets. Nevertheless, there is no assurance that a liquid secondary market will exist for any particular futures contract at any particular time. In addition, futures exchanges may establish daily price fluctuation limits for futures contracts and may halt trading if a contract’s price moves upward or downward more than the limit in a given day. On volatile trading days when the price fluctuation limit is reached, it may be impossible for the Fund to enter into new positions or close out existing positions. If the secondary market for a futures contract is not liquid because of price fluctuation limits or otherwise, the Fund may not be able to promptly liquidate unfavorable futures positions and potentially could be required to continue to hold a futures position until the delivery date, regardless of changes in its value. As a result, the Fund’s access to other assets held to cover its futures positions also could be impaired.
Risk of Loss. Although the Fund believes that the use of such contracts will benefit the Fund, the Fund’s overall performance could be worse than if the Fund had not entered into futures contracts if the Advisor’s investment judgment proves incorrect. For example, if the Fund has hedged against the effects of a possible decrease in prices of securities held in its portfolio and prices increase instead, the Fund will lose part or all of the benefit of the increased value of these securities because of offsetting losses in its futures positions. In addition, if the Fund has insufficient cash, it may have to sell securities from its portfolio to meet daily variation margin requirements. Those sales may be, but will not necessarily be, at increased prices that reflect the rising market and may occur at a time when the sales are disadvantageous to the Fund.
The risk of loss in trading futures contracts in some strategies can be substantial, due both to the low margin deposits required, and the extremely high degree of leverage involved in futures pricing. Because the deposit requirements in the futures markets are less onerous than margin requirements in the securities market, there may be increased participation by speculators in the futures market that may also cause temporary price distortions. A relatively small price movement in a futures contract may result in immediate and substantial loss (as well as gain) to the investor. For example, if at the time of purchase, 10% of the value of the futures contract is deposited as margin, a subsequent 10% decrease in the value of the futures contract would result in a total loss of the margin deposit, before any deduction for the transaction costs, if the account were then closed out. Thus, a purchase or sale of a futures contract may result in losses in excess of the amount invested in the contract. The Fund will only engage in futures transactions when it is believed these risks are justified and will engage in futures transactions primarily for risk management purposes.
Correlation Risk. The prices of futures contracts depend primarily on the value of their underlying instruments. Because there are a limited number of types of futures contracts, it is possible that the standardized futures contracts available to the Fund will not match exactly the Fund’s current or potential investments. The Fund may buy and sell futures contracts based on underlying instruments with different characteristics from the securities in which it typically invests--for example, by hedging investments in portfolio securities with a futures contract based on a broad index of securities--which involves a risk that the futures position will not correlate precisely with the performance of the Fund’s investments.
Futures prices can also diverge from the prices of their underlying instruments, even if the underlying instruments closely correlate with the Fund’s investments. Futures prices are affected by factors such as current and anticipated short-term interest rates, changes in volatility of the underlying instruments and the time remaining until expiration of the contract. Those factors may affect securities prices differently from futures prices. Imperfect correlations between the Fund’s investments and its futures positions also may result from differing levels of demand in the futures markets and the securities markets, from structural differences in how futures and securities are traded, and from imposition of daily price fluctuation limits for futures contracts. The Fund may buy or sell futures contracts with a greater or lesser value than the securities it wishes to hedge or is considering purchasing in order to attempt to compensate for differences in historical volatility between the futures contract and the securities, although this may not be successful in all cases. If price changes in the Fund’s futures positions are poorly correlated with its other investments, its futures positions may fail to produce desired gains or result in losses that are not offset by the gains in the Fund’s other investments.
The buyer or seller of a futures contract is not required to deliver or pay for the underlying instrument unless the contract is held until the delivery date. However, both the buyer and seller are required to deposit “initial margin” for the benefit of the FCM when the contract is entered into. Initial margin deposits:
Are equal to a percentage of the contract’s value, as set by the exchange on which the contract is traded;
May be maintained in cash or certain other liquid assets by the Fund’s custodian for the benefit of the FCM; and
Are similar to good faith deposits or performance bonds.
Unlike margin extended by a securities broker, initial margin payments do not constitute purchasing securities on margin for purposes of the Fund’s investment limitations. If the value of either party’s position declines, that party will be required to make additional “variation margin” payments for the benefit of the FCM to settle the change in value on a daily basis. The party that has a gain may be entitled to receive all or a portion of this amount. In the event of the bankruptcy of the FCM that holds margin on behalf of the Fund, the Fund may be entitled to return of margin owed to the Fund only in proportion to the amount received by the FCM’s other customers. The Trust will attempt to minimize this risk by careful monitoring of the creditworthiness of the FCMs with which it does business and by depositing margin payments in a segregated account with the Trust’s custodian.
SEC Segregation Requirements
In addition to the margin restrictions discussed above, transactions in futures contracts may involve the segregation of funds pursuant to requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Under those requirements, where the Fund has a long position in a futures contract, it may be required to establish a segregated account (not with a futures commission merchant or broker) containing cash or certain liquid assets equal to the purchase price of the contract (less any margin on deposit). However, segregation of assets is not required if the Fund “covers” a long position. For a short position in futures or forward contracts held by the Fund, those requirements may mandate the establishment of a segregated account (not with a futures commission merchant or broker) with cash or certain liquid assets that, when added to the amounts deposited as margin, equal the market value of the instruments underlying the futures contracts (but are not less than the price at which the short positions were established).
Liquidity Impact of Margin and SEC Segregation Requirements
Although the Fund will segregate cash and liquid assets in an amount sufficient to cover its open futures obligations, the segregated assets will be available to the Fund immediately upon closing out the futures position, while settlement of securities transactions could take several days. However, because the Fund’s cash that may otherwise be invested would be held uninvested or invested in other liquid assets so long as the futures position remains open, the Fund’s return could be diminished due to the opportunity losses of foregoing other potential investments.
Regulation as a Commodity Pool Operator
The Trust, on behalf of the Fund, has filed with the National Futures Association, a notice claiming an exclusion from the definition of the term “commodity pool operator” under the Commodity Exchange Act, as amended, and the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission promulgated thereunder, with respect to the Fund’s operation. Accordingly, the Fund is not subject to registration or regulation as a commodity pool operator.
Fundamental Investment Limitations. The investment limitations described below have been adopted by the Trust with respect to the Fund and are fundamental (“Fundamental”), i.e, they may not be changed without the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Fund. As used in the Prospectus and the Statement of Additional Information, the term “majority” of the outstanding shares of the Fund means the lesser of: (1) 67% or more of the outstanding shares of the Fund present at a meeting, if the holders of more than 50% of the outstanding shares of the Fund are present or represented at such meeting; or (2) more than 50% of the outstanding shares of the Fund. Other investment practices, which may be changed by the Board of Trustees without the approval of shareholders to the extent permitted by applicable law, regulation or regulatory policy, are considered non-fundamental (“Non-Fundamental”).
1. Borrowing Money. The Fund will not borrow money, except: (a) from a bank, provided that immediately after such borrowing there is an asset coverage of 300% for all borrowings of the Fund; or (b) from a bank or other persons for temporary purposes only, provided that such temporary borrowings are in an amount not exceeding 5% of the Fund’s total assets at the time when the borrowing is made.
2. Senior Securities. The Fund will not issue senior securities. This limitation is not applicable to activities that may be deemed to involve the issuance or sale of a senior security by the Fund, provided that the Fund’s engagement in such activities is consistent with or permitted by the 1940 Act, as amended, the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder or interpretations of the SEC or its staff.
3. Underwriting. The Fund will not act as underwriter of securities issued by other persons. This limitation is not applicable to the extent that, in connection with the disposition of portfolio securities (including restricted securities), the Fund may be deemed an underwriter under certain federal securities laws.
4. Real Estate. The Fund will not purchase or sell real estate. This limitation is not applicable to investments in marketable securities that are secured by or represent interests in real estate. This limitation does not preclude the Fund from investing in mortgage-related securities or investing in companies engaged in the real estate business or that have a significant portion of their assets in real estate (including real estate investment trusts).
5. Commodities. The Fund will not purchase or sell commodities unless acquired as a result of ownership of securities or other investments. This limitation does not preclude the Fund from purchasing or selling options or futures contracts, from investing in securities or other instruments backed by commodities or from investing in companies, which are engaged in a commodities business or have a significant portion of their assets in commodities.
6. Loans. The Fund will not make loans to other persons, except: (a) by loaning portfolio securities; (b) by engaging in repurchase agreements; or (c) by purchasing nonpublicly offered debt securities. For purposes of this limitation, the term “loans” shall not include the purchase of a portion of an issue of publicly distributed bonds, debentures or other securities.
7. Concentration. The Fund will not invest 25% or more of its total assets in a particular industry or group of industries. The Fund will not invest 25% or more of its total assets in any investment company that concentrates. This limitation is not applicable to investments in obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, its agencies and instrumentalities or repurchase agreements with respect thereto.
8. Diversification. The Fund will not invest in the securities of any issuer if, immediately after such investment, less than 75% of the total assets of the Fund will be invested in cash and cash items (including receivables), Government securities, securities of other investment companies or other securities for the purposes of this calculation limited in respect of any one issuer to an amount (determined immediately after the latest acquisition of securities of the issuer) not greater in value than 5% of the total assets of the Fund and to not more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer.
With respect to the percentages adopted by the Trust as maximum limitations on its investment policies and limitations, an excess above the fixed percentage will not be a violation of the policy or limitation unless the excess results immediately and directly from the acquisition of any security or the action taken. This paragraph does not apply to the borrowing policy set forth in paragraph 1 above.
Notwithstanding any of the foregoing limitations, any investment company, whether organized as a trust, association or corporation, or a personal holding company, may be merged or consolidated with or acquired by the Trust, provided that if such merger, consolidation or acquisition results in an investment in the securities of any issuer prohibited by said paragraphs, the Trust shall, within ninety days after the consummation of such merger, consolidation or acquisition, dispose of all of the securities of such issuer so acquired or such portion thereof as shall bring the total investment therein within the limitations imposed by said paragraphs above as of the date of consummation.
Non-Fundamental. The following limitations have been adopted by the Trust with respect to the Fund and are Non-Fundamental (see “Investment Limitations - Fundamental” above).
1. Pledging. The Fund will not mortgage, pledge, hypothecate or in any manner transfer, as security for indebtedness, any assets of the Fund except as may be necessary in connection with borrowings described in limitation (1) above. Margin deposits, security interests, liens and collateral arrangements with respect to transactions involving options, futures contracts, short sales and other permitted investments and techniques are not deemed to be a mortgage, pledge or hypothecation of assets for purposes of this limitation.
2. Borrowing. The Fund will not purchase any security while borrowings representing more than one third of its total assets are outstanding.
3. Margin Purchases. The Fund will not purchase securities or evidences of interest thereon on “margin.” This limitation is not applicable to short-term credit obtained by the Fund for the clearance of purchases and sales or redemption of securities, or to arrangements with respect to transactions involving options, or futures contracts.
4. Illiquid Investments. The Fund will not invest 15% or more of its net assets in securities for which there are legal or contractual restrictions on resale and other illiquid securities.
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
The Board of Trustees supervises the business activities of the Trust and appoints the officers. Each Trustee serves as a trustee until the termination of the Trust unless the Trustee dies, resigns, retires or is removed. As of December 31, 2008 , the Fund is the only series in the “Fund Complex .” The Board generally meets four times a year to review Fund progress and status. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 , the Board met 4 times.
The following table provides information regarding each Trustee who is not an “interested person” of the Trust, as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940 , as amended (the “1940 Act”) .
Name , Address
Position(s) Held with the Fund
Term of Office and Length of Time Served
Principal Occupation(s) During Past 5 Years
Number of Portfolios in Fund Complex Overseen by Trustee
Other Directorships Held by Trustee
Michael E. Kitces
922 Jaysmith Street
Great Falls, VA 22066
Director of Financial Planning, Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc. since 11/2002; Client Service Manager with Medallion Financial Group, an independent planning firm, 4/2001-10/2002
Mark D. Pankin
1018 North Cleveland Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Owner/Principal of MDP Associates LLC, an investment advisory firm, since 10/1994 (reorganized advisory business from sole proprietorship to LLC in 1/2002)
The following table provides information regarding each Trustee who is an “interested person” of the Trust, as defined in the 1940 Act, and each officer of the Trust.
Name, Address and Age
Position(s) Held with the Fund
Term of Office and Length of Time Served
Principal Occupation(s) During Past 5 Years
Number of Portfolios in Fund Complex Overseen by Trustee
Other Directorships Held by Trustee
Steven M. Wegener
5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248
Alexandria, VA 22312
Trustee, Treasurer, President and Chief Compliance Officer
Indefinite/January 2006 - present
President, Wegener, LLC (2003-present); Master’s Student and Teaching Assistant for
Economics and Banking Courses, University of Virginia (2001-2003)
5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248
Alexandria, VA 22312
Indefinite/January 2006 – present
Project Manager, Vivakos (2007-present; Engineer, Mantaro Networks (2005-2006), Engineer, Isocore (2004-2005), Student, George Mason University (2001-2004)
1 Steven Michael Wegener is considered an “Interested” Trustee as defined in the 1940 Act because he is affiliated with the Advisor.
The Trust’s audit committee consists of Michael E. Kitces and Mark D. Pankin. The audit committee is responsible for overseeing the Fund’s accounting and financial reporting policies and practices, its internal controls and, as appropriate, the internal controls of certain service providers; overseeing the quality and objectivity of the Fund’s financial statements and the independent audit of the financial statements; and acting as a liaison between the Fund’s independent auditors and the full Board of Trustees. None of the audit committee members are “Interested” as defined in the 1940 Act.
As of December 31, 2008 , the Trustees owned the following amounts in the Fund:
Name of Trustee
Dollar Range of Securities In The Fund
Aggregate Dollar Range of
Securities In Trust
Steven M. Wegener
Michael E. Kitces
Mark D. Pankin
The following table describes the compensation paid to the Trustees for the Trust’s fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 . Compensation will be paid in Fund shares. Trustees of the Fund who are deemed “interested persons” of the Trust receive no compensation from the Fund.
Aggregate Compensation from the Fund
Total Compensation from Trust
Steven M. Wegener
Michael E. Kitces
Mark D. Pankin
CODE OF ETHICS
Pursuant to the requirements of rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act and in order to protect against certain unlawful acts, practices and courses of business by certain individuals or entities related to the Fund, the Fund and the Advisor have adopted a Code of Ethics and procedures for implementing the provisions of the Code. The personnel of the Fund and the Advisor are subject to the Code of Ethics when investing in securities that may be purchased, sold or held by the Fund.
The Fund has adopted a plan pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act (the “Plan”). The Plan permits the Fund to pay for certain distribution and promotion expenses related to marketing shares of the Fund. The amount payable annually by the Fund is 0.25% of its average daily net assets. The Fund’s Plan has not been activated and the Fund has no present intention to activate the Plan. The Fund paid no Rule 12b-1 fees during the year ended December 31, 2008 .
Under the Plan, the Trust may engage in any activities related to the distribution of Fund shares, including without limitation the following: (a) payments, including incentive compensation, to securities dealers or other financial intermediaries, financial institutions, investment Advisors and others that are engaged in the sale of shares of the Fund, or that may be advising shareholders of the Trust regarding the purchase, sale or retention of shares of the Fund; (b) expenses of maintaining personnel (including personnel of organizations with which the Trust has entered into agreements related to this Plan) who engage in or support distribution of shares of the Fund; (c) costs of preparing, printing and distributing prospectuses and statements of additional information and reports of the Fund for recipients other than existing shareholders of the Fund; (d) costs of formulating and implementing marketing and promotional activities, including, but not limited to, sales seminars, direct mail promotions and television, radio, newspaper, magazine and other mass media advertising; (e) costs of preparing, printing and distributing sales literature; (f) costs of obtaining such information, analyses and reports with respect to marketing and promotional activities as the Trust may, from time to time, deem advisable; and (g) costs of implementing and operating this Plan.
The Trustees expect that the Plan could significantly enhance the Fund’s ability to expand distribution of shares of the Fund. It is also anticipated that an increase in the size of a Fund will produce economies of scale that benefit the shareholders, facilitate more efficient portfolio management, and assist the Fund in seeking to achieve its investment objective.
The Plan has been approved by the Trust’s Board of Trustees, including a majority of the Trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Trust and who have no direct or indirect financial interest in the Plan or any related agreement, by a vote cast in person. Continuation of the Plan and the related agreements must be approved by the Trustees annually, in the same manner, and the Plan or any related agreement may be terminated at any time without penalty by a majority of such independent Trustees or by a majority of the outstanding shares of the Fund. Any amendment increasing the maximum percentage payable under the Plan or other material change must be approved by a majority of the outstanding shares of the Fund, and all other material amendments to the Plan or any related agreement must be approved by a majority of the independent Trustees.
CONTROL PERSONS AND PRINCIPAL HOLDERS OF SECURITIES
As of October 1, 2009, 47.38 % of the outstanding shares of the Fund were owned by Judith K Wegener, c/o Wegener Investment Trust, 5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, 1248, Alexandria, VA 22312. Judith K. Wegener is the mother of Steven M. Wegener, the President of the Advisor and the Trust.
As of October 1, 2009 , 32. 04 % of the outstanding shares of the Fund were owned by Kenneth G. Wegener, c/o Wegener Investment Trust, 5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, 1248, Alexandria, VA 22312. Kenneth G. Wegener is the father of Steven M. Wegener.
As of October 1, 2009, 15.16 % of the outstanding shares of the Fund were owned by Kevin Wegener, c/o Wegener Investment Trust, 5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, 1248, Alexandria, Virginia 22312. Kevin Wegener is the brother of Steven M. Wegener.
Shareholders owning more than 25% of the shares of the Fund are considered to “control” the Fund as that term is defined under the 1940 Act. Persons controlling the Fund can determine the outcome of any proposal submitted to the shareholders for approval, including changes to the Fund’s fundamental policies or the terms of the management agreement with the Advisor.
As of October 1, 2009 , all officers and Trustees as a group owned 4.15 % of the outstanding shares of the Fund.
INVESTMENT ADVISORY AND OTHER SERVICES
The Trustees selected Wegener, LLC (the “Advisor”) as the Advisor to the Fund. Steven Michael Wegener owns 100% of the Advisor and acts as its President and Portfolio Manager.
Under the terms of the management agreement (the “Agreement”), the Advisor, subject to the supervision of the Board of Trustees of the Trust, provides or arranges to be provided to the Fund such investment advice as its deems advisable and will furnish or arrange to be furnished a continuous investment program for the Fund consistent with the Fund’s investment objective and policies. As compensation for its management services, the Fund is obligated to pay the Advisor a fee computed and accrued daily and paid monthly at an annual rate of 1.25% of the average daily net assets of the Fund. For the fiscal period September 12, 2006 (commencement of investment operations) through June 30, 2007, the Advisor earned management fees of $7,73 6 , all of which were waived, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, the Advisor earned management fees of $11,568, all of which were waived , and for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, the Advisor earned management fees of $10,820, all of which were waived .
The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses, but only to the extent necessary to maintain the Fund's total annual operating expenses (excluding brokerage costs; borrowing costs, such as (a) interest and (b) dividends on securities sold short; indirect costs of investing in other funds; taxes; extraordinary expenses) at 1.99% of its average daily net assets through October 31, 2010 .
The Agreement will continue for an initial term of two years, and on a year to year basis thereafter, provided that continuance is approved at least annually by specific approval of the Board of Trustees of the Fund or by vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund. In either event, it must also be approved by a majority of Trustees of the Fund who are neither parties to the agreement nor interested persons as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval. The Agreement may be terminated at any time without the payment of any penalty by the Board of Trustees or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Fund on not more than 60 days written notice to the Advisor. In the event of its assignment, the Agreement will terminate automatically.
The Advisor retains the right to use the name “Wegener” in connection with another investment company or business enterprise with which the Advisor is or may become associated. The Trust’s right to use the name “Wegener” automatically ceases ninety days after termination of the Agreement and may be withdrawn by the Advisor on ninety days written notice.
Mr. Steven Wegener is the portfolio manager responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. As of June 30, 2009 , Mr. Wegener was responsible for the management of the following types of accounts (other than the Fund):
Number of Accounts by Account Type
Total Assets By Account Type
Number of Accounts by Type Subject to a Performance Fee
Total Assets By Account Type Subject to a Performance Fee
Registered Investment Companies
Other Pooled Investment Vehicles
$1, 400 ,000
The Advisor has not identified any material conflicts between the Fund and other accounts managed by Mr. Wegener. However, actual or apparent conflicts of interest may arise in connection with the day-to-day management of the Fund and other accounts. The management of the Fund and other accounts may result in unequal time and attention being devoted to the Fund and other accounts. Another potential conflict of interest may arise where another account has the same investment objective as the Fund, whereby the portfolio manager could favor one account over another. Further, a potential conflict could include Mr. Wegener’s knowledge about the size, timing and possible market impact of Fund trades, whereby he could use this information to the advantage of other accounts and to the disadvantage of the Fund. These potential conflicts of interest could create the appearance that the portfolio manager is favoring one investment vehicle over another.
Mr. Wegener’s compensation as the Fund’s portfolio manager is not fixed. Because Mr. Wegener is the sole owner of the Advisor, he receives all profits of the Advisor, including the advisory fees paid by the Fund. He does not receive a salary or any bonuses, deferred compensation or retirement plan benefits.
The following table shows the dollar range of equity securities beneficially owned by Mr. Wegener in the Fund as of June 30, 2009 .
Name of Portfolio Manager
Dollar Range of Equity Securities in the Fund
Steven M. Wegener
U.S. Bank National Association, 425 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, is custodian of the Fund’s investments. The custodian acts as the Fund’s depository, provides safekeeping of its portfolio securities, collects all income and other payments with respect thereto, disburses funds at the Fund’s request and maintains records in connection with its duties.
Mutual Shareholder Services, LLC. (“MSS”), 8000 Town Centre Drive, Suite 400, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147-4403, acts as the Fund’s transfer agent. MSS maintains the records of the shareholder’s account, answers shareholders’ inquiries concerning their accounts, processes purchases and redemptions of the Fund’s shares, acts as dividend and distribution disbursing agent and performs other transfer agent and shareholder service functions. MSS receives an annual fee from the Advisor of $11.50 per shareholder (subject to a minimum monthly fee of $775 per Fund) for these transfer agency services.
In addition, MSS provides the Fund with fund accounting services, which includes certain monthly reports, record-keeping and other management-related services. For its services as fund accountant, MSS receives an annual fee from the Fund based on the average value of the Fund. These fees are: from $0 to $25 million in assets the annual fee is $21,000, from $25 million to $50 million in assets the annual fee is $30,500, from $50 million to $75 million in assets the annual fee is $36,250, from $75 million to $100 million in assets the annual fee is $42,000, from $100 million to $125 million in assets the annual fee is $47,750, from $125 million to $150 million in assets the annual fee is $53,500, and for asset above $150 million the annual fee is $59,250.
For the fiscal period September 13, 2006 (commencement of operations) through June 30, 2007, MSS received $7,400 for these fund accounting and transfer agent services , for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, MSS received $10,028 from the Fund for these fund accounting and transfer agent services and for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, MSS received $7,371 from the Advisor for these fund accounting and transfer agent services .
Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The firm of Sanville & Company, Certified Public Accountants, 1514 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001, has been selected as independent public accountants for the Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. Sanville & Company will perform an annual audit of the Fund’s financial statements and provides financial, tax and accounting services as requested.
BROKERAGE ALLOCATION AND OTHER PRACTICES
Subject to policies established by the Board of Trustees, the Advisor is responsible for the Fund’s portfolio decisions and the placing of the Fund’s portfolio transactions. In placing portfolio transactions, the Advisor seeks the best qualitative execution for the Fund, taking into account such factors as price (including the applicable brokerage commission or dealer spread), the execution capability, financial responsibility and responsiveness of the broker or dealer and the brokerage and research services provided by the broker or dealer. The Advisor generally seeks favorable prices and commission rates that are reasonable in relation to the benefits received. For the fiscal period September 13, 2006 (commencement of operations) through June 30, 2007, the Fund paid brokerage commissions of $1,418 , for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2008, the Fund paid brokerage commissions of $1,541 and for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009, the Fund paid brokerage commissions of $3,051. Brokerage commissions paid during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 were higher due in part to increased portfolio turnover. The Fund’s portfolio turnover rate for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2008 and 2009 were 95.86% and 124.80%, respectively. The increased portfolio turnover for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 was the result of increased market volatility. The brokerage commissions were also higher due to the market decline decreasing the price per share of the average stock the Fund bought. Because the dollar amount invested by the Fund was relatively unchanged, the Fund had to increase the number of shares it purchased. Since commissions are paid on a per share basis this had the effect of increasing the Fund’s commissions .
The Advisor is specifically authorized to select brokers or dealers who also provide brokerage and research services to the Fund and/or the other accounts over which the Advisor exercises investment discretion, and to pay such brokers or dealers a commission in excess of the commission another broker or dealer would charge if the Advisor determines in good faith that the commission is reasonable in relation to the value of the brokerage and research services provided. The determination may be viewed in terms of a particular transaction or the Advisor’s overall responsibilities with respect to the Trust and to other accounts over which it exercises investment discretion. The Advisor may not give consideration to sales of shares of the Trust as a factor in the selection of brokers and dealers to execute portfolio transactions. However, the Advisor may place portfolio transactions with brokers or dealers that promote or sell the Fund’s shares so long as such placements are made pursuant to policies approved by the Fund’s Board of Trustees that are designed to ensure that the selection is based on the quality of the broker’s execution and not on its sales efforts.
Research services include supplemental research, securities and economic analyses, statistical services and information with respect to the availability of securities or purchasers or sellers of securities, and analyses of reports concerning performance of accounts. The research services and other information furnished by brokers through whom the Fund effects securities transactions may also be used by the Advisor in servicing all of its accounts. Similarly, research and information provided by brokers or dealers serving other clients may be useful to the Advisor in connection with its services to the Fund. Although research services and other information are useful to the Fund and the Advisor, it is not possible to place a dollar value on the research and other information received. It is the opinion of the Board of Trustees and the Advisor that the review and study of the research and other information will not reduce the overall cost to the Advisor of performing its duties to the Fund under the Agreement.
Over-the-counter transactions will be placed either directly with principal market makers or with broker-dealers, if the same or a better price, including commissions and executions, is available. Fixed income securities are normally purchased directly from the issuer, an underwriter or a market maker. Purchases include a concession paid by the issuer to the underwriter and the purchase price paid to a market maker may include the spread between the bid and asked prices.
When the Fund and another of the Advisor’s clients seek to purchase or sell the same security at or about the same time, the Advisor may execute the transaction on a combined (“blocked”) basis. Blocked transactions can produce better execution for the Fund because of the increased volume of the transaction. If the entire blocked order is not filled, the Fund may not be able to acquire as large a position in such security as it desires or it may have to pay a higher price for the security. Similarly, the Fund may not be able to obtain as large an execution of an order to sell or as high a price for any particular portfolio security if the other client desires to sell the same portfolio security at the same time. In the event that the entire blocked order is not filled, the purchase or sale will normally be allocated on a pro rata basis. The Advisor may adjust the allocation when, taking into account such factors as the size of the individual orders and transaction costs, the Advisor believes an adjustment is reasonable.
DISCLOSURE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS
The Fund is required to include a schedule of portfolio holdings in its annual and semi-annual reports to shareholders, which is sent to shareholders within 60 days of the end of the second and fourth fiscal quarters and which is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Form N-CSR within 70 days of the end of the second and fourth fiscal quarters. The Fund also is required to file a schedule of portfolio holdings with the SEC on Form N-Q within 60 days of the end of the first and third fiscal quarters. The Fund must provide a copy of the complete schedule of portfolio holdings as filed with the SEC to any shareholder of the Fund, upon request, free of charge. This policy is applied uniformly to all shareholders of the Fund without regard to the type of requesting shareholder (i.e., regardless of whether the shareholder is an individual or institutional investor). The Fund may enter into ongoing arrangements to release portfolio holdings to rating agencies, such as Morningstar or Lipper, in order for the agencies to assign a rating or ranking to the Fund. Portfolio holdings will be supplied to rating agencies no more frequently than quarterly and only after the Fund has filed a Form N-CSR or Form N-Q with the SEC. The Fund currently does not have any ongoing arrangements to release portfolio holdings information to rating agencies.
Pursuant to policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees, the Fund has ongoing arrangements to release portfolio holdings information on a daily basis to Advisor, Transfer Agent, Fund Accounting Agent, Administrator and Custodian and on an as needed basis to other third parties providing services to the Fund. The Advisor, Transfer Agent, Fund Accounting Agent, Administrator and Custodian receive portfolio holdings information daily in order to carry out the essential operations of the Fund. The Fund discloses portfolio holdings to its auditors, legal counsel, proxy voting services (if applicable), pricing services, printers, parties to merger and reorganization agreements and their agents, and prospective or newly hired investment Advisors or sub-Advisors. The lag between the date of the information and the date on which the information is disclosed will vary based on the identity of the party to whom the information is disclosed. For instance, the information may be provided to auditors within days of the end of an annual period, while the information may be given to legal counsel at any time.
The Fund, the Advisor, the Transfer Agent, the Fund Accounting Agent and the Custodian are prohibited from entering into any special or ad hoc arrangements with any person to make available information about the Fund’s portfolio holdings without the specific approval of the Board. Any party wishing to release portfolio holdings information on an ad hoc or special basis must submit any proposed arrangement to the Board, which will review the arrangement to determine (i) whether the arrangement is in the best interests of Fund shareholders, (ii) the information will be kept confidential (based on the factors discussed below), (iii) whether sufficient protections are in place to guard against personal trading based on the information, and (iv) whether the disclosure presents a conflict of interest between the interests of Fund shareholders and those of the Advisor, or any affiliated person of the Fund or the Advisor. Additionally, the Advisor, and any affiliated persons of the Advisor, are prohibited from receiving compensation or other consideration, for themselves or on behalf of the Fund, as a result of disclosing the Fund’s portfolio holdings.
Information disclosed to third parties, whether on an ongoing or ad hoc basis, is disclosed under conditions of confidentiality. “ Conditions of confidentiality” include (i) confidentiality clauses in written agreements, (ii) confidentiality implied by the nature of the relationship (e.g., attorney-client relationship), (iii) confidentiality required by fiduciary or regulatory principles (e.g., custody relationships) or (iv) understandings or expectations between the parties that the information will be kept confidential. The agreements with the Fund’s Transfer Agent, Fund Accounting Agent and Custodian contain confidentiality clauses, which the Board and these parties have determined extend to the disclosure of nonpublic information about the Fund’s portfolio holding and the duty not to trade on the non-public information. The Advisor has entered into a separate written confidentiality agreement that prohibits the disclosure of nonpublic information about the Fund’s portfolio holdings and includes a duty not to trade on the non-public information. The Fund believes, based upon its size and history, that these are reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality of the Fund’s portfolio holdings and will provide sufficient protection against personal trading based on the information.
DETERMINATION OF SHARE PRICE
The price (net asset value) of the shares of each Fund is determined at the close of trading (normally 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time) on each day the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) is open for business. For a description of the methods used to determine the net asset value, see “How to Buy Shares – Purchasing Shares” in the prospectus.
Equity securities generally are valued by using market quotations, but may be valued on the basis of prices furnished by a pricing service when the Advisor believes such prices accurately reflect the fair market value of such securities. Securities that are traded on any stock exchange or on the NASDAQ over-the-counter market are generally valued by the pricing service at the last quoted sale price. Lacking a last sale price, an equity security is generally valued by the pricing service at its last bid price. When market quotations are not readily available, when the Advisor determines that the market quotation or the price provided by the pricing service does not accurately reflect the current market value, or when restricted or illiquid securities are being valued, such securities are valued as determined in good faith by the Advisor, in conformity with guidelines adopted by and subject to review of the Board of Trustees of the Trust.
Fixed income securities generally are valued by using market quotations, but may be valued on the basis of prices furnished by a pricing service when the Advisor believes such prices accurately reflect the fair market value of such securities. A pricing service utilizes electronic data processing techniques based on yield spreads relating to securities with similar characteristics to determine prices for normal institutional-size trading units of debt securities without regard to sale or bid prices. If the Advisor decides that a price provided by the pricing service does not accurately reflect the fair market value of the securities, when prices are not readily available from a pricing service, or when restricted or illiquid securities are being valued, securities are valued at fair value as determined in good faith by the Advisor, in conformity with guidelines adopted by and subject to review of the Board of Trustees. Short term investments in fixed income securities with maturities of less than 60 days when acquired, or which subsequently are within 60 days of maturity, are valued by using the amortized cost method of valuation, which the Board has determined will represent fair value.
The Fund has qualified, and intends to continue to qualify, under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code. Under provisions of Sub-Chapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended, the Fund, by paying out substantially all of its investment income and realized capital gains, intends to be relieved of federal income tax on the amounts distributed to shareholders. In order to qualify as a “regulated investment company” under Sub-Chapter M, at least 90% of the Fund’s income must be derived from dividends, interest and gains from securities transactions, and no more than 50% of the Fund’s total assets may be in two or more securities that exceed 5% of the total assets of the Fund at the time of each security’s purchase. Not qualifying under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code would cause the Fund to be considered a personal holding company subject to normal corporate income taxes. The Fund then would be liable for federal income tax on the capital gains and net investment income distributed to its shareholders, resulting in a second level of taxation that would substantially reduce net after-tax returns from the Fund. Any subsequent dividend distribution of the Fund’s earnings after taxes would still be taxable as received by shareholders. The Jobs and Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Law of 2003 reduced the rate on “qualifying dividends” to 15% (5% for those in 10% or 15% income tax bracket). The Fund may invest in companies that pay “qualifying dividends.” Investors in the Wegener Adaptive Growth Fund may benefit from the new tax bill and its lower tax rate on taxable quarterly dividend payments, attributable to corporate dividends, distributed by the Fund.
Tax Distribution: The Fund’s distributions (capital gains and dividend income), whether received by shareholders in cash or reinvested in additional shares of the Fund, may be subject to federal income tax payable by shareholders. All income realized by the Fund including short-term capital gains, will be taxable to the shareholder as ordinary income. Dividends from net income will be made annually or more frequently at the discretion of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. Dividends received shortly after purchase of Fund shares by an investor will have the effect of reducing the per share net asset value of his/her shares by the amount of such dividends or distributions. You should consult a tax Advisor regarding the effect of federal, state, local, and foreign taxes on an investment in the Fund.
Federal Withholding: The Fund is required by federal law to withhold 31% of reportable payments (which may include dividends, capital gains, distributions and redemptions) paid to shareholders who have not complied with IRS regulations. In order to avoid this withholding requirement, you must certify on a W-9 tax form supplied by the Fund that your Social Security or Taxpayer Identification Number provided is correct and that you are not currently subject to back-up withholding, or that you are exempt from back-up withholding.
PROXY VOTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Board of Trustees of the Trust has delegated responsibilities for decisions regarding proxy voting for securities held by the Fund to the Fund’s Advisor. The Advisor will vote such proxies in accordance with its proxy policies and procedures, which are attached hereto as Exhibit A. In some instances, the Advisor may be asked to cast a proxy vote that presents a conflict between the interests of the Fund’s shareholders, and those of the Advisor or an affiliated person of the Advisor. In such a case, the Trust’s policy requires that the Advisor abstain from making a voting decision and to forward all necessary proxy voting materials to the Trust to enable the Board of Trustees to make a voting decision. The Advisor shall make a written recommendation of the voting decision to the Board of Trustees, which shall include: (i) an explanation of why it has a conflict of interest; (ii) the reasons for its recommendation; and (iii) an explanation of why the recommendation is consistent with the Advisor’s (or sub-Advisor’s) proxy voting policies. The Board of Trustees shall make the proxy voting decision that in its judgment, after reviewing the recommendation of the Advisor, is most consistent with the Advisor’s proxy voting policies and in the best interests of Fund shareholders. When the Board of Trustees of the Trust is required to make a proxy voting decision, only the Trustees without a conflict of interest with regard to the security in question or the matter to be voted upon shall be permitted to participate in the decision of how the Fund’s vote will be cast.
MORE INFORMATION. The actual voting records relating to portfolio securities during the most recent 12-month period ended June 30 will be available without charge, upon request, by calling toll free, 1-800-595-4077. The information also will be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, a copy of the Fund’s proxy voting policies and procedures are also available by calling 1-800- 595-4077 and will be sent within three business days of receipt of a request.
The financial statements and independent auditor’s report required to be included in this Statement of Additional Information are incorporated herein by reference to the Fund’s Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009. You can obtain the Annual Report without charge by calling the Fund at 1-800-595-4077.
2/2/2006 to Current
Wegener, LLC, as a matter of policy and as a fiduciary to our clients, has responsibility for voting proxies for portfolio securities consistent with the best economic interests of the clients. Our firm maintains written policies and procedures as to the handling, research, voting and reporting of proxy voting and makes appropriate disclosures about our firm's proxy policies and practices. Our policy and practice includes the responsibility to monitor corporate actions, receive and vote client proxies and disclose any potential conflicts of interest as well as making information available to clients about the voting of proxies for their portfolio securities and maintaining relevant and required records.
Proxy voting is an important right of shareholders and reasonable care and diligence must be undertaken to ensure that such rights are properly and timely exercised.
Investment Advisors registered with the SEC, and which exercise voting authority with respect to client securities, are required by Rule 206(4)-6 of the Advisors Act to (a) adopt and implement written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to ensure that client securities are voted in the best interests of clients, which must include how an Advisor addresses material conflicts that may arise between an Advisor's interests and those of its clients; (b) to disclose to clients how they may obtain information from the Advisor with respect to the voting of proxies for their securities; (c) to describe to clients a summary of its proxy voting policies and procedures and, upon request, furnish a copy to its clients; and (d) maintain certain records relating to the Advisor's proxy voting activities when the Advisor does have proxy voting authority.
Steven Wegener has the responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of our proxy voting policy, practices, disclosures and record keeping, including outlining our voting guidelines in our procedures.
Wegener, LLC has adopted procedures to implement the firm's policy and reviews to monitor and insure the firm's policy is observed, implemented properly and amended or updated, as appropriate, which include the following:
All employees will forward any proxy materials received on behalf of clients to Steven Wegener;
Steven Wegener will determine which client accounts hold the security to which the proxy relates;
Absent material conflicts, Steven Wegener will determine how Wegener, LLC should vote the proxy in accordance with applicable voting guidelines, complete the proxy and vote the proxy in a timely and appropriate manner.
Wegener, LLC will provide conspicuously displayed information in its Disclosure Document summarizing this proxy voting policy and procedures, including a statement that clients may request information regarding how Wegener, LLC voted a client's proxies, and that clients may request a copy of these policies and procedures.
Steven Wegener will also send a copy of this summary to all existing clients who have previously received Wegener, LLC's Disclosure Document; or Steven Wegener may send each client the amended Disclosure Document. Either mailing shall highlight the inclusion of information regarding proxy voting.
Client Requests for Information
All client requests for information regarding proxy votes, or policies and procedures, received by any employee should be forwarded to Steven Wegener.
In response to any request Steven Wegener will prepare a written response to the client with the information requested, and as applicable will include the name of the issuer, the proposal voted upon, and how Wegener, LLC voted the client's proxy with respect to each proposal about which client inquired.
In the absence of specific voting guidelines from the client, Wegener, LLC will vote proxies in the best interests of each particular client. Wegener, LLC's policy is to vote all proxies from a specific issuer the same way for each client absent qualifying restrictions from a client. Clients are permitted to place reasonable restrictions on Wegener, LLC's voting authority in the same manner that they may place such restrictions on the actual selection of account securities.
Wegener, LLC will generally vote in favor of routine corporate housekeeping proposals such as the election of directors and selection of auditors absent conflicts of interest raised by an auditors non-audit services.
Wegener, LLC will generally vote against proposals that cause board members to become entrenched or cause unequal voting rights.
In reviewing proposals, Wegener, LLC will further consider the opinion of management and the effect on management, and the effect on shareholder value and the issuer's business practices.
Conflicts of Interest
Wegener, LLC will identify any conflicts that exist between the interests of the Advisor and the client by reviewing the relationship of Wegener, LLC with the issuer of each security to determine if Wegener, LLC or any of its employees has any financial, business or personal relationship with the issuer.
If a material conflict of interest exists, Steven Wegener will determine whether it is appropriate to disclose the conflict to the affected clients, to give the clients an opportunity to vote the proxies themselves, or to address the voting issue through other objective means such as voting in a manner consistent with a predetermined voting policy or receiving an independent third party voting recommendation.
Wegener, LLC will maintain a record of the voting resolution of any conflict of interest.
Steven Wegener shall retain the following proxy records in accordance with the SEC's five-year retention requirement.
These policies and procedures and any amendments;
Each proxy statement that Wegener, LLC receives;
A record of each vote that Wegener, LLC casts;
Any document Wegener, LLC created that was material to making a decision how to vote proxies, or that memorializes that decision including periodic reports to Steven Wegener or proxy committee, if applicable.
A copy of each written request from a client for information on how Wegener, LLC voted such client's proxies, and a copy of any written response.
Item 23. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(a) Articles of Incorporation. Registrant's Declaration of Trust, which was filed as Exhibit (1) to the Registrant's Registration Statement on February 27, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
(b) By-Laws. Registrant's By-Laws, which were filed as Exhibit (2) to the Registrant's Registration Statement on February 27, 2006, are hereby incorporated by reference.
(c) Instruments Defining Rights of Security Holder. None other than in the Declaration of Trust and By-Laws of the Registrant.
(d) Investment Advisory Contracts.
Management Agreement between Registrant and Wegener, LLC, which was filed as Exhibit (3) to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
Expense Limitation Agreement between Registrant and Wegener, LLC, is filed herewith.
(e) Underwriting Contracts. None.
(f) Bonus or Profit Sharing Contracts. None.
(g) Custodial Agreement. Custody Agreement with U.S. Bank National Association, which was filed as Exhibit (3) to the Registrant's Registration Statement on October 29, 2007, is hereby incorporated by reference.
(h) Other Material Contracts.
Transfer Agent Agreement with Mutual Shareholder Services, LLC, which was filed as
Exhibit (5) to Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
Accounting Services Agreement with Mutual Shareholder Services, LLC, which was filed as
Exhibit (6) to Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated
(i) Legal Opinion.
Legal Opinion. Opinion of Thompson Hine LLP, which was filed as Exhibit (7) to the
Registrant's Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
Consent of Thompson Hine LLP is filed herewith.
(j) Other Opinions. Consent of Accountants is filed herewith.
(k) Omitted Financial Statements. None.
(l) Initial Capital Agreements. Agreement of initial shareholder, which was filed as Exhibit (9) to Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
(m) Rule 12b-1 Plan. Rule 12b-1 Plan, which was filed as Exhibit (10) to Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
(n) Rule 18f-3 Plan. None.
(p) Code of Ethics. Code of Ethics of the Trust and Adviser, which was filed as Exhibit (11) to Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, is hereby incorporated by reference.
(q) Powers of Attorney. Powers of Attorney of the Trust, and a certificate with respect thereto, and the Trustees and officers of the Trust, which were filed as Exhibit (12) to Registrant’s Registration Statement on August 14, 2006, are hereby incorporated by reference.
Item 24. Control Persons.
As of the date of this filing, Steven M. Wegener beneficially owned a majority of the voting securities of the Registrant and is the sole member of the Adviser. Therefore, the Registrant and the Adviser may be deemed to be under Mr. Wegener’s common control .
Item 25. Indemnification.
Reference is made to Article VI of the Registrant's Agreement and Declaration of Trust which was previously filed as an Exhibit to the Registration Statement. The application of these provisions is limited by the following undertaking set forth in the rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission:
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to trustees, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in such Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a trustee, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such trustee, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in such Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue. The Registrant may maintain a standard mutual fund and investment advisory professional and directors and officers liability policy. The policy, if maintained, would provide coverage to the Registrant, its Trustees and officers, and could cover its advisers, among others. Coverage under the policy would include losses by reason of any act, error, omission, misstatement, misleading statement, neglect or breach of duty.
Item 26. Activities of Investment Adviser.
(a) Wegener, LLC, 5575 Vincent Gate Terrace, #1248, Alexandria, VA 22312 is currently registered with the State of Virginia and the SEC as an investment adviser. Additional information about the adviser and its officers is incorporated by reference to the Statement of Additional Information filed herewith, and the adviser’s Form ADV, file number 801-67223. Neither the adviser, nor its officers or directors, have engaged in another business of a substantial nature during the last two years. Neither Wegener, LLC nor its officers have engaged in other business of a substantial nature during the past two fiscal years.
(b) Steven Wegener engaged in no business activities of a substantial nature outside the advisory business during the past two years.
Item 27. Principal Underwriter. None.
Item 28. Location of Accounts and Records.
All accounts, books and documents required to be maintained by the Registrant pursuant to Section 31(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and Rules 31a-1 through 31a-3 thereunder are maintained at the office of the Registrant and the Transfer Agent at 8000 Town Centre Drive, Suite 400, Broadview Heights, OH 44147, except that all records relating to the activities of the Fund's Custodian are maintained at the office of the Custodian, U.S. Bank National Association, 425 Walnut Street, M.L., CN-OH-W6TC, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202,
Item 29. Management Services. Not applicable.
Item 30. Undertakings. None.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for effectiveness of this registration statement under Rule 485(b) under the Securities Act and has duly caused this Amendment to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Cincinnati, State of Ohio, on the _____ day of October, 2009 .
Wegener Investment Trust
JoAnn M. Strasser
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Amendment to Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the ________ day of October, 2009 .
Steven M. Wegener, President (Principal Executive Officer), Treasurer (Principal Financial Officer/Principal Accounting Officer ), Trustee*
Mark D. Pankin, Trustee*
Michael E. Kitces, Trustee*
JoAnn M. Strasser
Expense Limitation Agreement
Consent of Thompson Hine LLP
Consent of Accountants