Monthly Portfolio Update: January 2022

January 11, 2022 EST

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About Qraft Technologies

Founded in 2016, Qraft Technologies is on a mission to innovate the asset management process. From AI-powered ETFs to AI Order Execution, we seek to leverage AI to expand the capability of finding alpha at a lower cost than in the traditional asset management process.

The name Qraft is an amalgamation of the words ‘Quant’ and ‘Craft’, conveying the purpose of the company in crafting quantitative solutions for clients using our proprietary AI technology. Qraft’s in-house, vertically integrated, AI suite offers nimbleness and ability to adapt to the changing needs and condition of the market. Qraft is developing a full comprehensive suite of AI-powered enabling services for financial firms, from building portfolio (Asset Allocation Engine), data handling (Kirin API), identification of alphai (Alpha Factory), to order execution (AXE). Our mission is to enable AI-driven technology to fundamentally change investing for the better.

January Overview

The beginning of 2022 has bought an atmosphere of uncertainty to the market. Many key questions remain unanswered- those being questions posed by the Omicron variant, the upcoming interest rate hikes, and inflation. With the looming interest rate hikes announced by the Fed, many investors are contemplating the possible implications such hikes could have on the market. While interest rate hikes have occurred in the past, they have not happened in this extraordinary environment caused by COVID, making it difficult for investors to use past examples of interest rate hikes as guidance.

The resolution of COVID-19 is a concern for many investors as the Omicron variant spreads, upending projections that 2022 would be the year when all would return to normal. While the Omicron variant seems to be highly transmissible, more so than previous variants, it seems to be comparably much less lethal. This is in line with the history of known viruses, in which viruses increase in their transmissibility but decrease in lethality. While new COVID infection rates reach a pandemic record in the US, corresponding market drawdowns that have occurred during past peaks of infection have not yet occurred, a sign that investors are confident that Omicron will have less impact than the previous variants. The CDC has also shortened its guidance on quarantine periods from 10 to 5 days for vaccinated people, a further sign of the less virulent nature of Omicron.

Inflation is another lingering issue from 2021. While the supply chains clogs have gotten better, it remains to be seen what sort of effect Omicron will have on them, as many of the manufacturing countries have lower vaccination rates than the developing world and have used vaccines that are considered less effective. Inflation will also be a driving factor for investors in their asset allocation decisions, as equities may still seem attractive considering the combination of high inflation rates and low Treasury yield rates, even with the forecasted interest rate hikes. BlackRock estimates that the yield on 10-year T-notes would have to be around 3% from a current 1.5%, to convince investors to allocate funds from equities. While it remains to be seen, the broad consensus seems to be a growth in equities, albeit at a much slower pace than was seen in the past few years.

 

 

 

 

 

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. For a prospectus or summary prospectus with this and other information about the Fund, please call 1-855-973-7880 or visit our website at www.qraftaietf.com. Read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

The Funds are distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC

Investing involves risk, including loss of principal. The Funds are subject to numerous risks including but not limited to: Equity Risk, Sector Risk, Large Cap Risk, Management Risk, and Trading Risk. The Funds rely heavily on a proprietary artificial intelligence selection model as well as data and information supplied by third parties that are utilized by such model. To the extent the model does not perform as designed or as intended, the Fund’s strategy may not be successfully implemented and the Funds may lose value. Additionally, the funds are non-diversified, which means that they may invest more of their assets in the securities of a single issuer or a smaller number of issuers than if they were a diversified fund. As a result, each Fund may be more exposed to the risks associated with and developments affecting an individual issuer or a smaller number of issuers than a fund that invests more widely. A new or smaller fund's performance may not represent how the fund is expected to or may perform in the long term if and when it becomes larger and has fully implemented its investment strategies. Read the prospectus for additional details regarding risks.


QRAFT AI-Enhanced U.S. Large Cap ETF: Companies in the health care sector are subject to extensive government regulation and their profitability can be significantly affected by restrictions on government reimbursement for medical expenses, rising costs of medical products and services, pricing pressure (including price discounting), limited product lines and an increased emphasis on the delivery of health care through outpatient services.

QRAFT AI-Enhanced U.S. Large Cap Momentum ETF: The Fund is subject to the risk that market or economic factors impacting technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology advances could have a major effect on the value of the Fund’s investments. The value of stocks of technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology is particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in technology product cycles, rapid product obsolescence, the loss of patent, copyright and trademark protections, government regulation and competition, both domestically and internationally, including competition from foreign competitors with lower production costs. Technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology, especially those of smaller, less-seasoned companies, tend to be more volatile than the overall market.

QRAFT AI-Enhanced US High Dividend ETF: Securities that pay dividends, as a group, may be out of favor with the market and underperform the overall equity market or stocks of companies that do not pay dividends. In addition, changes in the dividend policies of the companies held by the Fund or the capital resources available for such company’s dividend payments may adversely affect the Fund. In the event a company reduces or eliminates its dividend, the Fund may not only lose the dividend payout but the stock price of the company may also fall.

QRAFT AI-Enhanced U.S. Next Value ETF: The value approach to investing involves the risk that stocks may remain undervalued, undervaluation may become more severe, or perceived undervaluation may actually represent intrinsic value. Value stocks may underperform the overall equity market while the market concentrates on growth stocks. The small- and mid-capitalization companies in which the Fund invests may be more vulnerable to adverse business or economic evens than larger, more established companies, and may underperform other segments of the market or the equity market as a whole. Securities of small- and mid-capitalization companies generally trade in lower volumes, are often more vulnerable to market volatility, and are subject to greater and more unpredictable price changes than larger capitalization stocks or the stock market as a whole.

Alpha – Alpha is a measure of the active return on an investment, the performance of that investment compared with a suitable market index.

AutoML – Short for Automated Machine Learning, AutoML is the automation of the machine learning process to make machine learning jobs simpler, easier, and faster.

Kirin API - Developed by Qraft’s data scientists, integrates multiple vendors to provide both macroeconomic and company fundamentals with the correct point-in-time data.