Our positions in MasterCard and Moody's Corp. were the largest contributors to performance over the quarter. NuSTAR Energy L.P. and DirecTV were the most meaningful detractors from performance over the quarter. At the end of the third quarter the Fund was approximately 89% invested and the portfolio held 29 positions.
For many, the strength of the stock market in the first nine months of 2013 has been a pleasant surprise. Year to date we have kept a relatively high level of capital deployed while retaining sufficient cash to enable us to be flexible should we encounter uncertainty in the market. We continue to remain highly confident about the businesses owned in the portfolio as well as in our process for finding new opportunities.
Performance data quoted represents past performance; past performance does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by calling (877) 862-9556. The Fund's annual operating expense (gross) for the Retail Class shares is 1.40% and 1.15% for the Institutional Class shares. The Fund imposes a 1.00% redemption fee on shares held less than 30 days. Performance data does not reflect the redemption fee, and if reflected, total returns would be reduced.
As always we thank you for your confidence in our firm's ability to manage your assets. Do know that we treat each dollar as if it were our own, striving to achieve desirable outcomes.
Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. The Fund is non-diversified, meaning it may concentrate its assets in fewer individual holdings than a diversified fund. Therefore, the Fund is more exposed to individual stock volatility than a diversified fund. The Fund invests in small and medium capitalization companies, which involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility than larger capitalization companies.
The Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The summary and statutory prospectus contains this and other important information about the investment company and it may be obtained by calling (877) 862-9556 or visiting www.akrefund.com. Read it carefully before investing.