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Sterling Global Strategies

Sterling Global Strategies

September 05, 2013 14:52 ET

Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy Receives 5-Star Overall and 3-Year Morningstar Ratings

Sterling Global Strategies' Flagship Strategy Is One of Only a Handful of Strategies to Receive This Highest Rating in the Fast-Growing ETF Managed Portfolios Category

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 5, 2013) - Sterling Global Strategies (SGS), an ETF strategist providing tactical rotation models to individual and institutional investors, is pleased to announce that the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy has received the coveted 5-star Overall Morningstar Rating™, as well as the 5-star 3-year Morningstar Rating™, for the period ending 6/30/13. Out of the 352 strategies eligible for a star rating, only 10 achieved the highest ranking of 5-stars.

 
Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy
Overall and 3-year
Morningstar Ratings
(as of 6/30/13)
  Category   Number in Category   Number Rated
5-star   World Allocation   633   352
             

Of the 10 ETF Managed Portfolios that earned a 5-star rating, Sterling ranked #3 for the 3-year performance ending 6/30/13.

Morningstar Rating™ is calculated on a quarterly basis for separate accounts with at least a three-year history. The top 10% of separate accounts in each category receive five stars. The Overall Morningstar Rating for separate accounts is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics.

The 5-star rating comes just weeks after the Sterling Tactical Rotation became compliant with GIPS® (Global Investment Performance Standards), which provide an ethical framework for the calculation and presentation of investment performance for investment management firms. Morningstar requires that separate account management firms become GIPS compliant in order to receive a Morningstar ranking.

"We feel that our 5-star Overall and 3-Year ratings, our first ever rating by Morningstar since becoming GIPS compliant, truly validate the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy's mission to provide absolute returns in any market environment, while significantly reducing downside risk," said Mark Eicker, Chief Investment Officer at Sterling Global Strategies. "While we have earned numerous accolades and top rankings over the past three years, this is certainly the highest honor received -- a testament to our work in creating investment models that deliver both absolute returns and wealth preservation in any market cycle."

The Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy replicates the methodology of the SGS proprietary Sterling Tactical Rotation Index, which can be followed on Bloomberg (STLGSTRR:IND), Google Finance (:STRRTR), and MarketWatch (XX:STRRTR).

Using a proprietary algorithm, the strategy seeks to provide absolute returns in each calendar year by using trend analysis to, on a monthly basis, identify and invest in the top two performing asset classes from a universes of six -- commodities, REITs, bonds, international and domestic equities, and cash. This consideration of cash as an asset class, to which the strategy can allocate up to 100%, serves as a defense during broad bear markets, potentially giving advisors the ability to significantly reduce downside risk.

ABOUT STERLING GLOBAL STRATEGIES:
Sterling Global Strategies was formed to provide advisors and investors with tactical investment strategies that could potentially reduce downside risk while providing positive returns in every calendar year. Each of Sterling's proven strategies are managed using a proprietary mathematical algorithm, enhanced with a risk management overlay that has the ability to invest 100% of assets in cash during broad market declines. The strategies can be accessed through a variety of platforms including Schwab, Placemark and TD Ameritrade. www.Sterling-GS.com

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