Flexible Plan Common Ground Fund Receives 5-Star Morningstar Rating

Quantified Common Ground was rated against the following numbers of U.S. Mid-Cap Blend Funds over the following time periods: 370 funds overall and 370 funds in the last three years. With respect to these Mid-Cap Blend Funds, the Quantified Common Ground Fund received a 5 star rating overall and 5 stars for three years.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Jan. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., a leading provider of dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions, announced that its Quantified Common Ground Fund (QCGDX) has received a 5-star rating from Morningstar.

Launched in 2019, the Quantified Common Ground Fund was developed to invest in common stocks and bonds of issuers that can be considered compliant with both ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and BRI (Biblically Responsible Investing) standards.

"Since inception the Quantified Common Ground Fund has demonstrated its appeal to the increasing number of investors who seek ESG strategies as part of their portfolios.  We are very gratified with Morningstar's rating recognizing the fund's investment strategy and performance," said Jerry Wagner, founder and president of Flexible Plan Investments and senior portfolio manager of the Quantified Common Ground Fund.

With $1.6 billion in assets under management (AUM), Flexible Plan Investments is a manager of mutual funds and separately managed accounts. It is a subadvisor to Advisors Preferred, a boutique asset manager that manages and distributes mutual funds to financial advisors and financial professionals.

"Flexible Plan Investments has a 40-year track record as an active manager of funds that employ dynamic asset allocation strategies designed for advisors and their clients to manage risk and returns, especially in volatile and downward-trending markets.  The strategy of the Quantified Common Ground Fund has added an innovative ESG complement to Flexible Plan's fund family," said Catherine Ayers-Rigsby, president of Advisors Preferred.

For more information about the Quantified Funds, visit www.quantifiedfunds.com, www.flexibleplan.com, or www.advisorspreferred.com.

About Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd.

Established in 1981, Flexible Plan Investments, Ltd., invests over $1.6 billion in assets for clients in its separately managed account business (as of December 31, 2022). As a founding member of the National Association of Active Investment Managers (NAAIM), Flexible Plan Investments, a turnkey asset management program provider, is one of the trade association's largest and oldest active money managers. The company's mission is to provide investors with competitive returns, while reducing risk through the use of dynamic risk management, strategic diversification, and cutting-edge technology and support services. For more information, visit www.flexibleplan.com

About Advisors Preferred LLC

Advisors Preferred (www.advisorspreferred.com) is an infrastructure provider for investment advisory firms looking to create and distribute mutual funds. Acting as the adviser in a sub-advised structure, the firm helps advisers build their practices with actively managed mutual funds, as well as product consultation, market intelligence, product placement, sales reporting, compliance services, and advanced trading.

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