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Jun 5 2012

Forbes.com - "A Strategy to Keep Volatility Low" (ALSOX)

On May 24, 2012– Rick Lake, portfolio manager of the ASTON/Lake Partners LASSO Alternatives Fund was interviewed by Kate Salter for Forbes.com.

Listen to the interview on Forbes.com

Aston Funds has no editorial control over the content of the interview, subject matter, and timing of the interview and is independent of Forbes.com.  Opinions are as of the broadcast date and are subject to change at any time based on market or other conditions.

Average Annual Total Returns
as of 3/31/131 Year3 YearSince InceptionInception Date
ASTON/Lake Partners LASSO Alternatives Fund I Class7.23%5.21%8.37%4/1/2009
ASTON/Lake Partners LASSO Alternatives Fund N Class6.87%4.94%5.46%3/31/2010
HRFX Equity Hedge Index5.60%-1.21%1.91%4/1/2009

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, upon redemption, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance data current to the most recent month-end, please visit our website at www.astonfunds.com.  The Class I gross expense ratio is 3.06%, the net expense ratio after deducting acquired fund fees and expenses is 1.20%.The Class N gross expense ratio is 3.31%, the net expense ratio after deduction acquired fund fees and expenses is 1.45%.The Adviser is contractually obligated to waive management fees and/or reimburse ordinary expense through February 28, 2014.The Fund’s net expense ratio including acquired fund fees and expenses is 1.86%% and 1.86%% for the N and I class, respectively.  By investing in the Fund you incur the expenses and risks of the underlying funds it invests in.

Morningstar RatingTM 

Based on Risk-Adjusted Returns

 Four Stars

OVERALL MORNINGSTAR RATING

Class I

As of 12/31/12. The fund was rated 4 stars for the 3-year period against 125 US-domiciled Multialternative funds. For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. © Morningstar, Inc.

The Morningstar Multialternative Category figures allow for a direct comparison of a fund’s performance within its Morningstar Category.

As of 3/31/13 the fund was rated 4 stars for the 3-year period against 122 US-domiciled Multialternative funds. For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. © Morningstar, Inc.

The Morningstar Multialternative Category figures allow for a direct comparison of a fund’s performance within its Morningstar Category.

As of 3/31/13, the stock discussed in the interview, Robeco is 17.44% of the portfolio, in the ASTON/Lake Partners LASSO Alternatives Fund.  Mention of a stock is not a recommendation to buy or sell securities.

The HFRX Equity Hedge Index is an unmanaged Index designed to measure daily performance representative of long-short equity hedge funds.  Source:  Hedge Fund Research, Inc. (HFR).  Indices are adjusted for the reinvestment of capital gains and income dividends.  Individuals may not invest in an index.

Note:  The Fund also incurs the risks of the underlying funds it invests in. Potential risks include the use of aggressive investment techniques and instruments such as options and futures, derivatives, commodities, credit-risk, and short-sales that taken alone are generally considered riskier than conventional market strategies.  Use of these aggressive investment techniques may expose an underlying fund to potentially dramatic changes (losses) in the value of its portfolio. Short sales may involve the risk that an underlying fund will incur a loss by subsequently buying a security at a higher price than the price at which the fund previously sold the security short. Volatility is found by calculating the annualized standard deviation of daily change in price.  Drawdown helps to determine the peak-to-trough decline during a specific period of an investment quoted as the percentage between the peak the trough. Stop loss guidelines are designed to limit an investor’s loss on a security position. It is a practice of selling a security when it reaches a certain price.


Parameters set by the Subadviser are not a fundamental policy of the Fund and are subject to change at any time.

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Resources

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