Objective

Long-term capital appreciation by investing in financial services companies selling for less than and shorting companies selling for more than our estimate of intrinsic value.

Investment Strategy

  • To estimate intrinsic value, the business must be understandable, and we must be able to reasonably forecast its cash flows. For long positions, we seek businesses with sustainable competitive advantages, conservative balance sheets, and management with an ownership mentality. The inverse is often true for our short positions.
  • Seek positive total returns on both long and short positions.

Portfolio Management

The Fund uses short selling which incurs significant additional risk. Theoretically, stocks sold short have the risk of unlimited losses.

An investor should consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus or summary prospectus contain this and other important information about the Fund(s) and are available at diamond-hill.com or by calling 888.226.5595. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing. The Diamond Hill Funds are distributed by BHIL Distributors, LLC (Member FINRA). Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc., a registered investment adviser, serves as investment adviser to the Diamond Hill Funds and is paid a fee for its services. Diamond Hill Funds are not FDIC insured, may lose value, and have no bank guarantee.

The Overall Morningstar Rating™ is based on 102 financial funds as of 6/30/17. The Fund’s Class I rating was 3 stars among 102, 3 stars among 96, and 3 stars among 73 financial funds for the 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods ended 6/30/17, respectively.

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product 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 for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The Morningstar Broad Fee Level data point compares the fund's net expense ratio to the net expense ratio of all the other funds within its Morningstar Category.

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