Since its founding in 2001, Hilton Capital Management has strived to develop investment strategies to reduce volatility and help clients reach their investment goals. Its founding strategy, Tactical Income Strategy, seeks capital preservation with an emphasis on income generation. Hilton Capital launched the Tactical Income Mutual Fund in 2013 and it recently caught the attention of Dr. David Snowball of the Mutual Fund Observer (MFO), an independent, nonprofit fund researcher with a mission of examining and developing profiles on mutual funds in order to empower investors to make educated decisions.
Impressed by its performance since its inception, Dr. Snowball made Hilton’s Tactical Income the topic of May’s edition of MFO’s “Elevator Talk.”
Dr. Snowball begins his assessment of the fund by admitting his usual skepticism of Tactical Allocation funds, like Hilton’s, due to their tendency to underperform compared to other investments such as a simpler 60/40 index. This admission, though, serves only to highlight his assertion that, “Hilton Tactical Allocation appears to be a singular exception to that rule.”
His confidence in the fund, which he goes on to detail in his MFO piece, stems from careful analysis of its composition and of its key performance indicators as they compare to other funds. He points out the fund as having higher annual returns and lower volatility than those in its Lipper and Morningstar peer groups. 
 Lipper Peer Group : Flexible Portfolio. Morningstar Category: Tactical Allocation
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