Alternative Dividend Fund

Class - N

OVERVIEW

Fund Objective


The Fund seeks to provide income while preserving capital during market downturns.A secondary investment objective of the Fund is capital appreciation.

Sub-Advisor Background


Sungarden Fund Management LLC (Sungarden), was created in 2016 and is an affiliate of Sungarden Investment Research. Founded by Rob Isbitts in 2012, Sungarden Investment Research manages assets for families and also provides model portfolio and equity research services for financial advisors who choose to outsource that skill set to a professional money manager.

Tickers & Cusips


Ticker DNDHX
Cusip 265458372
Share Class N-Shares
Fund Code 119

Fund Information


Dividend Frequency Quarterly
Capital Gains Paid December*
Fund Inception 8/31/2016
FISCAL Year-End October
* If applicable

Risk Tolerance Spectrum


LOWER RISKHIGHER RISK

Minimum Investments


There is no minimum initial investment on a per Fund basis for Class N shares. However, the minimum initial investment in Class N shares of the Dunham Funds, on an aggregate basis, is $100,000 for taxable accounts and $50,000 for tax-deferred accounts ("MIN"). The MIN can be waived if the investor has, in the opinion of the Adviser, adequate intent and availability of assets to reach a future level of investment among the Funds that is equal to or greater than the MIN. The MIN can also be waived by the Adviser for shareholders investing through a wrap program or similar arrangement. There is no minimum subsequent investment amount for Class N shares. If a Class N shareholder's investment in the Dunham Funds falls below the MIN for reasons other than depreciation of the investment, the investor may receive a notice from the Adviser and will be given a reasonable amount of time to cure the deficiency. If the deficiency is not cured within such time, the Adviser reserves the right to convert the account to Class A shares (on a load waived basis) or take other appropriate measures.

PRICE/PERFORMANCE

Price & YTD Total Return (12/12/2018)


Net Asset Value (NAV): NAV Change: NAV Percentage Change:
$10.65 ($0.03) -0.28 %
Net Asset Value (NAV): $10.65
NAV Change: ($0.03)
NAV Percentage Change: -0.28 %
YTD Return at NAV:
-3.94 %
YTD Return at NAV: -3.94 %

Performance Inception Date (As of 8/31/2016)


Most recent
month-end (as of 11/30/2018)
1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yrs Since
Inception
Fund Performance -2.75 % -0.53 %
Average Annual
Total Return (as of 9/30/2018)
1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yrs Since
Inception
Fund Performance 0.80 % 0.40 %
Most recent
month-end (as of 11/30/2018)
Fund
Performance
1 Yr -2.75 %
3 Yr
5 Yr
10 Yrs
Since Inception -0.53 %
Average Annual Total Return
(as of 9/30/2018)
Fund
Performance
1 Yr 0.80 %
3 Yr
5 Yr
10 Yrs
Since Inception 0.40 %
Per prospectus dated 2/28/2018
Expense Ratio: 1.39 %
Per prospectus dated 2/28/2018
Expense Ratio:
1.39 %
As of 9/30/2018
Annualized 30 Day SEC Yield at NAV: 8.36 %
As of 9/30/2018
Annualized 30 Day SEC Yield at NAV:
8.36 %

Prices and returns quoted represent past results and are no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Distribution


Date $/Share Type
9/28/2018 $0.15 Dividend
6/29/2018 $0.16 Dividend
3/29/2018 $0.09 Dividend
12/29/2017 $0.16 Dividend
9/29/2017 $0.17 Dividend
6/30/2017 $0.18 Dividend
3/31/2017 $0.12 Dividend
12/28/2016 $0.10 Dividend

Year-End Distribution


Mutual funds typically distribute taxable capital gains to shareholders each December. Click below to view the year-end distribution factors (per share) for the Dunham Funds.

HOLDINGS

Top 10 Holdings (As of 10/31/2018)


Security % of Net Assets
ProShares Short S&P500 7.14 %
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF 4.72 %
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF 3.78 %
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund 3.77 %
Simon Property Group 3.07 %
Verizon Communications, Inc. 3.07 %
Duke Energy Corporation 3.01 %
Entergy Corp 2.92 %
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund 2.86 %
Real Estate Select Sector Spdr Fund 2.82 %

Fund Sector Allocation (As of 10/31/2018)


Cash (33.16%)
Multi-Sector (12.16%)
Utilities (8.11%)
Real Estate (7.83%)
Consumer Staples (7.63%)
Treasury Bonds (7.55%)
Telecommunication Services (5.88%)
Energy (3.73%)
Consumer Discretionary (3.58%)
Materials (2.88%)
Information Technology (2.75%)
Financials (1.92%)
Industrials (1.85%)
Health Care (0.95%)
Currency Contracts (0.02%)

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses of the Dunham Funds carefully before investing. This and other important information is contained in the Dunham Funds’ summary prospectus and/or prospectus, which may be obtained by contacting your financial advisor, or by calling toll free (800) 442‐4358. Please read prospectus materials carefully before investing or sending money. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Dunham Funds are distributed by Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser and Broker/Dealer. Member FINRA / SIPC.

Returns for Class A Shares include the maximum sales charge (5.75% for equity funds and 4.50% for fixed income funds). Net Asset Value (NAV) returns exclude these charges, which would have reduced returns.

Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.

Asset Allocation Risk - In allocating the Fund’s assets, the Sub-Adviser may favor markets or asset classes that perform poorly relative to other markets and asset classes. The Sub-Adviser’s investment analysis, its selection of investments, and its assessment of the risk/return potential of asset classes and markets may not produce the intended results and/or can lead to an investment focus that results in the Fund underperforming other funds with similar investment strategies and/or underperforming the markets in which the Fund invests.

Changing Distribution Level Risk - The amount of the distributions paid by the Fund will vary and generally depends on the amount of interest income and/or dividends received by the Fund on the securities it holds. The Fund may not be able to pay distributions or may have to reduce its distribution level if the interest income and/or dividends the Fund receives from its investments decline.

Derivatives Risk - Derivatives are used to limit risk in the Fund or to enhance investment return and have a return tied to a formula based upon an interest rate, index, price of a security, currency exchange rate or other measurement. Derivatives involve special risks, including: (1) the risk that interest rates, securities prices and currency markets will not move in the direction that a portfolio manager anticipates; (2) imperfect correlation between the price of derivative instruments and movements in the prices of the securities, interest rates or currencies being hedged; (3) the fact that skills needed to use these strategies are different than those needed to select portfolio securities; (4) the possible absence of a liquid secondary market for any particular instrument and possible exchange imposed price fluctuation limits, either of which may make it difficult or impossible to close out a position when desired; (5) the risk that adverse price movements in an instrument can result in a loss substantially greater than the Fund's initial investment in that instrument (in some cases, the potential loss is unlimited); (6) particularly in the case of privately-negotiated instruments, the risk that the counterparty will not perform its obligations, or that penalties could be incurred for positions held less than the required minimum holding period; and (7) the inability to close out certain hedged positions to avoid adverse tax consequences. In addition, the use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes (that is, to seek to increase total return) is considered a speculative practice and may present an even greater risk of loss than when used for hedging purposes. Swap agreements are two-party contracts entered into for periods ranging from a few weeks to more than one year. In a standard “swap” transaction, two parties agree to exchange the returns (or differentials in rates of return) earned or realized on particular predetermined investments or instruments, which can be adjusted for an interest factor. Swap agreements involve the risk that the party with whom the Fund has entered into the swap will default on its obligation to pay the Fund and the risk that the Fund will not be able to meet its obligations to pay the other party to the agreement. When a Sub-Adviser uses margin, leverage, short sales or financial derivatives, such as options, futures and forward contracts, an investment in the Fund may be more volatile than investments in other mutual funds. Derivatives may also be embedded in securities such convertibles which typically include a call option on the issuer's common stock. Although the intention is to use such derivatives to minimize risk to the Fund, as well as for speculative purposes, there is the possibility that derivative strategies will not be used or that ineffective implementation of derivative strategies or unusual market conditions could result in significant losses to the Fund. Over the counter derivatives, such as swaps, are also subject to counterparty risk, which is the risk that the other party in the transaction will not fulfill its contractual obligation.

ETF Risk - The Fund invests in ETFs or other investment companies. As a result, your cost of investing in the Fund will be higher than the cost of investing directly in ETFs and may be higher than other mutual funds that invest directly in common stocks. You will indirectly bear fees and expenses charged by the ETFs in addition to the Fund’s direct fees and expenses. Additional risks of investing in ETFs are described below: Each ETF is subject to specific risks, depending on the nature of the fund. These risks could include liquidity risk, sector risk, and foreign currency risk, as well as risks associated with fixed income securities and commodities. Investment in the Fund should be made with the understanding that the ETFs in which the Fund invests will not be able to replicate exactly the performance of the indices they track because the total return generated by the securities will be reduced by transaction costs incurred in adjusting the actual balance of the securities. In addition, the ETFs in which the Fund invests will incur expenses not incurred by their applicable indices. Certain securities comprising the indices tracked by the ETFs may, from time to time, temporarily be unavailable, which may further impede the ETFs’ ability to track their applicable indices. The market value of ETF shares may differ from their net asset value. This difference in price may be due to the fact that the supply and demand in the market for fund shares at any point in time is not always identical to the supply and demand in the market for the underlying basket of securities. Accordingly, there may be times when shares trade at a premium or discount to net asset value. The strategy of investing in ETFs could affect the timing, amount and character of distributions to you and therefore may increase the amount of taxes you pay.

ETN Risk - The Fund may invest in ETNs, which are debt securities of an issuer whose returns are linked to a particular index. ETNs are typically linked to the performance of a commodities index that reflects the potential return on unleveraged investments in futures contracts of physical commodities, plus a specified rate of interest that could be earned on cash collateral. ETNs are subject to credit risk of the issuer. The value of an ETN will vary and will be influenced by time to maturity, level of supply and demand for the ETN, volatility and lack of liquidity in underlying commodities markets, changes in the applicable interest rates, changes in the issuer’s credit rating, and economic, legal, political, or geographic events that affect the referenced commodity. When the Fund invests in ETNs it will bear its proportionate share of any fees and expenses borne by the ETN. There may be restrictions on the Fund’s right to redeem its investment in an ETN, which is meant to be held until maturity. The Fund’s decision to sell its ETN holdings may be limited by the availability of a secondary market.

Inverse ETF and ETN Risk - Investments in inverse ETFs and ETNs will prevent the Fund from participating in marketwide or sector-wide gains and may not prove to be an effective hedge. During periods of increased volatility, inverse ETFs and ETNs may not perform in the manner they are designed. Because inverse ETFs and ETNs typically seek to achieve their objective on a daily basis, holding such investments for longer periods may produce unexpected results.

Leveraging Risk - The Fund’s use of leverage through futures, options, short positions, or inverse ETFs will magnify the Fund’s gains or losses. Futures require relatively small cash investment to control large amounts of derivatives, which magnifies gains and losses to the Fund. Leveraging the Fund creates an opportunity for increased returns but, at the same time, creates special risk considerations. For example, leveraging may exaggerate changes in the net asset value of the Fund’s shares and in the yield on the Fund’s portfolio.

Limited History of Operations Risk - A new mutual fund has a limited history of operations for investors to evaluate.

Liquidity Risk - The markets for high-yield, convertible and certain lightly traded equity securities (particularly small cap issues) are often not as liquid as markets for higher-rated securities or large cap equity securities. For example, relatively few market makers characterize the secondary markets for high-yield debt securities, and the trading volume for high-yield debt securities is generally lower than that for higher-rated securities. Accordingly, these secondary markets (generally or for a particular security) could contract under real or perceived adverse market or economic conditions. These factors may have an adverse effect on the Fund’s ability to dispose of particular portfolio investments and may limit the ability of the Fund to obtain accurate market quotations for purposes of valuing securities and calculating net asset value. Less liquid secondary markets also may affect the Fund’s ability to sell securities at their fair value. The Fund may invest in illiquid securities, which are more difficult to value and to sell at fair value. If the secondary markets for lightly-traded securities contract due to adverse economic conditions or for other reasons, certain liquid securities in the Fund’s portfolio may become illiquid, and the proportion of the Fund’s assets invested in illiquid securities may increase. Smaller, unseasoned companies (those with less than a three-year operating history) and recently-formed public companies may not have established products, experienced management, or an earnings history. As a result, their stocks may lack liquidity. Investments in foreign securities may lack liquidity due to heightened exposure to potentially adverse local, political, and economic developments such as war, political instability, hyperinflation, currency devaluations, and overdependence on particular industries. In addition, government interference in markets such as nationalization and exchange controls, expropriation of assets, or imposition of punitive taxes may result in a lack of liquidity. Possible problems arising from accounting, disclosure, settlement, and regulatory practices and legal rights that differ from U.S. standards might reduce liquidity. The chance that fluctuations in foreign exchange rates will decrease the investment’s value (favorable changes can increase its value) will also impact liquidity. These risks are heightened for investments in developing countries.

Management Risk - Each Fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed investment portfolio. The Sub-Adviser’s judgments about the attractiveness and potential appreciation of a security, whether selected under a “value”, “growth” or other investment style, may prove to be inaccurate and may not produce the desired results. The Adviser and Sub-Adviser will apply its investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the Funds, but there is no guarantee that its decisions will produce the intended result. The successful use of hedging and risk management techniques may be adversely affected by imperfect correlation between movements in the price of the hedging vehicles and the securities being hedged.

New Sub-Adviser Risk - Mutual funds and their advisors are subject to restrictions and limitations imposed by the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the Internal Revenue Code that do not apply to an advisor’s management of other types of individual and institutional accounts. As a result, investors do not have a long-term track record of managing a mutual fund from which to judge a new Sub-Adviser and the Sub-Adviser may not achieve the intended result in managing the Fund.

Portfolio Turnover Risk - The frequency of a Fund’s transactions will vary from year to year. Increased portfolio turnover may result in higher brokerage commissions, dealer mark-ups and other transaction costs and may result in taxable capital gains. Higher costs associated with increased portfolio turnover may offset gains in a Fund’s performance.

Purchasing Put Options Risk - When the Fund purchases put options, it risks the loss of the cash paid for the options if the options expire unexercised.

Securities Lending Risk - Portfolio securities may be loaned to brokers, dealers and financial institutions to realize additional income under guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees. A risk of lending portfolio securities, as with other extensions of credit, is the possible loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower fail financially. The Fund might not be able to recover the securities or their value. In determining whether to lend securities, the Adviser or its agent, will consider all relevant facts and circumstances, including the creditworthiness of the borrower.

Small and Medium Capitalization Risk - The Fund’s investments in smaller and medium-sized companies carry more risks than investments in larger companies. Companies with small and medium size market capitalization often have narrower markets, fewer products or services to offer and more limited managerial and financial resources than do larger, more established companies. Investing in lesser-known, small and medium capitalization companies involves greater risk of volatility of the Fund’s net asset value than is customarily associated with larger, more established companies. Often smaller and medium capitalization companies and the industries in which they are 81 focused are still evolving and, while this may offer better growth potential than larger, more established companies, it also may make them more sensitive to changing market conditions. Small cap companies may have returns that can vary, occasionally significantly, from the market in general.

Stock Market Risk - Stock markets can be volatile. In other words, the prices of stocks can fall rapidly in response to developments affecting a specific company or industry, or to changing economic, political or market conditions. The Fund’s investments may decline in value if the stock markets perform poorly. There is also a risk that the Fund’s investments will underperform either the securities markets generally or particular segments of the securities markets.