Monetta Core Growth Fund

Combines active management and indexed investing together in one fund.


Monetta Financial Services

December 2018 –  

Dear Fellow Shareholders,  

During periods of heightened market volatility there is a tendency to take money out of the market to safeguard it. However, history shows that staying invested during volatile times can be beneficial in the long run.  

Since the S&P 500® record high in September, the equity markets have entered a correction period coupled with excessive market volatility. The market’s movement is primarily due to trade concerns, the possibility of higher interest rates, and fears of an upcoming economic slowdown. We believe the recent market action is driven more by changing headlines rather than fundamentals—and therefore we believe the bull market that started in 2009 remains intact.

In our years of experience we have seen excessive volatility happen time and time again. This type of volatility could lead to investor panic, taking the best companies down with the worst. Generally we find these periods to be attractive buying opportunities to purchase quality growth stocks/funds at a discount. Think of it this way. If you are shopping at your favorite retail store and everything suddenly becomes 20% to 30% cheaper would you panic by running out of the store? Of course not!…you would probably take advantage of the sale and buy more merchandise. We believe the same logic applies during market corrections. To us, buying high-quality investments “on sale” during significant downturns can lead to higher long-term gains as these growth companies are usually the first to snap back as the broad market recovers.

While no one can know what will happen in the coming months, it is important to realize that over decades the stock market has generated annualized returns of 8% on average per year. This includes significant market declines experienced on Black Monday in 1987, the dot-com bust in 2000 and the financial crisis in 2008. Over the long-term, the market has had an upward bias with significant market corrections proven to be exceptional buying opportunities.

We realize it’s easy to say volatility and market dips will work themselves out over time but it still can be incredibly difficult to watch a portfolio’s value decline. However, past performance (no guarantee of future results) reflects that investors who stayed invested during these correction periods have enhanced their long-term portfolio return.

We encourage investors to be patient, avoid market timing and take advantage of market opportunities as they present themselves.

Thank you for the opportunity to manage your assets.

Robert S. Bacarella
Robert S. Bacarella, Founder and President
Monetta Financial Services, Inc.

Special Note:
We encourage, investors to sign up for the SAGE Tuition Rewards Program for your children or grandchildren. It is a college scholarship program where tuition credits are earned annually, accrue like frequent flyer miles and can cover up to one-quarter of your annual college tuition bills. There is no cost to participate in the program. Visit www.monetta.com/SAGE to review the 395 colleges in the program and register for this free program.

Monetta Core Growth Fund

Combines active management and indexed investing
together in one fund


Please read the Prospectus carefully before you invest. It contains more complete information about the Monetta Funds, including risks specific to each fund, fees and expenses. A free, hard-copy of the prospectus can be obtained by calling 1-800-241-9772.

Portfolio holdings and composition are subject to change at any time and are not a recommendation to buy or sell any securities.

Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible. The Funds may make short-term investments, without limitation, for defensive purposes, which investments may provide lower returns than other types of investments. The portion of the Monetta Young Investor Fund that invests in underlying ETF’s that track the Index will be subject to certain risks which are unique to tracking the Index. By investing in ETF’s, you will indirectly bear your share of any fees and expenses charged by the underlying funds, in addition to indirectly bearing the principal risks of the funds. Growth-oriented funds may under-perform when growth stocks are out of favor. Please refer to the prospectus for further details. While the funds are no-load, management and other expenses still apply. Concentrated funds may experience greater price volatility.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect from loss in a declining market.

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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 Monetta Core Growth Fund received 3 stars among 1,256 for the three-year, 3 stars among 1,114 for the five-year, and 5 stars among 805 Large Growth funds for the ten-year period ending 3/31/19.

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Tuition Rewards are remitted solely as a reduction from the college’s full tuition bill and are not awarded in cash. Certain restrictions may apply.

The Tuition Rewards program is offered and administered by SAGE Scholars, Inc., a private for-profit corporation. Monetta Financial Services, Inc., (MFSI) through a partnership with SAGE Scholars offers a college tuition reduction program that may be used at over 395 participating colleges nationwide. All costs for the College Savings Program, including participation in the Tuition Rewards Program, are paid by MFSI. For program details and restrictions please visit www.tuitionrewards.com.

Tuition Reward registration bonus points are issued one time only. If the investor and/or student already has a Tuition Rewards account through Monetta or another SAGE financial partner, he or she is not eligible for additional registration points.

For custodial accounts, MFSI has a “college savings program” where the Monetta Shareholders automatically receive an investment kit, a quarterly newsletter, various educational materials and in addition, if enrolled, will receive Tuition Rewards.

All cost for the College Savings Program including participation in the Tuition Rewards Program are paid by MFSI.

Monetta Financial Services, Inc. is the adviser to the Monetta Funds. The Monetta Funds are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.