Performance Review

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Annualized Performance
as of 12/31/2017
3 MO:8.68%
YTD :31.64%
1 YR:31.64%
3 YRS:11.56%
5 YRS:16.52%
10 YRS:7.44%

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here.

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The views expressed in this investment report represent the opinions of PNC Capital Advisors, LLC and are not intended to predict or depict performance of any investment. All information contained herein is for informational purposes and should not be construed as investment advice. It does not constitute an offer, solicitation or recommendation to purchase any security. The information herein was obtained by various sources; we do not guarantee its accuracy or completeness. Fund performance quoted above is for class I shares. Past performance does not guarantee future results. These views are as of the date of this publication and are subject to change based on subsequent developments.

Investments in growth companies can be more sensitive to the company’s earnings and more volatile than the stock market in general. International investments are subject to special risks not ordinarily associated with domestic investments, including currency fluctuations, economic and political change and differing accounting standards that may adversely affect portfolio securities. These risks may be heightened in emerging markets.

Note: On March 31, 2017, PNC Large Cap Growth Fund became PNC Multi-Factor Large Cap Growth Fund. The Fund's strategies and risks changed as the Fund will now pursue a multi-factor approach. Please see the prospectus for additional information.

PNC Multi-Factor Large Cap Growth Fund (class I) returned 8.68% in the fourth quarter versus a return of 7.86% for the Russell 1000 Growth Index.

Growth factors — both price and earnings momentum — continued to show strength during the quarter, while value factors modestly outperformed and stability of earnings factors modestly underperformed. Collectively, these factors led to positive alpha in the quarter. (The excess return of a fund relative to the return of the benchmark is a fund's alpha).

Stock selection was the main contributor to outperformance during the quarter, particularly holdings in the Consumer Staples, Health Care, and Financials sectors. Sector allocation overall detracted modestly from relative performance with the overweight to the Health Care sector detracting the most.

Overall, U.S. equity markets continued to rise during the fourth quarter, seeming to shrug off concerns over continuing geopolitical tensions and instead focusing on the positives of tax reform, solid economic growth, and strong corporate earnings. Revised tax policy legislation was a particular focus, as the new law is anticipated to be favorable to U.S. corporations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act not only lowers the federal corporate statutory tax rate, it also allows companies to repatriate overseas cash at more favorable tax rates.


This late-cycle fiscal stimulus comes at a time of economic strength in the U.S., as third-quarter 2017 GDP increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.2%. Fourth-quarter GDP is forecast to also increase above 3%. With this generally positive macro backdrop, the fundamental earnings growth picture also looked quite strong. Third-quarter earnings grew 6.7% year over year, which was not as strong as the double-digit earnings growth in the prior two quarters, but still positive.

Company earnings are showing an acceleration that the investment team has not seen since 2011. The trend started in the third quarter of 2016 and continued throughout 2017. Earnings forecasts indicate a continuation of this trend throughout 2018. With trailing price-earnings ratios at relatively high levels the Fund's managers feel the earnings story will have to be the driver of future price movement, which the market clearly saw in 2017. They see no reason to believe our investment thesis of price appreciation driven by accelerated earnings growth (tempered by above-average valuations, with lower correlations between stocks and driven by stock-specific data) should not continue and may actually strengthen into 2018.


Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown here. Select a Fund to view the most recent month-end performance information or go to each Fund's snapshot page to view most recent month-end performance as well as any waiver or expense reimbursement information.

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