We believe we can add value to shareholders by adjusting the Fund's allocation to stocks and bonds based on our assessment of market conditions. If warranted, we adjust the stock allocation limiting negative returns from a market correction. We also position the Fund to take advantage of market volatility, buying equities on market downturns. We feel this contrarian and disciplined approach provides a value add to shareholders.


The Fund uses a disciplined approach of allocating assets among the three major asset groups: common stocks, debt securities (bonds) and cash equivalents. Based on the adviser's assessment of market conditions, the Fund will invest 50% to 75% of its total assets in stocks and convertible securities, and 30% to 50% of its total assets in fixed income securities and cash. The Fund may invest in securities issued by companies of large, medium, or small capitalizations.


The objective of the Tributary Balanced Fund is to provide capital appreciation and income through tactical asset allocation and security selection. We analyze the economic and company universe on a daily basis. In security selection we feel our bottom-up, fundamental approach has resulted in enhanced returns.

Fund Literature

Monthly Performance as of: 11/30/2021
  Return (%) Expense (%)
YTD 1 Month 3 Month 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year Since Inception Inception Date Gross Net
Institutional: FOBAX 12.94 -0.42 0.30 16.00 13.60 11.84 9.87 7.65 08/06/1996 1.30 0.98
Institutional Plus: FOBPX 13.10 -0.42 0.32 16.14 13.80 12.05 10.09 7.73 10/14/2011 1.05 0.80
Fund Facts
Class Morningstar Category Ticker Cusip Inception Dividend Frequency Minimum Investment
Institutional Allocation - 50% to 70% Equity FOBAX 89609H837 8/6/1996 Quarterly $1,000
Institutional Plus Allocation - 50% to 70% Equity FOBPX 89609H308 10/14/2011 Quarterly $5,000,000
Class Net Management Fee Other Expenses Distribution (12b-1) Fees Sales Charge Shareholder Servicing Fee Total Net Expense
Institutional 0.47% 0.37% None None 0.18% 1.02%
Institutional Plus 0.54% 0.30% None None None 0.84%

Portfolio Managers

Kurt Spieler, CFA

Kurt serves as Head of First National Fund Adviser’s predecessor and is Portfolio Manager for the Balanced and Growth Opportunities Funds. He joined First National Fund Adviser’s predecessor in 2005 and has 30 years of experience including the portfolio management of mutual funds in emerging markets, core international and U.S. moderate allocation. Previously, he was head of international equities for Principal Global Investors, as well as president of his own asset management firm. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Iowa State University and his M.B.A from Drake University. Kurt is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado.

Ronald Horner

Ron leads the Fixed Income Team and serves as Portfolio Manager on the Balanced, Income, Nebraska Tax-Free and Short-Intermediate Bond Funds. Ron joined First National Fund Adviser’s predecessor in March 2006. Ron's 29 year career in investment management includes 18 years with Commercial Federal Bank in Omaha, Nebraska serving as an Investment Portfolio Manager and Secondary Mortgage Marketing Manager. He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Creighton University in 1981 and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985.

Charles Lauber, CFA

Chuck serves as a Portfolio Manager for the Balanced and Growth Opportunities Funds. Chuck has over 23 years of investment management experience serving the majority of that time as a Small and Mid-Cap Equity Analyst and Co-Portfolio Manager at Security Benefit Group in Topeka, Kansas and as an Asset Allocation Portfolio Manager at Koesten Hirschmann & Crabtree in Overland Park, Kansas. He joined Tributary Capital Management in August 2006. Chuck earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Texas State University in 1987 and his Masters of Business Administration in 1993 from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997 and is a member of the CFA Institute and of the DFW Society of Financial Analysts.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. The performance data quoted represents past performance and current returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and net asset value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed may be worth more or less than the original cost. Returns greater than one year are annualized. Investment performance reflects contractual fee waivers. Without these fee waivers, the performance would have been lower.   The performance information shown above for the Institutional Plus Class reflects the Fund’s Institutional Class returns for the periods prior to the inception date of the Institutional Plus Class as noted above. Unlike Institutional Plus Class shares, Institutional Class shares impose a non-12b-1 shareholder services fee of 0.25%, which is reflected in the return information. Accordingly, had the Institutional Plus Class been in operation prior to the inception date noted above, the performance for that period would have been different as a result of lower annual operating expenses.   The gross and net expense ratios are as reflected in the current prospectus.   Stock funds are more volatile and carry more risk and return potential than other forms of investments. Bonds offer a relatively stable level of income, although bond prices will fluctuate, providing the potential for principal gain or loss. Cash equivalents offer low risk and low return potential.