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Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy Celebrates 3-Year Anniversary by Taking Morningstar's #3 Spot for All ETF Managed Portfolios

March 6, 2013 - Carlsbad, CA

Sterling Global Strategies (SGS), a boutique provider of risk-reducing asset management solutions, is pleased to announce that the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy recently eclipsed its 3-year anniversary mark. The Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy replicates the methodology of the SGS proprietary Sterling Tactical Rotation Index, which can be followed on Bloomberg (STLGSTRR: IND), Google Finance (: STRRTR), and MarketWatch (XX: STRRTR). The strategy seeks to provide investors with positive returns every calendar year, while also attempting to significantly reduce downside risk by incorporating cash as an investible asset class.

Concurrently, Morningstar released their 3-year performance rankings for the ETF Managed Portfolios space, where the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy secured the #3 spot out of 428 ETF strategists, returning 14.01% (trailing, gross of fees) for the 3-year period ending 1/31/13. "This comes as no surprise to us, or to our investors," stated Mark Eicker, CIO of Sterling Global Strategies. "What we've been able to provide is an investment strategy that delivers alpha while significantly reducing downside exposure."

The Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy adheres to a proprietary algorithm that identifies and invests in, on a monthly basis, the top two performing asset classes -- those that are showing the most long-term return potential. The strategy rotates between cash, commodities, REITs, bonds, international and domestic equities. Unique to the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy is its determination of cash as an asset class, utilizing up to 100% cash should the algorithm detect downward trends in the near future.

"We are extremely proud of the success that the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy has achieved since its early 2010 launch," continued Eicker. "Our intent has always been to address and resolve issues for which Wall Street just could not seem to find solutions. Our executive team believed there had to be a better process to limit downside losses other than simply using asset allocation models. What we've created with the Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy, is to design an absolute return investment solution that delivers downside protection without the use of derivatives," Eicker continued.

Tactical Rotation Strategies have been gaining in popularity in recent years, providing investors with effective solutions for volatile market environments. The Sterling Tactical Rotation Strategy uses primarily ETFs to make tactical allocation shifts, allowing the managers to leverage the performance attribute of the various asset classes in a timely manner.

Returns calculated as of Annualized net Calendar year net
01/31/2013 returns returns
1-year 3-year 2012 2011 2010*
STRATEGY 9.49% 12.86% 10.73% 5.27% 18.68%
(Inception: 02/01/2010)
(60 % MSCI World Index, 40% 9.04% 8.00% 10.16% -0.64% 12.22%
Citigroup World Govt Bond Index)

*2010 calendar year net returns are calculated from a start date of 02/01/2010 and do not represent a full calendar year.

Copyright ©2013 Sterling Global Strategies (SGS). WWW.STERLING-GS.COM. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. This material has been prepared solely for informative purposes. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that we believe to be reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. SGS may attempt to replicate the Sterling Tactical Rotation Index as one of its strategies, but it should not be assumed that replicating the index will result in similar performance. One cannot invest directly in the MSCI World, Citigroup World Govt Bond, or Sterling Tactical Rotation Index. Net composite performance is presented net of management fees, transaction costs, and custodial fees. The composite includes bundled fee portfolios that pay a fee based on a percentage of assets under management. Composite performance is presented net of foreign withholding taxes that are implicit in the funds held in the portfolio. Policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, prospectuses, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request. This material is proprietary and may not be reproduced, transferred or distributed in any form. Advisory services provided by Sterling Wealth Management Group, Inc. (SWMG). SWMG is doing business as Sterling Global Strategies (SGS). Securities offered through Comprehensive Asset Management and Servicing, Inc., 2001 Hwy 46, Ste. 506, Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973.394.0404, Member FINRA/SIPC.

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