Fund Performance (Gross)
Fund Performance (Net)
Risk and Disclosures
Fund Objective, Strategy and Holdings
- Earn current income by investing in a broadly diversified portfolio of fixed-income instruments.
- Holds publicly traded U.S. fixed-income securities, and fixed-income securities denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar.
- Holds privately placed loans originated by the Positive Social Purpose Lending Program (e.g., affordable housing and community development loans).
The Fund invests with nine different investment management firms that use a combination of active and enhanced management styles. Wespath’s Positive Social Purpose Lending Program makes up roughly 10% of the Fund’s allocation.
* Signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
For the fourth quarter 2016, the fund slightly outperformed its benchmark primarily due to the combined effect of an underweight allocation to U.S. Treasury securities and an overweight allocation to high yield U.S. corporate debt. Additionally, the fund’s allocation to alternative investments, which include distressed debt and corporate opportunities, strongly contributed during the quarter. The fund’s allocation to the bonds of non-U.S. issuers detracted from performance.
Fund Characteristics as of December 31, 2016
|Yield to Worst*
* Does not reflect the deduction of fees.
Performance, Gross of Fees
Fixed Income Fund – December 31, 2016
The accompanying chart represents the range of investment returns for the BNY Mellon Master Trust Universe for Fixed Income manager asset pools. BNY Mellon provides a fund-level tracking service used to compare Wespath’s actual gross of fees performance for its Fixed Income strategy to the performance of similar asset pools of other institutional investors. The Universe includes corporate, foundation, endowment, public, Taft-Hartley and health care plans. Source: BNY Mellon.
See Risk and Disclosures for more information regarding Gross of Fees Performance.
Performance, Net of Fees - December 31, 2016
|Fixed Income Fund
*On January 1, 2006, the benchmark for the Fixed Income Fund became the Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers) U.S. Universal ex-Mortgage Backed Securities Index. Prior to this date, the benchmark is the Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers) U.S. Universal Index.
See Risk and Disclosures for more information regarding Net of Fees Performance.
Fund Distribution by Credit Rating as of December 31, 2016:
Holdings-Based Sector Allocations as of December 31, 2016
|Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities
|Emerging Market Debt
*Other includes alternatives and cash.
All expenses of the Fund are deducted from the Fund’s net asset value. The expenses include investment management fees, operating expenses, bank custodial fees and miscellaneous fund administration expenses. These expenses are paid directly by FIF, and are reflected in the unit price calculated for the fund. The unit price is multiplied by the number of units held in each client’s account to determine the total value of the client’s holdings in the Fund. For 2015, FIF’s expenses were equal to approximately 0.55% of the Fund’s total assets.
Risk and Disclosures
All investments carry some degree of risk that will affect the value of the Fund’s holdings, its investment performance and the price of its units. As a result, loss of money is a risk of investing in the Fund. FIF is subject to the following principal investment risks: market risk, investment style risk, security-specific risk, credit risk, country risk, currency risk, derivatives risk, interest rate risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk.
For further discussion of the Fund’s investments strategies and risks, please refer to "Principal Investment Strategies and Principal Investment Risks of the Funds — Fixed Income Fund" in the Wespath Investment Funds Description.
Lending of Portfolio Securities
The Fund seeks to earn additional income by lending a portion of its portfolio securities to brokers, dealers and other financial institutions. The loans are secured at all times by cash and liquid high-grade debt obligations. As with any extension of credit, there are risks of delay in recovery and in some cases even loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower fail financially. In addition, losses could result from the reinvestment of the cash collateral received on loaned securities.
The Fund generally does not invest in companies that derive more than 10% of their revenue from gambling or from the manufacture, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, tobacco-related products, adult entertainment, weapons, or the management or operation of prison facilities.