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Fund Overview: Objective, Strategy and Holdings

  • The International Equity Fund-I Series seeks to earn long-term capital appreciation primarily from a broadly diversified portfolio of foreign equities.
  • The Fund holds real estate investment trusts (REITs) and interests in private real estate and private equity partnerships located in foreign countries.

Fund Managers

The following individuals are responsible for the selection and monitoring of external asset managers:

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Frank Holsteen

Director, Public Equities and Fixed Income

  • With Wespath since 2012
  • B.A. from Lake Forest College
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Brian Boyer, CFA

Director, Private Markets

  • With Wespath since 2003
  • B.A. and B.E. from Dartmouth College
  • MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  • CFA Charterholder
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Amy Bulger

Manager, Alternative Investments

  • With Wespath since 2013
  • B.S. from Northern Illinois University
  • MBA from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University
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Mark Warren, CFA, CIMA

Manager, Public Equities

  • With Wespath since 2015
  • B.S. from Purdue University
  • CFA Charterholder
  • CIMA Certification

Management

The Fund invests with strategies that include developed markets, emerging markets and international small-cap. The approach primarily uses active management to invest fund assets among different countries and/or regions of the world. The Fund's managers seek to invest in attractively valued companies that represent long-term above-average investment opportunities.

External Asset Managers

* Signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Please refer to the Investment Funds Description – I Series for a detailed description of the investment strategies used in managing the Fund.

Fund Snapshot
Inception January 1, 2019
Exp. Ratio 0.74% for 2019 (Estimated)
Benchmark Morgan Stanley Capital International All Country World (MSCI ACWI) ex-USA IMI
Fund Assets $514 Million as of March 31, 2020
Holdings Holdings as of December 31, 2019
Unit Price History I Series Price History
For More Information Summary Fund Descriptions - I Series and Investment Funds Description - I Series and the related Statement of Additional Information.

Performance

Fund1,2 Performance, Net-of-Fees (as of 03/31/2020 )

  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
International Equity Fund-I Series -23.15% -23.15% -14.04% - - -
IEF-I Benchmark3 -24.11% -24.11% -16.32% - - -

Strategy1,4 Performance, Net-of-Fees (as of 03/31/2020 )

As represented solely by the I Series4 As represented by the I Series beginning 1/1/19, as represented by the P Series prior to 1/1/19
  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
International Equity (IEF) Strategy -23.15% -23.15% -14.04% 0.10% 0.85% 3.03%
IEF Strategy Benchmark3 -24.11% -24.11% -16.32% -2.34% -0.66% 2.14%

Universe Comparison

International Equity Strategy4 vs. Peer Group Universe

Peer Group Performance Comparison

Peer group performance comparison

Annualized Performance (Gross-of-Fees)

  QTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
International Equity Strategy 11.2% 26.7% 13.1% 7.8% 6.9%
Median 9.3% 22.7% 10.6% 6.4% 6.5%
Rank in Universe 9th 13th 10th 13th 32nd
# of Observations 294 271 243 227 135

Peer Group Performance Comparison and Annualized Performance (Gross-of-Fees) data as of December 31, 2019.

Source: BNY Mellon. The adjacent chart represents the range of investment returns for the BNY Mellon Master Trust Universe (Universe) for international equity manager asset pools. BNY Mellon provides a fund-level tracking service used to compare the International Equity Strategy’s actual, gross-of-fees performance to the performance of similar asset pools of other institutional investors. The Universe includes corporate, foundation, endowment, public, Taft-Hartley and health care plans.


Footnotes

See Risks and Disclosures for more information regarding net-of-fees performance.

1 The performance shown is for the stated time period only. Historical returns are not indicative of future performance. Investment performance is presented net-of-fees—that is, with the deduction of external investment management fees, custody fees, and administrative and overhead expenses. The investments of the Funds and Strategies may vary substantially from those in the applicable benchmark. The benchmarks are based on broad-based securities market indices, which are unmanaged, cannot be invested in and are not subject to fees and expenses typically associated with investment funds. Investments cannot be made directly in an index. This chart was produced using data from sources believed to be accurate. The bar chart and table assume reinvestment of distributions.

2 Please refer to the Investment Funds Description - I Series for more information about each Fund. This information is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to purchase securities. The investment funds are neither insured nor guaranteed by the government.

3 Benchmark descriptions can be found here.

4 The performance presented reflects the historical performance record of the strategy employed by: (a) Wespath Institutional Investments (WII) through funds called the I Series funds available as of January 1, 2019; and (2) an affiliated entity through funds called the P Series funds and available to certain Institutional Investors (as defined below) prior to January 1, 2019. The strategy for the applicable P Series fund before January 1, 2019 and the strategy for the applicable I Series fund have substantially similar investment objectives and investment strategies and are referred to collectively as “the Strategy.” Thus, the Strategy performance presented reflects the actual returns of the applicable P Series fund through December 31, 2018, and the actual returns of the applicable I Series fund from January 1, 2019 onward. The performance of the applicable P Series fund after January 1, 2019 is excluded from the performance of the Strategy because, as of January 1, 2019, all Institutional Investors invest in the Strategy through the I Series fund. The P Series funds are not available to Institutional Investors other than in exceptional circumstances agreed to by the P Series funds adviser.

Historical returns are not indicative of future performance. Except as otherwise noted, the Strategy performance is net-of-fees—that is, with the deduction of investment management fees, custody fees, and administrative and overhead expenses. The I Series funds’ fees and expenses are described in the Investment Funds Description – I Series, and the P Series funds’ fees and expenses are described in the Investment Funds Description - P Series. The performance shown is for the stated time periods only. Differences in timing of transactions and market conditions prevailing at the time of investment by the applicable I Series or P Series fund could lead to divergence between the results of the I Series and P Series fund. The future performance of the I Series funds may be better or worse than the performance of the P Series funds. Factors that could affect performance differences between the I Series funds and the P Series funds include, but are not limited to, portfolio composition, strategy constraints, investor universe, size of the portfolio, fees, expenses and the timing of cash flows.

Units of the I Series funds are available to organizations related to The United Methodist Church and organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable, or reformatory purpose: (1) no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual; or (2) which is or maintains certain pooled income funds, collective trust funds, collective investment vehicles or similar funds for the collective investment and reinvestment of assets of certain designated vehicles available for charitable investments. All such organizations shall qualify as permissible investors in a fund excepted from the definition of “investment company” contained in Section 3(c) (10) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (and are referred to as “Institutional Investors”). Certain, but not all, Institutional Investors were eligible to invest in the P Series prior to January 1, 2019.

Allocations

Holdings-Based Regional Allocations as of December 31, 2019

Region IEF-I Actual
(%) 
IEF-I Benchmark (%) Difference
(%)
Europe (ex-United Kingdom) 29.3% 30.4% -1.1%
Emerging Markets 25.4% 24.7% +0.7%
Japan 12.2% 17.0% -4.8%
United Kingdom 11.2% 11.3% -0.1%
Pacific (ex-Japan) 9.4% 9.3% +0.1%
Canada 2.3% 6.8% -4.5%
United States 3.2% 0.0% +3.2%
Africa/Mideast 0.4% 0.5% -0.1%
Frontier 0.5% 0.0% +0.5%
Cash (equitized) 3.2% 0.0% +3.2%
Alternatives 2.9% 0.0% +2.9%
 

Holdings-Based Sector/Industry Allocations as of December 31, 2019

Sector/Industry IEF-I Actual
(%)
IEF-I Benchmark
(%)
Difference
(%)
REITs* 5.7% 4.4% +1.3%
Private Equity 2.2% 0.0% +2.2%
Private Real Estate 0.7% 0.0% +0.7%
 

Holdings-Based Style Allocations as of December 31, 2019

Style IEF-I Actual
(%)
IEF-I Benchmark
(%)
Difference
(%)
Large Cap (>$20Bil) 58.5% 69.6% -11.1%
Mid Cap ($5Bil - $20Bil) 19.5% 16.8% +2.7%
Small Cap (<$5Bil) 15.9% 13.6% +2.3%
Cash (equitized) 3.2% 0.0% +3.2%
Alternatives 2.9% 0.0% +2.9%


Future asset allocations may be different than those stated above.

* Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) includes REITs, as well as real estate management and development companies.
 

 

Characteristics

Fund Characteristics as of December 31, 2019

  IEF-I3 IEF-I Benchmark
Wgt. Mkt. Cap ($MM) $69,458 $67,977
Price/Earnings 19.9 17.4
Price to Book 2.0 1.7
Dividend Yield4 2.4% 3.0%
# of Stocks 2,312 6,611


Top 10 Stock Holdings as of December 31, 2019

Company Country Fund % % of IEF-I Benchmark
Tencent Holdings Ltd. China 1.8% 1.1%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. China 1.6% 1.4%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Taiwan 1.5% 1.0%
AIA Group Limited Hong Kong 1.5% 0.5%
Samsung Electronics Co. South Korea 1.4% 0.9%
ASML Holding NV Netherlands 1.3% 0.5%
Kering SA France 0.8% 0.2%
Sberbank Russia PJSC Russia 0.8% 0.2%
Ferrari NV Italy 0.8% 0.1%
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. China 0.8% 0.3%


Fund Statistics as of December 31, 2019

  IEF-I IEF-I Benchmark
Beta 1.11 1.00
R-Squared 0.99 1.00


Footnotes

3 Reflects the portion of the fund portfolio that is invested in public equities and REITs.

4 Does not reflect the deduction of fees.

Risks & 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. IEF-I is subject to the following principal investment risks: market risk, investment style risk, security-specific risk, country risk, currency risk, derivatives risk and liquidity risk.

Historical returns are not indicative of future performance. For further discussion of the Fund’s investments strategies and risks, please refer to "Principal Investment Strategies and Principal Investment Risks of the Funds — International Equities Fund-I Series" in the Investment Funds Description – I Series. This is not an offer to purchase securities.

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.

Valuation of IEF-I Units

In the daily valuation of IEF-I Series Units, Wespath uses a valuation methodology to capture changes in non-U.S. securities values that arise because of time-zone differences among global securities markets. Many non U.S. securities trade on exchanges that close several hours before IEF-I’s closing unit price is calculated in the United States, generally at 4 p.m. Eastern time. In the hours between the close of the non U.S. markets and the close of the U.S. market, the value of the non U.S. securities may change due to a variety of factors including, for example, company-specific announcements or market-wide developments. IEF-I’s daily return may diverge from the daily return of its benchmark index, in part, because the benchmark index values do not reflect such price adjustments.


Expense Ratio

The estimated expense ratio set forth above is based on projected asset balances, fees and expenses, and various other assumptions. There is no guarantee that the Fund’s actual expense ratio will match this estimate. The fund expense ratio may vary depending on, among other things, market events, portfolio size, transaction costs, timing of Fund inflows and outflows, and applicable third party fees.

All fees and expenses of the Fund are deducted from the Fund’s net asset value. The fees and expenses paid by the Fund include external investment management fees paid to subadvisors, and the fund's prorated portion of the bank custodial fees and administrative and overhead expenses incurred by the overall Wespath Benefits and Investments (WBI) organization in connection with providing investment, operating and administrative support to the Fund and other funds, and the cost of WBI’s and its subsidiaries’ other activities and operations. These expenses are paid directly by the Fund, 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. More information about the calculation of these fees and expenses is available in the definition of Expense Ratio set forth in the Glossary of Terms of the Investment Funds Description – I Series.