The following individuals are responsible for the selection and monitoring of external asset managers:
Brian Boyer, CFA
Mark Warren, CFA, CIMA
* 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.
|Inception||January 1, 2019|
|Exp. Ratio||0.54% for 2019 (Estimated)|
|Benchmark||Russell 3000™ Index|
|Fund Assets||$833 Million as of January 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.|
The Fund commenced operations on January 1, 2019 and, as a result, performance information for the Fund is not presented herein. The information in the charts below does not represent the performance of the Fund. The Fund is advised by the Fund Manager. The Fund Manager is related to UMC Benefit Board, Inc., which serves as the adviser to the U.S. Equity Fund (the "Related Fund"). The Related Fund is managed, and has historically been managed, with substantially similar investment styles, objectives, policies, and strategies to those that are used to manage the Fund. The Adviser and the adviser to the Related Fund are part of the overall Wespath organization and rely on certain Wespath Benefits and Investments shared employees, including internal fund managers, and substantially similar sub advisers to execute substantially similar investment strategies on behalf of different categories of investors.
The Fund is providing this related performance information because of the similarities between the Fund and the Related Fund. This information may be helpful in evaluating the Fund’s risks by demonstrating how the Related Fund has performed historically. The performance of the Related Fund is not the performance of the Fund. Future performance of the Fund may be better or worse than the performance of the Related Fund. Factors that could affect performance differences between the Fund and the Related Fund include, but are not limited to, portfolio composition, size of the portfolio, fees, expenses and the timing of cash flow.
|3 mo||YTD||1 yr||3 yr||5 yr||10 yr|
|U.S. Equity Fund||8.53%||29.55%||29.55%||13.66%||10.38%||12.64%|
U.S. Equity Fund-I Series vs. Peer Group Universe
|QTD||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year||10 Year|
|U.S. Equity Fund||8.7%||30.2%||14.2%||11.0%||13.3%|
|Rank in Universe||53rd||36th||40th||40th||37th|
|# of Observations||309||286||254||246||155|
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 U.S. Equity manager asset pools. BNY Mellon provides a fund-level tracking service used to compare the actual gross-of-fees performance for its U.S. Equity Fund to the performance of similar asset pools of other institutional investors. The Universe includes corporate, foundation, endowment, public, Taft-Hartley and health care plans.
See Risk and Disclosures for more information regarding Net of Fees Performance.
The performance shown is for the stated time period only. Historical returns are not indicative of future performance. Differences in timing of transactions and market conditions prevailing at the time of investment could lead to different results. The past performance of the Related Fund is presented net of fees – that is, with the deduction of external investment management fees, custody fees, and administrative and operating expenses. The inception date of the Related Fund was December 31, 1997. The investments of the Related Fund may vary substantially from those in the Fund benchmark. The benchmark is based on broad-based securities market indices, which are unmanaged and are not subject to fees and expenses typically associated with investment funds. Investors cannot invest directly in the index used as the Fund benchmark.
4 The Related Fund performance benchmark is the Russell 3000 Index. The index measures the investment performance of the 3,000 largest (based on total market value) U.S. companies, representing approximately 98% of the publicly traded companies available for investment in the U.S. equity market.
|Style||USEF-I Actual (%)||USEF-I Benchmark (%)||Difference (%)|
|U.S. Equity Securities||94.4%||100%||-5.6%|
|Large Cap Core||10.4%||16.4%|
|Large Cap Growth||18.6%||30.8%|
|Large Cap Value||19.2%||21.0%|
|Mid Cap Core||8.2%||7.7%|
|Mid Cap Growth||13.4%||6.4%|
|Mid Cap Value||13.4%||11.1%|
|Small Cap Core||1.8%||1.8%|
|Small Cap Growth||7.5%||2.5%|
|Small Cap Value||1.9%||2.3%|
|Private Real Estate||2.1%||0.0%|
Future asset allocations may be different than those stated above.
|Wgt. Mkt. Cap ($MM)||$148,918||$248,972|
|Price to Book||3.1||3.4|
|# of Stocks||2,548||2,992|
3 Reflects the portion of the fund portfolio that is invested in public equities and REITs.
4 Does not reflect the deduction of fees.
Sector weights include Private Equity and Private Real Estate categorized as Alternatives. Cash is equitized. Other includes U.S. index futures.
|Company||Fund %||% of USEF-I Benchmark|
|Wells Fargo & Company||1.0%||0.6%|
|Berkshire Hathaway Inc.||1.0%||1.4%|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co.||1.0%||1.4%|
|Bank of America Corporation||0.9%||0.9%|
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. USEF-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 — U.S. Equity Fund-I Series" in the Investment Funds Description – I Series. This is not an offer to purchase 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 additionally, 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.
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.
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