Fixed Income Fund (FIF)

Fund Characteristics
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.

Asset Managers

* Signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Performance Review

In 2017, Fixed Income Fund’s benchmark-relative performance positively benefited from overweight allocations to non-dollar developed and emerging market debt. The performance results of non-dollar-denominated debt benefited in 2017 from a weaker U.S. dollar relative to developed and emerging market currencies. Additionally, overweight allocations to investment-grade and below-investment-grade corporate bonds positively contributed to benchmark-relative results, as did strong performance by the fund’s two core plus managers.

Fund Characteristics as of December 31, 2017

  FIF Benchmark
Effective Duration 5.66 6.18
Effective Convexity 0.74 0.77
Yield to Worst* 3.61% 3.03%
Effective Maturity 8.15 8.47
* Does not reflect the deduction of fees.

Fund Performance

Performance, Gross of Fees

Fixed Income Fund – December 31, 2017

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 - March 31, 2018

  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Fixed Income Fund
FIF Benchmark*
1.75% 1.92%

* On August 24, 2016, Bloomberg purchased Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions Ltd. Thus, the performance benchmark for FIF became Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Universal Index (excluding mortgage backed securities). On September 20, 2008, Barclays Capital bought Lehman Brothers’ North American investment banking, capital markets and private investments management businesses, thus the performance Benchmark for FIF became the Barclays U.S. Universal Index (excluding mortgage-backed securities). From January 1, 2006 to September 19, 2008, the Benchmark was the Lehman U.S. Universal Index (excluding mortgage-backed securities). From January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2005 the Benchmark was the Lehman U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. Prior to January 1, 2003, the Benchmark had been the Lehman Intermediate Aggregate Bond Index.

See Risk and Disclosures for more information regarding Net of Fees Performance.


Fund Distribution by Credit Rating as of December 31, 2017



Holdings-Based Sector Allocations as of December 31, 2017

Sector FIF Actual
FIF Benchmark
Asset-Backed Securities 1.3% 0.6% +0.7%
Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities 0.8% 2.2% -1.4%
Emerging Market Debt 9.4% 6.6% +2.8%
High Yield 11.4% 7.3% +4.1%
Mortgage-Backed Securities 2.7% 0.3% +2.4%
Non-U.S. Corporate 7.0% 7.5% -0.5%
Non-U.S. Government 8.9% 7.2% +1.7%
Term Loans 1.3% 0.0% +1.3%
U.S. Corporate 27.3% 25.5% +1.8%
U.S. Government 1.0% 3.0% -2.0%
U.S. Treasuries 21.2% 39.8% -18.6%
Affordable Housing-Wespath 7.1% 0.0% +7.1%
Other* 0.6% 0.0% +0.6%

*Other includes alternatives and cash.

Expense Ratio

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 2016, 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.

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 — Fixed Income Fund" in the Wespath Investment Funds Description. This is not an offer to purchase securities. Offers will only be made through the 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.

Fund Facts

Inception December 31, 1997
Exp. Ratio 0.55% for 2016
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays US Universal (ex mortgage backed securities)
Fund Assets $6.22 Billion as of March 31, 2018
Holdings December 31, 2017
Unit Price History Wespath Funds Price History
For More Information Summary Prospectus (FIF) and Investment Funds Description (All Funds)

Fund Managers


Frank Holsteen

Director, Fixed Income
With Wespath since 2012
B.A. from Lake Forest College

Constance Christian, CFA

Manager, Fixed Income
With Wespath since 2016
BSBA and MBA from Xavier University
MA from DePaul University
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