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Strategic Enhanced Yield Fund Commentary

2Q 2019

The Fund returns presented reflect fee waivers that have been in effect during the applicable periods. Without such waivers, the total returns would have been lower. Currently, contractual fee waivers are in effect from December 26, 2018 through December 31, 2019.

The Fund’s Investor share class returned 2.79% during the second quarter, compared with the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index1, which returned 3.08%.

How did the market’s fixed income sectors perform?

First-quarter gross domestic product1 growth came in at a surprisingly strong 3.1%, while forecasts for the second quarter point to a high 1%/low 2% range. As commodities cooled off in the second quarter, inflation expectations moved back down to the year’s lows. The decline in inflation expectations played a large part in forming the Federal Reserve Board's (the Fed) new dovish bias, with a near-term interest rate cut now very likely. Rate markets are currently pricing in two or more rate cuts over the remainder of 2019.

As the Fed furthered its dovish tilt and trade-war rhetoric died down, interest rates continued to decline and credit spreads contracted further in the second quarter. This perfect environment for fixed income allowed the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index1 to improve upon the strong first quarter, returning 3.08% in the second quarter, for an astounding 6.11% return in the first half of the year. The corporate bond sector was again the star performer, with the corporate1 portion of the index up 4.48% for the quarter and 9.85% year-to-date.

The commercial mortgage-backed securities1 (CMBS) portion of the index returned 3.28% and the agency1 MBS and Treasury1 components returned 1.96% and 3.01%. Lacking much duration or credit risk, the asset-backed securities1 (ABS) portion of the index was again the laggard, returning 1.67%. The 10-year Treasury1 yield fell 40 basis points (0.40%) during the quarter, ending at 2.01%. The declines were larger on the short end as the market priced in multiple rate cuts. The 5-year bond declined 47 basis points (0.47%) and the 2-year bond fell 51 basis points (0.51%).

What were your primary investment strategies during the quarter?

The Fund’s duration was equal to its index. It continues to have a heavy weighting to non-agency mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities. Within the securitized sector, we continue to focus on very seasoned, pre-crisis securities, though we have added significant exposure to newer issues. This sector performed well during the quarter.**

We have few corporate names in the portfolio and corporates did remarkably well again in the second quarter, so that was a large headwind for the Fund. We also maintained a high-quality bias in the second quarter. We do own junk bonds, but within that category we stayed at the high end of the spectrum. Lower-quality securities in general outperformed for the quarter, so our lack of exposure there also significantly weighed on relative performance.**

How did your strategies influence performance?

The Fund underperformed its index by 29 basis points (0.29%) in the first quarter. The underperformance was driven entirely by the underweight to corporates.**

How do you expect to position the Fund in the coming months?

Our expectation is that we are late in this economic cycle, so we are going to maintain a higher-quality bias while seeking to maintain significant liquidity. We will continue to focus on the non-agency securitized sector; we believe that higher-quality securities in this sector offer some of the best risk/return potential in fixed income. We would view any widening in securities at the top of the credit structure as a potential opportunity.**

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Portfolio composition is subject to change.
Each Lipper Mutual Funds average is an equally weighted average of the mutual funds within their respective investment objectives, adjusted for reinvestment of capital gain distributions and income dividends.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the market value of the goods and services produced by labor and property within the respective country/economic region. Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index covers the USD-denominated, investment-grade, fixed rate, taxable bond market of SEC-registered securities. Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Index tracks agency mortgage backed pass-through securities, both fixed-rate and hybrid ARM, guaranteed by Ginnie Mae (GNMA), Fannie Mae (FNMA), and Freddie Mac (FHLMC). Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Investment-Grade Index covers all publicly issued U.S. corporate, non-corporate and specified foreign debentures and secured notes that meet the specified maturity, liquidity, and quality requirements, to qualify, bonds must be SEC-registered. Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index measures the performance of the public obligations of the U.S. Treasury with a remaining maturity of one year or more are nonconvertible and are denominated in U.S. dollars. Securities must be rated investment-grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by at least two of the following ratings agencies: Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch. If only two of the three agencies rate the security, the lower rating is used to determine index eligibility. If only one of the three agencies rates a security, the rating must be investment-grade. These indexes are unmanaged and does not reflect the fees and expenses associated with a mutual fund. An investor cannot invest directly in an index.

Lipper performance calculation as of December 31, 2017.

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Commentary provided is for the period ended 6/30/2019 and is designed to provide a frame of reference and does not constitute investment advice. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. The opinions expressed herein reflect the judgment of the authors at this date and are subject to change without notice and are not a complete analysis of any sector, industry or security. This document contains forward-looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs, assumptions, current expectations, estimates, and projections about the Cavanal Hill Funds, the securities and credit markets and the economy in general. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “projects,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forwardlooking statements. Management judgments relating to and discussion of the value and potential future value or performance of any security, group of securities, type of security or market segment involve judgments as to expected events and are inherently forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The potential realization of these forward-looking statements is subject to a number of limitations and risks, which are described in the Funds’ prospectuses, and investors or potential investors, are cautioned to review the Funds’ prospectuses, and the description of such risks. Neither the Funds nor the Funds’ investment adviser, Cavanal Hill, undertake any obligation to update, amend, or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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