We pursue a strategy of broad diversification in order to benefit from investments in both corporate and government fixed-income securities as well as mortgage backed securities (MBS) and asset-backed securities (ABS), with the fund maintaining a dollar-weighted average duration of no longer than 5 years.
Our Fixed Income management process is fundamentally driven, disciplined and value oriented. We construct portfolios using duration management, yield curve positioning, sector allocation, and security selection, and use these strategies as a blueprint to strive to earn results for you.
How We Strive To Make Fixed Income Funds Work For You:
We seek opportunities to generate returns for our investors.
We test our discoveries for relative value and associated risk. If it’s not worth it, we go back to the drawing board.
We invest in assets that have value within the current market and buy when we believe the price is right.
We monitor our investments closely. We ensure our reasoning remains valid and, if it isn’t, we return to the discovery phase.
Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risks. The principal value of a bond falls when interest rates rise and rise when interest rates fall. During periods of rising interest rates, the value of a bond investment is at greater risk than during periods of stable or falling rates. Intermediate-term investment-grade bonds offer less risk and generally a lower rate of return than longer-term higher yielding bonds. Bond funds will tend to experience smaller fluctuations in value than stock funds. However, investors in any bond fund should anticipate fluctuations in price, especially for longer-term issues and in environments of changing interest rates.
Overall Morningstar Rating out of 514 short-term bond funds (for the overall period ending 12/31/2020, Institutional Shares)
|Overall Morningstar Rating|
Category: US OE fund Short-Term Bond (as of 12/31/2020)
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Category: Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment-Grade Debt Funds (As of 12/31/2020)
The Lipper ratings for Preservation reflect the funds' historical loss avoidance relative to other funds within the same asset class. Preservation ratings are relative measures, rather than absolute measures, and funds named Lipper Leaders for Preservation may still experience losses periodically; those losses may be larger for equity and mixed equity funds than for fixed income funds. Lipper ratings for Expense identify a fund that has successfully managed to keep its expenses low relative to its peers and within its load structure. Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal weighted average of percentile ranks for Preservation and Expense metrics over three-, five-, and ten- year periods (if applicable). The highest 20% of funds in each peer group are named Lipper Leaders with a rating of 5, the next 20% receive a rating of 4, the middle 20% are rated 3, the next 20% are rated 2, and the lowest 20% are rated 1.
The Lipper Mutual Funds Average is an equally weighted average of the mutual funds within their respective Lipper classification, adjusted for reinvestment of capital gains distributions and income dividends. Lipper ratings are not intended to predict future results., and Lipper does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. More information is available at www.lipperweb.com. Thomson Reuters Copyright 2020, all rights reserved.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
|Net Asset Value||$10.68||$10.68||$10.67|
|Gross Expense Ratio||1.15%||1.05%||1.30%|
|Net Expense Ratio||0.75%||0.50%||0.75%|
|Total Net Assets||$31,674,774|
|Number of Holdings||184|
|5-Year Standard Deviation||2.16|
|Weighted Average Maturity (bonds)||3.75 yrs.|
|Effective Duration (bonds)||3.29 yrs.|
Currently, contractual fee waivers are in effect from December 28, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
While the fund seeks to manage and monitor risk, there is no way to remove risk.