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Fund Overview: Objective, Strategy and Holdings

  • Earn current income while preserving capital and providing exposure to long term interest rates by primarily investing in a diversified mix of fixed income instruments.
  • Holds publicly traded U.S. fixed income securities, fixed income instruments denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, and includes private debt securities.
  • May hold privately placed loans originated by the Positive Social Purpose Lending Program (e.g., affordable housing and community development loans).
  • 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.

ETFIF will seek exposure to longer term fixed income security yields while accepting the higher risk associated with market interest rate changes. At its inception and for a period of time thereafter, the Fund will seek to reduce the risk of market interest rate changes, but not eliminate them. For more information, see the Investment Funds Description.

Fund Managers

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

Frank Holsteen Image

Frank Holsteen

Managing Director, Investment Management

  • With Wespath since 2012
  • B.A. from Lake Forest College


ETFIF invests with four different investment management firms that use a combination of active and enhanced management styles. Wespath’s Positive Social Purpose Lending Program may make up to 10% of the Fund’s allocation.

External Asset Managers

* Signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment


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

Performance, net of fees (as of 03/31/2023)

  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Extended Term Fixed Income Fund 4.72% 4.72% -9.10% -4.04% 0.81% -
ETFIF Benchmark 5.76% 5.76% -13.40% -6.33% 0.63% -

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

ETFIF Benchmark

The Extended Term Fixed Income Fund performance benchmark is the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Long Government/Credit Bond Index.

Wespath Benefits and Investments (“Wespath”) is a general agency of The United Methodist Church, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Wespath administers benefit plans and together with its subsidiaries, UMC Benefit Board, Inc. (“UMCBB”) and Wespath Institutional Investments, LLC (“WII”) invests (or provides back-office services for) assets on behalf of benefit plan participants and beneficiaries, plan sponsors and other institutions controlled by, affiliated with or related to The United Methodist Church (the “Church”). For GIPS compliance purposes, the Firm referenced herein is defined to include Wespath, UMCBB and WII (“Firm”).

Wespath claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). GIPS is a registered trademark of CFA Institute. CFA Institute does not endorse or promote this organization, nor does it warrant the accuracy or quality of the content contained herein. To obtain a copy of Wespath’s GIPS Report, please call us at 1-847-866-4100 or e-mail us at [email protected].


Characteristics as of March 31, 2023

  ETFIF ETFIF Benchmark
Effective Duration 10.20 14.79
Effective Covexity 1.72 3.03
Yield to Worst* 5.23% 4.58%
Effective Maturity 14.25 22.97

* Does not reflect the deduction of fees.

Credit Quality Distribution as of March 31, 2023

  ETFIF ETFIF Benchmark
AAA 51.9% 48.7%
AA 3.6% 8.8%
A 14.1% 21.6%
BBB 21.8% 20.9%
BB 3.9% 0.0%
B 1.9% 0.0%
< B 0.4% 0.0%
NR 0.7% 0.0%
Cash 1.7% 0.0%

Sector Distribution as of March 31, 2023

  ETFIF ETFIF Benchmark
U.S. Treasuries 19.7% 45.8%
U.S. Govovernment 6.0% 3.5%
US Corporate 35.7% 50.7%
Non-U.S. Government 0.2% 0.0%
Non-U.S. Corporate 2.1% 0.0%
High Yield 3.6% 0.0%
Emerging Market Debt 2.4% 0.0%
Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) 12.8% 0.0%
Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) 2.7% 0.0%
Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) 12.4% 0.0%
Term Loans 0.0% 0.0%
Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMO) 0.0% 0.0%
Other 2.4% 0.0%

Risks & Disclosures

ETFIF is designed for investors with a longer investment time horizon who seek a greater portion of their investment return from current income rather than capital appreciation but exhibit a willingness to incur significant fluctuations in investment value due to higher levels of interest rate risk. Fund investments carry some degree of risk that will affect the value of ETFIF’s investments, its investment performance and the price of its units. As a result, loss of money is a risk of investing in the Fund. ETFIF is subject to the following principal investment risks: credit risk, country risk, currency risk, derivatives risk, interest rate risk, investment style risk, liquidity risk, market risk, prepayment risk, security-specific risk and yield curve risk.

The performance shown is for the stated time period only and computed in U.S. Dollars (USD). Historical returns are not indicative of future performance. For further discussion of the Fund’s investments strategies and risks, please refer to the Investment Funds Description – P 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.

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 ETFIF, 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 2022, ETFIF’s expenses were 0.36% of the fund’s total assets.