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Fund Overview: Objective, Strategy and Holdings

  • Maximize current income consistent with preservation of capital.
  • Holds cash and cash equivalents in the form of units of a daily cash sweep account.
  • In periods of stable and falling interest rates, the short-term fund should outperform funds holding investments with shorter maturities.
  • 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 Managers

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

Frank Holsteen Image

Frank Holsteen

Director, Public Equities and Fixed Income

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

Nízida Arriaga, CFA

Manager, Fixed Income

  • With Wespath since 2019
  • Bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüéz
  • MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Management

Wespath Benefits and Investments is the investment adviser to the Fund. Through exposure to the assets in the sweep account, the Fund seeks diversification across sectors, industries, issuers, and credit quality. Standish Mellon Asset Management is the primary investment subadviser to the sweep account. The sweep account holdings include U.S. government and agency bonds, corporate bonds, securitized products, dollar denominated international fixed income securities, commercial paper, certificates of deposit, and other similar types of investments. The sweep account also holds loans from our Positive Social Purpose Lending Program (program that focuses on affordable housing, charter schools, and community development facilities). The sweep account is designed to maintain liquidity to ensure availability of cash for withdrawals and consequently provide liquidity for the Short Term Investment Fund. The individual security quality in the sweep account can range from AAA to A as rated by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s or Fitch, though the sweep account may hold lower-rated securities from time to time.

For the sweep account as a whole, the combined holdings of securities from one issuer, not including U.S. Treasuries and government agency securities, may not constitute more than 10% of the Fund or $20 million, whichever is greater. The dollar weighted average life for the sweep account may not exceed 1.5 years, and no instrument with a maturity greater than 3.1 years is permitted.

 

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

Performance, net of fees (as of 12/31/2019)

  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Short Term Investment Fund 0.46% 2.54% 2.54% 1.68% 1.11% 0.67%
STIF Benchmark 0.46% 2.28% 2.28% 1.67% 1.07% 0.58%

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


stif Benchmark

The Short Term Investment Fund performance benchmark is the BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month Treasury Bill Index. The index measures the investment performance of the 3-month sector of the U.S. Treasury Bill market.The performance presented in the table above provides the actual returns generated by STIF from the date of its inception, and it includes the performance of Wespath's investments managed with the same strategy prior to the introduction of STIF. At any given time, Wespath invests between $400 and $700 Million in a short term investment strategy. This amount includes all direct investments in the strategy (primarily residual cash) and the assets of the Short Term Investment Fund.


Additional STIF Earnings Information

Additional earnings information for STIF including monthly returns, compounded annual earnings net of fees and annual returns at year end are available here.

Risks & 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. STIF is subject to the following principal investment risks: market risk, investment style risk, security specific risk, credit 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 the Wespath Investment Funds Description and related documents. 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 STIF are deducted from STIF’s net asset value. The expenses include investment management fees, operating expenses, bank custodial fees and miscellaneous fund administration expenses. The expenses are paid by STIF 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 2018, STIF’s expenses were equal to 0.33% of the Fund’s total assets.