International Equity Fund (IEF)

Fund Overview: Objective, Strategy and Holdings

  • The International Equity Fund seeks to earn long-term capital appreciation primarily from a broadly diversified portfolio of foreign equities.
  • The Fund holds real estate investment trusts (REITs) and interests in private real estate and private equity partnerships located in foreign countries.
  • 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.


Performance, Net of Fees


Performance Review


Universe Comparison






Holdings-Based Allocations


Expense Ratio


Risks and Disclosures



Performance, Net of Fees - December 31, 2018

  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
International Equity Fund -11.42% -13.78% -13.78% 6.07% 0.99% 7.99%
Fund Benchmark -11.88% -14.76% -14.76% 4.39% 0.85% 6.97%

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


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Performance Review

For market and fund commentary, please review the Monthly Investment Report.


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Universe Comparison—Gross of Fees

International Equity Fund vs. Peer Group Universe (as of December 31, 2018)

IEF Peer Group Universe chart


See Risks and Disclosures for more information regarding Gross of Fees Performance.


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Characteristics as of December 31, 2018

  IEF 1 IEF Benchmark
Wgt. Mkt. Cap ($MM) $52,834 $52,934
Price/Earnings 14.4 13.3
Price to Book 1.6 1.5
Dividend Yield2 1.5% 1.8%
# of Stocks 2,378 6,272

1 Reflects the portion of the fund portfolio that is invested in public equities and REITs.

2 Does not reflect the deduction of fees.

Risk Characteristics as of December 31, 2018

Statistics (trailing 5years) IEF IEF Benchmark
Beta 1.00 1.00
R-Squared 0.97 1.00


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Top 10 Stock Holdings as of December 31, 2018

Company Country Fund % % of IEF Benchmark
Tencent Holdings Ltd. China 1.5% 1.1%
Samsung Electronics Co. South Korea 1.5% 0.9%
AIA Group Limited Hong Kong 1.5% 0.5%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Taiwan 1.3% 0.8%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. China 1.1% 0.8%
ASML Holding NV Netherlands 0.9% 0.3%
Kering SA France 0.9% 0.2%
Nestle S.A. Switzerland 0.6% 1.2%
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China China 0.6% 0.2%
Softbank Group Corp. Japan 0.6% 0.3%

A complete list of fund holdings is also available.

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Holdings-Based Allocations

Holdings-Based Regional Allocations3 as of December 31, 2018

Region IEF Actual
IEF Benchmark (%) Difference
Europe (ex-United Kingdom) 28.2% 29.9% -1.7%
Emerging Markets 29.6% 25.3% +4.3%
Japan 12.8% 17.5% -4.7%
United Kingdom 11.6% 11.8% -0.2%
Pacific (ex-Japan) 9.3% 8.4%  +0.9%
Canada 2.5% 6.4% -3.9%
United States 3.4% 0.2% +3.2%
Africa/Mideast 0.3% 0.5% -0.2%
Frontier 0.7% 0.0% +0.7% 
Cash (equitized) 1.6% 0.0% +1.6% 

3 Public securities only—alternatives and fund cash account not included.


Holdings-Based Sector/Industry Allocations as of December 31, 2018

Sector/Industry IEF Actual
IEF Benchmark
REITs4 6.3% 4.4% +1.9%
Private Equity 4.3% 0.0% +4.3%
Private Real Estate 2.2% 0.0% +2.2%

4 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS) includes REITs, as well as real estate management and development companies.


Holdings-Based Style Allocations as of December 31, 2018

Style IEF Actual
IEF Benchmark
Large Cap (>$20Bil) 49.7% 54.0% -4.3%
Mid Cap ($5Bil - $20Bil) 26.9% 27.0% -0.1%
Small Cap (<$5Bil) 21.8% 19.0% +2.8%
Cash (equitized) 1.6% 0.0% +1.6%


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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 IEF, 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 2017, IEF’s expenses were 0.74% of the fund’s total assets.


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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. IEF is subject to the following principal investment risks: market risk, investment style risk, security-specific risk, country risk, currency risk, derivatives risk and liquidity 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.


Valuation of IEF Units

In the daily valuation of IEF Units, Wespath uses a valuation methodology to capture changes in non-U.S. securities values that arise because of time-zone differences among global securities markets. Many non U.S. securities trade on exchanges that close several hours before IEF’s closing unit price is calculated in the United States, generally at 4 p.m. Eastern time. In the hours between the close of the non U.S. markets and the close of the U.S. market, the value of the non U.S. securities may change due to a variety of factors including, for example, company-specific announcements or market-wide developments. IEF’s daily return may diverge from the daily return of its benchmark index, in part, because the benchmark index values do not reflect such price adjustments.


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IEF Benchmark

The International Equity Fund performance benchmark is the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) ex USA Investable Market Index (IMI), effective January 1, 2008. The index measures the performance of equities of companies domiciled in developed and emerging markets, excluding the U.S. From January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007, the benchmark was the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index. Prior to 2006, the benchmark was the MSCI EAFE Index.

Fund Facts

Inception December 31, 1997
Exp. Ratio 0.74% for 2017
Benchmark Morgan Stanley Capital International All Country World (MSCI ACWI) ex-USA IMI
Fund Assets $4,691 Million as of February 28, 2019
Index Weight of Stocks Ineligible for Purchase 5.46% as of June 30, 2018
Holdings (PDF) December 31, 2018
Unit Price History (XLS) Wespath Funds Price History
For More Information Summary Prospectus (IEF) and Investment Funds Description (All Funds) and IFD Supplement #1

Fund Managers

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


Frank Holsteen

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

Brian Boyer, CFA

Director, Private Markets
With Wespath since 2003
B.A. and B.E. from Dartmouth College
MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
CFA Charterholder

Amy Bulger

Manager, Alternative Investments
With Wespath since 2013
B.S. from Northern Illinois University
MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University

Mark Warren, CFA, CIMA

Manager, Public Equities
With Wespath since 2015
B.S. from Purdue University
CFA Charterholder
CIMA Certification


The Fund invests with strategies that include developed markets, emerging markets and international small-cap. The approach primarily uses active management to invest fund assets among different countries and/or regions of the world. The Fund's managers seek to invest in attractively valued companies that represent long-term above-average investment opportunities.

External Asset Managers

* Signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

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