Inflation Protection Fund (IPF)
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 IPF, 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, IPF’s expenses were 0.49% 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. IPF is subject to the following principal investment risks: market risk, investment style risk, security-specific risk, credit risk, country risk, currency risk, derivatives risk, interest rate risk, deflation risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk.
Because U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) are debt obligations issued and backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government, they are considered to have low credit or default risk. Inflation Protected Securities issued by foreign governments, particularly governments of emerging countries, risk the possibility of loss due to credit 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.
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The Inflation Protection Fund performance benchmark is 80% Barclays World Government Inflation Linked Bond Index (Hedged), 10% Barclays Emerging Market Tradeable Inflation Linked Bond Index (Unhedged) and 10% Bloomberg Commodity Index, effective January 1, 2016.The Barclays World Government Inflation Linked Bond Index (Hedged) measures the investment performance of a portfolio of developed market investment grade government inflation-linked debt. The Barclays Emerging Market Tradeable Inflation Linked Bond Index measures the investment performance of a portfolio of local currency Emerging Markets inflation-linked government debt. The Bloomberg Commodity Index measures the investment performance of a broadly diversified portfolio of futures contracts on physical commodities. From January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2015, the benchmark was the Barclays Capital U.S. Government Inflation Linked Bond (Series B) Index. From April 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005, the benchmark was a blended index based on the following weightings: Barclays Capital U.S. Government Inflation-Linked Bond Index (50%) and Barclays Capital Global Inflation-Linked Bond Index (50%). Prior to April 1, 2005, the benchmark was the Barclays Capital U.S. Government Inflation-Linked Bond Index.