U.S. Equity Fund (USEF)

Fund Overview: Objective, Strategy and Holdings

  • Earn long-term capital appreciation from a broadly diversified portfolio of primarily U.S. stocks.
  • Holds securities of publicly-traded U.S. based real estate investment trusts (REITs), limited partnership interests in private U.S. real estate and other private investments (venture capital, buyouts, etc.) of U.S. companies.
  • Holds equity index futures of U.S. stock indexes.
  • 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




Risk Characteristics


Holdings and Allocations


Expense Ratio


Risks and Disclosures



Performance, Net of Fees - September 30, 2019

  3 mo YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
U.S. Equity Fund -0.91% 19.36% 0.81% 11.92% 9.67% 12.28%
Fund Benchmark 1.16% 20.09% 2.92% 12.83% 10.44% 13.08%

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—Net of Fees

U.S. Equity Fund vs. Peer Group Universe (as of September 30, 2019)

USEF Peer Group Universe chart


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


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Fund Statistics as of September 30, 2019

  USEF2 USEF Benchmark
Wgt. Mkt. Cap ($MM) $128,752 $212,367
Price/Earnings 32.6 18.34
Price to Book 2.9 3.2
Dividend Yield3 1.5% 1.8%
# of Stocks 2,637 3,005

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

3 Does not reflect the deduction of fees.

4 The Russell 3000 was reconstituated in July 2019.


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Risk Characteristics as of September 30, 2019

Statistics (trailing 5 years) USEF USEF Benchmark
Beta 1.02 1.00
R-Squared 0.98 1.00


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Fund Holdings as of September 30, 2019

Top 10 Stock Holdings

Company Fund % % of USEF Benchmark
Microsoft Corporation 1.7% 3.6%
Amazon.com Inc. 1.4% 2.4%
Apple Inc. 1.3% 3.4%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 1.0% 1.4%
Alphabet Inc. 0.9% 2.5%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 0.9% 1.3%
Wells Fargo & Co. 0.9% 0.7%
Facebook, Inc. 0.9% 1.4%
Bank of America Corporation 0.8% 0.8%
Johnson & Johnson 0.8% 1.2%

A complete list of fund holdings is also available.

Holdings-Based Style Allocations as of September 30, 2019

Style USEF Actual (%) USEF Benchmark (%) Difference (%)
U.S. Equity Securities 91.5% 100% -8.5%
   Large Cap 45.0% 67.8% -22.8%
      Large Cap Core 9.8% 16.6%  
      Large Cap Growth 17.2% 30.0%  
      Large Cap Value 18.0% 21.2%  
   Mid Cap 34.9% 25.7% +9.2%
      Mid Cap Core 8.3% 7.8%  
      Mid Cap Growth 13.4% 6.4%  
      Mid Cap Value 13.2% 11.5%  
   Small Cap 11.6% 6.5% +5.1%
      Small Cap Core 1.7% 1.8%  
      Small Cap Growth 7.6% 2.4%  
      Small Cap Value 2.3% 2.3%  
Alternatives 7.0% 0.0% +7.0%
   Private Equity 4.7% 0.0%  
   Private Real Estate 2.3% 0.0%  
Cash 1.5% 0.0% +1.5%

Sector Weightings as of September 30, 2019

USEF sector weighting chart

Sector weights include Private Equity and Private Real Estate categorized as Alternatives. Cash is equitized. ADRs and non-U.S. Securities are categorized as "other."


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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 USEF, 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, USEF’s expenses were 0.56% 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. USEF 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 additionally, losses could result from the reinvestment of the cash collateral received on loaned securities.


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USEF Benchmark

The U.S. Equity Fund performance benchmark is the Russell 3000 Index. The index measures the investment performance of the 3,000 largest (based on total market value) U.S. companies, representing approximately 98% of the publicly traded companies available for investment in the U.S. equity market.

Fund Facts

Inception December 31, 1997
Exp. Ratio 0.56% for 2018
Benchmark Russell 3000™ Index
Fund Assets $6,201 Million as of September 30, 2019
Index Weight of Stocks Ineligible for Purchase 3.8% as of March 31, 2019
Holdings (PDF) September 30, 2019
Holdings (XLS) October 31, 2019
Unit Price History (XLS) Wespath Funds Price History
For More Information Summary Fund Descriptions – P Series and Investment Funds Description – P Series and the related Statement of Additional Information.

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 U.S. Equity Fund (USEF) invests with investment managers that specialize in broadly diversified strategies. USEF also invests with more than a dozen general partners through its real estate and private equity investments. Over 30% of the Fund is invested in passive strategies while the remainder is actively managed. These managers rely on professional judgment that involves the use of fundamental analysis to select securities. They seek to invest in attractively valued companies that represent above-average long-term investment opportunities. Each active manager has an objective to outperform specific performance benchmarks related to their investment style.

External Asset Managers

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