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Short Duration Income Fund (WEFIX)

Fund Facts

  • Ticker
    WEFIX
  • CUSIP
    94904P302
  • Fund
    Inception
    12/23/1988
  • Class
    Inception
    12/23/1988
  • Net
    Assets
    $718 Million
    as of 09/30/2020
  • Dividend
    Frequency
    Quarterly
  • Portfolio
    Manager(s)
      Thomas Carney, CFA
    Nolan Anderson

Investment Approach

The investment objective of the Short Duration Income Fund is current income consistent with preserving capital.

Strategy and Process

Short duration bond core allocation

We manage the fund to provide a core allocation without taking unnecessary interest rate and maturity risks throughout market cycles.

We build a flexible, multi-sector portfolio focused on income generation and downside risk management.

Consistency of performance

The fund has maintained positive annual performance each year since 1995 for the Institutional share class.

Portfolio Manager tenure

Tom Carney has been a portfolio manager on the fund since 1996, making him one of the longest-tenured managers in the fund’s Morningstar™ category

Performance

Data quoted is past performance and current performance may be lower or higher. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their
original cost.

Historical Returns
as of 09/30/2020

Cumulative Returns

Average Annual Total Returns

YTD 1 MO 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR10 YR Since Fund
Inception
12/23/1988
Short Duration Income Fund 2.52% 0.20% 3.04% 2.65% 2.46% 2.19% 4.96%
Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. Aggregate 2.85% -0.01% 3.44% 2.75% 2.05% 1.58% n/a
U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) Plus 1.00% 2.05% 0.22% 2.39% 2.81% 2.83% 2.79% 3.47%

Growth of a $10,000 Investment Since Inception
as of 09/30/2020

Summary of Returns

Year Short Duration Income Fund Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. AggregateRelative Results
2019 4.22% 4.04% 0.18%
2018 1.34% 1.60% -0.26%
2017 1.54% 0.86% 0.68%
2016 3.11% 1.31% 1.80%
2015 0.25% 0.67% -0.42%
2014 1.69% 0.82% 0.87%
2013 1.11% 0.64% 0.47%
2012 4.04% 1.33% 2.71%
2011 2.11% 1.73% 0.38%
2010 4.74% 2.62% 2.12%
2009 10.85% 5.00% 5.85%
2008 2.29% 4.62% -2.33%
2007 6.10% 6.73% -0.63%
2006 4.04% 4.34% -0.30%
2005 1.60% 1.82% -0.22%
2004 2.64% 1.44% 1.20%
2003 6.30% 2.42% 3.88%
2002 4.18% 6.29% -2.11%
2001 8.45% 8.77% -0.32%
2000 9.66% 8.15% 1.51%
1999 0.92% 3.32% -2.40%
1998 6.76% 6.83% -0.07%
1997 8.64% 6.68% 1.96%
1996 4.43% 5.19% -0.76%
1995 15.75% 11.00% 4.75%
1994 -2.38% 0.62% -3.00%
1993 8.06% 4.44% 3.62%
1992 5.53% n/a n/a
1991 11.18% n/a n/a
1990 9.06% n/a n/a
1989 9.09% n/a n/a
1988 (12/23/1988) 0.08% n/a n/a
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Since Inception Returns

Since Fund Inception (12/23/1988) Short Duration Income Fund Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. AggregateRelative Results
Cumulative Return 366.03% n/a n/a
Average Annual Return 4.96% n/a n/a

Yields
as of 09/30/2020

Distribution Yield 2.41%
30-Day SEC Yield (Subsidized) 1.72%
30-Day SEC Yield (Unubsidized) 1.56%

Morningstar Ratings™
as of 09/30/2020

Rating / Number of funds in the category

Category 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR Overall Rating
Short-Term Bond    
out of 515
   
out of 459
   
out of 297
   
out of 515
Morningstar Ratings are based on risk–adjusted returns.

Morningstar Rankings™
as of 09/30/2020

Ranking / Number of funds in the category / Percentile Ranking

Category 1 YR 3 YR 5 YR 10 YR
Short-Term Bond 380 / 581
65
300 / 515
61
192 / 459
46
88 / 297
34
Morningstar Rankings are based on total returns.

Fees & Expenses
as of most recent prospectus dated 07/31/2020

Gross Expense Ratio 0.64%
Net Expense Ratio 0.48%
Contractual Expiration Date 7/31/2021
Distribution and/or service fee (12b-1) Fees None
Sales Charge None
Redemption Fee None

Portfolio

Asset Allocation
% of Net Assets as of 09/30/2020

Credit Quality
% of Portfolio as of 09/30/2020

U.S. Treasury 17.3
U.S. Government Agency Mortgage Related Securities (b) 12.2
AAA 25.6
AA 9.2
A 7.8
BBB 20.1
BB 2.6
B 1.5
CCC 0.2
Non-Rated 2.5
Common Stocks 0.4
Cash Equivalents 0.6

Portfolio Characteristics
as of 09/30/2020

Number of Companies (Equity) 1
Yield To Worst 2.1%
Yield To Maturity 2.1%
Number of Fixed Income Issuers (Including U.S. Treasury Bills, if applicable) 118
Annual Turnover*
51%
5-Year Avg. Annual Turnover* 34%

*as of most recent Annual Report

Fixed Income Characteristics
as of 09/30/2020

Average Maturity 1.6 years
Average Effective Maturity 1.5 years
Average Duration 1.5 years
Average Effective Duration 1.3 years
Average Coupon 2.9

Maturity Distribution
% of Portfolio as of 09/30/2020

Cash Equivalents 0.6
Less than 1 Year 40.6
1 - 3 Years 49.6
3 - 5 Years 8.6
5 - 7 Years 0.2
7 - 10 Years 0.0
10 Years or more 0.0
Common Stocks 0.4

Duration Distribution
% of Portfolio as of 09/30/2020

0 - 1 Years 42.7
1 - 3 Years 49.9
3 - 5 Years 7.0
5 - 7 Years 0.0
7 - 10 Years 0.0
10 Years or more 0.0
Common Stocks 0.4

Five Largest Issuers
% of Net Assets as of 09/30/2020

Wells Fargo & Co. 3.4
Redwood Trust, Inc. 2.4
Boston Properties LP 1.4
Cox Communications, Inc. 0.7
American Tower Corp. 0.7
View Full Portfolio Holdings as of 09/30/2020

Distributions

RECORD DATE EX & PAY DATE Income Capital Gain Short-Term Capital Gain Long-Term Total Distribution Reinvestment NAV
09/15/20 09/16/20 0.0750 n/a n/a 0.0750 12.36
06/16/20 06/17/20 0.0790 n/a 0.0048 0.0838 12.31
03/17/20 03/18/20 0.0660 n/a n/a 0.0660 11.93
12/16/19 12/17/19 0.0730 n/a n/a 0.0730 12.27
09/16/19 09/17/19 0.0760 n/a n/a 0.0760 12.26
06/17/19 06/18/19 0.0820 n/a n/a 0.0820 12.23
03/18/19 03/19/19 0.0750 n/a n/a 0.0750 12.14
12/26/18 12/27/18 0.0760 n/a n/a 0.0760 12.06
09/25/18 09/26/18 0.0730 n/a n/a 0.0730 12.06
06/26/18 06/27/18 0.0760 n/a n/a 0.0760 12.09
03/27/18 03/28/18 0.0660 n/a n/a 0.0660 12.11
12/26/17 12/27/17 0.0670 n/a n/a 0.0670 12.20
09/26/17 09/27/17 0.0630 n/a n/a 0.0630 12.29
06/27/17 06/28/17 0.0620 n/a n/a 0.0620 12.30
03/28/17 03/29/17 0.0660 n/a n/a 0.0660 12.29
12/27/16 12/28/16 0.0660 0.0254 0.0080 0.0994 12.26
09/27/16 09/28/16 0.0660 0.000000 0.000000 0.0660 12.44
06/27/16 06/28/16 0.0670 n/a 0.0029 0.0699 12.42
03/28/16 03/29/16 0.0630 n/a n/a 0.0630 12.28
12/28/15 12/29/15 0.0670 0.0032 0.0087 0.0789 12.19
09/25/15 09/28/15 0.0640 n/a n/a 0.0640 12.32
06/25/15 06/26/15 0.0650 n/a 0.0298 0.0948 12.37
03/26/15 03/27/15 0.0540 n/a n/a 0.0540 12.49
12/26/14 12/29/14 0.0630 n/a 0.0064 0.0694 12.46
09/25/14 09/26/14 0.0580 n/a n/a 0.0580 12.45
06/25/14 06/26/14 0.0620 n/a n/a 0.0620 12.54
03/26/14 03/27/14 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 12.52
12/26/13 12/27/13 0.0590 n/a n/a 0.0590 12.49
09/26/13 09/27/13 0.0590 n/a n/a 0.0590 12.53
06/26/13 06/27/13 0.0610 n/a n/a 0.0610 12.46
03/26/13 03/27/13 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 12.68
12/26/12 12/27/12 0.0640 n/a n/a 0.0640 12.59
09/26/12 09/27/12 0.0650 n/a n/a 0.0650 12.58
06/27/12 06/28/12 0.0650 n/a 0.0024 0.0674 12.48
03/27/12 03/28/12 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 12.48
12/27/11 12/28/11 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 12.36
09/27/11 09/28/11 0.0400 n/a n/a 0.0400 12.39
06/27/11 06/28/11 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 12.44
03/28/11 03/29/11 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 12.38
12/28/10 12/29/10 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 12.37
09/27/10 09/28/10 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 12.45
06/28/10 06/29/10 0.0800 n/a n/a 0.0800 12.35
03/29/10 03/30/10 0.0700 n/a n/a 0.0700 12.23
12/28/09 12/29/09 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 12.11
09/28/09 09/29/09 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 12.11
06/25/09 06/26/09 0.1100 n/a n/a 0.1100 11.78
03/26/09 03/27/09 0.1100 n/a n/a 0.1100 11.39
12/29/08 12/30/08 0.1300 n/a n/a 0.1300 11.28
09/25/08 09/26/08 0.1000 n/a n/a 0.1000 11.28
06/26/08 06/27/08 0.1100 0.0155 0.0867 0.2122 11.47
03/27/08 03/28/08 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 11.74
12/27/07 12/28/07 0.1300 n/a n/a 0.1300 11.54
09/25/07 09/26/07 0.1100 n/a n/a 0.1100 11.45
06/27/07 06/28/07 0.1300 n/a n/a 0.1300 11.28
03/28/07 03/29/07 0.1200 n/a n/a 0.1200 11.42
12/27/06 12/28/06 0.1300 n/a n/a 0.1300 11.37
09/28/06 09/29/06 0.1100 n/a n/a 0.1100 11.37
06/28/06 06/29/06 0.1100 n/a n/a 0.1100 11.17
03/29/06 03/30/06 0.0900 n/a n/a 0.0900 11.25
12/27/05 12/28/05 0.1400 n/a 0.0039 0.1439 11.37
09/28/05 09/29/05 0.1000 n/a n/a 0.1000 11.46
06/27/05 06/28/05 0.0600 n/a 0.0395 0.0995 11.55
03/29/05 03/30/05 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 11.48
12/29/04 12/30/04 0.0820 n/a n/a 0.0820 11.57
10/27/04 10/28/04 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 11.62
07/27/04 07/28/04 0.0600 n/a n/a 0.0600 11.50
04/27/04 04/28/04 0.0500 n/a n/a 0.0500 11.52
12/29/03 12/30/03 0.0890 n/a n/a 0.0890 11.53
10/28/03 10/29/03 0.0714 n/a n/a 0.0714 11.50
07/28/03 07/29/03 0.0864 n/a n/a 0.0864 11.37
04/28/03 04/29/03 0.0792 n/a n/a 0.0792 11.30
12/27/02 12/30/02 0.1149 n/a n/a 0.1149 11.17
10/28/02 10/29/02 0.1157 n/a n/a 0.1157 11.02
07/24/02 07/25/02 0.1226 n/a n/a 0.1226 10.92
04/24/02 04/25/02 0.1322 n/a n/a 0.1322 11.12
12/27/01 12/28/01 0.1382 n/a n/a 0.1382 11.14
10/25/01 10/26/01 0.1204 n/a n/a 0.1204 11.35
07/25/01 07/26/01 0.1339 n/a n/a 0.1339 11.22
04/25/01 04/26/01 0.1636 n/a n/a 0.1636 11.12
12/31/00 12/31/00 0.7284 n/a n/a 0.7284 1.00
12/31/99 12/31/99 0.6658 n/a n/a 0.6658 1.00
12/31/98 12/31/98 0.6608 n/a n/a 0.6608 1.00
12/31/97 12/31/97 0.6294 n/a n/a 0.6294 1.00
12/31/96 12/31/96 0.6773 n/a n/a 0.6773 1.00
12/31/95 12/31/95 0.6646 n/a n/a 0.6646 1.00
12/31/94 12/31/94 0.6127 n/a n/a 0.6127 1.00
12/31/93 12/31/93 0.5879 n/a n/a 0.5879 1.00
12/31/92 12/31/92 0.6507 n/a n/a 0.6507 1.00
12/31/91 12/31/91 0.7305 0.0008 n/a 0.7313 1.00
12/31/90 12/31/90 0.6709 0.0083 0.0024 0.6816 1.00
12/31/89 12/31/89 0.8163 n/a n/a 0.8163 1.00
12/31/88 12/31/88 0.0685 n/a n/a 0.0685 1.00

Literature

Fact Sheet Commentary Summary Prospectus
Annual Report Semi-Annual Report Prospectus SAI XBRL*

Risks

An investment in the Fund involves certain risks, including, among others, the following:

Market Risk
As with any mutual fund, investment return and principal value will fluctuate, depending on general market conditions and other factors.  Market risk includes political, regulatory, economic, social and health risks (including the risks presented by the spread of infectious diseases such as the COVID-19 pandemic) which can lead to increased market volatility and negative impacts on local and global financial markets, and the duration and severity of the impact of these risks on markets cannot be reasonably estimated.   

Interest Rate Risk
Debt securities are subject to interest rate risk because the prices of debt securities tend to move in the opposite direction of interest rates.  When interest rates rise, debt security prices fall.  When interest rates fall, debt security prices rise.  Changing interest rates may have sudden and unpredictable effects in the markets and on the Fund›s investments.  In general, debt securities with longer maturities are more sensitive to changes in interest rates.

Credit Risk
The risk that the issuer of a debt security will fail to pay interest or principal in a timely manner or that negative perceptions of the issuer›s ability to make such payments will cause the price of that security to fall. 

Non-Investment Grade Debt Securities Risk
Non-investment grade debt securities (commonly referred to as "high yield" or "junk" bonds) are speculative and involve a greater risk of default and price change than investment grade debt securities due to the issuer’s creditworthiness. The market prices of these securities may fluctuate more than the market prices of investment grade debt securities and may decline significantly in response to adverse economic changes or issuer developments.

Call Risk
Certain debt securities may be called (redeemed) at the option of the issuer at a specified price before reaching their stated maturity date. Call risk is the risk, especially during periods of falling interest rates, that an issuer will call or repay a higher-yielding bond debt security before its maturity date, forcing the Fund to reinvest in bonds with lower interest rates than the original obligations.

Liquidity Risk
Securities purchased by the Fund that are liquid at the time of purchase may subsequently become illiquid due to, among other things, events relating to the issuer of the securities (e.g., changes to the market's perception of the credit quality of the issuer), market events, economic conditions, investor perceptions or lack of market participants. The Fund may be unable to sell illiquid securities on short notice or only at a price below current value.

Mortgage-Backed (and Other Asset-Backed) Securities Risk
Mortgage-backed securities (and other asset-backed securities) are generally structured for the securities holders to receive periodic payments as the securities issuer receives payments on the mortgages (or loans) in an underlying asset pool. Sometimes these securities are issued in separate tranches, which can mean the securities holders of one tranche receive payment in full before the securities holders of another tranche receive payments. Also sometimes credit support is provided for these securities, which can mean the securities issuer, an affiliated party or a third party provides additional assets, or makes additional promises, with respect to payment to the securities holders. Risks to the securities holders can include (i) the underlying asset pool may not pay as expected (which could mean sooner or later than expected), (ii) the securities issuer may have insufficient cash to make payment on the securities generally, or on certain tranches of the securities and (iii) the credit support may be insufficient to make payment on the securities.

Non-U.S. Securities Risk
The Fund may invest in securities issued by non-U.S. issuers, which securities may be denominated in U.S. dollars or foreign currencies. Investments in non-U.S. securities may involve additional risks including exchange rate fluctuation, political or economic instability, the imposition of exchange controls, expropriation, limited disclosure and illiquid markets.

Derivatives Risk
Derivatives are instruments, such as futures and forward contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives may carry more risk than other types of investments. Derivatives are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, and the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and in some cases the Fund could lose more than the principal amount invested.  The use of some derivatives requires the Fund to segregate liquid assets to cover the Fund›s obligations under the derivative agreements or as required by regulations.  

Failure to Meet Investment Objective
There can be no assurance that the Fund will meet its investment objective.

An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

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