The International Equity Fund (HISIX) seeks long-term capital appreciation through investments in equity securities of companies based outside the United States.
The fund invests primarily in companies based in developed markets outside the United States as well as in established companies in emerging and frontier markets. Harding Loevner LP, the fund’s subadviser, undertakes fundamental research in an effort to identify companies that it believes are well managed, financially sound, fast growing and strongly competitive and whose shares are under-priced relative to estimates of their value. In an effort to reduce its volatility, the fund seeks to be diversified across dimensions of geography, industry, currency and market capitalization. The fund normally holds investments across at least 10 countries.
|Inception||January 22, 2001|
|Asset Allocation||International Stock|
|Morningstar Category||Foreign Large Growth|
|Lipper Classification||International Multi-Cap Core|
|Benchmark||MSCI EAFE Index|
|Expense Ratio||1.23% (Net 0.99%) (12/31/18)|
|Median Expense Ratio for Peer Group||1.28% (12/31/18)|
|Minimum for Initial Purchase||$500/$200 IRA|
The expense ratio shows the percentage of fund assets deducted annually to cover operating costs. Fund expense ratios shown here do not include acquired fund fees and expenses. If applicable, these additional costs are disclosed in the prospectus. The net expense ratio is the expense ratio minus the portion of expenses waived or reimbursed. Please see the current prospectus for additional details. The peer ratio is according to Morningstar Direct, based on each fund’s Morningstar classification.
RE Advisers has contractually agreed, through at least May 1, 2020, to limit the Fund’s operating expenses to an amount not to exceed 0.99%. This waiver agreement will terminate immediately upon termination of the Fund’s Management Agreement and may be terminated by the Fund or RE Advisers with one year’s notice.
|Morningstar Overall Rating||**|
Lipper ratings for Expense reflect the Fund’s expense minimization relative to peers with similar load structures as of 3/31/19. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Total Return metrics over three-, five-, 10-year and overall periods. The highest 20% of funds in each peer group are named Lipper Leader or a score of 5, the next 20% receive a score of 4, the middle 20% are scored 3, the next 20% are scored 2 and the lowest 20% are scored 1. Homestead International Equity Fund, in Lipper’s International Multi-Cap Core classification, a rating of 4 for the three-, five-, 10-year and Overall periods (number of funds rated in parentheses). Expense: Three Year (37 funds), Five Year (35 funds), Ten Year (32 funds) and Overall (37 funds).
Morningstar rated this Fund, in Morningstar’s foreign large growth category, 2 stars for the Overall period out of 373 funds, 2 stars for the 10-year period out of 228 funds, 2 stars for the five-year period out of 314 funds and 4 stars for the three-year period out of 373 funds for performance periods ending 3/31/19. The Morningstar Rating for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.
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Harding Loevner LP is not affiliated with Homestead Funds, RE Advisers Corporation, RE Investment Corporation or NRECA.
Equity securities generally have greater price volatility than fixed-income securities and are subject to issuer risk and market risk. International investing involves currency, economic and political risks, which may be greater for investments in emerging and frontier markets.