The Short-Term Government Securities Fund (HOSGX) is managed to earn a competitive level of interest income, consistent with a low level of share-price volatility. The fund’s primary holdings are securities whose principal and interest payments are guaranteed by the U.S. government, such as U.S. Treasury bills and notes. Government-guaranteed issues pose limited risk of default: If the issuer were unable to make payments, the government would. But the fund’s yield and share price will fluctuate, reflecting changes in interest rates. Under normal circumstances, the fund’s weighted average maturity is expected to be three years or less.
This fund is suitable for those who want an investment that is designed to deliver a potentially higher return than a money market fund, but with fewer ups and downs in share price than a longer-term bond fund or stock fund would typically experience.
|Inception||May 01, 1995|
|Asset Allocation||Fixed Income|
|Morningstar Category||Short Government|
|Lipper Classification||Short U.S. Government|
|Benchmark||BofA ML 1-5 Year U.S. Treasury Index|
|Expense Ratio||0.77% (12/31/15)|
|Median Expense Ratio for Peer Group||0.89% (12/31/15)|
|Minimum for Initial Purchase||$500/$200 IRA|
The expense ratio shows the percentage of fund assets deducted annually to cover operating expenses. The peer group ratio is according to Morningstar Direct, 2015, based on each fund's Morningstar classification.
|Morningstar Overall Rating||***|
Lipper ratings for Preservation reflect the Fund’s historical loss avoidance relative to other funds within the same asset class, as of 12/31/16. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Preservation 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 Short-Term Government Securities Fund, in Lipper’s Short US Government Funds classification, received a rating of 5 for the three-, five-, 10-year and Overall periods (number of funds rated in parentheses): Preservation: Three Year (5,686 funds), Five Year (4,754 funds), 10 Year (3,113 funds) and Overall (5,686 funds). Lipper ratings are not intended to predict future results, and Lipper does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. More information is available at lipperleaders.com.
Morningstar rated this Fund, in Morningstar’s short government category, 3 stars for the Overall period out of 101 funds, 3 stars for the 10-year period out of 73 funds, 3 stars for the five-year period out of 94 funds and 3 stars for the three-year period out of 101 funds for performance periods ending 12/31/16. 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. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Ratings are updated regularly. More information is available at morningstar.com.
Fixed-Income Portfolio Manager
Senior Fixed-Income Portfolio Manager
Investments in fixed-income funds are subject to interest rate, credit and inflation risk. Interest rate risk is risk that a change in rates will negatively affect the value of the securities in the Fund’s portfolio.