Is This Fund a Good Choice for Me?
The Short-Term Bond Fund may be appropriate if you’re seeking a little more interest income from your savings than you’d earn in a traditional savings account. You’re also comfortable with potential fluctuations in your account balance based on the performance of the underlying bonds.
Investment Objective and Strategy
The fund seeks a high level of income consistent with maintaining minimum fluctuation of principal by investing in high-quality, short-term debt securities. These investments include: commercial paper; corporate bonds; U.S. Treasury securities; securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. government entities, agencies or instrumentalities; municipal bonds; U.S. dollar-denominated debt securities of foreign issuers (Yankee Bonds); and asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities. The average maturity of the portfolio, under normal circumstances, is expected to be three years or less.
|Inception||November 05, 1991|
|Benchmark||ICE BofA 1-5 Year Corp./Gov. Index|
Category: Short-Term Bond
Overall, out of 514 funds, according to risk adjusted return
Classification: Short Investment Grade Debt
Overall, out of 332 funds, according to historical total return
Overall, out of 328 funds, according to historical risk-adjusted returns adjusted for volatility
Overall, out of 6,104 funds, according to historical loss avoidance
Lipper ratings for Total Return reflect the fund’s historical total return performance relative to peers as of 12/31/20. Lipper ratings for Consistent Return reflect the fund’s historical risk-adjusted returns, adjusted for volatility, relative to peers as of 12/31/20. The Lipper Rating for Preservation is a fund that has demonstrates a superior ability to preserve capital in a variety of markets when compared with other funds in its asset class as of 12/31/20. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Total Return, Consistent Return and Preservation metrics over three-year, five-year, 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 Bond Fund, in Lipper’s Short Investment Grade Debt Funds classification, received a rating of 5 for the the following periods (number of funds rated in parentheses): Total Return: Three-Year (332 funds), 10-Year (191 funds) and Overall (332 funds). Consistent Return: Three Year (328 funds), 10-Year (187 funds) and Overall (328 funds). Preservation: Three-Year (6,104 funds), Five Year (5,295 funds), 10 Year (3,550 funds) and Overall (6,104 funds). Homestead Short-Term Bond Fund, in Lipper’s Short Investment Grade Debt Funds classification, received a rating of 4 for the five-year period (number of funds in parentheses): Total Return (293 funds) and Consistent Return (289 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-term bond category, 4 stars for the Overall period out of 514 funds, 4 stars for the 10-year period out of 300 funds, 4 stars for the five-year period out of 458, funds and 4 stars for the three-year period out of 514 funds for performance periods ending 12/31/20. 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-ended 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-year, five-year, 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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|Fee Structure||No Load|
|Expense Ratio||0.79% (Net 0.79%) (12/31/2019)|
|Median Expense Ratio for Peer Group||0.78% (12/31/2019)|
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. For some funds, the investment advisor has agreed voluntarily or contractually (for at least the current fiscal year) to waive or reimburse a portion of expenses. 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.