International Equity Fund
Investment Objective and Strategy
Is this fund a good choice for me?
The International Equity Fund may be appropriate if your goal is to grow your savings over the next several years by investing in companies based outside the U.S. You’re also comfortable with temporary — yet sometimes dramatic — fluctuations in your account balance based on the performance of the underlying stocks.
Investment objective and strategy
The fund seeks long-term capital appreciation through investments in equity securities of companies based in developed markets outside the United States as well as in established companies in emerging and frontier markets. Harding Loevner, the fund’s subadvisor, undertakes fundamental research to identify companies that it believes are well managed, financially sound, fast growing and strongly competitive and whose shares are underpriced relative to estimates of their value. To reduce volatility, the fund is diversified across dimensions of geography, industry, currency and market capitalization and normally holds investments across at least 10 countries.
|Inception||January 22, 2001|
|Benchmark||MSCI EAFE Index|
|Fee Structure||No Load|
|Expense Ratio||1.16% (12/31/2022)|
|Median Expense Ratio for Peer Group||1.27% (12/31/2022)|
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.
As of 3/31/2023
Calendar-Year Total Returns
The total returns shown above represent past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate. An investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. For performance data current to the most recent month-end, call 800.258.3030 or visit homesteadfunds.com.
Fund total returns include changes in principal value and reinvested dividends, income and capital gain distributions.
Equity securities generally have greater price volatility than fixed-income securities. The market price of equity securities may go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably. Equity securities may decline in value due to factors affecting the issuer or equity securities markets generally. Foreign securities are subject to political, regulatory, and economic risks not present in domestic investments and may exhibit more extreme changes in value than securities of U.S. companies. Investing in emerging and frontier markets will be subject to greater political and economic instability, less developed securities markets, and other similar risks than in more developed markets.
The MSCI EAFE Index is an equity index that captures large and mid-cap representation across developed market countries around the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indices are unmanaged, and investors cannot invest directly in an index. Unless otherwise noted, performance of indices does not account for any fees, commissions or other expenses that would be incurred. Returns include reinvested dividends.
Performance information for the International Equity Fund (formerly the International Value Fund) reflects its investment as an actively managed fund subadvised by Mercator Asset Management from December 31, 2006, to September 14, 2015, as a passively managed portfolio directed by SSgA Funds Management, Inc. from September 15, 2015, to January 8, 2016, and, after a transition, as an actively managed fund subadvised by Harding Loevner LP from January 15, 2016, to period end.
Growth of $10,000
The line chart compares the change in value of a $10,000 investment in the fund and MSCI EAFE Index over a 10-year period. The chart represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than that shown above. Returns and the principal value of your investment will fluctuate such that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The fund’s average annual total returns are net of any fee waivers and reimbursements. Returns do not reflect taxes that the shareholder may pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares.
For the month ending 03/31/2023
|Category||Foreign Large Growth|
*Overall, out of 404 funds, according to risk-adjusted return
|Classification||International Large-Cap Growth|
1Overall, out of 344 funds, according to historical total return
2Overall, out of 344 funds, according to historical risk-adjusted returns adjusted for volatility
3Overall, out of 72 funds, according to expense minimization
Lipper ratings for Total Return reflect the fund’s historical total return performance relative to peers as of month ending 3/31/23. Lipper ratings for Consistent Return reflect the fund’s historical risk-adjusted returns, adjusted for volatility, relative to peers as of month ending 3/31/23. Lipper ratings for Expense reflect the fund’s expense minimization relative to peers with similar load structures as of month ending 3/31/23. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Expense 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 2, and the lowest 20% are scored 1. Homestead International Equity Fund, in Lipper’s International Large-Cap Growth classification received a rating of 5 for the following periods (number of funds rated in parentheses). Total Return: Overall (344 funds). Consistent Return: three-year (344 funds), five-year (305 funds), and Overall (344 funds). Expense: three-year (72 funds), five-year (68 funds) and Overall (72 funds). The fund received a rating of 4 for the following periods (number of funds rated in parentheses). Total Return: three-year (344 funds), five-year (305 funds), and 10-year (211 funds). Consistent Return: 10-year (211 funds). Expense: 10-year (57 funds). More information is available at lipperleaders.com.
Morningstar rated this fund, in Morningstar’s foreign large growth category, 4 stars for the Overall period out of 404 funds, 4 stars for the 10-year period out of 231 funds, 4 stars for the five-year period out of 350 funds and 4 stars for the three-year period out of 404 funds for performance month ending 3/31/23. 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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Share Price History
As of 06/08/2023
The chart plots daily share prices for the last 10 years. The interactive calendar will retrieve the share price for any business day since the fund's inception.
As of 3/31/2023
Top 10 Holdings
As of 3/31/2023
|Infineon Technologies AG||4.4%|
|Schneider Electric SE||3.6%|
|DBS Group Holdings Ltd.||3.5%|
|Atlas Copco AB||3.5%|
|Allianz SE REG||3.2%|
|AIA Group Ltd.||2.6%|
|BHP Group Ltd. ADR||2.6%|
|Lonza Group AG REG||2.6%|
Portfolio holdings are subject to change without notice.
As of 3/31/2023
|Number of Holdings||58|
Income and/or capital gains distributions for this fund, if any, are listed in the table below for the current and previous calendar year. Mutual funds are required to pass through to their shareholders substantially all of the interest income and capital gains earned by the fund during the year. These distributions are paid on a regular schedule as shown in the table below.
2022 Earnings Distribution
|Distribution Type||Record Date||Declaration Date||$/Per Share|
|Long-Term Capital Gains||6/29/22||6/30/22||$0.0749|
|Long-Term Capital Gains||12/14/22||12/15/22||$0.197|
The record date is the date on which you must be a shareholder in order to receive a portion of the fund’s distribution.
The declaration date, typically the business day after the record date, is the date the amount of the distribution is announced and deducted from fund assets. On this day, the amount of the distribution is deducted from fund assets and calculated as a per share amount to be passed through to shareholders. The fund’s share price will decline by the amount of the distribution (plus or minus any share price change related to market activity). The following business day, shareholders will see their portion of the distribution posted to their account as either a cash dividend or dividend reinvestment.
Harding Loevner LP (Effective January 15, 2016)
Harding Loevner LP is not affiliated with Homestead Funds, Homestead Advisers Corp., Homestead Financial Services Corp. 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.