Market Insights


June 2022

By: Tony Minopoli, President & CIO of Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors

Boy, is there a lot going on! Sadly, we have had another mass shooting and I am not informed enough, or an expert on the subject, to create an effective answer as to why this keeps happening and why these many young men are so disenfranchised that they see a mass shooting as an answer to the angst they are feeling. At the moment, there are certainly many other pockets of angst to go around. The war in Ukraine has certainly not gone the way Vladimir Putin initially hoped. The concern is that the longer this goes on and the more he feels cornered, the more lethal the weapons and tactics he may utilize to achieve his goals. The application by Sweden and Finland to become members of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (“NATO”) may only prove to galvanize Putin’s concerns and make him even more recalcitrant. While we are on the topic of geopolitics, Biden’s gaffe when discussing Taiwan was quickly walked back and did not draw an immediate response from China.

The Federal Reserve (“Fed”) is taking back the stimulus it gave as it exits the quantitative easing (“QE”) world. The sell-off is not due to a surprise event from outside the financial world. The Fed did this and told us they were going to do it. We believe, after engineering inflation, they’ve moved interest rates higher resulting in higher bond yields, finally puncturing the bubble of high stock prices. Inflation, in our opinion, got in front of the Fed and hotter than they had hoped. Of course, inflation has been stoked by supply chain issues and energy shortages, or the risk of shortages, due to the war in Ukraine. A further factor is the current administration’s somewhat hostile view towards fossil fuels. Gasoline and diesel refining is a particular issue because it has been decades since we last built a refinery in this country. The expectation is that rising fuel prices will constrain consumer spending. I believe this may have already started.

Anecdotally, with respect to consumer spending, over Memorial Day weekend we met my parents for breakfast at our favorite diner after church on Sunday morning. Given that our mass ended before the mass attended by my parents, I wanted to get there early to secure one of the larger tables to accommodate a party of six people. I thought being a holiday weekend, that people may have been out and about and crowding restaurants, but my father told me he has noticed a distinct lack of diner foot traffic as he meets his buddies for breakfast during the week and on Sundays (this is my parents default diner spot every Sunday). It is anecdotal and one restaurant, but I think this is a microcosm of what is happening with more to come. Higher energy prices will lead to changes in spending patterns by the average consumer.

In an attempt to tamp down inflation, The Fed appears ready to move interest rates higher (more than they have done already). However, if energy is the primary driver of the massive move in inflation, driving interest rates higher may cause stagflation as much as it may tamp down inflation. I am concerned on the energy front because those that want to move to a greener energy supply mix see these high prices as an opportunity to make the transition. Wind and solar are very competitive with fossil fuels at their current prices. However, oil and natural gas work when the sun isn’t shining and the wind is not blowing. I have yet to see a cohesive plan as to how green energy will solve for these two conditions, both of which happen with a high degree of regularity!

As we look forward, the wall of worry for the markets remains quite high. The war in Ukraine does not show signs of stopping and Putin needs a win to take home or this will all be considered a folly, even by his own people. The stock market will remain in transition as we move from the persistency of low interest rates to a higher rate market with wider credit spreads. This will drive up the cost of business and certainly will leak further into consumer prices. Some are positing that the worst carnage in the bond market may be behind us and with the economy slowing or even becoming recessionary, we believe, this will bode well for lower rates and perhaps more stability.  We are not yet in the camp that the period of increasing rates is over or nearly over. We are closely watching inflation, energy supplies and prices, and changes in the labor market for clues as to the path from here.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day and that you get to enjoy some of the late spring and summer.

Until next month.



Core Bond Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
( As of 3/31/22)
5 Years
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Core Bond Fund-I Shares -0.11% -9.80% -4.05% 2.40% 2.19%
Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index 0.64% -8.92% -4.15% 2.14% 1.91%
Lipper Core Bond Fund Average 0.27% -9.18% -4.30% 2.21% 1.95%
Lipper Percentile Rank 34% 35%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Core Bond Funds. Number of Funds in Category: 513 (1 Year) and 439 (5 Year).Gross Expense Ratio 0.71%, Net Expense Ratio 0.50%.

Limited Duration Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
( As of 3/31/22)
5 Years
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Limited Duration Bond Fund-I Shares 0.21% -2.70% -2.72% 1.36% 1.20%
Bloomberg Government/Credit 1-3 Year Index 0.61% -2.42% -2.91% 1.26% 1.17%
Lipper Short Investment Grade Debt Fund Average 0.15% -3.27% -2.58% 1.47% 1.39%
Lipper Percentile Rank 56% 61%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Short Investment Grade Debt Funds. Number of Funds in Category: 368 (1 Year) and 292 (5 Year). Gross Expense Ratio 0.71%, Net Expense Ratio 0.50%.

Large Cap Growth Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
( As of 3/31/22)
5 Years
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Large Cap Growth Fund-I Shares -1.61% -22.85% 4.14% 15.54% 12.11%
Russell 1000 Growth Index -2.32% -21.88% 14.98% 20.88% 16.91%
Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Fund Average -3.84% -26.46% -0.08% 17.01% 13.32%
Lipper Percentile Rank 39% 60%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Multi-Cap Growth Funds. Number of Funds in Category: 490 (1 Year) and 410 (5 Year). Gross Expense Ratio 0.90%, Net Expense Ratio 0.90%.

Large Cap Value Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
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5 Years
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Large Cap Value Fund-I Shares 2.04% -4.83% 12.21% 10.95% 9.53%
Russell 1000 Value Index 1.94% -4.52% 11.67% 10.29% 9.38%
Lipper Multi-Cap Value Fund Average 2.43% -3.67% 11.74% 10.42% 9.04%
Lipper Percentile Rank 51% 38%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Multi-Cap Value Funds. Number of Funds in Category: 618 (1 Year) and 528 (5 Year). Gross Expense Ratio 0.90%, Net Expense Ratio 0.90%.

Small Cap Fund

One Month
( As of 3/31/22)
YTD
( As of 3/31/22)
1 Year
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5 Years
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Small Cap Equity Fund-I Shares 0.60% -15.81% 2.03% 9.47% 7.95%
Russell 2000 Index 0.15% -16.56% -5.79% 9.74% 9.02%
Lipper Small Cap Fund Average 1.44% -11.04% 2.16% 9.07% 8.57%
Lipper Percentile Rank 50% 45%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Small-Cap Core Funds. Number of Funds in Category: 843 (1 Year) and 729 (5 Year). Gross Expense Ratio 1.05%, Net Expense Ratio 1.05%.

International Equity Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
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5 Years
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Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
International Equity-I Shares 2.71% -11.42% -0.52% 8.46% 6.56%
FTSE All World Ex US Index 0.66% -10.28% -0.59% 7.42% 5.60%
Lipper International Multi-Cap Fund Average 1.49% -10.90% -1.31% 5.92% 4.47%
Lipper Percentile Rank 47% 2%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: International Multi-Cap Core. Number of Funds in Category: 345 (1 Year) and 273 (5 Year). Gross Expense Ratio 1.21%, Net Expense Ratio 1.10%.

Real Estate Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Real Estate-I Shares -4.18% -9.45% 24.77% 13.56%
FTSE Nareit Equity REITs Index -6.23% -13.81% 26.49% 9.59%
Lipper Real Estate Average -5.38% -14.03% 21.52% 9.84%
Lipper Percentile Rank 43%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Real Estate
Number of Funds in Category: 253 (1 Year)
Gross Expense Ratio 1.16%, Net Expense Ratio 1.00%.

Long-Short Equity Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
Long-Short Equity – I Shares 3.66% 11.93% 14.38% 3.79%
HFRX Equity Market Neutral Developed Index 0.16% 0.84% -1.42% -1.54%
Lipper Alternative Long/Short Average 0.77% -4.10% 6.06% 8.34%
Lipper Percentile rank 12%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Alternative Long/Short Equity Number of Funds in Category: 247 (1 Year) Gross Expense Ratio 2.63, Net Expense Ratio 2.28%.

U.S. All Cap Index Fund

One Month
( As of 5/31/22)
YTD
( As of 5/31/22)
1 Year
( As of 3/31/22)
Since Inception
( As of 3/31/22)
U.S. All Cap Index – I Shares -0.08% -14.83% 11.43% 17.90%
Knights of Columbus U.S. All Cap Index -0.07% -14.77% 11.53% 18.37%
Lipper Multi-Cap Core Average 0.09% -13.27% 9.15% 14.91%
Lipper Percentile rank 43%

*Lipper Percentile Rank is based on risk-adjusted performance. Lipper Category: Multi-Cap Core Number of Funds in Category: 647 (1 Year)
Gross Expense Ratio 0.92%, Net Expense Ratio 0.25%.

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth less than their original cost and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance quoted. Investment performance does not reflect the redemption fee; if it was reflected, the total return would be lower than shown. For performance data current to the most recent month end, please call 1-844-KC-FUNDS.

Fund performance for the 1 year, 5-year, and Since Inception periods are annualized. The inception date for Limited Duration, Core Bond, Large Cap Growth, Large Cap Value, Small Cap, and International are February 27, 2015. 5-year fund performance is not available for the Real Estate Fund, Long/Short Equity, or the U.S. All Cap Index since the funds’ inception dates are September 30, 2019, December 21, 2019, and December 31, 2019, respectively.

Effective July 21, 2020, the Knights of Columbus Real Estate Fund underwent a change in its Investment Objective and a name change to reflect the new investment strategy as detailed in The Funds’ Prospectus update of July 20, 2020. The Fund was formerly known as Knights of Columbus Global Real Estate Fund. Results prior to July 20, 2020, reflect the performance of the Fund's previous strategy.

Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors LLC has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or to reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to keep Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses, (excluding interest, taxes, fund brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and non-routine expenses) from exceeding the Net Expense Ratio for the respective Funds’ Institutional Shares average daily net assets until February 28, 2023.

Benchmark Definitions



Bloomberg Government/Credit 1-3 Year Index – benchmark for Limited Duration Fund
The U.S. Government/Credit Index is the non-securitized component of the U.S. Aggregate Index and was the first macro index launched by Barclays Capital. The U.S. Government/Credit Index includes Treasuries (i.e., public obligations of the U.S. Treasury that have remaining maturities of more than one year), government-related issues (i.e., agency, sovereign, supranational, and local authority debt), and corporates. The U.S. Government/Credit Index was launched on January 1, 1979 and is a subset of the U.S. Aggregate Index. The 1-3 year index includes all medium and larger issues of U.S. government, investment-grade corporate, and investment-grade international dollar-denominated bonds that have maturities of between 1 and 3 years and are publicly issued.

Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index – benchmark for Core Bond Fund
The Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The index includes Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS and CMBS (agency and non-agency). Provided the necessary inclusion rules are met, US Aggregate eligible securities also contribute to the multi-currency Global Aggregate Index and the US Universal Index, which includes high yield and emerging markets debt. The US Aggregate Index was created in 1986.

FTSE All-World Ex-U.S. Index – benchmark for International Equity Fund
The FTSE All-World ex US Index is one of a number of indexes designed to help investors benchmark their international investments. The index comprises Large and Mid cap stocks providing coverage of Developed and Emerging Markets excluding the US. The index is derived from the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS), which covers 98% of the world’s investable market capitalization.

Russell 1000 Growth Index – benchmark for Large Cap Growth Fund
The Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of the large-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 1000 companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The Russell 1000 Growth Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased barometer for the large-cap growth segment. The Index is completely reconstituted annually to ensure new and growing equities are included and that the represented companies continue to reflect growth characteristics.

Russell 1000 Value Index – benchmark for Large Cap Value Fund
The Russell 1000 Value Index measures the performance of the large-cap value segment of the U.S. equity universe. It includes those Russell 1000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower expected growth values. The Russell 1000 Value Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased barometer for the large-cap value segment. The Index is completely reconstituted annually to ensure new and growing equities are included and that the represented companies continue to reflect value characteristics.

Russell 2000 Index – benchmark for Small Cap Fund
The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership. The Russell 2000 is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased small-cap barometer and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not distort the performance and characteristics of the true small-cap opportunity set.

FTSE Nareit Equity REITs Index – benchmark for Real Estate Fund – The FTSE Nareit Equity REITs Index contains all Equity REITs not designated as Timber REITs or Infrastructure REITs. Prior to December 2010, the index included Timber REITs and Infrastructure REITs.

HFRX Equity Market Neutral Index – benchmark for Long/Short Equity Fund HFRX Equity Market Neutral Index The HFRX Equity Market Neutral Index employs sophisticated quantitative techniques of analyzing price data to ascertain information about future price movement and relationships between securities, select securities for purchase and sale. These can include both Factor-based and Statistical Arbitrage/Trading Strategies.

Knights of Columbus U.S. All Cap Index – benchmark for U.S. All Cap Index Fund Knights of Columbus U.S. All Cap Index Adheres to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines. Consists of all common stocks and real estate investment trusts in the Solactive US Broad Market Index excluding companies that are determined by Institutional Shareholder.

Indices are unmanaged and do not reflect the effect of fees. One cannot invest directly in an index.

Lipper Peer Group Definitions



Lipper Short Investment Grade Debt Classification – peer group for Limited Duration Fund
Funds that invest primarily in investment-grade debt issues (rated in the top four grades) with dollar-weighted average maturities of less than three years. The Limited Duration Bond fund ranked 206 out of 368 funds measured for the one-year ranking period and ranked 177 out of 292 funds measured for the five-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Core Bond Classification – peer group for Core Bond Fund
Funds that invest at least 85% in domestic investment-grade debt issues (rated in the top four grades) with any remaining investment in non-benchmark sectors such as high-yield, global and emerging market debt. These funds maintain dollar-weighted average maturities of five to ten years. The Core Bond fund ranked 172 out of 513 funds measured for the one-year ranking period and ranked 153 out of 439 funds measured for the five-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Classification – peer group for Large Cap Growth Fund
Funds that, by portfolio practice, invest in a variety of market capitalization ranges without concentrating 75% of their equity assets in any one market capitalization range over an extended period of time. Multi-cap growth funds typically have above-average characteristics compared to the S&P SuperComposite 1500 Index. The Large Cap Growth fund ranked 189 out of 490 funds measured for the one-year ranking period ranked and 248 out of 410 funds measured for the five year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Multi-Cap Value Classification – peer group for Large Cap Value Fund
Funds that, by portfolio practice, invest in a variety of market capitalization ranges without concentrating 75% of their equity assets in any one market capitalization range over an extended period of time. Multi-cap value funds typically have below-average characteristics compared to the S&P SuperComposite 1500 Index. The Large Cap Value fund ranked 318 out of 618 funds measured for the one-year ranking period and ranked 203 out of 528 funds measured for the five-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Small-Cap Core Classification – peer group for Small Cap Fund
Funds that, by portfolio practice, invest at least 75% of their equity assets in companies with market capitalizations (on a three-year weighted basis) below Lipper’s USDE small-cap ceiling. Small cap core funds have more latitude in the companies in which they invest. These funds typically have average characteristics compared to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. The Small Cap Equity fund ranked 424 out of 843 funds measured for the one-year ranking period and ranked 328 out of 729 funds measured for the five-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper International Multi-Cap Core Classification – peer group for International Equity Fund
Funds that, by portfolio practice, invest in a variety of market capitalization ranges without concentrating 75% of their equity assets in any one market capitalization range over an extended period of time. International multi-cap funds typically have characteristics compared to the MSCI EAFE Index. The International Equity fund ranked 161 out of 345 funds measured for the one-year ranking period and ranked 6 out of 273 funds measured for the five-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Real Estate Classification – peer group for Real Estate Fund
Funds invest primarily in equity securities of domestic and foreign companies engaged in the real estate industry. The Real Estate fund ranked 110 out of 253 funds measured for the one-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Alternative Long/Short Equity Classification – peer group for Long/Short Equity Fund
Funds that employ portfolio strategies combining long holdings of equities with short sales of equities, equity options or equity index options. The funds may be either net long or net short, depending on the portfolio manager’s view of the market. The Long/Short fund ranked 29 out of 221 funds measured for the one-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.

Lipper Multi-Cap Core Classification – peer group for U.S. All Cap Index Fund
Funds that, by portfolio practice, invest in a variety of market capitalization ranges without concentrating 75% of their equity assets in any one market-capitalization range over an extended period of time. The U.S. All Cap Index fund ranked 277 out of 647 funds measured for the one-year ranking period as of March 31, 2022.