To seek total return that is consistent with preservation of capital.
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund invests, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of its net assets in bonds and other fixed income securities of varying maturities, and normally invests at least 65% of its net assets in bonds and other fixed income securities with more than one year to maturity. The Fund seeks to maintain a portfolio effective duration of no greater than three years. Effective duration is a measure of the expected change in value of a fixed income security for a given change in interest rates, and takes into account that expected cash flows will fluctuate as interests rate change. For example, the value of a fixed income security with an effective duration of two years would be expected to decline around 2% if interest rates rose by 1%. Conversely, the value of the same fixed income security would be expected to increase around 2% if interest rates fell by 1%.
Investments selected by the Fund’s subadvisers are based on their analysis of securities, sectors, and anticipated changes in interest rates. To provide return opportunities, the Fund invests in fixed income securities that the Fund’s subadvisers believe offer attractive yields and are priced below fair market value relative to securities of similar credit quality and interest rate sensitivity.
The Fund’s investments in fixed income securities may include:
• securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government or foreign governments and their agencies or instrumentalities, or supra-national organizations (such as the World Bank);
• securities issued by U.S. or foreign companies;
• U.S. and foreign mortgage-backed securities;
• U.S. and foreign asset-backed securities; and
• municipal securities.
The Fund generally invests in investment grade fixed income securities (i.e., securities rated within the four highest grades by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), or Fitch Ratings (“Fitch”) or unrated securities that the Fund’s subadvisers determine are of comparable quality). The Fund may invest up to 10% of its net assets in securities that are rated below investment grade (commonly known as “high yield securities” or “junk bonds”), which are securities rated below the four highest grades by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, or Fitch or are unrated securities that the Fund’s subadvisers determine are of comparable quality. In addition, the Fund may invest up to 10% of its net assets in floating rate loans. However, the Fund limits its investments in high yield securities and floating rate loans so that, taken together, they equal no more than 10% of the Fund’s net assets.
The Fund may invest up to 30% of its net assets in foreign securities. The Fund primarily invests in securities that are denominated in the U.S. dollar, but can invest up to 10% of its net assets in securities that are denominated in foreign currencies.
The Fund also may invest up to 10% of its net assets in derivative instruments. The Fund’s subadvisers may use futures, options, swap agreements, and swaptions to manage risk or obtain or adjust investment exposure. The Fund’s subadvisers also may use forward currency contracts to obtain or adjust investment exposure or to manage foreign currency risks. The Fund’s investments in credit default swaps, if any, will be less than 5% of the Fund’s net assets.
Principal Investment Risks
There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.
You may lose money by investing in the Fund.
The Fund’s principal investment risks include Credit Risk, Interest Rate Risk, Asset-Backed Securities Risk, Mortgage-Backed Securities Risk, Prepayment and Extension Risk, Municipal Securities Risk, Call Risk, U.S. Government Agency Securities Risk, Foreign Securities Risk, Foreign Currency Risk, Floating Rate Loans Risk, High Yield Securities Risk, Derivative Instruments Risk, Multi-Manager Risk.
Please see the Risk Glossary for additional information about the Fund’s risks.
Performance & Expenses
|Fund/Benchmark Name||Qtr||YTD||1-Yr||3-Yr||5-Yr||10-Yr||Since Inception|
|Vantagepoint Low Duration Bond||0.78%||1.76%||1.25%||1.28%||1.44%||2.89%||N/A|
|BofA ML 1-3 Year US Corporate & Govt. Indexa,b||0.66%||1.65%||1.58%||1.24%||1.15%||2.80%||N/A|
|Morningstar Short-Term Bonda,c||1.03%||2.04%||1.49%||1.42%||1.54%||2.97%||N/A|
Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, visit www.icmarc.org.
Fund performance is shown comparing it to a "benchmark" which may be a (i) broad-based securities market index (ii) a group of mutual funds with similar investment objectives, or (iii) a short term government backed debt obligation such as a U.S. Treasury Bill. An index is not available for direct investment, is unmanaged, and does not reflect the costs of portfolio management or trading. A fund's portfolio may differ from the securities held in an index.
a. Certain information including, but not limited to, benchmark performance or other performance and/or fee information, is provided by Morningstar, Inc., © 2016 All rights reserved. This information: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar and/or its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of information. Morningstar is a registered trademark of Morningstar, Inc.
b. The BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year US Corporate & Government Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade government and corporate public debt securities issued in the U.S. domestic bond market with maturities ranging between 1 and 3 years.
c. The Fund’s Morningstar Category Average is a group of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies and is the equal-weighted return of all funds per category. Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on a fund’s historical portfolio holdings.
For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, fee waivers, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each 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 fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. For funds with loads, the Morningstar rating on a load-waived basis is provided, when available. Load-waived ratings do not include any front- or back-end sales loads and are intended for investors that have access to such purchase terms. Funds with loads are waived for plans administered by ICMA-RC. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
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Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on the fund's historical portfolio holdings. Placement of a fund in a particular Morningstar category does not mean that the fund will remain in that category or that it will invest primarily in securities consistent with its Morningstar category. A fund's investment strategy and portfolio holdings are governed by its prospectus, guidelines or other governing documents, not its Morningstar category.