Sit Investment Associates, Inc. claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Sit Investment Associates, Inc. has been independently verified for the period January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020 by ACA Performance Services, for the period January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2016 by Ashland Partners & Company LLP and for the period January 1, 1997 through December 31, 2006 by KPMG LLP. The verification report(s) is/are available upon request. A firm that claims compliance with the GIPS standards must establish policies and procedures for complying with all the applicable requirements of the GIPS standards. Verification provides assurance on whether the firm’s policies and procedures related to composite and pooled fund maintenance, as well as the calculation, presentation, and distribution of performance, have been designed in compliance with the GIPS standards and have been implemented on a firm-wide basis. Verification does not provide assurance on the accuracy of any specific performance report.
The creation and inception date of the Global Dividend Growth Composite are June 30, 2006. Global Dividend Growth Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the MSCI World Index (Net Div. Reinv) Index. On reports prior to 2019, the benchmark reported was 60% S&P 500/ 40% MSCI EAFE (Net Div. Reinvest) Index, but it was changed retroactively for all periods to the MSCI World Index (Net Div. Reinvest) Index. The change was made adopt a benchmark that is more recognized in the industry and is consistent with the management of the accounts in the composite. The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing investing in dividend paying equities domiciled generally between 40% to 70% domestic and 30% to 60% foreign. The portfolios in the composite do not use leverage and generally hold between 80 to 100 domestic/foreign equity securities. The portfolios seek to provide current income that exceeds the benchmark index.
Sit Investment Associates, Inc. is an independent registered investment adviser which includes the following subsidiaries: Sit Investment Fixed Income Advisors, Inc.; and Sit Investment Fixed Income Advisors II, Inc. On December 31, 2007, Sit/Kim International Investment Associates, Inc. and Sit/Kim International Investment Associates II, LLC were liquidated into Sit Investment Associates, Inc. Prior to 2000, Sit Investment Associates, Inc. and Sit/Kim International Investment Associates, Inc. issued separate GIPS reports, including disclosure of each entity’s assets under management. Beginning in 2000 the two entities issued a combined GIPS report to reflect the entities’ current operational and management affiliation. Total assets for all years presented in the table above reflect the combined total assets of all subsidiaries. A list of composite descriptions, a list of limited distribution pooled fund descriptions, and a list of broad distribution pooled funds are available upon request.
The U.S. Dollar is the currency used to express performance. Returns are presented gross and net of management fees and include the reinvestment of all income. Net of fee returns for all years were updated to reflect the appropriate highest fee for each year. Net of fee performance was calculated using the highest fee applicable annual management fee of 0.80% for the period 6/30/2006 through 12/31/2008, 1.25% applied quarterly for the period 1/1/2009 through 9/30/2017, and 1.00% applied quarterly, thereafter. The annual composite dispersion presented is an equal-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year using gross-of-fees returns. Beginning April 1, 2006, SIA calculates a true Time Weighted Return (TWR) for each portfolio within the composite and asset weights their returns to come up with a composite return. Periods are geometrically linked together. Policies for valuing investments, calculating performance, and preparing GIPS reports are available upon request.
The composite returns are net of any applicable withholdings taxes on dividends, interest and capital gains. For the composite taxpayers are primarily domiciled in the United States. For the benchmark returns, the dividend is reinvested after the deduction of withholding tax, applying the rate to non-resident individuals who do not benefit from double taxation treaties.
The investment management fee schedule for the composite is 0.80% on the first $10 million, 0.75% on the next $20 million, 0.65% on the next $20 million, and 0.50% on the amounts over $50 million. The management fee for the Sit Global Dividend Growth Class S is 1.00% with an expense ratio of 1.25%. The managment fee for Sit Global Dividend Growth Class I is 1.00% with an expense ratio of 1.00%. The managment fee for Sit Global Fund, LLC is 1.00% with an expense ratio of 1.15%. The management fee for Sit Global Dividend Growth, LLC is 1.00% and the expense ratio is capped at 1.15%. Actual investment advisory fees incurred by clients may vary.
The three-year annualized standard deviation measures the variability of the composite and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period. For purposes of this calculation, gross-of-fees composite returns were used.
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Past performance is not indicative of future results.