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, 2019 by ACA Performance Services, LLC, 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.
Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm’s policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.
The Municipal Return Plus Composite was created June 30, 2006. Municipal Return Plus Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the Barclays Capital Municipal Bond Index. The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing investing in closed-end municipal bond funds. Value is achieved by purchasing domestic investment-grade closed-end municipal bond funds at a discount which exceeds their average market discount of 2% to 4% below their NAV. The Barclays Municipal Bond Index is a market weighted index engineered for the investment grade long-term tax-exempt bond market.
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. The firm maintains a complete list and description of composites, which is 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 performance was calculated using the highest fee applicable annual management fee of 0.40% applied quarterly plus any applicable performance fee. The annual composite dispersion presented is an equal-weighted standard deviation calculated for the accounts in the composite the entire year. 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 portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.
The investment management fee schedule for the composite is 0.40%. In addition, a performance fee equal to 20% of the difference between the Account’s total investment return for the calendar year (net of the management fee) and the total return of the Barclays Municipal Bond Index for the year increased by 1%. 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.
Past performance is not indicative of future results.