Sit Municipal Total Return

(as of September 30, 2020)  |   Printable Fact Sheet  

Strategy
  • We seek consistent attainment of superior risk-adjusted returns using a conservative approach which emphasizes 1) investment grade securities 2) superior income advantage to peers and benchmarks and 3) significant stability of principal
  • Particular focus on structurally inefficient, underfollowed and misunderstood sectors and securities offering superior relative value
  • Incorporates Sit’s ‘Best Ideas’ across domestic tax-free municipal fixed income
Consistent Yield Returns

Composite Performance (%)
Annualized Returns
3 Month1 Year3 Year5 Year10 Year
Sit Municipal Total Return (Gross)
0.97
3.37
4.95
4.84
5.32
Sit Municipal Total Return (Net)
0.87
2.97
4.53
4.43
4.91
Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Index
1.23
4.09
4.28
3.84
3.99

1 Year

3 Year

5 Year

10 Year
eVestment Percentile Rank1
58
14
20
26
Investment Style

Portfolio Characteristics
Sit Municipal Total ReturnBloomberg Barclays Municipal Index
Yield to Worst:2.4%1.3%
Duration:5.0 Yr.4.8 Yr.
Avg. Quality:AA-AA3
Alpha (5 Yr.):1.1
Alpha (10 Yr.):1.0
Sector Distribution (%)
Single Family Housing29.6
Multi-Family Housing28.2
Education7.9
Insured GO6.5
General Obligation6.0
Escrow5.1
Insured3.7
Muni Closed-End Funds2.7
Hospital/Healthcare2.2
Other Sectors7.0
Cash1.2

1) eVestment – Peer rankings represent percentile rankings which are based on monthly gross of fee returns and reflect where the Sit Investment composite returns fall within the indicated eVestment Alliance, LLC (“eVestment”) universe.  eVestment provides the institutional investment database which consists of institutional managers, investment consultants, plan sponsors and other similar financial institutions reporting on investment products.  Performance figures are provided to eVestment by individual investment management firms for informational purposes only.  eVestment does not guarantee the accuracy, adequacy, completeness or availability of any information and is not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such information.  Additional information regarding eVestment rankings is available on eVestment’s website.  This presentation is intended for institutional investor use only.

Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible.  There is no guarantee the Composite’s investment objectives will be achieved, and the market value of securities held by the Composite may fall or fail to rise.

Sector allocations (as % of market value) and portfolio characteristics may change at any time and are not investment recommendations.

Duration is a volatility measure for bonds that reflects how a bond’s price will change as interest rates change.

Average Quality reflects the average of the individual security ratings assigned by Moody’s Standard & Poor’s and Fitch.

Sit Investment Associates, Inc.
Municipal Total Return Composite
ANNUAL DISCLOSURE PRESENTATION

Year EndTotal Firm Assets (millions)Composite Assets (USD) (millions)Number of AccountsComposite 3-Yr. Standard Dev.Benchmark 3-Yr. Standard Dev.Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond IndexAnnual Performance Results CompositeComposite Dispersion
GrossNet
201913,274.3 875.862.7%2.4%7.54%8.17%7.74%0.56%
201812,196.2 882.263.5%3.4%1.28%1.92%1.52%0.58%
201713,340.8 820.273.4%3.3%5.45%6.86%6.44%0.39%
201612,668.9 777.773.7%3.4%0.25%1.85%1.44%0.77%
201513,350.6 780.674.1%3.4%3.30%4.29%3.87%0.52%
201413,505.0 705.544.6%3.7%9.05%12.89%12.45%0.62%
201313,103.3 640.944.7%4.0%-2.55%-2.50%-2.90%0.43%
201213,081.6 725.854.4%3.7%6.78%10.27%9.84%1.01%
201110,895.1 809.666.3%4.6%10.70%13.16%12.72%1.52%
20109,873.4 771.369.4%6.3%2.38%2.65%2.24%1.01%

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.   The Municipal Total Return composite has been examined for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019 by ACA Performance Services, LLC and for the period January 1, 1997 through December 31, 2016 by Ashland Partners & Company LLP.  The verification and performance examination reports are available upon request.

The Municipal Total Return Composite was created December 31, 1993.  Municipal Total Return Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the Barclays Municipal Bond Index.  The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing investing in municipal bonds.  Value is achieved by identifying unusual opportunities created by unique security provisions or supply/demand imbalances with longer duration municipal bonds.  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.  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% on the first $20 million, 0.30% on the next $30 million, 0.25% on the next  $50 million, and negotiable over $100 million.  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.