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. 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. The Taxable Total Return Plus composite has had a performance examination for the periods January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020 by ACA Performance Services and for the period January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2016 by Ashland Partners & Company LLP. The verification and performance examination reports are available upon request.
The creation and inception date of the Taxable Return Plus Composite are September 30, 1997. Taxable Return Plus Composite contains fully discretionary accounts and for comparison purposes is measured against the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index. The composite contains portfolios generally emphasizing investing in closed-end bond funds. Value is achieved through emphasis on domestic, investment-grade closed end bond funds which, over time, have an average market price 6% to 8% less than their NAV. The Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade fixed income 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. 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 performance was calculated using the highest fee applicable annual management fee of 0.40% applied quarterly plus any applicable annual performance fee. Prior to 2003, the performance fee reported was calculated based on a model fee using the standard performance fee schedule. Beginning in 2003, the performance fee reported was calculated using the actual performance fee billed. 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 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 Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index for the year increased by 1%. The management fee for the Sit Opportunity Bond Fund, LLC 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 Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index for the year increased by 1%. The Sit Opportunity Bond Fund, LLC had a total expense ratio of 1.09% in 2020 including the performance fee. The total expenses will vary year to year based on the performance fee earned if any. 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.