Portfolio Breakdown as of 12/31/2015

Equity Assets
U.S. Large Cap 6.6%
U.S. Small/Mid Cap 17.8%
Intl Equity 38.9%
% of Total Assets 63.3%
Fixed Income Assets
Investment Grade 0.3%
High Yield 15.6%
Convertibles 0.3%
Emerging Mkt Currencies 17.7%
Other and Cash 2.9%
% of Total Assets 33.9%

Portfolio Positioning as of 12/31/2015

  • We reduced the portfolio’s exposure to relatively risky asset classes during the fourth quarter. A longstanding overweight in high yield bonds was cut, and U.S. equity allocations were slightly reduced. We also reduced the portfolio’s exposure to foreign currencies during the period.
  • A sharp October rally in U.S. stocks drove the equity risk premium (a measure of the relative attractiveness of stocks versus bonds) back to multi-year lows. Consistent with our investment process, we subsequently reduced the portfolio’s position in domestic equities. In contrast, we increased the portfolio’s exposure to non-U.S. stocks, mostly though allocations to the Japanese market. 
  • In fixed income, we have been net sellers of high yield bonds over the past twelve months as investors have continued to exit the market due to rising defaults, which fueled concerns about excessive leverage in highly cyclical industries. Proceeds from sales of high yield bonds have primarily been directed to short-term, investment grade credits. Short-term corporate bonds offer attractive yields, limited duration and have historically generated positive total return during periods of rising rates. 
  • In the coming year, we expect monetary policy divergences to be most significant between the U.S. and other developed markets. Meanwhile, emerging market currencies offer much higher yields and appear fundamentally undervalued. As a result, the portfolio remained modestly long the U.S. dollar through a combination of short exposures against major developed market currencies, particularly the Euro, and long exposures to emerging market currencies.

Equity Sector Allocation as of 12/31/2015

Financials
Consumer Discretionary
Utilities
Industrials
Telecommunication Services
Energy
Health Care
Information Technology
Consumer Staples
Materials
Ten Largest Equity Holdings Assets
National Grid plc 1.1%
Imperial Tobacco Group plc 1.0%
Snam SpA 1.0%
National Australia Bank Ltd. 0.9%
Berkeley Group Holdings plc 0.8%
ITV plc 0.8%
HSBC Holdings plc 0.8%
Enagas S.A. 0.8%
SSE plc 0.8%
Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. 0.7%
Ten Largest Fixed Income Issues Assets
Banco Popular Espanol SA 0.5%
Neptune Finco Corp. 0.3%
T-Mobile USA, Inc. 0.1%
WhiteWave Foods Co. 0.1%
DISH DBS Corp. 0.1%
Frontier Communications Corp. 0.1%
AMC Networks, Inc. 0.1%
AerCap Ireland Capital Ltd. 0.1%
Frontier Communications Corp. 0.1%
Tenet Healthcare Corp. 0.1%
Holdings Assets
International Dividend Income Fund 40.9%
Emerging Markets Currency Fund 18.1%
High Yield Fund 16.4%
Calibrated Mid Cap Value Fund 12.0%
Mid Cap Stock Fund 11.0%
Short Duration Income Fund 0.1%
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