Moderate Duration Fund Commentary

1Q 2023

Market Overview

Fixed income endured a highly volatile first quarter. The Federal Reserve (The Fed) raised rates twice in the first quarter, each time by 25 basis points (0.25%), bringing the federal funds rate to 4.75% - 5.00%, as the consumer inflation rate was still three times the Fed’s 2% target. Beyond concerns about sticky inflation and aggressive rate hikes, a mini-banking crisis unfolded with the demise of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, followed shortly by the rescue of Credit Suisse, which was purchased by UBS. The yield curve remains heavily inverted inside of 10 years, with short duration yields higher than long duration yields. This is typical of recessionary conditions. The recent turmoil in the financial services industry likely will lead to tightened lending standards, which could have a dampening effect on the U.S. economy. We recommend continuing to trim exposure to credit while spreads remain relatively contained.

Positioning the Bond Fund

Portfolio composition is subject to change.

With heightened market risks, and the potential for credit deterioration in 2023, we have increased credit quality, adding to high-quality sectors, including government-backed and high-quality corporate bonds. We are also reducing the Fund’s liquidity risk by trimming allocations to asset-backed securities. Given the rate uncertainty in the months ahead, we are neutral on the portfolio’s duration exposure versus the benchmark index.

Why Should Investors Consider Investing in This Fund?

Expected returns are higher than they have been in many years. With economic growth slowing and an aggressive Fed working to bring inflation down, high quality fixed income should be an attractive asset class. This fund’s conservative positioning should be beneficial in a more risk-averse economic environment.


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Commentary provided is for the indicated period and is designed to provide a fame of reference. It does not constitute investment advice. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. The opinions expressed herein reflect the judgment of the authors at this date and are subject to change without notice and are not a complete analysis of any sector, industry or security. This document contains forward-looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs, assumptions, current expectations, estimates and projections about the Cavanal Hill Funds, the securities and credit markets and the economy in general. Words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “projects,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Management judgments relating to and discussion of the value and potential future value or performance of any security, group of securities, type of security or market segment involve judgments as to expected events are are inherently forward-looking statements. Management judgments relating to and discussion of the value and potential future value or performance of any security, group of securities, type of security, group of securities, type of security or market segment involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The potential realization of these forward-looking statements is subject to a number of limitations and risks, which are described in the Fund’s prospectuses, and investors or potential investors, are cautioned to review the Funds’ prospectuses and the description of such risks. Neither the Funds nor the Funds’ investment adviser, Cavanal Hill, undertake any obligation to update, amend, or clarify forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investment Risks

Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risks. The principal value of a bond falls when interest rates rise and rise when interest rates fall. During periods of rising interest rates, the value of a bond investment is at greater risk than during periods of stable or falling rates. Bond funds will tend to experience smaller fluctuations in value than stock funds. However, investors in any bond fund should anticipate fluctuations in prices, especially for longer-term issues and in environments of changing interest rates.

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