Opportunistic Fund Commentary
The S&P 500 Index declined 5% during the quarter overall, but the ride was volatile, with an initial gain of 14% before a sharp decline after Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell’s speech at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he clearly telegraphed a “Fed Pivot” (stopping or reversing rate hikes) was not in the cards any time soon. During the quarter, there was little discrimination between large or small cap, growth or value stocks. Everything was broadly sold. Energy and consumer discretionary were the only two positive returning sectors during the quarter.
Positioning the Opportunistic Fund
Portfolio composition is subject to change.
We remain concerned about inflation’s continued ability to be even more intense and persistent than investors anticipate. Additionally, we are seeing early signs that demand is being curtailed or even shrunk, which portends a recession. As such, we continue to position the Fund for the late portion of the economic cycle via lower exposure to cyclical stocks as well as lower exposure to high-beta (more volatile) stocks.
Because we have viewed the risk-reward balance become increasingly unfavorable through the quarter, we have reduced market exposure over the past few months.
Why should investors consider investing in this Fund?
The Fund has the ability to invest across asset classes and economic sectors as well as be flexible with market exposure. We believe these features are beneficial to clients seeking investment returns regardless of underlying financial, economic, or political environments.
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Cavanal Hill Investment Management, Inc. is an SEC registered investment adviser and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BOK Financial Corporation, a financial holding company (“BOKF”). BOKF, NA serves as the custodian for the Cavanal Hill Funds. Cavanal Hill Investment Management, Inc. provides investment advice, administration and other services for the Funds and receives a fee for providing such services as fully described in the prospectus. The Funds are distributed by Cavanal Hill Distributors, Inc. a registered Broker/Dealer, member FINRA and wholly-owned subsidiary of BOKF.
The S&P 500 Index is regarded as a gauge of the U.S. equities market. This index includes 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. Although the S&P 500 focuses on the large-cap segment of the market, with approximately 75% coverage of U.S. equities, it is also an ideal proxy for the total market. This index is unmanaged and does not reflect the deduction of the expenses associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management and fund accounting fees. The Fund’s performance reflects the deduction of fees for these services, but does not reflect he deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. Investors cannot invest directly in an index.
Commentary provided is for the indicated period and is designed to provide a frame 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 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.
Equity securities (stocks) are more volatile and carry more risk than other forms of investments, including investments in high-grade fixed income securities. Investments in the Fund are subject to the risks related to direct investment in real estate, such as real estate risk, regulatory risks, concentration risk, and diversification risk. 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. High-yield bonds have a higher risk of default or other adverse credit events, but have the potential to pay higher earnings over investment-grade bonds. The higher risk of default, or the inability of the creditor to repay its debt, is the primary reason for the higher interest rates on high-yield bonds. International investing involves increased risk and volatility. Mid- and small-cap companies may be more vulnerable to adverse business or economic developments. Because an ETF charges its own fees and expenses, Fund shareholders will indirectly bear those costs. The use of leverage in an ETF can magnify any price movements, resulting in high volatility. An inverse ETF seeks to provide returns that are the opposite of the underlying referenced financial asset, index, or commodity’s returns. Exposure to commodities may subject the Fund to greater volatility than investment in traditional securities.
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are subject to the risks of the underlying securities (including market risks which could result in the loss of principal) that they are designed to track, although a lack of liquidity in an ETF could result in higher volatility than that of its underlying portfolio of securities. ETFs also have management fees that increase their costs versus owning the underlying securities directly. Derivative instruments like options involve risks different from or possibly greater than the risks associated with investing directly in securities. Investments in the Funds are subject to the risks related to direct investment in Real Estate Investment Trusts, such as real estate risk, regulatory risks, concentration risk, and diversification risk. By itself the Fund does not constitute a complete investment plan and should be considered a long-term investment for investors who can afford to weather changes in the value of their investments.Not FDIC Insured | No Guarantee | May Lose Value