July saw a continued rally in U.S. equities on the back of extremely low levels of volatility. Technology continued to lead the way higher, while telecom also helped lift indices with both AT&T and Verizon* rallying on better than expected earnings late in July. The equities in the Stadion Alternative Income Fund participated in the continued rally, while the S&P 500 collar employed by the Fund for protection against bear markets and to dampen volatility was a continued drag on performance as the equity rally continued. The contribution effect of steps 1 and 2 of the process was -0.11%. In the third step of the process, the Stadion Alternative Income Fund uses protected short dated option selling as a way to both attempt to generate premiums but also to reset our exposure level to equities. During July, a combination of lower levels of premium collected for selling options and the realized move higher by the S&P 500 led to losses in this portion of the Fund. The contribution effect of this portion of the Fund was -0.30%.
We have experienced a strong equity rally year to date, led primarily by technology and more growth-oriented equity sectors. In this type of environment, the Fund may struggle, especially on a relative basis, to broad equities. However, if the equity markets continue to rally as they have, broad based equity exposure will almost assuredly outperform our low volatility Fund. For the Stadion Alternative Income Fund and every Fund at Stadion, we take comfort knowing that we do not try to predict where markets will go in the future. Instead, we let our various processes manage for the inevitable return of risk in the market.
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*The Stadion Alternative Income Fund did not hold AT&T or Verizon as of 7/31/2017.
The index shown is defined as follows.
The S&P 500 Index is the Standard & Poor’s Composite Index of 500 stocks and is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of common stock prices. One cannot invest directly in an index. All Benchmarks composite data supplied by third party vendors, assumes re-investment of all dividends.
An option is a derivative financial instrument that specifies a contract between two parties for a future transaction on an asset at a reference price. The buyer of the option gains the right, but not the obligation, to engage in that transaction, while the seller incurs the corresponding obligation to fulfill the transaction. The price of an option derives from the difference between the reference price and the value of the underlying asset (commonly a stock, a bond, a currency or a futures contract) plus a premium based on the time remaining until the expiration of the option.
There are additional costs and potential risks associated with investing in domestic and international Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). Investment in the Fund is subject to investment risks, including, without limitation, market risk, management style risk, risks related to “fund of funds” structure, sector risk, fixed income risk, tracking risk, risks related to ETF net asset value and market price, foreign securities risk, risks related to portfolio turnover and small capitalization companies risk. Since each Stadion Fund is a “fund of funds,” an investor will indirectly bear fees and expenses charged by the underlying ETFs and investment companies in which a Stadion Fund invests in addition to a Stadion Fund’s direct fees and expenses. More information about these risks and other risks can be found in the Fund’s prospectus.
Derivative instruments can be volatile and the potential loss to the Fund may exceed the Fund’s initial investment. Derivative instruments may be difficult to value and may be subject to wide swings in valuations caused by changes in the value of the underlying instrument. The use of these instruments requires special skills and knowledge of investment techniques that are different than those normally required for purchasing and selling securities. The Fund could also experience losses if it is unable to close out a position because the market for an instrument or position is or becomes illiquid. Investment objective: Seek to provide income and absolute portfolio returns, with a secondary emphasis on lower risk and volatility than the U.S. equity markets.
The Fund’s foreign investments generally carry more risks than funds that invest strictly in U.S. assets, including currency risk, geographic risk, and emerging market risk. Risks can also result from varying stages of economic and political development; differing regulatory environments trading days, and accounting standards; and higher transaction costs of non-U.S. markets.
The Stadion Funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the Stadion Funds carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the Funds. A copy of the prospectus is available by calling Stadion Funds directly at (866) 383-7636 or Stadion Money Management, LLC., the investment advisor, at (800) 222-7636. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.
The Stadion Funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. An investment in the Funds involves risk, including loss of principal.