Performance and Portfolio Update

  • The Pax Balanced Fund underperformed its benchmark (60% S&P500/40% Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index) in the second quarter, while ranking in the 40th percentile in its Morningstar Allocation–50% to 70% Equity peer group. The allocation to non-US equities was the largest detractor to performance relative to the benchmark as US equities significantly outperformed international equities.
  • US stocks bounced back from a negative first quarter with the S&P 500 Index returning 3.43%, buoyed by expectations of continued economic and earnings strength. Stocks outperformed bonds as the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index returned -0.16%. While US stocks posted a solid return, non-US developed market equities, as represented by the MSCI EAFE Index, were off -1.24% in the face of a strong US dollar and concerns related to international trade and tariffs and potential slowing in synchronized global growth.
  • The allocation to non-US equities was the largest detractor to performance relative to its benchmark given the significant performance advantage of the S&P 500 Index relative to the MSCI EAFE Index. The Pax Large Cap Fund and Pax Mid Cap Fund also detracted from performance as they trailed their respective benchmarks. The modest tilt toward equities and performance of the Pax Core Bond Fund contributed positively to performance.
  • The Fund’s equity allocation remains modestly above its 60% neutral target and fixed-income allocation modestly below its 40% target as we continue to balance strong near-term earnings prospects with potential impact of risks, including escalating trade tensions, signs of inflation accelerating and early signs of a sooner than expected slow-down in the US economy.

Performance

(as of 6/30/18)
1-MonthQuarterYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince Inception1
Balanced Fund - Individual Investor Class0.301.200.396.906.027.505.178.28
Balanced Fund - Institutional Class0.331.260.557.226.317.775.448.35
S&P 500 Index0.623.432.6514.3711.9313.4210.17
60% S&P 500 Index / 40% Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index0.321.991.008.347.888.977.84
Morningstar Allocation--50% to 70% Equity-0.021.16-0.116.585.596.856.27

Performance data quoted represent past performance, which does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. To obtain performance for the most recent month-end call 800.767.1729 or visit paxstaging.wpengine.com

Figures include reinvested dividends, capital gains distributions, and changes in principal value.

1The inception date for the Pax Balanced Fund Institutional Class is April 2, 2007 and the Investor Class inception date is August 10, 1971. The performance information shown for Institutional Class shares includes the performance of Investor Class shares for the period prior to Institutional Class inception. Expenses have not been adjusted to reflect the expenses allocable to Institutional Class shares. If such expenses were reflected, the returns would be higher than those shown.

As of the 5/1/2018 prospectus, the Pax Balanced Fund All-In Gross expense ratio includes indirect expenses (Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses “AFFE”) of 0.61%. AFFE are fees and expenses charged by their investment companies in which the Fund invests a portion of its assets and are not direct costs paid by Fund shareholders. The All-In Gross expense ratio for Institutional Class and the Individual Investor Class shares are 0.66% and 0.91%, respectively. Pax Balanced Fund expense ratios, excluding indirect AFFE, are 0.05% and 0.30% for Institutional Class and Individual Investor Class shares, respectively. The management fee is a unified fee that includes all of the operating costs and expenses of the Fund (other than taxes, charges of governmental agencies, interest, brokerage commissions incurred in connection with portfolio transactions, distribution and/or service fees payable under a plan pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and extraordinary expenses), including accounting expenses, administrator, transfer agent and custodian fees, Fund legal fees and other expenses. (For this purpose, Impax Asset Management LLC does not consider acquired fund fees and expenses to be operating costs and expenses of the Fund.)

Asset Allocation

Relative Contribution (%)
 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
XThe Inception date of the Pax Large Cap Fund, Pax ESG Beta Dividend Fund and Pax Core Bond Fund is December 16, 2016. The Inception date of the Pax Global Opportunities Fund is June 27, 2018.

Asset Allocation (%)

(as of 6/30/18)
Fund
Equity61.7
Pax Large Cap Fund37.4
Pax ESG Beta® Dividend Fund7.1
Pax Mid Cap Fund6.9
Pax Global Environmental Markets Fund0.5
Pax Global Opportunities Fund1.4
Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Index Fund8.4
Fixed Income37.5
Pax Core Bond Fund37.5
Cash & Other0.8
Total100.0


Top Ten Holdings

(as of 6/30/18)
Microsoft Corp. 2.3%, Amazon.com, Inc. 2.1%, Apple, Inc. 1.7%, Biogen Idec, Inc. 1.4%, Home Depot, Inc., The 1.4%, Alphabet, Inc., Class A 1.2%, PepsiCo, Inc. 1.2%, Bank of America Corp. 1.2%, Alphabet, Inc., Class C 1.1% and JPMorgan Chase & Co. 1.1%. Holdings are subject to change.

Definitions

Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index is an unmanaged index of large capitalization common stocks.
Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index represents securities that are US domestic, taxable and dollar denominated. The index covers the US investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities and asset-backed securities. One cannot invest directly in an index. One cannot invest directly in an index.

The statements and opinions expressed are those of the author as of the date of this report. All information is historical and not indicative of future results and subject to change. This information is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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Nathan Moser, CFA®

Senior Portfolio Manager

Nathan Moser is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds. He is Senior Portfolio Manager of the US Small Cap Strategy, including the Pax Small Cap Fund. Nathan has been a member of the Pax Sustainable Allocation Fund portfolio management team since 2015.

Nathan has managed the Pax Small Cap Fund since its inception in 2008, which is the year he joined the firm. Prior to that, he worked at Citizens Funds, first as an Equity Analyst then as a Portfolio Manager. Nathan started his career with John Hancock Funds, where he was an Equity Analyst.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science from Babson College. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston.

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Andrew Braun, Pax World Funds

Andrew Braun

Senior Portfolio Manager

Andrew Braun is Senior Portfolio Manager at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

He is a Senior Portfolio Manager of the US Large Cap Strategy, which includes the Pax Large Cap Fund. He is also a member of the Pax Sustainable Allocation Fund portfolio management team.

Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Andy was Managing Director on the value equity team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he led a team of 30 portfolio managers and analysts. Andy joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management as a Product Development Associate in 1993. He was promoted to Portfolio Manager in 2001 and served as Co-Chief Investment Officer from 2008 to 2014. Before Goldman Sachs, Andy was a Financial Analyst in the corporate finance division of Dillon, Read & Co. Inc.

Andy has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration in finance and economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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Anthony Trzcinka, CFA®

Senior Portfolio Manager

Anthony (Tony) Trzcinka is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

He is a Senior Portfolio Manager of the Core Bond Strategy, which includes the Pax Core Bond Fund. Tony is also a member of the Pax Sustainable Allocation Fund portfolio management team. A pioneer in sustainable fixed income investing, Tony has been managing strategies investing in impact bonds for over 10 years.

Tony has been responsible for multiple strategies since joining the firm in 2003. Before Impax, Tony spent three years as an Assistant Vice President at AEW Capital Management, where he worked in a Senior Analyst role. He began his financial services career as an analyst in 1999.

Tony is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. He holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts.

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Peter Schwab, CFA®

Senior Portfolio Manager

Peter Schwab is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

He is a Senior Portfolio Manager of the High Yield Bond Strategy, which includes the Pax High Yield Bond Fund. Peter is also a member of the Pax Sustainable Allocation Fund portfolio management team.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Peter was a Managing Director on the High Yield Bond and Loan Team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Prior to that he was an Investment Associate in the High Yield Group at Putnam Investments and a member of the High Yield Research Group at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics from Union College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. He is a CFA® charterholder, a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Peter Schwab is a registered representative of Foreside Financial Services, LLC.

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