Bond Fund



Seeks total return through current income and, secondarily, capital appreciation.


Invests primarily in a broad range of government and investment-grade corporate bonds and other fixed-income securities.

Fund Manager

Scott Colbert, CFA

  • Joined Commerce in 1993
  • 34 years of experience
  • Fund manager since Fund inception


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In general, greater returns are associated with greater risks.

Fund Statistics

Inception Date 12/12/94
Ticker Symbol CFBNX
Cusip 200626208
Minimum Initial Investment $1,000


Economic momentum carried into 2023 with gross domestic product (GDP) growing 2.0% annualized in the first quarter on strong household spending. Nominal growth has been in a declining trend, driven by the lagged effects of higher interest rates and a fading tailwind from pandemic-related fiscal stimulus. The resilience of the labor market has helped limit the impact of these headwinds on the U.S. economy. Full-year GDP estimates hover around 1.3% with most economists predicting a recession near the start of 2024.

While slowing the economy, the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) rate hiking campaign is also taming inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has declined from 6.5% at year-end to 4.0% through May. The federal funds rate target was increased 25 basis points at the May FOMC meeting to a target range of 5.0% - 5.25%. The Fed paused in June to assess data, but Chairman Powell also indicated that one to two more hikes may be needed this year to bring inflation down to its 2.0% target.

Treasury yields rose between 20-80 basis points across the curve during the quarter, with short and intermediate maturities rising the most. The yield curve inversion between 2 years and 10 years reached 1.06% at the end of June, the deepest inversion since 1981. The phenomenon is closely watched as it may indicate the potential arrival of an economic recession.

For the second quarter, the Commerce Bond Fund’s return of -0.54% outperformed the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index return of -0.84%. The Fund’s overweight to corporate credits relative to its benchmark contributed to performance. With an underweight in the 7 to 10-year maturity bucket, the Fund’s maturity distribution detracted from performance.

The Fed’s actions are slowing the economy, and hope continues for either a soft landing or at worst a mild recession. Unemployment remains near historic lows, and the consumer, while becoming more cautious, has seemingly enjoyed recent wage gains. Should the Fed overshoot and cause a downturn, rates will likely be cut rapidly to limit the damage.

Total Fund Assets as of 6/30/2023 $1,075,582,863
Net Asset Value1 $17.48
Effective Duration2 6.12 Yrs.

1. The Net Asset Value represents the assets of the fund (ex dividend) by the total number of shares.
2. Duration is the method determining a bond's price sensitivity, given changes in interest rates.
3. The composition of the portfolio is subject to change in the future.

Portfolio Holdings

Investments in fixed income securities are subject to the risks associated with debt securities including credit and interest rate risk. When interest rates rise, the prices of bonds and therefore the value of fixed income mutual fund shares can decrease and an investor can lose principal value. The guarantee on U.S. government securities applies only to the underlying securities of the Fund if held to maturity and not to the value of the Fund's shares. Mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risks, which may result in greater share price volatility. Asset-backed securities may be less liquid than other securities and therefore more difficult to value and liquidate, if necessary. Foreign investments may be more volatile than investment in U.S. securities and will be subject to the risks of currency fluctuations and political developments.

Holdings and allocations shown are unaudited, and may not be representative of current or future investments. Holdings and allocations may not include the Fund's entire investment portfolio, which may change at any time. Fund holdings should not be relied on in making investment decisions and should not be construed as research or investment advice regarding particular securities.

Commerce Bond Holdings

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