Bond Fund

Overview

Objective

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

Strategy

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

Risk/Return

LOW - - • - - - - HIGH

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

Commentary

After contracting over the first half of 2022, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rebounded to a surprising 3.2% annualized growth rate in the third quarter on strong consumer spending and business investment. Initial fourth quarter GDP estimates are for about 3.8%, bringing estimates for full year GDP to 1.9%.

Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), continued its slide from 8.2% at the start of the quarter to 7.1% through November as the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) aggressive federal funds rate increases took hold. The Fed remained committed to pulling inflation back towards its 2.0% target with consecutive increases totaling 125 basis points during the quarter. The federal funds rate ended the quarter at 4.50% with the bond market forecasting a future terminal rate of 5.0% at year-end.

Short term (less than two-year maturities) U.S. Treasury yields moved sharply higher over the quarter in response to the Fed action while yields for maturities ten years and longer ended modestly higher. Three to seven-year yields were slightly lower.

For the fourth quarter, the Commerce Bond Fund’s return of 1.66% underperformed the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index return of 1.87%. With an underweight in the 5 to 7-year maturity bucket, the Fund’s maturity distribution detracted from performance. The Fund’s overweight to corporate credits relative to its benchmark contributed to performance.

While the Fed’s action slowed the housing market, inflation was still running well above the 2.0% target, unemployment remained low, and wages grew. Consensus is for the Fed to continue its tightening cycle into next year and to tip the economy into a mild recession sometime late in 2023. Fortunately, supply driven inflation is diminishing, and the Fed should be able to reverse course to limit the duration and severity of any near-term recession.

Total Fund Assets as of 9/31/2022 $978,697,021
Net Asset Value1 $17.33
Effective Duration2 6.02 Yrs.

Footnotes:
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.

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