Measuring CRI`s Impact on Performance

Measuring CRI`s Impact on Performance
Measuring CRI’s Impact
on Performance
In order to help Catholic institutions analyze the impact of CRI
policies on investment return, CBIS regularly conducts an analysis
of how our Catholic Investment Screens affect the long-term
performance of our CUIT Core Equity and Value Equity portfolios.
Following are highlights from the updated report.
Since 1981, CBIS has been a recognized
industry leader in Catholic socially
responsible investing (CRI)
 We believe and have demonstrated
that it’s possible to invest in accordance
with Catholic values and earn
competitive returns
The return produced by any CRI program depends primarily on two factors:
}} The results produced by the underlying investment program, independent
of CRI policies.
}} The degree to which CRI policies constrain investment strategy (primarily
the impact of stock screens).
Portfolio strategy is the central driver of the CRI program’s return, just as it is for
non-CRI programs. But CRI criteria can affect a manager’s ability to implement its
preferred strategy, and might affect performance.
We believe a multi-strategy approach
to CRI allows for the full integration of
Catholic ethical and social teachings
into the investment process
We believe that shareholder advocacy
is an essential aspect of our fiduciary
We believe that by encouraging strong
corporate environmental, social, and
governance performance, we are
supporting the growth of shareholder
We believe that CRI enables Catholic
institutions to pursue their missions in a
more wholistic manner which can have
a positive impact on the lives of many
Active ownership, coupled with stock screens, is the focus of our CRI program.
Our ability to shape the behavior of companies comes from owning their shares
and exercising leadership with fellow shareholders to encourage improved corporate
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Measuring CRI’s Impact on Performance
policies in areas such as governance, wage justice,
environmental sustainability and support for human rights
around the world.
Our Catholic Investment Screens focus only on activities that
violate the core values of our participants. For example, as of
March 31, 2013, 33 companies (about 12% of the S&P 500’s total
capitalization) were restricted from the CUIT Core Equity
Fund, an S&P 500 index tracking portfolio. We develop our
screening criteria by examining Church teaching (including
the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ [USCCB]
guidelines for socially responsible investing), the consensus
views of our participants on a wide range of issues, and other
industry considerations.
structure of the CRI portfolio as closely as possible with that of
the comparable non-CRI portfolio.
The process of screening, substitution and/or rebalancing
produces the CBIS CRI portfolio ­— very close in structure
to the manager’s original portfolio; managed with the same
investment philosophy, strategy and process; and composed of
nearly the same group of portfolio holdings.
The net effect of screening, substitution and rebalancing
constitutes the impact of our CRI policies on the returns
generated by CBIS portfolios. We measure this impact as the
difference in p
­ erformance between the CBIS portfolio and
the managers’ comparable unscreened portfolio for each
investment style.
Any potential impact of our screens on investment return is
further reduced by the way our managers construct their CBIS
1. Screening — The manager removes screened companies from
The relatively small size of CBIS’ Catholic Investment Screens
list and the very large universe of unrestricted stocks available
for substitution give our managers considerable leeway to
counter any potential impact from screening.
its unrestricted portfolio.
2. Substitution — The manager substitutes unrestricted
companies for the restricted companies. Often, these are
companies operating in the same industry as the restricted
3. Rebalancing — If close substitutes are not available, the
manager may choose to reallocate the remaining capital across
the unrestricted portfolio holdings, synchronizing the
Because our screens — and the resulting substitution and
rebalancing — result in a slightly different portfolio than the
managers’ unscreened portfolio, there will be some variation in
comparative performance on a short-term basis.
However, our analysis of long-term performance clearly
demonstrates that CBIS’ CRI screens do not constrain our
ability to deliver investment returns that are comparable to
those available through our managers’ equivalent non-CRI
Important Information
The CUIT Funds are exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission and therefore are exempt from regulatory requirements applicable to registered mutual funds.
All performance (including that of the comparative indices) is reported net of any fees and expenses, but inclusive of dividends and interest. Past performance is not indicative of future
performance. The return and principal value of the Fund(s) will fluctuate and, upon redemption, shares in the Fund(s) may be worth less than their original cost. Complete information regarding
each of the Funds, including certain restrictions regarding redemptions, is contained in disclosure documents which can be obtained by calling 800-592-8890. Shares in the CUIT Funds are offered
exclusively through CBIS Financial Services, Inc., a broker-dealer subsidiary of CBIS.
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