DALLAS — At a dinner March 31 hosted by The Wall Street Journal and Investment News, GuideStone Funds for the fourth year in a row received a prestigious Lipper Award. This year, for the second consecutive year, the Extended-Duration Bond Fund was recognized as the Best Fund Over 3 Years and the Best Fund Over 5 Years in the Corporate Debt A-Rated Funds Category. This marks the fifth and sixth Lipper trophies for GuideStone Funds in the past four years.
In 2012, GuideStone Funds was honored as the Best Overall Small Fund Family in the U.S., ranking No. 1 out of 182 fund families with up to $40 billion in assets. In 2013, the MyDestination 2025 Fund was ranked No. 1 out of 92 Mixed-Asset Target Date 2025 funds.
“For the second year in a row we are pleased to award GuideStone Extended Duration Bond as the top Corporate Debt A-Rated fund over both the three and five year time periods,” said Jeff Tjornehoj, Head of Lipper Americas Research. “Their ability to capture the same awards in consecutive years reflects a strong commitment to investing excellence.”
“Engineering a repeat performance is difficult,” said John R. Jones, who serves as President of GuideStone Funds and Chief Operating Officer of GuideStone Financial Resources. “To have the Extended-Duration Bond Fund recognized by Lipper two years in a row is a fitting testament to our investment approach and the outstanding team that puts it into practice.”
GuideStone Funds, including the Extended-Duration Bond Fund, are available to investors directly by visiting GuideStoneFunds.com, or through financial advisor platforms. They are also available to participants in GuideStone’s employer-sponsored retirement accounts. In 2013, messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention authorized GuideStone to make available its award-winning mutual fund family to like-minded investors.
“This award bears testimony to the diligent work of the GuideStone Funds team and the investment sub-advisors who work on behalf of our investors and participants,” said Ron Dugan, Chief Strategic Investment Officer at GuideStone Financial Resources. “We are humbled by the award and see it as reflective of the work we undertake each and every day on behalf of our participants.”
GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins said the Lipper recognition is well-timed as GuideStone seeks to meet the increasing demand for investment products that align with Christian principles.
“We are honored, once again, with this national Lipper recognition, distinguishing GuideStone from all of its peers,” Hawkins said. “As we developed our investment products, we wanted to ensure they always reflected the values of the pastors and other church and ministry workers we served, while not sacrificing performance. As these industry recognitions have drawn new interest from other investors, we believe we have demonstrated success to that vision of performance and values, to God’s glory and for the benefit of our participants.”
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As of June 30, 2016, GuideStone Funds has $10.4 billion in assets, which makes GuideStone Funds the nation’s largest Christian-screened mutual fund family. No other fund family with a Christian screen exceeds GuideStone Funds in asset size.
Lipper Fund Classification Awards are based on Lipper Ratings for Consistent Return (effective return), which reflect a fund’s historical risk-adjusted total returns relative to funds in the same Lipper Global Classification. Classification averages are calculated with all eligible share-classes for each eligible classification. The calculation periods extend over 36, 60 and 120 months. The highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five or 10 years. Fund groups with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios in the respective asset classes are eligible for a Lipper Asset Class Group Award. The lowest average decile rank of the three years’ Consistent Return measure of the eligible funds per asset class and group will determine the asset class group award winner over the three-year period. In cases of identical results the lower average percentile rank determines the winner. Visit lipperweb.com for further information.
The GuideStone Extended Duration Fund-GS2 won for the 3 year and 5 year periods ended 11/30/2013. 57 funds were eligible for the 3 year award and 51 funds were eligible for the 5 year award. The GuideStone Extended Duration Fund-Institutional won for the 3 year and 5 year periods ended 11/30/2014. 44 funds were eligible for the 3 year award and 41 funds were eligible for the 5 year award.
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