April 2018                                                                                                                                                             Volume 14 - Number 4
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 CalTRUST Update
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CalTRUST Mourns the Passing of Dave Ciapponi; CalTRUST Trustee and Founding Member

It is with heavy hearts that CalTRUST shares the passing of Trustee Dave Ciapponi.  Dave was one of the founders of CalTRUST and were it not for his vision, determination, strong work ethic, k e en attention to detail, and invaluable experience, CalTRUST would not be the organization we are today.  Dave was a true public servant; joining the armed forces as a young man and then continuing his public servic e working for the IRS, Fresno County, and Westlands Water District throughout his career.  Dave continued to work with Westlands Water District until his passing.  Dave served as both Secretary and Treasurer during his tenure on the CalTRUST Board and we will miss him dearly.  Dave is survived by his wife Danelle and two daughters.  In addition to being an engaged Trustee, Dave was also a friend to many. We thank Dave for his contributions to CalTRUST and public agencies.  Dave's full obituary can be read here.  


CalTRUST Annual Meeting Update

The CalTRUST Board of Trustees held their Annual Meeting in Riverside County on April 17-18, 2018. During the meeting the board received reports from the CalTRUST partners including the administrator, investment manager, fund accountant/transfer agent, and custodian.  They reviewed the current operating documents, investment policy, and investment strategy.  CalTRUST will be moving forward with the launch of the new GASB79 compliant, 2A7 look-alike fund.  This new fund, the CalTRUST Liquidity Fund by BlackRock, is scheduled to be launched July 1, 2018.  Stay tuned for more information! 


 
Laura Labanieh
Administrator
(916) 650-8186; laura@caltrust.org
Kyle Tanaka
Member Services Associate
(916) 650-8114; kyle@caltrust.org

Financial Markets Update
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Market / Macro Update

Summary: In the fixed income markets, reversing the trend from February, intermediate and long-dated Treasury rates rallied throughout the month while front-end rates remained largely unchanged causing the curve to flatten. Credit spreads continued to be pressured from repatriation related selling and a general risk-off tone. Floating rate securities and securitized sectors priced off of swap spreads also struggled as LIBOR moved higher, driven by supply and demand dynamics and the repatriation of short-dated dollar credit. It is notable, that the advance of LIBOR was not the result of higher bank credit risk unlike previous market cycles. Despite economic data largely beating expectations, the effect on the market was muted, overshadowed by global tariff talks and volatility in the equity markets. International leaders unanimously renounced the United States' decision to impose $50 billion tariffs this month on Chinese goods, as well as the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. In retaliation, China threatened to impose $3 billion tariffs on 128 US products inciting fears of a trade war. High personal turnover within the Trump administration did little to ease investors' concerns. 

FOMC Meeting: As widely expected, the FOMC raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 bps to a new band of 1.5%-1.75% and signaled the need for a higher path of rates to prevent fiscal stimulus and a strong global growth from overheating the economy. The message was consistent with Powell's recent testimony, with the committee noting that "the economic outlook had strengthened in recent months." In the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP), the median funds rate assumption was revised up to 3.375% in 2020, with the longer-run rate revising up to 2.875%; however, with no changes to 2018. That leaves the actual funds rate further above the assumed longer-run level at the end of the forecast horizon. Growth was revised up and the unemployment rate down to 3.6% over the next three years. The median expectation for core inflation was revised up to 2.1% in 2019 and 2020, for the first time showing explicit overshooting.  

4Q17 GDP: In the third estimate, US economy expanded 2.9% in the fourth quarter, better than the previously reported 2.5%. This upward revision was driven by household spending on services and a smaller than previously estimated drag from inventories. 

Retail Sales: For the third straight month, US retail sales February slumped, down 0.1% for the month bringing the annualized number down to 4%, the lowest reading since August of last year. The estimate for the monthly reading was 0.4%. While tax cuts by now should increase disposable incomes and consumer confidence remains at all-time highs, it hasn't so far reflected consumer behavior. 

February US Inflation: Both headline and core inflation for the month of February matched estimates, rising an equal 0.2%, respectively. This brought the annualized for headline inflation to 2.2% and core to 1.8%, respectively.   





Performance (as of March 31, 2018)
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1. CalTRUST Short-Term and Medium-Term and LAIF yields are net of fees.  Merrill 1-5 Year Indexes are unmanaged; and do not reflect any deduction for administrative fees or expenses.
2. CalTRUST and LAIF returns are net of all investment advisor, administrative and program fees.
3. Annualized.
4. The CalTRUST Short-Term and Medium-Term portfolios commenced operations on February 13, 2005.
Calendar
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May 28, 2018
Closed for Trading 

July 4, 2018
Closed for Trading

September 3, 2018
Closed for Trading

September 18-19, 2018
Board of Trustees Meeting

October 8, 2018
Closed for Trading

November 12, 2018
Closed for Trading

November 22, 2018
Closed for Trading

December 25, 2018
Closed for Trading

January 1, 2019
Closed for Trading
The CalTRUST Monthly Market Update  is prepared monthly by the Investment Trust of California (CalTRUST) for participants in the CalTRUST Joint Powers Authority pooled investment program.  The Newsletter is prepared solely for informational purposes and is not to be construed as the solicitation of an offer to sell or of an offer to buy any security, nor is it intended to constitute a recommendation for the purchase or sale of any security.  The information contained herein is based upon data obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed by us as being accurate and does not purport to be a complete summary of the available data.  Additional data will be provided upon request. Past performance should not be taken as an indication or guarantee of future performance, and no representation or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding future performance.  Information, opinions and estimates contained in the Monthly Market Update reflect a judgment at its preparation date by CalTRUST and are subject to change without notice.  The price, value of, and income from any securities or financial instruments issued by the entities mentioned in this Monthly Market Update may fall as well as rise.