Federated Fund for U.S. Government Securities (C) FUSCX

Share Classes Product Type Asset Class Category
Mutual Fund Fixed Income Intermediate Bond
As of 09-30-2018

Market Overview

Economic strength across a variety of measures supported additional Federal Reserve (Fed) tightening of monetary policy. Interest rates increased across the maturity spectrum and higher rates reduced refinance activity for mortgage-backed securities (MBS).

Economic activity, job creation, household spending and business investment were all cited as sufficiently strong to support a 25-basis-point rate hike to the federal funds rate target range of 2-2.25%. The unemployment rate declined to 3.7%, the lowest level since 1969. The Fed expects further rate hikes in coming quarters assuming inflation remains near the 2% objective and is accompanied by strong economic activity and labor markets.

The Fed’s balance sheet normalization program continued on schedule, resulting in smaller holdings of government debt and mortgage securities. Reinvestments are limited to the extent that principal payments exceed predetermined caps. For the reporting period, the caps increased $4 and $6 billion to $16 and $22 billion for MBS and U.S. Treasury securities, respectively. As a result, security holdings slowly decreased. Interest rates increased across the Treasury yield curve in response to the Fed’s actions. Thirty-year mortgage rates rose in concert, reducing refinancing activity.

Two- and 10-year Treasury yields increased 29 and 20 basis points to yield 2.82% and 3.06%, respectively.

Fund Performance

For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2018, Federated Fund for U.S. Government Securities (A Shares) returned -0.19% based on net asset value (NAV) versus -0.12% for the unmanaged Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Mortgage Backed Securities Index. The A Shares’ NAV on Sept. 30, 2018, was $7.09.

Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than what is stated. Other share classes may have experienced different returns than the share class presented. To view performance current to the most recent month-end and for after tax returns, click on the Performance tab. Performance does not reflect the maximum 4.5% sales charge for Class A Shares. If included, it would reduce the performance quoted.

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Positioning and Strategy

At least 80% of portfolio assets are required to be invested in government securities. Portfolio composition reflects a greater than 93% allocation to government-issued securities. Interest-rate sensitivity is below that of the benchmark.