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"We welcome this change and view it as a positive move for investors and intermediate bond fund managers alike," said Benjamin Bailey, CFA, VP of investments and senior fixed income investment manager
GOSHEN, IN, May 06, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Praxis Mutual Funds®, a leading faith-based, socially responsible family of mutual funds from Everence® Financial, affirms and supports a recent decision by Morningstar to split its intermediate-term bond category into two categories: Intermediate Core and Intermediate Core Plus. The change went into effect on April 30. Prior to the change, Morningstar's intermediate-term bond category was its largest fixed income category.
Investment managers of the Praxis Impact Bond Fund, which is categorized in the Intermediate Core category, have long sought this change to help investors better understand the wide range of funds within Morningstar's vast intermediate-term bond category.
"We welcome this change and view it as a positive move for investors and intermediate bond fund managers alike," said Benjamin Bailey, CFA®, vice president of investments and senior fixed income investment manager for Praxis Mutual Funds. "We view the new Intermediate Core category as a more representative group of peers, given our focus on quality—typically investment grade—securities. We will no longer be compared with core-plus funds which can invest in a wider range of securities including much lower quality bonds."
A hallmark of the Praxis Impact Bond Fund is its current 30% weight in carefully selected, market-rate fixed-income investments that support climate and community investment projects around the world within a core, well-diversified bond portfolio.
On May 3, Morningstar upgraded the Praxis Impact Bond Fund institutional share class to a four-star rating overall with 386 funds in the class. The Fund celebrates its 25-year anniversary this year. To learn more about the Praxis Impact Bond Fund visit www.praxismutualfunds.com.
To learn more about Morningstar's recent changes to the intermediate-term bond category, visit www.morningstar.com.
About Praxis Mutual Funds
Founded in 1994, Praxis Mutual Funds is a leading faith-based, socially responsible family of mutual funds designed to help people and groups integrate their finances with their values. Praxis is the mutual fund family of Everence Financial, a comprehensive faith-based financial services organization helping individuals, organizations and congregations. To learn more, visit praxismutualfunds.com and everence.com, or call (800) 348-7468.
Praxis Mutual Funds are advised by Everence Capital Management and distributed through Foreside Financial Services, LLC, member FINRA. Investment products offered are not FDIC insured, may lose value, and have no bank guarantee.
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