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Strategic Bond Composite


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**Partial Year Period - 4/31/2015 through 12/31/2015

Brown Advisory Institutional claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Brown Advisory Institutional has been independently verified for the periods from January 1, 1993 through December 31, 2016. The Verification reports are available upon request. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm’s policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation. GIPS® is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

  1. *For the purpose of complying with the GIPS standards, the firm is defined as Brown Advisory Institutional, the Institutional and Balanced Institutional asset management divisions of Brown Advisory. As of July 1, 2016, the firm was redefined to exclude the Brown Advisory Private Client division, due to an evolution of the three distinct business lines.
  2. The Strategic Bond Composite includes all discretionary portfolios which seek to achieve capital appreciation and income with a low correlation to interest rate movements. This is accomplished by investing at least 80% of the value of its net assets in a broad set of fixed income securities, such as U.S. Government securities, corporate fixed income securities, high yield bonds, bank loans and collateralized loan obligations, tax-exempt municipal bonds, U.S. Treasury bonds, Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, and derivatives. The portfolios in the composite are not managed to a benchmark or limited by maturity, sector, quality or geography. The minimum account market value required for composite inclusion is $2 million.
  3. This composite was defined and initially created on April 1, 2015.
  4. The benchmark is the Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Aggregate Bond Index. This index is an unmanaged index that consists of 1-10 year governments, 1-10 year corporates, all mortgages, and all asset-backed securities within the Aggregate Index. An investor cannot invest directly into an index. Bloomberg Barclays Indices are trademarks of Bloomberg or its licensors, including Barclays Bank PLC. Benchmark returns are not covered by the report of the independent verifiers.
  5. The composite dispersion presented is an equal-weighted standard deviation of portfolio returns calculated for the accounts in the composite for the entire calendar year period. The composite dispersion is not applicable (N/A) for periods where there were five or fewer accounts in the composite for the entire period.
  6. Gross-of-fees performance returns are presented before management fees but after all trading commissions, and gross of foreign withholding taxes (if applicable). Net-of-fee performance returns reflect the deduction of actual management fees and all trading commissions. Other expenses can reduce returns to investors. The standard management fee schedule is as follows: 0.375% on the first $10 million; 0.25% on the next $15 million and 0.20% on the balance over $25 million. Further information regarding investment advisory fees is described in Part II A of the firm’s form ADV. Actual fees paid by accounts in the composite may differ from the current fee schedule.
  7. The three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation measures the variability of the composite (using gross returns) and the benchmark for the 36-month period ended on December 31.
  8. Valuations and performance returns are computed and stated in U.S. Dollars. All returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings.
  9. A complete list of composite descriptions, policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request.
  10. Past performance does not indicate future results.
  11. This piece is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a research report, a recommendation or suggestion to engage in or refrain from a particular course of action or to make or hold a particular investment or pursue a particular investment strategy , including whether or not to buy, sell or hold any of the securities mentioned, including any mutual fund managed by Brown Advisory.
  12. Some portfolios may utilize derivative securities. To date, any derivatives used have been CMOs and range accrual notes. Any CMO at the time of purchase must pass the FFIEC volatility tests.
  13. Duration is a measure of interest rate risk.
  14. The use of derivatives is integral to the investment process. Futures and swaps are utilized within the strategy and comprise up to 100% of the strategy. The strategy may employ leverage, but is not integral to the investment process. Shorting is not utilized.