Small Cap Value Fund Fourth Quarter 2016

US treasury yields ripped higher in the quarter after the election, finally moving to positive real yields. The dollar rallied to multiyear highs in response to the widest bond yield differentials versus German and Japanese yields in 30 years. Thus the reflationary sector rotation that began in the 3rd quarter accelerated in the fourth quarter, reversing years of low volatility, bond proxy leadership. This created a long lost tailwind for our deep value style. Low volatility and bond proxy stocks are still expensive, however, given the massive overvaluation that existed at midyear. Our outperformance for the year was primarily produced by energy, as energy outperformed the index for the first time in 6 years.