Tax-Exempt Sustainable Fixed Income Composite

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**Return is for period October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

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 Tax-Exempt Sustainable Composite is comprised of all discretionary accounts with no material investment restrictions, which invest in tax-exempt fixed income securities of an intermediate target duration, and flexibility to invest in bonds from multiple states. At least 80% of the securities in each portfolio in this composite will have credit quality ratings of A or better at the time of purchase. Bonds in composite accounts are evaluated according to a variety of environmental, social and governance factors. These factors are used by the portfolio manager to seek holdings with attractive ESG risk profiles and or bonds whose uses of proceeds meet the standards of the Green Bond Principles. ESG factors are not used for the purposes of absolute negative screening in composite accounts. The minimum account market value required for composite inclusion is $1 million. Prior to July 1, 2016 there was no minimum account market value required for composite inclusion.
  3. This composite was defined and initially created on May 1, 2016.
  4. The current benchmark is the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 1-10 Year Blend (1-12) Index. The Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 1-10 Year Blend Index consists of a broad selection of investment-grade general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, insured bonds (including all insured bonds with a Aaa/AAA rating), and prerefunded bonds with maturities of at least 1 year and less than 12 years. It is an unmanaged index representative of the tax-exempt bond market. Benchmark returns are not covered by the report of the independent verifiers. An investor cannot invest directly into an index. Bloomberg Barclays Indices are trademarks of Bloomberg or its licensors, including Barclays Bank PLC.
  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. The 3 year annualized standard deviation is not presented as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2015, because 36 monthly returns for the composite were not available (N/A) because the composite did not exist.
  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.