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Senior Vice President Fixed Income
Steve Kellas, Senior Vice President Fixed Income, WesBanco Trust and Investment Services, is responsible for portfolio management, market analysis and security selection. He is lead portfolio manager of the WesMark West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund and the WesMark Government Bond Fund.
He has more than twenty-five years of experience in investment research and portfolio management.
A graduate of West Liberty University, Mr. Kellas received a Master of Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University and attained the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 2001.
WesMark West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund seeks to achieve current income which is exempt from federal income tax and the income taxes imposed by the State of West Virginia. The Fund invests primarily in investment-grade securities issued by the State of West Virginia and its political subdivisions, agencies, and authorities.
Credit risk is the possibility that an issuer will default on a security by failing to pay interest or principal when due. If an issuer defaults, a Fund will lose money. Many fixed-income securities receive credit ratings from services such as Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service. These services assign ratings to securities by assessing the likelihood of issuer default. Lower credit ratings correspond to higher credit risk. If a security has not received a rating, a Fund must rely entirely upon the Adviser’s credit assessment. Fixed-income securities generally compensate for greater credit risk by paying interest at a higher rate. The difference between the yield of a fixed income security and the yield of a U.S. Treasury security with a comparable maturity (the spread) measures the additional interest paid for risk. Spreads may increase generally in response to adverse economic or market conditions. A security’s spread may also increase if the security’s rating is lowered, or the security is perceived to have an increased credit risk. An increase in the spread will cause the price of the security to decline. Credit risk includes the possibility that a party to a transaction (such as a repurchase agreement) involving a Fund will fail to meet its obligations. This could cause a Fund to lose the benefit of the transaction or prevent a Fund from selling or buying other securities to implement its investment strategy.
INTEREST RATE RISKS
Prices of fixed-income securities rise and fall in response to changes in interest rates. Generally, when interest rates rise, prices of fixed-income securities fall. The opposite is true when interest rates decline. However, market factors, such as the lack of demand for particular fixed-income securities, may cause the price of certain fixed-income securities to fall while the prices of other securities rise or remain unchanged. Interest rate changes have a greater effect on the price of fixed-income securities with longer durations. Duration measures the price sensitivity of a fixed-income security to changes in interest rates.
WEST VIRGINIA SECTOR RISKS
Because the West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund invests primarily in issuers from a single state, the Fund may be subject to additional risks compared to funds that invest in multiple states. West Virginia’s economy is heavily dependent upon certain industries, such as coal mining, natural gas, manufacturing and tourism. Any downturn in these and other industries may adversely affect the economy of the state.
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† The Expenses for the Fund as disclosed in the prospectus dated as of .
* The 30-Day SEC yield is calculated by dividing the net investment income per share for the 30 days ended on the date of calculation by the maximum offering price per share on that date. The figure is compounded and annualized. Monthly table data . Quarterly table data .
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Performance data quoted represents past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so when shares are redeemed, they may be worth more or less than their original cost. Mutual fund performance changes over time and current performance may be lower or higher than what is stated. To receive performance current to the most recent month-end, please call 1-800-864-1013. See the prospectus for other fees and expenses that apply to a continued investment in the funds.
Waivers/reimbursements are voluntary, and can be terminated at any time.
Total return represents the value of an investment after reinvesting all income and capital gains.
Small company stocks are less liquid and subject to greater price volatility than large capitalization stocks. A portion of the income generated by the municipal and tax-free funds are subject to the federal alternative minimum tax and state and local taxes.
Bond prices are sensitive to changes in interest rates and a rise in interest rates can cause a decline in their prices.
The WesMark Balanced Fund, WesMark West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund, and WesMark Small Company Growth Fund are each the successor to a common trust fund managed by the Adviser. The quoted performance data includes performance for the corresponding common trust fund during periods before the funds' registration statements became effective (on August 1, 2000 for the Small Company Growth Fund; on March 12, 1997 for the West Virginia Municipal Bond Fund; and on March 24, 1998 for the Balanced Fund), as adjusted to reflect the funds' anticipated expenses. The common trust funds were not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 ("1940 Act") and therefore were not subject to certain restrictions imposed by the 1940 Act. If the common trust funds had been registered under the 1940 Act, the performance may have been adversely affected.
These performance numbers are pre-tax. Regulations do not require us to provide after tax returns. For after tax returns, call 1-800-864-1013.
For inquiry call: 1-800-864-1013