Since the commencement of operations, May 20, 1983, through February 28, 2017 the Trust has generated $3.59 billion in cumulative net investment income in nominal dollars ($4.57 billion in current dollars). This figure is calculated by summing the Trust’s net investment income as reported each year in its audited annual reports, combined with the year-to-date value for the current year as reported in the Trust’s monthly unaudited financial statements. The sum of these numbers generates the nominal dollar value. The current dollar value is calculated by applying the average annual CPI-U published by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics to the numbers reported in the audited annual reports, indexed to 2016 and then adding the year-to-date value for the current year as reported in the Trust’s monthly unaudited financial statements.
The data represented in the figure is for informational purposes only and is not presented as a measure of performance. It does not reflect the return that any individual participant might have earned nor does it represent a measure of performance earned by the Trust. The net returns of the Trust for the one-, three-, five- and ten-year periods ending as of February 28, 2017 were 0.57%, 2.63%, 2.20% and 4.23%. The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Economic and market conditions change, and both will cause investment return, principal value, and yield to fluctuate so that a participant’s units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month-end is available by following this link.