Investment Philosophy

We believe that in addition to traditional investment approaches such as diversification, asset allocation, and a long-term perspective, a multi-manager approach and investment style serve investors who are working to build retirement security.


In a multi-managed approach, managers with different but complementary investing approaches are selected and integrated within a single fund in proportions that are expected to optimize return relative to risk. We believe this not only increases diversification but also may improve the consistency of returns over time by eliminating reliance on the results of a single manager.

MissionSquare Retirement

Plan administrator and investment advisor

MissionSquare Investment Services

Broker-dealer, wholly owned subsidiary of MissionSquare Retirement

MissionSquare Investments

Investment advisor to MissionSquare Funds and wholly owned subsidiary of MissionSquare Retirement

Vantagepoint Transfer Agents, LLC

Wholly owned subsidiary of MissionSquare Retirement

VantageTrust Company, LLC

Trustee to MissionSquare Funds and investment advisory client of MissionSquare Investments, wholly owned subsidiary of MissionSquare Retirement

MissionSquare Funds1

Objective and Strategy

Our investment strategy is designed to leverage people, process, and perspectives to help investors realize retirement security.

Team of Professionals

Disciplined Process

Independent Thought


Blend experienced investment managers to achieve the investment objective.

Risk & Return Characteristics

Risk & Return Characteristics

Principal Investment Strategy

Principal Investment Strategy

Asset Class

Asset Class

Management Style

Management Style



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Average manager tenure2

Data as of 9/30/2021 (updated quarterly)


Our team of investment professionals conduct independent selection and oversight of third-party institutional investment managers. These professionals have access to award-winning institutional managers with demonstrated expertise across all asset classes.


Our team brings together a broad and diverse set of ideas, styles, and strategies for competitive performance in all market conditions. We work with a portfolio of complementary investment managers with distinct investment styles to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Disciplined, Proven Process

Our process is marked by continuous manager research and due diligence,
thoughtful portfolio construction and asset allocation, and risk management and manager oversight. We have a history of systemized due diligence designed to decrease operational risks.

Investment Management

Subadviser Research & Due Diligence

  • Investment style and process
  • Quantitative screening and analysis
  • Qualitative analysis
  • In-house and on-site visit

Risk Management & Subadviser Oversight

  • Correlation
  • Relative performance
  • Evaluate strengths
  • Negotiate fees

Portfolio Construction & Asset Allocation

  • Continuous internal review
  • Adherence to investment style
  • Formal quarterly reviews
  • Periodic rebalancing
  • Termination/Replacement

Capital Market Assumptions as of 9/30/2021

  • Assumptions are forward-looking with a 7- to-10 year timeframe.
  • Comprehensive, including the following asset classes: U.S. Large Cap Equity, U.S. Mid Cap Equity, U.S. Small Cap Equity, International Equity, Emerging Markets Equity, Stable Value, U.S. Short Duration Government/Credit Bonds, U.S. Aggregate Bonds, U.S. TIPS, and U.S. High Yield Bonds
  • Uses both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Focuses on economic and fundamental building blocks that drive asset class returns.
  • Assumptions are based on current and potential market and economic conditions using historical experience as a guide.
  • Nominal expected return and volatility shown and our expected U.S. inflation is 2.0%.
Asset Class
Expected Return Expected Volatility
U.S. Large-Cap Equity 6.9% 14.6%
U.S. Mid-Cap Equity 9.0% 16.3%
U.S. Small-Cap Equity 7.6% 19.3%
International Equity 6.0% 16.3%
Emerging-Markets Equity 10.0% 21.7%
Fixed Income
Stable Value 1.2% 0.6%
U.S. Short Duration Government/Credit Bonds 1.2% 2.1%
U.S. Aggregate Bonds 1.2% 3.5%
U.S. TIPS 0.9% 5.4%
U.S. High Yield Bonds 2.1% 8.5%
U.S. Long-Duration Treasuries -0.1% 13.0%


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The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a solicitation nor does it constitute investment, tax or legal advice. Reference to any fund or asset class on this site is not a recommendation to buy, sell, or hold that fund or asset class. MissionSquare Retirement and its affiliates are not responsible for any investment action taken as a result of the information on this website or interpretation of such information.

Investors should carefully consider their own investment goals, risk tolerance and liquidity needs before making an investment decision. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of the amount invested. The Funds’ offering and disclosure documents include a complete summary of all fees, expenses, financial highlights, investment objectives and strategies, and risks, and should be carefully reviewed before investing.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher.

When Funds are marketed to institutional clients by our Investment Only (IO) team, the Funds are offered by MissionSquare Investment Services, an SEC registered broker-dealer and FINRA member firm. MissionSquare Investment Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of MissionSquare Retirement and is an affiliate of VantageTrust Company, LLC and MissionSquare Investments. View more information about MissionSquare Investment Services: FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

1MissionSquare Funds are collective investment trust funds (CITs) established and maintained by VantageTrust Company, LLC (VTC), a wholly owned subsidiary of MissionSquare Retirement, a New Hampshire non-depository trust company, and the sole trustee of these CITs. Eligible retirement plans may invest in the MissionSquare Funds, which are funds of VantageTrust. MissionSquare Retirement’s wholly owned subsidiary, MissionSquare Investments, provides investment advisory and management services to VTC with respect to the MissionSquare Funds. Certain of the MissionSquare Funds invest in other funds managed and administered by MissionSquare Retirement or MissionSquare Investments. In those instances, MissionSquare Retirement and MissionSquare Investments receive asset-based fees from such underlying funds in addition to the asset-based fees received from the MissionSquare Fund that is available for direct investment. Please see MissionSquare Investment’s Form ADV, available at, for more information.

2Class R and Class S MissionSquare Funds invest in underlying MissionSquare Class M Funds that have the same investment objective and strategies. Prior to October 2016, each Class R or Class S MissionSquare Fund invested in a registered Vantagepoint Fund mutual fund that had the same investment objective and strategies. In October 2016, the Vantagepoint Fund mutual funds were liquidated and the assets were transferred to the MissionSquare Funds Class M (formerly known as VT III Vantagepoint Funds). In the event that a subadvisor to a  MissionSquare Fund was also a subadvisor to the Vantagepoint Fund that preceded it, the average subadviser tenure with the MissionSquare Fund is calculated using both time periods.