Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc. Recognized with Lipper Fund Award

  Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc. Recognized with Lipper Fund Award

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ST. LOUIS -- March 15, 2013

Lipper, a leading provider of mutual fund information, analytical tools and
commentary has given Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc. its highest rating in
the Best Fixed Income Small Fund Group. Commerce Investment Advisors took the
top spot out of 61 qualified companies in this category receiving an asset
class group award^1. Scott Colbert, director of Fixed Income Management, The
Commerce Trust Company and Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc., accepted the
honor last night (Thursday, March 14) at an awards ceremony in New York.

Fund groups with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset
portfolios in the respective asset classes are eligible for a group award. The
lowest average decile rank of the three years’ Consistent Return measure of
the eligible funds per asset class and group determines the asset class group
award winner of the three-year period. The small fund group category must have
at least three distinct portfolios in one of the asset classes – equity, bond,
or mixed-asset. The threshold for determining large and small companies is
$43.5 billion as of 10/31/12.

“This recognition provides further evidence that Commerce Investment Advisors
and its Fixed Income group continue to deliver strong nominal and relative
performance,” Colbert said upon accepting the award. “I attribute our success
over time to our focus on maximizing risk-adjusted return and our position as
a money management arm within a high-quality bank. I believe it’s our credit
work and the ability to identify value in various fixed income sectors that
really distinguishes us on a relative basis over this time period and that has
allowed us to work our way into the top percentile rankings.”

Important information

Investments in the Funds carry risks, including possible loss of principal.
Special risks may be associated with investments outside the United States,
especially in emerging markets, including currency fluctuations, illiquidity
and volatility. Investments in small capitalization companies may increase the
risk of greater price fluctuations. Funds investing in bonds have the same
interest rate, inflation, and credit risks that are associated with the
underlying bonds. The principal value of bonds will fluctuate relative to
changes in interest rates, decreasing when interest rates rise. Investments in
the Funds are not FDIC insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a
bank or any other entity.

Past performance does not guarantee future results, which may vary. To obtain
the most recent month end returns, please visit our website at
www.commercefunds.com.

A current Commerce Funds prospectus or additional information regarding The
Commerce Funds may be obtained by calling 1-800-995-6365, visiting
http://www.commercefunds.com/prospectus.asp, or by writing to The Commerce
Funds, P.O. Box 219525, Kansas City, MO 64121-9525. Please consider a Fund’s
objectives, risks, and charges and expenses, and read the prospectus carefully
before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the
Fund.

About The Commerce Family of Funds

The Commerce Funds, a family of eight mutual funds targeting specific
investment goals, are advised by Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc., a
subsidiary of Commerce Bank. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is the distributor of The
Commerce Funds.

About Lipper Analytical Services, Inc.

Lipper Analytical Services, Inc., with offices in the United States, Europe
and Asia, is a leading global provider of fund intelligence. It provides
comprehensive and objective information on funds and fund markets. It also
provides information, analytical tools, and commentary to fund companies,
financial intermediaries, media and individual investors

Lipper Fund Awards Methodology

General Methodology

Criteria (Cumulative)

  *Funds registered for sale in the respective country as of the end of the
    calendar year of the respective evaluation year.
  *At least 36 months of performance history as of the end of the calendar
    year of the respective evaluation year.
  *Lipper Global classifications with at least ten distinct portfolios based
    on the primary share class definition, excluding residual classifications,
    institutional and other non retail funds, private, closed-end, exchange
    traded, insurance and linked funds.
  *Asset classes: equity, bond, and mixed-asset except for Absolute Return
    funds where money market and other fund asset types are considered as
    well.

Asset Class Group Awards^1

Fund groups with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset
portfolios in the respective asset classes are eligible for a group award. The
lowest average decile rank of the three years' Consistent Return measure of
the eligible funds per asset class and group will determine the asset class
group award winner over the three-year period. In cases of identical results
the lower average percentile rank will determine the winner. Asset class group
awards will be given to the best large and small groups separately. Small
groups will need to have at least three distinct portfolios in one of the
asset classes – equity, bond, or mixed-asset.

The Commerce Trust Company

As of December 31, 2012, The Commerce Trust Company was responsible for the
administration of more than $30.2 billion of total client assets.

Since 1906, Commerce Trust has been a leading source of tailored asset
management, creative private banking and comprehensive trust services for
individuals, families, corporate executives, and business owners. In addition,
Commerce Trust serves a variety of institutional clients with customized
investment programs as well as sole-source solutions for all of their
financial needs. The Commerce Trust Company is a division of Commerce Bank.

About Commerce Bank

Commerce Bank, is a subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH), a
$22.2 billion regional bank holding company. For more than 145 years, Commerce
Bank has been meeting the financial services needs of individuals and
businesses. Commerce Bank provides a diversified line of financial services,
including business and personal banking, wealth management, financial
planning, and investments through its affiliated companies. Commerce Bank
operates in more than 360 retail locations in the Central United States and
has a nationwide presence in the commercial payments industry. Commerce
Bancshares also has operating subsidiaries involved in mortgage banking,
leasing, credit-related insurance, private equity and real estate activities.

For additional information, please visit www.commercebank.com.

Contact:

Commerce Bank
Maura Schnoebelen, 314-746-8567
Maura.schnoebelen@commercebank.com
or
Molly Hyland, 314-746-3657
Molly.hyland@commercebank.com
 
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