Q&A with Portfolio Manager Clayton Triick

Duration: Measures a portfolio’s sensitivity to changes in interest rates. Generally, the longer the duration, the greater the price change relative to interest rate movements.

Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index: An unmanaged index that measures the performance of the investment-grade universe of bonds issued in the United States. The index includes institutionally traded U.S. Treasury, government sponsored, mortgage and corporate securities.

Please note that an investor cannot invest directly in the index; therefore its performance does not reflect a reduction for fees or expenses incurred in managing a portfolio

Alpha: Alpha measures the difference between a fund’s actual returns and its expected performance, given its level of risk (as measured by beta). A positive alpha figure indicates the fund has performed better than its beta would predict. In contrast, a negative alpha indicates a fund has underperformed, given the expectations established by the fund’s beta.

Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security (CMBS)
Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO)
Investment Grade (IG)

Comparison between Regional Finances and the IG Corporate Bond Market: The regional financials, or corporate bonds issued by regional and community banks, are unsecured corporate bonds issued at either the holding company or bank level. The bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the company/issuer and the failure of the issuer to make a single interest or principal payment would be a default of the issuer (in this case the issuer is the regional or community bank). Most of the regional and community corporate bonds are investment grade rated by Kroll Ratings Agency and the issuance sizes tend to be smaller than typical IG corporate bonds. IG corporate bonds are unsecured bonds issued by investment grade companies.