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Commentary iMGP Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund Fourth Quarter 2023 Commentary

During the fourth quarter, the iMGP Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund had a return of 5.88% versus the Bloomberg U.S. Intermediate Credit benchmark return of 5.60%.

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Market Review

During the fourth quarter, strong returns were seen across the fixed-income and equity markets. Markets began pricing in interest-rate cuts in 2024 as economic data began to soften and inflation showed further signs of easing. Despite the soft landing currently priced into markets, Dolan McEniry continues to be vigilant in monitoring downside risks and investing in healthy, creditworthy companies.

The Federal Reserve maintained the Federal Funds benchmark rate between 5.25% and 5.50%.  The Federal Reserve views the current rate as adequately restrictive but is prepared to raise rates further should inflation begin increasing again.

During the quarter, Treasury rates decreased, and the curve remained inverted as the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield decreased from 4.57% to 3.88%, the 5-year yield decreased from 4.61% to 3.85% and the 2-year yield decreased from 5.05% to 4.25%.

Per Bloomberg data, spreads of corporate investment grade bonds tightened 22 basis points during the quarter to an average option adjusted spread (“OAS”) of +99 basis points. The OAS of the Bloomberg Corporate High Yield Index tightened 71 basis points to +323 basis points at quarter end.

On a relative basis, the iMGP Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund outperformed the Bloomberg U.S. Credit Intermediate Index by 17 basis points. The Fund’s outperformance was driven by the Fund’s overexposure to, and outperformance in both the corporate investment-grade and high-yield sectors. The yield curve positioning and duration had a minimal effect on relative performance versus the benchmark. 

Outlook and Strategy

Dolan McEniry believes that client portfolios are positioned to provide reasonable absolute and relative returns going forward. Dolan McEniry’s core competence is credit analysis, and they focus on a company’s ability to generate generous amounts of free cash flow over time in relation to its indebtedness. Investment prudence and risk mitigation are of primary importance as they continue to search for undervalued fixed income securities. As of December 31, the iMGP Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund had an +48 basis point yield premium and similar duration versus the Bloomberg U.S Intermediate Credit. Dolan McEniry believes these stats will allow the portfolio to perform well versus the benchmarks over time.  

Performance and Stats

Performance:                                                               iM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond FundBloomberg U.S. Intermediate Credit
December 2023+2.71%+2.73%
4th Quarter 2023+5.87%+5.60%
Year to Date+7.37%+6.94%
12/31/23 StatsiM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond FundBloomberg U.S. Intermediate Credit
Yield to Worst 5.37%4.89%
Yield to Maturity 5.38%4.89%
Effective Duration 3.33 years3.94 years
Average Coupon4.10%3.66%

Attribution Commentary

Yield Curve and Duration:  The yield curve positioning and duration had a minimal effect on the performance versus the benchmark. 


During the quarter, the iMGP Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund outperformed the Bloomberg U.S. Credit Intermediate Index by 17 basis points. The Fund’s outperformance was driven by the Fund’s overexposure to and outperformance in both the corporate investment grade and high yield sectors.

Security Selection

Top PerformersBottom Performers
Qurate Retail Inc.U.S. Treasuries
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.Western Digital Corp.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc.Zimmer Biomet Inc.

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Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Investments by the Fund in lower-rated securities presents a greater risk of loss of principal and interest than higher-rated securities. Foreign securities are subject to risks relating to political, social, economic developments abroad and differences between U.S. and foreign regulatory requirements and market practices, including fluctuations in foreign currencies.

Credit Ratings are grades given to bonds that indicate their credit quality as determined by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (“NRSRO”) such as Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch. The firm evaluates a bond issuer’s financial strength, or its ability to pay a bond’s principal and interest in a timely fashion. Ratings are expressed as letters ranging from ‘AAA’, which is the highest grade, to ‘D’, which is the lowest grade. If NRSRO ratings differ, the security will be considered to have received the highest of those ratings. For securities rated by an NRSRO other than S&P, the Adviser converts that rating to the equivalent S&P rating. Securities not rated by an NRSRO appear in the “Not Rated/Unavailable” category. Ratings are subject to change.

basis point is a value equaling one one-hundredth of a percent (1/100 of 1%)

Duration is a commonly used measure of the potential volatility of the price of a debt security, or the aggregate market value of a portfolio of debt securities, prior to maturity. Securities with a longer duration generally have more volatile prices than securities of comparable quality with a shorter duration.

Free cash flow is the amount of cash a company has after expenses, debt service, capital expenditures and dividends.

Effective duration is a calculation used to approximate the actual, modified duration of a callable bond. It takes into account that future interest rate changes will affect the expected cash flows for a callable bond.

Investment grade bond is a bond with a rating of AAA to BBB

The option-adjusted spread (OAS) is the measurement of the spread of a fixed-income security rate and the risk-free rate of return, which is then adjusted to take into account an embedded option. Typically, an analyst uses Treasury yields for the risk-free rate. The spread is added to the fixed-income security price to make the risk-free bond price the same as the bond.

Treasury yield refers to the percentage return on investment (ROI) on the U.S. government debt instruments. For simplicity, Treasury Yield is the interest that the Treasury department pays you for allowing the government to borrow money from you for a fixed duration.

The 10-year Treasury yield is the current rate Treasury notes would pay investors if they bought them today. The 10-year Treasury yield is closely watched as an indicator of broader investor confidence.

Yield Curve: A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity dates. The most frequently reported yield curve compares the three-month, two-year, five-year and 30-year U.S. Treasury debt. The curve is used to predict changes in economic output and growth.

      Yield to Worst is the lowest potential yield that can be received on a callable bond without the issuer actually defaulting.

      Yield to Maturity is the rate of return anticipated on a bond if it is held until the maturity date.

Average Coupon is the average of each bond in the portfolio’s rate of interest

Bloomberg Barclays U. S. Aggregate Index  is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The Index includes Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS, and CMBS (agency and non-agency).

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Index is an unmanaged, U.S. dollar– denominated, nonconvertible, non-investment-grade debt index. The index consists of domestic and corporate bonds rated Ba and below with a minimum outstanding amount of $150 million.

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Credit Index:  is the intermediate component of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate, taxable, corporate and government – related bond markets. It is composed of the US Corporate Index and a non-corporate component that includes foreign agencies, sovereigns, supranationals, and local authorities.

Index performance is not illustrative of fund performance.  An investment cannot be made directly in an index. 

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