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Commentary Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund Fourth Quarter 2021 Attribution

Market Review

During the fourth quarter of 2021, U.S. Treasury rates rose, and the curve flattened as the short-end of the curve rose more significantly than the longer-end of the curve. Corporate investment grade spreads widened while high yield spreads tightened during the quarter. The combination of higher rates and little changed spreads led to mixed returns in many fixed income products. Despite the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, steadily improving economic and financial conditions, along with the continued backing of the Federal Reserve, has led to tighter spreads for the year.

Improving economic and financial performance over the last several months has increased consumer and investor confidence. As the Federal Reserve intended to accomplish, the economy has continued to recovery from the immediate effects of COVID-19. In the fourth quarter of the year, the Fed began to taper asset purchases and has indicated a desire to end such purchases and increase U.S. Treasury rates in 2022. Dolan McEniry will continue to monitor any changes for opportunities that may arise within credit markets.

During the quarter, the 10 year U.S. Treasury yield increased from 1.49% to 1.51%, the 5 year yield increased from 0.97% to 1.26%, and the 2 year yield increased from 0.28% to 0.74%. U.S. Treasury rates have increased from pandemic lows but remain low on a historical basis.

Per Bloomberg data, spreads on corporate investment grade bonds widened 8 basis point during the quarter to an average option adjusted spread (“OAS”) of +82 basis points. The OAS of the Bloomberg Corporate High Yield Index tightened 6 basis points to +283 basis points at quarter end.

Portfolio Commentary

During the quarter, the iM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund had a return of -0.81% versus the Bloomberg U.S. Intermediate Credit benchmark return of -0.55%.

On a relative basis, the iM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund underperformed the Bloomberg U.S. Credit Intermediate Index by 26 basis points. The fund’s underperformance was driven by the fund’s underperformance in corporate investment grade. The yield curve positioning and duration had a minimal effect on relative performance versus the benchmark. 

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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 we focus on a company’s ability to generate generous amounts of free cash flow over time in relation to its indebtedness. Investment safety and risk mitigation are of primary importance as we continue to search for undervalued fixed income securities. As of December 31st, the iM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund had a +49 basis point yield premium and similar duration versus the Bloomberg U.S Intermediate Credit. We believe these stats will allow the portfolio to perform well versus the benchmarks over time.

12/31/21 StatsiM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond FundBloomberg Intermediate Credit
Yield to Worst2.22%1.73%
Yield to Maturity2.52%1.77%
Effective Duration3.58 years4.37 years
Average Coupon4.10%2.93%

Attribution Commentary

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

Commentary: During the quarter, the iM Dolan McEniry Corporate Bond Fund underperformed the Bloomberg U.S. Credit Intermediate Index by 26 basis points. The fund’s underperformance was driven by the fund’s underperformance in corporate investment grade

Security Selection

Top PerformersBottom Performers
AMC Networks IncOracle Corp.
Lumen Technologies Inc.Qorvo Inc
Microchip Technology Inc.Qurate Retail Inc.

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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.

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.

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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