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3 Promising Bond Funds to Watch in 2023

These relatively new and unique bond strategies have a place on the Morningstar Prospects list this year.

3 Promising Bond Funds to Watch in 2023
Securities In This Article
GMO Opportunistic Income I
Schwab Municipal Bond ETF
JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF

Morningstar’s manager research team maintains what we call a Prospects List of interesting strategies, new funds, or under-the-radar managers that we’re considering bringing to full analyst coverage.

Today let’s look at three of the bond funds on our 2023 Morningstar Prospects list.

3 Promising Bond Funds to Watch in 2023

  1. Schwab Municipal Bond ETF SCMB
  2. JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF JPST
  3. GMO Opportunistic Income GMOLX

Schwab Municipal Bond ETF is in the muni-national intermediate Morningstar Category and launched in October 2022. This strategy offers investors access to the municipal-bond market for a very low fee. It targets investment-grade munis to keep credit risk low and courts similar interest-rate risk as the average category peer.

JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF is in the ultrashort bond Morningstar Category. It leverages J.P. Morgan’s deep and experienced global liquidity team, and during its short five-plus year tenure, it has become one of the category’s largest offerings. The team buys investment-grade debt with the aim of beating prime money market returns over a market cycle and keeps duration under one year.

GMO Opportunistic Income is in the nontraditional bond category and is led by an experienced veteran. The team utilizes a long-short approach, typically using synthetic credit indexes to offset its credit risk as it invests up and down the securitized credit capital structure. Since its 2017 inception, the team has executed well, resulting in solid performance.

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Stephen Welch

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Stephen Welch, CFA, is a senior manager research analyst, equity strategies, for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc.

Before joining Morningstar in 2019, Welch spent several years in proprietary trading, specializing in index option arbitrage and the futures market.

Welch holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

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