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JPMorgan Diversified A JDVAX

Quantitative rating as of | See JPMorgan Investment Hub
  • NAV / 1-Day Return 13.51  /  0.44 %
  • Total Assets 538.4 Mil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
    1.160%
  • Expense Ratio 0.960%
  • Distribution Fee Level Below Average
  • Share Class Type Front Load
  • Category Allocation—50% to 70% Equity
  • Investment Style Large Blend
  • Credit Quality / Interest Rate Sensitivity
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 0.98%
  • Turnover 94%
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Morningstar’s Analysis JDVAX

Quantitative rating as of .

The Morningstar Quantitative Rating for funds is analogous to the rating our analyst might assign to the fund if they covered it.

Our analysts assign Neutral ratings to strategies they’re not confident will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle.

Summary

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Strength in JPMorgan Diversified A's Process Pillaris partially offset by an Average People Pillar rating, leading to a Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Neutral. The strategy charges fees in line with its similarly distributed peers, priced within the middle quintile.

The strategy benefits from its experienced portfolio management team. This is a positive driver for the strategy's Average People Pillar rating. The strategy's sensible investment philosophy earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating. The portfolio has overweighted the Europe-Developed region and the consumer cyclical sector compared with category peers. The strategy has a solid parent that earns an Above Average Parent Pillar rating. This firm has had a competitive lineup success ratio and overall attractive fees.

Process

| Above Average |

Morningstar's evaluation of this fund's process seeks to determine how repeatable, consistent, and reliable it is, and whether management maintains competitive advantage. JPMorgan Diversified Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.

This strategy maintains a fixed-income to equity allocation very similar to Allocation--50% to 70% Equity peers, with a 36.0% to 55.5% fixed-income to equity weighting. Looking exclusively at the portfolio's equity sleeve, the strategy has a meaningful tilt toward both smaller market-cap and growth-oriented stocks versus the typical peer in the category. The strategy has three region or sector biases compared to category peers. The most meaningful exposure is to the Developed Europe region, where the portfolio is typically overallocated. It also maintains an overweight position in the sector. And finally, the portfolio has sustained an underexposure to developed markets regions compared with peers.

The current holdings' average price/earnings ratio is 18.4 opposed to the typical category peer's 17.4. With this high markup, investors appear to be expecting significant above-market growth. The portfolio is overweight in consumer cyclical by 3.0 percentage points in terms of assets compared with the average portfolio in the category, and its financial services allocation is similar to the category. The sectors with low exposure compared to their category peers are communication services and consumer defensive; however, the allocations are similar to the average category portfolio. The portfolio is overweight in Developed Europe and Japan regions relative to the average peer in its category by 9.2% and 3.3% of assets, respectively. The regions with low exposure compared to their category peers are North America and Emerging Asia, with North America underweight the average portfolio by 13.2% of assets and Emerging Asia similar to the average.

People

| Average |

Even with its managers' lack of personal investment, the team managing JPMorgan Diversified Fund stands out with a seasoned corps of managers. Taken together, the strategy earns an Average People Pillar rating. Jeffrey A. Geller, the longest-tenured manager on the strategy, provides strong guidance, bringing forward 22 years of portfolio management experience. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they currently manage is 2.6 stars, demonstrating, in aggregate, that they do not provide value for investors. Although the team is small, it is a solid supporting cast. Together, the three listed managers boast more than an average of 15 years of portfolio management experience. As a team, they manage three investment vehicles together, with an asset-weighted average Neutral combined Morningstar Analyst and Quantitative Rating. This means, in aggregate, the team falls short and will struggle to produce positive alpha. None of the managers here invest any money in the strategy, which is disappointing, as such investments help align managers' interests with fundholders.

Parent

| Above Average |

A well-resourced, thoughtful, and disciplined steward of client assets, JPMorgan Asset Management maintains an Above Average Parent rating.

As of 2022, this investment stalwart manages more than USD 2.5 trillion in AUM. Composed of various cohorts globally and a diverse set of asset classes, the firm has more tightly integrated its capabilities in recent years, notably through the development of proprietary analytical and risk systems. Investment teams are robustly staffed and helmed by seasoned contributors. The firm’s strategies tend to produce reliable portfolios, and several flagship offerings are Morningstar Medalists. Manager incentives align with fundholders'; compensation reflects longer-term performance factors, and portfolio managers invest in the firm’s strategies as part of their compensation plans.

The firm’s funds tend to be well-priced, but they aren’t as competitive as many highly regarded peers of similar scale. Recent product launches include thematic and single-country strategies, both of which carry the potential for volatile performance and flows, along with misuse by investors. The firm remains intrepid when it comes to developing an environmental, social, and governance-focused framework and continues to move into other areas such as direct indexing through its 55iP acquisition and China through its joint venture, but these complicated initiatives take time to assess any real and lasting effect.

Performance

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Outpacing both its peers and the category benchmark, this strategy’s A share class, has had a noteworthy track record. This share class outpaced its average peer by 50 basis points annualized over a 10-year period. And it also outperformed the category index's, Morningstar Moderate Target-Risk Index's, gain by an annualized 69 basis points over the same period.

The risk-adjusted performance only continues to make a case for this fund. The share class had a higher Sharpe ratio, a measure of risk-adjusted return, than the index over the trailing 10-year period. Often, higher returns are associated with more risk. However, this strategy stayed in line with the benchmark's standard deviation. Finally, the share class proved itself effective by generating positive alpha, over the same 10-year period, against the category group index: a benchmark that encapsulates the performance of the broader asset class.

Price

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It is critical to evaluate expenses, as they are subtracted directly out of returns. This share class lands in the middle quintile of its Morningstar Category. Its reasonable expense ratio, considered jointly with the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars, suggests that this share class does not offer investors a good chance to capture positive alpha compared with its category benchmark, leading to its Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Neutral.