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JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt A JSIAX

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  • NAV / 1-Day Return 9.32  /  0.21 %
  • Total Assets 1.0 Bil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
  • Expense Ratio 0.900%
  • Distribution Fee Level Low
  • Share Class Type Front Load
  • Category Nontraditional Bond
  • Credit Quality / Interest Rate Sensitivity Medium / Limited
  • Min. Initial Investment 1,000
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 3.73%
  • Effective Duration 3.61 years

Morningstar’s Analysis JSIAX

Medalist rating as of .

A strong management team and sound investment process underpin JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt A's Morningstar Medalist Rating of Silver.

Our research team assigns Silver ratings to strategies that they have high conviction will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle.

A strong management team and sound investment process underpin JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt A's Morningstar Medalist Rating of Silver.

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The portfolio maintains a sizable cost advantage over competitors, priced within the second-cheapest fee quintile among peers.

The strategy’s management team earns an Above Average People Pillar rating. The strategy's effective investment approach earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating. Independent of the rating, analysis of the strategy's portfolio shows it has maintained an overweight debt with five- to seven-year maturities and securitized debt compared with category peers. The strategy's parent organization earns the firm an Above Average Parent Pillar rating. People Pillar and Parent Pillar ratings for this strategy are indirectly assigned by a Morningstar analyst rather than algorithmically derived. Please see the notes following each pillar section for more details. The details of assigning methods can be found in each pillar section.

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Morningstar's style-agnostic evaluation of this fund's process seeks to understand whether the strategy has a performance objective and sensible, repeatable execution.

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Above Average

JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.

The main driver of the rating is the parent firm's five-year risk-adjusted success ratio of 59%. The measure indicates the percentage of a firm's funds that survived and beat their respective category's median Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return for the period. The parent firm's superior risk-adjusted performance, as shown by its average 10-year Morningstar Rating of 3.3 stars, also influences the rating. Lastly, the process is limited by being an actively managed strategy. Historical data, such as Morningstar's Active/Passive Barometer, finds that actively managed funds have generally underperformed their passive counterparts, especially over longer time horizons.

Compared with other funds in the Nontraditional Bond Morningstar Category, this fund, historically, hews closely to peers' credit and interest-rate sensitivity. Opening the analysis to additional factors, the portfolio has displayed three biases over time, whether towards or away from certain fixed-income instruments. Compared with the average strategy in the category, the managers have been overweight debt with five- to seven-year maturities. Additionally, the managers have exhibited a sector bias toward securitized debt. And finally, the fund does not consistently lean toward or away from AA rated bonds, but the current portfolio is overweight.

This strategy has a modest 3.7% 12-month yield, lower than its average peers' 4.4%. In addition, it has a 4.3% 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity). Typically, a lower yield comes with the benefit of less credit risk. But that isn't always the case. Over the past 12 months, the average yield of the fund has been lower than the average yield of its Morningstar Category peers. The portfolio's average surveyed credit quality is on par with peers, with both the fund and the average being rated BB.

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JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund earns an Above Average People Pillar rating.

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Above Average

Robert Michele, the longest-tenured manager on the strategy, boasts over 25 years of portfolio management experience. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they manage is 3.8 stars, demonstrating above-average risk-adjusted performance versus category peers. The team boasts an experienced corps of listed portfolio managers, with four others supporting Robert Michele. Together, they average over 30 years of portfolio management experience. As a team, they manage four investment vehicles together, with a Silver asset-weighted average Morningstar Medalist Rating, indicating the potential to deliver positive alpha in aggregate. At least one member of the team has invested$ 1 million or more of their own capital in the fund, which helps align their interests with the strategy's investors.

Note: The People Pillar rating is indirectly assigned by an analyst. The longest-tenured manager of the fund also manages a different product rated by an analyst. Their analyst-assigned People Pillar rating is combined here with the People scores (algorithmic or analyst-assigned) for the fund’s other managers on a tenure-weighted basis.

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

Associate Director Emory Zink

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Above Average

As of 2022, this investment stalwart manages more than USD 2.5 trillion in AUM. Composed of various global cohorts and diverse 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.

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This strategy’s A share class has outstripped both its peers and the category benchmark.

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This share class led its average peer by an annualized excess return of 32 basis points over a 10-year period. And it also outperformed the category index, the ICE BofA US 3 Month Deposit OR CM Index, by an annualized 1.2 percentage points over the same period.

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.

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Fees are one of the most predictive factors of future performance.

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This share class is in the second-cheapest quintile of its Morningstar Category. Its low fee, taken together with the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars, suggests that this share class has high potential to deliver positive alpha relative to its category benchmark, explaining its Morningstar Medalist Rating of Silver.

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Portfolio Holdings JSIAX

  • Current Portfolio Date
  • Equity Holdings 6
  • Bond Holdings 1243
  • Other Holdings 76
  • % Assets in Top 10 Holdings 14.0
Top 10 Holdings
% Portfolio Weight
Market Value USD

JPMorgan Prime Money Market Inst

Cash and Equivalents

Federal National Mortgage Association 4.5%


Federal National Mortgage Association 5.5%


Federal National Mortgage Association 4%


Secretaria Tesouro Nacional 10%


Mexico (United Mexican States) 7.75%




Mexico (United Mexican States) 7.5%


Mexico (United Mexican States) 8%