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JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt I JSISX

Quantitative rating as of | See JPMorgan Investment Hub
  • NAV / 1-Day Return 9.52  /  0.10 %
  • Total Assets 1.1 Bil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
  • Expense Ratio 0.650%
  • Distribution Fee Level Low
  • Share Class Type Institutional
  • Category Nontraditional Bond
  • Credit Quality / Interest Rate Sensitivity Medium / Limited
  • Min. Initial Investment 1,000,000
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 3.31%
  • Effective Duration 1.50 years
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Morningstar’s Analysis JSISX

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

Summary

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An upgrade in People Pillar rating is the primary driver of JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt I's upgrade to a Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Silver from Neutral. The portfolio maintains a sizable cost advantage over competitors, priced within the lowest fee quintile among peers.

The strategy's sensible investment philosophy merits an Above Average Process Pillar rating. Independent of the rating, analysis of the strategy's portfolio shows it has maintained an overweight in debt with five- to seven-year maturities and government bonds compared with category peers. The management team's considerable industry experience earns it an Above Average People Pillar rating. The strategy is part of a first-rate parent, as shown by a high lineup success ratio and overall low fees. These attributes support its Above Average Parent Pillar rating.

Process

| Above Average |

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

Compared with other funds in the Nontraditional Bond Morningstar Category, this fund consistently is sensitive to interest-rate changes. Opening the analysis to additional factors, the portfolio, over time, has displayed three biases whether toward or away from certain fixed-income instruments. First, the managers have demonstrated an overweight position on debt, with five- to seven-year maturities relative to the average strategy in the category. Additionally, the managers have exhibited a sector bias toward government bonds. And finally, the fund does not consistently lean toward or away from AA rated bonds, but the current portfolio is underweight its peers.

This strategy's 12-month yield is 3.1%, lower than its average peer's 3.5%. In addition, it has a 4.1% 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity). Typically, a lower yield comes with the benefit of less credit risk. Yet that's not the case here. The portfolio's average surveyed credit quality is on par with peers, with both the fund and the average being rated BB.

People

| Above Average |

JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund's experienced corps of managers and sizable personal investments from managers support its Above Average People Pillar rating. Robert Michele’s veteran status, with over 25 years of portfolio management experience, brings a wealth of experience to the table. The average Morningstar Rating of the strategies they currently manage is 3.7 stars, demonstrating above-average risk-adjusted performance. 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 nine investment vehicles together, with a Bronze asset-weighted average combined Morningstar Analyst and Quantitative Rating, demonstrating their potential to deliver positive alpha in aggregate. With at least one manager investing $1 million or more in this offering, investors can have some assurance that the team's interests are aligned with theirs.

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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This strategy's Institutional share class has lapped both its peers and the category benchmark. Over a 10-year period, this share class outperformed the category’s average return by 72 basis points annualized. And it also beat the category index's, ICE BofA US 3 Month Deposit OR CM Index's, gain by an annualized 1.4 percentage points over the same period.

When adjusting for risk, the fund is not as favorable. The share class trailed the index with a lower Sharpe ratio, a measure of risk-adjusted returns, over the trailing 10-year period. In addition to the poor risk-adjusted performance, the strategy also delivered a bumpy ride for investors with a higher standard deviation of returns, 3.1%, compared with the benchmark, 0.3%. However, 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 imperative to evaluate fees, which compound over time and reduce returns. This share class is in the cheapest quintile of its Morningstar Category. Its attractive expense ratio, taken together with the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars, indicates that this share class is well-positioned to generate positive alpha compared with its category benchmark, leading to its Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Silver.