JPMorgan Strategic Income Opports Fd earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.
The leading factor in 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. Respectable risk-adjusted performance also bolsters the process. This can be seen in the fund's five-year alpha calculated relative to the category index, which suggests that the managers have shown skill in their allocation of risk. 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. Relative to the category average, the managers have been significantly underweight BB rated bonds. Additionally, there's been a notable bias away from debt with 20- to 30-year maturities. And finally, the fund leans meaningfully toward cash.
This strategy's 12-month yield is 4.0%, lower than its average peers' 4.4%. Plus, its 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity) sits at 4.5%. Typically, a lower yield comes with the benefit of less credit risk. The portfolio has a higher average surveyed credit quality of BBB, compared with the typical peers' BB, and 5% of the strategy's assets are rated non-investment-grade compared with its average peers' 25%. Lower-credit-risk strategies are often able to navigate bear markets more effectively.