JPMorgan Short-Intermediate Muncpl Bd Fd earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.
The predominant contributor to the rating is the parent firm's five-year risk-adjusted success ratio of 57%. 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. Management team experience, which averages 25 years at this fund, also supports the process. Lastly, the process is limited by being an actively managed strategy. Historical data, like 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 Muni National Short Morningstar Category, this fund, historically, hews closely to peers' credit and interest-rate sensitivity over the past few years. Opening the analysis to additional factors, the portfolio has displayed biases over time, whether towards or away from certain fixed-income instruments. Relative to the average strategy in the category, the managers have been underweight AAA rated bonds in recent years. In the latest month, the strategy has also relatively underweighted AAA rated bonds compared with Morningstar Category peers. Additionally, there's been a bias away from debt with 20- to 30-year maturities over the past few years. Similarly, in recent months, the strategy also had less exposure to debt with 20- to 30-year maturities than peers. Finally, during the past few years, the fund leaned away from corporate bonds. Nevertheless, the fund's corporate debt exposure was in line with peers in the latest month.
This strategy has a modest 1.4% 12-month yield, lower than its average peers' 2.4%. Plus, its 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity) sits at 2.0%. While a lower yield may deliver less income, it also tends to indicate lower 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 A.