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JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt A JSIAX

Quantitative rating as of | See JPMorgan Investment Hub
  • NAV / 1-Day Return 9.50  /  0.21 %
  • Total Assets 1.1 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 3.07%
  • Effective Duration 1.50 years
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Morningstar’s Analysis JSIAX

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 Bronze ratings to strategies they’re confident will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle.

Summary

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

The management team's considerable industry experience drives an Above Average People Pillar rating for the strategy. The strategy's investment approach stands out and earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating. The portfolio has overweighted debt with five- to seven-year maturities and government bonds compared with category peers. The strategy is part of a first-rate parent, as shown by a high lineup success ratio and overall reasonable fees. These attributes support its Above Average Parent Pillar rating.

Process

| Above Average |

Morningstar's evaluation of this fund's process seeks to understand management's investment philosophy, and whether it has been applied consistently over time and can add value across the market cycle. 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 2.9%, lower than its average peer's 3.5%. In addition, it has a 3.7% 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity). While a lower yield may deliver less income, it also tends to indicate lower 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 A share class has held up nicely, outlasting both its peers and the category benchmark. This share class outpaced its average peer by 46 basis points annualized over a 10-year period. And it also beat the category index's, ICE BofA US 3 Month Deposit OR CM Index's, gain by an annualized 1.2 percentage points over the same period.

When adjusting for risk, the fund is not shown in a favorable light. The share class trailed the index with a lower Sharpe ratio, a measure of risk-adjusted returns, over the trailing 10-year period. The strategy also took on elevated risk, contributing to the bad outcome for investors. Specifically, the fund had a higher standard deviation, 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 second-cheapest quintile of its Morningstar Category. Its attractive expense ratio, in conjunction with the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars, suggests that this share class has the ability to deliver positive alpha relative to its category benchmark, leading to its Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Bronze.