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JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt R5 JSIRX

Quantitative rating as of
  • NAV / 1-Day Return 9.54  /  0.10 %
  • Total Assets 1.0 Bil
  • Adj. Expense Ratio
  • Expense Ratio 0.600%
  • Distribution Fee Level Below Average
  • Share Class Type Retirement, Large
  • Category Nontraditional Bond
  • Credit Quality / Interest Rate Sensitivity Medium / Limited
  • Min. Initial Investment 0
  • Status Open
  • TTM Yield 3.18%
  • Effective Duration 0.39 years
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Morningstar’s Analysis JSIRX

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 Neutral ratings to strategies they’re not confident will outperform a relevant index, or most peers, over a market cycle.

Summary

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Strength in JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt R5's Process Pillaris partially offset by an Average People Pillar rating, leading to a Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Neutral. The portfolio maintains a cost advantage over competitors, priced within the cheapest fee quintile among peers.

The strategy benefits from its experienced portfolio management team. This is a positive driver for the strategy's Average People Pillar rating. 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 has a solid parent that earns an Above Average Parent Pillar rating. This firm has had a high lineup success ratio and overall attractive fees.

Process

| Above Average |

Morningstar's style-agnostic investment process evaluation looks for strategies with a philosophy distinctive enough to generate excellent results in the future. JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund earns an Above Average Process Pillar rating.

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, over time, has displayed three biases whether toward or away from certain fixed-income instruments. First, the managers have displayed an overweight position on debt, with five- to seven-year maturities relative to the average strategy in the category. Additionally, the fund has 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 overweight its peers.

This strategy's 12-month yield is 3.4%, which mirrors its average peer's. Plus, it has a 4.5% 30-day SEC yield (a measure similar to yield-to-maturity). The portfolio's average surveyed credit quality is on par with peers, with both the fund and the average being rated BB.

People

| Average |

The team at JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund has the benefit of an experienced team of portfolio managers and managers' sizable personal investments, but is still relatively unexceptional, earning the strategy an Average People Pillar rating. 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 currently manage is 3.6 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 Neutral asset-weighted average combined Morningstar Analyst and Quantitative Rating, indicating the team will struggle to deliver positive alpha in aggregate. The highest personal investment in this offering by any of its managers is at least $1 million. We view an investment of this size positively, as it is large enough to help align managers' interests with those of the strategy's investors.

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 Retirement share class has held up nicely, outlasting both its peers and the category benchmark. This share class outpaced its average peer by 73 basis points annualized over a 10-year period. And it was also ahead of the category index’s, ICE BofA US 3 Month Deposit OR CM Index's, gain by 1.6 percentage points over the same period.

When adjusting for risk, the fund is less favorable. The share class trailed the index with a lower Sharpe ratio, a measure of risk-adjusted returns, over the trailing 10-year period. Unfortunately, the fund took on higher risk, as measured by the variance of returns. Specifically, the strategy had a higher standard deviation, 3.1%, versus 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 important to pay attention to fees as lower-cost investments maximize investors' returns. This share class levies a fee that positions it in its Morningstar Category's cheapest quintile. Despite this fee, the fund’s People, Process, and Parent Pillars indicate this share class is unlikely to deliver positive alpha relative to its category benchmark, garnering a Morningstar Quantitative Rating of Neutral.