For Individual Investors in the US

Taking a closer look at yield metrics in an evolving rate environment

Portfolio Manager John Kerschner discusses why, given the rate at which the fixed income landscape has changed over the past year, thorough fund due diligence should start with an understanding of how each yield metric is calculated.

John Kerschner, CFA

John Kerschner, CFA

Head of US Securitised Products | Portfolio Manager

Apr 27, 2023
2 minute read

Key takeaways:

  • Navigating the multiple ways in which yield is reported on fund websites and factsheets across the industry can make fund due diligence challenging.
  • There is no single “best” metric for reporting fund yields; each measure provides an advisor or investor with important insight into a fund that can be used to evaluate the fund and assess its role in a portfolio.
  • As advisors look for opportunities to put the income back into fixed income, understanding the differences among various measures of yield can help identify which funds might be best suited to meet client needs.

It wasn’t too long ago that terms such as “lower for longer,” “zero interest rate policy” and “reaching for yield” dominated articles and white papers focused on fixed income investing. Today, they are virtually nonexistent, as the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates in each of the last nine FOMC meetings, bringing bond yields to the highest levels in more than a decade.

Amid this shift, a growing universe of investors and advisors are revisiting bond allocations with an eye toward benefiting from this move in rates. In doing so, the challenges of navigating the multiple ways in which yield is reported on fund websites and factsheets across the industry have resurfaced to make fund due diligence and comparisons a vexing endeavor.

Read the full article originally published in Financial Advisor Magazine.




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