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Bonds have historically outperformed cash after the fed halts rate hikes.1

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Navigate the Current Fixed Income Environment with Victory Income Investors

Despite the perceived protection from volatility, fleeing to cash or keeping too much cash on the sidelines may produce lower returns versus maintaining a diversified portfolio over the long term.

  • Consider the risks of not being invested when the markets start to recover. Investors with too much cash on the sidelines could be putting long-term goals at risk.
  • Over the long term, cash has not historically kept up with inflation, while bonds have delivered returns that exceeded the rate of inflation.2
  • Bonds have historically outperformed cash after the Federal Reserve halts rate hikes.1

Victory Income Investors has been managing fixed income portfolios for over 50 years and has built a framework designed to help investors determine the best way to invest in fixed income for their goals.

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Victory Income Investors' Framework for Building Fixed Income Portfolios

 

 

All portfolios should be well-diversified. A well-diversified fixed income portfolio could help investors achieve their capital preservation, income generation and/or additional diversification goals.

It all depends on your fixed income framework. For example, start with a diversifier, like a core or core-plus product, and then align to your goals and risk tolerance.

Consider these potential fixed income portfolio building blocks.

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Start with a diversified product

This could be an intermediate core or core plus product depending on risk tolerance. Core holdings typically provide diversification to equities.

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Consider a capital preserver

Adding a capital preserver, such as a short-term bond fund, can lower overall portfolio duration and fine-tune the portfolio to potentially mitigate interest rate risk.

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Customize to investor objectives

Adding additional fixed income products can then be used to seek specific objectives. The above portfolio prioritizes yield and/or income with an income generator.

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Incorporate market expectations

Portfolio construction can also account for expected changes in rates, which will vary based on the direction and magnitude of rate movements. The above portfolio is positioned with the expectation that rates will rise.



Customize a Fixed Income Portfolio for Your Goals


Now that you have an idea of a possible framework for building a fixed income portfolio, you can start customizing based on your own goals and priorities. Select a priority below to learn more.

 

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Diversification: Fixed Income portfolios built to prioritize diversification tend to include a varied exposure to credit risk, interest rate risk, and fixed income asset classes. Investors looking for a balanced approach could start here.
 

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Income: Starting yields are indicative of potential future returns, so if your goal is to maximize the income your fixed income portfolio can offer, it may be beneficial to build your portfolio around yield. Introducing products like high-yield corporate bonds or investment grade corporate bonds to supplement your core holdings, can increase return potential but does invite additional credit and/or interest rate risk. Here’s an example:

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Capital Preservation: Portfolios built with the goal of principal preservation and loss prevention tend to operate on shorter time horizons and have lower interest rate risk. Starting with a diversified core product and customizing with short-term products with lower interest rate risk may help investors preserve hard-earned capital.

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Diversification: Fixed Income portfolios built to prioritize diversification tend to include a varied exposure to credit risk, interest rate risk, and fixed income asset classes. Investors looking for a balanced approach could start here.
 

Diversification Chart

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Income: Starting yields are indicative of potential future returns, so if your goal is to maximize the income your fixed income portfolio can offer, it may be beneficial to build your portfolio around yield. Introducing products like high-yield corporate bonds or investment grade corporate bonds to supplement your core holdings, can increase return potential but does invite additional credit and/or interest rate risk. Here’s an example:

Income Chart

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Capital Preservation: Portfolios built with the goal of principal preservation and loss prevention tend to operate on shorter time horizons and have lower interest rate risk. Starting with a diversified core product and customizing with short-term products with lower interest rate risk may help investors preserve hard-earned capital.

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For illustrative purposes only; not a recommendation of any specific security or investment strategy.

 

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We construct portfolios using our core competencies in evaluating, taking and managing credit risk with the goal of producing above-market returns over the three- to five-year period.

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  • Our investment process is consistent, repeatable and incorporates a customized risk management system that limits concentration and liquidity risks.
  • Our research and ratings process is proprietary and independent. Historically, more than half of our credit ratings are different from those of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs).
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  • Our scale and agility allow us to capitalize on investment ideas that others might overlook or struggle to implement due to size or expertise.
  • We size our positions and allocate across asset classes based on our own independent view, not index weightings.
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Experienced Active Manager: We’ve Managed Fixed Income for More than 50 Years

  • Long-standing track record managing across fixed income asset classes through more than a half-century of economic cycles.
  • Only two fixed income managers in the leading institutional database1 have a longer track record2 than Victory Income Investors.

    1eVestment database. 2Track record in the US Core Plus space

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1Source: Victory Income Investors February 29, 2024, Monthly Fixed Income Market Update. Based on average annualized returns for each asset class for the 1-, 2-, and 3-year periods following the last rate hike for the last seven hiking cycles.

2Source: Victory Income Investors March 31, 2024, Monthly Fixed Income Market Update. Based on a historical comparison of the average rate offered by 1 YR CDs and the yield to worst of the US Bloomberg Aggregate Index when inflation is accounted for.

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