MetWest AlphaTrak 500 Fund


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Overall Morningstar RatingTM (M) Class: More Info
Morningstar DisclaimerM Share; Out of 1,203 funds in the Large Blend categoryThe Overall Morningstar Rating™ is based on risk adjusted returns, derived from a weighted average of the Fund 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Please see full Morningstar disclosure at the bottom of this page.
5 star rating

Investment Team

  • Tad Rivelle
  • Stephen M. Kane, CFA
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Fund Name Daily NAV1 Daily1 MTD1 YTD1 3-mo2
Annualized Performance2
3-yr 5-yr 10-yr3 Since Inc3
Expense Ratio
MetWest AlphaTrak 500 Fund M
[Inception Date: 06/29/1998]
$11.82 0.34% 3.23% 3.23% 8.71% 31.97% 14.87% 12.89% 16.16% 7.29% 0.90% 1.39%
S&P 500 Index - - - - 9.07% 31.49% 15.27% 11.70% 13.56% 6.98% - -
1 as of 01/17/20 (updated daily)
2 Performance as of 12/31/2019 (updated monthly)
3 Returns include the performance of the predecessor limited partnership for periods
before the Fund’s registration became effective. The predecessor limited partnership
was not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”) and
therefore was not subject to certain investment restrictions imposed by the 1940 Act.
If the limited partnership had been registered under the 1940 Act, its performance
may have been adversely affected.

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Investment Objective

The AlphaTrak 500 Fund seeks to achieve a total return that exceeds the total return of the S&P 500 Index.

Investment Approach

The Fund is an enhanced S&P 500 Index fund that combines non-leveraged investments in the S&P 500 with a fixed-income portfolio. The Adviser actively manages the fixed-income portfolio in an effort to produce an investment return that, when combined with the Fund’s return on the S&P 500 Index futures, will exceed the total return of the S&P 500 Index. The Fund may also use S&P 500 swap contracts together or in lieu of the S&P index futures. The Fund is not designed for investors that are sensitive to taxable gains.

The Fund pursues its objective by investing, under normal circumstances, in S&P 500 Index futures contracts with a contractual or “notional” value substantially equal to the Fund’s total assets. The Fund will make margin deposits with futures commission merchants with a total value equal to approximately 4% to 5% of the notional value of the futures contracts and invest the rest of its assets in a diversified portfolio of fixed-income securities of varying maturities issued by domestic and foreign corporations, mortgage-related issuers and governments. The portfolio duration is up to three years and the dollar-weighted average maturity ranges from one to five years. At least 85% of the Fund’s net assets are invested in fixed income securities rated at least investment grade or unrated securities that are determined by the Advisor to be of similar quality. Up to 15% of the Fund’s net assets may be invested in securities rated below investment grade.

Investments typically include bonds, notes, collateralized bond obligations, collateralized debt obligations, mortgage-related and asset-backed securities, bank loans, money-market securities, swaps, futures, options, credit default swaps, private placements, defaulted debt securities and restricted securities. These investments may have interest rates that are fixed, variable or floating. The Fund invests in the U.S. and abroad, including emerging markets.

Performance Returns

as of 12/31/2019 (updated monthly)

Sector Value (%)

Credit 30.65
Mortgage Backed 27.04
Cash and Equivalents 24.33
Asset Backed 8.45
Other 7.30
Government 2.23
as of 12/31/2019 (updated monthly)

Legal Disclosures

The source for all charts and tables above is TCW
About Performance
The performance data presented represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Total returns include reinvestment of dividends and distributions. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data presented. Performance data current to the most recent month end is available on the product detail page for each Fund. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions. The value of an investment in the Fund, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than its original purchase cost.
Net and Gross Expense Ratio
Annual fund operating expenses as stated in the Prospectus dated July 29, 2019.

For MWATX the total expense ratio is 1.39%, and the net expense ratio is 0.90%. Expenses reflect a contractual agreement by the Adviser to reduce its fees and/or absorb certain expenses to limit the fund’s total annual operating expenses until July 31, 2020, unless terminated earlier by the Board of Trustees. For more information about fees and expenses, please read the prospectus. Performance would have been lower if fees had not been waived in various periods.

S&P 500 Index – A capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.

About the Index or Indices

The index listed is not available for direct investment; therefore its performance does not reflect a reduction for fees or expenses incurred in managing a portfolio. The securities in the index may be substantially different from those in the Fund.

Morningstar Rating Disclosure: The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product’s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The total number of Large Blend Funds for the 3-, 5-, and 10-year time periods were 1,203, 1,058, and 808, respectively. The MetWest AlphaTrak 500 M Share received a rating of 4 stars for the 3-year period, and 5 stars for the 5- and 10-year periods.

It is important to note that the Fund is not guaranteed by the U.S. Government. Fixed income investments entail interest rate risk, the risk of issuer default, issuer credit risk, and price volatility risk. Funds investing in bonds can lose their value as interest rates rise and an investor can lose principal.

Mortgage-backed and other asset-backed securities often involve risks that are different from or more acute than risks associated with other types of debt instruments. MBS related to floating rate loans may exhibit greater price volatility than a fixed rate obligation of similar credit quality. With respect to non-agency MBS, there are no direct or indirect government or agency guarantees of payments in pools created by non-governmental issuers. Non-agency MBS are also not subject to the same underwriting requirements for the underlying mortgages that are applicable to those mortgage-related securities that have a government or government-sponsored entity guarantee.
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The MetWest Funds are distributed by TCW Funds Distributors LLC.

The MetWest Funds are advised by Metropolitan West Asset Management, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The TCW Group, Inc.

Investment Team

  • Photo: Tad Rivelle
    Tad Rivelle
    Group Managing Director

    Tad Rivelle is Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, overseeing over $180 billion in fixed income assets, including $95 billion of fixed income mutual fund assets under the TCW Funds and MetWest Funds brands. Prior to joining TCW, Tad served as Chief Investment Officer for MetWest, an independent institutional investment manager that he cofounded. The MetWest investment team has been recognized for a number of performance related awards, including Morningstar’s Fixed Income Manager of the Year. Mr. Rivelle was also the co-director of fixed income at Hotchkis & Wiley and a portfolio manager at PIMCO. Tad holds a BS in Physics from Yale University, an MS in Applied Mathematics from University of Southern California, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

  • Photo: Stephen M. Kane, CFA
    Stephen M. Kane, CFA
    Group Managing Director

    Mr. Kane is a Generalist Portfolio Manager in TCW’s Fixed Income Group, a team that oversees over $180 billion in fixed income assets including the $80+ billion MetWest Total Return Bond Fund, one of largest actively managed bond funds in the world. Under his co-leadership, the MetWest investment team was recognized as Morningstar’s Fixed Income Manager of the Year for 2005. Mr. Kane has led the effort to launch a number of fixed income products, including AlphaTrak, Long Duration/LDI, Unconstrained, and Global. Prior to establishing MetWest, he was a fixed income portfolio manager at Hotchkis and Wiley. He also served as a Vice President at PIMCO. Mr. Kane earned a BS in Business from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a CFA charterholder.

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