MetWest Strategic Income Fund


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Overall Morningstar RatingTM (I) Class: More Info
Morningstar DisclaimerI Share; Out of 264 funds in the Nontraditional Bond 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.
4 star rating

Investment Team

  • Tad Rivelle
  • Laird R. Landmann
  • Stephen M. Kane, CFA
  • Bryan T. Whalen, 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 Strategic Income Fund I
[Inception Date: 03/31/2004]
$7.96 -0.12% -0.08% -0.15% -0.07% 2.90% 2.30% 2.41% 5.07% 3.56% 2.10% 2.10%
MetWest Strategic Income Fund M
[Inception Date: 06/30/2003]
$7.96 -0.12% -0.22% -0.23% -0.01% 2.78% 2.02% 2.17% 4.81% 4.20% 2.35% 2.41%
ICE BofAML US 3-Month Treasury Bill + 200bp - - - - 0.85% 3.13% 2.54% 2.34% 2.35% 3.32% - -
ICE BofAML US 3-Month Treasury Bill + 200bp - - - - 0.85% 3.13% 2.54% 2.34% 2.35% 3.31% - -
1 as of 04/19/18 (updated daily)
2 Performance as of 03/31/2018 (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 Strategic Income Fund seeks to maximize long-term total return without tracking any particular markets or indices.

Investment Approach

The Fund pursues its objective by using techniques intended to provide absolute (positive) returns in all markets and employs a strategy intended to produce high income while exploiting disparities or inefficiencies in markets. The Fund focuses on inefficiencies related to secured or asset-backed debt compared with unsecured and subordinated debt or equity of companies and issuers. Additionally, the Fund focuses on longer-term cyclical anomalies in the fixed income markets to both enhance yield and realize potential price appreciation. These anomalies include shifts in the portfolio’s duration, yield curve anomalies, and sector and issue-specific dislocations.

The major strategies employed by the Adviser include relative value/arbitrage strategies (capital structure arbitrage strategies, commodities/ futures arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, and interest rate arbitrage), trading/market timing strategies (interest rate timing, yield curve relationship and arbitrage and sector and issue allocations), income strategies, high yield investment strategies, long-short or market-neutral equity strategies and event driven and special situation strategies.

To implement some or all of these strategies, the Fund’s portfolio typically includes: corporate bonds, mezzanine investments, collateralized bond obligations, collateralized debt obligations, collateralized loan obligations, swaps and other derivatives (futures, options and credit default swaps), currency futures and options, bank loans, preferred stock, common stock, warrants, convertible bonds, municipal securities, asset-backed securities and, derivatives (including those involving net interest margins, “NIMs”), mortgage-backed securities, foreign securities, U.S. Treasuries and agency securities, cash and cash equivalent, private placements, defaulted debt securities, restricted securities and unrated securities. Many of these investments may have interest rates that are fixed, variable or floating.

Under normal circumstances, the average dollar-weighted credit quality of the Fund’s long-term debt investments will be securities that are recognized as investment grade securities or are unrated and determined to be of similar quality. The Fund may invest up to 50% of its assets in debt securities rated below investment grade.

The Fund invests in the U.S. and abroad, including emerging markets. Derivatives will be used in an effort to hedge investments, for risk management, or to increase income or gains for the Fund. The Fund may also seek to obtain market exposure to the securities in which it invests by entering into a series of purchase and sale contracts or by using other investment techniques.

Performance Returns

as of 03/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Sector Value (%)

Mortgage Backed 44.41
Credit 34.69
Asset Backed 12.91
Cash and Equivalents 8.12
U.S. Government 0.00
Other -0.12
as of 3/31/2018 (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 Ratios

Annual fund operating expenses as stated in the Prospectus dated July 28, 2017.

For MWSTX the total expense ratio (gross and net) is 2.09%. For more information about fees and expenses, please read the prospectus.

For MWSIX the total expense ratio (gross and net) is 1.84%. For more information about fees and expenses, please read the prospectus.

BofA Merrill Lynch 3 Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index Plus 200 bps – An unmanaged index comprised of a single issue purchased at the beginning of the month and held for a full month. The issue selected at each month-end rebalancing is the outstanding Treasury Bill that matures closest to, but, not beyond three months from the rebalancing date.

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.

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.

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 Nontraditional Bond Funds for the 3-, 5-, and 10-year time periods were 264, 161, and 47, respectively. The MetWest Unconstrained Bond Fund I Share received a rating of 3 stars for the 3-year period, and 4 stars for the 5-year period. The MetWest Strategic Income Fund I Share received a rating of 3 stars for the 3-year period, and 4 stars for the 5- and 10-year periods.

Investment Team

  • Photo: Tad Rivelle
    Tad Rivelle
    Group Managing Director

    Tad Rivelle is Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, overseeing more than $180 billion in fixed income assets, including over $100 billion of fixed income mutual fund as-sets 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 Manag-er 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: Laird R. Landmann
    Laird R. Landmann
    Group Managing Director

    Mr. Landmann is a Generalist Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income Group. He joined TCW in 2009 during the acquisition of Metropolitan West Asset Management LLC (MetWest). Mr. Landmann currently serves on the boards of the TCW and Metropolitan West Mutual Funds. Mr. Landmann currently co-manages many of TCW and MetWest’s mutual funds, including the MetWest Total Return Bond Fund, the MetWest High Yield Bond Fund and the TCW Core Fixed Income Fund, and leads the fixed in-come group’s risk management efforts. He is a leader of the MetWest investment team that was recognized as Morningstar’s Fixed Income Manager of the Year for 2005 and has been nominated for the award eight times. Prior to founding MetWest in 1996, Mr. Landmann was a principal and the co-director of fixed income at Hotchkis and Wiley. He also served as a portfolio manager and vice president at PIMCO. Mr. Landmann holds an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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

    Mr. Kane is a Generalist Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income group. He joined TCW in 2009 during the acquisition of Metropolitan West Asset Management LLC (MetWest). At MetWest, Mr. Kane was responsible for leading MetWest’s AlphaTrak, Ultra Short and Liability Driven Investment (LDI) products, and he co-manages many of the firm’s mutual funds. Under his co-leadership, the MetWest investment team was recognized as Morningstar’s Fixed Income Manager of the Year for 2005. 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.

  • Photo: Bryan T. Whalen, CFA
    Bryan T. Whalen, CFA
    Group Managing Director

    Mr. Whalen is a Generalist Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income group. Mr. Whalen joined TCW in 2009 during the acquisition of Metropolitan West Asset Management LLC (MetWest) as co-head of the Securitized Products division. Prior to joining TCW, Mr. Whalen was a Partner and Co-head of MetWest’s Securitized Products division. Prior to joining MetWest in 2004, he was a Director in the Fixed Income department at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Previously, he was a Vice President at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Whalen earned a BA in Economics from Yale University. He is a CFA charterholder.

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