TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund

At-A-Glance

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Daily NAV
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (I) Class: More Info
Morningstar DisclaimerI & N Share; Out of 225 funds in the Emerging Markets 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
Overall Morningstar RatingTM (N) Class: More Info
Morningstar DisclaimerI & N Share; Out of 225 funds in the Emerging Markets 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

  • Penelope D. Foley
  • David I. Robbins
  • Alex Stanojevic
  • Javier Segovia, CFA

MORNINGSTAR ANALYST RATINGTM

  

TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund
I and N Share, Rated 01/04/2018

TCW Emerging Markets
Currency Debt Fund

Best Emerging Markets Hard
Currency Debt Fund, 2018
10-Year Period

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Fund Name Daily NAV1 Daily1 MTD1 YTD1 3-mo2
Annualized Performance2
1-yr
3-yr 5-yr 10-yr3 Since Inc3
Expense Ratio
Net
Gross
TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund I
[Inception Date: 09/01/1996]
$7.92 0.25% 1.28% -4.70% -1.67% -4.49% 5.85% 4.16% 7.66% 9.01% 0.87% 0.87%
TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund N
[Inception Date: 02/27/2004]
$10.20 0.30% 1.29% -4.87% -1.76% -4.70% 5.58% 3.89% 7.38% 7.38% 1.15% 1.15%
JP Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index GD - - - - -0.42% -3.37% 5.05% 5.61% 6.64% 8.96% - -
JP Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index GD - - - - -0.42% -3.37% 5.05% 5.61% 6.64% 7.19% - -
1 as of 09/21/18 (updated daily)
2 Performance as of 08/31/2018 (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

This Fund seeks high current income and total returns by investing in emerging market securities, including the debt obligations of public and private sector issuers.

Investment Approach

TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by applying a proven top-down / bottom-up research process that is used to closely monitor trends in global credit and earnings fundamentals; to identify an array of market opportunities; and to achieve targeted, replicable returns over time. This research process is supported by proprietary credit models and analytics that are used to establish a dynamic link between credit fundamentals, market valuations, and portfolio strategy.

Portfolio Characteristics

  Portfolio JP Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Index GD
Blended Spread 436 bps 370 bps
Spread Duration 6.1 yrs 6.7 yrs
Average Life 9.5 yrs 11.0 yrs
% of Portfolio: Hard Currency Denominated 99.00% -
% of Portfolio: Local Currency Denominated 1.00% -
as of 8/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Country Weightings (%)

  Portfolio
Mexico 6.64
Argentina 6.40
Brazil 5.94
Indonesia 5.77
South Africa 4.57
Dominican Republic 3.90
Kazakhstan 3.79
Ukraine 3.64
Colombia 3.52
Russia 3.50
US Cash & Equivalents 3.46
Saudi Arabia 3.38
Egypt 3.38
Oman 3.38
Turkey 3.05
Qatar 2.72
Other 32.94
as of 8/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Credit Quality (%)

  Portfolio
Cash 3.46
AA 2.72
A 3.38
BBB 24.71
BB 24.06
B 38.97
CCC 1.45
C 0.38
D 0.84
Hedge 0.03
   
High Yield 65.70
Investment Grade 30.81
as of 8/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Sector Distribution of Quasi Sovereign and Corporates (%)

  Portfolio
Oil & Gas 11.51
Utilities 5.71
Financial 4.59
Metals & Mining 2.32
Technology Media & Telecom 2.01
Real Estate 1.26
Transportation 0.85
Infrastructure 0.69
Industrial 0.45
Pulp & Paper 0.38
Consumer Products 0.30
as of 8/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Performance Returns

as of 08/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Distribution of Local Currency Allocation (%)

  Portfolio
US Dollar 99.00
Brazilian Real 1.00
Mexican Peso 0.00
as of 8/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Portfolio Sector
Distribution (%)

  Portfolio
Corporates 21.22
Sovereigns 66.17
Quasi Sovereigns 9.12
Hedge 0.03
as of 8/31/2018 (updated monthly)

Legal Disclosures


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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

ADR (American Depositary Receipt) – A negotiable certificate issued by a U.S. bank representing a specified number of shares (or one share) in a foreign stock that is traded on a U.S. exchange. ADRs are denominated in U.S. dollars, with the underlying security held by a U.S. financial institution overseas. ADRs help to reduce administration and duty costs that would otherwise be levied on each transaction.

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– Stock that provides a constant dividend and stable earnings regardless of the state of the overall stock market.

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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.
Inception Date

For the I Share Class, since inception 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 was registered under the 1940 Act, its performance may have been adversely affected.

Net and Gross Expense Ratio
Annual fund operating expenses as stated in the Prospectus dated February 28, 2018.
Objective
There can be no assurance that the objectives and/or trends will come to pass or be maintained.
Portfolio Characteristics & Holdings
Portfolio characteristics and holdings are subject to change at any time. It should not be assumed that an investment in the securities listed was or will be profitable.
Credit Quality

These ratings are provided by one or more outside credit agencies including Moodys, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. The procedure used in calculating the Fund’s ratings breakdown involves assigning a rating based on the decision rule below, linking the rating to the Moody’s rating factor (numerical scale), weighting the securities and their ratings by their market value dollar amount and arriving at a weighted average rating factor. Credit quality ratings are subject to change and pertain to the underlying holdings of the Fund and not the Fund itself.

The decision rule used in calculating the Fund’s ratings breakdown involves: i) a 2 out of 3 approach of the ratings of the three credit agencies Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s & Fitch for each security; in the rare cases where the rating buckets of the three agencies differ the middle of the three will be taken; if ratings are only available from two agencies the lower of the two would be selected; ii) applying a “Ca” rating (which is the lowest rating with a numerical value) if the security is unrated by any of these three agencies; and iii) applying “Aaa” rating to cash, which is invested in overnight repo backed by U.S. Treasuries. Gradations of creditworthiness are indicated by rating symbols, with each symbol representing a group in which the credit characteristics are broadly the same. The AAA rating is the highest (best) rating and D is the lowest (worst) rating, the Unrated category contains bonds that are not rated by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization. The procedure has been in effect since the change in methodology used by JP Morgan for the EMBIGD index in late 2015. The credit quality of the investments in the portfolio does not apply to the stability or safety of the Fund.


JP Morgan EMBI Global Diversified Index (EMBI GD) -- A market capitalization-weighted total return index of U.S. dollar and other currency denominated Brady bonds, loans, Eurobonds and local market debt instruments traded in emerging markets.


The index 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 Analyst Rating Disclosure: The Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by the mutual fund analysts of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent, and price. Morningstar’s analysts use this five pillar evaluation to identify funds they believe are more likely to outperform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis. Analysts consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weighting of each pillar may vary. The Analyst Rating ultimately reflects the analyst’s overall assessment and is overseen by Morningstar’s Analyst Rating Committee. The approach serves not as a formula but as a framework to ensure consistency across Morningstar’s global coverage universe. The Analyst Rating scale ranges from Gold to Negative, with Gold being the highest rating and Negative being the lowest rating. A fund with a “Gold” rating distinguishes itself across the five pillars and has garnered the analysts’ highest level of conviction. A fund with a ‘Silver’ rating has notable advantages across several, but perhaps not all, of the five pillars-strengths that give the analysts a high level of conviction. A “Bronze”-rated fund has advantages that outweigh the disadvantages across the five pillars, with sufficient level of analyst conviction to warrant a positive rating. A fund with a ‘Neutral’ rating isn’t seriously flawed across the five pillars, nor does it distinguish itself very positively. A “Negative” rated fund is flawed in at least one if not more pillars and is considered an inferior offering to its peers. Analyst Ratings are reevaluated at least every 14 months. The Morningstar Analyst Rating should not be used as the sole basis in evaluating a mutual fund. Morningstar Analyst Ratings involve unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what we expected.

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 Emerging Markets Bond Funds for the 3-, 5-, and 10-year time periods were 225, 155, and 51, respectively. The TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund I & N Shares received a rating of 4 stars for the 3-year period, 3 stars for the 5-year period, and 5 stars for the 10-year period.
A Word About Risk

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.

Fund share prices and returns will fluctuate with market conditions, currencies, and the economic and political climates where the investments are made. Emerging markets securities carry special risks, such as less developed or less efficient trading markets, a lack of company information, and differing auditing and legal standards. The securities markets of emerging markets countries can be extremely volatile.

The Fund’s investments denominated in foreign currencies will decline in value if the foreign currency declines in value relative to the U.S. dollar.
Obtain a Prospectus

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Investment Team

  • Photo: Penelope D. Foley
    Penelope D. Foley
    Group Managing Director

    Ms. Foley is a Portfolio Manager for the TCW Emerging Markets and International Equities Groups. Prior to joining TCW in 1990, Ms. Foley was a Senior Vice President of Drexel Burnham Lambert where she was involved in the management of DBL Americas Development Association, L.P. and in the provision of investment and merchant banking services in Latin America. Before Drexel, she was a Vice President in Citicorp's Investment Bank and was responsible for Eurosecurities, project finance and private placements in Latin America and Canada. Previously, she was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Department at Lehman Brothers. Ms. Foley attended Northwestern University and holds a BA from Hollins College.

  • Photo: David I. Robbins
    David I. Robbins
    Group Managing Director

    Mr. Robbins is a Portfolio Manager for the TCW Emerging Markets and International Equities Groups. Prior to joining TCW in 2000, Mr. Robbins was with Lehman Brothers where he was responsible for global emerging markets trading in the Fixed Income division. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley from 1983-1997 where he was head of Emerging Markets Trading. Mr. Robbins received a BA in Economics and History from Swarthmore College.

  • Photo: Alex Stanojevic
    Alex Stanojevic
    Managing Director

    Mr. Stanojevic is a Portfolio Manager for the TCW Emerging Markets Group. Prior to this, he served as the team’s Head Trader, where he was responsible for trading emerging markets fixed income assets and determining relative value opportunities in the investable universe. Mr. Stanojevic joined TCW in 2005 from Coast Asset Management LP, where he was responsible for interest rate derivatives transactions, trade modeling, research, and performance reporting. Mr. Stanojevic received his BS in Finance from the California State University Long Beach (Magna Cum Laude), and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

  • Photo: Javier Segovia, CFA
    Javier Segovia, CFA
    Managing Director

    Mr. Segovia is a Co-Portfolio Manager of the TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund and Head of EM Corporate Credit Analysis for the TCW Emerging Markets Group. He joined TCW in 1995 and the Emerging Markets Group in 2002, where he specializes in the analysis of corporate credits in the sectors of banking and real estate. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst with the TCW International Equities and Emerging Markets Equities strategies, where he was last an assistant portfolio manager. Prior to joining TCW, he was an Equity Analyst for Valores Finamex International in New York, and SKBA Capital Management in San Francisco. Mr. Segovia has a BA in Accounting from the Catholic University of Asuncion and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He is a CFA charterholder.

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