TCW Balanced Strategy

Quarterly Commentary

March 31, 2018

Key Issues

  • The new year brought an end to the somnambulant nature of the rise in all three major indices in 2017 as volatility returned in the first quarter of 2018. The S&P 500 hit an all-time high at the end of January before a choppy few months of trading in February and March. Ultimately, the NASDAQ Composite finished the quarter +2.6%, while the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished in negative territory, -0.8% and -2.5%, respectively. The S&P 500 witnessed over 20 moves of +/- 1% in the first quarter versus a total of 48 in 2016 and eight in 2017. Crude oil rallied 7.5% and has increased 27.5% over the last year. While the yield on the 10yr UST flirted with 3% during the quarter, it ultimately finished the period at 2.74%...

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TCW refers to this product as Core Balanced. The equity component of this Balanced strategy is TCW Concentrated Core (Large Cap Growth).

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Price Volatility

An account is subject to price volatility. The value of an account’s portfolio will change as the prices of its investments go up or down. Because an account typically invests in less than 40 equity securities at any time, it may have greater price volatility than a more diversified portfolio. Before embarking on the described investment program, an investor should carefully consider the risks and suitability of the described strategy based on their own investment objectives and financial position. The strategy will not invest in initial public offerings.

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A Word About Risk

Equity and fixed income investments entail equity risk, interest rate risk, the risk of issuer default, issuer credit risk, and price volatility risk. The value of stocks and other equity securities will change based on changes in a company's financial condition and in overall market and economic conditions. Strategies investing in bonds can lose their value as interest rates rise and an investor can lose principal.

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