TCW Core Fixed Income Fund

Quarterly Commentary


Geopolitical and idiosyncratic risks continued to be simultaneously heightened and severely discounted by investors in the third quarter. Notwithstanding brief bouts of market volatility resulting from heated rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea, devastating natural disasters in the southeast, and contentious political discourse, the overarching theme was one of upward-trending markets propagated by still-accommodative central banks even as the number of potential catalysts to overturn frothy valuations grew. Meanwhile, market volatility measures such as the VIX hovered near historical lows during the quarter, illustrative of the apparent complacency supporting price levels. While late 2016/early 2017 sentiment held that the new administration in Washington DC was poised to spur a faster pace of economic growth with passage of long-absent fiscal stimulus, political reality (and intransigence) has frustrated much in the way of legislative progress. As a result, no acceleration in GDP has occurred, job gains and wage growth remain limited, and a lack of inflationary pressure persists, the combination of which reveals little fundamental support for the lack of risk aversion in evidence. Though corporate earnings have been resilient and modestly growing, indications are that profit momentum has been sustained more by financial engineering than robust top-line growth...

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Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index – A market capitalization-weighted index of investment-grade, fixed-rate debt issues, including government, corporate, asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, with maturities of at least one year.

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