TCW Total Return Bond Fund

Quarterly Commentary


The TCW Total Return Bond Fund – I Class (“Fund”) gained 2.50% during the first quarter of 2019, trailing the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Index (“Index”) by 44 bps. With all corporate sectors outpacing the Index in the first quarter, a lack of exposure in the Fund drove underperformance. Additionally, the underweight to non-U.S. debt such as emerging market issues also weighed on returns as the sector rebounded from fourth quarter losses to outpace Treasuries by over 300 bps as dovish central bank policy helped support the sector. Some of this drag was offset by contributions from issue selection among residential MBS, particularly the off-Index allocation to high quality, short duration, legacy non-agency MBS which continue to amortize. These issues performed well during the quarter, returning over 1% and benefitting from continued solid fundamentals in the underlying collateral, and ongoing sponsorship. A final plus to the relative return owed to an overweight to Freddie collateral within the agency MBS exposure, which saw pricing move closer to the premium level of Fannies in the lead-up to the June start of To Be Announced (TBA) trading and pool issuance under the Single Security Initiative (UMBS). Last, given the disciplined lengthening of Fund duration relative to the benchmark in last year’s rate run-up, performance has benefitted in the yield decline of the past four months, contributing to the incremental return versus the Index...

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Citigroup 1-Year Treasury Index – Represents the return of the one-year treasuries each month (auctioned monthly). It is determined by taking the 1-year T-bill at the beginning of each month and calculating its return.

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Securities issued by U.S. Government agencies and authorities are not insured, and may not be 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.

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