JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund - A - J.P. Morgan Asset Management


Loosen the constraints of your bond portfolio.

With a focus on mitigating downside risk, the Unconstrained Debt Fund targets attractive risk-adjusted returns in different market and interest rate environments by investing flexibly across global fixed income markets.

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Key Points

  • Highly experienced portfolio managers Bob Michele, Nick Gartside and Iain Stealey leverage the proprietary research of a globally integrated team of over 280 investment professionals.
  • An unconstrained, best ideas fund with the ability increase to shift allocations and interest rate sensitivity dynamically as market conditions change.
  • Delivered positive returns 100% of the time over rolling 3-year periods since inception.1
  • Top-quintile Sharpe ratio over the three- and five-year periods and since inception.2

1Source: Morningstar as of 9/30/17. Nontraditional Bond category. I Shares. Ranked: 1-yr. (214/349), 3-yrs. (99/264), 5-yrs. (45/160) and 10-yrs. (n/a).
2Sharpe ratio measures a manager’s excess return over the risk-free rate of return (normally the cash return), divided by the standard deviation; I Shares ranked: 1-yr. (224/362), 3-yrs. (47/291), 5-yrs. (31/184), since inception (25/134) and 10-yrs. n/a. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Chart source: Morningstar, Bloomberg; as of 9/30/17. Fund performance for I Shares with income reinvested. Fund rebased to 100 at Fund inception (12/1/10). Shown for illustrative purposes only.


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As of September 30, 2017

Quarter in review
  • The JPMorgan Unconstrained Debt Fund (I Class Shares) delivered a positive return of 1.49% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.
  • The allocation to high-yield credit was the strongest contributor to performance over the quarter, driven by strong fundamentals and low net new supply.
  • Our allocation to investment-grade corporates also contributed driven by a strong earnings season and continued demand from foreign investors.
  • The Fund’s exposure to emerging market debt contributed as the fundamentals and technicals were supportive and select emerging market local currencies provided attractive carry.
  • The Fund’s allocation to securitized credit contributed mainly through attractive carry exposure in collateralized mortgage-backed securities.
  • The Fund’s allocation to government rates detracted due to our short positions in the intermediate and long end of the U.S. Treasury curve.
Looking ahead
  • We maintain our expectation that global growth momentum will continue and central bank accommodation will remain supportive for global risk assets in the near term.
  • We have a negative view on U.S. duration as we expect a more hawkish Federal Reserve and a rebound in U.S. growth to drive Treasury yields higher by year-end to the 2.25-2.75% range.
  • We are still constructive on risk assets, mainly spread sectors through investment-grade and high-yield corporates due to positive technical and credit fundamentals, and also on selective emerging market local currencies due to attractive carry.
  • We believe that European bank capital (Additional Tier 1) offers improving fundamentals and benefits from continued buying from the European Central Bank.

Fees and Minimums

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Fund Managers



1Please refer to the prospectus for additional information about cut-off times.

Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The Fund's adviser and/or its affiliates have contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend and interest expenses related to short sales, interest, taxes, expenses related to litigation and potential litigation and extraordinary expenses) exceed 0.90% for A Shares, 1.40% for C Shares, 0.65% for I Shares, 1.25% for R2 Shares, 0.55% for R5 Shares and 0.50% for R6 Shares of the average daily net assets. The Fund may invest in one or more money market funds advised by the adviser or its affiliates (affiliated money market funds). The Fund's adviser has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses in an amount sufficient to offset the fees and expenses of the affiliated money market funds incurred by the Fund because of the Fund's investment in such money market funds. This waiver is in effect through 10/31/2018 for A Shares, 10/31/2018 for C Shares, 10/31/2018 for I Shares, 10/31/2018 for R2 Shares, 10/31/2018 for R5 Shares and 10/31/2018 for R6 Shares, at which time the adviser and/or its affiliates will determine whether to renew or revise it. The difference between net and gross fees includes all applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements.

The quoted performance of the Fund includes performance of a predecessor fund/share class prior to the Fund's commencement of operations. Please refer to the current prospectus for further information.

Mutual funds have fees that reduce their performance: indexes do not. You cannot invest directly in an index.

The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index is an unmanaged index representing SEC-registered taxable and dollar denominated securities. It covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through, and asset-backed securities.

The BofA Merrill Lynch US 3-Month Treasury Bill Index is comprised of a single issue purchased at the beginning of the month and held for a full month. The index is rebalanced monthly and the issue selected is the outstanding Treasury Bill that matures closest to, but not beyond 3 months from the rebalancing date.

The performance of the Lipper Alternative Credit Focus Funds Index includes expenses associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management fees. These expenses are not identical to the expenses charged by the Fund.

Total return figures (for the fund and any index quoted) assume payment of fees and reinvestment of dividends (after the highest applicable foreign withholding tax) and distributions. Without fee waivers, fund returns would have been lower. Due to rounding, some values may not total 100%.

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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.Rankings do not take sales loads into account.
The following risks could cause the fund to lose money or perform more poorly than other investments. For more complete risk information, see the prospectus.

Investments in bonds and other debt securities will change in value based on changes in interest rates. If rates rise, the value of these investments generally drops.

Securities rated below investment grade are considered "high-yield," "non-investment grade," "below investment-grade," or "junk bonds." They generally are rated in the fifth or lower rating categories of Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service. Although they can provide higher yields than higher rated securities, they can carry greater risk.

International investing bears greater risk due to social, economic, regulatory and political instability in countries in "emerging markets." This makes emerging market securities more volatile and less liquid developed market securities. Changes in exchange rates and differences in accounting and taxation policies outside the U.S. can also affect returns.
The top 10 holdings listed reflect only the Fund's long-term investments. Short-term investments are excluded. Holdings are subject to change. The holdings listed should not be considered recommendations to purchase or sell a particular security. Each individual security is calculated as a percentage of the aggregate market value of the securities held in the Fund and does not include the use of derivative positions, where applicable.

Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

Duration: Measures price sensitivity of fixed income securities to interest rate changes.

Average Life: The length of time the principal of a debt issue is expected to be outstanding.