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The cash universe has undergone fundamental changes. We believe ongoing developments should benefit investors who leverage the flexibility of Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs).
Unconventional monetary policy has increased global liquidity to record levels and investors are competing for a limited set of safe, liquid options.
Non-Financial corporations have increased cash balances dramatically since the Global Financial Crisis.
The phasing in of Basel III regulations, especially the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR), create structural bank demand for Treasury and Government holdings, either directly via high quality liquid assets (HQLA) or indirectly by pushing LCR-unfriendly deposits into the market – most likely Government Money Market funds.
The increased demand for short treasuries should, all else equal, translate into increased value of medium term T-Bills vs. short term T-Bills.
SMAs could provide meaningful benefits along the three pillars of cash management
|INVESTMENT APPROACH||SHORT TERM INVESTMENT STRATEGY
|ENHANCED CASH||ULTRA SHORT GOVERNMENT/CREDIT||1– 3 YEAR GOVERNMENT/CREDIT|
|Portfolio Target||60 Days||0.5 Years||1 Year||1.9 Years|
|Duration Range||0-0.25 Years||0.25-0.75 Years||0.65-1.35 Years||1.40-2.30 Years|
|Maximum Security Maturity||
1.5 Years Fixed/
3.1 Years Fixed/
3.1 Years Fixed/
|U.S. Gvt and Agencies||X||X||X||X|
|Certificates of Deposit||X||X||X||X|
|Euro Time Deposits||X||X||X||X|
|Floating Rate Notes||X||X||X||X|
|Futures (for duration Management purposes)||X||X|
|Minimum Credit Quality2,3||A3, P-1||Baa3, P-2||Baa3, P-2||Baa3, P-2|
|Benchmark||3-Month Treasury Bill||6-Month Treasury Bill||
1-3 Year Government/
Standish is a leading investment management firm dedicated to serving sophisticated fixed income investors. Standish currently offers a wide range of credit-based and specialty bond strategies focusing on the institutional marketplace. Our investment strategies span the wide range of fixed income disciplines and are complemented by a process designed to help provide innovative, effective solutions for satisfying our clients' needs.
Standish traces its roots back to 1933, when its predecessor firm, Standish, Ayer & Wood, Inc., began managing fixed income portfolios for U.S. financial institutions, banks and insurance companies.
Our team includes credit analysts, economists, and specialists who cover every sector and region of the world. Our analyst teams and portfolio managers meet daily to share ideas, combining macroeconomic views with multiple bottom-up perspectives. This constructive debate enables us to develop well-informed strategies that have consistently delivered strong performance over eight decades of market conditions.
We believe the value of short duration portfolio management is to deliver a consistent client-specific balance of principal preservation, liquidity and yield.
1“Liquidity” is a subjective and relative measure. Overall portfolio liquidity is assessed by combining (a) typical allocation to overnight instruments, (b) maturity characteristics of the portfolio, and (c) the secondary market liquidity of the underlying instruments.
2Money market eligible tranches.
3Flexible to meet higher security minimums. Credit ratings reflect those assigned by Moody’s.
Diversification cannot assure a profit or protect against loss. All investments involve risk including loss of principal. Certain investments involve greater or unique risks that should be considered along with the objectives, fees, and expenses before investing.
Bonds are subject generally to interest-rate, credit, liquidity and market risks, to varying degrees. Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes, and rate increases can produce price declines. Municipal income may be subject to state and local taxes. Some income may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax for certain investors. Capital gains, if any, are taxable.
BNY Mellon Investment Management is one of the world’s leading asset management organizations, encompassing BNY Mellon’s affiliated investment management firms, wealth management services and global distribution companies. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand for The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Standish short duration investment strategies may be offered by certain personnel of the BNY Mellon Fixed Income Division of MBSC Securities Corporation ("MBSC"), acting in their capacity as officers of The Dreyfus Corporation ("Dreyfus"). Standish is an operating division of BNY Mellon Asset Management Corporation ("AMNA"). MBSC is a registered broker dealer and investment adviser. Dreyfus and AMNA are registered investment advisers. MBSC, AMNA and Dreyfus are affiliated BNY Mellon Investment Management companies.
Not FDIC-Insured │ Not Bank-Guaranteed │ May Lose Value
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