Fixed Income Strategies

BE INTENTIONAL

Fixed income strategies intentionally constructed for today’s market opportunity.

FIXED INCOME:
STRATEGIES FOR
SHIFTING MARKETS

As we move into the next stage of the Federal Reserve cycle, we are entering a pivotal time for fixed income. In our view, investors may be well-served by the attractive yields and the contractual cash flows now available in intermediate-term fixed income, where high quality debt can be an important component of an investor’s portfolio allocation. Now may be an ideal time to start considering extending duration. We believe that in this environment, potential opportunity may be available to bond investors in a variety of core fixed income strategies offered by BNY Mellon Investment Management.

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HOW CAN YOU POTENTIALLY SEEK TO UNLOCK
DIVERSIFICATION AND INCOME IN 2024?

We believe the time for fixed income has arrived. Explore five reasons to consider fixed income today.

Beat the dash from cash

Cash has historically tended to outperform fixed income when rates rise. But once rates are done rising, fixed income tends to reign supreme. We believe we are at this transition now. In our view, the Fed is near the end of its hiking cycle, indicating it could be an ideal time to move out the curve.1


1Bloomberg, Insight calculations, November 16, 2023. Cash: ICE BofA US 3-Month Treasury Bill Index. Treasuries: Bloomberg US Treasury Index, IG Corporates: Bloomberg US Corporate Investment Grade Index. Investment in any strategy involves a risk of loss which may partly be due to exchange rate fluctuations. See index definitions and category definitions in glossary/disclosures. Charts are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. * Refer to definitions and time periods within the glossary/disclosures at the bottom of page.

Seek higher yields

There are potential rewards further out on the yield curve. Bond yields look equity-like at a time that equity ironically might not. Therefore, we believe locking in returns through fixed income may be a smart move.2

2Bloomberg, Insight calculations, November 16, 2023. Bloomberg US Aggregate Index, Bloomberg US Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS), Bloomberg US Corporate Investment Grade Index, Bloomberg US Asset-Backed Securities (ABS), Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Bond Index, Bloomberg US High Yield (1-5 Year) (BB/B) Index, Bloomberg Emerging Markets Aggregate Index, S&P 500 Index. See index definitions in glossary/disclosures. Charts are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

Seek high-quality credit

75% of Investment Grade (IG) bonds and 80% of High Yield (HY) bonds were issued before 2021.3 So, although yields are up, coupons mostly are not.


3Bloomberg, Insight calculations, November 16, 2023. Bloomberg, Credit Suisse, November 2023, *Leveraged loan data as of October 31, 2023. IG Corporates: Bloomberg US Corporate Investment Grade Index. HY Corporates: Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Index. Leverage loans: Credit Suisse Leveraged Loan Index. Investment in any strategy involves a risk of loss which may partly be due to exchange rate fluctuations. See index definitions in glossary/disclosures. Charts are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The date range (2017-2023) was selected to capture data from the last Fed hiking cycle.

Beware of floating rates markets

Coupons are rising with yields and could be a strain on the issuers in floating rates markets. In addition, as rates have risen, the illiquidity premium from private debt has compressed.4 In a higher rates environment, now may be an opportune time to pivot back to liquid fixed income.


4Bloomberg, S&P, November 2023. HY Corporates: Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Index. Leverage loans: Credit Suisse Leveraged Loan Index. Illiquid credit: MarketVectorTMUS Business Development Companies. See index definitions in glossary/disclosures. Charts are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The date range (2017-2023) was selected to capture data from the last Fed hiking cycle.

Be an opportunist

A capex supercycle may be kicking off as manufacturing returns to the US at a breakneck pace as a result of federal incentives.5 So far, we have seen value in some of the larger, more established bond issuers that have opened new factories, as shown on the map. We believe this may add diversification6benefits.

5The White House and the Center for American Progress, November 2023.
6Diversification cannot guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.
See index definitions in glossary/disclosures. Charts are for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR
THE FIXED INCOME
MARKETS OF TODAY?

Carefully risk managed through a focus on high-quality bond issues, our BNY Mellon Core Plus Fund and BNY Mellon Global Fixed Income Fund seek to offer a balance of income, opportunity, and diversification with an aim to maximize the potential for consistent returns.

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OUR FUNDS

BNY Mellon
Core Plus Fund

Class I - DCPIX
Overall Morningstar Rating

Morningstar Rating™ as of 06/30/24 for the Class I shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Intermediate Core-Plus Bond. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 4 Stars (561 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 3 Stars (561 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 4 Stars (525 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 4 Stars (374 funds rated).

The fund seeks high total return consistent with preservation of capital. To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests in a diversified portfolio of fixed-income securities of U.S. and foreign issuers. Typically, the fund’s portfolio can be expected to have an average effective duration ranging between three and eight years.
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BNY Mellon
Global Fixed Income Fund

Class I - SDGIX
Overall Morningstar Rating

Morningstar Rating™ as of 06/30/24 for the Class I shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Global Bond-USD Hedged. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 4 Stars (107 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 4 Stars (107 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 5 Stars (99 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 4 Stars (60 funds rated).

The fund seeks to maximize total return while realizing a market level of income consistent with preserving principal and liquidity. To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in U.S. dollar and non-U.S. dollar-denominated fixed-income securities of governments and companies located in various countries, including emerging markets.
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WHAT’S BEHIND OUR INTENTIONAL
FIXED INCOME SOLUTIONS?

In building a balanced portfolio, investors typically seek stability, dependability, and diversification. At BNY Mellon Investment Management, we do not believe in chasing shortcuts to success. In navigating uncertainty, rigorous discipline and consistency count.

Active management

Our fixed income funds are actively managed by seasoned investors with extensive track records, looking to unlock hidden opportunities around the world.

Fundamental research

Our investment manager, Insight Investment, prides itself on rigorous bottom-up research with analysts covering both credit and sovereign issuers and issues. Insight’s value comes from knowing its investment universe inside and out, as well as making informed allocation decisions driven by intense research.

Full spectrum

Whether you are looking for a solution that provides core fixed income exposure plus the opportunity to capture alpha from securities outside the “core” category or the potential to capitalize on trends outside of the US, we have a range of strategies across the fixed income universe to suit your needs.

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ABOUT INSIGHT

Insight Investment is a leader in global fixed income and liability-driven investing with a rich history of innovation across fixed income markets. Our investment teams specialize across corporate and structured credit, government and municipal bonds, stable value, emerging market debt, liquidity solutions and currencies.

In contrast to the traditional focus on maximizing return and minimizing volatility, our approach prioritizes the certainty of meeting investors’ chosen objectives by diagnosing and managing risks to a desired outcome. We focus on consistency of returns by taking only compensated risks, seeking sustainable sources of income and aiming to exploit pricing inefficiencies across the full fixed income universe.

  • $825.9bn in assets under management 7
  • Offices in London, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Dublin, Frankfurt, Manchester, Sydney and Tokyo
  • 285 investment professionals with an average of 19 years industry experience8
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INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Established in 1784, BNY Mellon is America’s oldest bank and the first company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BK). Today, BNY Mellon powers capital markets around the world through comprehensive solutions that help clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment life cycle. BNY Mellon had $47.8 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration and $2 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2023. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on LinkedIn or visit our Newsroom for the latest company news.

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GLOSSARY/DISCLOSURES

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of a mutual fund carefully before investing. Contact a financial professional or visit im.bnymellon.com to obtain a prospectus, or a summary prospectus, if available, that contains this and other information about the fund, and read it carefully before investing.

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. 

No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee returns or eliminate risk in any market environment. Asset allocation and diversification cannot assure a profit or protect against loss.

Bonds are subject to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call 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 cause price declines. High yield bonds involve increased credit and liquidity risk than higher rated bonds and are considered speculative in terms of the issuer’s ability to pay interest and repay principal on a timely basis. Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities involves special risks, including changes in currency exchange rates, political, economic, and social instability, limited company information, differing auditing and legal standards, and less market liquidity.  These risks generally are greater with emerging market countries.

A leveraged loan is one that is extended to companies or individuals that already have considerable amounts of debt or a poor credit history. Lenders consider leveraged loans to carry a higher risk of default, and as a result, a leveraged loan is more costly to the borrower. CapEx Supercycle refers to an extended period during which companies are significantly increasing plant, equipment or machinery often lasting several years or even decades. During it, investors may aim to capitalize on the upward trend by investing in the asset or sector experiencing strong growth. Gross domestic product (GDP) is the total monetary or market value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. As a broad measure of overall domestic production, it functions as a comprehensive scorecard of a given country’s economic health. A collateralized loan obligation (CLO) is a single security backed by a pool of debt. Often these are corporate loans that have a low credit rating or leveraged buyouts made by a private equity firm to take a controlling interest in an existing company. An illiquidity premium is the explanation for a difference in yield or total return between investments that have similar qualities except liquidity, or the ability to trade on a daily basis.

The ICE Bofa US 3 Month Treasury Bill Index measures the performance of US dollar denominated US Treasury Bills. The Bloomberg US Treasury Index, IG Corporates measures US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate, nominal debt issued by the US Treasury. The Bloomberg US Corporate Investment Grade Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable, corporate bond market. The Bloomberg US Aggregate Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index that tracks the performance of the 500 largest US companies. The Bloomberg US Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) Index tracks fixed-rate agency mortgage backed pass-through securities guaranteed by Ginnie Mae (GNMA), Fannie Mae (FNMA), and Freddie Mac (FHLMC). Bloomberg US Corporate Bond Index measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bond market. Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Bond Index measures the US dollar-denominated, high yield, fixed-rate corporate bond market. Bloomberg US Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) Index is the ABS component of the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index, a flagship measure of the US investment grade, fixed-rate bond market. The Bloomberg US High Yield (1-5 Year) (BB/B) Index measures that part of the market with maturities of five years or less. The Bloomberg Emerging Markets Aggregate Index measures the performance of hard currency Emerging Markets (EM) debt, including fixed and floating-rate US dollar-denominated debt issued from sovereign, quasi-sovereign, and corporate EM issuers Investors cannot invest directly in an index. The Credit Suisse Leveraged Loan Indextracks the investable market of the U.S. dollar denominated leveraged loan market. It consists of issues rated “5B” or lower, meaning that the highest rated issues included in this index are Moody’s/S&P ratings of Baa1/BB+. All loans are funded term loans with a tenor of at least one year and are made by issuers domiciled in developed countries. The MarketVectorTMUS Business Development Companies Liquid Index (MVBIZD) tracks the performance of the largest and most liquid Business Development Companies.

HIKING CYCLE: The first two columns in the chart below show the start and end dates of the Fed hiking rates. The pace and size of rate cuts is detailed in the larger table below. Cycle lengths may vary.

PLATEAU: The third column shows the period between “date of last hike” and “last day before cut” and represents a plateau, or when the Fed was on pause (neither hiking nor cutting).

RATE CUTS: The last column indicates when the easing (cutting of rates) cycle began.

Date of First Hike
(Hiking Cycle)
Date of Last Hike
(Hiking Cycle)
Last Day Before Cut
(Plateau)
Date of First Cut
(Rate Cuts)
3/29/1988 2/24/1989 6/4/1989 6/5/1989
2/4/1994 2/1/1995 7/5/1995 7/6/1995
6/30/1999 5/16/2000 1/2/2001 1/3/2001
6/30/2004 6/29/2006 9/17/2007 9/18/2007
12/17/2015 12/19/2018 7/30/2019 7/31/2019
3/16/2022 7/26/2023    

Hiking Cycles are the period where the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increases the range of the federal funds rate, which determines the overnight interest rate at which commercial banks borrow and lend their excess reserves to each other.

Interest Rate Plateau is the period where the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) stops increasing the range of the federal funds rate.

Interest Rate Cut Cycle is the period where the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decreases the range of the federal funds rate.

Illiquid credit (or private debt) represents part of the broader alternative credit space, referring to those non-traditional asset classes where there is limited ability to sell prior to maturity. The illiquidity premium is the additional return that investors expect if an asset cannot be sold easily or quickly. Illiquidity is considered an investment risk since you can’t sell the asset quickly if needed. It can also be an opportunity risk if better investments emerge while the investment is tied up.

This material has been provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation of any particular investment product, strategy, investment manager or account arrangement, and should not serve as a primary basis for investment decisions.

Prospective investors should consult a legal, tax or financial professional in order to determine whether any investment product, strategy or service is appropriate for their particular circumstances. Views expressed are those of the author stated and do not reflect views of other managers or the firm overall. Views are current as of the date of this publication and subject to change.

The information is based on current market conditions, which will fluctuate and may be superseded by subsequent market events or for other reasons.

References to specific securities, asset classes and financial markets are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be and should not be interpreted as recommendations. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. No part of this material may be reproduced in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission.

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