The Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index is down 16%.1 The average intermediate core ETF is down 15.9%.2 And only 31% of active intermediate core managers are outperforming their benchmarks.3
That means plenty of tax-loss harvesting opportunities across fixed income. As volatility persists, consider investing your sale proceeds in a core bond exposure with a flexible active mandate that supports defensive positioning.
This article was written with contributions from Ronnie Kuriakose. Ronnie is a Research Analyst on the SPDR Americas Research Team.
The S&P 500 Index gained almost 5% this past week on the news of better-than-expected earnings. Sectors rose across the board, with Energy up more than 8%.
Changes in World Leadership
Liz Truss resigned as the UK’s prime minister after just forty-five days in office. Rishi Sunak is set to assume the role this week, the third person to lead the country in seven weeks.4
Xi Jinping secured a historic third term as the leader of China, cementing his status as the country’s most powerful figure in decades.5
India’s Congress party elected Mallikarjun Kharge as president; he is the first leader in 24 years from outside the Nehru-Gandhi family.6
Earnings Better than Expected
With the bar lowered for this earnings season, 72% of companies have topped analyst consensus estimates so far. Though better than expected, this is still lower than the five-year average of 77%.7
Q3 GDP and Housing Data Due
A series of home pricing data will be released this week. New home sales, pending home sales, and home price indexes are all expected to slow.
The first print of Q3 GDP arrives on Thursday — positive GDP after two consecutive quarters of decline could stem recession fears.
Implementation Idea: The SPDR® DoubleLine® Total Return Tactical ETF [TOTL]
The active SPDR® DoubleLine® Total Return Tactical ETF [TOTL] places a heavy emphasis8 on mortgages relative to its benchmark of the Agg, which have historically been less volatile and more efficient in generating yield relative to other investment-grade bond sectors9. The fund has had lower drawdowns than its peer group median in 91% of rolling six-month periods since inception.10
TOTL’s defensive positioning also has led the fund to perform well relative to its peers, ranking in the 13th percentile of Intermediate core-plus bond funds on a trailing-one year basis.11 TOTL is outperforming its benchmark on a YTD basis by +172bps.12
TOTL Percentile Rank vs. Excess Return Relative to Peer Group
TOTL Standard Performance as of September 30, 2022
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1Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of September 30, 2022. 2Morningstar, Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of September 30, 2022. Calculations by SPDR Americas Research. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. 3Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of September 30, 2022. Calculations by SPDR Americas Research. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. 4Rob Picheta, “Rishi Sunak set to be UK’s next prime minister,” CNN, October 24, 2022. 5Jennifer Jett and Megan Lebowitz, “Xi Jinping secures historic third term as leader of China,” NBC News, October 23, 2022. 6Shivam Patel, “India's Congress elects first non-Gandhi chief in 24 years,” Reuters, October 19, 2022. 7FactSet, as of October 24, 2022. 8Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of September 30, 2022. Holdings information as of date indicated and is subject to change. 9Bloomberg Finance L.P., as of September 30, 2022. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. MBS had a higher yield-per-unit of duration than the Agg, Treasuries, and Investment Grade Corporates. Index returns are unmanaged and do not reflect the deduction of any fees or expenses. Index returns reflect all items of income, gain and loss and the reinvestment of dividends and other income as applicable. All the index performance results referred to are provided exclusively for comparison purposes only. It should not be assumed that they represent the performance of any particular investment. Treasuries = Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Index, IG Corporates = Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate Index , Aggregate Index, Aggregate = Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index 10Morningstar, as of September 30, 2022. Drawdown measured for the rolling six periods ending September 30, 2015 – September 30, 2022. Peers consist of oldest share class of active ETFs and mutual funds in the Intermediate Core-Plus Bond Category. 11Morningstar, as of September 30, 2022. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. 12Morningstar, as of September 30, 2022. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
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