Bond yields took a breather from their incessant moves higher ytd, peaking in late March and basically consolidating in a sideways fashion for most of April. This allowed more income–oriented investments to generate positive returns last month as they enjoyed a breather from the headwinds of rising bond yields.
While the market is digesting the move higher in yields over the first 3 months of 2021, it didn’t really give much back. There are still percolating inflation concerns, notably in the 5–year breakeven inflation rates that continue inching higher to their current level of 2.53% (highest since July 2008). And there could be more stimulus on the way for the economy with Biden introducing a $2 trillion infrastructure plan (still being debated).
As the vaccine–led recovery continues to gather steam in the U.S., the economy is starting to run pretty hot. The question will be if it can last for more than a few quarters, and what things will look like after –for growth and inflation. Some have commented that the recent peak in long–term bond yields is a signal that maybe growth is peaking for the cycle. We think this assertion is premature, and that as inflation continues to run hot bond yields will continue to move higher once this digestion period runs its course.
Inflation data is spiking in several different economic releases (PPI, CPI, commodities, semiconductors, autos, etc). With the easiest year/year comparisons still to come (vs. economic lockdown in 2020), we haven’t even seen the peak inflation readings for this cycle. Supply shortages in many industries are exacerbating pricing pressures currently, but these imbalances are likely to be addressed at some point and then we will get a better sense if the Fed’s characterization of inflation as “transitory” is accurate.
The ACM Tactical Income Fund (TINIX) returned 1.76% in April, which was well ahead of the 0.79% return in the Barclays AGG index. For the ytdperiod, TINIX has returned +1.98%, nearly 460 basis points higher than the AGG index (–2.61%). TINIX is now ahead of both of its closest benchmarks since inception as well (see fact sheet).
Positive contributors to performance came from mortgage REITs, MLPs, and BDCs. There were no big laggards last month. If we had to single out one area we would point to international govt bonds.
We want to thank all of you for your continued support.
Jordan L. Kahn, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Sources: Standard & Poor’s, Stockcharts.com, Briefing.com
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April 2021 Fact Sheet
The ACM Tactical Income Fund is designed as a core investment for investors seeking income generation, while also focusing on capital preservation. The fund employs a tactical strategy whichaims to capture attractive income opportunities and mitigatedownside risk when markets experience downturns.
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|PERFORMANCE||As of 4/30/2021|
|1-mth||3-mth||YTD||1 Yr*||Since Inception*|
|Barclays US Agg Bond||0.79%||-1.91%||-2.61%||0.71%||5.56%|
|Morningstar NT Bond||0.66%||0.84%||1.16%||12.76%||4.44%|
*As of 3/31/21
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As of 4/30/2021
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Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the ACM Tactical Income Fund. This and other important information about the Fund is contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 1844 798 3833 . The prospectus should be read carefully be fore investing. The Tactical Income Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC , member FINRA/SIPC. Norther Lights Distributors, LLC and ACM Funds, LLC are no t affiliated.
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