JRB Bond Funds

The Joint Retirement Board offers a range of actively and passively managed bond funds. You can choose among funds that specialize in government bonds, corporate bonds or mortgage-backed securities. The JRB also offers a multi-sector bond fund that holds different types of bonds including international and high-yield bonds.

Although bond funds are considered conservative investments, they can, at times, experience declines. To learn more about how bonds work and the risks associated with bond investing, see our article, Introduction to Bonds.

Western Asset Core Bond Fund (WATFX)

The Western Asset Core Bond Fund is an actively managed fund designed to serve as the centerpiece of a bond portfolio. It invests in high-quality U.S. government, corporate, agency and mortgage-related bonds. The Fund holds bonds with a variety of maturities. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is used as the benchmark for the Fund.

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              Western Asset Core Bond Fund Fact Sheet

              Western Asset Core Bond Fund Prospectus

Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund (VBTIX)

The Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund is a passively managed fund designed to provide broad exposure to U.S. investment-grade bonds as mirrored in the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Float Adjusted Index. The Fund invests in a wide spectrum of public, taxable, fixed-income securities including U.S. Treasuries, international dollar-denominated bonds, corporate bonds and mortgage-backed securities with at least one year to maturity. Because the Fund invests in several segments and maturities of the fixed-income market, investors may consider the fund their core bond holding.

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              Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Fact Sheet

              Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Prospectus

Goldman Sachs U.S. Mortgages Fund (GGIRX)

This actively managed fund seeks to generate a high level of total return (income and capital appreciation) by investing in high quality, adjustable rate and fixed rate mortgage loans. The Fund’s benchmark is the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Securitized Bond Index.

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              Goldman Sachs U.S. Mortgages Fund Fact Sheet

              Goldman Sachs U.S. Mortgages Fund Prospectus

Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (VIPIX)

The Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund is an actively managed fund designed to protect investors from the eroding effects of inflation. The Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). Fund performance is measured against the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Inflation-Linked Bond Index. Investors may wish to consider this fund as a complement to a diversified bond portfolio.

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              Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund Fact Sheet

              Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund Prospectus

Fidelity Strategic Income Fund (FADMX)

High current income is the primary objective of the actively managed, multi-sector Fidelity Strategic Income Fund. Capital appreciation is a secondary objective. The Fund seeks to achieve this goal by purchasing lower-quality debt (less than investment grade and often referred to as high yield debt securities or junk bonds). Assets are allocated among four investment categories: high yield securities (approximately 45% of assets), U.S. Government and investment-grade securities (25%), emerging market securities (15%) and foreign developed market securities (15%). Lower-quality bonds can be more volatile and have greater risk of default than higher-quality bonds. In addition, investment in foreign debt increases exposure to foreign currency risk. Because the Fidelity Strategic Income Fund invests in many classes of bonds, its performance is measured using several benchmarks.

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              Fidelity Strategic Income Fund Fact Sheet

              Fidelity Strategic Income Fund Prospectus

Conclusion

Bond funds play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio, balancing riskier investments in corporate stocks. The role of bond funds in your portfolio can vary based on your time horizon, need for investment return and comfort with investment risk. To better understand the role bonds play in your portfolio, contact the JRB at 888-JRB-FREE (572-3733) or send us an email.

October 2021