The BBH Limited Duration Fund Class I ("the Fund") returned 1.53% in April, and the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1-3 Year Treasury Index returned 0.13%. Outperformance was due to April’s rebound of credit in the Fund versus an all-Treasury benchmark.
The Treasury curve was practically unchanged in April. Returns in excess of Treasuries (excess returns) for 3-5-year investment grade (IG) and 0-5-year high yield (HY) corporate bonds were 3.60% and 3.53%, respectively. Total returns were 3.81% and 3.69%, respectively. Total return for floating rate loans was 4.29%. Asset-backed securities and non-agency commercial mortgage-backed securities returned 1.34% and 0.78%, respectively.
IG corporate spreads peaked at 360 basis points1 (bps) in the third week of March, up from 130 bps at the end of February. By the end of March those spreads had tightened to 270 bps, and then to 210 bps at the end of April. HY corporate spreads peaked at 1,090 bps in the third week of March, up from 530 bps at the end of February. By the end of March, HY spreads had tightened to 880 bps, and then to 760 bps at the end of April. The average price of a leveraged loan moved higher in April, to $86.31, versus $83.18 at the end of March. Structured fixed income has yet to receive Fed support as we await the roll out of Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF). As a result, the sector has not seen the same magnitude of spread tightening experienced in corporate credit. We continue to see attractive valuations for select structured fixed income credits.
The Federal Reserve, and Federal and State governments have announced and implemented programs on an unprecedented scale to support the economy and to maintain market liquidity. While some industrial sectors are being affected differently than others, the general economy will rebound only when regional quarantines are slowly reversed. In the meantime, we continue to invest only in credits structured to endure a wide range of economic scenarios.
1 A unit that is equal to 1/100th of 1% and is used to denote the change in a financial instrument.
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