GNMA Bonds: A Tool to Help Prepare for Event Risk

Volatile markets and low interest rates have investors looking for relative stability and income. While GNMAs may help those seeking these traits, many are understandably confused about what GNMAs are and what role they could play in a portfolio.

Executive summary

  • Demystifying GNMA bonds: A brief look at the Government National Mortgage Association and the risk-return profile of their securities
  • Event risk mitigation: GNMAs have a solid, long-term track record when equity and credit market volatility rises
  • Refinancing can be a risk and an opportunity: How active management of a GNMA strategy can mitigate and even capitalize on refinancing risk
  • GNMA as a complement: Pairing an actively managed GNMA strategy with a short-term bond approach
  • Knowing the risks: How various rate environments and mortgage-market dynamics can impact GNMA’s performance
  • Voya’s approach to managing GNMAs: Intense focus on selection and diversification

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The S&P 500 Index is a gauge of the U.S. stock market, which includes 500 leading companies in major industries of the U.S. economy. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is composed of U.S. securities in Treasury, Government-related, Corporate and Securitized sectors that are of investment-grade quality or better, have at least one year to maturity, and have an outstanding par value of at least $250 million. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Bond Index is the component of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index that comprises? OR consists of? OR is composed of? U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Government/Credit 1–3 Year Bond Index is comprised of U.S. Treasury, Agency and corporate bonds with maturities at least one and not more than three years. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. GNMA Index is comprised of U.S. mortgage-backed pass-through securities, which carry the full faith and credit guaranty of the U.S. government through the Government National Mortgage Association (“GNMA” or “Ginnie Mae”). The Credit Suisse Leveraged Loan Index represents tradable, senior secured U.S. dollar-denominated below-investment-grade loans. All loans are funded-term loans with a tenor of at least one year and are made by issuers domiciled in developed countries.

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US Short-Term Bond Category: Short-term bond portfolios invest primarily in corporate and other investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues and have durations of one to 3.5 years (or, if duration is unavailable, average effective maturities of one to four years). These portfolios are attractive to fairly conservative investors because they are less sensitive to interest rates than portfolios with longer durations. US Ultrashort Bond Category: Ultrashort bond portfolios invest primarily in investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues and have durations typically of less than one year. This category can include corporate or government ultrashort bond portfolios, but it excludes international, convertible, multisector, and high-yield bond portfolios. Because of their focus on bonds with very short durations, these portfolios offer minimal interest-rate sensitivity and therefore, low risk and total return potential. Morningstar calculates monthly breakpoints using the effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index in determining duration assignment. Ultrashort is defined as 25% of the three-year average effective duration of the MCBI.

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