Domestic equity action was a little tamer, but still positive, in March and the S&P 500 index finished the month up +1.94% on a total return basis. Across the whole of 1Q19, however, the index saw its largest quarterly gains since 2009. Fixed Income also ended the month on a positive note, for the most part, as rates dropped across the curve during March and have actually seen an inversion occurring on the curve's front end as the yield for 3-month treasuries is no above that of the 2-year note. Both domestic equity gains and rate drops can trace at least a portion of their positive moves back to the Fed's decision to not raise interest rates. The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) has also lowered their guidance for the number of rate increases in 2019 signaling a more "dovish" or "easy money" stance towards markets.
The Stadion Alternative Income fund takes a diversified approach towards income and risk management. In steps 1 and 2 of the fund's process we establish a portfolio of dividend paying, flight to quality equities and then collar them with S&P 500 based options to help dampen volatility and try to mitigate any risk the portfolio may become exposed to from large sustained drawdowns in equity markets. This portion of the fund contributed positively to performance as equities rallied and our flight to quality equities participated in this broader rally in equities. The contribution effect of the first two steps in the fund's process was +1.07%. In step 3 of the fund's process we employ an option selling strategy to both potentially generate premium but also as a way to reset exposure to the equity market on a monthly basis. This portion of the fund did well as the overall move in equities was muted over the course of the month. This portion of the fund contributed +.33%.
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The S&P 500 Index is the Standard & Poor’s Composite Index of 500 stocks and is a widely recognized, unmanaged index of common stock prices.
An option is a derivative financial instrument that specifies a contract between two parties for a future transaction on an asset at a reference price. The buyer of the option gains the right, but not the obligation, to engage in that transaction, while the seller incurs the corresponding obligation to fulfill the transaction. The price of an option derives from the difference between the reference price and the value of the underlying asset (commonly a stock, a bond, a currency or a futures contract) plus a premium based on the time remaining until the expiration of the option.
A collar is an option strategy that limits the range of possible positive or negative returns on an underlying security to a specific range.
Flight to quality is the action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to safer ones.
Yield Curve is a line that plots interest rates of bonds, at specific point in time, which have equal credit quality but different maturity dates.
An inverted yield curve is an interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the same credit quality. This type of yield curve is the rarest of the three main curve types and is considered to be a predictor of economic recession.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is a committee of the Federal Reserve Board that meets regularly to set monetary policy, including the interest rates that are charged to banks.
One cannot invest directly in an index.
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