The GMO High Yield Fund seeks to generate total return in excess of that of its benchmark, the Markit iBoxx USD Liquid High Yield Index by applying a systematic, factor-based approach to portfolio construction.
We use a proprietary, factor-based model, which has identified several sectors of the high yield market that over time tend to generate superior returns compared to the index as a whole. While the model can allocate to several cash bond strategies within the high yield market, our tool kit also includes investment options such as ETFs, total return swaps on high yield indices, and the CDX market. The factor-based model dynamically adjusts the allocations to the different investment options using factors such as carry, roll down, ratings distribution, and spread, all compared to the index.
Commentary & Attribution
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Risks associated with investing in the Fund may include those as follows. (1) Management and Operational Risk: The risk that GMO's investment techniques will fail to produce desired results. (2) Market Risk - Fixed Income: The market price of a fixed income investment can decline due to a number of market-related factors, including rising interest rates and widening credit spreads or decreased liquidity due to market uncertainty about the value of a fixed income investment (or class of fixed income investments). (3) Credit Risk: The risk that the issuer or guarantor of a fixed income investment or the obligor of an obligation underlying an asset-backed security will be unable or unwilling to satisfy its obligation to pay principal and interest or otherwise to honor its obligations in a timely manner. The market price of a fixed income investment will normally decline due to the issuer's, guarantor's, or obligor's failure to meet its payment obligations or in anticipation of such failure. For a more complete discussion of these risks and others, please consult the Fund's prospectus.
An investor should consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. This and other important information can be found in the fund’s prospectus. Read the prospectus carefully before investing. Please see prospectus above.
The GMO Trust funds are distributed in the United States by Funds Distributor LLC. GMO and Funds Distributor LLC are not affiliated.