There are good and bad markets, and every so often investors have to contend with a market crisis, such as the Great Financial crisis, the pandemic, or the oil price shock of 2014-2016. The challenge for investors—and one of the lessons from behavioral finance—is to have an investment process that is consistently applied whatever the market condition. We have designed the Guggenheim investment process to be a repeatable, scalable, and predictable approach to asset management. Now we are contending with the repercussions of the war in Ukraine and once again leveraging our process to evaluate the rising threat both to the global economy and individual industries and companies.
We wish for a swift conclusion to the hostilities in Ukraine. In the meantime we continue to seek to mitigate downside risk while seeking compelling long-term risk-adjusted returns for our clients.
A principal goal of the Guggenheim Investment Fixed Income Investment Process is to avoid suboptimal decisions that can result from thinking and responding too reactively. Guggenheim’s investment process deliberately seeks to slow down decision making by disaggregating the primary functions in portfolio management into specialized teams: Macroeconomic Research, Sector Teams, the Portfolio Construction Group, and Portfolio Management, overlaid with a dedicated Risk Management function. In doing so, each of these groups has more time to focus on its area of expertise. In keeping with our philosophy, rooted in behavioral finance, Guggenheim’s investment process synthesizes information from each group with the goal of making purposeful decisions while minimizing cognitive biases. In short, the Guggenheim investment process seeks to ensure that we have gathered all the information we need to make a decision, and that we have taken the time to weigh the potential outcomes of that decision.
Each of our Fixed Income Teams has been and continues to conduct analysis of the situation in Ukraine that is specific to each Team’s specialty. Each team’s effort contributes to the collective knowledge of the Firm’s overall investment process.
Our investment team of teams had not planned in advance a response to a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Nevertheless, as General Stanley McChrystal wrote about Captain Sully Sullenberger’s crew, “all were capable of adjusting to the unexpected with creative solutions on the spot, coherently and as a group. Their structure—not their plan—was their strategy.”
These inputs illustrate how each team approaches the same central challenge from different perspectives to inform a much more detailed roadmap than any one group could provide on its own. It also shows that while each team operates independently of the others, the information gathered is freely and constantly communicated for the benefit of the whole group. In our dynamic investment process, there is a constant communication flow within each of the investment teams, as well as between and among teams. The same process is generally followed for all of our actively managed fixed-income accounts, from institutional separate accounts to investment products such as mutual funds. Most importantly, while the specifics of each market cycle or crisis might be different, the process is the same, enabling our investment team of teams to continually evaluate investment risks and opportunities.
The following is a selection of the work done by each team in this undertaking.
Important Notices and Disclosures
One of the most important aspects of our review and analysis is ensuring that our firm complies with all applicable sanctions restrictions in connection with Russia, Belarus & Ukraine. All of our investment and business operations are subject to a robust internal compliance program that ensures appropriate compliance with such laws and regulations.
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