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Core Fixed Income

In today’s fixed income markets, it is difficult to profit by making broad, index based bets on factors such as duration or credit. The boutique nature of our firm helps us to find off the radar opportunities in niche areas of the bond market where idiosyncratic returns still exist. We analyze one bond at a time for one portfolio at a time, which means your portfolio gets the personalized attention it deserves.

Our Process

We seek to add Alpha primarily through individual security selection and sector positioning, particularly those sectors which are underrepreseted in the Barclays Aggregate Index.  One of Cutler's strongest advantages is that our portfolio composition tends to be quite different than what most asset owners are currently exposed to.  This generally means we can provide a very complementary liquidity, risk, and return profile when paired with your existing managers.

Key Facts

Benchmark Barclays U.S. Intermediate Govt./Credit Bond Index
# of Positions 57
Portfolio Mgr. Industry Experience 37 Years
Strategy Inception 10/1/2012

As of 2017-03-31

Credit Quality

As of 2017-03-31

Top Sectors

Securitized 57.13
Government 32.26
Cash & Equivalents 8.83
Corporate 1.77
Municipal 0.00

As of 2017-03-31

Source of Information: Cutler Investment Counsel, LLC.  The holdings’ percentages reflected above are based on the Cutler Core Fixed Income strategy composite and as such, individual account holdings and percentages will vary.   Also, the percentages are inclusive of cash and cash equivalents.  A complete list of portfolio holdings and specific securities transactions for the preceding 12 months is available upon request. 
The strategies are actively managed.  Holdings and weightings are subject to change at any time without notice. This data is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation or solicitation to purchase any type of securities or considered investment advice. This information provided should not be used as the sole basis to make any investment decision. The data have been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of this information cannot be guaranteed.  Credit ratings derived from Standard & Poor's (S&P).  These ratings represent the opinions of their respective organizations as to the quality of the securities they rate.  S&P ratings range from AAA (extremely strong capacity to meet its financial commitment) to D (in default).  Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality.  Ratings are relative and are not absolute standards of quality.
Risks for the fixed income strategy include, but are not limited to credit risk (the risk that an issuer will go bankrupt), interest rate risk (the risk that bonds will go down in value as interest rates move up), default risk (the risk that the issuer will default on the payments), and reinvestment risk (the risk that bonds will mature at an unfavorable time for reinvestment).
Bond trading is generally not done electronically, which increases the risk that a more attractive price exists versus the price at which a client’s trades are executed. Furthermore, bond liquidity is often more favorable for large trades, implying that smaller accounts may have more difficulty executing trades at optimal prices.
The above is not a list of all risks and Cutler does not provide any guarantee that our advisory services or methods of analysis will provide positive results or insulate clients from losses.  All investments involve risk, including possible loss of principal amount invested, which investors should be prepared to bear.  As outlined above, different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that any specific investment or strategy will be profitable or suitable for a particular investor's financial situation or risk tolerance. Asset allocation and portfolio diversification cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses.
Cutler Investment Counsel, LLC or one or more of its officers, may have a position in the securities discussed herein and may purchase or sell such securities from time to time.
For comparison purposes, the composite is measured against the Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government/Credit Bond Index.  The Index is composed of U.S. dollar-denominated government, government-related, and investment-grade U.S. corporate bonds with remaining maturities between one and ten years.  You cannot invest directly in an index.

Your Team

We take great pride in the experience, education, and background of our team. We continue to build upon this great foundation, growing our team’s expertise and investment experience. Our strength is our diversity of thought and our ability to form consensus using these different points of view.

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