Fixed Income Investing

Fixed Income Investing
Fixed Income investments are income producing vehicles that are often utilized as an alternative to the volatility of the stock market. This strategy is frequently favored by those who are seeking a more conservative approach. Traditional fixed income includes Certificates of Deposit, US Treasuries, Municipal Bonds, Commercial Paper, and Corporate Bonds among others. These vary in their liquidity, term, and risk profiles, but are all typically sought out as lower risk options that provide a reliable stream of cash flow. Many investors utilize fixed income as a means to generate distributable earnings from their portfolio. However, in the current economic climate there is a lack of fixed income paying attractive returns. This leaves few options for investors and advisors who are seeking to generate monthly cash flow without significantly increasing the risk to their principal.

The WFP Income Fund, WFP Opportunity Fund, and individual trust deeds offered through Wilshire Finance Partners fill this void. These investments pay attractive returns while providing a consistent stream of cash flow and help protect the invested principal from downside risk. They are also short-term, fixed income alternatives that are non-correlated to the stock or bond markets.

Conventional thinking is that an aggressive investor who has the ability to withstand market cycles should remain heavily allocated in the stock market to maximize upside potential. Often times this strategy is better suited for younger investors who are in the asset accumulation phase of their life and/or careers. A more aggressive strategy may be well suited for this type of investor because he or she will relying on their employment earnings and not be reliant on their portfolio to generate distributable earnings to cover living expenses. Therefore, this investor may be better able to withstand swings in the market and will have time to rebound from down markets prior to having to rely on earnings from their portfolio.

Conventional thinking also maintains that a risk adverse investor or an individual who relies on their portfolio to produce distributable earnings should have a portfolio which has a lower allocation in the stock market and is more heavily weighted in fixed income. Historically, this asset allocation strategy has been generally effective and investors have earned acceptable returns. However, today that traditional fixed income model is paying significantly lower returns than investors are used to receiving. As a result many investors are not generating the desired cash flow from their fixed income portfolio allocations. The lack of viable cash flow producing options has caused some investors who have generally been more conservative in the past to reallocate their portfolios into higher risk investments order to generate higher returns despite being otherwise risk adverse or not in a position to take on the added risk.

Wilshire Finance Partners seeks to solve this problem. Wilshire’s conservative philosophy is designed to meet the criteria of a risk adverse investor, while delivering returns that are on par with expectations of investors seeking higher returns. Therefore, Wilshire’s offerings may provide the balance sought by many fixed income investors.

As described above, Wilshire offers investors several fixed income investments options; including, individual trust deeds, the WFP Income Fund, and the WFP Opportunity Fund. Each of those investments seek to provide:

    • Volatility Hedge. Each of the investments avoids the market risk and volatility associated with the stocks, bonds and many other traditional fixed income investments.
    • Consistent Cash Flow. Because the underlying investments are real estate secured loans with fixed payments, the investors are able to receive consistent cash flow.
    • Principal Safeguards. Wilshire strives to deliver multiple safeguards to help protect the invested principal; including, conservative collateral-based underwriting; lower loan-to-value ratios; and portfolio diversification in its funds.

Like many fixed income strategies, Wilshire’s offerings do involve risk. However, as addressed above the Wilshire team employs multiple safeguards to help mitigate risk while striving to achieve attractive risk adjusted returns. We believe the result is a risk/return relationship that is extremely favorable.

Fixed Income remains an important part many portfolio allocation strategies, but unfortunately this asset class has underperformed. Wilshire offers an alternative strategy that helps investors achieve greater diversification and down-side risk protection with returns that have significantly outpaced the returns many traditional fixed income investments.

To learn more about the trust deed and fund investments offered through Wilshire, please contact us at (866) 575-5070 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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