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Seix Core Bond

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$ (as of )
Total Assets by Class
$6,996,727.64 (as of 06/27/2022)
Total Assets by Fund
$73,064,421.00 (as of 06/27/2022)
Morningstar Category
Intermediate Core Bond

Portfolio Overview

Investment Overview

The Fund seeks to maximize long-term total return through a combination of income and capital appreciation by investing in a diversified bond portfolio of corporate bonds, asset-backed securities, mortgage-backed securities, U.S. Treasuries, and U.S. government agency debentures. Seix's bottom-up focused, top-down aware investment approach seeks to provide superior risk-adjusted returns over a full market cycle, as well as competitive absolute and relative returns over shorter horizons.

Management Team

Investment Partner

Seix Investment Advisors LLC

Seix Investment Advisors is an investment management boutique focused exclusively on managing fixed income securities since 1992. Seix seeks to generate competitive absolute and relative risk-adjusted returns over the full market cycle through a bottom-up focused, top-down aware process. Seix employs multi-dimensional approaches based on strict portfolio construction methodology, sell disciplines and trading strategies with prudent risk management as a cornerstone.

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Investment Professionals

Perry Troisi

Perry Troisi

Managing Director, Head of Investment Grade, Senior Portfolio Manager

Industry start date: 1986
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2004

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Michael Rieger

Michael Rieger

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Industry start date: 1986
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2007

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Carlos Catoya

Carlos Catoya

Portfolio Manager, Head of Investment Grade Credit Research

Industry start date: 1987
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2015

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John Yozzo

Jonathan Yozzo

Portfolio Manager, Head of Investment Grade Corporate Bond Trading

Industry start date: 1991
Start date as fund Portfolio Manager: 2015

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Key Features

Broad Fixed Income Exposure

Seeks to provide income, quality, diversification, and liquidity in order to serve as an anchor of a diversified portfolio

Prudent Risk Management

Strives to generate superior long-term risk-adjusted returns, which often entails risk reduction over the short term

Extensive Fundamental Research

Combines top-down and bottom-up analysis to exploit inefficiencies in multiple sectors of the global fixed income marketplace

Portfolio Characteristics


(as of 03/31/2022)
Effective Duration (years) 6.52

Top Holdings (% Fund)

(as of 03/31/2022)
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 1.3750% 06/30/2023
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 1.8750% 02/15/2032
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 1.8750% 11/15/2051
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 0.2500% 09/30/2025
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 1.8750% 02/28/2027
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 0.3750% 07/15/2024
Citibank Credit Card Issuance Trust, 1.1570% 05/14/2029
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 0.1250% 12/15/2023
United States Treasury Note/Bond, 0.8750% 06/30/2026
Fannie Mae Pool, 3.5000%

Holdings are subject to change.

Sector Allocation (% Fund)

(as of 03/31/2022)
U.S. Treasury
Residential MBS
Commercial MBS
Asset Backed
Cash & Equivalents

Performance & Risk

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Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Sales Charge and Expenses

Yields / Distributions1

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30-day SEC Yield (unsubsidized)
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Distribution History2

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Risk Statistics3

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Risk Considerations

Credit & Interest: Debt instruments are subject to various risks, including credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt instruments may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities.
Foreign Investing: Investing in foreign securities subjects the portfolio to additional risks such as increased volatility; currency fluctuations; less liquidity; less publicly available information about the foreign investment; and political, regulatory, economic, and market risk.
ABS/MBS: Changes in interest rates can cause both extension and prepayment risks for asset- and mortgage-backed securities. These securities are also subject to risks associated with the non-repayment of underlying collateral, including losses to the portfolio.
Market Volatility: The value of the securities in the portfolio may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies and/or general economic conditions. Price changes may be short- or long-term. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issue, recessions, or other events could have a significant impact on the portfolio and its investments, including hampering the ability of the portfolio's manager(s) to invest the portfolio's assets as intended.
Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund's prospectus.



Market Review

Unlike the previous few quarters, “muted” is not the operative word regarding returns in the first quarter of 2022, particularly when talking about total returns. Let’s start with those dismal metrics for total return (price appreciation/depreciation plus income). The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (“Agg”) was -5.93% on the quarter, the third worst calendar quarter since the inception of the index (1976). The Bloomberg U.S. Treasury Index was -5.58% for the quarter, which clocked in as the WORST quarter ever since inception (1973). The Bloomberg U.S. Corporate Investment Grade Bond Index was -7.69% for the quarter, compliments of its longer duration relative to the aforementioned benchmarks.

With even higher inflation in early 2022 and the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) reaction to lean in an even more hawkish direction early on, the bond market was left with little support. Rates began to rise right out of the gate in early January and never slowed. The front end of the Treasury yield curve bore the brunt of the move given the extensive re-pricing of forthcoming Fed tightening. In short, the year started with about three Fed rate hikes priced in, and by the end of the quarter we already had the first 25 bps rate hike and there were about eight more hikes priced in for the balance of the year. Consequently, the two-year U.S. Treasury yield rose by 160 basis points (bps) to end Q1 at 2.34%, and the five-year Treasury rose by 120 bps to end Q1 at 2.46%. The longer end of the Treasury yield curve suffered as well, just not the same magnitude. The 10-year Treasury yield rose 83 bps to end Q1 at 2.34%, while the 30-year Treasury yield rose by 55 bps to end Q1 at 2.45%.

When short-term interest rates move up faster than the longer end of the yield curve, the yield curve flattens, which is what we experienced in the quarter, as the 2-year to 10-year relationship flattened by 78 bps. It’s this flat/inverted 2s/10s curve (formally inverted for a few days in early April before re-steepening again) that speaks to the potential for a Fed “policy error” many see forthcoming, where the Fed tightens into a slowdown and accidentally causes a recession. The debate over causation versus correlation obviously persists as it relates to the curve, but clearly market pricing is discounting a substantial slowdown. Even the Eurodollar curve is consistent with this message, as it prices a Fed target rate peak in/around Q2/Q3 2023 before rate CUTS are anticipated in early 2024, seemingly in response to the economic slowdown. As for the Fed, it still believes in curve relationships that include the money market in the front end. Given the three-month to 10-year curve proxy was at 185 bps at the end of the quarter, the Fed is not concerned with any message from the curve about an excessive slowdown or recession. Given the pace of tightening the market anticipates in 2022, that three-month to 10-year curve is going to flatten with a vengeance, so the slowdown/recession fear is a theme that will persist going forward. Just for the record, the “policy error” by the Fed was made in 2021, when it chose to maintain emergency monetary policy settings while the economy was growing at a 5.7% rate for the full year.


The Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund returns reflected the sharp increase in interest rates during the quarter with a return of -5.79%, modestly outperforming the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index return of -5.93%. The securitized allocation was the primary contributor to relative performance, as the Fund’s residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) selection and underweight to the broad RMBS sector were contributors.  Secondarily, the Fund’s yield curve and duration positioning were modest contributors. Partially offsetting these contributors, the asset-backed (ABS) and commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) sub-sectors modestly detracted from relative performance. The corporate allocation was neither a material contributor nor a detractor from relative performance in 1Q22. 


For 1Q22, the Fund’s overall allocations to the primary spread sectors were relatively unchanged from the prior quarter-end. On a percentage of Duration Contribution (DC) basis, the Fund’s allocation to the corporate sector remained neutral when compared to the index weighting at 1.0x. The Fund’s allocation to the RMBS sector was up slightly to 0.7%x (DC) versus 0.5x (DC) last quarter-end; the CMBS allocation ticked down slightly to 2.5x (DC) the index; the ABS weighting in Market Value (MV) terms was modestly higher at 5.4% versus 4.6% last quarter. The Fund’s allocation to the Treasury sector remained at a slight overweight at 1.2x the index (DC), the same as 4Q21.


Coming into the year, the primary focus was on the pivot of massive fiscal and monetary tailwinds into headwinds. The drawdown of fiscal stimulus was well known as various programs rolled off without any extension. The monetary policy pivot was still being thought of in the context of the post-financial crisis standards that emphasized a measured and gradual approach to tightening policy. By the end of the first quarter, markets were adapting to turbocharged monetary policy tightening whereby markets are preparing for up to 250 bps of tightening in addition to balance sheet reduction (also called “QT”) as early as May. At the start of the year, QT was a 2023 concern at the earliest. Even Fed speakers have taken to referencing the 1994 tightening cycle as a historical analog for the current cycle. Starting in February of 1994, the Fed raised rates by 300 bps over 13 months, taking the target rate from 3% to 6%. That comparison was essentially unthinkable even three months ago.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell and the Federal Open Market Committee have said that robust labor market strength has reached an unhealthy level and that price stability must be restored. Clearly, the committee is willing to sacrifice growth for price stability at this point in the cycle, which is why we can get at an inversion with essentially no pushback from the policymakers. Suffice it to say, the war in Ukraine will likely fuel even higher inflation in certain sectors. The damage done to the Ukraine crops and their fertilizer production can't be undone in short order.

With these additional inflation pressures, it's hard to envision a scenario in which the Fed gets any window of opportunity to slow the pace of rate hikes this year, and therein lies major downside risk to global growth, especially with so much uncertainty regarding the sanctions on Russia and whether they could get lifted anytime soon. On the contrary, additional sanctions are still being contemplated, further complicating the growth and inflation outlook. Add to this the ongoing challenges to the global supply chain from a zero tolerance COVID policy in China where major provinces get locked down to fight any uptick in COVID cases. While the outlook for 2022 was hardly all that clear back in December, the view forward has turned exceptionally foggy given the developments that transpired over the first quarter. Returns will likely remain challenged, and caution is probably the appropriate approach in the short term for risk takers.

The commentary is the opinion of the subadviser. This material has been prepared using sources of information generally believed to be reliable; however, its accuracy is not guaranteed. Opinions represented are subject to change and should not be considered investment advice or an offer of securities.

Related Literature

Marketing Materials

Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund Fact Sheet - I
Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund Fact Sheet - R6
Seix Market Review and Outlook - Investment Grade
Inside ESG Investing at Seix


Mutual Fund Distributions

Financial Materials

Virtus Asset Trust Statutory Prospectus
Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund Summary Prospectus
Virtus Asset Trust SAI
Virtus Asset Trust Annual Report
Virtus Asset Trust Semi-Annual Report - Fixed Income


Virtus Seix Core Bond Monthly Holdings
Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund Top Holdings
Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund Holdings Fiscal Q1
Virtus Seix Core Bond Fund Holdings Fiscal Q3

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any Virtus Mutual Fund before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. Please contact your financial representative, call 1-800-243-4361 to obtain a current prospectus and/or summary prospectus. You should read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before you invest or send money.

Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. NAV returns do not include the effect of any applicable sales charges. POP and w/CDSC returns include the effect of maximum applicable sales charges.

Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.

1 Yields/Distributions: 30-day SEC Yield is a standardized yield calculated according to a formula set by the SEC, and is subject to change. 30-day SEC Yield (unsubsidized) is the 30-day SEC Yield without the effect of applicable expense waivers. Distribution Rate is calculated by (a) annualizing the latest income distribution for fixed income funds or funds less than 1 year old, or (b) summing all income distributions over the preceding 12 months for all other funds, and dividing by the NAV on the last business date of the period, unless otherwise indicated. The Distribution Rate may be comprised of ordinary income, net realized capital gains and returns of capital.

2 Distribution History: Distributions are represented on a cash basis and may be reclassified at year end for tax purposes. The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes. STCG: Short Term Capital Gain, LTCG: Long Term Capital Gain

3 Risk Statistics: R2 is a statistical measure that represents the percentage of a fund or security's movements that can be explained by movements in a benchmark index. Beta is a quantitative measure of the volatility of a given portfolio to the overall market. Alpha is a risk adjusted measure of an investment's excess return relative to a benchmark. A positive Alpha indicates that the investment produced a return greater than expected for the risk (as measured by Beta) taken. Standard Deviation measures variability of returns around the average return for an investment fund. Higher standard deviation suggests greater risk. Risk Statistics are calculated using 36 monthly returns.

4 Characteristics: For Equity Funds: Avg. Weighted Market Cap (bn): The total dollar market value of all of a company’s outstanding shares. Trailing P/E Ex-Negative Earnings: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-months Earnings per Share; Price/Cash Flow: Per-share stock price divided by the per-share operating cash flow; Price/Book: Per-share stock price divided by the latest 12-month per-share Book Value; 3-Year EPS Growth Rate: Average of earnings per share growth for latest 3-year period. The 3-Year EPS Growth Rate is not a forecast of the fund's performance.

4 Characteristics: For Fixed Income Funds: Effective Duration represents the interest rate sensitivity of a fixed income fund. For example, if a fund's effective duration is five years, a 1% increase in interest rates would result in a 5% decline in the fund's price. Similarly, a 1% decline in interest rates would result in a 5% gain in the fund's price.

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