Legg Mason Balanced Income Portfolios

Investment Overview

Legg Mason Balanced Income Portfolios pursue an objective of long-term growth and high current income through a combination of asset allocation and fundamental security analysis. Legg Mason’s ClearBridge Investments subsidiary determines the portfolios’ allocations among equities, fixed income securities and cash equivalents and also selects equity investments for the portfolios. Fixed income investments are managed on the basis of investment instructions furnished by Western Asset.

 

Investment Objective

Seeks to:

  • Provide a high level of current income by investing in high-quality, undervalued companies and select fixed income instruments
  • Achieve long-term capital growth.
  • Outperform a 70/30 blend of the Russell 1000 Value Index and the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Treasury Bond Index.
 

Investment Philosophy

We believe that:

  • A combination of steady income and conservative capital growth may be achieved in a single portfolio.
  • Blending top-down macroeconomic research with bottom-up fundamental analysis may enhance the portfolio’s overall return.
 

Asset Allocation

  • Diversify across equity, fixed income and cash allocations.
 

There is no guarantee that the Portfolio's objectives will be met.

 

 

Investment
Process

Define the investment universe

  • Consider common stocks, convertible and non-convertible preferred stocks, convertible bonds, ADRs, real estate investment trusts (REITs), U.S. Treasuries, U.S. Government agency securities and, to a limited extent, ETFs.

Evaluate stocks using proprietary discipline

  • Perform top-down macroeconomic research to drive sector weightings and emphasize industry themes and trends.

Base selection on fundamental security analysis and stress a current income and long-term value orientation

  • Equity and equity-related investments may include common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible bonds, ETFs, ADRs and REITs. Focus on companies with healthy balance sheets selling at or near book value and at prices that do not accurately reflect cash flows, tangible assets, or management skills. 
  • Fixed income investments may include U.S. Treasuries and U.S. Government agency securities. Fixed-income investments have an average maturity of 10 years or less.

Fundamental analysis

  • Re-examine when technicals/ fundamentals deteriorate, full growth potential is reached, material insider buying/selling is apparent or to capitalize on temporary bond mispricing. 
  • Adeptly assesses market conditions and at times hold significant amounts of cash reserves as a portion of the portfolio while waiting for buying opportunities.

The investment process may change over time. The characteristics set forth above are intended as a general illustration of some of the criteria the strategy team considers in selecting securities for client portfolios. There is no guarantee investment objectives will be achieved.

Investments may include ETFs representing U.S. securities markets, industry and market capitalization sectors, non-U.S. country and regional markets, and other types of non-U.S. securities markets and market sectors. In addition, a client will bear a proportionate share of the separate fees and expensed incurred by any ETF in which the clients’ account is invested.

 

 

Meet your Managers

One of the world’s leading global fixed income managers. Founded in 1971, the firm is known for team management, proprietary research and long-term fundamental value approach.


Global investment manager with over 50 years of experience and long-tenured portfolio managers who seek to build income, high active share or low volatility portfolios.


Peter Vanderlee, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Mark McAllister, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Active share is a measure of the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differs from the benchmark index.

To find out more about the Legg Mason Balanced Income Portfolios, talk to your Financial Advisor.


 

What I Should Know
Before Investing

All investments involve risk, including loss of principal and there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met.  Investments may be made in small- and mid-cap companies, which involve a higher degree of risk and volatility than investments in large-cap companies.  While most investments are in U.S. companies, investments may also be made in ADRs and other securities of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets which involve risks in addition to those ordinarily associated with investing in domestic securities, including the potentially negative effects of currency fluctuation, political and economic developments, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. These  risks are magnified in emerging markets.  Fixed income securities are subject to illiquidity risk, which is the risk that securities may be difficult to sell at certain prices when no market participants are willing to purchase the securities at such prices.  Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate and credit risk, which is a possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable to make interest payments and repay the principal on its debt. As interest rates rise, the price of fixed income securities falls.  Investments may include ETFs representing U.S. securities markets, industry and market capitalization sectors, non-U.S. country and regional markets, and other types of non-U.S. markets and sectors. In addition, a client will bear a proportionate share of the separate fees and expensed incurred by any ETF in which the clients’ account is invested.  U.S. Treasuries are direct debt obligations issued and backed by the "full faith and credit" of the U.S. government. The U.S. government guarantees the principal and interest payments on U.S. Treasuries when the securities are held to maturity. Unlike U.S. Treasury securities, debt securities issued by the federal agencies and instrumentalities and related investments may or may not be backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.  Even when the U.S. government guarantees principal and interest payments on securities, this guarantee does not apply to losses resulting from declines in the market value of these securities. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Management and performance of individual accounts may vary for reasons that include the existence of different implementation practices and model requirements in different investment programs.

Pure Gross performance shown does not reflect the deduction of investment management fees and certain transaction costs, which will reduce portfolio performance. Net Performance includes the deduction of a 3% annual wrap fee for equity and balanced portfolios and a 1.5% annual wrap fee for fixed income portfolios. These deducted fees amounts are the maximum anticipated wrap fees. Actual fees may vary. For fee schedules, contact your financial professional or, if you enter into an agreement directly with Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC ("LMPPG"), refer to LMPPG's Form ADV disclosure document. Returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends and other earnings.

An investor cannot invest directly in an index. Unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges.

Performance Source: Legg Mason

Hypothetical growth of dollars: For illustrative purposes only. Assumes no withdrawals or contributions. The performance results shown were calculated assuming reinvestment of dividends and income and take into account both realized and unrealized capital gains and losses.

PERFORMANCE CALCULATION:

Effective April 2007, ClearBridge Investments, LLC (“ClearBridge”) and Western Asset Management Company (“Western Asset”) manage the equity and fixed income portions, respectively, of Legg Mason Balanced Income (“BI”) portfolios as subadvisor to its affiliate, Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (“LMPPG”). From December 2005 through March 2007, BI portfolios were managed by either ClearBridge or a ClearBridge affiliate. Previously, BI portfolios were managed by a predecessor business.

Performance results are for a composite consisting of a representative subset of all the above referenced portfolios. Performance results shown were calculated assuming reinvestment of dividends and income and reflects realized and unrealized capital gains and losses. BI performance is for a composite consisting of a representative subset of all BI portfolios. Individual BI portfolios may have performed differently than the composite. Composite returns prior to 2004 include portfolios with client-imposed restrictions. For subsequent periods, portfolios with such restrictions are not included. Terminated portfolios are included in the composite through the last quarter of management prior to 2003 and through the last month of management for subsequent periods. After June 2006, the performance of each included portfolio is weighted according to asset size. For prior periods, the performance of each portfolio is weighted equally. YTD numbers are not annualized.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) are investment services provided by Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group, LLC (LMPPG), a federally registered investment adviser. Client portfolios are managed based on investment instructions or advice provided by one or more of the following Legg Mason-affiliated sub-advisers: ClearBridge Investments, and Western Asset Management Company. Management is implemented by LMPPG, the designated sub-adviser or, in the case of certain programs, the program sponsor or its designee.


Professional money management may not be suitable for all investors. Factual information relating to the securities discussed was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but there can be no guarantee as to its accuracy. It should not be assumed that investments made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of the securities discussed in the material.

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Holdings, sector weightings, market capitalization and portfolio characteristics are subject to change at any time and are based on a representative portfolio. Holdings, sector weightings, market capitalization and portfolio characteristics of individual client portfolios in the program may differ, sometimes significantly, from those shown. This information does not constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice or recommendations with respect to the securities and sectors listed. 

Portfolio characteristics (Source: FactSet)

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All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please see each product’s webpage for specific details regarding investment objective, risks associated with hedge funds, alternative investments and other risks, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision.

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