Western Asset Enhanced Cash SMA Portfolios

Investment Overview

The Western Asset Enhanced Cash SMA invests in short-term investment-grade securities with a maximum portfolio duration of two years or less and benchmark to a variety of short-term indexes, such as the Citi 90-Day Treasury Bill Index and the Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Year Government Bond Index.


Investment Philosophy

We believe that:

  • Active portfolio management within a low-volatility corporate liquidity framework can help preserve capital, maintain liquidity and maximize total return.


Eligible investments include the following:

  • Taxable commercial paper
  • U.S. government and agency securities
  • Yankee, sovereign and eurodollar debt
  • AAA-rated asset-backed securities
  • U.S. agency collateralized mortgage obligations
  • Corporate debt securities
  • Cash sweep vehicles

The average effective duration of the portfolio should not exceed a range of 1-2 years, with a maximum life on any individual issue not to exceed a range of 2-5 years.
Except for U.S. government and agency securities, all investments in any one issue (liabilities of a single issuer) must not exceed 5% of the portfolio value at the time of purchase.
The minimum major rating category of any instrument in the portfolio is “A”. Within the above-mentioned guidelines, the investment manager has the latitude to determine the maturity, structure, duration and composition of the portfolio. This statement of investment guidelines will be reviewed on a periodic basis and can be changed at any time upon proper written notice.

Note: The guidelines provided above are general in nature. The program manager may, to a limited extent, invest in other securities entailing additional risks beyond those highlighted in this profile.


Key Differentiators

Team-Managed Approach 

Leverage Western Asset Management resources

  • Institutional-caliber buying power and trading expertise
  • Access to proprietary credit research team 
  • Exclusive focus on fixed income management

Ability to customize the portfolio to meet client constraints


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




Interest rate exposure/duration weighting

Western Asset’s investment team comprehensively analyzes a variety of domestic and international macroeconomic factors to establish a duration target.

Term structure weighting

The Firm carefully employs strategies in an attempt to take advantage of changes in the yield curve’s shape and shifts in the relationship between short-, intermediate- and long-maturity securities.

Sector allocation

Western Asset believes that value can be added to a portfolio by actively rotating among, and within, different sectors of the bond market. The investment team studies the fundamental factors that influence sector spread relationships.

Issue selection

Using a bottom-up process, the Firm seeks to identify issuers with changing credit characteristics and securities that are undervalued and out of favor due to unusual circumstances.

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.



meet your managers

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

Meet Your Managers

Western Asset Team Approach

Team unites groups of specialists dedicated to different market sectors 

Each group of sector specialists utilizes their expertise in bottom-up analysis of each portfolio sector

To find out more about the Western Asset Enhanced Cash SMA 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.  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 also be made in mortgage-backed, asset-backed securities and taxable municipal securities. Asset-backed securities generally decrease in value as a result of interest rate increases, but may benefit less than other fixed-income securities from declining interest rates, principally because of prepayments. Mortgage-backed securities involve additional risk over more traditional fixed-income investments, including: interest rate risk, implied call and extension risks; and the possibility of premature return of principal due to mortgage prepayment, which can reduce expected yield and lead to price volatility.  Foreign securities, where permitted, are subject to the additional risks of fluctuations in foreign exchange rates, changes in political and economic conditions, foreign taxation, and differences in auditing and financial standards. These risks are magnified in the case of investments in emerging markets.  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.  For tax-exempt securities, certain investors may be subject to the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax, and state and local taxes may apply. Capital gains, if any, are fully taxable. 

Legg Mason, Inc., its affiliates, and its employees are not in the business of providing tax or legal advice to taxpayers. These materials and any tax-related statements are not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used or relied upon, by any such taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties or complying with any applicable tax laws or regulations. Tax-related statements, if any, may have been written in connection with the “promotion or marketing” of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed by these materials, to the extent allowed by applicable law. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. 

A general rise in interest rates may lead to increased portfolio volatility.


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.

Please see GIPS® endnotes for important additional information regarding the portfolio performance shown and for effects of fees.

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.

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: Western Asset Management, LLC. 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.


Portfolio characteristics and bond weightings are subject to change at anytime and are based on a model portfolio. Portfolio characteristics and bond weightings 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. (Source: BondEdge)


Western Asset Enhanced Cash GIPS® Endnotes December 31 ($USD)
Year Net
total return
gross total 
return (%)1
total return
total 3 Yr.
St. Dev. (%)
total 3 Yr.
St. Dev. (%)
% of bundled
fee portfolios in
the composite
2009 2.68 4.21 0.79 -
1 100 - 71 0.01
2010 0.83 2.34 1.26 -
2 100 - 75 0.02
2011 -0.23 1.27 0.82 0.90 0.48 3 100 - 101 0.02
2012 0.65 2.16 0.29 0.75 0.36 3 100 - 100 0.02
2013 -0.81 0.68 0.21 0.80 0.25 3 100 - 101 0.02
2014 -0.58 0.91 0.34 0.71 0.22 3 100 - 91 0.02
2015 -0.66 0.83 0.30 0.65 0.29 3 100 - 92 0.02
2016 -0.12 1.38 0.57 0.65 0.38 1 100 - 64 0.02
2017  -0.24 1.25 0.64 0.64 0.38 1 100 - 65 0.01
2018 0.26 1.77 1.72 0.62 0.47 1 100 - 51 0.01

Western Asset claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®) and has prepared and presented this report in compliance with the GIPS standards. Western Asset has been independently verified for the periods from January 1, 1993 to December 31, 2018. The verification report is available upon request.

Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm’s policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. The verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

For GIPS® purposes, the Firm is defined as Western Asset, a primarily fixed-income investment manager comprised of Western Asset Management Company, LLC; Western Asset Management Company Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"); Western Asset Management Company Pte. Ltd. Co. Reg. No. 200007692R, holder of the Capital Markets Services Licence for fund management and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore; Western Asset Management Company Ltd, a registered Financial Instruments Business operator and regulated by the Financial Services Agency of Japan; Western Asset Management Company Pty Ltd ABN 41 117 767 923, holder of the Australian Financial Services Licence 303160; and Western Asset Management Company Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários (DTVM) Limitada, authorised and regulated by Comissão de Valores Mobiliários and Banco Central do Brazil, with offices in Pasadena, New York, London, Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne, São Paulo, Hong Kong, and Zürich. Each Western Asset company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Legg Mason, Inc. ("Legg Mason") but operates autonomously, and Western Asset, as a Firm, is held out to the public as a separate entity. Western Asset Management Company was founded in 1971.

The Firm is comprised of several entities as a result of various historical acquisitions made by Western Asset and their respective performance has been integrated into the Firm in line with the portability requirements set forth by GIPS.

Western Asset - Enhanced Cash portfolios are discretionary fixed income portfolios that offer - to individual and taxable institutional investors – customized taxable approach for a client’s core or excess cash not requiring daily liquidity. Western Asset performs both duration and yield curve analysis to determine a maturity position and structure it believes will provide total returns superior to money market investments. Western Asset may invest Enhanced Cash portfolios in dollar denominated U.S. Treasury or Agency securities, corporate obligations including commercial paper, corporate bonds, Eurobonds and Yankee debt, asset-backed securities, non-U.S. sovereign debt, and U.S. Agency collateralized mortgage obligations. The composite is comprised of accounts that are separately managed accounts (SMAs) managed in accordance with the strategy. The composite employs a 10% significant cash flow policy. The composite was created on January 1, 2006.

For comparison purposes, the composite is measured against a blend index of 50% Citi 3-month Treasury Bill Index and 50% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Government Bond Index, 1-3 Year, rebalanced monthly.  An investor cannot invest directly in an index. The composite was created on January 1, 2006.

1“Pure” gross returns are presented as supplemental information to the net returns. The current fee schedule is 1.50% on all assets. Net returns are calculated by deducting the anticipated maximum annual bundled fee applied on a monthly basis from the "pure" gross monthly return. The bundled fee includes all charges for trading costs, portfolio management, custody, and other administrative fees. Bundled fees may vary across different financial firms and across different accounts based upon account size and other factors. Returns and market values are expressed in USD.Dispersion is calculated using the asset-weighted standard deviation of annual returns of those portfolios that were included in the composite for the entire year (equal-weighted prior to 2014). Periods with five or fewer accounts are not statistically representative and are not presented. The three-year annualized ex-post standard deviation measures the variability of the composite and the benchmark returns over the preceding 36-month period. Standard deviation is not presented for periods where 36 monthly returns are not available for the composite or the benchmark.

Past investment results are not indicative of future investment results. Information contained herein is believed to be accurate, but cannot be guaranteed. Employees and/or clients of Western Asset may have a position in the securities mentioned.

Western Asset’s list of composite descriptions and policies for valuing portfolios, calculating performance, and preparing compliant presentations are available upon request. Please contact Michael Van Raaphorst at 212-601-6211 or Michael.VanRaaphorst@westernasset.com

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, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision.