Quarterly Update

Thomas H. Ehrlein, Director, Portfolio and Alternative Analytics Group | Jul. 2020

Income Based Non-Traditional Investment Strategies

Income based alternative strategies complement stocks and bonds

Alternative strategies less subject to market volatility

Selecting essential underlying services is key

At City National Rochdale, investment choices for our clients are based only on solutions we believe will help them achieve their goals and fit within their comfort zones. The majority of our Non-Traditional or Alternative Investment strategies were more insulated from the market volatility in Q1 2020.

Particular areas of focus over the past few years have been Global Transportation, Reinsurance and Intellectual Property/Royalties. While every industry has been impacted by the novel Coronavirus:

  • Trains are still moving essential goods
  • People continue to need protection against hurricanes, earthquakes and fires
  • Medicine is still being produced

Essential underlying services have been key to these investment choices. These services have benefited investors’ portfolios through exposure to real underlying cash flows and stable income profiles. The world has changed a great deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and these areas are impacted, but their structural characteristics have been true beneficiaries thus far.

While public markets like stocks provide an array of amazing investment choices, performance is subject to many forward-looking caveats that may not occur. We feel these solutions complement public markets very nicely, since there are fewer layers of information to digest. From an investor standpoint, our expectations are that income earned minus operating costs will be the result in all of these strategies.

City National Rochdale Alternative Investment Goals:

  • Stable Return Profile: Assets with both long-lived economic and residual value, historically low default rates.
  • Inflation Hedge: Potentially positive correlation to inflation trends. When investments mature, we look for markets that reset the value accordingly.
  • Tax Benefits: When possible, tax advantage of long-term capital gain rates on appreciation, or tax advantaged returns with the use of depreciation for real assets.
  • Portfolio Diversification: Unique sources of return that complement traditional stock and bond investments, providing valuable total portfolio correlation benefits. Risks include economic cyclicality more than stock market trends.

Income based alternative strategies complement stocks and bonds

Alternative strategies less subject to market volatility

Selecting essential underlying services is key

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Important Disclosures

Any opinions, projections, forecasts, and forward-looking statements presented herein are valid as of the date of this document and are subject to change.

The information presented does not involve the rendering of personalized investment, financial, legal, or tax advice. This presentation is not an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation of any offer to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned herein.

Certain statements contained herein may constitute projections, forecasts, and other forward-looking statements, which do not reflect actual results and are based primarily upon a hypothetical set of assumptions applied to certain historical financial information. Certain information has been provided by third-party sources and, although believed to be reliable, it has not been independently verified and its accuracy or completeness cannot be guaranteed.

Concentrating assets in a particular industry, sector of the economy, or markets may increase volatility because the investment will be more susceptible to the impact of market, economic, regulatory, and other factors affecting that industry or sector compared with a more broadly diversified asset allocation.

Private investments often engage in leveraging and other speculative investment practices that may increase the risk of investment loss, can be highly illiquid, are not required to provide periodic pricing or valuation information to investors, and may involve complex tax structures and delays in distributing important tax information.

Alternative investments are speculative, entail substantial risks, offer limited or no liquidity, and are not suitable for all investors. These investments have limited transparency to the funds’ investments and may involve leverage which magnifies both losses and gains, including the risk of loss of the entire investment. Alternative investments have varying and lengthy lockup provisions. Please see the Offering Memorandum for more complete information regarding the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, fees, and other expenses.

There are inherent risks with equity investing. These risks include, but are not limited to, stock market, manager, or investment style. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices. Investing in international markets carries risks such as currency fluctuation, regulatory risks, and economic and political instability. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors, as well as increased volatility, lower trading volume, and less liquidity. Emerging markets can have greater custodial and operational risks and less developed legal and accounting systems than developed markets.

There are inherent risks with fixed-income investing. These risks may include interest rate, call, credit, market, inflation, government policy, liquidity, or junk bond. When interest rates rise, bond prices fall. This risk is heightened with investments in longer-duration fixed-income securities and during periods when prevailing interest rates are low or negative. The yields and market values of municipal securities may be more affected by changes in tax rates and policies than similar income-bearing taxable securities. Certain investors’ incomes may be subject to the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), and taxable gains are also possible. Investments in below-investment-grade debt securities, which are usually called “high yield” or “junk bonds,” are typically in weaker financial health and such securities can be harder to value and sell, and their prices can be more volatile than more highly rated securities. While these securities generally have higher rates of interest, they also involve greater risk of default than do securities of a higher-quality rating.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. As with any investment strategy, there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met and investors may lose money. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index. Index returns do not reflect a deduction for fees or expenses.

Alternative investments are speculative, entail substantial risks, offer limited or no liquidity and are not suitable for all investors. These investments have limited transparency to the funds’ investments and may involve leverage which magnifies both losses and gains, including the risk of loss of the entire investment. Alternative investments have varying, and lengthy lockup provisions.

Index Definitions

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) is a market capitalization-weighted index of 500 common stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation to represent U.S. equity performance.

Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market.

Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index is a market-value-weighted index for the long-term tax-exempt bond market. To be included in the index, bonds must have a minimum credit rating of Baa. They must have an outstanding par value of at least $7 million and be issued as part of a transaction of at least $75 million. The bonds must be fixed rate, have a dated-date after December 31, 1990, and must be at least 1 year from their maturity date.

Bloomberg Barclays Corporate Bond Index measures the investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bond market. It includes USD-denominated securities publicly issued by US and non-US industrial, utility and financial issuers.

Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

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