Preferred Securities: Attractive After-Tax Income

January 27, 2021

In this video, Will Hunter, Co-Portfolio Manager of the Messinger Group Preferred Securities strategy, provides valuable insight into this Asset Class and unpacks its unique characteristics as a satellite to Traditional Fixed-Income to enhance After-Tax Income potential.

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A bond’s value may fluctuate based on interest rates, market conditions, credit quality and other factors. You may have a gain or loss if you sell your bonds prior to maturity. Of course, bonds are subject to the credit risk of the issuer.

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ICE BofAML Core Plus Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index tracks the performance of fixed rate US dollar denominated preferred securities issued in the US domestic market. The index includes preference shares (perpetual preferred securities), both DRD-eligible and non-DRD eligible preferred stock and senior and subordinated debt issued in $25, $50 or $100 par/liquidation increments. Qualifying securities must be rated at least B3 (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch) and must have an investment grade rated country of risk (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch foreign currency long term sovereign debt ratings). In addition, qualifying securities must be issued as public securities or through a 144a filing, must have a fixed coupon or dividend schedule and must have a minimum amount outstanding of $100 million. Securities with a fixed maturity must have at least 18 months to final maturity at time of issuance and a minimum remaining term to final maturity of at least one year. Fixed-to-floating rate securities are included provided they are callable within the fixed rate period and are at least one year from the last call prior to the date the bond transitions from a fixed to a floating rate security. Auction market securities, convertibles, floaters, purchase units, purchase contracts, corporate pay-in-kind securities, securities issued by closed-end funds and derivative instruments such as repackaged securities, credit default swaps and $1,000 par securities are excluded from the Index. Unlisted preferred stock is excluded from the index, but unlisted senior or subordinated debt-like securities are included. Index constituents are market capitalization weighted. Accrued interest is calculated assuming next-day settlement. Cash flows from bond payments that are received during the month are retained in the index until the end of the month and then are removed as part of the rebalancing. Cash does not earn any reinvestment income while it is held in the index. Information concerning constituent bond prices, timing and conventions is provided in the ICE BofAML Bond Index Guide, which can be accessed on our public website (, or by sending a request to The index is rebalanced on the last calendar day of the month based on information available up to and including the third business day before the last business day of the month. New issues must settle on or before the calendar month end rebalancing date in order to qualify for the coming month. No changes are made to constituent holdings other than on month end rebalancing dates.

Preferred Securities – Represents a class of capital stock that pays dividends at a specified rate and has a preference over common stock in the payment of dividends and the liquidation of assets.

Yield to Worst – Most conservative estimate of yield, which shows the lowest possible yield considering all effective maturities of the bond (such as calls or mandatory puts).

Current Yield – The market rate the bond is currently providing. Defined as coupon payments divided by market value.

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