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Robert Michele, managing director, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Global Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities (GFICC) group. Based in New York, Bob directs the global investment process and oversees the portfolio management and research functions. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Bob was at Schroder Investment Management for ten years, most recently serving as the global head of fixed income. He also previously served as the head of Schroder’s U.S. Fixed Income Group, based in New York. Bob was at BlackRock from 1995 to 1998, responsible for managing core bond portfolios and developing credit strategies across all client mandates. Prior to that, Bob spent five years at FirstBoston Asset Management as head of their domestic fixed income desk. Before that, he was at Brown Brothers Harriman for eight years managing taxable, total return portfolios for non-U.S. institutions. Bob began his career at Bankers Trust, working as an investment analyst and portfolio manager. He holds a B.A. in classics from the University of Pennsylvania, is a CFA charterholder and has the Investment Management Certificate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals.Education
Peter Kocubinski, CFA, executive director, is manager of the commodity investment team as well as the head of U.S. Rates. A member of the Fixed Income Macro team, he develops macroeconomic and rates strategy. He is also responsible for Treasury security selection within portfolios. Previously he ran the Interest Rate Volatility sector team for the U.S. Fixed Income Group. Peter was responsible for maintaining the OTC derivatives book, managing portfolio risk exposures, and TIPS analysis. Peter has worked as a researcher, helping to generate macroeconomic forecasts on the Economics team. An employee since 1999, he previously served as a computer programmer for JPMorgan Private Bank. Peter obtained a B.S. in economics and computer science from the College of William & Mary and is also a CFA charterholder.Education
Christopher M. Tufts is head of U.S. taxable portfolio management and trading for the Global Liquidity business. An employee since 1997, Chris's team is responsible for the management of all taxable money market mutual funds and liquidity separate accounts in the U.S. Chris was formerly a portfolio manager for Global Liquidity's Sterling and Euro liquidity funds in London and also traded 2-5 year maturity corporate and U.S. Agency securities for U.S. short term fixed income mandates. Previously, Chris was a defined contribution plan analyst in the Investment Advisory Group of J.P. Morgan American Century Retirement Plan Services and a sales analyst in the Institutional business at JPMAM. Chris holds a B.A. in Economics and French from the College of the Holy Cross and spent his Junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.Education
The Fund will gain exposure to commodity markets primarily by investing up to 25% of its total assets in the JPM Commodities Strategy Fund Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fund organized under the laws of the Cayman Islands. By investing in the Subsidiary, the Fund is indirectly exposed to the risks associated with the Subsidiary's investments. The derivatives and other investments held by the Subsidiary are generally similar to those that are permitted to be held by the Fund and are subject to the same risks that apply to similar investments if held directly by the Fund. The Fund may use derivatives in connection with its investment strategies. Derivatives may be riskier than other types of investments because they may be more sensitive to changes in economic or market conditions than other types of investments and could result in losses that significantly exceed the Fund's original investment. The Subsidiary may use derivatives to obtain long or short exposure in an attempt to increase the Subsidiary's income or gain, to hedge various investments and for risk management. In rising markets, the Fund expects that the value of the long positions will appreciate more rapidly than the short positions, and in declining markets, that the value of the short positions will appreciate more rapidly than the long positions. The techniques and strategies contemplated by the Fund are expected to result in a high degree of portfolio turnover. Portfolio turnover may vary greatly from year to year as well as within a particular year. High portfolio turnover (e.g. over 100%) may involve correspondingly greater expenses to the Fund, including brokerage commissions or dealer mark-ups and other transaction costs on the sale of securities and reinvestments in other securities. The Fund's investment in income securities is subject to interest rate risks. Bond prices generally fall when interest rates rise. The Fund will have a significant portion of its assets concentrated in commodity-linked securities. Developments affecting commodities will have a disproportionate impact on the Fund. The Fund's investment in commodity-linked derivative instruments may subject the Fund to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities, particularly if the instruments involve leverage. The value of commodity-linked derivative instruments may be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates, or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. Use of leveraged commodity-linked derivatives creates an opportunity for increased return but, at the same time, creates the possibility for greater loss (including the likelihood of greater volatility of the Fund's net asset value), and there can be no assurance that the Fund's use of leverage will be successful.