Multi-Sector Low Duration Core


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Multi-Sector Low Duration Core Strategy

The strategy focuses on primarily higher quality, more liquid securities across 14 fixed income sectors by applying a time-tested approach of active sector rotation, extensive credit research and disciplined risk management to capitalize on opportunities across undervalued areas of the fixed income markets. The strategy invests at least 80% of its assets in fixed income debt obligations of various types of issuers. The strategy's average duration will range from one to three years. The strategy seeks to earn a high level of total return, including a competitive level of current income, while limiting fluctuations in net asset value due to changes in interest rates.

Investment Process

Step 1 - Sector Analysis and Allocation

  • Top down, relative value approach
  • Relative value analysis looks at: yield and spreads; supply and demand; investment environment; sector fundamentals

Step 2 - Issue Selection

  • Bottom up, fundamental research driven
  • Fundamental analysis includes assessment of: credit risk; company management; issue structure; technical market conditions; focus on valuations

Step 3 - Portfolio Construction, Oversight, and Risk Management

  • Duration neutral strategy
  • Sector concentration
  • Issuer exposure: maximum 5%, average <1%
  • Manager review
  • Systematic review

Strategy Risk

Credit & Interest: Debt securities are subject to various risks, the most prominent of which are credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt securities may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities.

High Yield-High Risk Fixed Income Securities: There is a greater level of credit risk and price volatility involved with high yield securities than investment grade securities.

ABS/MBS: Changes in interest rates can cause both extension and prepayment risks for asset- and mortgage-backed securities. These securities are also subject to risks associated with the repayment of underlying collateral.

Foreign Investing: Investing internationally involves additional risks such as currency, political, accounting, economic, and market risk.

David L. Albrycht, CFA
Industry Start Date: 1985
Stephen H. Hooker, CFA
Stephen H. Hooker, CFA
Industry Start Date: 1993

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