The bond fund managed by Kathleen C. Gaffney, CFA, has an unconstrained mandate, allowing her to invest across asset classes and geographies. She discusses how she manages the risks inherent in investing in such a diverse mix of assets, as well as where she currently sees the most attractive investment opportunities.
This episode of the Take 15 Series was originally released on 13 June 2014.
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David Larrabee, CFA, was director of member and corporate products at CFA Institute and served as the subject matter expert in portfolio management and equity investments. Previously, he spent two decades in the asset management industry as a portfolio manager and analyst. He holds a BA in economics from Colgate University and an MBA in finance from Fordham University. Topical Expertise:Equity Investments · Portfolio Management
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1 thought on “Unconstrained Bond Funds: The Future of Fixed-Income Investing (Video)”
As a manager of total portfolios, I would rather have the flexibility to adjust weightings to corporates, govts, mortgages, global, EM, high yield, floating rates etc. Unconstrained bond funds are the product du jour because they can market their ability to lessen their exposure at any given time to the downside price pressures that result from increasing interest rates. I can do that myself at the portfolio level and still leverage the expertise that asset class specific managers bring to the table. Why would I hire a bond manager to manage an equity weighting that could potentially be as much as 20%? Respectfully, I disagree, I do not believe that this will be the future of fixed income investing.