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Core and Core Plus Fixed Income

Multi-sector approach designed to meet our clients’ core and core plus investment objectives

We build portfolios by focusing on the investment objectives of our clients rather than the weights of a generic benchmark. In 1999, we began managing Core Fixed Income portfolios for insurance companies, partnering with them to build investment solutions tailored to their unique objectives, including risk and asset-liability management, regulatory support, and rating agency support. This objectives-driven approach provided the foundation for our Core and Core Plus strategies, which we have expanded to meet the complex challenges faced by other institutional investors, including public and corporate pension plans and endowments and foundations.

Innovative Approach

We believe that capturing attractive yields, while remaining focused on the preservation of capital, is the surest path to superior investment results.

Our large fixed income team uses a fundamental credit-intensive investment process that incorporates our knowledge of issuers, structures, and industries. We invest across the full spectrum of the fixed income market, including asset-backed securities, investment grade and high yield corporates, bank loans, residential mortgage-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and municipals. Many of the securities we research are not included in the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index and are often overlooked by other investors.

Active management is a key element of our strategy. We employ opportunistic positioning at the sector and security level with a strong emphasis on relative value, rather than index weightings. Portfolios are constructed from the bottom up and positioned to reflect Guggenheim’s macroeconomic analysis and themes.


Solution to the "Core Conundrum"

Traditional core fixed income portfolios typically resemble the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index. Today, this index consists primarily of low-yielding government-related debt, making it more difficult to meet total return targets.

Against this backdrop, many investors have simply lowered credit quality and extended duration to generate yield. While these investment shortcuts may produce short-term gains, they leave investors exposed to downside risk that can erode long-term returns.

At Guggenheim, we have the resources and expertise to uncover value in under-researched areas that are not included in the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index, including ABS and other structured securities and off-the-run credits. As a result, our portfolios can help investors meet their return and yield objectives without assuming excessive credit or duration risk.

Complementary Within a Multi-Manager Framework

Our track record, investment approach and asset allocation has shown over time that the strategy can be complementary within a multi-manager framework.

Sustainable Strategy

We believe that our Core Fixed Income strategy is a compelling solution in all environments and can help institutional investors navigate the challenges that likely lie ahead.

Peer Rankings*


Top 1% of Competitor Universe

Core Fixed Income Returns

Top 2% of Competitor Universe

Core Plus Fixed Income Returns

2015 Core Plus Fixed Income
Manager of the Year


2015 Core Plus Fixed Income


Related Fixed Income Strategies

Fixed-Income Investment Philosophy and Process


Key Investment Professionals

Anne Walsh, CFA

Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income

Steven Brown, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Adam Bloch

Portfolio Manager

Contact Us

Contact Guggenheim Investments for more information about this strategy or to learn more about our capabilities.


Important Disclosures

*As of 09/30/2018. Core Fixed Income ranking based on gross returns for Guggenheim’s Core Fixed Income Master Composite versus 139 competitors in the eVestment Alliance US Core Fixed Income universe. For the last 1-, 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year periods, Core Fixed Income ranked in the top 4%, 2%, 1%, 1% and 1%, respectively, versus 236, 232, 228, 223 and 209 competitors, respectively. Prior to August 2014, the Core Fixed Income Master Composite was known as the Core Fixed Income Composite. Data taken from eVestment Alliance on 10/19/2018. Core Plus Fixed Income ranking based on gross returns for Guggenheim’s Core Plus Fixed Income Composite versus 92 competitors in the eVestment US Core Plus Fixed Income universe. For the last 1-, 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-year periods, Core Plus Fixed Income ranked in the top 1%, 3%,1%, 1% and 2%, respectively, versus 129, 124, 118, 114 and 104 competitors, respectively. Data taken from eVestment Alliance on 10/19/2018. Guggenheim Investments composite peer rankings represent percentile rankings which are based on monthly gross of fee returns and reflect where those returns fall within the indicated eVestment Alliance (EA) universe. EA provides third party databases, including the institutional investment database from which the presented information was extracted. The EA institutional investment database consists of over 1,500 active institutional managers, investment consultants, plan sponsors, and other similar financial institutions actively reporting on over 10,000 products. Only information regarding full year performance and rankings is presented as Guggenheim Investments believes performance for a full year period is an important factor. Additional information regarding EA rankings for year to date and since inception performance of the composites is available on EA’s website. Please see the disclosure page for more information about the rankings presented above.

Institutional Investor’s US Investment Management Awards: As part of the awards process, Institutional Investor’s editorial and research teams analyze investment strategies based on factors such as 1-, 3- and 5-year performance, Sharpe ratio, information ratio, standard deviation, and upside market capture. Each category is analyzed based on the factors used by institutional investors in their own searches. From this review, the magazine surveyed 1,000 institutions and used the results of that survey to tabulate the winners. The award is based on returns and risk characteristics for Guggenheim Investments’ Multi Credit Fixed Income strategy.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will achieve its investment objectives or is suitable for all investors. Diversification does not ensure profit nor protect against loss. Every asset class is subject to various risks that affect their performance in different market cycles. Fixed income investments are subject to certain risks including market, interest-rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. Equity investments are subject to market risk or the risk of loss due to adverse company and industry news, or general economic decline. Alternative investments are subject to market risk, currency risk, foreign investment risks, liquidity risks, higher fees and expenses, regulatory restrictions, and volatility due to speculative trading and use of leverage.

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