Investors, recognizing the benefits of the ETF vehicle for fixed income, continue to pour record amounts into bond ETFs while the active vs. passive debate is heating back up. There are many reasons why actively managed bonds can potentially outperform passive – yet the flows are overwhelmingly going to passive fixed income ETFs. Are these allocations to passive intentional or inadvertent? Do investors realize how bonds are different than equities when it comes to indexing?
Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research and David Braun, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for PIMCO, will explore the relative merits of active and passive approaches to fixed income and answer some key questions:
David Braun, CFA, FSA, FRM
Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, PIMCO
Mr. Braun is a managing director and generalist portfolio manager in the New York office. Mr. Braun joined PIMCO in 2009 and is head of the U.S. financial institutions group (FIG) and stable value portfolio management teams. He is also a senior member of both the liability-driven investment and the U.S. core portfolio management teams. He oversees management of fixed income investment portfolios for institutional and retail clients. Mr. Braun has 25 years of investment, risk management (including chief risk officer of a large investment company) and actuarial experience. He holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a certified Financial Risk Manager.
Todd Rosenbluth, Head of ETF and Mutual Fund Research, CFRA
Todd Rosenbluth is Senior Director of ETF and Mutual Fund Research at CFRA where he leads the firm’s holdings-based research efforts. Todd publishes regular thought leadership content on equity and fixed income products, supports the quantitative fund models and interacts with clients. He also serves as a member of CFRA’s Investment Policy Committee. Todd has frequently provided ETF education at Inside ETFs conferences and been quoted in media outlets, such as Barron’s, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Todd also held the position of Senior Director of ETF and Mutual Fund Research for S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Prior to joining CFRA, Todd previously served in other financial positions at S&P Global, such as International Mutual Fund Sector Specialist, Large Cap Value and Large Cap Growth Analyst and has served on the Fund Services Asset Allocation Committee. Prior to joining S&P Global in 2001, Todd was managing editor of Value Line Mutual Fund Survey and Senior Large Cap and Small Cap Value Mutual Fund Analyst. He was also a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.
Todd holds a B.G.S in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
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