Just in time for the new year, San Francisco-based RS Investments
launched three fixed-income funds on Thursday, rounding out its fund
offerings at eight, InvestmentNews reports
The new funds -- the RS Strategic Income Fund
, the RS High Yield
Municipal Bond Fund
, and the RS Floating Rate Fund
-- will each offer
multiple share classes. Expenses for the A share class are capped at 35
basis points through April 30, 2011.
Helping to get the funds off the ground was Guardian Investor Services
who provided $135 million in seed money and is the sub-advisor to the
three new funds, in addition to managing RS' five other fixed-income funds.
“Right now we're in an environment where there are plenty of good
fixed-income opportunities across the board,” Lesli Barbi
, head of RS'
fixed income investments, told InvestmentNews. Barbi will oversee
allocations and rebalancing assets for the Strategic Income fund and
lead a team of six that will actively co-manage the fund.
The High Yield Municipal Bond Fund, which aims to capitalize on the tax
protection municipals offer should taxes go up, is co-managed by Alex
and analyst Sylvan Feldstein
, who also manage RS' Tax-Exempt Fund
and Kevin Booth
manage the Floating Rate Fund, which will
focus on bank loans and is designed to shield investors from rising
“We sat down and asked ourselves, 'How is the world turning and how
might it turn?'" Terry Otton
, chief executive of RS, told InvestmentNews.
“When we thought about the considerations of possibly rising inflation,
the value of the dollar the likely consequences of the growth of
economies globally, we concluded that people would want to address those
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