Schroders’ Wes Sparks to participate in Miami Summit

Wes Sparks, head of US Credit Strategies, US Fixed Income at Schroders will be considering investment grade and high yield credit when he takes part in the upcoming Funds Society Fund Selector Summit Miami 2016, taking place 28-29 April.

Co-produced by InvestmentEurope, the event targets US offshore fund selectors. Sparks will be looking to discuss the choice facing many investors concerned about which asset class will offer better return at acceptable levels of risk going forward: investment grade versus high yield. The debate reflects developments over the past year, such as widening credit spreads amid expectations for default rates and ratings downgrades. Sparks will also consider key credit themes for 2016.

Sparks has worked at Schroders for the past 15 years. As the head of US Credit Strategies based in New York, he leads the US team responsible for all high yield and investment grade credit portfolios. He built the High Yield team and has been the lead fund manager for Schroder ISF Global High Yield since its inception in 2004, and is co-manager for Schroder ISF Global Corporate Bond and various US multi-sector funds.

Prior to Schroders, Sparks worked as a portfolio manager with corporate sector expertise at Aeltus Investment Management and TCW.  Prior to that, he worked on the proprietary trading desk at Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, and at Goldman Sachs Asset Management as a financial analyst and then an associate from 1988 to 1992. He holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton and a BA in Economics magna cum laude from Northwestern University.

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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