Columbia Threadneedle unveils global absolute return credit strategy

Columbia Threadneedle Investments has launched the Threadneedle (Lux) Global Investment Grade Credit Opportunities Fund, an active absolute return credit strategy investing primarily in global investment grade markets.

The Threadneedle (Lux) Global Investment Grade Credit Opportunities Fund, aimed at delivering positive cash-plus returns, emulates the investment approach taken in the successful Threadneedle Credit Opportunities Fund.

The fund is managed by Ryan Staszewski and Alasdair Ross, being the last head of Investment Grade Credit EMEA, and one of the portfolio managers’ team responsible for the Threadneedle Credit Opportunities Fund.

London-based Staszewski is a senior investment grade portfolio manager, and one of the lead managers of Columbia Threadneedle’s UK and European Strategic bond portfolios.

Alasdair Ross, head of Investment Grade, EMEA at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, said: “Our approach to managing credit strategies is grounded in intensive fundamental research and has enabled the team to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns through the cycle. Our approach is validated by a long and successful track record of producing strong risk-adjusted returns in traditional long-only and absolute return credit strategies. The Investment Grade section of the Threadneedle Credit Opportunities1 Fund has delivered over half of this fund’s performance since its inception over eight years ago.”

Ryan Staszewski, Investment Grade portfolio manager, added: “The investment team of analysts and portfolio managers work together in a collaborative and interactive environment that allows the best ideas to emerge. Our global investment grade research team of 13 is resourced to provide a balance between detailed due diligence of issuers and clear vision of market and industry sector trends. With considerable average industry experience, these analysts have developed expertise though a number of economic and credit cycles.”

Eugenia Jimenez
Eugenia Jiménez speaks Spanish and is Iberia Correspondent for Investment Europe covering Spain & Portugal, as well as assisting with coverage of Italy. She holds a UK NCTJ- accredited Multimedia News Reporting course and studied Journalism at the University of Sevilla. She has worked for local media organisations in Sevilla and Málaga, mainly in broadcasting as a news reporter, among other roles. She has also worked for a local newspaper in Sevilla, reporting on current affairs, local government and culture.

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