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Top 5: best global bond managers revealed

Top 5: best global bond managers revealed

One London-based boutique manager towers above his rivals in our ranking of best global bond managers.

From a field of about 220 managers running global bond funds, with the average manager returning 0.01%, Citywire Americas has uncovered the top five managers over the last five years ending in September in this sector.

1. Bruno Crastes

H20 Asset Management

Relatively unknown in the Americas, French manager Bruno Crastes (pictured) is a popular figure among European investors. Since leaving Amundi and founding his boutique in 2010, his H20 Multibonds fund has gone from strength to strength.

2. Paul Causer & Paul Read

Invesco

Causer and Read have been working together for the best part of two decades. Their UK-domiciled Invesco Global Financials Cap fund invests in government and corporate bonds across the rating spectrum and makes up the bulk of their performance across the five-year analysis period.

3. Geoff Hitchin & Nicholas Cooling

Marlborough Fund Managers

The duo run UK group Marlborough’s Global Bond fund. Hitchin has been running it since its launch in 1987, while Cooling joined him in 1998. The fund invests mainly in investment-grade paper.

4. Paul Gagey

Aviva Investors

Citywire AAA-rated Gagey has been with Aviva Investors for almost 10 years. His track record includes a number of Aviva funds, as well as those he runs on mandate for French group UFF.

5. Moz Afzal & Michael Leithead

EFG Asset Management

Afzal, the firm’s global CIO, has been running the New Capital Global Value Credit fund since its launch in 2003. Co-manager Leithead joined him on the fund in 2007.

Equities – Asia Pacific ex-Japan

  • Number of managers in sector: 220
  • Average total return over five years: 0.01%
  • Average fund manager experience: 6.1 years

Total return figures are an average of a manager’s funds, calculated to end September 2015 in USD. Benchmarks allocated by Citywire. 

This article was originally published in the November issue of Citywire Americas. To sign up to receive our free magazine, follow this link.

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