About Us

Kapstream Capital (ABN 19 122 076 117, AFSL 308870) was founded in 2006 by Kumar Palghat and Nick Maroutsos, both seasoned fixed income portfolio managers.

Kumar and Nick started with a simple belief; that by removing the constraints inherent in conventional benchmark-relative fixed income portfolio strategies, and by setting absolute return targets and absolute risk limits, portfolios could be constructed using predominantly investment grade assets that more closely met the requirements of a growing number of investors, in delivering consistent and positive returns.

They had repeatedly seen traditional fixed income managers build portfolios around issuance-based bond benchmarks – skewed to the largest borrowers, typically not those offering the best return potential – who were more focused on preventing benchmark tracking error than delivering the best return potential. They concluded that they could consistently achieve positive results by going beyond the traditional core manager approach.

They decided to use a wide range of instruments including derivatives to exploit market inefficiencies across the full spectrum of fixed income investments, combined with the flexibility to move meaningfully into cash and government bonds at times of market uncertainty and stress.

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Kapstream today

Kapstream remains lead today by its founders (joined in 2010 by Steve Goldman) and manages over A$10 billion from offices in Sydney and Newport Beach, California, mostly under the firms flagship global absolute return strategy.  Since July 2015 Kapstream has operated as an autonomous ’boutique’ subsidiary, initially of Janus Capital Group and – since their merger in May 2017 with Henderson Global Investors – now of Janus Henderson Investors.

Kapstream has always believed in an outsourced business model, appointing external service providers to undertake all non-investment activities, so that we may stay entirely focused on what we do best; investing and managing fixed income portfolios. All back office, administrative and retail distribution services continue to be provided by long-term business partner Fidante Partners Limited, part of the Challenger Limited group of companies.

Kapstream has been a keen and long-term supporter of a number of domestic and international charities. Our charitable program currently supports the following causes:

Funds under management as at 31st October 2017
total fum $11.3bn
  • 6.1bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Fund
  • 0.2bn Janus Henderson Absolute Return Income Fund
  • 4.2bn Segregated Absolute Return Portfolios
  • 0.8bn Segregated Sovereign Bond & Cash Portfolios
Latest Commentary
For those of a prophetic disposition, the recent total solar eclipse in the US belongs to what scientists refer to as the Saros series, which has included eclipses in 1999, 1981, 1963, 1945, 1927, and 1909. Renowned US astrologer Marjorie Orr noted major political events occurring in those years: the impeachment of Clinton, the attempted assassination of Reagan, the assassination of JFK, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and a period of civil unrest in Chicago that included an attempted assassination of President William Taft. There has been much written of parallels between this recent eclipse and the shenanigans in the White House since Trump’s inauguration. Astrologers point out that President Trump was born during a lunar eclipse, which they argue makes him more susceptible to their power. If it is to be believed that eclipses are monumental celestial events with real-world consequences, then the occurrence of the recent total solar eclipse could have major implications, especially given the rollercoaster ride of his early administration.
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