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 true requirements of investors in preserving capital and delivering consistent and positive absolute 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$13 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 28 February 2019
total fum $14.5bn
  • 5.9bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Fund
  • 0.2bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Plus Fund
  • 4.7bn Segregated Absolute Return Income Portfolios
  • 0.8bn Segregated Sovereign Bond & Cash Portfolios
  • 2.9bn Janus Henderson US Absolute Return Income Portfolios
Latest Commentary
Perhaps simply ‘queasiness’ is more fitting. Certainly that’s an apt feeling among investors having stomached sharp falls in risk asset prices in the last quarter of 2018, again bringing into focus the question of asset allocation as investors consider the path ahead. While many of the surprise falls reversed, at least in part, through January this year, it’s important to consider what may have driven the sharp declines and the question is whether they are symptomatic of a more prolonged malaise or a temporary setback. While this is impossible to answer with any degree of certainty it’s hard to ignore the secular shift in the comparable risk/reward metrics of major asset groups, driven by changes in macroeconomic dynamics and an ever fluid political backdrop.
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