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

Today Kapstream manages over A$16 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 March 2020 (AUD)
total fum $16.5bn
  • 5.6bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Fund
  • 0.7bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Plus Fund
  • 5.6bn Segregated Absolute Return Income Portfolios
  • 0.9bn Segregated Sovereign Bond & Cash Portfolios
  • 3.4bn Janus Henderson US Absolute Return Income Funds
  • 0.3bn Janus Henderson US Absolute Return Income Plus Funds
Latest Commentary
There has been a barrage of negative rhetoric around credit markets for some time now. Bad news certainly sells, but it appears much balance has been lost in the often-blunt assessments market observers and participants offer up. In this paper we attempt to bring more context to the debate, while willingly acknowledging that we would certainly avoid some sub-sectors of global credit markets. But hasn’t that always been the case, no different to equity and property investment? The skill of a good active manager is choosing which to be in and which to avoid over time.
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