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 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 June 2020 (AUD)
total fum $15.8bn
  • 5.4bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Fund
  • 0.5bn Kapstream Absolute Return Income Plus Fund
  • 5.0bn Segregated Absolute Return Income Portfolios
  • 0.8bn Segregated Sovereign Bond & Cash Portfolios
  • 3.9bn Janus Henderson US Absolute Return Income Funds
  • 0.2bn Janus Henderson US Absolute Return Income Plus Funds
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What’s driving credit markets? Driven by the continued level of uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, global financial markets have been highly volatile and while more recently have become calmer, remain in a state of flux. Prospects for a vaccine coming to market sooner than expected and lockdowns ending, versus increasing contagion rates, rising deaths and risks of a second wave of infection, seem to be the main driver of financial market direction. While credit markets haven’t been immune, on the whole they have displayed more stability than equities. Credit spreads have generally moved wider and liquidity has been challenged, in some countries more than others.
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