Thornburg Strategic Income Fund is a broadly flexible income-oriented portfolio with a wide investment mandate and the freedom to invest in any income-producing security, anywhere in the world. We aim to provide a strong, consistent income stream that preserves investors' purchasing power, while not exposing them to undue risk.
"Through close research of the huge diversity available in the global market for income- producing products, and by comparing the relative risks and rewards across many asset classes and subclasses, we strive for interesting return and balanced risks. True to Thornburg’s mantra, this portfolio is designed to go where the value is."
— Jason Brady
Investors often associate higher income with the high-yield asset class, but moving down the credit-quality spectrum within one asset class doesn’t always provide it, and can expose investors to significant risks.
We seek the high and sustainable income that is associated with the high-yield asset class, without many of the risks and strictures inherent in it.
We invest flexibly and in a wide variety of asset classes: mortgages, Treasuries, corporates, common and preferred stocks, convertibles, foreign sovereign debt — anything in which the risk/reward tradeoff appears compelling.
Unlike a typical high-yield fund, we are not forced, by a restrictive mandate, to take credit risk in every corner of the portfolio.
Since the fund has such a broad scope and can invest in any income-producing security anywhere in the world, the way the team works together is the most important key to success. As a group, we look at everything out there. With so many market niches to examine, we are constantly engaged in comparing one compelling opportunity with another.
Our job with this portfolio is, in a sense, comparing apples to oranges. By sitting side-by-side and constantly exchanging information, we are able to make sure that all the bonds, common and preferred stocks, convertible securities, and whatever else is available are discussed, compared, contrasted, and ultimately, for most of them, discarded.
Hard, rigorous credit work on an individual, security-by-security basis underpins the selection process. The portfolio is built from the bottom up and performance is driven by individual asset behavior, not by monolithic moves in macroeconomic variables.
We don’t use leverage in Strategic Income Fund, and we don’t use derivatives to mask leverage.
We don’t attempt to knock the ball out of the park every year, or even in any given year, but strive to balance the pursuit of attractive income with the assumption of a moderately higher level of risk.
2012 – The firm ranked #1 out of 41 eligible firms in Lipper Inc.'s fixed income large firm universe for the three-year period ended 11/30/11.