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Sterling Capital manages institutional assets for a diverse group of clients, including corporate, public, insurance, non-profits, and health care investment pools.

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Overview

Our primary goals are long-term, consistent investment performance and exceptional client service. We achieve these goals by maintaining a consistent process for managing risk and a complete focus on developing strong client relationships.

Sterling Capital's Fixed Income team strives to deliver consistent, superior risk-adjusted performance over time through a multi-faceted approach to investing. Based on our team's forecast for the broader economy and specific market sectors, we utilize a variety of strategic and tactical levers that allow us to construct portfolios for any type of market environment.

Due to the asymmetric risk/return profile of bonds, we believe in the importance of quantifying risk prior to assessing the potential return of any investment. We analyze risk on both a stand-alone basis and within the portfolio context and firmly believe that when it comes to risk, “if you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.”

Fixed Income

Insights

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12.01.2023

Sterling Capital Announces Liquidation of the Diverse Multi-Manager Active ETF

Sterling Capital Announces Liquidation of the Diverse Multi-Manager Active ETF

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11.29.2023 • Robert Brown, CFA®

High Yield - The Incredible Shrinking Asset Class and the Imminent Fall of the Zombies

The high-yield bond market has been having a relatively good 2023 as technicals remain firm and the feared recession has so far failed to materialize. Through mid-November, the ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index has generated 7.8% total return year to date and a 6.4% return in excess of duration matched Treasuries. We see a mixed picture for the asset class ahead as all in yields remain attractive, while challenges are increasing as a maturity wall looms.

11.28.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®

The Lead - "Pursuing Sustainable Success"

- As investors, we want our clients to have sustained success, and that means investing in dividend-paying stocks that have a capacity to pay attractive and sustainably-growing dividends. - In the current market environment, we believe those companies are becoming increasingly scarce. - Declining dividend payments in the Energy sector have been a key contributor to the overall decline in S&P 500 dividend growth and we discuss the challenges. - We prefer companies that have rising cash flows that provide more sustainable dividend growth that may position our clients for sustained success.

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11.02.2023 • Andrew Richman, CTFA

No Surprises from the Fed

Markets breathed a sigh of relief following this week's FOMC meeting as the current fed funds rate remained unchanged. Senior Fixed Income Specialist Andy Richman, CTFA, shares his views.

10.31.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®

The Lead - "Balance Sheet Season"

- Rising interest costs are causing companies that fund their businesses through borrowing to reassess their priorities. - By investing in quality companies that we feel generate higher-than-average returns on capital, we believe they have more control over their business and do not depend on excessive debt to fund it. - Dividend payers themselves offer evidence of financial strength and financial health by demonstrating the ability to reward their shareholders with cash proceeds from their business each quarter. - Historically, this is why dividend payers tend to outperform later in an interest rate tightening cycle, as seen in the chart above.

10.03.2023 • Charles Wittmann, CFA®

The Lead - "Rising Tide"

- In a period of rising interest costs, wages, and energy costs, double-digit dividend growers have outperformed in 2023. - The largest dividend growers are also outpacing high dividend yielders in 2023. - Higher dividend growers are being rewarded in part for their ability to return more cash to their shareholders than slower growth peers. - We believe owning quality companies that earn returns on capital well above their cost of capital have the potential do well in this new environment.

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