Global Securitized Strategy

Global Securitized Strategy

Global Securitized Strategy


The Global Securitized Strategy is a differentiated, value-driven approach to investing in securitized debt. The strategy seeks to provide an attractive rate of return through investment in a portfolio of mortgages and securitized debt instruments issued by  government agencies and private institutions. The strategy applies a consistent, thematic, targeted bottom-up approach investment process that combines global macro fundamental analysis, thorough research and analysis of industry trends to create a diversified portfolio of securitized instruments.

Investment Approach

The team believes that successful investing in securitized debt requires a long-term perspective, a disciplined investment process, and a commitment to research. They believe superior long-term returns can be achieved by combining strategic portfolio-structure decisions with sensible valuation methodologies for selecting specific investments. Careful analysis of mortgage market fundamentals must be grounded in price-valuation disciplines, and these analyses must be re-examined on an ongoing basis to ensure their continued value.

Securitized product transactions are over the counter (“OTC”) and span many different time zones and geographic regions. With a new issue market and scattered secondary market, the ability to effectively transact on an idea makes a substantial difference. As experienced and informed investors the team is better equipped to assess both the historical and current risk/return profile of a security. Additionally, they emphasize the importance of knowing how to engage with the market, and where to source investment offers.

The Experience of the Firm and breadth of the team

The team's senior management team has an average of over 17 years of investment experience and have invested through a number of credit and prepayment cycles. They have established a structured approach to investing, which integrates research with portfolio management and trading. 

Advanced Proprietary Analytics

The team's proprietary models focus on three analyses: prepayment, borrower credit/default and default recovery. These data-intensive models utilize loan-level data such as up-to-date credit bureau records, and asset transaction information (by product type and to the zip code level) to assess information such as each borrower’s mark-to-market Loan to Value (LTV). Prepayment models focus not only on interest rate incentives, but also on borrower ability to refinance due to credit and eagerness to provide the necessary documents and money.Credit models use updated FICO scores to gauge the potential for borrower defaults. The recovery model focuses on asset values and potential recovery costs.

Exceptional Structural Knowledge

The securitized products team’s deep knowledge of capital structures and their inherent strengths and weaknesses is a significant competitive advantage in exploiting inefficiencies in the securitized products market. The team's ability to reverse-engineer deal cash flows allows them to fully understand structures. Regardless of a deal’s structuring, its cash flows in total cannot be more than those of the underlying collateral (creation value). Utilizing this, the team can compare creation value of securities versus their market price and identify those that are fundamentally cheap.

Investment Process
Value identification

Our approach to identifying value starts with a strategic review of the securitized universe, including macroeconomic trends in the capital markets and where we are in the economic and business cycle. We also look at interest rate trends, the yield curve and volatility in the market. Sector themes including demand from the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), banks, overseas investors and major domestic institutions as well as relative value themes are of importance in this top down review. Next we take a look at the relative value in the universe and drill down further into the bottom up security selection process including analyzing and determining our yield curve strategy and individual security types. 


To ensure implementation of the most appropriate collection of value ideas, senior representatives drawn from the various research teams review the broad opportunity set and establish systematic risk targets for portfolios; portfolio managers then create portfolios to attain these targets, subject to applicable guidelines and constraints, and a team of dedicated traders then executes the trades.


Our evaluation phase involves the use of our proprietary risk management and attribution systems; these systems allow us to measure and manage portfolio risk on a daily basis, and help assess the impact of our key investment decisions on investment performance.

Portfolio Managers  
Gregory Finck
Co-head of Mortgage and Securitized
32 years industry experience
Matt Buckley
Executive Director
26 years industry experience

Effective 16 December 2022, Matthew Buckley was added as Portfolio Manager on the Strategy and Neil Stone is no longer serving as Portfolio Manager on the Strategy. 



Diversification does not protect you against a loss in a particular market; however it allows you to spread that risk across various asset classes.

There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market value of securities owned by the portfolio will decline. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. Fixed-income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In the current rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall and may result in periods of volatility and increased portfolio redemptions. Longer-term securities may be more sensitive to interest rate changes. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Some U.S. Government securities are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S., thus these issuers may not be able to meet their future payment obligations. Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) can have unpredictable cash flows that can increase the risk of loss. Mortgage-backed securities are sensitive to early prepayment risk and a higher risk of default and may be hard to value and difficult to sell (liquidity risk). They are also subject to credit, market and interest rate risks. Investments in each class of Stripped Mortgage-Backed Securities (SMBS) are extremely sensitive to changes in interest rates. Interest Onlys tend to decrease in value substantially if interest rates decline and prepayment rates become more rapid. Principal Onlys tend to decrease in value substantially if interest rates increase and the rate of prepayment decreases. 


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There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be appropriate for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

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