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High Yield Strategy

  • Asset Class Fixed Income


The GMO High Yield Strategy seeks to generate total return in excess of that of its benchmark, the Markit iBoxx USD Liquid High Yield Index. The Strategy aims to take long risk exposure in the U.S. high yield asset class in a more liquid format than the typical high yield portfolio.

We use a proprietary, factor-based model, which has identified several sectors of the high yield market that over time tend to generate superior returns compared to the index as a whole. While the model can allocate to several cash bond strategies within the high yield market, our tool kit also includes investment options such as ETFs, total return swaps on high yield indices, and the CDX market. The factor-based model dynamically adjusts the allocations to the different investment options using factors such as carry, roll down, ratings distribution, and spread, all compared to the index.





Joe Auth

Head of Structured Products

Mr. Auth is engaged in portfolio management for GMO’s Structured Products team. Prior to joining GMO in 2014, he was a Portfolio Manager for the Harvard Management Company. Previously, he was a Research Director at Standish Mellon Asset Management. Mr. Auth earned his B.A. in government and history from the Connecticut College and his M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. He is a CFA Charterholder.



Fact Sheet
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Commentary & Attribution

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Risks associated with investing in the Strategy may include Management and Operational Risk, Market Risk - Fixed Income, Credit Risk, Illiquidity Risk, and Derivatives and Short Sales Risk.

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