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Fixed-Income Insights

Lord Abbett’s Steve Rocco, Partner and Director of Taxable Fixed Income, discusses investment opportunities in the current market environment.

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Steve Rocco discusses Market Opportunities

March 11, 2020

What sorts of investment opportunities are you seeing right now?

Rocco: I think there are opportunities in a multi-sector type of strategy, in a short duration type of strategy. And in the high yield type of strategy that all have lower duration and the ability to manage duration and pick the best kind of kind of sectors, industries, and asset classes. And so I look specifically to, short duration, short duration spread product, short duration, high yield, and multi-sector strategies that could be nimble around duration and tactical asset allocation.

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