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Monday’s Headlines: Janus and Pimco diversify their fund offerings

Different directions

Two mutual fund giants are diversifying their product offering and shaking up their images and the specialties on which they built their business, according to Investment News. Bond giant Pimco is rolling out equity funds, while Janus Capital is building out its fixed-income fund offering, deviating from its reputation as the mainstay of growth investing.

While the changes have been met with skepticism by investors, the moves aim to help the firms buoy themselves through turbulent market cycles.

The firms are focused on diversifying their lineups to help weather the various market cycles, the same as an investor looks to diversify his or her portfolio between a healthy mix of equities and fixed income. At stake is both firms’ ability to continue growing regardless of which asset class is in favor, and both are putting significant resources toward making sure that happens, Investment News writes.

 

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