Barron's Cites Fund Family's Impressive Long-Term Performance
Barron's has once again recognized MainStay Funds for delivering long-term results—naming it the #1 fund family for the 10-year period in its annual ranking of mutual fund families. In the February 9, 2013, Barron's article, "All in the Family," fund families were ranked over the one-, five-, and 10-year periods ended December 31, 2012, based on relative asset-weighted performance. The publication lauded MainStay Funds' 10-year track record as its #1 fund family as "an impressive feat." This is the fourth consecutive year that MainStay has ranked in the top three for the 10-year period —and fifth consecutive year in the top 10—in Barron's fund family rankings. MainStay Funds is the only fund family that has placed in Barron’s top 10 each of the past five years for the 10-year period.
Barron's Ranks MainStay Funds a Top 5 Tax-Exempt Bond Manager
In the tax-exempt bond category, MainStay Funds ranked in the top five for the one-year period, driven by the strong results of MacKay Municipal ManagersTM team, which subadvises our municipal bond funds. MacKay Municipal Managers is co-headed by John Loffredo and Robert DiMella, who have a combined 46 years of experience managing municipal bonds, including high-yield, investment grade, and state-specific strategies.
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Outstanding Results Through Difficult Markets
MainStay Funds produced these long-term results throughout periods of extreme volatility marked by the housing bubble, credit crisis, U.S. debt downgrade, and the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
"We believe this strong long-term relative performance was the direct result of our multi-boutique model that consists of autonomous institutional asset managers, each of with its unique investment focus, process, and philosophy," said Stephen Fisher, Senior Managing Director and President of the MainStay Funds. "While the boutiques are independent of one another, they generally possess a quality bias and a focus on risk management as they seek to deliver consistently superior long-term performance." In fact, as of February 11, 2013, 88% of MainStay Funds had a Morningstar overall risk rating of "average," "below average," or "low."
2012: Another Year of Growth for MainStay Funds
Coming off three consecutive years as a Barron's top three fund family, MainStay Funds continued to garner market share in 2012. With now over $53 billion in assets under management and a top net flow leader in the mutual fund industry,1 MainStay continued to enhance its multi-boutique lineup with the addition of Marketfield Asset Management LLC, subadvisor of the go-anywhere MainStay Marketfield Fund. This growth continued into 2013 with the addition of Cornerstone Asset Management LLC to the MainStay investment management lineup as subadvisor of the large-cap growth focused MainStay Cornerstone Growth Fund.
"Throughout the years, we believe our Barron's rankings are a testament to the quality and depth of the MainStay Fund lineup and our multi-boutique structure," said Fisher. "It is clear that our focus on high-quality securities across equity and fixed income has resulted in strong long-term results and has served our shareholders well through a variety of market cycles. Now more than ever, we remain committed to this model that allows us to put top investment managers in position to do what they do best."
And according to Barron's, that is just what they are doing.
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