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Ward Bortz on the NYSE’s ETF Central Podcast

Angel Oak’s Ward Bortz, ETF Portfolio Manager and Head of Distribution for U.S. Wealth, joined the ETF Central Podcast to discuss topics ranging from his background and career progression, the launch of Angel Oak’s ETF business in 2022, the firm’s differentiated approach to structured credit investing, and his thoughts on the future growth of mutual funds vs. ETFs.

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Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index: An unmanaged index that measures the performance of the investment-grade universe of bonds issued in the United States. The index includes institutionally traded U.S. Treasury, government sponsored, mortgage and corporate securities.


Duration: Measures a portfolio’s sensitivity to changes in interest rates. Generally, the longer the duration, the greater the price change relative to interest rate movements.


Yield Premium: The additional return that an investor can potentially earn from investing in a bond with higher risk compared to a similar bond with lower risk.


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The subsidized and unsubsidized 30-day SEC yields as of 4/30/24 were 6.73% and 5.90% for ANFIX, 6.35% and 5.53% for ANFLX, and 5.70% and 4.88% for AFLCX; 6.25% and 6.23% for ANGIX, 5.87% and 5.85% for ANGLX, 5.23% and 5.22% for ANGCX; 4.97% and 4.71% for AOUIX, 4.61% and 4.36% for AOUAX, 4.65% and 4.39% for AOUNX; 6.90% and 6.90% for ASCIX; 7.28% and 7.28% for AOHY; 6.03% and 5.83% for CARY; 4.79% and 4.49% for MBS; and 5.73% and 5.47% for UYLD, respectively.

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