Will Smith, CFA

Will Smith, CFA

Portfolio Manager—High Yield

7 Years at AB
10 Years of experience

Will Smith is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager focused on high-yield portfolios. He is a member of the US High Yield, High Income, Short Duration High Yield and European High Yield portfolio-management teams. Smith also designed and is one of the lead portfolio managers for AB’s Multi-Sector Credit Strategy, which invests across investment-grade and high-yield credit sectors globally. He joined AB in 2012 and spent 2014 in London as part of the European High Yield portfolio-management team. Smith started his career with UBS Investment Bank in 2009, working as an analyst with the Credit Risk team and then later on the Fixed Income sales and trading desk. He holds a BA in economics from Boston College and is a CFA charterholder. Location: New York

Looking to De-Risk? High Yield Can Help

Looking to De-Risk? High Yield Can Help

by Gershon Distenfeld, Will Smith
The S&P 500 Index hit an all-time high on April 23, thanks to improving investor optimism. But for some equity investors, market highs signal a good time to reduce downside risk. Shifting a modest allocation into US high yield is an efficient way of doing just that—significantly lowering overall risk while only modestly curbing potential returns.

Asset Allocation, Fixed Income, Later in the Cycle, Volatility


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