Active fixed income


Vanguard’s active fixed income approach

Whether a plan sponsor, a pension fund, a nonprofit, or a consultant, all are seeking that holy grail—consistent outperformance without undue risk. Over the long term, it's not implausible with the right combination of factors, especially in fixed income.

Some firms may tout their size, talent, process, or results, but none can match the unique blend of all that Vanguard brings. We’re one of the most trusted companies in asset management for a reason.

We're also one of the largest, giving us the scale, clout, and ability to deliver cost efficiencies and attract top talent. We’ve been actively managing bond funds for more than four decades, enhancing our research, talent pool, and risk management strategy—further refining our time-tested, repeatable investment process.


Sara Devereux
Sara Devereux
Global Head of Fixed Income Group
In industry since 2002


The following pillars of our investment management approach are all geared toward delivering compounding alpha—more consistent outperformance with less downside risk.
Talent, culture, process
Deep expertise, a collaborative culture, and a repeatable investment process are the foundation of our success.
Diversified sources of alpha
We construct portfolios from a diverse set of high information ratio strategies rather than relying on concentrated risk positions.
True-to-label products
You can be confident that our funds and trusts are designed to behave the way you would expect for their mandates and asset classes. There are no surprises that could sabotage your asset allocation strategy when you need it most.
Smart risk-taking
Risk optimization is integral in every step of the process. Lower fees also enable competitive net alpha without undue risk.
Client-aligned business
Our scale and unique investor-owned structure1 allow us to deliver superior value through lower fees2 that help clients keep more of their returns.

Vanguard is owned by its funds, which are owned by Vanguard’s fund shareholder clients. 

Vanguard's asset-weighted average expense ratio of 0.08% is less than one-fifth the industry average of 0.44%. Sources: Vanguard and Morningstar, Inc., as of December 31, 2023.

People and process

Our investment process is characterized by deep specialization and constant collaboration.

Vanguard’s dedicated active taxable fixed income team of more than 100 professionals—senior leaders, portfolio managers, researchers, traders, and risk specialists—work together to support all relevant products. Unlike other firms that may have an "A team" or a "B team," all Vanguard bond funds and trusts benefit from our top talent.

Credit and rates

Leaders of the credit and rates teams develop a macroeconomic framework of top-down insights combined with bottom-up views from the sector teams, exploring relative values across sectors and setting the overall credit and rates strategy.

Portfolio management

Fund-specific portfolio management teams collaborate to tailor these strategies to their respective portfolios given each specific mandate’s opportunity set and objectives.

Sector teams

We provide bottom-up selection of subsectors, issuers, and securities through rigorous fundamental research.


Our Investment Management and Finance Risk group maintains oversight and governance through every stage of the process.

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All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.