Kneeland is a new entry at the top of our ranking, debuting as a Citywire AAA-rated manager for his impressive Transamerica Short-Term Bond fund. Along with his co-managers, Doug Weih, Matthew Buchanan (both also Citywire AAA-rated) and Brian W. Westhoff, Kneeland has consistently beaten his peers and the BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Corporate/Government Bond index over the past three years. The fund invests 89.5% of its net assets in US fixed income securities. The maturity and duration in the portfolio is low and almost all invested in investment grade debt.
Sector manager ratio: 0.96
For three years he ranked 3/67
Krumplys has landed his first A rating after having achieved a solid three years on the fund. His fund utilizes a top-down approach of worldwide analysis balanced with a bottom-up stock selection to identify stocks that may outperform the market over a one-to-three year time period. He has a 34.7% weighting toward information technology stocks – a noticeable overweight compared with the benchmark’s 23.9% weighting to the sector. The fund has a concentrated number of holdings in Brazilian, South Korean and Chinese stocks, which have helped Krumplys to stay ahead of the MSCI Emerging Markets index.
Sector manager ratio: 0.22
For three years he ranked 19/189
The family duo has moved up the ranks to become AA-rated as a result of the fund’s stellar outperformance over the past three years. William and Nicole are cousins. John Kornitzer, president and founder of Kornitzer Capital Management and Buffalo Funds, is Nicole’s father and William’s uncle. The long-term growth fund has consistently outperformed the Russell Global ex US index since its inception in 2007 and the MSCI World ex USA index for the past three years. Their largest geographical exposures are in Europe, with heavy sector leanings toward consumer discretionary and consumer staples.
Sector manager ratio: 0.45
For three years he ranked 8/106