Gundlach’s DoubleLine Teams With State Street for Active ETF

May 30, 2014 5:25 pm ET

(Updates with DoubleLine comment in fourth paragraph.)

May 30 (Bloomberg) -- State Street Corp. and Jeffrey Gundlach’s DoubleLine Capital LP have teamed to open their first actively managed bond exchange-traded fund to compete with Bill Gross’ Pimco Total Return ETF.

SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF will invest in fixed-income securities and be run by Gundlach and Philip Barach, Boston-based State Street said today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund, if approved, would list on the NYSE Arca exchange.

Gross’ Pacific Investment Management Co. has led the industry in developing actively managed bond ETFs, offering eight funds with $7.9 billion, or about 61 percent of the market. The new offering from State Street would be the first ETF for Los Angeles-based DoubleLine, which manages about $49 billion in assets through mainly mutual funds and closed-end funds.

“We’ve always been open to the idea of ETFs,” Ronald Redell, president of DoubleLine Funds Trust, said in a telephone interview. “State Street is the best in class among ETF providers.” Redell declined to comment on the fund’s strategy citing regulatory restrictions.

The SPDR DoubleLine ETF will invest as much as 25 percent in corporate and sovereign high-yield debt, up to 15 percent in foreign-currency securities and a maximum of 25 percent in emerging markets, according to the filing.