Why invest in long-term muni bonds? Why investors should focus on tax-free income and total return Many investors fled the muni market in 2013, as $60 billion in mutual fund redemptions attests. Particularly hard hit were longer-maturity funds, likely due to investors anticipating higher interest rates and the negative impact that would have on fixed-income
Catherine Stienstra, Senior Portfolio Manager
Catherine Stienstra is a senior municipal fixed income portfolio manager for Columbia Management. Ms. Stienstra manages the national short municipal bond, the long state municipal bond and AMT-free tax-exempt strategies. She joined the firm in 2007 and has been a member of the investment community since 1988.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Stienstra was a portfolio manager for FAF Advisors, Inc. (formerly U.S. Bancorp Asset Management) where she was responsible for managing three state-specific mutual funds and a national short-term municipal fund, in addition to being a co-manager on three closed-end funds. During her 17-year tenure with FAF Advisors, she was instrumental in developing a tax-exempt custom cash product and led development and marketing efforts for new products as the portfolio manager. Her experience also includes managing the tax-exempt fixed income trading operations at FAF.
Ms. Stienstra earned a B.A. in international studies from the University of Nebraska.