Federated switches manager on underperforming bond fund

March 7 Thu Mar 7, 2013 4:35pm EST

March 7 (Reuters) - Money manager Federated Investors named a new manager to oversee its $7.6 billion Total Return Bond Fund, which has lagged similar funds in recent years.

Donald Ellenberger, a 26-year veteran of the firm, will take over as senior portfolio manager of the fund from Joseph Balestrino, who is leaving but will continue to be available on a consulting basis, Pittsburgh-based Federated said in a statement. Balestrino worked at Federated for 27 years.

Federated's Total Return Bond Fund gained 3.71 percent over the past year, trailing the performance of 69 percent of similar funds, according to data from Morningstar. The fund trailed 71 percent of peers over the past three years.

Federated, best known as a manager of money market funds, oversaw total assets of $380 billion at the end of 2012.

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