Advantus Capital Management's investment strategies are based on proprietary research generated by their internal research team. Their approach is based on the belief that a bottom-up, fundamental research process is the most effective way to create the foundation for consistent, reliable and long-term results. The firm's significant investment strategies can broadly be separated into Fixed Income Strategies, Equity Strategies and Balanced Strategies. The Fixed Income Strategies include Money Market, Ultra Short Duration, Short Duration, Intermediate Duration, Full Duration, Long Duration, Core Plus, Mortgage Securities, High Yield, Insurance Core and Private Placement. The Equity Strategiesinclude Equity Index, Real Estate Securities, Strategic Dividend Income and Alternative Assets. The Balanced Strategies includes Dynamic Managed Volatility, Managed Volatility Equity and Managed Volatility Overlay.Advantus offers discretionary and non-discretionary management of assets for registered investment companies, insurance companies and other institutional investors primarily with respect to: fixed income investments including, but not limited to, government, mortgage-backed (including government or government agency mortgage loan pools or private mortgage loan pools, collateralized mortgage obligations, commercial mortgage-backed securities, mortgage pass-throughs), asset-backed, and corporate securities; real estate equity securities including investments in real estate investment trusts, real estate operating companies and real estate related companies; equity securities that track indices such as the S&P 500 Index; equity securities that focus on higher dividend yields; strategies that focus on managing volatility; alternative assets, including mezzanine debt, venture capital, distressed debt and private equity; selection of sub-advisers to manage other asset types; private placement investments; and derivative instruments and strategies for hedging purposes.