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Three former Artio managers start their own firm and fund but keep their track record, The Hartford to liquidate its target-date series, and AMG takes a majority investment in yet another boutique manager.

Gold-rated Vanguard Capital Opportunity is closing to new investors, apart from those enrolled in Vanguard Flagship Services or Vanguard Asset Management Services. Separately, MFS and Vanguard roll out low-vol funds, and American Century Appoints 2 Co-CIOs.

Bill Gross adds management duties on PIMCO Unconstrained Bond while its longtime manager is on a sabbatical, Arif Husain taking over T. Rowe Price International Bond, and more.

In early 2014, Krug will begin building a team that will focus on a credit opportunities strategy. Krug will head Artisan's first new investment team since 2006 and its sixth autonomous team. Meanwhile, Krug will be succeeded on Ivy High Income by William Nelson.

Graham French, who had managed Vanguard Precious Metals and Mining since 1996, steps back from day-to-day fund management responsibilities at the fund's subadvisor. Also, one fewer manager on PIMCO Global Multi-Asset and new managers on a DWS EAFE index fund.

T. Rowe Price to close New Horizons to most new investors, Vanguard's fixed-income group head to retire in March, Columbia Wanger's Chuck McQuaid to step down as CIO and Columbia Acorn comanager, and some tragic news at First Eagle.

As part of the transition, the Silver-rated fund's expense ratio is estimated to drop by more than 10%. Also, a new manager for Fidelity Pacific Basin, GMO announces plans to begin tapping the firm's asset-allocation forecasts in its strategies, and new names for 5 Aquila funds.

Laudus' large-cap growth fund rehires its former manager Lawrence Kemp, Artisan Value team founder and portfolio manager Scott Satterwhite gives his three years' notice, David Herro closes Oakmark International to new investors, and more.

Likely available before the end of 2013, Vanguard's new fund will be actively managed. Also, Fidelity makes big changes to its Freedom Funds target-date investments, an additional manager signs on at the $8 billion Russell Strategic Bond Fund, a host of fixed-income manager changes at J.P. Morgan, and more.

The manager of Leuthold Asset Allocation, which has been reeling from outflows, has left the firm, prompting the merger. Also, AllianceBernstein changes named managers in its target-date series and target-risk suite, ING swaps out managers on its asset-allocation team supporting multiasset funds, and American Funds is set to launch an emerging-markets fund.

AllianceBernstein to buy W.P. Stewart, FPA Paramount alters its focus, Fidelity to roll out a short-duration high-yield fund, PIMCO plans for a managed-futures fund, and a sad farewell to retired T. Rowe Price manager and 1995 Fund Manager of the Year Jack Laporte.

The Fairholme Fund sues the federal government seeking dividends from its stakes in Fannie and Freddie, Munder Capital is on the block, a former Columbia manager succeeds Michael Kobs in the management of a set of Vanguard's municipal bond funds, and Columbia brings on board a former Putnam value equity manager.

TIAA-CREF and Henderson to start a new global real estate investment management company, Invesco High Yield Municipal opens back up to investors, Utah's Gold-rated 529 program cuts costs and adds funds from DFA, and Calamos seeks to begin issuing actively managed ETFs.

Vanguard launches international-bond fund, FPA Crescent picks up 2 new comanagers, and managers depart at GSAM, Buffalo, and BlackRock. Also, Matthews to close its Asia dividend fund, and Morgan Stanley set to launch a global quality stock fund.

Fairholme takes a big stake in Fannie and Freddie preferreds, a manager of a Bronze-rated Oppenheimer fund departs, Templeton Frontier Markets closes to new investors, a slew of manager changes at Bridgeway, and some high-profile Janus fund managers resurface at a hedge fund.

In a tough week for Marsico, the firm is removed as a subadvisor on two separate funds. Also, Calamos plans dividend and mid-growth funds, Oppenheimer to close Discovery to new investors, and John Hancock makes a raft of portfolio-management changes.

Bob Doll to take the helm of a Nuveen large-cap value fund, Gary Black to manage a new alts fund for Calamos, RiverPark drafts a new alts fund, and ALPS plans a tactical Asia-Pacific fund. Also, 3 new actively managed ETFs from PIMCO are ready for launch.

Brown Brothers Harriman launches a concentrated large-blend fund investing in U.S. and foreign stocks; Vanguard reopens its Capital Opportunity fund to individual investors; Franklin Templeton rolls out an emerging-markets bond fund; USAA seeks permission to create actively managed ETFs; and manager changes at Perkins and Calvert.

The conservative bank-loan fund manager plans to step away at the end of March. Also, DoubleLine recruits more professionals from TCW, Principal files for permission to market actively managed ETFs, T. Rowe Price nears launch of its world-allocation fund, Vanguard to merge away a Florida muni-bond fund, Vanguard Wellington reports lower fees, and a new small-cap fund from BlackRock.

Fidelity has more than doubled the number of commission-free iShares ETFs available through Fidelity's brokerage platform. Also, Joe Balestrino to leave Federated, a host of manager changes at Winslow Capital, Prudential cuts ties with Marsico, and fund closings at Touchstone and Prudential.

Harbor Capital Appreciation gets a new comanager, some Vanguard expense ratios fall, Oppenheimer changes a value manager, Vanguard rotates some bond fund managers, a Lord Abbett small-cap blend manager leaves, and more.

As part of Aberdeen's acquisition of Artio, some international fund managers to depart. Also, a management change on a T. Rowe Price health-care fund, Columbia hires Putnam's former asset-allocation head, and ClearBridge and Legg Mason Capital Management funds to merge.