x Dividend Fund

Dividend Fund

ISIN
GB0031286080

Price (11.12.2019)
56.88

% Price Change
0.05

Objective and investment policy

Objective

The fund has three aims:
- To provide an annual yield higher than that of the FTSE All-Share Index;
- To provide an income stream that increases every year;
- To provide a higher total return (the combination of capital growth and income), net of the Ongoing Charge Figure, than that of the FTSE All-Share Index over any five-year period.

Investment policy and strategy

Investment policy

At least 70% of the Fund is invested in equity securities and equity-related securities of companies across any sector and market capitalisation, that are incorporated, domiciled, listed or do most of their business in the United Kingdom.

The Fund may also invest in other transferable securities, including the shares of non-UK companies, cash and near cash directly or via collective investment schemes (including funds managed by M&G).

Derivatives may be used for efficient portfolio management and hedging.

Investment approach

The Fund employs a disciplined approach to investment which concentrates on the analysis and selection of individual companies.

The Fund typically invests in a well-diversified portfolio of high-yielding UK stocks. The yield premium attached to the Fund generally means that there is a bias towards good value, out of favour stocks (i.e. those stocks which the fund manager considers to be undervalued by the market). The emphasis on yield helps to identify stocks that are relatively cheap and to avoid those that are expensive. From the universe of high yielding stocks, the fund manager identifies companies that are competitive, with a strong business franchise and that have attractive dividend growth prospects.

Benchmark: FTSE All-Share Index

The Fund is actively managed. The benchmark is a target which the Fund seeks to outperform. The index has been chosen as the Fund’s target benchmark as it best reflects the scope of the Fund’s investment policy. The target benchmark is used solely to measure the Fund’s performance and income objective and does not constrain the Fund's portfolio construction.

The fund invests mainly in company shares and is therefore likely to experience larger price fluctuations than funds that invest in bonds and/or cash.

Performance

Fund Team

Stephanie Betts

Stephanie Betts - Investment specialist

Stephanie Betts joined M&G in January 2018 as Investment Specialist for the Income team focusing on M&G Pan European Dividend Fund, M&G European Select Fund, M&G Dividend Fund and M&G UK Select Fund. She joined from Citigroup (after an extended maternity leave) where she was managing the European equities desk selling to French and a selection of UK institutional accounts. Stephanie began her career as a securities regulation lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell (New York) before transferring to Lehman Brothers in investment banking (New York), and equities sales (London). Thereafter, she joined JP Morgan and latterly Citigroup. Stephanie graduated from New York University School of Law with a Master’s Degree (LLM) in Corporate Taxation & Securities Regulations and holds an MBA in Corporate Taxation and Finance from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris and a Law Degree in Corporate Law & Tax from the University of Paris II–Assas.

 Team member biography
Kotaro Miyata

Kotaro Miyata - Investment specialist

Kotaro Miyata is the investment specialist providing support for M&G's equity income fund range which includes the M&G Global Dividend Fund, as well as the M&G Global Listed Infrastructure Fund and the M&G (Lux) Global Listed Infrastructure Fund, which were launched in October 2017. Prior to joining M&G in 2006, he was a fund manager at Invesco Asset Management, where he was responsible for European and UK equities within the Global Equities team. Kotaro holds the Securities Institute Diploma and graduated from Oxford University in 1994 with a degree in classics.

 Team member biography

Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

1 Star Rating

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