The fund aims to provide a combination of capital growth and income of at least the 3-month Euribor plus 2.5% a year, before any ongoing charges, over any three-year period. The Euribor is the rate at which banks borrow money from each other.
The fund aims to achieve this while seeking to limit losses and minimise the degree to which the value of its assets changes over time. Managing the fund in this way reduces its ability to achieve returns significantly above 3-month Euribor plus 2.5%.
Investment policy and strategy
Core investment: At least 70% of the fund is invested in bonds, currencies, cash and near cash. These assets may be issued anywhere in the world, including emerging markets, and denominated in any currency. Up to 60% of the fund may be invested in lower quality bonds. The fund may also invest in Chinese bonds denominated in renminbi. The fund typically invests directly in these assets. It may also invest via derivatives or through other funds.
Other investments: The fund may invest in asset-backed securities, contingent convertible debt securities and other funds.
Derivatives: The fund may invest via derivatives and use derivatives to reduce the risks and costs of managing the fund.
Strategy in brief: The investment manager takes a flexible approach, investing across different bond markets and currencies according to where value is identified.
The investment manager has the freedom to adjust the fund’s sensitivity to interest rate movements, as well as the blend of bond and currency exposures based on an assessment of macroeconomic, asset, sector and stock-level factors. The fund typically aims to have a high level of diversification in individual bond selection and across investment themes and sources of return. The investment manager seeks to achieve the performance objective while managing the fund’s volatility and limiting losses during difficult market conditions.
Benchmark: 3-month Euribor + 2.5%
The benchmark is a target which the fund seeks to achieve. The rate has been chosen as the fund’s benchmark as it is an achievable performance target and best reflects the scope of the fund’s investment policy.
The benchmark is used solely to measure the fund’s performance objective and does not constrain the fund's portfolio construction.
The fund is actively managed. The investment manager has complete freedom in choosing which assets to buy, hold and sell in the fund.
For unhedged and currency hedged share classes, the benchmark is hedged in the share class currency.
You can find more information about the objective and investment policy of the fund in the Prospectus.
Risks associated with the fund
The value and income from the fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise. There is no guarantee that the fund will achieve its objective and you may get back less than you originally invested.
An ‘absolute return’ fund may not move in line with market trends or fully benefit from a positive market environment.
The fund may use derivatives to profit from an expected rise or fall in the value of an asset. Should the asset’s value vary in an unexpected way, the fund will incur a loss. The fund’s use of derivatives may be extensive and exceed the value of its assets (leverage). This has the effect of magnifying the size of losses and gains, resulting in greater fluctuations in the value of the fund.
The fund can be exposed to different currencies. Movements in currency exchange rates may adversely affect the value of your investment.
Investments in bonds are affected by interest rates, inflation and credit ratings. It is possible that bond issuers will not pay interest or return the capital. All of these events can reduce the value of bonds held by the fund.
The hedging process seeks to minimise, but cannot eliminate, the effect of movements in exchange rates on the performance of the hedged share class. Hedging also limits the ability to gain from favourable movements in exchange rates.
Investing in emerging markets involves a greater risk of loss due to greater political, tax, economic, foreign exchange, liquidity and regulatory risks, among other factors. There may be difficulties in buying, selling, safekeeping or valuing investments in such countries.
Investing in bonds from China, denominated in Renminbi and traded on the China Interbank Bond Market, may be subject to greater clearing, settlement and counterparty risk. These factors could cause the fund to incur a loss.
In exceptional circumstances where assets cannot be fairly valued, or have to be sold at a large discount to raise cash, we may temporarily suspend the fund in the best interest of all investors.
The fund could lose money if a counterparty with which it does business becomes unwilling or unable to repay money owed to the fund.
Further details of the risks that apply to the fund can be found in the fund's Prospectus.
The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives.
The performance webpage for this fund is currently being reconfigured. In the interim, for performance information, please refer to the latest Fund Factsheet which can be found in the Literature section.