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M&G (Lux) Global Floating Rate High Yield Fund

Objective and investment policy

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 70% ofthe fund is invested in high yield floating rate notes (FRNs) issued by companies or governments from anywhere in the world and denominated in any currency. The FRNs are held directly and indirectly through derivatives combined with physical bonds. The fund also invests in asset-backed securities.

Other investment: The fund also holds cash or assets that can be turned quickly into cash.

Use of derivatives: The fund invests directly and indirectly via derivatives. Derivatives may also be used to manage risks and reduce costs, as well as to offset the impact of currency exposures arising from the fund’s non-US dollar investments. For more information on the types of bonds held and derivatives used, please refer to the Prospectus.

Strategy in brief: The fund is designed to provide income while minimising the negative impact of rising interest rates by investing mainly in FRNs. The fund focuses on bonds issued by companies with below investment grade credit ratings, which typically pay higher levels of interest to compensate investors for the greater risk of default. The investment process of the fund is based on the bottom-up analysis of individual bond issues whilst remaining aware of macroeconomics developments.

Spreading investments across issuers, industries and countries is an essential element of the fund’s strategy and the investment manager is assisted in the selection of individual bonds by an in-house team of credit analysts.

Performance comparator: The fund is actively managed. The BofA Merrill Lynch Global Floating Rate High Yield Index (3% constrained) USD Hedged is a point of reference against which the performance of the fund may be measured.

Glossary terms

Asset-backed securities: Bonds backed by assets that produce cashflows, such as mortgage loans, credit card receivables and auto loans.

Bonds: Loans to governments and companies that pay interest.

Derivatives: Financial contracts whose value is derived from other assets.

Floating rate notes: A type of bond whose interest payments, or coupons, are adjusted in line with movements in interest rates.

High yield/Below investment grade bonds: Bonds issued by companies considered to be riskier and therefore generally paying a higher level of interest.

Risks associated with the fund

The value of investments and the income from them will rise and fall. This will cause the fund price, as well as any income paid by the fund, to fall as well as rise. There is no guarantee the fund will achieve its objective, and you may not get back the amount you originally invested.

The value of the fund may fall if the issuer of a fixed income security held is unable to pay income payments or repay its debt (known as a default).

The fund may use derivatives with the aim of profiting from a rise or a fall in the value of an asset (for example, a company’s bonds). However, if the asset’s value varies in a different manner, the fund may incur a loss.

The fund invests mainly in one type of asset. This type of fund can experience larger-than-average price changes when compared to a fund which invests in a broader range of assets.

Changes in currency exchange rates will affect the value of your investment.

If the share class is hedged (H share class), it aims to mirror the performance of another share class. We cannot guarantee that the hedging objective will be achieved. The hedging strategy will limit holders of the hedged share class from benefiting if the hedged share class currency falls against the US dollar.

The fund will invest in emerging markets which are generally smaller, more sensitive to economic and political factors, and where investments are less easily bought and sold. In exceptional circumstances, the fund may encounter difficulties when selling or collecting income from these investments, which could cause the fund to incur a loss. In extreme circumstances, it could lead to the temporary suspension of dealing in shares in the fund.

When interest rates rise, the value of the fund is likely to fall.

Where market conditions make it hard to sell the fund’s investments at a fair price to meet customers’ sale requests, we may temporarily suspend dealing in the fund’s shares.

Some transactions the fund makes, such as placing cash on deposit, require the use of other financial institutions (for example, banks). If one of these institutions defaults on their obligations or becomes insolvent, the fund may incur a loss.

Other information

The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives.

Performance

Fund Team

James Tomlins

James Tomlins - Fund manager

James Tomlins is fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Global Floating Rate High Yield Fund and co-manager of the M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond Fund, M&G (Lux) Floating Rate High Yield Solution, M&G (Lux) Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund and M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond 2023 Fund since launch. James is a specialist in high yield credit with more than 10 years’ experience in this sector. He was previously an analyst and then a fund manager at Cazenove Capital Management. Before Cazenove, James was at KBC Alternative Investment Management; in the three years prior to that, he worked at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. James is a CFA charterholder and graduated with an MA in history and PgDip in economics from the University of Cambridge.

 Team member biography
Stefan Isaacs

Stefan Isaacs - Deputy Manager

Stefan Isaacs is Deputy Head of Retail Fixed Interest for M&G's mutual fund range. He joined M&G as a graduate in 2001 and was subsequently promoted to corporate bond dealer specialising in high yield bonds and euro-denominated credit. Stefan joined the fund management team in 2006 and was appointed fund manager of the M&G European Corporate Bond Fund in April 2007 and the M&G Global High Yield Bond Fund in October 2010. He is co-fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Floating Rate High Yield Solution, launched in August 2017 and the M&G (Lux) Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund, launched in October 2017. Stefan is also deputy fund manager of the M&G Optimal Income Fund, the M&G European High Yield Fund and the M&G Global Floating Rate High Yield Fund.

 Team member biography
Ana Gil

Ana Gil - Investment specialist

Ana Gil joined M&G in 2012 as an associate investment specialist covering M&G’s fixed interest fund range. Prior to working at M&G, Ana was initially an analyst at HSBC Private Bank, and then joined HSBC Global Asset Management as part of the institutional sales team. She holds a bachelor's degree in law and finance from Pontificia Comillas University (ICADE) in Madrid and is a CFA charterholder. Ana is fluent in Spanish, English and Italian.

 Team member biography

Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

2 Star Rating

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