Corporate Bond Fund

ISIN
GB0032137977

Price (22.02.2019)
20.43

% Price Change
-0.02

Objective and investment policy

Objective

The fund aims to provide income and capital growth.

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 70% of the fund is invested in sterling-denominated bonds issued by companies.

Other investments: The fund also invests in bonds issued by government bonds (usually of developed countries), high yield bonds and cash or assets that can be turned into cash quickly.

Use of derivatives: Derivatives may be used to invest indirectly in core and other investments. They may also be used to reduce risks and costs and to manage the impact of changes in currency exchange rates on the fund’s investments.

Strategy in brief: The fund manager has the freedom to decide which investments to hold in the fund, based on his assessment of a combination of macroeconomic, asset, sector and stock-level factors. Spreading investments across issuers and industries is an essential element of the fund’s strategy and the manager is assisted in his selection of individual bonds by an in-house team of analysts.

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 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 manager may use derivatives with the aim of producing a capital gain if interest rates rise (normally, if interest rates rise, the capital value of fixed income securities will fall). However, if interest rates fall, the fund may incur a loss.

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).

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

The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. The level of any income earned by the fund will fluctuate. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. 

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Fund Team

Richard Woolnough

Richard Woolnough - Fund manager

Richard Woolnough joined M&G in January 2004 and is fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Optimal Income Fund, as well as of the M&G Optimal Income Fund, the M&G Corporate Bond Fund and the M&G Strategic Corporate Bond Fund, three of the company’s flagship UK-authorised fixed interest OEIC funds. Richard began his career at Lloyds Merchant Bank in 1985, moving to Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali two years later, followed by SG Warburg. In 1995, he became a fund manager at Old Mutual. Richard graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in economics.

 Team member biography
Ben Lord

Ben Lord - Deputy Manager

Ben Lord joined M&G in 2007 and is the fund manager of the M&G UK Inflation Linked Corporate Bond Fund and deputy fund manager of the M&G (Lux) European Inflation Linked Bond Fund. Ben has also managed the M&G Global Corporate Bond Fund from launch in September 2013 and was appointed fund manager of the M&G Index Linked Bond Fund in July 2015. Ben previously worked at Gordian Knot as a credit analyst covering global financial institutions. He obtained an MA (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh and is a CFA charterholder.

 Team member biography
Laura Frost

Laura Frost - Investment specialist

Laura Frost is an investment specialist providing support for the M&G retail fixed income fund range. Laura joined M&G in 2011 as a technical training director for the Learning Matters team. Prior to M&G, Laura worked for six years at a training consultancy specialising in capital markets, focusing on fixed income and derivatives. Before this, she spent six years as a fixed income derivatives trader for a proprietary trading house. Laura graduated from Leeds University in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in geology, and in 1999, gained an MSc in engineering geology.

 Team member biography

Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

3 Star Rating

Rating is at a fund level

Silver Standard

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