OBJECTIVE AND INVESTMENT POLICY
The Fund aims to provide positive, consistent returns (although not guaranteed) above those that would be earned on cash deposits over time.
Performance target: To outperform the Bloomberg Barclays Euro Treasury Bills 0-3 months Index by at least 2% per annum, before the deduction of charges, over any 5 year period.
The Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in a global portfolio of bonds of any quality, including high yield (non-investment grade) bonds and asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, issued by governments or companies. The Fund may invest directly or via derivatives (complex financial instruments).
The Fund may also invest in other assets including bonds of other types from any issuer, preference shares, cash and money market instruments.
In certain market conditions, the Fund may invest more than 35% of its assets in government bonds issued by any one body. The Fund will not invest more than 15% of its assets in high yield (non-investment grade) bonds and will never invest in bonds rated lower than B- or B3 (credit agency ratings), or if unrated deemed to be of a comparable quality by the investment manager.
The investment manager may use derivatives (complex financial instruments), including total return swaps, with the aim of making investment gains in line with the Fund's objective, to reduce risk or to manage the Fund more efficiently.
The Fund is actively managed with reference to the Bloomberg Barclays Euro Treasury Bills 0-3 months Index as this forms the basis of the Fund's performance target. The investment manager has a high degree of freedom to choose individual investments for the Fund.
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