Questioning the Manager: Henderson Diversified Income Trust



John discusses the reaction of bond markets since the ‘Trump bump’ and its challenge to his deflation thesis, his view of where we are in the credit cycle, and the portfolio’s current allocations to the various areas of the fixed income markets.
Cyclical - Companies that sell discretionary consumer items, such as cars, or industries highly sensitive to changes in the economy, such as miners. The prices of equities and bonds issued by cyclical companies tend to be strongly affected by ups and downs in the overall economy, when compared to non-cyclical companies.
Fiscal stimulus – where the government attempts to stimulate the economy, usually by increasing public spending or decreasing taxation.
Monetary stimulus – where a central bank attempts to stimulate the economy, usually by lowering interest rates or through extrodinary measures such as quantitative easing.
Defensive – these companies usually have revenues with low or no correlation to the wider macro-economy
Sovereign bonds – debt issued by governments
High yield – lower rated debt, the higher of which is investment grade.
Credit markets - A marketplace for investment in corporate bonds and associated derivatives.
Credit risk - The risk that a borrower will default on its contractual obligations to investors, by failing to make the required debt payments.
Credit spreads - The difference in the yield of corporate bonds over equivalent government bonds.
Interest rate risk – The sensitivity of a bond to rises or falls in central bank interest rates.
Short – An investment position where the investor will profit from a fall in the value of the security.
Deflation – Reduction in the general level of prices in an economy
Reflation – The rise in prices, usually towards long-term trends
Default rates -- The percentage of companies in a particular market that fail to pay interest or to return an original amount loaned when due.
Credit cycle – The cyclical nature of the demand in corporate debt, usually linked to the economic cycle
Unsecured lending – Where the debtor borrows without having to secure assets against the debt
Gearing/leverage – in the context of investment trusts these are borrowings, usually from a bank, that are used to make extra investments in the market with the aim of making a return greater than the cost of borrowing.

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Henderson Diversified Income Trust plc

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Issued in the UK by Janus Henderson Investors. Janus Henderson Investors is the name under which Henderson Global Investors Limited (reg. no. 906355), Henderson Investment Funds Limited (reg. no. 2678531), AlphaGen Capital Limited (reg. no. 962757), Henderson Equity Partners Limited (reg. no.2606646), (each incorporated and registered in England and Wales with registered office at 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AE) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide investment products and services. We may record telephone calls for our mutual protection, to improve customer service and for regulatory record keeping purposes.

Specific risks

  • Active management techniques that have worked well in normal market conditions could prove ineffective or detrimental at other times.
  • This trust is suitable to be used as one component in several in a diversified investment portfolio. Investors should consider carefully the proportion of their portfolio invested into this trust.
  • The trust could lose money if a counterparty with which it trades becomes unwilling or unable to meet its obligations to the trust.
  • If a trust's portfolio is concentrated towards a particular country or geographical region, the investment carries greater risk than a portfolio diversified across more countries.
  • The return on your investment is directly related to the prevailing market price of the trust’s shares, which will trade at a varying discount (or premium) relative to the value of the underlying assets of the trust. As a result losses (or gains) may be higher or lower than those of the trust’s assets.
  • The trust may use gearing as part of its investment strategy. If the trust utilises its ability to gear, the profits and losses incured by the trust can be greater than those of a trust that does not use gearing.
  • Higher yieldings bonds are issued by companies that may have greater difficulty in repaying their financial obligations. High yield bonds are not traded as frequently as government bonds and therefore may be more difficult to trade in distressed markets.
  • All or part of the trust's management fee is taken from its capital. While this allows more income to be paid, it may also restrict capital growth or even result in capital erosion over time.

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