Jupiter Strategic Bond I Acc
Rated Fund 2013-20. A conservative and flexible fund choice
Jupiter Strategic Bond was highly commended in the Best Sterling Bond Fund category of Money Observer's 2017 fund awards. It outperformed its peer group over the short, medium and long term. Often this was only marginally, but this is a good result for a fund whose remit is to avoid losses. This emphasis makes it a decent low-risk option.
Ariel Bezalel, head of fixed income at Jupiter, has been at the helm since 2008. He says a defensive strategy remains prudent in a market vulnerable to unforeseen shocks. He can invest in the best opportunities globally, across a range of fixed-interest securities, including high-yield bonds, investment-grade bonds, government bonds and convertibles.
He can use derivatives to mitigate the risk of falling bond prices. The fund yields 3% and pays income quarterly. Bezalel picks investments based on his view of the global economy. He works out how much risk is appropriate to take and which sectors and countries offer the best opportunities, taking into account factors such as inflation, interest rates and economic growth. When he is feeling more risk-averse, he typically has more investment-grade bonds in the portfolio. At the end of 2019, 36% was in AAA-rated bonds. Since avoiding losses is his top priority, when investing in high-yield bonds, he prefers the most senior bonds in a company's capital structure. These are typically secured on company assets. He also likes firms that are paying down their debts, which helps improve their creditworthiness and pushes their bond prices higher.
Narrative and ratings content all as of January 2020.See all Money Observer rated funds
|ICEE: (ITRAXX.XO.32.V1)||6.53 %|
|United States Treasury Bonds 3%||5.70 %|
|Australia (Commonwealth of) 3.25%||5.26 %|
|United States Treasury Notes 2.25%||4.01 %|
|Australia (Commonwealth of) 3.75%||3.84 %|
|United States Treasury Notes 2.75%||3.25 %|
|United States Treasury Bonds 2.25%||3.07 %|
|United States Treasury Notes 2%||2.89 %|
|India (Republic of) 7.32%||2.22 %|
|Australia (Commonwealth of) 3%||1.84 %|
|United Kingdom||100.00 %|
|Financial Services||100.00 %|
Ariel Bezalel joined Jupiter in 1998 and is currently Fund Manager for the Fixed Interest Team with responsibility for co-managing Jupiter Monthly Income Fund (Unit Trust – fixed interest component), Jupiter High Income Fund (Unit Trust – fixed interest component) and Jupiter Global Managed Fund (Unit Trust – fixed interest component). He has a BA (Hons) Economics from Middlesex University.
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