Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Fund Class B Gross Accumulation
New for 2019. A high and regular income
Liontrust Monthly Income Bond is high up the performance list and has a reasonably high yield. This is paid monthly, making the fund an attractive option for those looking for a regular income from their investments.
Its managers, Stuart Steven, Kenny Watson and Aitken Ross, have more than 57 years of combined investment experience in managing fixed-income investments. Although the team is relatively new to Liontrust, having joined after its acquisition of Alliance Trust Investments in 2017, they have worked together on this strategy for a number of years. Steven has run the fund since its launch in 2010, with Ross joining the team in 2012 and Watson in 2013.
They aim to produce a high monthly income and some capital growth through investing mainly in corporate bonds, while also holding some government bonds.
Since launch, the fund has invested in shorter-dated bonds to lower the portfolio’s sensitivity to rising interest rates, but the managers have the flexibility to invest in longer-dated bonds as and when rates normalise.
FundCalibre rates this as an ‘Elite’ fund on the strength of the managers’ highly analytical and flexible process.
They focus on high-quality issues, which they believe can enable them to reduce bond-specific risk. They analyse a number of factors – from credit quality and the macroeconomic backdrop to environmental, social and governance concerns – to find high-quality companies.
They had a preference for bonds issued by banks, insurers and telecoms companies at the end of 2018, supported by attractive valuations and higher credit quality in these sectors.
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|Lloyds Bank plc 13%||4.89 %|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 8%||4.76 %|
|Prudential plc 5.62%||3.14 %|
|AT&T Inc 7%||2.99 %|
|Standard Chartered plc 5.12%||2.98 %|
|Orange S.A. 8.12%||2.95 %|
|Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. 4.62%||2.82 %|
|Deutsche Telekom International Finance B.V. 9.25%||2.71 %|
|British Telecommunications plc 9.12%||2.68 %|
Aitken Ross transferred to Liontrust in April 2017 as part of the company's acquisition of Alliance Trust Investments. He started his career on the Alliance Trust Management training programme in September 2010 after graduating in Accountancy and Finance (First Class Honours) from Dundee University and subsequently completing an MA in International Financial Analysis (Distinction) at Newcastle University. Following a successful period as an analyst within the team, he is now a fully qualified portfolio manager and is a named fund manager on the Liontrust Monthly Income Bond and Liontrust Sustainable Future Corporate Bond funds.
Kenny Watson transferred to Liontrust in April 2017 after more than three years at Alliance Trust Investments. He is a co-manager of the Liontrust Monthly Income Bond and Liontrust Sustainable Future Corporate Bond funds. Prior to this, he worked for Ignis Asset Management for 15 years, specialising first in UK smaller companies, before moving to the fixed income team in 2004 where he was responsible for the sub-investment grade bond portfolios including the High Income Bond Fund. Prior to focusing on sub-investment grade bonds, he was part of the team managing investment grade life company mandates. He started his career at KPMG, after qualifying as a chartered accountant, before joining Murray Johnstone as a trainee fund manager in UK equities in 1994. Kenny has a BA in Accounting & Economics from the University of Strathclyde and is a chartered accountant.
Stuart Steven moved to Liontrust through the acquisition of Alliance Trust Investments in 2017, remaining the Head of the Sustainable Future Fixed Income team and also the Co-Fund Manager of Monthly Income Bond Fund and the SF Corporate Bond Fund. After working in industry, Stuart joined Britannic Asset Management in 1994 and became Head of Corporate Bonds with responsibility for managing investment grade portfolios for retail and institutional funds. In 2000, he joined Legal & General as Director, Corporate Bonds, where, until 2006, he managed a team of credit specialists managing multi-currency assets. He joined Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in 2008 as investment director, managing a number of funds, including investment grade and absolute return funds. Stuart has been involved in managing multi-currency fixed income portfolios since 1994, with experience in managing teams and marketing fixed income funds. He has an additional five years’ related investment experience.
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