M&G Corporate Bond Fund Sterling I Acc

Global Bonds

New for 2018. Focuses on high quality European bonds

M&G European Corporate Bond has a modest yield at around 1.5 per cent, but has been introduced for 2018 because it offers bond exposure that is closer to 'home' than those with a global remit. Stefan Isaacs has considerable experience in European credit markets and has managed the fund since April 2007. He is backed by Wolfgang Bauer, who replaced Richard Woolnough as deputy manager in 2015.

The pair invest at least 70 per cent of the portfolio in high-quality bonds issued by companies denominated in any European currency. They can also invest up to 30 per cent in government and high-yield bonds. At least 90 per cent of holdings are either euro-denominated securities or hedged back to the euro. Their starting point is a top-down view on the economy. This is formed in collaboration with the fixed income team and determines the fund's positioning in terms of its credit risk, duration and sector exposures. In selecting bonds for the portfolio, the managers again draw on the expertise of credit analysts, each of whom undertakes fundamental research on specific sectors. They provide views on both their sectors and individual securities, and assign internal ratings to bonds based on a company's business and financial risks, bond structure and covenants. Default and event risks are monitored through 'to watch' and 'at risk' lists respectively.Morningstar likes the fund on the strength of its straightforward process that combines the strength of the analyst team with Isaacs' extensive experience. The merger of Prudential's UK and Europe asset management and insurance arms, to form M&G Prudential in 2017, has not changed its positive view.

Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2018.

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Name
M&G Corporate Bond Fund Sterling I Acc
Manager
M&G Group
Type
Open Ended Investment Company
ISIN
GB00B1YBRL59
Sector
£ Corporate Bond
Launched
02/07/2007
OCF
0.66 %
Risk Rating
2
3 Year Sharpe
0.96
3 Year Alpha
0.78
Yield
3 %
Benchmark
N/A
The Fund aims to provide income and capital growth.
Holding %
Us Ultra Bond Cbt Sep18 6.40 %
Lloyds Bank plc 5.12% 1.77 %
AT&T Inc 4.88% 1.37 %
Wells Fargo Bank, National Association 5.25% 1.35 %
Italy (Republic Of) 6% 1.26 %
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 4.5% 1.02 %
Vodafone Group plc 3% 1.02 %
Bank of America Corporation 2.3% 1.02 %
Wells Fargo & Company 2% 0.93 %
Tesco Property Finance 3 Plc 5.74% 0.92 %
Region %
United Kingdom 31.66 %
United States 23.82 %
Eurozone 16.24 %
Asia - Emerging 8.74 %
Asia - Developed 6.76 %
Japan 5.44 %
Sector %
Financial Services 21.01 %
Technology 17.35 %
Industrials 14.96 %
Consumer Cyclical 14.54 %
Healthcare 8.03 %
Consumer Defensive 7.05 %
Basic materials 5.56 %
Name
M&G Group
Address
EC4R 0HH, London, United Kingdom
UCITS
Yes
Legal Structure
Open Ended Investment Company

Managers

Richard Woolnough
Joined 02/27/2004

Richard Woolnough joined M&G in January 2004 and is fund manager 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 fixed interest 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.

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