M&G Global Macro Bond Fund Sterling I Acc
Rated Fund 2014-20. Eclectic and flexible approach for all market conditions
The flexible, go-anywhere strategy of M&G Global Macro Bond means it is a decent core diversifier. It currently yields 2% and pays dividends quarterly. Jim Leaviss has run this fund since its inception in 1999. He can invest in any type of fixed-interest security in the world. His focus in recent years has been on highly rated bonds – he had almost three-quarters of assets in investment-grade bonds at the end of 2019, with a quarter in cash.
Leaviss is able to take advantage of different economic conditions and global trends, including interest rate movements and inflation. His assessment of these factors determines the asset classes the fund invests in and influences the portfolio’s mix of interest rate risk, credit risk and currency exposure.
This approach means Leaviss can constantly reassess relative value among the whole range of bonds, from ‘safe haven’ government bonds to riskier corporate and emerging market bonds. Different asset classes in the fixed-income universe have variable sensitivity to interest rate changes, and Leaviss can increase or reduce the fund’s duration depending on the outlook for interest rates across global markets. He actively manages the types of bond in the fund and their maturities, and he uses derivatives to ensure the fund is able to perform in all market conditions.
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|United States Treasury Notes 2.75%||22.70 %|
|United States Treasury Notes 0.62%||12.72 %|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1.62%||9.43 %|
|United States Treasury Bonds 3%||8.23 %|
|Germany (Federal Republic Of) 0.5%||4.02 %|
|Japan (Government Of) 0.1%||3.03 %|
|Japan (Government Of) 1.3%||1.89 %|
|Norway (Kingdom Of) 2%||1.74 %|
|Canada (Government of) 1.75%||1.57 %|
|European Bank For Reconstruction & Development 1.7%||1.53 %|
Jim Leaviss is Head of Retail Fixed Interest for M&G’s mutual fund range. He joined M&G in 1997 after five years at the Bank of England. As well as heading up the team, Jim is co-manager of the M&G (Lux) Absolute Return Bond Fund and also manages the M&G Global Macro Bond Fund and is deputy fund manager of the M&G Global Government Bond Fund.
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