M&G Global Macro Bond Fund Sterling I Acc
Rated Fund 2014-19. An eclectic and flexible approach
Jim Leaviss has run this fund in its various iterations for 20 years – since its inception in 1999. He aims to deliver income and capital growth by investing in any type of fixed interest security in the world.
The fund currently yields 3% and pays dividends quarterly. Its ongoing charges of 0.82% are higher than the sector average of 0.67%, but worth paying given the fund’s consistent track record.
Leaviss uses his flexibility to take advantage of different economic conditions and global trends, including interest rate movements and inflation. His assessment of these macroeconomic factors determines the asset classes in which the fund invests, in order to achieve its objective of maximising long-term total returns. His assessment also influences the portfolio’s mix of interest rate risk, credit risk and currency exposure.
This approach means that Leaviss can constantly reassess relative value from among the whole range of different bond types, from ‘safe haven’ government bonds to riskier corporate and emerging market bonds. Leaviss actively manages the types of bond in the fund and their maturities, and by using derivatives he believes he can also ensure that the fund is able to perform in all types of market conditions. He can also invest in any currency, offering further diversification benefits.
He examines the relative attractiveness of different currencies, analysing indicators such as capital flows, economic growth and current account balances, monetary policy and inflation.
Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2019.See all Money Observer rated funds
|United States Treasury Notes 2.75%||31.64 %|
|United States Treasury Notes 0.62%||10.87 %|
|Germany (Federal Republic Of)||10.03 %|
|United States Treasury Notes 2.38%||8.91 %|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1.62%||6.57 %|
|Germany (Federal Republic Of)||6.45 %|
|Germany (Federal Republic Of) 0.5%||5.90 %|
|United States Treasury Bonds 3%||3.63 %|
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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