Marlborough Global Bond Fund Class P Inc
Rated Fund 2013-20. A one-stop-shop for cautious bond investors
Marlborough Global Bond is no stranger to Money Observer’s awards, having picked up the Best Global Bond Fund award in six of the past eight years. It’s a one-stop-shop for cautious bond investors. The fund’s managers adopt a cautious approach to investing that aims to capture gains when markets rise, while protecting investors’ money when they fall. Its broad-based, conservative portfolio makes this a decent core holding. It pays a competitive yield of 3% and distributes income half-yearly.
At the helm is Geoff Hitchin, who has now run it for 32 years. Danny Fox joined Marlborough in 2018 as assistant manager. They believe that by holding a good spread and selecting individual bonds carefully, they can manage volatility and achieve consistent performance.
The managers invest across the globe in bonds with different maturities and credit ratings and in different currencies. The fund has almost 500 holdings – much more than most comparable funds. The largest holding accounts for just 1.1% of the portfolio. At the end of 2019 the fund’s largest exposure in terms of credit quality was to BBB-rated bonds, which are classed as investment grade, where it had 43.5% of assets. It had a good spread of assets geographically: 32% in the US and 26% in the UK. The dollar and sterling are its main currency exposures.
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Danny began his career in fund management in 1993 after graduating with a BSc. Honours in Business, Finance & Economics from the University of East Anglia. After eight years at Sun Alliance (later to become RSA) Investment Management, where he managed government and corporate bond funds, he moved to Rothschild Asset Management to specialise in managing corporate bond portfolios. Danny then managed bond funds for Insight Investment, following its acquisition of Rothschild. More recently, he has managed bond portfolios at Co-operative Asset Management and worked on the construction of a golf course. Danny joined Marlborough in 2018 as Assistant Fund Manager.
Niall graduated with a master’s degree in Investment Fund Management from the University of Glasgow and joined Marlborough in 2016 as an investment analyst. His role is to develop investment recommendations and assist in the day-to-day running of the funds. Niall has successfully completed Level III of the CFA programme.
Geoff spent nearly 20 years as a tax officer and tax consultant before founding Marlborough Fund Managers in 1986.
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