Marlborough Global Bond Fund Class P Inc
Rated Fund 2013-2018. A one-stop-shop for cautious bond investors
This fund set a record when it landed the title of Best Global Bond Fund in Money Observer's awards for four years running between 2012 and 2015. It regained the title in 2017 after a year's hiatus.
At the helm is Geoff Hitchin, who helped with the fund's launch in 1987 and has now run it for 30 years. He was joined by co-manager Nicholas Cooling in 1999. The fund yields 3.4 per cent and pays income half yearly.Hitchin and Cooling have a cautious approach to investing, which aims to capture gains when markets rise while protecting investors' money when they fall. Investing in government and corporate bonds across the globe, with different maturities and credit ratings and in different currencies, it affords investors a huge amount of diversification and could therefore be seen as a one-stop-shop for more risk-averse bond investors. It has almost 500 holdings � considerably more than most comparable funds. The largest holding accounts for just 0.7 per cent of the portfolio.
The managers look for bonds with reasonable yields and hold a combination of longer-dated, lower-risk bonds and those that are slightly up the risk scale, although the fund's largest exposure at the end of 2017 was to BBB-rated bonds. The fund does not have any fixed geographical weightings. At the end of 2017, it was 32 per cent invested in the UK and 29 per cent in the US. Sterling and the dollar were its main currency exposures.
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Geoff spent nearly 20 years as a tax officer and tax consultant before founding Marlborough Fund Managers in 1986 and launching the Marlborough Global Bond Fund in the following year.
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