Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund Institutional Acc
Rated Fund 2013-2018. A competitive yield from ethical, investment-grade bonds
This fund has scooped a hat-trick of Money Observer awards, being named the Best Ethical Bond Fund in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It has a higher income target than most of its peers and currently yields almost 4 per cent. Income is paid quarterly.
Bryn Jones has run this fund since 2004 and was joined by assistant manager Noelle Cazalis in 2016. They invest predominantly in investment-grade bonds. They use an approach that takes into account economic and political trends, company analysis and thematic ideas. Once investment themes have been developed, Jones and his team look for the best bonds to buy within the thematic framework.
When assessing which companies' bonds to buy, Jones uses the 'four Cs plus' process to help make his selections. These are: character (management's ability to react to events); capacity (sources of liquidity and cash-flow analysis); collateral (assets that are pledged); and covenants. The �plus' is conviction: Jones believes that in order to achieve long-term, above-average performance, he must think differently from the market.
Then Rathbone Greenbank, the company's ethical investment unit, applies an ethical screen. Exclusions are simple: no mining, arms, gambling, pornography, animal testing, nuclear power, alcohol or tobacco, which rules out about one third of their universe. All positions must also have at least one positive environmental, social or corporate governance quality. Jones welcomes this ethical overlay, regarding it as an extra level of investment diligence.
FundCalibre, the fund ratings and research provider, rates this as an 'Elite' fund, while Whitechurch Securities uses it in its ethical portfolios and points to its �exceptional' recent performance.
Narrative and ratings content all as of 01 January 2018.See all Money Observer rated funds
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|Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A. 6.91%||2.04 %|
|RL Finance Bonds No. 3 plc 6.12%||2.03 %|
|HSBC Capital Funding (Sterling 1) L.P. 5.84%||1.97 %|
|HBOS Sterling Finance (Jersey) 7.88%||1.87 %|
|RSA Insurance Group Plc 5.12%||1.82 %|
|BPCE SA 5.25%||1.73 %|
|AXA 5.45%||1.67 %|
|Lloyds Bank plc 13%||1.63 %|
|RL Finance Bonds PLC 6.12%||1.62 %|
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Bryn joined Rathbones in November 2004. He is co-manager of the Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund. Prior to joining Rathbones, he was Portfolio Manager (Assistant Vice President) – Fixed Income at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He has over 10 years investment industry experience in equity and fixed income markets and has a BA Honours in Geography. Bryn holds the Investment Management Certificate. He holds the IAQ Merit Award and the IAQ Introduction to Securities and Investments examination. As a footballer, he has represented London Banks against the Marines in the Southern Amateur League, and has played hockey in National Division two.
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