Schroder High Yield Opportunities Fund Z Income GBP
Rated Fund 2017-19. Identifies high-yield bond themes to follow or avoid
This fund, originally called Schroder Monthly High Income, changed its name in early 2017 to better reflect its objective. The fund still generates a monthly income, but also boasts the highest yield in the group at 6.6%.
The fund lost its manager, Michael Scott, who had run the fund since 2012, to Man GLG last year. He was succeeded by Daniel Pearson in September 2018. However, we continue to rate Schroders’ strong, team-based approach and robust investment process.
This fund invests primarily in pan-European high-yield bonds, and it has some allocation to emerging markets and the US. The team’s first step is to seek to identify investment themes that drive global fixed-income markets and then look for assets that can achieve consistent performance through the market cycle.
To do so, it starts with a detailed picture of the world’s economies and markets. It then identifies themes. Pearson says credit themes are diverse and can reflect changes in consumer behaviour, technology and demographics as well as the economic environment.
Schroders holds weekly credit theme meetings at which all the fixed-income fund managers discuss and debate new and existing themes. Once they have agreed on a list of themes, the credit research team conducts in-depth analysis to identify which bond issuers are likely to benefit – and which will lose out – as themes develop.
Although it can invest in various high-yield markets, the fund does not take any active currency positions. This means the fund gains the benefit of geographical diversification without exposure to currency movements.
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