Schroder International Selection Fund Global High Yield C Distribution GBP Hedged QV
Rated Fund 2017-19. A high yield, higher risk fund
Schroder ISF Global High Yield* was highly commended in the Best Global Bond Fund category of Money Observer’s 2017 awards. It yields 4.8%, but not without a commensurate increase in risk.
It has more than 450 holdings, but invests at least two thirds of its assets in bonds that have a sub-investment grade rating. At the end of 2018, it had 87% of assets in stocks rated BB or lower.
Martha Metcalf assumed full responsibility for the fund in 2018. She had run the fund alongside Wesley Sparks, former head of US fixed income at Schroders, since its inception in 2004, but he stepped back from running money last year.
Metcalf believes many high-yield bonds are issued by sound companies or those with improving fundamentals, and that intensive company analysis as well as research of industry dynamics and macro trends can uncover good opportunities.
Drawing on a team of credit analysts, she employs a four-stage investment process, starting with analysis of economic data to identify major market trends and interest rate expectations, credit trends and default rates. The second stage is to decide on optimal investment strategies on a three to six-month time horizon.
The third is an assessment of relative value. This involves considering bonds’ positioning within a company’s capital structure. The fourth is all about risk management, both when a holding is purchased and as market conditions change.
At the end of 2018, more than 60% of the portfolio was in the US and more than 30% in Europe.
*Only the ‘C’ hedged to sterling share class is available to retail investors
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|Us 10yr Note (Cbt) Bond 20/Mar/2019 Tyh9 Comdty||4.56 %|
|Us Long Bond(Cbt) Bond 20/Mar/2019 Ush9 Comdty||2.74 %|
|Sprint Corporation 7.12%||1.21 %|
|BWAY Holding Company 7.25%||1.14 %|
|CCO Holdings, LLC/ CCO Holdings Capital Corp. 5%||0.93 %|
|Everi Payments Inc. 7.5%||0.91 %|
|Vertiv Intermediate Holding Corporation 12%||0.86 %|
|PIONEER HLDG LLC / PIONEER FIN CORP 9%||0.86 %|
|L Brands Inc 6.75%||0.82 %|
|Tenet Healthcare Corporation 5.12%||0.76 %|
|United Kingdom||100.00 %|
|Financial Services||100.00 %|
Martha Metcalf is a Portfolio Manager at Schroders, which involves being the Senior Portfolio Manager for the US Fixed Income Team, as well as co-lead for the Schroder ISF Global High Yield and based in New York. She is also Head of US High Yield Credit research. Martha joined Schroders in October 2010 and is responsible for portfolio management within global high yield strategies. She joined Schroders in 2010 and is based in New York. Martha was Managing Director & Head of US High Yield at Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2010, responsible for high yield mandates on both institutional and retail platforms. Providing recommendations for tactical asset allocation strategies in addition to managing high yield assets for those strategies. She was a Managing Director & Portfolio Manager at Invesco Ltd from 2000 to 2005, which involved heading a $1.8 billion global high yield business with responsibility for total return as well as structured portfolios. Management responsibilities included U.S. and European High Yield as well as Emerging Markets. She was a Vice President & Portfolio Manager at JP Morgan Investment Management Inc from 1995 to 2000, responsible for managing $2.5 billion in below investment grade assets. Primary manager on nine portfolios, including both commingled and mutual fund formats, non-dollar as well as dollar based assets. Qualifications: CFA Charterholder; BA in International Political Economy from Mount Holyoke.
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