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KAMES ETHICAL CORPORATE BOND A

KAMES ETHICAL CORPORATE BOND A - Overview

Overview of KAMES ETHICAL CORPORATE BOND A

The fund adopts a dark green, strongly ethical approach to bond investing; a separate external ethical screen is initially employed and excludes the manager from investing in companies involved in areas such as nuclear power, animal welfare, gambling, tobacco, oppressive regimes and alcohol. The fund predominantly invests in sterling investment grade bonds, but may also utilise up to 10% in higher yielding bonds.
Bonds issued by major governments and companies will be more stable than those issued by emerging markets or smaller corporate issuers; in the event of an issuer experiencing financial difficulty, there may be a risk to some or all of the capital invested. Any historical or current yields quoted should not be considered reliable indicators of future performance.

  • Standard Initial Charge 4.50%
  • Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%

Fund summary

Sector £ Corporate Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched April, 2000
Size £345m
Yield 2.7%
Charging basis
Dividends paid 31 Mar, 30 Jun, 30 Sep, 31 Dec.

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.50%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.10%

Risks

Before investing make sure you have understood the risks relevant to the fund by reviewing our Risk Warnings section. Further information on the risks are contained in the fund's Key Investor Information Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.

Bestinvest view

The fund adopts a dark green approach to ethical bond investing; a separate external ethical screen is initially employed and excludes the manager from investing in companies involved in areas such as nuclear power, animal welfare, gambling, tobacco, oppressive regimes and alcohol. This can limit investment choice and could hinder returns.

Portfolio

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 0
High yield bonds 8
Quality bonds 88
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 4
Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 0
Europe 0
North America 0
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Other Equity 0
Allocation Proportion(%)
Large Caps 0
Mid Caps 0
Small Caps 0

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Investment process

The aim is to invest in bonds that have been issued by socially aware companies. The fund will invest over 80% of the portfolio in investment grade bonds with up to 10% in non investment grade high yield Bonds. The objective is to maximise total return by investing in sterling denominated bonds that meet the ethical criteria. Sources of alpha include duration, asset allocation, yield curve positioning, stock selection, rating and sector preferences.

Live feed

Bid price(inc) (7.66p) 114.16p
Accum units 198.61p
Fund commentary 27/02/12
Fund data updated on 31/03/15

Asset allocation

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 0
High yield bonds 8
Quality bonds 88
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 4

Equity Geographic

Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 0
Europe 0
North America 0
Japan 0
Pacific 0
Other Equity 0

Equity Capitalisation

Allocation Propor
tion(%)
Large Caps 0
Mid Caps 0
Small Caps 0

Top 10 holdings

As at: 30/01/2015
1.82% Dignity Fin Plc Sink 4.6956% 31/12/2049
1.55% Abp Finance Plc 6.25% Gtd 14/12/26 Gbp100000
1.42% Aa Bond Co Ltd 6.269% Bds 31/07/25 Gbp100000
1.42% Legal And Gen Grp 10% 23/07/2041
1.41% Transport For London 1.25% Nts 21/11/17 Gbp100000
1.33% White City Property Finance 5.1202% Com Mtg Fxd Nt 17/04/35 Gbp50000
1.32% Apt Pipelines Ltd 4.25% Bds 26/11/24 Gbp100000
1.32% Investec Bank Plc 9.625% Subord Nts 17/02/22 Gbp100000
1.31% Municipality Finance Plc 1.125% Nts 07/12/17 Gbp1000
1.25% Land Securities Capital Markets 4.875% Emtn 29/09/25 Gbp(Var)
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Other Bonds 28%
Other Financial 22%
Banks 12%
Utilities 11%
Money Market 9%
Industrials 7%
Local Government Bonds 6%
Telecom, Media & Technology 3%
Index Linked 2%

Portfolio details

The top 10 holdings make up to 30% of assets.

Constraints

No minimum sector diversification limits. Maximum of 20% in cash. 10% in High Yield bonds and at least 80% in sterling investment grade corporate bonds.

Average monthly relative returns Bestinvest MRI
10/11 11/12 12/13 13/14 14/15   3 years 5 years Career 3 years 5 years Career
0.03% -0.07% -0.06% -0.17% -0.18%   -0.14% -0.09% -0.06% 24.20% 41.70% 52.80%
Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Iain Buckle / Euan Mcneil

Manager. Buckle joined AEGON Asset Management in 2000 and is a member of the Portfolio Construction team. He spent his first three years on the Rates team, where he analysed the gilt and index-linked market. Previously Buckle was a member of Baillie Gifford’s fixed income team. He has an MA (Hons) in Economics from Heriot-Watt University, is a CFA Institute charterholder. McNeil joined AEGON in 2003 from Britannic Asset Management, where he spent the previous two years on the corporate bond desk. Prior to joining Britannic, he was a portfolio manager covering Far East equities at Blairlogie. McNeil has an honours degree in economics and French from the University of Strathclyde, and an MSc in investment analysis from the University of Stirling.

Track record

Iain Buckle / Euan Mcneil has 5.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.06%. During the worst period of relative performance (from November 2011 - January 2015) there was a decline of 10% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 5%.

Periods of worst performance
Absolute -5% (April 2013 - June 2013)
Relative -10% (November 2011 - January 2015)

Other funds managed

  Start Date
KAMES ETHICAL CORPORATE BOND AOct 2009

Sector record since October 2009 (5 yrs)




About the MRI

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