Aegon High Yield Bond A

An actively managed portfolio of US and pan European high yield corporate bonds.

  • 50.23p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 142.13p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 4.50% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.25%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.29%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 4.60%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 25 November 2020, fund data last updated 11 March 2003

A core global high yield corporate bond fund focusing on US, euro and £ HYB markets. Relative to other 'global' corporate HYB mandates this fund will generally tend to be less US centric. The fund seeks to deliver 2nd quartile returns on a rolling 12 month basis within the IA high yield bond peer group. All non sterling exposure is hedged back to sterling. The two investment principals have worked together on the mandate since 2003.

Fund summary

Sector £ High Yield
Structure OEIC
Launched March, 2002
Size £355m
Yield 4.60%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid Last day of each month


Standard initial charge 4.50%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.25%
Ongoing charges figure 1.29%


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Investment process

The investment process begins with the a formation of a macro view which is formally reviewed on a monthly basis. This is followed by discussions on sector and security specifics. Security selection is based around a quadrant analysis framework which seeks to rate securities on basis of fundamentals, valuation, technicals, and sentiment. Relative to peer group the fund has more of a top down construction bias, that said security selection has historically also been an important driver of returns. The fund mandate provides for the use of credit derivatives for investment purposes - either as a replacement for cash securities or to control risk of loss. The fund has no prescribed minimum exposures to the US high yield corporate bond market which can be characteristic of some global HYB mandated funds.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.14%
  • 16/17 -0.40%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career -0.16%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 17.90%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Philip Milburn

Milburn joined AEGON in 1997, working on the UK Desk for 3.5 years covering a variety of sectors including a year managing retail fund products. He was seconded to the Latin American Desk for 1.5 years and also picked up the responsibility of Global Telecommunications Co-ordinator; he joined Fixed Interest in 2002. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, he is credit analyst for the Media and Continental European banks sectors. Milburn holds a first class MA Honours degree in Economics from Edinburgh University and is ASIP qualified.

Track record

Philip Milburn has 7.5 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.16%. During the worst period of relative performance (from April 2002 - June 2009) there was a decline of 16% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 23%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -23.00% (November 2006 - March 2009)
Relative -16.00% (April 2002 - June 2009)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.


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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 July 2020

1.7243% Arqiva Broadcast Finance Pl 6.75% Bds 30/09/23 Gbp1000
1.6647% Pinnacle Bidco Plc 6.375% Bds 15/02/25 Gbp1000
1.5417% Nmg Finco Plc 5% Bds 01/08/22 Gbp100000
1.4829% Ard Finance Sa Frn 30/06/27 Eur100000reg S
1.4642% Lhc3 Plc 4.125% Bds 15/08/24 Eur100000
1.4414% Frontier Communications Corp 8.5% Bds 01/04/26 Usd2000
1.4234% Trivium Packaging Finance Bv 3.75% Bds 15/08/26 Eur100000reg S
1.3865% Cooperatieve Rabobank Ua Cert Perp(Rabobank Ord)Eur25
1.2505% Global Aircraft Leasing Co Ltd 6.5% Bds 15/09/24 Usd2000
1.196% Tullow Oil Plc 7% Bds 01/03/25 Usd200000
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Cyclical Consumer Goods 23.00%
Communications 12.00%
Capital Goods 11.00%
Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods 11.00%
Money Market 8.00%
Banks 8.00%
Energy 8.00%
Transport 5.00%
Basic Industries 3.00%
Other Financial 2.00%


Approx 100 names. max position size 2%. special situations 0.5-1%.


max 20% in quality bonds. No formal industry limits. max 20% in CCC rated debt.

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