Allianz Strategic Bond A

A conservatively structured hybrid bond fund investing in high and low quality global bonds.

  • 211.17p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 4.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.25%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.44%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.80%

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Prices as at 10 July 2020, fund data last updated 31 March 2006

The Fund aims to maximise total return, consistent with preservation of capital and prudent investment management. This is done largely through investment in British government securities. Investors should be aware that the Fund's capital is at risk and there is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective over any particular period or at all.

Fund summary

Sector £ Strategic Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched May, 2002
Size £1,673m
Yield 0.80%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid 30 Apr, 31 Oct


Standard initial charge 4.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.25%
Ongoing charges figure 1.44%


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Investment process

PIMCO adopt a conservative approach to bond management with the emphasis on low volatility, preservation of capital and a number of small active positions with the aim of identifying long term value as opposed to market timing. The strategy prefers stable, transparent credits as opposed to fallen angel/recovery situations. In practice exposure to high yield is expected to vary between 35-5% according to the prevailing market conditions. The fund manager operates within a risk budget set by PIMCO’s global investment committee and the European strategy team, who will determine the optimal high yield/ investment grade allocation and the strategic themes running through the portfolio. All credit analysis is undertaken by PIMCO’s specialist fixed income teams. PIMCO expect 70% of the fund's out performance to be derived from bottom up credit analysis. The fund is benchmarked against 75% Merrill Lynch Non Gilt and 25% Merrill Lynch Euro High Yield Index targeting out performance of 1-1.25% p.a before fees over 3-5 years.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.35%
  • 16/17 0.22%
  • 17/18 -0.20%
  • 18/19 -0.24%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.07%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 91.80%

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

Mike Riddell

Riddell joined M&G’s fixed income team in 2003, originally as a portfolio analyst. In March 2010, he was promoted to fund manager of the M&G Emerging Markets Bond Fund, the M&G International Sovereign Bond Fund and the M&G Index-Linked Bond Fund. Prior to joining M&G, Riddell worked as an assistant portfolio manager at Premier Asset Management within the private client department, covering both equities and fixed income. Riddell graduated from Birmingham University in 2001 with a BSc honours in money banking & finance, and passed CFA level 3.

Track record

Mike Riddell 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 +0.07%. During the worst period of relative performance (from March 2013 - May 2014) there was a decline of 7% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 15%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 92%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -15.00% (March 2013 - June 2014)
Relative -7.00% (March 2013 - May 2014)

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 January 2020

5.95% Japan(Government Of) 0.1% Bds 01/01/22 Jpy50000
4.74% United States Of Amer Treas Bills 2.25% Tb 15/11/27 Usd100
4.21% Sweden(Kingdom Of) 0.75% Bds 12/11/29 Sek5000
4.15% Japan(Government Of) 0.1% Snr Bds 20/03/24 Jpy50000
4.05% Us Treasury N/B Fix 1.750% 15.11.2029
3.97% Us Treasury N/B Fix 1.250% 31.08.2024
3.6% Norway(Kingdom Of) 1.75% Bds 06/09/29 Nok1000
3.04% Us Treasury N/B Fix 1.750% 31.12.2026
3.02% Mexico(United Mexican States) 5.750% Bds 05/03/26 Mxn100
3.02% Treasury 2% Gilt 22/07/20 Gbp (Dec 14)Wi
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Government Bonds 93.00%
Money Market 6.00%
Government Guaranteed 1.00%


The portfolio will usually consists of 80-100 names. Fund duration is managed to within +/-1 year of the benchmark. The fund will not invest in debt rated below B. Maximum holding outside of Government backed bonds is 5%.


Max exposure to Non Europe incl UK: 30%, max exposure to HY: 50% (min. rating B-). A minimum of 75% of currency exposure will be hedged back into sterling. The fund may also invest in emerging market debt and convertible bonds.

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