Artemis High Income I

Invests approx. 75% in corporate bonds with the balance in UK equities and convertibles.

  • 79.78p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 1.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.63%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.72%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 4.50%

    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 15 January 2021

A hybrid fund investing predominantly (75%) in corporate bonds with the balance invested across equities and convertibles. The investment objective is to provide a higher than average yield, combined with the prospect of rising income and some capital growth over the long term. The yield offered is higher than for equity income funds, but the potential for capital appreciation is lower. Good quality stocks are selected with the manager favouring companies with sustainable cash flow.

Fund summary

Sector £ Strategic Bond
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched March, 2008
Size £963m
Yield 4.50%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid 7 Apr, 7 Jul 7 Oct, 7 Jan


Standard initial charge 1.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.63%
Ongoing charges figure 0.72%


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Investment process

The emphasis of the fund is investment in UK fixed interest investments and preference shares. However manager Adrian Frost has the flexibility to invest in all economic sectors worldwide and in equities. Frost also manages Artemis' flagship Income fund, which purchases equities only. His investment philosophy can be described as being split 70/30 between stock specific drivers and top down macro economic factors (i.e. global trends). The manager looks to achieve the highest yield possible whilst maintaining confidence that the issuer can maintain its coupons and meet its redemption payment. They look to take advantage of anomalies caused by credit ratings - many funds can only buy bonds above a certain rating - and through the lack of research in certain high yield issues. Within the equity portion of the fund the manager looks for safe, high yields. The weighting in equities will depend on the levels of yield and risk compared to bonds.

Fund manager Adrian Frost is highly rated by Bestinvest on the flagship Artemis Income fund (5 stars), but that fund has a different mandate, investing predominantly in equities and this is where we believe Frost's real strengths lie. Therefore Bestinvest has not rated this fund.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 0.02%
  • 17/18 0.30%
  • 18/19 -0.23%
  • 19/20 0.15%
  • 20/21 -0.32%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.13%
  • 5 years -0.01%
  • Career 0.01%
  • 3 years 38.20%
  • 5 years 61.40%
  • Career 71.60%

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

Alex Ralph

Ralph is the manager of the Artemis High Income Fund. She graduated in 2000 from the London School of Economics and joined Royal Sun Alliance, as a credit analyst. Ralph joined Artemis in April 2005 and is a CFA charterholder.

Track record

Alex Ralph has 6.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.01%. During the worst period of relative performance (from April 2018 - March 2020) there was a decline of 11% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 16%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 72%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -16.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -11.00% (April 2018 - March 2020)

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

2.8584% United States Of Amer Treas Bills 2.625% Tb 15/02/29 Usd100
2.4096% United States Of Amer Treas Bills 3.125% Nts 15/11/28 Usd100
1.3393% America Movil Sab De Cv 6.375% Bds 06/09/73 Gbp1000
1.3391% Orange Sa 5.875% Undated Bds Gbp100000
1.3013% Rothesay Life Plc 8% Nts 30/10/25 Gbp100000
1.2584% Edp - Energias De Portugal Sa 4.496% Bds 30/04/79 Eur100000
1.2487% Societe Generale Sa 7.375% Undated Bds Usd1000
1.2486% Pension Insurance Corp Plc 7.375% Undated Bds Gbp200000
1.1964% Ubs Group Funding (Switzerland) Ag Frn 31/12/49 Usd200000
1.1741% Bank Of Ireland Group Plc 4.125% Bds 19/09/27 Usd200000
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Banks 15.00%
Financials 11.00%
Wireless & Mobile Communications 8.00%
Life Insurance 7.00%
Insurance 6.00%
Telecommunications 5.00%
Electricity Supply 5.00%
Government Bonds 5.00%
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 5.00%
Travel 3.00%


130-160 positions.


Typical initial position of 0.5%, maximum weighting of 3% in any one company. Max 15% in any one industry.

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