Baillie Gifford Strategic Bond A

  • 86.83p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 226.70p
    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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    Annual management charge

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  • 1.05%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 3.30%
    Yield

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Prices as at 23 November 2020, fund data last updated 01 December 2002

A blend of investment grade and high yield corporate bonds is held to produce a reasonable monthly income without eroding capital. Diversification across industry and asset class will aid to reduce the risk of a higher yield. There will be a bias toward BBB and BB issues where the manager's approach is best suited. Managed from Scotland by a reasonably sized team of analysts and managers.

Fund summary

Sector £ Strategic Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched
Size £1,301m
Yield 3.30%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Last day of each month

Charges

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Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.05%

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Investment process

The Fund aims to achieve a high level of monthly income whilst preserving capital. Investing in a diverse portfolio of investment grade and high yield Sterling denominated bonds. They will manage the funds to exploit the philosophy that the majority of bonds are held by passive managers and that the rating agencies are slow to change ratings. Such opportunities tend to arise more frequently in BBB and BB rated bonds. The stock selection is focused on identifying where the greatest risk adjusted return can be found. This will be done through in house quantitative and qualitative research combined with information ratio analysis. For the bond in question, an automated credit score is produced using a rating agency methodology and the managers look to identify disparity from the current actual rating. The qualitative research involves assessment of industry, competitive position/advantage, financial strength and management attitude.

Manager research

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

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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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Sector breakdown

Utilities 14.00%
Insurance 9.00%
Technology 9.00%
Telecommunications 8.00%
Others 7.00%
Basic Industries 7.00%
Media 5.00%
Asset/Mortgage-Backed Securities 5.00%
Banks 5.00%
Services 4.00%

Portfolio

The number of companies represented in the portfolio will be in the range 40-60. The portion held in sub-investment grade bonds is generally around 30%. The average rating in the fund is investment grade.

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