BlackRock Cash A

This is a high quality cash fund, with an aim to produce a return whilst ensuring the preservation of capital.

  • 100.68p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 238.70p
    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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    Annual management charge

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  • 0.57%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.10%

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Prices as at 22 October 2020, fund data last updated 17 April 2012

The fund’s objective is to produce a return in excess of 7 day LIBID whilst ensuring the preservation of capital and daily liquidity. This is achieved by investing in short term money market instruments such as certificates of deposits and floating rate notes, where the primary currency exposure is pound sterling. To ensure liquidity the fund has a maximum Weighted Average Maturity of 90 days. The yield that investors receive is calculated on a daily basis and can be found in the 'Income rates' section of our website.

Fund summary

Sector Short Term Money Market
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched March, 1990
Size £2,522m
Yield 0.10%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 15 Feb, 15 May, 15 Aug, 15 Nov


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.50%
Ongoing charges figure 0.57%


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Investment process

The investment decisions are based on careful analysis of credit, interest rate trends and relative value opportunities. The investment strategy builds on macroeconomic themes such as central bank policies, market behaviour and inflation and then applies these to available short term money market instruments. Blackrock's credit team is made up of 45 analysts who focus is on fundamental analysis of the underlying issuer’s credit worthiness and valuations of a variety of companies within different sector/countries. A list of approved securities is then compiled by Blackrock's Cash and Securities Lending credit committee from which the fund manager, Stuart Niman, and his team can construct the fund. It invests in certificates of deposits, floating rate notes, time deposits and commercial paper. The fund is constrained to investing at least half of the portfolio in the highest credit rated instruments that have a short term rating of A1+ and remainder in A1. LIBID is the interest rate at which banks bid to borrow money off other banks. In reality this rate is set marginally below LIBOR which is the average interbank lending rate.

This cash fund is very defensively positioned although it focuses on achieving a high rate of interest as its primary objective. However, as interest rates remain low money market funds will not produce a yield significantly above the Central Bank's interest rate. This is a retail money market fund and therefore is not an Institutional Money Market Fund Association (IMMFA) member Fund. The equivalent product offered in Sterling which is an IMMFA member fund is the BlackRock Institutional Sterling Liquidity Fund, which is rated by Bestinvest.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

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  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

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  • Career 0.10%
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  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 100.00%

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

Beatrice Rodriguez

Rodriguez joined BlackRock in 2009. Born in January 1971, Rodriguez is responsible for various currency and cash mandates at Fidelity mandates. Between 1994 and 1999 she worked at JP Morgan and from 1999 to 2003 at Deutsche Bank. She is IMC qualified and holds a BSc in Management Sciences from the LSE.

Track record

Beatrice Rodriguez has 3.5 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.1%. During the worst period of relative performance (from April 2004 - May 2004) there was a decline of 0% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 0%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

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Relative 0.00% (April 2004 - May 2004)

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

5.5808% Standard Chartered Bank Gb
5.5137% Kbc Bank (London Branch) Gb
5.5056% Fms Wertmanagement Aoer Regs
5.2087% Bnp Paribas (London Branch) Gb
5.024% Credit Agricole Corporate And Inve
4.4683% Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co 0.65% Ct Of Dep 03/05/18 Gbp1
4.4647% Ing Bank Nv (Amsterdam Branch) Gb
4.2804% Mizuho Bank Ltd (London Branch)
3.7948% Agence Centrale Des Organismes De Regs
3.7205% Blk Ics Gbp Liq Agency Dis
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Certificates of Deposit 37.00%
Time Deposits 24.00%
Commercial Paper 23.00%
Floating Rate Notes 7.00%
Investment Companies 4.00%
Asset Backed Commercial Paper 3.00%
Commercial Paper 1.00%
Government Bonds 1.00%


Invests in short term money market instruments and primary currency exposure is pound sterling


The fund has a maximum WAM of 90 days and must invest at least half the portfolio in A1+ credit with the remainder invested in A1.

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