BMO Multi-Sector Bond C

Mixture of quality and sub-investment grade bonds, approximately 50/50.

  • 60.58p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.67%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 2.50%

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Prices as at 26 January 2021

The portfolio provides exposure to a relatively static mix of quality and high yield bonds. The average weighted quality of the portfolio will be usually be about BBB. The fund provides investors with a higher level of income for a moderate increase in capital risk.

Fund summary

Sector £ Strategic Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched July, 2012
Size £52m
Yield 2.50%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Mar, 30 Jun, 30 Sep, 31 Dec


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 0.67%


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Investment process

To provide a higher level of income through investment in a balance of investment grade and high yield bonds. These credits will be mostly sterling or euro denominated, all currency exposure is hedged. The process is initially guided by a top down approach to identify sector trends and maximise returns from yield curve strategies. Each member of the team is responsible for a number of sectors. Stocks within favoured sectors are then scrutinised on an ongoing basis. Relative to the Strategic bond fund, credit selection is likely to play a more significant role in driving fund returns.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 -0.02%
  • 17/18 0.13%
  • 18/19 -0.04%
  • 19/20 0.00%
  • 20/21 -0.11%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.05%
  • 5 years -0.01%
  • Career 0.04%
  • 3 years 49.60%
  • 5 years 79.70%
  • Career 99.50%

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

Chris Brills

Brills is F&C’s Head of High-yield Bonds and has been with the company since 2011. Previously he was he was head of European high-yield at ABN AMRO Asset Management before joining Pall Mall Investment Management, where he was head of high-yield. Chris is a CFA Charterholder and holds a master’s degree in General Management from The Netherlands Business School, Nyenrode University. He also holds a master’s degree in Forestry Science from Wageningen Agricultural University.

Track record

Chris Brills has 8.1 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.04%. During the worst period of relative performance (from April 2019 - December 2020) there was a decline of 2% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 8%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -8.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -2.00% (April 2019 - December 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

1.1% Blackstone Prop Partners Euro 2.2% 24/07/2025
1% Santander Uk Group Holdings
1% Glencore Finance Europe 5.5% Bds 03/04/22 Nov Gbp100000
1% At&T Inc 4.35% Bds 01/03/29 Usd1000
1% Crown Euro Hldgs Sa 3.375% Nts 15/05/25 Eur100000
1% Cpuk 7.239% 28/02/2024
1% General Motors Co
.9% Bpce Sa 3.57425% 12/09/2023
.9% Societe Generale Sa 5% Bds 17/01/24 Usd200000144a
.8% Expedia Inc 2.5% Ccur 03/06/22 Usd1000
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Banks 18.00%
Consumer Goods 17.00%
Industrials 13.00%
Non-Cyclical Goods 12.00%
Telecommunications 11.00%
Property 7.00%
Insurance 6.00%
Others 6.00%
Mortgage & Secured Bonds 4.00%
Energy 3.00%


The portfolio is split through a 50/50 balance of investment grade and high yield corporate bonds. The fund holds between 120 - 130 positions


Individual stock limits are 4% for investment grade, 2.5% for non investment grade. No more than 15% of the fund is invested in emerging markets.

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