BNY Mellon Real Return A

Targets annual returns of cash +4% through long only investment in multiple asset classes.

  • 124.48p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.61%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 2.00%

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Prices as at 25 November 2020, fund data last updated 19 March 2012

The fund targets annual returns of cash plus 4% p.a. over a 5yr period. As part of this objective it will also seek to achieve positive returns on a rolling 3yr basis. It invests internationally, principally in equities, bonds and cash, but the portfolio may also include other asset classes and the fund may hold derivatives to protect it from market falls and currency swings. Newton expects the fund’s volatility to fall somewhere between that of equities and bonds.

Fund summary

Sector Targeted Absolute Return
Structure OEIC
Launched October, 2000
Size £5,425m
Yield 2.00%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid 28 Feb, 30 Sep


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.61%


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Investment process

The starting point for the process is the views of Newton's strategy group, which attempts to identify long term trends in the global economy, such as the over-indebtedness of western countries and the rapid growth of emerging countries. The managers use these views in determining the fund’s asset allocation – they invest globally, principally in direct holdings of equities (predominantly large, multinational companies), bonds and cash. However, they also use derivatives for downside protection, income generation and currency hedging, and sometimes uses exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other collectives to access asset classes such as gold, agriculture and other commodities. Like other Newton funds, stocks are chosen from the recommendations of Newton's global sector analysts. However, stock selection also incorporates additional investment criteria to reflect the fund’s absolute return mandate. These include: - Business characteristics, such as barriers to entry and cost control; - Investment characteristics, such as absolute valuation, cashflow yield and liquidity; - Portfolio characteristics, allocation between yield, dividend growth and revaluation potential.

The fund has successfully met its performance target (cash plus 4%) through most of its life, offering fairly consistent capital growth combined with some protection from falling markets. However, it is perhaps more comparable with the more cautious funds of the Mixed Investment sectors than with its peer group - its volatility is higher than is typical for an Absolute Return fund. In particular the fund suffered significant monthly falls during the banking crisis in late 2008.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.32%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.04%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 66.30%

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

Iain Stewart

Stewart joined Newton in 1985 and is a senior member of their strategy team with particular responsibility for co-ordinating the development of the global investment themes. He is also a member of the Newton Executive Committee. He specialises in managing multi-asset and global equity mandates for pension fund clients, and currently manages a range of Newton's pooled balanced funds as well as their active real return strategy. Stewart graduated from Aberdeen University and has a PhD from UEA as a result of research with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, where he worked from 1980-85.

Track record

Iain Stewart has 7.6 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 July 1997 - October 2001) there was a decline of 7% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 33%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 66%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -33.00% (August 2000 - January 2003)
Relative -7.00% (July 1997 - October 2001)

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

6.4% Ishares Physical Gold Etc
4.92% Amundi Physical Metals Gold Structured Note
3.89% Ishares Usd Corp Bond Ucits Etf
2.71% Invesco Physical Gold Etc
1.57% Australian Govt Loans(Cmnwlth Of) 3.25% Ln Stk 21/06/39 Aud100
1.52% Renewables Infrastructure Grp(The)
1.39% Greencoat Uk Wind Plc
1.37% International Public Partnership
1.34% Deutsche Wohnen Se
1.28% Australia(Commonwealth Of) 3% Tb 21/03/47 Aud100 (Cdi)
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Precious Metals & Stones 16.00%
Corporate Bonds 13.00%
Alternative Assets 11.00%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 9.00%
Technology 6.00%
Consumer Goods 6.00%
Financials 6.00%
Industrials 5.00%
Health Care 5.00%
Government Bonds 4.00%


80-100 stocks. Bond holdings may be in sovereign or corporate debt, which may be investment grade or non-investment grade.


Maximum 5% in any one equity. Maximum 20% in any global equity sector. There are no other regional, sector or benchmark constraints.

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