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Fidelity Strategic Bond Y

  • 132.10p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 139.80p
    Price (Acc)

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    Initial charge

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  • 0.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.66%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 2.70%
    Yield

    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 27 September 2021, fund data last updated 13 September 2012

The fund's objective is to provide a relatively high income with the possibility of capital growth by investing in an optimal blend of government, corporate and high yield bonds. The managers aim to outperform these broad asset classes over a market cycle while delivering a low correlation with equity returns. The fund falls within the IA Strategic Bond peer group and represents the manager's least constrained, best ideas portfolio.

Fund summary

Sector £ Strategic Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched
Size £1,063m
Yield 2.70%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid Monthly

Charges

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Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.50%
Ongoing charges figure 0.66%

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Investment process

Whilst the fund mandate explicitly allows exposure to be up to 100% in government bonds or quality corporate bonds and up to 50% in high yield bonds; the Fidelity Quant team has identified an optimal allocation of 20% government bonds, 60% quality bonds and 20% high yield which may be adjusted to reflect spread reversion potential and market drivers. This is not a starting point but more of an average allocation that we might expect to see across a market cycle. The fund is also able to invest in foreign currency denominated bonds although a minimum of 90% must be invested in sterling denominated bonds or hedged back into sterling. Active management of duration relative to the benchmark (BofA ML £ Large Cap Index) will generally assume low importance and is primarily a function of asset allocation, credit and sector selection. Interest rate decisions may be played out across international yield curves. Fund volatility is expected to be similar to his quality corporate bond mandate. The mandate allows for derivatives to be used for investment purposes.

This is the manager's most flexible mandate in terms of asset allocation; it may be fully invested in government or corporate bonds or may invest up to 50% high yield. However, high yield allocation is likely to average 20% over a market cycle with 60% invested in quality bonds and the remainder in government bonds. The fund may also invest in cash and index linked bonds and the mandate enables the manager to use fixed income derivative instruments to express credit and interest rate views.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

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

Track record

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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

High Yield Bond 29.00%
Government Bonds 28.00%
Investment Grade Bonds 14.00%
Investment Grade Bonds 12.00%
Investment Grade Government Bonds 8.00%
Investment Grade Bonds 4.00%
Asset/Mortgage-Backed Securities 3.00%
Index Linked 2.00%
Others 2.00%
Money Market 1.00%

Portfolio

Maximum allocations: high yield bonds: 50%, government bonds: 100%, corporate bonds: 100%. Typically 250-300 positions.

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