M&G Corporate Bond A

Plain vanilla corporate bond fund investing primarily in quality credits.

  • 41.01p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 76.60p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 3.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.00%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.16%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 3.20%
    Yield

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Prices as at 03 July 2020, fund data last updated 23 February 2012

This is intended to be a plain vanilla corporate bond fund, offering investors a relatively low manager risk alternative within the sector. Exposure to high yield is typically limited to 5%. Whilst the majority of bonds held in the portfolio will be sterling denominated, the manager may also invest in non sterling denominated bonds where these are hedged back into sterling. The fund may also invest up to 20% in gilts. Bonds issued by major governments and companies will be more stable than those issued by emerging markets or smaller corporate issuers; in the event of an issuer experiencing financial difficulty, there may be a risk to some or all of the capital invested. Any historical or current yields quoted should not be considered reliable indicators of future performance.

Fund summary

Sector £ Corporate Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched March, 2002
Size £3,134m
Yield 3.20%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 28 Feb, 30 May, 30 Aug, 30 Nov

Charges

Standard initial charge 3.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.16%

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Investment process

The investment approach is primarily ‘top-down’but the manager also uses bottom up strategies for stock selection, with the ultimate aim of maximising total returns within specific risk controls. The fund manager’s views of the likely direction of macro economic factors such as economic growth, inflation and interest rates are reflected in the portfolio through the active management of, for example, yield curve positioning and duration. Duration will usually be managed to within +/1 year of the benchmark. Macro economic views also influence management decisions on the portfolio’s sector exposures and individual stock credit ratings. Relative to the M&G Strategic Corporate Bond fund, yields levels will generally be more stable.

This fund benefits from one of the most respected bond teams in the peer group with a proven track record across market cycles. The fund is managed with a view to delivering outperformance relative to the peer group. The fund will tend to have a high correlation to the performance of gilts.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.21%
  • 16/17 -0.05%
  • 17/18 -0.02%
  • 18/19 -0.07%
  • 19/20 -0.17%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.09%
  • 5 years -0.11%
  • Career 0.00%
  • 3 years 34.80%
  • 5 years 24.80%
  • Career 94.40%

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

Richard Woolnough

Woolnough gained a degree in economics from the London School of Economics between 1982 and 1985. On graduating he joined Lloyds merchant bank as a trainee gilt salesman, moving to Prudential-Bache securities as a gilt salesman following the "Big Bang". He began working in the fixed interest arena in 1987, joining Assicurazioni Generali as a manager of equities and sterling bonds. In 1993 he joined SG Warburg as a member of their sterling bond trading team. He moved out of London to join Old Mutual in 1995 where he was recruited to run a sterling based annuity portfolio. He ran the Old Mutual Corporate Bond fund from launch in the summer of 2000 before moving to M&G in January 2004, where he is a fund manager on the fixed interest desk.

Track record

Richard Woolnough has 19.7 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -00%. During the worst period of relative performance (from March 2009 - March 2020) there was a decline of 17% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 9%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -9.00% (January 2020 - March 2020)
Relative -17.00% (March 2009 - March 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 January 2020

4.8166% Northern Trust Sterling E
1.5833% At&T Inc 4.875% Unsec Bds 01/06/44 Gbp100000
1.5673% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 3.75% Gilt 07/09/21 Gbp
1.4828% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 1.5% Gilt 22/01/21 Gbp0.01
1.284% Lloyds Bank Plc 5.125% Nts 07/03/25 Gbp100000
1.1028% Microsoft Corp 4.75% Bds 03/11/55 Usd2000
1.0447% B.a.t.international Finance 2.25% Gtd Nts 09/09/52 Gbp100000
1.0413% Italy(Republic Of) 6% Eur Med Trm Notes 4/8/2028 Gbp1000
.996% Wellcome Trust Ltd(The) 2.517% Bds 07/02/18 Gbp100000
.9929% Heathrow Funding Ltd 6.75% Bds 03/12/28 Gbp50000
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Telecommunications 12.00%
Asset/Mortgage-Backed Securities 10.00%
Banks 9.00%
Consumer Goods 8.00%
Utilities 7.00%
Mortgage & Secured Bonds 7.00%
Insurance 7.00%
Real Estate 5.00%
Asset/Mortgage-Backed Securities 5.00%
Money Market 4.00%

Portfolio

Diversified portfolio. Duration is typically managed to within +/- 1 year of the benchmark.

Constraints

Max 20% gilts. Typically max 5% in high yield. No convertibles.

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