M&G Emerging Markets Bond A

Risky fund that buys bonds issued by emerging market governments for higher yield.

  • 93.25p
    Price (Inc)

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  • 253.18p
    Price (Acc)

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  • 3.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.25%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.46%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 6.40%
    Yield

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Prices as at 02 December 2020

Fund summary

Sector Global Emerging Markets Bond - Blended
Structure OEIC
Launched October, 2002
Size £865m
Yield 6.40%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 28 Feb, 30 Aug

Charges

Standard initial charge 3.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.25%
Ongoing charges figure 1.46%

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Investment process

The M&G Emerging Markets Bond Fund is diversified by country, from Latin America Europe to Asia, and by credit rating, from ‘BBB’ investment grade to ‘NR’ (not rated). The Fund takes modest under and over weight geographical positions relative to its benchmark, the Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Index, based on the manager’s perception of yields relative to economic fundamentals and political outlook. The Fund only holds Eurobonds and Brady bonds issued by emerging market borrowers and denominated in G7 currencies. It will not hold loans or corporate issues, which can be higher risk and offer lower long term returns, nor emerging market currency debt, as this can be more at risk from default and high inflation. There is a focus on proprietary research, looking extremely closely at the structure a country’s debts and underlying assets, rather than relying on broader, less precise debt measures.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.35%
  • 16/17 0.77%
  • 17/18 -0.20%
  • 18/19 0.27%
  • 19/20 -0.31%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.08%
  • 5 years 0.18%
  • Career 0.22%
  • 3 years 50.00%
  • 5 years 74.90%
  • Career 84.40%

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

Claudia Calich

Calich has over 20 years’ experience in emerging markets, most recently at Invesco in New York as Head of Emerging Market Debt. Calich was responsible with her team for the Invesco Emerging Market Bond Fund, Invesco Global High Income Fund and the Invesco Emerging Markets Local Currency Debt Fund. In this role, Calich was responsible for overall portfolio strategy, sovereign research, trading and risk management. Calich obtained a BA and an MA in Economics from Susquehanna University in the USA and the International University of Japan respectively.

Track record

Claudia Calich has 6.9 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.22%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 2019 - March 2020) there was a decline of 20% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 16%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 84%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -16.00% (July 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -20.00% (December 2019 - 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 July 2020

2.5305% Mexico(United Mexican States) 8.5% Bds 18/11/38 Mxn100
2.4721% Russian Federation Ministry Finance 8.15% Bds 03/02/27 Rub1000
2.4173% Brazil(Federative Republic Of) 10% Bds 01/01/29 Brl1000
2.0387% Singapore(Govt Of) 1.25% Bds 01/10/21 Sgd1000
1.6202% Indonesia(Republic Of) 8.25% Bds 15/05/36 Idr1000000
1.5579% Malaysia 3.882% Bds 10/03/22 Myr1000
1.5465% Czech Republic 0.45% Bds 25/10/23 Czk10000
1.3079% Peru(Republic Of) 8.2% Bds 12/08/26 Pen1000
1.2261% South Africa(Republic Of) 8.75% Bds 28/02/48 Zar1000000
1.2163% Arab Republic Of Egypt(The) 8.7002% Nts 01/03/49 Usd200000reg S
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Government Bonds 38.00%
Government Bonds 27.00%
Energy 5.00%
Banks 5.00%
Transport 3.00%
Financial Services 3.00%
Government Agency Bonds 3.00%
Basic Industries 3.00%
Real Estate 2.00%
Telecommunications 2.00%

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