M&G Global Dividend I

Worldwide equity fund targeting an income yield above that of the FTSE World index.

  • 287.71p
    Price (Inc)

    These are the shares in the fund that pay out an income to clients. The income is made up of the total dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – from the companies in the fund.

  • 443.74p
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 1.25% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 0.91%
    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%

    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 20 January 2022, fund commentary last updated 02 December 2011

The fund aims to deliver a dividend yield above the market average as well as providing income and capital growth, by investing worldwide in large and mid cap equities. Manager Stuart Rhodes takes a mainly bottom-up approach to stock selection and favours dividend growth over current yield – he has the flexibility to buy lower yielding companies provided the board is committed to raising dividends.

Fund summary

Sector Global
Structure OEIC
Launched July, 2008
Size £2,225m
Yield 2.70%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid Feb, May, Aug & Nov


Standard initial charge 1.25%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.91%


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Investment process

The investment universe is around 4,000 companies worldwide that are above $1bn in size and pay dividends. The manager first applies a quantitative screen to the universe, using HOLT (a system that analyses a company's record of creating shareholder value) cash flow analysis to filter on return on capital and dividend growth to filter on income. He then undertakes qualitative analysis in conjunction with the rest of the M&G Income Team. Meeting company management is a key part of this – the team looks to ensure executives are creating value for shareholders and are committed to a progressive dividend policy. The final portfolio comprises three types of company: - Quality - larger, established companies paying consistent, rising dividends. These typically form 50-60% of the fund; - Asset-backed cyclical companies (20-30%); - Rapid growth companies (10-20%). There is no minimum yield and the portfolio may include lower yielding stocks that are expected to grow their dividends.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 17/18 -0.19%
  • 18/19 -0.03%
  • 19/20 -0.40%
  • 20/21 -0.55%
  • 21/22 0.16%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.26%
  • 5 years -0.20%
  • Career -0.09%
  • 3 years 31.90%
  • 5 years 31.90%
  • Career 55.60%

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

Stuart Rhodes

Rhodes joined M&G in January 2004 as an analyst. In March 2007 he was appointed the deputy fund manager for M&G American Fund. In July 2008 he became the fund manager for M&G Global Dividend fund. He is now head of the Income team within M&G Equities. Rhodes has an honours degree from Bath University and is a CFA charterholder.

Track record

Stuart Rhodes has 13.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.09%. During the worst period of relative performance (from October 2011 - August 2020) there was a decline of 31% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 29%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -29.00% (August 2008 - February 2009)
Relative -31.00% (October 2011 - August 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 30 November 2021

8.2% Methanex Corp
7.1% Imperial Brands Plc
6.1% Gibson Energy Inc
5.2% Trinseo S.a.
4.6% Keyera Corp
4.1% Microsoft Corp
3.3% Standard Life Aberdeen
3.1% Amcor Plc
3% Novartis Ag
2.8% Analog Devices Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Consumer Staples 18.00%
Materials 18.00%
Information Technology 15.00%
Health Care 14.00%
Energy 11.00%
Financials 9.00%
Consumer Discretionary 8.00%
Industrials 5.00%
Money Market 1.00%


Around 50 stocks. Currency hedging will not be used.


Maximum position size 10% (typically 1-3%). There are no restrictions on regional, sector or capitalisation exposure, but the manager aims to create a diversified portfolio.

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