M&G Short Dated Corporate Bond A

Aims for income and capital stability by focusing on short-dated debt instruments.

  • 25.70p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.66%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 1.90%
    Yield

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Prices as at 11 December 2019

The Fund is focused on money market and short-dated instruments, with the majority of the portfolio invested in floating rate notes (FRNs) and in short dated corporate bonds. The Fund primarily holds high quality, 'A' rated, senior debt investments, issued by large corporations or by international financial institutions.

Fund summary

Sector £ Corporate Bond
Structure OEIC
Launched January, 1993
Size £300m
Yield 1.90%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 31 Mar, 30 Jun, 30 Sep, 31 Dec

Charges

Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.50%
Ongoing charges figure 0.66%

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Investment process

The fund aims to provide income along with capital stability by focusing on money market and short-dated instruments, with the majority of the portfolio invested in floating rate notes and short dated corporate bonds.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 14/15 -0.61%
  • 15/16 -0.66%
  • 16/17 0.51%
  • 17/18 -0.02%
  • 18/19 -0.84%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years -0.12%
  • 5 years -0.32%
  • Career -0.30%
  • 3 years 40.50%
  • 5 years 13.80%
  • Career 11.70%

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

Matthew Russell

Russell joined M&G in 2007 and was appointed fund manager of the M&G Short Dated Corporate Bond Fund in September 2013, having served as deputy fund manager since 2011. He joined M&G as a fund managers’ assistant covering the retail fixed interest fund range. He has a BSc in economics from the University of Birmingham and is also a CFA charterholder.

Track record

Matthew Russell has 6.1 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.3%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 2013 - September 2019) there was a decline of 22% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 2%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -2.00% (May 2015 - February 2016)
Relative -22.00% (December 2013 - September 2019)

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 2019

8.0037% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 3.75% Gilt 7/9/20 Gbp0.01
6.2542% Germany(Federal Republic Of) 0% Bds 08/10/21 Eur1000
1.7311% Ford Motor Credit Co Llc 4.535% Bds 06/03/25 Gbp100000
1.5977% Natwest Markets Plc 3.625% Snr Nts 29/09/22 Usd200000reg S
1.5922% Bellsouth Corp Fr Bds 26/04/21 Usd1000`144a`
1.5736% Amazon.com Inc 2.4% Bds 22/02/23 Usd2000
1.5579% Aa Bond Co Ltd 2.875% Bds 31/07/43 Gbp100000
1.4333% Warwick Finance Res Mtg No Two Plc Mtg Bckd Frn 21/09/49 Gbp100000 A
1.3958% Coventry Building Society 1.875% Nts 24/10/23 Gbp100000
1.3879% Credit Suisse Group 3.8% Bds 15/09/22 Usd1000
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Banks 34.00%
Asset/Mortgage-Backed Securities 21.00%
Government Bonds 8.00%
Insurance 7.00%
Automotive 6.00%
Telecommunications 4.00%
Consumer Goods 3.00%
Investment Grade Bonds 3.00%
Technology 3.00%
Health Care 3.00%

Portfolio

At least 50% in FRNs and short dated corporate bonds. Non-sterling exposure is hedged Maximum holdings:In any individual AAA holding 5%, AA 5%, A 4%, BBB 3%, any high yield issuer holding 2%.

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