Royal London UK Government Bond A

A total return fund investing mainly in gilts; corporate bonds may also be held.

  • 96.79p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 4.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

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  • 0.79%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 2.00%
    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 18 September 2020

Fund summary

Sector UK Gilt
Structure UNIT TRUST
Launched January, 1990
Size £996m
Yield 2.00%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid 30 Jun, 31 Dec

Charges

Standard initial charge 4.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.79%

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Investment process

The investment objectives of the Scheme are to maximise investment return over the medium to long-term, by investment in UK government bonds. Sterling corporate bonds may also be held.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.00%
  • 17/18 0.00%
  • 18/19 0.00%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.01%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 65.20%

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

Paul Rayner / Craig inches

Rayner graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Kent. He joined Hambros Bank in 1983 where he specialised in Fixed Income Fund management and was appointed a Director in 1996. In March 1998 he joined SG Asset Management with responsibility for the UK fixed income and cash funds. Joined RL in June 2005. Craig joined RL in Jan 2009 after 11 years at Scottish Widows where he was fixed income investment director. He has an MSc in investment analysis from Stirling University.

Track record

Paul Rayner / Craig Inches has 4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.01%. During the worst period of relative performance (from August 2001 - October 2002) there was a decline of 5% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 3%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 65%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -3.00% (May 2003 - October 2003)
Relative -5.00% (August 2001 - October 2002)

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

14.058% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 1.5% Gilt 22/01/21 Gbp0.01
8.903% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 0.625% Trsy Gilt 07/06/25 Gbp0.01
6.6067% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 4.25% Gilt 07/12/40
6.5997% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 1.75% Gilt 07/09/37 Gbp0.01
5.7888% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 0.625% Conv Gilt 22/10/50 Gbp0.01
5.2691% Uk Treasury 2.75% 07/09/2024
4.8738% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 4.5% Gilt 7/9/2034 Gbp0.01
4.7537% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 2.5% Gilt 22/07/65 Gbp0.1
4.166% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 0.125% Treasury Gilt 31/01/28 Gbp0.01
3.5461% Hm Treasury United Kingdom Dmo 4.5% Gilt 7/12/42 Gbp
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Government Bonds 91.00%
Government Bonds 3.00%
Mortgage & Secured Bonds 2.00%
Government Agency Bonds 2.00%
Index Linked 1.00%

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