Threadneedle High Yield Bond C1

Invests primarily in pan European high yield corporate bonds. Euro exposure is hedged to sterling.

  • 42.32p
    Price (Inc)

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  • -
    Price (Acc)

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  • 3.75% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.25%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.42%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 3.80%

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Prices as at 27 November 2020, fund data last updated 08 October 2012

The fund aims to achieve a higher level of income by investing principally in higher risk corporate bonds issued by European (including UK) companies. These will generally be denominated in sterling and euros, though other currencies may be included. The principal driver of fund construction is company specific credit analysis, followed by a top-down industry overlay. The portfolio is similar to that of Threadneedle's European High Yield fund, but all non sterling exposure is hedged back to sterling. 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 £ High Yield
Structure OEIC
Launched October, 1999
Size £937m
Yield 3.80%
Charging basis Capital
Dividends paid 4th day of each month


Standard initial charge 3.75%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.25%
Ongoing charges figure 1.42%


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Investment process

A plain vanilla high yield corporate bond fund, investing mainly in euro and sterling denominated issues, although other currencies can be included. Quasi equity securities are not considered. The essential driver of fund performance is bottom up credit analysis, which includes covenant structure, company valuation, financial analysis and business analysis. Credit analysis is subsequently combined with a top-down sector/industry overlay to finalise the company specific credit opinion. This work enables the team to assess relative value and is combined with portfolio risk management to determine the final stock selection. The reference benchmark is the Merrill Lynch European High Yield ex Subordinated Financials, 3% constrained, hedged into sterling.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.30%
  • 16/17 -0.03%
  • 17/18 0.16%
  • 18/19 -0.05%
  • 19/20 0.02%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.04%
  • 5 years -0.04%
  • Career 0.02%
  • 3 years 76.40%
  • 5 years 57.10%
  • Career 85.80%

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

Barrie Whitman

A 1982 Economics & Accounting graduate of Hull University, Whitman qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986. He began his investment career when he joined the United Bank of Kuwait in 1987 as a credit analyst, becoming a high yield manager in 1990 and head of high yield in 1996. He moved to Standard Bank in 1997 to head their European high yield operation before joining Threadneedle in 1999, where he established and heads up their high yield team.

Track record

Barrie Whitman has 21 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.02%. During the worst period of relative performance (from January 2002 - March 2010) there was a decline of 21% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 31%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is 86%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -31.00% (May 2007 - December 2008)
Relative -21.00% (January 2002 - March 2010)

About the MRI

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 May 2020

2.9% Telefonica Europe Bv
2.6% Netflix Inc
2.6% Petroleos Mexicanos
2.2% Telecom Italia Spa(New)
2% Vodafone Group
1.9% Iqvia Hldgs Inc
1.7% Casino Guichard-Perrachon
1.6% Teva Pharmaceutical Finance Netherlands Ii B.v
1.6% Thyssenkrupp Ag
1.4% Gnma2 30yr Tba(Reg C) 3 05/23/2016
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Short dated bonds 47.00%
Medium dated bonds 26.00%
Very short dated bonds 21.00%
Money market 3.00%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 2.00%


120-150 bonds from 75-100 issuers.


Max 6% in one issuer. Each ratings bucket (BB, B etc) must be within +/-10% of benchmark. Duration +/-25% of benchmark. CCC rated paper is unlikely to exceed 10% and is more commonly around 5% of the portfolio. Max 10% investment grade debt.

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