M&G (Lux) Conservative Allocation Fund

Objective and investment policy

Objective

The fund aims to provide a combination of capital growth and income of 3-6% on average per year over any three-year period.

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: The fund typically invests indirectly via derivatives in a mix of assets from anywhere in the world within the following net allocation ranges:

• 0-100% in fixed income securities (including bonds and asset-backed securities)

• 0-35% in company shares

• 0-20% in other assets (including convertibles and property-related securities)

The fund may also invest in the above assets directly or through other funds. The ranges shown above are on a net basis, that is, 'long' positions (investments that profit from a rise in asset prices) net of 'short' positions (investments held via derivatives that profit from a fall in asset prices).

The fund may invest in China A-Shares and in Chinese bonds denominated in Renminbi.

A minimum of 60% of the fund is typically invested in assets denominated in euro or in other currencies hedged back to the euro.

Other investment: The fund may invest up to 20% in convertibles, contingent convertible debt securities, property-related securities, other funds and cash or assets that can be turned into cash quickly.

Derivatives: The fund invests via derivatives and use derivatives with the aim of reducing the risks and costs of managing the fund.

Strategy in brief: The fund is actively managed with a highly flexible investment approach. The investment manager has the freedom to allocate capital between different types of assets in response to changes in economic conditions and asset prices. The approach combines in-depth research to work out the 'fair' value of assets over the medium to long term, with analysis of the market's short-term reactions to events, to identify investment opportunities. The fund seeks to manage risk by investing globally across multiple asset classes, sectors, currencies and countries. Where the investment manager believes opportunities are limited to a few areas, the portfolio may be very concentrated in certain assets or markets.

Risks associated with the fund

The value and income from the fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise. There is no guarantee that the fund will achieve its objective and you may get back less than you originally invested.

The fund may use derivatives to profit from an expected rise or fall in the value of an asset. Should the asset's value vary in an unexpected way, the fund may lose as much as or more than the amount invested.

Investments in bonds are affected by interest rates, inflation and credit ratings. It is possible that bond issuers will not pay interest or return the capital. All of these events can reduce the value of bonds held by the fund.

Investing in emerging markets involves a greater risk of loss due to greater political, tax, economic, foreign exchange, liquidity and regulatory risks, among other factors. There may be difficulties in buying, selling, safekeeping or valuing investments in such countries.

The fund may invest in China A shares. Investments in assets from the People's Republic of China are subject to changeable political, regulatory and economic conditions, which may cause difficulties when selling or collecting income from these investments. In addition, such investment is made via the 'Stock Connects' systems, which may be more susceptible to clearing, settlement and counterparty risk. These factors could cause the fund to incur a loss.

Investing in bonds from China, denominated in Renminbi and traded on the China Interbank Bond Market, may be subject to greater clearing, settlement and counterparty risk. These factors could cause the fund to incur a loss.

The fund is exposed to different currencies. Derivatives are used to minimise, but may not always eliminate, the impact of movements in currency exchange rates.

The hedging process seeks to minimise, but cannot eliminate, the effect of movements in exchange rates on the performance of the hedged share class. Hedging also limits the ability to gain from favourable movements in exchange rates.

In exceptional circumstances where assets cannot be fairly valued, or have to be sold at a large discount to raise cash, we may temporarily suspend the fund in the best interest of all investors.

The fund could lose money if a counterparty with which it does business becomes unwilling or unable to repay money owed to the fund.

Further details of the risks that apply to the fund can be found in the fund's Prospectus.

Other informaton

The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives.

Performance

News

  • Juan Nevado & Craig Moran // 17/06/2019

    Q&A with Fund Managers Juan Nevado & Craig Moran

    Over the longer term, the M&G (Lux) Dynamic Allocation Fund and M&G (Lux) Conservative Allocation Fund have generated robust returns. However, we acknowledge that near-term performance has been challenging. In this note, Fund Managers Juan Nevado and Craig Moran discuss market volatility during May and explain why fundamental indicators convince them to continue to back the strong valuation signals.

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Fund Team

Juan Nevado

Juan Nevado - Fund manager

Juan Nevado joined PPM (now M&G) in 1988 and has been working as part of the Multi Asset team led by Dave Fishwick since 1999. He is co-fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Conservative Allocation Fund and the M&G (Lux) Dynamic Allocation Fund (and held the same positions on the UK-authorised UCITS which merged into these funds on 16 March 2018). Since January 2011 he has been co-fund manager of the M&G Episode Allocation Fund, a UK-authorised UCITS. Prior to joining M&G, Juan worked as a bond economist at the Bank of Montreal, and before that, as an economist for the Commodities Research Unit, a private business consultancy specialising in macro/micro research on commodities markets. Juan has a BSc in economics from the LSE and an MA in economics from Warwick University.

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Craig Moran

Craig Moran - Co-manager

Craig Moran is co-fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Conservative Allocation Fund and M&G (Lux) Dynamic Allocation Fund. He is also deputy fund manager of the M&G Episode Allocation Fund, M&G Managed Growth Fund and M&G Episode Growth Fund, all three UK-authorised OEICs. Craig joined M&G in 2005 as a performance and risk analyst, and was later promoted to a fund managers’ assistant to the Multi Asset team. In 2010, he became the team’s investment analyst. Craig holds a bachelor of business degree from Queensland University of Technology and a masters in applied finance and investments from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Susanne Grabinger

Susanne Grabinger - Investment specialist

Susanne Grabinger joined M&G in 2010 and is currently an investment specialist providing support for M&G's multi-asset fund range and the M&G Global Convertibles Fund. Prior to joining M&G, Susanne worked at JPMorgan Asset Management as a client portfolio manager, focusing on institutional equity accounts and balanced mutual funds. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and is a CFA charterholder. Susanne is fluent in German and English and is also proficient in French and Spanish.

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Ana Cuddeford

Ana Cuddeford - Investment specialist

Ana Cuddeford is the investment specialist covering M&G’s multi-asset fund range and the M&G Global Convertibles Fund. She initially joined M&G in December 2013 from FTSE Group, where she had helped execute their FTSE4 Good company engagement. Prior to that, Ana spent 16 years in equity sales, the last 11 of which were at financial group Citi. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and has a good command of French. Ana graduated from the University of Wales, College of Cardiff with a BSc (Hons) in European community studies.

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Christophe Machu

Christophe Machu - Investment specialist

Christophe Machu joined the Multi Asset and Convertibles teams as an associate investment specialist providing support for M&G's multi-asset fund range and the M&G Global Convertibles Fund in September 2014. He initially joined M&G in 2012 as a sales support in Paris before moving into the International Marketing team in London. Christophe has an MSc in risk and finance from EDHEC Business School.

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Graziano Creperio - Investment specialist

Graziano Creperio is Investment director for M&G’s Multi Asset fund range. Graziano joined M&G in 2012 as a Fund Data Analyst before moving to the Multi Asset team as an Associate Investment Specialist providing support for the M&G multi-asset funds. Prior to joining M&G, Graziano worked as a portfolio data analyst at Morningstar. He holds a MSc in management and a BA in economics from Bocconi University in Milan. He also studied at Babson College in Boston and at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. 

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Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

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The collective investment schemes referred to in this document (the "Schemes") are open-ended investment companies with variable capital, incorporated in England and Wales. Société Générale, Paris, Zurich Branch, Talacker 50, P.O. Box 5070, 8021 Zurich acts as the Swiss representative of the Schemes (the "Swiss Representative") andacts as their Swiss paying agent. The Instrument of Incorporation, Prospectus, the Key Investor Information Document, as well as the annual or interim Investment Report and Financial Statements of the Schemes (each in their respective latest version approved by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, in German) can be obtained free of charge from the Swiss Representative in Zurich.


The value of the fund's assets will go down as well as up. This will cause the value of your investment to fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you originally invested.