M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond Fund

Objective and investment policy

Objective

The fund aims to provide a combination of capital growth and income to deliver a return that is higher than that of the global high yield bond market over any five-year period.

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 80% of the fund is invested in high yield bonds issued by companies located in any country, including emerging markets*, which may be denominated in any currency.

Other investment: The fund may also invest in bonds issued by governments, investment grade corporate bonds, asset-backed securities, cash and assets that can be turned quickly into cash.

Use of derivatives: Derivatives may be used to invest indirectly in bonds. Derivatives may also be used to manage risks and reduce costs, as well as to offset the impact of currency exposures arising from the fund’s non-US dollar investments.

For more information on the types of bonds held and derivatives used, please refer to the Prospectus.

* Emerging market countries are defined as those included within the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and/or those included in the World Bank’s definition of developing economies, as updated from time to time.

Strategy in brief: The fund is a flexible global high yield bond fund. The investment manager selects investments based on in-depth analysis of individual bond issues, combined with an assessment of macroeconomic factors such as economic growth, interest rates and inflation.

The investment manager is assisted in the selection of individual bonds by an in-house team of analysts.

Performance comparator: The fund is actively managed. The BofA Merrill Lynch Global High Yield Index (USD Hedged) is a point of reference against which the performance of the fund may be measured.

Glossary terms

Asset-backed securities: Bonds backed by assets that produce cashflows, such as mortgage loans, credit card receivables and auto loans.

Bonds: Loans to governments and companies that pay interest.

Derivatives: Financial contracts whose value is derived from other assets.

High yield bonds: Bonds issued by companies considered to be riskier and therefore generally paying a higher level of interest.

Investment grade bonds: Bonds with a medium or high credit rating from a recognised credit rating agency. They are considered to be at lower risk from default than bonds with lower credit ratings.

 

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.

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.

High yield bonds usually carry greater risk that the bond issuers may not be able to pay interest or return the capital.

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 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.

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 information

The fund may invest more than 35% in securities issued by any one or more of the governments listed in the fund prospectus. Such exposure may be combined with the use of derivatives in pursuit of the fund objective. It is currently envisaged that the fund’s exposure to such securities may exceed 35% in the governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA although these may vary subject only to those listed in the prospectus. This fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives.

Performance

The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. The level of any income earned by the fund will fluctuate. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The performance data does not take account of the commissions and costs incurred on the issue and redemption of units.


Source: Price: State Street. Performance: Morningstar. For non-Sterling share classes for fixed income and global convertibles funds, performance figures are shown on a price to price with gross income reinvested basis*. For equities and multi-asset funds, performance figures are shown on a price to price with net income reinvested basis. For Sterling share classes performance figures are on a price to price with net income reinvested basis. Performance figures may not reflect all relevant charges.

Please note that the Morningstar Category performance data in this tool where shown, is from the default Morningstar database, which contains all the share classes for each fund available across Europe, Asia and Africa. This can differ from the comparative sector data in M&G factsheets which is from the same database, but showing only the most appropriate share class to represent each fund, and for just those funds available in Europe. Neither Morningstar nor its Information Providers can guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of any of the Information on the Web site, including, but not limited to Information originated by Morningstar, licensed by Morningstar from Information Providers, or gathered by Morningstar from publicly available sources. There may be delays, omissions, or inaccuracies in the Information.

*M&G Optimal Income Fund Sterling share classes are gross income reinvested.

 

Fund Team

Stefan Isaacs

Stefan Isaacs - Fund manager

Stefan Isaacs is deputy head of M&G's Wholesale Fixed Income team and is fund manager of the M&G (Lux) European Corporate Bond Fund. He is also co-fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond Fund, M&G (Lux) Floating Rate High Yield Solution, M&G (Lux) Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund and M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond 2023 Fund, and deputy fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Optimal Income Fund. Stefan initially joined M&G as a graduate in 2001 and was subsequently promoted to corporate bond dealer specialising in high yield bonds and euro-denominated credit, becoming part of the fund management team in 2006.

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James Tomlins

James Tomlins - Co-manager

James Tomlins is fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Global Floating Rate High Yield Fund and co-manager of the M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond Fund, M&G (Lux) Floating Rate High Yield Solution, M&G (Lux) Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund and M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond 2023 Fund since launch. James is a specialist in high yield credit with more than 10 years’ experience in this sector. He was previously an analyst and then a fund manager at Cazenove Capital Management. Before Cazenove, James was at KBC Alternative Investment Management; in the three years prior to that, he worked at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. James is a CFA charterholder and graduated with an MA in history and PgDip in economics from the University of Cambridge.

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Mario Eisenegger

Mario Eisenegger - Investment specialist

Mario Eisenegger joined M&G in February 2015 as an associate investment specialist providing support for the retail fixed interest fund range. He was previously at UBS, where he was a senior client advisor to private clients and a deputy branch manager. Mario holds a bachelor of science from the University of Northwestern Switzerland. Mario speaks German and Swiss German.

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Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

4 Star Rating

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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.