Objective and investment policy
The fund has two aims:
- to provide growing income over any three-year period by investing in a mix of assets from anywhere in the world.
- to provide capital growth of 2-4% on average per year over any three-year period.
Investment policy and strategy
Core investment: The fund will typically invest in income-generating assets within the following allocation ranges:
• 40-80% in bonds
• 10-50% in company shares
• 0-20% in other assets (including convertibles)
The fund typically invests directly. It may also invest indirectly via derivatives or through other funds
Other investment: The fund may also invest in currencies and hold cash, deposits and warrants. In addition, derivatives may be used to reduce risk and costs and to manage the impact of changes in currency exchange rates on the fund’s investments.
Strategy in brief: The fund is managed with a highly flexible investment approach. The investment manager has the freedom to allocate capital between differenttypes 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. The investment managerwill normally seek to hold at least 70% of the fund in euros.
Bonds: Loans to governments and companies that pay interest.
Convertibles: Bonds issued by companies that usually pay a set rate of interest and which can be exchanged for predetermined amounts of company shares.
Derivatives: Financial contracts whose value is derived from other assets.
Warrants: Financial contracts which allow the fund manager to buy stocks for a fixed price until a certain date.
Risks associated with the fund
The value of investments and the income from them will rise and fall. This will cause the fund price, as well as any income paid by the fund, to fall as well as rise. There is no guarantee the fund will achieve its objective, and you may not get back the amount you originally invested.
The value of the fund will fall if the issuer of a fixed income security held is unable to pay income payments or repay its debt (known as a default). Fixed income securities that pay a higher level of income usually have a lower credit rating because of the increased risk of default. The higher the rating the less likely it is that the issuer will default, but ratings are subject to change.
Changes in currency exchange rates will affect the value of your investment.
Hedged share classes aim to mirror the performance of another share class. We cannot guarantee thatthe hedging objective will be achieved. The hedging strategy will limit holders of the hedged share class from benefiting if the hedged share class currency falls against the euro.
The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives.