M&G (Lux) Euro Corporate 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 European investment grade corporate bond market over any five-year period.

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 70% of the fund is invested in bonds issued by companies denominated in any European currency. Issuers of these securities may be located in any country.

Other investment: The fund also invests in government bonds, high yield bonds and cash or assets that can be turned quickly into cash.

Use of derivatives: The fund typically invests directly, but may also invest indirectly via derivatives. 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-euro investments.

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

Strategy in brief: The investment manager selects investments based on an assessment of macroeconomic, asset, sector and stock-level factors.

Spreading investments across issuers, industries and countries is an essential element of the fund’s strategy and 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 Euro Corporate Index is a point of reference against which the performance of the fund may be measured.

Glossary terms

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.

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.

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 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 information

The 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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Wolfgang Bauer

Wolfgang Bauer - Deputy Manager

Wolfgang Bauer is manager of the M&G (Lux) European Inflation Linked Corporate Bond Fund and co-manager of the M&G (Lux) Absolute Return Bond Fund. He is also deputy manager of the M&G (Lux) Global Corporate Bond Fund and the M&G (Lux) Euro Corporate Bond Fund. Wolfgang joined M&G in 2012 as part of the Investment Graduate Programme, becoming part of M&G's Wholesale Fixed Income team in January 2014, focusing on US investment grade credit. Wolfgang gained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge and is a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

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Laura Frost

Laura Frost - Investment specialist

Laura Frost is an investment specialist providing support for the M&G retail fixed income fund range. Laura joined M&G in 2011 as a technical training director for the Learning Matters team. Prior to M&G, Laura worked for six years at a training consultancy specialising in capital markets, focusing on fixed income and derivatives. Before this, she spent six years as a fixed income derivatives trader for a proprietary trading house. Laura graduated from Leeds University in 1998 with a BSc (Hons) in geology, and in 1999, gained an MSc in engineering geology.

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Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

3 Star Rating

Rating is at a fund level

Bronze Standard

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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.