Objective: to provide a total return (income plus capital). Policy: invests predominantly in global investment grade (lower risk) bonds. The fund may also hold selected high yield (higher risk) bonds, contingent convertible (higher risk) bonds and cash. Bonds will be issued by companies and governments worldwide. A minumum of 80% of the Fund's net assets will be invested in investment grade bonds that have a residual maturity that does not exceed four years. The Fund is actively managed. The Fund may also invest in derivatives (financial contracts whose value is linked to an underlying asset). The Fund may invest up to 20% in emerging markets. In investment terms, this means those economies that are still developing. Within the limits set out above, the Fund has discretion in its choice of investments and is not restricted by market sector. It may also hold a limited range of other investments and it is not constrained by any benchmark or index. The Fund may use investment techniques to manage risks and costs. These techniques include 'hedging' (using derivatives to reduce the risk associated with making investments in other currencies). The Fund may make investments in any currency although the Investment Manager will hedge the majority of currency exposure arising from bond positions back to the Fund's Base Currency.
The Fund adheres to environmental, social and governance ('ESG') criteria for all of its bond investments (excluding collective investment schemes, index derivatives and ancillary cash) which combines screening investments along with ESG risks, performance assessment and climate related transition fundamental analysis. The Investment Manager will use it's proprietary ESG framework to assign an ESG category to each bond investment ranging from 1to 5, with 1 being the highest category and 5 the lowest. The Fund will invest at least 90% of its assets in those securities with ESG categories 1, 2, or 3, with up to 10% in securities identified as ESG category 4. The Fund will not invest in securities with ESG category 5. In addition, the Investment Manager will assess climate related transition readiness and net zero alignment of issuers with a focus on supporting the energy transition by limiting exposure over time to companies which are categorized as 3- Transitioning, 4- Unprepared, or 5- Laggard. Please see the Fund's Supplement for a full description of the Investment Manager's ESG framework and criteria.