The Fund aims to achieve growth on your investment and income through investment in bonds. The bonds are issued by UK and international governments and companies from any industry sector. The bonds may have fixed or variable interest rates and will be predominantly rated investment grade or better. A rating agency gives an investment grade rating when it believes that there is a relatively low risk that the issuer of a bond will be unable to make payments. The Fund may invest in bonds priced in any currency but will have a minimum exposure of 80% to British Pounds at all times.
At times, the Fund may hold cash and cash-like instruments. The Fund may use instruments whose value is determined by changes in the value of the underlying assets they represent (derivatives). The Fund may do so for investment purposes or in order to manage the Fund more efficiently (e.g., reducing risks or costs or generating additional growth or income). The Fund may invest up to 10% of its assets in other funds which have similar objectives and policies to the Fund (or in funds which invest in bonds or money market instruments), of which up to 5% of its assets may be invested in funds investing in bond markets globally.