M&G (Lux) Global Macro Bond Fund

Objective and investment policy

Objective

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

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 80% of the fund is invested in bonds of any credit quality and asset-backed securities. The bonds are issued by governments, government-related institutions, supranational bodies and companies located in any country, including emerging markets, and denominated in any currency.

The fund may invest in Chinese bonds denominated in Renminbi.

Other investments: The fund may invest in contingent convertible debt securities, other funds and cash or assets that can be turned into cash quickly.

Derivatives: The fund may invest via derivatives and use derivatives with the aim of reducing the risks and costs of managing the fund.

Strategy in brief: The fund is a flexible global bond fund. The investment manager selects investments based on an assessment of macroeconomic factors such as economic growth, interest rates and inflation. This analysis determines which areas of the global bond markets the investment manager believes the fund should invest in to achieve its objective. It also influences the subsequent selection of individual bond holdings, as well as the fund’s currency exposures.

Performance comparator: The fund is actively managed. The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index is a point of reference against which the performance of the fund may be measured.

Risk indicator

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 can be exposed to different currencies. Movements in currency exchange rates may adversely affect the value of your investment.

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 will incur a loss. The fund’s use of derivatives may be extensive and exceed the value of its assets (leverage). This has the effect of magnifying the size of losses and gains, resulting in greater fluctuations in the value of the fund.

Investing in emerging markets involves a greater risk of loss due to greater political, tax, economic, foreign exchange, liquidity and regulatory risks, among other factors. There may be difficulties in buying, selling, safekeeping or valuing investments in such countries.

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 Germany, Japan, UK, USA although these may vary subject only to those listed in the prospectus.

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. 

Source: Price: State Street. Performance: Morningstar. Performance figures are on a price to price basis with income reinvested. Performance figures may not reflect all relevant charges.

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Fund Team

Jim Leaviss

Jim Leaviss - Fund manager

Jim Leaviss is Head of M&G's Fixed Interest team, joining M&G in 1997 after five years at the Bank of England. As well as heading up the team, Jim also manages the M&G (Lux) Global Macro Bond Fund and is co-manager of the M&G (Lux) Absolute Return Bond Fund and deputy manager of the M&G Global Government Bond Fund (UK-authorised OEIC).

 Team member biography
Claudia Calich

Claudia Calich - Deputy Manager

Claudia Calich joined M&G in October 2013 as a specialist in emerging markets debt and is manager of the M&G (Lux) Emerging Markets Bond Fund and the M&G (Lux) Emerging Markets Hard Currency Bond Fund since launch. She is also manager of the M&G Global Government Bond Fund (UK-authorised OEIC) and deputy manager of the M&G (Lux) Global Macro Bond Fund and of the M&G (Lux) Emerging Markets Corporate ESG Bond Fund. Claudia has over 20 years of experience in emerging markets, with previous positions at Invesco in New York, Oppenheimer Funds, Fuji Bank, Standard & Poor’s and Reuters. Claudia graduated with a BA (Honours) in Economics from Susquehanna University in 1989 and holds an MA in International Economics from the International University of Japan in Niigata.

 Team member biography
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.

 Team member biography

Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

5 Star Rating

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