Objective and investment policy
The fund aims to provide a combination of capital growth and income to deliver a return that is higher than that of the global investment grade corporate bond market over any five-year period.
Investment policy and strategy
Core investment: At least 80% of the fund is invested in investment grade bonds issued by companies from anywhere in the world, including emerging markets*, and denominated in any currency.
Other investment: The fund also invests in bonds issued by governments, corporate high yield bonds, cash and assets that can be turned quickly into cash.
Use of derivatives: Derivatives may be used to invest indirectly in bonds. 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-US dollar investments.
For more information on the types of bonds held and derivatives used, please refer to the Prospectus, which can be found by visiting [**VARIABLE**]
* Emerging market countries are defined as those included within the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and/or those included in the World Bank’s definition of developing economies, as updated from time to time.
Strategy in brief: The investment manager selects investments based on an assessment of macroeconomic factors such as economic growth, interest rates and inflation.
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. The investment manager seeks to invest in bonds believed to offer the best relative value opportunities in the investment grade corporate bond universe.
Performance comparator: The fund is actively managed. The Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate Index (USD Hedged) Index is a point of reference against which the performance of the fund may be measured.
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.
Investment grade corporate bonds: Bonds issued by a company with a medium or high credit rating from a recognised credit rating agency. They are considered to be at lower risk from default than those issued by companies with lower credit ratings.
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.
When interest rates rise, the value of the fund is likely to fall.
The value of the fund may fall if the issuer of a fixed income security held is unable to pay income payments or repay its debt (known as a default).
The fund may use derivatives with the aim of profiting from a rise or a fall in the value of an asset (for example, a company’s bonds). However, if the asset’s value varies in a different manner, the fund may incur a loss.
Changes in currency exchange rates will affect the value of your investment.
If the share class is hedged (H share class), it aims to mirror the performance of another share class. We cannot guarantee that the 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 US dollar.
Where market conditions make it hard to sell the fund’s investments at a fair price to meet customers’ sale requests, we may temporarily suspend dealing in the fund’s shares.
Some transactions the fund makes, such as placing cash on deposit, require the use of other financial institutions (for example, banks). If one of these institutions defaults on their obligations or becomes insolvent, the fund may incur a loss.
The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives
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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