M&G (Lux) Global Convertibles 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 global convertibles market over any five-year period.

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 70% of the fund is invested in convertibles issued by companies from anywhere around the world, including emerging markets*. The fund also holds company shares in combination with bonds in order to replicate the exposure to convertibles when a direct holding is not available. Company shares are also held to adjust the technical characteristics of individual convertibles, such as making them more sensitive to changes in the price of the shares into which they convert. The fund can also use derivatives rather than company shares for both purposes.

Other investment: The fund also holds 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 investments.

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

* 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 aims to take advantage of the special characteristics of convertibles, which can participate more in share price increases than falls. The investment manager selects investments based on an assessment of company-specific factors and technical characteristics of convertibles. 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 Thomson Reuters Global Focus Convertible 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.

Convertibles: Bonds issued by companies that usually pay a set rate of interest and which can be exchanged for predetermined amounts of company shares.

Derivatives: Financial contracts whose value is derived from other assets.

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.

Changes in currency exchange rates will affect the value of your investment.

The fund may use derivatives to gain exposure to investments exceeding the value of the fund (leverage). This may cause greater changes in the fund’s price and increase the risk of loss.

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.

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).

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.

The fund will invest in emerging markets which are generally smaller, more sensitive to economic and political factors, and where investments are less easily bought and sold. In exceptional circumstances, the fund may encounter difficulties when selling or collecting income from these investments, which could cause the fund to incur a loss. In extreme circumstances, it could lead to the temporary suspension of dealing in shares in the fund.

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.

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. 

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

Leonard Vinville

Leonard Vinville - Fund manager

Léonard Vinville joined M&G in 2002, and since then has been managing the convertibles allocation of the Prudential With Profit Life Fund. He has also been responsible for managing the M&G Global Convertibles Fund since its launch in July 2007. Both funds are run with the same investment approach and with an emphasis on generating strong risk-adjusted returns. Prior to joining M&G, Léonard was Head of European Convertibles at AGF Asset Management in Paris, where he managed convertibles and French equity mandates. He has an MBA and is qualified as a chartered accountant.

 Team member biography
David Romani

David Romani - Deputy Manager

David Romani was appointed deputy manager of the M&G Global Convertibles Fund in October 2013. David joined M&G in 2005, performing a variety of roles in strategic planning, marketing and client communications before becoming a dedicated convertibles analyst in the Global Convertibles team. Prior to joining M&G, he worked for Prudential and as a consultant to the asset management and life insurance industries. David holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and is a CFA charterholder.

 Team member biography
Yannis Karachalios

Yannis Karachalios - Deputy Manager

Yannis Karachalios was appointed deputy manager of the M&G Global Convertibles Fund in October 2013, having joined M&G in 2011 as a credit analyst dedicated to the convertible bonds team. He is responsible for the credit analysis of convertible bonds and he has eight years of experience in high yield, leveraged loans and distressed debt. Yannis previously worked at Alpstar Capital in Geneva. Prior to this, he was a high yield credit analyst at Hermes Fund Managers London. Yannis has an MSc in financial economics from Brunel University.

 Team member biography
Susanne Grabinger

Susanne Grabinger - Investment specialist

Susanne Grabinger joined M&G in 2010 and is currently an investment specialist providing support for M&G's multi-asset fund range and the M&G Global Convertibles Fund. Prior to joining M&G, Susanne worked at JPMorgan Asset Management as a client portfolio manager, focusing on institutional equity accounts and balanced mutual funds. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and is a CFA charterholder. Susanne is fluent in German and English and is also proficient in French and Spanish.

 Team member biography

Ratings

Rating is at a share class level

3 Star Rating

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