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 in the world, including emerging markets. The fund also holds company shares in combination with bonds 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.
Other investments: The fund may invest in other funds, contingent convertible debt securities and cash or assets that can be turned into cash quickly.
Derivatives: The fund may invest via derivatives and use derivatives to reduce the risks and costs of managing the fund.
Strategy in brief: The fund employs a disciplined approach to select each convertible. The strategy is based on the analysis of individual companies, and the characteristics of the bonds and shares of these companies.
The fund manager seeks to identify convertibles that, in their opinion, provide the best risk-return profile. For these convertibles, the fund manager expects that the potential gain from the option on the underlying share price exceeds the potential loss from the share price falling.
Benchmark: Thomson Reuters Global Focus Convertible Bond Index
The benchmark is a comparator against which the fund’s performance can be measured. The index has been chosen as the fund’s benchmark as it best reflects the scope of the fund’s investment policy. The benchmark is used solely to measure the fund’s performance and does not constrain the fund's portfolio construction.
The fund is actively managed.The investment manager has complete freedom in choosing which investments to buy, hold and sell in the fund. The fund’s holdings may deviate significantly from the benchmark’s constituents.
For unhedged and currency hedged share classes, the benchmark is shown in the share class currency.
You can find more information about the objective and investment policy of the fund in the Prospectus.
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.
Convertibles are subject to the risks associated with both bonds and company shares, and to risks specific to the asset class. Their value may change significantly depending on economic and interest rate conditions, the creditworthiness of the issuer and the performance of the underlying company shares. In addition, issuers of convertibles may fail to meet payment obligations and their credit ratings may be downgraded. Convertibles may also be harder to sell than the underlying company shares.
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 may lose as much as or more than the amount invested.
The fund can be exposed to different currencies. Movements in currency exchange rates may adversely affect the value of your investment.
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.
The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives