This document is a financial promotion for The First Sentier High Yield Fixed Income Strategy. This information is for professional clients only in the UK and EEA and elsewhere where lawful. Investing involves certain risks including:
- The value of investments and any income from them may go down as well as up and are not guaranteed. Investors may get back significantly less than the original amount invested.
- Currency risk: the Fund invests in assets which are denominated in other currencies; changes in exchange rates will affect the value of the Fund and could create losses. Currency control decisions made by governments could affect the value of the Fund's investments and could cause the Fund to defer or suspend redemptions of its shares..
- Credit risk: the issuers of bonds or similar investments that the Fund buys may get into financial difficulty and may not pay income or repay capital to the Fund when due.
- Interest rate risk: bond prices have an inverse relationship with interest rates such that when interest rates rise, bonds may fall in value. Rising interest rates may cause the value of your investment to fall.
- Currency hedged share class risk: Hedging transactions are designed to reduce currency risk for investors. There is no guarantee that the hedging will be totally successful or that it can eliminate currency risk entirely.
- Derivative risk: derivatives are sensitive to changes in the value of the underlying asset(s) and/or the level of the rate(s) from which they derive their value. A small movement in the value of the assets or rates may result in gains or losses that are greater than the amount the Fund has invested in derivative transactions, which may have a significant impact on the value of the Fund.
- Below investment grade risk: below investment grade debt securities are speculative and involve a greater risk of default and price changes than investment grade debt securities. In periods of general economic difficulty, the market prices of these types of securities may decline significantly.
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High Yield Fixed income can distribute stable income and total return while dampening volatility relative to equities and adding yield relative to core bonds.
Active management and a focus on downside risk can help produce stable long-term out performance. We aim to generate consistent alpha in the top quartile relative to peers which over long periods leads to attractive peer comparisons.
Our Strategy strives to maximize risk adjusted returns, and seeks superior absolute returns over a market cycle, with lower volatility than the broad market. Our approach involves maximizing the default adjusted yield and spread of a diversified portfolio, implementing a fundamental, value-driven investment style. First, and foremost, our approach is about risk control. Default risk is the dominant risk factor, and all portfolio investments meet stringent, and quantifiable minimum “margin of safety” requirements. Secondarily, we strive never to buy credit risk at the wrong price. An optimal, risk adjusted, portfolio construction combines dynamic fundamental, bottom-up selection, with continuous top-down portfolio risk management.
Co-Head of High Yield strategies
Investment process summary
Minimum yield screen: with "positive event potential" exceptions
Minimum margin-of safety requirements; quantified and stringently applied
Qualitative fundamental corporate assessments to further safeguard against default risk
Default adjusted methodology, focused on the spread premium necessary to overcompensate to estimated default risk
Catalysts for total return, expected to result in total returns above a coupon based yield
Portfolio construction, combines bottom-up credit selection with top-down portfolio risk management
Credit risk control: managed by the dynamic, continuous implementation of the disciplined bottom-up investment process (as described above). Primary credit risks include: default, Negative Event and ESG risks.
Risk monitoring and review: includes daily portfolio reporting and analysis
Renewed Growth in High Yield Market
• The US High Yield Fixed Income market has recently increased in size, after 6 years of modest decline, in sharp contrast to the very rapid growth of Leveraged Loans and Private Debt markets
• There has been a record new issuance year-to-date (August 2020) of relatively high quality bonds, with many secured bond deals
• Much of the additional High Yield market growth due to significant “fallen angels” (downgraded IG bonds)
• All of these trends have led to a 25-year low in HY credits rated B- or lower
Source: BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, BofA Merrill Lynch Bond Indices, S&P LCD, as of July 31, 2020.
Past performance is not indicative of future performance.
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