Schroder ISF Global Credit IncomeBlending the right mix for changing investment climates
For investors who want consistent, attractive income with risk managed in the current environment of low yields and higher volatility. A dynamic, unconstrained approach to investing across the global credit spectrum is key to achieving these objectives.
Why global credit income
Late cycle environment
De-synchronization of sector and issuer performance creates opportunities
Investors should consider global credit as one of the higher yielding alternatives compared to Sovereigns
Market volatility is here to stay which requires a more dynamic management approach
Downside risk remains
Focus on balancing return and potential downside risk as volatility persists
Key attributes of the fund
Think Income. Think Stability. Think Innovation.
Flexibility in investing across a wide range of bonds and credits
Invest freely across the global bond spectrum.
The fund is managed with a benchmark unconstrained approach, we can invest across sectors and regions to capture attractive income opportunities and to help mitigating risk by diversification.
Providing monthly and fixed payout choices
(dividend may be paid out of capital)*
Bonds are popular investments for income seekers. Interest rates will likely remain low in the near future, a portfolio composed of various types of bonds could enhance potential returns with a sensible balance of risks. The fund’s primary target is to maintain sustainable and attractive payment, and intends to make a fixed payout of 6.5% p.a. (Applicable to A Dis USD and HKD classes)*
*For share classes with a general dividend policy, expenses will be paid out of capital rather than out of gross income. The amount of distributable income therefore increases and the amount so increased may be considered to be dividend paid out of capital. Share classes with a fixed dividend policy may pay out both income and capital in distributions. Where distributions are paid out of capital, this amounts to a return or withdrawal of part of your original investment or capital gains attributable to that and may result in an immediate decrease in the net asset value of shares.
The manager will make distributions in respect of distribution units. The manager has the sole and absolute discretion to vary the rate and/or frequency of distributions, subject to one month’s prior notice to the relevant unitholders. Distribution yield is not indicative of the return of the fund. Distributions may be paid from capital of the fund. Investors should note that where the payment of distributions are paid out of capital, this represents and amounts to a return or withdrawal of part of the amount you originally invested or capital gains attributable to that and may result in an immediate decrease in the value of units. For details of the distribution policy and frequency of all share classes, please refer to the Distribution calendar and policy.
Rigorous risk management to mitigate volatility
We recognise that income seekers can be more sensitive to capital loss. A well-diversified bond portfolio built under dynamic asset allocation allows the fund to reduce risk in market downturns. Detailed downside risk analysis as well as management on currency and interest rate risk are incorporated with an aim to help mitigating potential loss and volatility.
Innovative themes-based approach
In our credit selection process, we apply forward-looking themes like technological disruption, changing demographics and consumer trends. This approach helps identifying companies that are adapting well to change.
About credit investment
Fixed income is generally considered as a relatively stable and dependable investment tool. Investing in the debt of companies, also called credit fixed income, can offer benefits. However, "credit" is a wide-ranging area. Before investing in this market, challenge yourself to see how much you know about credit investment by going thru the different levels of questions below: Level 1 > Level 2 > Level 3
Level 1: Is credit different from equity?
When comparing credit to equity, equity has the lowest seniority in the payout order. To compensate for this additional risk, equity holders require a higher return on capital. Reflecting the higher risk, equity markets are relatively more volatile than credit market.
Various debt obligations can have different priority of payment corresponding to the seniority rankings. Senior secured debt top the ranking structure in the case of a default, with owners being paid off before other debtors.
Level 1: What is a corporate credit rating?
A credit rating is an evaluation of the creditworthiness of a borrower with respect to a particular debt or financial obligation assigned by external rating agencies. Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings are three top agencies deal in credit ratings. Each credit rating agency has defined its own credit rating, the ratings generally lie on a spectrum ranging from the highest credit quality AAA on one end to default on the other. BBB- is the lowest rating of investment grade, while ratings below BBB- are considered as high yield.
Level 2: Benefits and challenges of investing in credit
Investors purchase bonds for several reasons: growth, income, liabilities matching, capital preservation and to reduce volatility. However, investors need to be aware of the two main risks involved:
- Corporate bonds generally carry a higher default risk than government bonds issued by developed countries. Defaults of underlying bond investments can reduce portfolio returns substantially. Active managers can employ rigorous credit research to maximize income without increasing potential risk significantly.
- Interest rate risk affects credit investing. When interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall.
Level 2: What is a credit spread?
A credit spread is the difference in yield between a credit instrument and a government bond of similar maturity. It is the risk premium charged by credit investors, for taking additional risk (liquidity risk, default risk, political risk and so on) of investing in a credit instrument.
Creditspread = the yield on corporate bonds - the yield on government bonds
The 4 characteristics of credit spreads:
- Measured in basis points (bps), with a 1% difference in yield equal to a spread of 100 basis points.
- Vary from one security to another based on the credit quality of the bond issuer.
- The higher the credit spread, the greater the risk level of the issuer is, and vice versa.
- General speaking, credit spreads fluctuations are commonly due to changes in economic conditions.
Level 3: What is affecting credit performance?
Credit spreads are a good barometer of credit market. Widening credit spreads indicate growing concern about the ability of corporate to service their debt while corporate bond prices fall and yields rise. Conversely, narrowing credit spreads indicate improving private creditworthiness. Corporate bond prices rise and yields fall. A number of factors affect credit spreads:
Risk factors endemic to particular company or sector has an important impact on credit spreads over time. The impact could be mitigated by improving company fundamentals.
In economic expansion stage, earnings of most companies grow. This translates to a higher ability to repay debt, assuming debt levels stay constant. Default risk decreases, resulting in the narrowing of credit spreads. While the inverse happens in economic slowdown.
Credit tends to perform in a more normalized framework during stages of stabilization and acceleration and could bear a higher default risk during stages of deceleration and slowdown.
Schroder ISF Global Credit Income
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