M&G (Lux) Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund

Objective and investment policy

Objective

The fund aims to provide a combination of capital growth and income while considering environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and seeks to achieve a higher ESG rating than the global high yield market.

Investment policy and strategy

Core investment: At least 80% of the fund is invested in lower quality bonds, denominated in any currency, and issued by companies from anywhere in the world, including emerging markets.

The fund’s currency exposure is typically hedged back to US dollar.

The fund invests in securities that meet the investment manager’s assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Companies deemed to be in breach of the United Nations Global Compact principles and/or involved in defence and weapons are excluded. Investments in companies involved in industries such as tobacco and nuclear power are restricted.

Other investments: The fund may also invest in asset-backed securities, contingent convertible debt securities and cash or assets that can be turned quickly into cash.

Derivatives: The fund may invest via derivatives and use derivatives to reduce the risks and costs of managing the fund.

Strategy in brief: The investment approach is based on an in-depth analysis of corporate bonds and their issuers, combined with 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. ESG criteria are assessed as part of the credit analysis of bond issuers, and act as an additional filter to the fund’s exclusion policies.

Benchmark: ICE BofA Merrill Lynch Global High Yield USD Hedged 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.

Investments in bonds are affected by interest rates, inflation and credit ratings. It is possible that bond issuers will not pay interest or return the capital. All of these events can reduce the value of bonds held by the fund.

High yield bonds usually carry greater risk that the bond issuers may not be able to pay interest or return the capital.

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 performance webpage for this fund is currently being reconfigured. In the interim, for performance information, please refer to the latest Fund Factsheet which can be found in the Literature section.

Fund Team

James Tomlins

James Tomlins - Fund manager

James Tomlins, who has more than a decade of experience in high yield credit, joined M&G in June 2011 and started managing fixed income portfolios in January 2014. The strategies he manages include the Global High Yield Bond, the Global Floating Rate High Yield and the Global High Yield ESG Bond strategies. James was previously an analyst and then a fund manager at Cazenove Capital Management. Before Cazenove, he was at KBC Alternative Investment Management; in the three years prior to that, he worked at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. James is a CFA charterholder. He graduated with an MA in history and PgDip in economics from the University of Cambridge.

 Team member biography
Stefan Isaacs

Stefan Isaacs - Co-manager

Stefan Isaacs is deputy head of M&G's Wholesale Fixed Income team and is fund manager of the M&G (Lux) European Corporate Bond Fund. He is also co-fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond Fund, M&G (Lux) Floating Rate High Yield Solution, M&G (Lux) Global High Yield ESG Bond Fund and M&G (Lux) Global High Yield Bond 2023 Fund, and deputy fund manager of the M&G (Lux) Optimal Income Fund. Stefan initially joined M&G as a graduate in 2001 and was subsequently promoted to corporate bond dealer specialising in high yield bonds and euro-denominated credit, becoming part of the fund management team in 2006.

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Lu Yu

Lu Yu - Deputy Manager

Lu Yu joined M&G in September 2007 as part of the graduate intake and worked as a business analyst. In March 2010 she transitioned to corporate credit research and spent eight years working on sectors including airlines, aerospace & defence and auto, researching both investment grade and high yield bonds. Her primary focus is on high yield bonds and ESG engagement. Since March 2019, she has been part of the management team of M&G’s Global High Yield ESG Bond strategies, first in Luxembourg and from February 2020 in London. Lu holds a BEng of Computer Science and Technology from Dalian University of Technology (China), and a MSc in Multimedia Technology from University of Bath. She is a CFA charterholder.

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The value of investments, and the income from them, will fluctuate. This will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. We are unable to give financial advice. If you are unsure about the suitability of your investment, speak to your financial adviser. The views expressed on this web page should not be taken as a recommendation, advice or forecast.