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M&G (Lux) Optimal Income Fund

A dynamic and flexible approach across the fixed income spectrum
Richard Woolnough, Fund Manager

“This is the most flexible bond strategy I manage. It allows me the freedom to search out the most attractive income streams across a range of fixed income assets in order to optimise performance throughout the economic cycle.”

Fund philosophy

The M&G (Lux) Optimal Income Fund takes its name from the manager’s aim to purchase those assets that provide the most attractive, or ‘optimal’, income stream for the fund. The fund’s unconstrained approach gives Richard Woolnough the possibility to move freely between government bonds, investment grade and high yield corporate bonds. He can also invest in equities when a company’s shares appear more attractive than its debt.

Richard actively manages the fund by combining a top-down macroeconomic approach with rigorous bottom-up credit analysis.

The fund manager’s preferences for duration and credit risk will depend on his outlook for interest rates, economic growth and inflation. The fund’s flexibility enables Richard to position the portfolio exactly in line with his duration and credit views.

Fund's key selling points

  • A ‘core’ bond fund that seeks to outperform the major bond sectors in different market conditions.
  • Classified as Article 8 fund under EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), the fund applies an ESG positive tilt and norms-based exclusions (see below).
  • Richard Woolnough has the flexibility to invest across the fixed income spectrum, and can even invest a portion of the fund (max. 20%) in equities.
  • Richard has more than 30 years of experience in the fixed income market. Over that time his skill and expertise have been widely recognised.

Investment scope*

Portfolio positioning in practice

Duration positions shown in the chart above prior to September 2018 are those of M&G Optimal Income Fund, a UK-authorised OEIC, managed by the same fund manager, applying the same investment strategy as the SICAV. These are shown for illustrative purposes only.

*Norms-based Criteria

ESG Criteria Rationale
Freedom House Any government bond from countries classified as "Not Free" by the Freedom House index based on civil liberties and political rights
UNGC Any company that is assessed to be in breach of the United Nations Global Compact Principles on human rights, labour, environment protection and anti-corruption

Source: M&G 2022

The fund’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) positive tilt is achieved by maintaining a weighted average ESG score above the average ESG score of the benchmark.

Fund Facts

31 July 2022 US$10,666.99 million
Fund launch date 05 September 2018
Benchmark* 1/3 Bloomberg Global Agg Corporate Index EUR Hedged; 1/3 Bloomberg Global High Yield Index EUR Hedged; 1/3 Bloomberg Global Treasury Index EUR Hedged
Sector Morningstar USD Cautious Allocation sector

*The benchmark is a comparator used solely to measure the fund’s performance and reflects the scope of the fund’s investment policy but does not constrain portfolio construction. The fund is actively managed. The fund’s holdings may deviate significantly from the benchmark’s constituents. The benchmark is not an ESG benchmark and is not consistent with the ESG Criteria.

This is a marketing communication. Please refer to the prospectus and to the KIID before making any final investment decision.

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 fund is exposed to different currencies. Derivatives are used to minimise, but may not always eliminate, the impact of movements in currency exchange rates.

ESG information from third-party data providers may be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable. There is a risk that the investment manager may incorrectly assess a security or issuer, resulting in the incorrect inclusion or exclusion of a security in the portfolio of 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.

Investing in this fund means acquiring units or shares in a fund, and not in a given underlying asset such as a building or shares of a company, as these are only the underlying assets owned by the fund.

For Professional Investors only. Not for onward distribution. No other persons should rely on any information contained within.

This financial promotion is issued by M&G Investments (Hong Kong) Limited. Office: Unit 1002, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong. The contents of this document have not been reviewed by any regulatory authority in Hong Kong. You are advised to exercise caution in relation to the offer of any funds mentioned in it. If you are in any doubt about any of the contents of this document, you should obtain independent professional advice. Shares, units or other interests in the funds mentioned in this document may only be offered or sold in Hong Kong to persons who are “professional investors” as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance (“Ordinance”) and any rules made under the Ordinance – or in circumstances which are permitted under the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance. In addition, distribution of this document in Hong Kong is restricted. It may not be issued or possessed for the purposes of issue, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and shares, units or other interests in the funds mentioned may not be disposed of to any person unless such person is a “professional investor” as defined in the Ordinance and any rules made under the Ordinance or as otherwise may be permitted under Hong Kong law.