Jupiter Strategic Bond launched less than four years ago, but has already delivered impressive returns, placing it among the top five funds in its sector over the last three years. It also offers an attractive 12-month yield of 5 per cent.
The fund aims for a high income with the prospect of capital growth by investing in higher-yielding assets such as high-yield, investment grade, government and convertible bonds, as well as preference shares. The fund invests globally, although at present a third of its assets are allocated to the UK, with more than a quarter in Europe.
Fund manager Ariel Bezalel looks for bonds that offer value and good risk/reward positions. He considers both the wider macroeconomic environment and bonds' individual merits. He spends a lot of time researching and meeting the management of the companies that issue the bonds, helped by Rhys Petheram, co-manager of the Jupiter Distribution Fund, who used to work at credit ratings agency Moody's.
Mr Bezalel then takes a macroeconomic view of factors such as inflation, interest rate outlooks and the shape of the yield curve in relation to the corporate bond market, which influences his positioning of the portfolio.
He favours preference issues from companies with robust business models and competent management teams and invests for the medium to long term. In the current economic environment, he tries to invest in bonds at the highest possible end of a company's capital structure, so that in the event of a default the fund would be one of the first in line to be paid back.
JUPITER STRATEGIC BOND FUND Inc (GB00B2RBBC80)
|IMA SECTOR:||Sterling Strategic Bond||SHARPE RATIO:||2.31|
|FUND TYPE:||Unit trust||6-MONTH PERFORMANCE:||7.84%|
|FUND SIZE:||£869.19m||1-YEAR PERFORMANCE:||5.42%|
|No OF HOLDINGS:||188*||3-YEAR ANNUALISED PERFORMANCE:||19.41%|
|SET-UP DATE:||2 June 2008||TOTAL EXPENSE RATIO:||1.50%|
|MANAGER START DATE:||2 June 2008||12-MONTH YIELD:||5.01%|
|STANDARD DEVIATION:||7.95%||MORE DETAILS:||jupiteronline.co.uk|
Source: Morningstar & *Jupiter
Performance data as at 27 April 2012
Top 10 holdings as at 31 March 2012
|Australia government 5.5% 21/04/23||7.09|
|Australia government 4.75% 21/04/27||5.80|
|Australia government 5.75% 15/07/22||5.10|
|Spirit 5.472% 28/12/28||1.82|
|Golden Close Maritime 11% 9/12/15||1.81|
|TUI Travel 6% CV 05/10/14||1.80|
|Microsoft 0% 15/06/13||1.77|
|Eksportfinans 5.5% 26/06/17||1.49|
|Royal Bank of Scotland 6.934% 9/04/18||1.48|
|Interxion 9.5% 12/02/17||1.47|
Credit rating breakdown