About this trust
Investment objective and policies
The Company aims to deliver dividend income with the potential for long term capital growth, from investing in a globally diversified portfolio of convertible securities.
- Investment objective to deliver dividend income with potential for capital growth from a portfolio of global convertible bonds.
- A convertible is typically a bond with an embedded option which allows it to be swapped for a company's shares on prescribed terms. In practice, convertibles perform like debt-equity hybrids and are expected to exhibit bond-like characteristics, providing income in normal and falling equity markets, but grow like an equity when share prices rise.
- The Company is free to invest broadly across sectors, geography, market capitalisations and credit quality.
- The value of investments and the income from them can go down and up, and you may not get back as much as you paid in. Past performance is not a guide to the future.
- For further risks associated with this trust please refer to the 'Risks' section below.
Points to Consider
- The investment objective of a trust may allow some flexibility in terms in portfolio composition.
- Exchange rate changes may cause the value of underlying overseas investments to go down as well as up.
- External factors may cause an entire asset class to decline in value. Prices and values of all shares or all bonds could decline at the same time.
- This trust may invest in non investment grade bonds, which increases the capital risk and may have an adverse effect on the performance of funds which invest in them.
- For income funds/shares - Dividend income is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.
- Derivatives are complex and funds that use them for investment purposes may be more volatile. These funds are considered to be higher risk than funds that invest only in shares.
- Convertible bonds are subject to the risks associated with both debt and equity securities, and to risks specific to convertible securities. Investors should be prepared for greater volatility than straight bond investments, with an increased risk of capital loss, but with the potential of higher returns. Their value may change significantly depending on economic and interest rate conditions, the creditworthiness of the issuer, the performance of the underlying equity and general financial market conditions. In addition, issuers of convertible bonds may fail to meet payment obligations and their credit ratings may be downgraded. This is generally known as credit risk. Convertible bonds may also be subject to lower liquidity than the underlying equity securities.
- The Fund may borrow to finance further investment (gearing). The use of gearing is likely to lead to volatility in the Net Asset Value (NAV) meaning that a relatively small movement, down or up, in the value of the Company’s assets will result in a magnified movement, in the same direction, of that NAV.
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Board of Directors
In their words (as of )
The Company delivered a positive share price and net asset value return in December. We benefited from stock selection in Europe, in particular holding Telecom Italia and other European communication names, as the region reacted to positive data releases. Financials, consumer non-cyclicals and basic materials also contributed positively to performance in what was a strong month for all sectors. Our stock selection in the US detracted, as industrial names struggled. Based on rhetoric from the Trump administration, we expect further economic weakness to be addressed through fiscal rather than monetary policy, which increases the risk of inflation overshooting and is generally negative for duration assets. This guidance, combined with gradual Federal Reserve tightening, further supports our view that the low duration profile and equity market sensitivity of convertibles should lead them to outperform straight bonds.
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3 Actual gearing: Represents the excess amount above shareholders' funds of total assets less cash/cash equivalents, expressed as a percentage of shareholders funds. If the amount calculated is negative, this represents a net cash position.
7 Non-Benchmark holdings (where held) are classified in the appropriate sector/region. Cash is net current assets and holdings used as cash substitutes if applicable.