Our fixed income fund range includes active fundamental bond-selecting funds investing in corporates, government and securitized bonds. In addition, we have a single passive securitized bonds strategy .
ALL FUNDS: All funds (active and passive) apply an exclusionary screen for controversial weapons and securities in breach of EU sanctions.
ACTIVE FUNDAMENTAL FUNDS: In our active fundamental funds, our aim is to understand the issuers short and long-term ability to service its debt obligations, in order to protect the principal of our investments. Indeed, we aim to assess the downside risk before the upside potential. Consequently, issues which may impact companies in the short or long-term are considered highly relevant to our analysis, and this includes many environmental, social and governance issues. As such, we integrate ESG considerations into our security analysis, alongside other fundamental factors through our 'red flags' investment checklist process. Although our investment horizon is finite and sometimes short-term due to bonds maturing, we acknowledge the impact of more long-term ESG initiatives. We also engage with companies as deemed appropriate (see section on engagement).
In addition to the above, our ethical funds strategies are subject to screening based on client needs and values. ( see section on screening).