Quick Stats

Bid Price - Offer Price -
Mid Price GBX 102.12 Day Change GBX +0.08 (0.08%)
Price Date 23 Nov 2017 Crown Rating 1
Shares Class Inc. Yield 3.40 %
Total Expense Ratio 0.73 Fund Size 246,437,260.69
Launch Date 05/11/2001 Standard Initial Charge (%) 3.00
Currency GBX ISA Eligible Yes
Annual Management Charge (%) 0.60 Sector IMA UK Equity Income
Min Investment (£) 1,000,000.00 Total Expense Ratio (%) 0.73
ISIN GB00B882QB67 Min TopUp (£) 50,000.00

Fund Objective

The aim of the Fund is to provide income with the potential to grow the amount you invested. The Fund invests at least two-thirds of its assets in bonds (which are similar to a loan and pay a fixed or variable interest rate), issued by companies or governments in the UK and Europe as well as by large international organisations such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. The Fund invests directly in these assets or by using derivatives. Derivatives are sophisticated investment instruments linked to the rise and fall of the price of other assets. Derivatives will be used to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to underlying assets and may create gearing. Where gearing is created, the net asset value of the Fund may experience more fluctuation than if there were no gearing. The Fund will also use derivatives for short selling (which is designed to make a profit from falling prices). The Fund’s strategy is to allocate investments between higher rated bonds and lower rated bonds. Higher rated bonds, as defined by international agencies that provide such ratings, are considered safer than lower rated bonds but typically pay a lower income. Lower rated bonds are considered to be higher risk, but typically pay a higher income. Where the bonds are not priced in British Pounds, the Fund may take measures that aim to mitigate the risk of currency movements against the British Pound. The Fund may also invest in asset classes and instruments different from those stated above.

Fund Managers

Barrie Whitman
Barrie Whitman joined the company in 1999 and is currently Head of High Yield, EMEA, with responsibility for our high yield fixed income team in London. He manages the Threadneedle High Yield Bond, European High Yield Bond and Strategic Bond Funds as well as a number of institutional mandates. He is also co-manager of the Threadneedle Credit Opportunities Fund.Barrie began his investment career in 1987 at United Bank of Kuwait as a credit analyst specialising in high yield bond investment. In 1990 he became a high yield fund manager and, in 1996, CIO for High Yield Investments. He then moved to Standard Bank London in 1997 as Head of European High Yield and Distressed Debt.Barrie graduated in 1982 with a BSc in Economics and Accounting from Hull University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales.
Ryan Staszewski
Ryan Staszewski is a portfolio manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Mr. Staszewski is responsible for European credit portfolios within the fixed income team in London. Previously, he worked as a credit analyst undertaking fundamental analysis across a number of sectors within the investment grade universe. Prior to joining one of the Columbia Threadneedle Investments firms in 2012, Mr. Staszewski held a role as a sell-side publishing analyst at JP Morgan, where he was voted the #2 utilities analyst by industry peers in the Euromoney 2012 fixed-income survey. Prior to that, he was a buy-side credit analyst at Aviva Investors.Mr. Staszewski received a degree in economics and finance from Curtin University, Western Australia, and is also a CFA Charterholder.
Adrian Hilton
Adrian joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments in June 2016 as a Fixed Income portfolio manager in the Interest Rates & Currencies team. Prior to this, he spent eight years as a portfolio manager at Brevan Howard Asset Management, where he traded Emerging Markets local rates and currencies.Adrian began his career at the Bank of England in 2000, holding various positions in the Sterling Markets and Foreign Exchange divisions.  He became a portfolio manager in the Bank’s Reserves Management team in 2005 before leaving to join Aberdeen Asset Management in 2007 as a portfolio manager in that firm’s global rates team.  At Aberdeen, he contributed to absolute return rates strategies before joining Brevan Howard in September 2008 at the launch of Brevan Howard’s UCITS absolute return rates strategy.Adrian holds a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Birmingham.