A more positive outlook for corporate bonds
It’s been a tough year for UK corporate bond funds – but managers appear increasingly optimistic...
This Sunday, 30 October, marks the start of Good Money Week. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance to help people make good money choices.
FundCalibre is getting involved and we’ve picked three funds that could make a difference and make money.
As a pioneer of responsible investing, EdenTree offers even the most discerning client a justifiable investment opportunity. The Amity UK fund is run by Sue Round, one of the country’s longest-serving ethical managers, who has more than 25 years’ experience. The fund invests in a large number of smaller companies, making it different to many of its peers.
The Rathbone Ethical Bond fund invests in quality investment grade bonds. It has a higher income target than most of its peers and ethical exclusions are simple: no mining, arms, gambling, pornography, animal testing, nuclear power, alcohol or tobacco, which rules out about one third of the stock market. All investments must also have at least one positive environmental, social or corporate governance quality.
This fund encapsulates the best ideas from the experienced team at Standard Life Investments, which manager Lesley Duncan uses alongside a ‘no compromises’ ethical screening. Lesley will have between 50 and 100 holdings, and will look to keep them for three to five years, expecting them to grow in value, and also provide some income, though this isn’t the key focus.
Clive Hale, director of FundCalibre, commented: “To us, responsible investing covers a number of areas including, but not exclusive to, sustainable, socially conscious, environmentally responsible or ethical businesses.
“We believe that funds incorporating a responsible ethos in their investment process will play an increasingly important role in investors’ portfolios in the coming years. We have therefore developed a responsible investing sector to help investors find the best of breed funds in this area.”