Heading into 2024, the inflation rate in the UK is predicted to have dropped to around 5%. This makes a 5% income target a good benchmark for investors keen for their investments to help fund their lifestyle and hold onto their real value.
While achieving a 5% yield from a fund used to be difficult requirement, rising interest rate rises have pushed UK and US government bond yields to around that level, making the task far easier.
But just hunting for a high yield is not enough – investors should also pay attention to which funds are the top performers relative to their peers in the hope that the best-performing fund managers can continue to do well.
I narrowed down the Investment Association’s fund universe of more than 5,000 funds to just 31 that currently yield more than 5%, and which have beaten three-quarters of their peer group over the past decade.
These are the funds that made it into this exclusive club.
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Data from FE Analytics revealed five equity funds that made the grade: Rathbone Income (5.04% yield), Janus Henderson Japan Opportunities (5.8% yield), Liontrust Latin America (6.84% yield), Schorder Income (5.27% yield) and Man GLG Income Professional (5.73% yield).
Despite all being top performers among peers, returns for investors have been mixed due to the range of sectors that they invest in.
The best performer over a decade has been Janus Henderson Japan Opportunities, which has risen 137%. The worst has been Liontrust Latin America, which is up just 28% over 10 years.
In terms of size, Janus Henderson Japan Opportunities and Liontrust Latin America are small funds, with around £30 million invested while the other three are larger, with Man GLG Income Professional and Schroder Income with more than £1 billion in assets.
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Owing to rising interest rates, the bulk of the funds meeting this strict criteria invested in bonds, which made up 18 of the 31 funds represented.
Large funds to make the list include Royal London Sterling Credit (£2.2 billion in assets and 5.1% yield), Rathbone Ethical Bond (£2 billion in assets and 5.1% yield) and M&G Emerging Market Bond (£1.7 billion in assets and 6.9% yield). The Rathbone and M&G funds are both members of ii’s Super 60 listed of recommended funds.
Note that the yields on these bond funds are the distribution yields, which represent a snapshot of the income the portfolio is currently paying out, expressed as an annualised figure. The yield to maturity of the bonds held in the portfolios are likely to be higher as we are going through a period of rising interest rates.
Mixed asset funds
Five mixed asset funds made the cut. Mixed asset funds, as the name suggests, generally own a mixture of stocks and bonds, but can also branch out into other areas, such as commodities. They are often used as a “one-stop shop” for investors looking to outsource their entire portfolio to a professional fund manager.
Funds making the cut include Invesco Monthly Income Plus, which yields 6.7% and has nearly £2 billion invested, as well as Premier Miton Multi-Asset Distribution, Premier Miton Cautious Monthly Income and AXA Framlington Managed Income. Yields are around 5.5% on these funds.
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Money market funds
Finally, two money market funds made the list. They aim to give investors cash like returns by investing in bonds maturing soon (normally a couple of months), as well as cash deposit accounts.
While money market funds are considered “cash-like”, they are not the same as having money in a bank account, or even in a UK government bond.
The Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority have raised concerns that in the event of a big market event, there may be a rush for cash, and money market funds may have liquidity problems if they are faced with too many withdrawal requests. There is also no £85,000 FSCS protection that the government guarantees on bank deposits.
|Fund||Yield (%)||Sector||Asset Class||Ongoing charge figure (%)||Fund size (£million)|
|Rathbone Income||5.04||IA UK Equity Income||Equity||0.78||681|
|Janus Henderson Japan Opportunities||5.8||IA Japan||Equity||0.86||32.6|
|Liontrust Latin America||6.84||IA Latin America||Equity||0.89||34.5|
|Schroder Income||5.27||IA UK Equity Income||Equity||0.89||1,155.6|
|Man GLG Income C Professional||5.73||IA UK Equity Income||Equity||0.9||1,438.7|
|Royal London Sterling Extra Yield Bond||7.13||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Fixed Interest||1,486.4|
|Aegon High Yield Bond||7.93||IA Sterling High Yield||Fixed Interest||0.61||528|
|Rathbone Ethical Bond||5.1||IA Sterling Corporate Bond||Fixed Interest||0.66||2,074.2|
|Royal London Sterling Credit||5.1||IA Sterling Corporate Bond||Fixed Interest||0.53||2,238.1|
|TwentyFour Dynamic Bond||9.56||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Fixed Interest||0.79||1,508.5|
|Schroder Strategic Credit||6.77||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Fixed Interest||0.77||643.5|
|Janus Henderson Secured Loans||7.1||IA Specialist Bond||Fixed Interest||0.71||76|
|Liontrust Sustainable Future Monthly Income Bond||6.15||IA Sterling Corporate Bond||Fixed Interest||0.56||534.1|
|GAM Star Cat Bond||8.1||IA Specialist Bond||Fixed Interest||1.08||2,756.3|
|Schroder High Yield Opportunities||8.04||IA Sterling High Yield||Fixed Interest||0.72||430.7|
|BNY Mellon Responsible Horizons UK Corporate Bond||5.55||IA Sterling Corporate Bond||Fixed Interest||0.4||22.6|
|Royal London Corporate Bond||5.26||IA Sterling Corporate Bond||Fixed Interest||0.56||1143|
|M&G Emerging Markets Bond||6.94||IA Global EM Bonds - Blended||Fixed Interest||0.68||1,736.9|
|Schroder Strategic Bond||6.06||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Fixed Interest||0.65||195.4|
|abrdn High Yield Bond Platform||5.84||IA Sterling High Yield||Fixed Interest||0.75||222.4|
|Jupiter Monthly Income Bond||6.58||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Fixed Interest||0.65||190.4|
|Artemis High Income||6.44||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Fixed Interest||0.74||774.6|
|Schroder Sterling Corporate Bond||5.03||IA Sterling Corporate Bond||Fixed Interest||0.62||536.1|
|WS Wise Multi-Asset Income||5.8||IA Mixed Investment 40-85% Shares||Mixed Asset||1.78||78.1|
|AXA Framlington Managed Income||5.16||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Mixed Asset||0.67||274.5|
|Invesco Monthly Income Plus||6.66||IA Sterling Strategic Bond||Mixed Asset||0.72||1,935|
|Premier Miton Multi-Asset Distribution||5.42||IA Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares||Mixed Asset||1.19||640.6|
|Premier Miton Cautious Monthly Income||5.31||IA Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares||Mixed Asset||0.89||132.2|
|VT Momentum Diversified Income||5.62||IA Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares||Mixed Asset||1.52||153.1|
|Royal London Short Term Money Market||5.24||IA Short Term Money Market||Money Market||0.1||6,119.4|
|L&G Cash Trust||5.3||IA Short Term Money Market||Money Market||0.15||2,690.8|
Source: FE Analytics, as of 20 October 2023. Funds have yields above 5% and are in the top quartile of performers versus peer group over a decade.
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