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Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund

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Asset Group Asset Sub-Group Investment Category
Fixed Income Sterling bonds Income
 

WHY WE RECOMMEND IT

Experienced and well-resourced manager: The fund has been managed by Bryn Jones, head of fixed income for Rathbones, since November 2004.

Consistently superior performance: The fund has significantly outperformed the average return of funds in the Investment Association’s Sterling Corporate Bond sector in the medium to longer-term. Annualised risk-adjusted returns are in the first quartile of the sector peer group over three years.

Attractive level of income: The fund has consistently paid a regular, above-average income compared with other funds in the peer group.

The fund is reasonably priced: The ‘I’ income share class levies annual ongoing charges of 0.67% as at 22 July 2019.

 

ETHICAL CRITERIA

ii ACE ethical style: Considers. This means the fund carefully considers an often wide range of ethical and/ or environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues or themes when balancing positive and negative factors.

Fund EcoMarket category: Ethically Balanced. These funds combine a wide range of, sometimes complex, positive and negative ethical screening policies as part of their investment strategies and may apply ‘best in sector’ strategies – which means they may invest in most sectors.

How the fund is managed: The manager runs the fund with a strongly defined view that accounts for economic and political trends, company analysis, and thematic ideas. An ethical overlay is applied which consists of a negative screening followed by a positive screening.

 

THE RISKS

Ethical screening: In certain market conditions the performance of the fund may differ significantly from others in the peer group that do not exclude specific sectors or companies from a comparable investment universe.

 
Information and data compiled in September 2019.

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Past performance of the underlying constituents is not a guarantee of future performance. Remember, the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest.

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