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Royal London Ethical Bond

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Asset Group

Asset Sub-Group

Investment Category

Fixed income

Sterling bonds

Core

 

WHY WE RECOMMEND IT

Experienced and well-resourced manager: Eric Holt, the fund manager, has extensive knowledge of UK investment grade and high yield corporate bonds and has over 30 years investment experience.

Superior performance: The fund has regularly beaten the average annual return of funds in the corporate bond sector. Long-term returns stand out from the crowd. 

The fund is competitively priced:  The ‘Z’ income share class levies annual ongoing charges of 0.40%. 

 

ETHICAL CRITERIA

ii ACE ethical style: Avoids. This means the fund simply screens out specific sectors considered to be unethical, or stocks whose environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores are below a certain threshold.

Fund EcoMarket category: Negative Ethical. This relates to funds that use clear, sometimes strict and extensive, negative ‘ethical’ screens as their core strategy. They may avoid a significant number of areas on ethical grounds (e.g. armaments, tobacco, gambling) or may focus on avoiding a smaller number of areas.

How the fund is managed: The investment objective is to achieve a total return over the medium term by investing at least 80% in sterling denominated corporate bonds which meet predetermined ethical criteria. The performance target is to outperform the Markit iBoxx Sterling Non-Gilt Overall Maturity Index over a rolling five-year period.

 

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 to October 2020.

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Risk warnings

The information we provide in the ACE 40 investments list does not constitute a "personal recommendation". You should ensure that any investment decisions you make are suitable for your personal circumstances and that the ethical style of the investment reflects your personal beliefs.

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.

Annual performance can be found on the factsheet of each fund, trust or ETF. Simply click on the asset’s name and then the performance tab.

If you are unsure about the suitability of a particular investment or think that you need a personal recommendation, you should speak to a suitably qualified financial advisor.

Any changes to the ii ACE 40 investments list and the rationale behind those decisions will be communicated through the Quarterly Investment Outlook.

Details of all recommendations issued by ii during the previous 12 month period can be found here.

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In addition, staff involved in the production of this ii ACE 40 list are subject to a personal account dealing restriction. This prevents them from placing a transaction in the specified instrument(s) for five working days before and after an investment is included or amended and made public within the list. This is to avoid personal interests conflicting with the interests of the recipients of this ii ACE 40 investments list.