Global Bonds

Introduction to Global Bonds

Global bond funds will invest in government and corporate bonds from around the world. In this, managers will often be expressing their views on the relative performance of different economies – will the UK perform better than the US, for example?Global bond funds may focus exclusively on emerging market bond funds, high yield or be 'absolute return' in nature, focusing on delivering a return in all market conditions.

Global bond funds can take positions on the likely movements of interest rates, currencies and credit and as such, are among the most flexible bond funds available. In theory, they can perform in all market conditions, but the difference between the top and bottom-performing funds is large and manager skill is extremely important. If a manager gets their macro-economic positioning right, they are likely to perform well.

Global bond funds can act as a diversifier against a UK-focused bond fund. They may also offer some protection in a climate of rising interest rates, when other bond portfolios may perform badly. They can also be an important source of yield in a portfolio.

The tax treatment of investments is subject to tax law and HMRC practice which are subject to change. The value of investments may be affected by exchange rate movements where the underlying investments are not denominated in Pounds Sterling.

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
AXA Global High Income Z Gr Acc14.8612.6639.3996.205.70Buy
AXA Global High Income Z Acc13.618.1930.2596.205.70Buy
AXA Sterling Corporate Bond Z Gr Acc11.5222.1841.0448.873.50Buy
AXA Sterling Corporate Bond Z Acc10.9219.7835.9448.873.50Buy
AXA Sterling Index Linked Bond Z Acc19.6348.1259.04290.56-Buy
AXA Sterling Index Linked Bond Z Gr Acc19.6148.2359.62290.56-Buy
AXA US Short Duration High Yield Bond Z Gr Acc4.406.9218.55930.413.90Buy
AXA US Short Duration High Yield Bond Z Acc3.824.4313.65930.413.90Buy
AXA US Short Duration High Yield Bond ZI Gr Acc4.717.8820.32930.414.20Buy
AXA US Short Duration High Yield Bond ZI Acc4.105.0515.05930.414.20Buy
Aberdeen Absolute Return Bond I Acc3.77-2.84-151.200.70Buy
Aberdeen Absolute Return Bond I Gr Acc3.76-2.097.33151.200.70Buy
Aberdeen Corporate Bond I Gr Acc10.4122.8846.401,821.462.80Buy
Aberdeen Corporate Bond I Acc10.0420.5141.101,821.462.80Buy
Aberdeen Emerging Markets Bond I Acc12.1914.8122.6494.416.40Buy
Aberdeen Euro Corporate Bond I Acc11.9712.2227.1026.880.30Buy
Aberdeen Global High Yield Bond I Acc10.623.9325.84672.075.70Buy
Aberdeen Global Select Global Credit Bond R2 GBP4.5510.1823.3448.862.66Buy
Aberdeen Sterling Bond I Acc6.5219.91-141.851.30Buy
Aberdeen Sterling Index-Linked Bond I Acc19.1642.4748.48117.99-Buy

ETFs

Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
DB X-Trackers II Iboxx Global Inflation-Linked UCITS ETF 2C USD-2.365.9216.16-USDFixed Int - GlobalBuy
DB X-Trackers II Iboxx Global Inflation-Linked UCITS ETF 3D GBP-2.735.7316.8220.63GBPFixed Int - GlobalBuy
LYXOR Emerging Market Local Currency Bond (DR) GBP3.3629.4016.14-GBXFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
Lyxor UCITS ETF Iboxx $ Liquid Emerging Markets Sovereigns USD-4.085.4715.3420.07USDFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
Pimco Emerging Markets Advantage Local Bond Index Source UCITS ETF Inc USD-2.683.10-8.70-USDFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
SPDR Barclays EM Inflation Linked Local Bond UCITS GBP8.5219.5228.25-GBPFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
SPDR Barclays 0-3 Year US Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP5.2714.5234.71-GBPFixed Int - USD Corporate BondBuy
SPDR Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond UCITS ETF GBP3.6219.2324.0316.45GBPFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP5.6420.4039.95-GBPFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year US High Yield Bond UCITS ETF GBP7.4623.0028.49-GBPFixed Int - USD High YieldBuy
iShares $ Emerging Markets Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP5.6624.3852.17-GBPFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
iShares $ High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP8.0627.4543.8662.44GBPFixed Int - USD High YieldBuy
iShares $ Ultrashort Bond UCITS ETF GBP5.5315.3034.97-GBPFixed Int - USD Short/ Medium MaturityBuy
iShares $ Corporate Bond UCITS ETF USD-2.803.2812.3323.76USDFixed Int - USD Corporate BondBuy
iShares $ Corporate Bond Interest Rate Hedged UCITS ETF GBP7.5720.3236.79-GBPFixed Int - USD Corporate BondBuy
iShares $ Short Duration Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP4.8615.9238.38-GBPFixed Int - USD Short/ Medium MaturityBuy
iShares $ Short Duration High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP8.1025.4742.23-GBPFixed Int - USD Short/ Medium MaturityBuy
iShares Core £ Corporate Bond UCITS ETF GBP-2.9410.8525.8942.81GBPFixed Int - GBP Corporate BondBuy
iShares Emerging Markets Local Government Bond UCITS ETF GBP4.1221.1524.6310.88GBPFixed Int - Emerging MarketsBuy
iShares Euro Covered Bond UCITS ETF GBP-1.219.7211.1624.84GBPFixed Int - EUR Investment GradeBuy

VCTs

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
Downing Four VCT DP67 0.1P-0.0613.14-14.34--7.41VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT DP2011 Low Carbon 0.1P2.614.94-4.60---VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT DP2011 General A 0.1P99.93100.07130.85---VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT DP2011 General 0.1P-33.19-30.03-41.82--54.05VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT DP2011 Structured A 0.1P99.93100.07130.85---VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT DP2011 Structured 0.1P5.5410.40-1.29--94.79VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT B--24.78-17.79---VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT C6,156.254,905.004,905.00---VCT GeneralistBuy
Downing Four VCT D-5.56-2.55-11.95--7.81VCT GeneralistBuy

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