Schroders launched the Schroder ISF Global Credit Value. The fund is one of the first of its kind and will use a value investment style to invest in the global credit universe. According to a press release, the value approach will enable the team to identify opportunities in out of favour market segments with the aim of providing investors with a high total return.
The fund will not be constrained by a benchmark, allowing the investment team the flexibility to maintain their contrarian approach and exploit opportunities in the global credit universe, consisting of bonds of corporate and financial issuers (including developed and emerging markets), convertibles and other securities.
The fund will be run by the credit team based in London, as part of Schroders’ well established global credit franchise and managed by Konstantin Leidman, Fixed Income Fund Manager, with the support of over 40 analysts around the globe.
Leidman said: “We will focus on sectors and regions that have been hit hard by negative investor sentiment and aim to identify issuers in these groups that have been undeservingly punished. They may be unloved due to some political or other bias, or simply unfashionable; overlooked or under-researched where investors are absent and valuations are very cheap. Our philosophy is based on minimising the risk of permanent capital loss and applying a large margin of safety – or discount - which means we aim to buy bonds for significantly below their intrinsic value to maximise returns and minimise losses.”
John Troiano, Global Head of Distribution at Schroders, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer investors this innovative investment strategy. The new fund will be suitable for long-term investors seeking superior total returns and to diversify their portfolios. The value approach in global high yield corporate bonds has so far been under-utilised by the investment community, we are one of the few managers to offer such a strategy.”