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AXA ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit Fund

A resilient climate-aware buy and maintain credit fund

About the fund

AXA ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit has a dual objective of generating an income and capital return over the long term, while keeping its weighted average carbon intensity (WACI) lower than our carbon emissions benchmark. It has an active management style, focused on long-term fundamentals and aims for low turnover to keep transactions to a minimum.

Charles Fianko discussing the ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit Fund

Why this fund?

Institutional investors often have a long-term focus, aiming to build resilience both for today and for decades to come. This has made an awareness of the risks inherent in climate change an inescapable part of portfolio construction.

Long-term  fundamental focus forms the core of buy and maintain credit strategies and as an asset class it has a natural alignment with the time horizon over which climate-related risks can materialise. What you invest in today should be resilient, through both allaying those risks and by helping to reduce them by contribution to a successful transition to a low-carbon economy.

One of the key pillars of our approach is the inclusion of specific climate-related objectives that reflect our clients’ priorities and requirements. The goal is a tailored solution that can help protect portfolios against climate risks, fulfil regulatory obligations and meet financial objectives – all while positively contributing to the climate transition.

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Exclusion policies

We are firmly committed to embedding sustainability into our business practices and culture. Find out more about our ESG exclusion policies.

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Reporting back on our progress

We provide a detailed quarterly ‘Net Zero Alignment’ report for every client showing the evolution of portfolio emissions over time, % SBTi commitments and our proprietary net zero ‘colours’ framework allocation, based on the IIGCC Net Zero Investment framework.

It includes a scenario analysis slide, Implied Temperature Rise and a market-leading corporate biodiversity footprint metric.

This detailed level of reporting will help clients with their own reporting responsibilities on TCFD.

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    The value of investments may fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested.
    Other risks associated with these funds:

    Counterparty Risk: failure by any counterparty to a transaction (e.g. derivatives) with the Fund to meet its obligations may adversely affect the value of the Fund. The Fund may receive assets from the counterparty to protect against any such adverse effect but there is a risk that the value of such assets at the time of the failure would be insufficient to cover the loss to the Fund. 
    Derivatives: derivatives can be more volatile than the underlying asset and may result in greater fluctuations to the Fund's value. In the case of derivatives not traded on an exchange they may be subject to additional counterparty and liquidity risk. 

    Interest Rate Risk: fluctuations in interest rates will change the value of bonds, impacting the value of the Fund. Generally, when interest rates rise, the value of the bonds fall and vice versa. The valuation of bonds will also change according to market perceptions of future movements in interest rates. 

    Liquidity Risk: some investments may trade infrequently and in small volumes. As a result the Fund manager may not be able to sell at a preferred time or volume or at a price close to the last quoted valuation. The fund manager may be forced to sell a number of such investments as a result of a large redemption of shares in the Fund. Depending on market conditions, this could lead to a significant drop in the Fund's value and in extreme circumstances lead the Fund to be unable to meet its redemptions. 

    Credit Risk: the risk that an issuer of bonds will default on its obligations to pay income or repay capital, resulting in a decrease in Fund value. The value of a bond (and, subsequently, the Fund) is also affected by changes in market perceptions of the risk of future default. Investment grade issuers are regarded as less likely to default than issuers of high yield bonds.

    Carbon transition risk: Certain Funds implement a carbon transition criteria within their responsible investment approach, which may use, where stated in a Fund’s investment policy, criteria aimed at selecting issuers either with a low carbon emissions intensity or with a clear and credible commitment to reduce their carbon emissions intensity. As a result, their respective performance may be different from a fund implementing a similar investment strategy which does not apply a carbon transition criteria within their responsible investment approach. The selection of assets may in part rely on third party data provided at the time of investment that may evolve over time.

    Before making an investment, investors should read the relevant Prospectus and the Key Investor Information Document / scheme documents, which provide full product details including investment charges and risks. The information contained herein is not a substitute for those documents or for professional external advice. 

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    AXA ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit Fund and AXA ACT Carbon Transition Global Short Duration Bond Fund are sub-funds of the Irish-domiciled ICAV AXA IM World Access Vehicle, with registered address at 33 Sir John Rogerson’s Quai Dublin 2, and registered with the Central Bank of Ireland under number C154706. AXA ACT Carbon Transition Sterling Buy and Maintain Credit Fund and AXA ACT Carbon Transition Global Short Duration Bond Fund are collective asset-management vehicles under the European UCITS directive. They are managed by AXA Investment Managers Paris, a company incorporated under the laws of France, having its registered office located at Tour Majunga, 6 place de la Pyramide, 92800 Puteaux, registered with the Nanterre Trade and Companies Register under number 353 534 506, and a Portfolio Management Company, holder of AMF approval no. GP 92008, issued on 7 April 1992.

    Issued in the UK by AXA Investment Managers UK Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. Registered in England and Wales No: 01431068. Registered Office: 22 Bishopsgate London EC2N 4BQ
    In other jurisdictions, this document is issued by AXA Investment Managers SA’s affiliates in those countries. 

    Risk Warning

    The value of investments, and the income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.