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Short-dated sterling credit market: Highest yield on offer since 2009

  • 13 October 2022 (5 min read)

  • This year, the sterling credit market has experienced its largest ever drawdown following a large rise in gilt yields and much wider credit spreads
  • The AXA Sterling Credit Short Duration Bond Fund substantially outperformed both the sterling credit universe and peers over this period thanks to its structural defensive positioning and active management
  • We believe short-dated sterling corporate bonds are now attractive, with the highest yield on offer since 2009 and a powerful ‘pull-to-par’ effect likely to add to performance as bonds mature

After a difficult year – and an especially brutal September – sterling corporate bonds are now looking attractive. Yields are historically high, while low valuations could exert a strong ‘pull-to-par’ effect as bonds approach maturity over the next 24 months.

Nicolas Trindade, fund manager of the AXA Sterling Credit Short Duration Bond Fund, describes how market turbulence has opened up an opportunity in the asset class.

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  • 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.
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AXA Sterling Credit Short Duration Bond Fund is a sub-fund of AXA IM Fixed Income Investment Strategies which is a Luxembourg UCITS IV Fund (“fonds commun de placement”) approved by the CSSF and managed by AXA Funds Management, a société anonyme organized under the laws of Luxembourg with the Luxembourg Register Number B 32 223RC, and whose registered office is located at 49, Avenue J.F. Kennedy L-1885 Luxembourg.

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