Global Plus Fixed Income | Capital Group



Global Plus Fixed Income

Vehicle: Collective Investment Trust, Separate Account

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Objective: Seeks long-term growth of capital and income by investing in global fixed income securities. 

  • Strategy inception date: 1987
  • Assets in strategy (billions): $20.2
  • Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index
  • Duration range: +/– 1.25 years of benchmark duration

  • Research is the cornerstone of our investment process, which integrates macroeconomic, fixed income and equity analysis from all regions of the globe
  • Each credit analyst specializes in one or more industries or sectors and thoroughly examines the individual issues within his or her coverage, seeking out hidden risks and benefits
  • The fixed income analysts also work with Capital’s equity research team. In addition, a strategic group is dedicated to currencies, asset allocation, quantitative research, politics and other macro issues
  • Our investment process incorporates top-down and bottom-up considerations. Top-down decisions made regarding duration in the major bond markets and the size of the allocation to global high yield. All other decisions — such as country, currency, yield curve positioning and security selection — are made by the individual portfolio managers for the segments they manage
  • In global plus accounts, the allocation to global high yield — which invests in high yield developed market corporate bonds and emerging markets debt — is an important source of potential excess return, while duration decisions are intended to have a minimal impact on relative results
  • The investment team consists of three portfolio managers, each of whom is responsible for a portion of the portfolio and manages it as if it were a stand-alone entity, which ensures the portfolio has diverse sources of return
  • Portfolio managers look for value across a broad universe of marketable securities, including those issued by sovereign governments and their agencies, corporate bonds, and mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities throughout the worldwide investment-grade market
  • The portfolio’s currency exposure is actively managed. Duration positions relative to the benchmark are modest, while relative yield curve positions may be significant
  • Portfolio managers also work closely with Capital’s traders, who provide valuable information about market anomalies, inefficiencies and deal flow in addition to executing trades
  • We have a comprehensive framework for addressing risk
    • Our research process and The Capital System℠ help diversify the portfolio
    • Capital’s independent global investment control group monitors compliance with portfolio guidelines
    • Our legal and compliance team helps make certain we adhere to regulations in the markets in which we invest

History of Fixed Income at Capital Group

We began managing fixed income assets for institutional clients in 1973, and Capital Fixed Income Investors had $295.9 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2017.

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The Capital Group companies manage equity assets through three investment groups. These groups make investment and proxy voting decisions independently. Fixed income investment professionals provide fixed income research and investment management across the Capital organization; however, for securities with equity characteristics, they act solely on behalf of one of the three equity investment groups.

Any collective investment trusts (“CITs”) available under the strategy shown are maintained by Capital Bank and Trust Company (“trustee”), which has retained an affiliate to serve as investment adviser to the trustee for the CITs.

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All data as of September 30, 2017, unless otherwise specified.

Returns are in USD. Periods greater than one year are annualized. Returns reflect the reinvestment of dividends, interest and other earnings.

Composite returns reflect the Capital Group Global Aggregate and Global Plus Fixed–Income Composites, as noted.

Composite returns are preliminary and net of withholding taxes on dividends, interest and capital gains. Actual withholding tax rates vary according to the country of denomination and tax status of each portfolio.

Composite net returns are calculated using the current highest management fees for institutional investors. Actual investment returns net of management fees may differ depending on, among other things, the applicable fee schedule and portfolio size.

Composite risk characteristics are preliminary and gross of management fees. The analysis is based on monthly data, and periods greater than one year are annualized.

Portfolio reflects Capital Group Global Aggregate Fixed–Income Trust (US) and Capital Group Representative Global Plus Fixed Income Portfolio, as noted.

Cash & equivalents include short–term securities, accrued income and other assets less liabilities.

The “other” category may include equities, warrants, convertibles, preferred, interest rate swaps and credit default swap indices.

Index reflects Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index. Source: Bloomberg Index Services Ltd.

Each index is unmanaged.

Portfolio characteristics index values reflect PolyPaths analytics. Data for the portfolio and index use PolyPaths analytics engine calculation assumptions.

Totals may not reconcile due to rounding.

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*Capital is an “active manager” that creates portfolios by selecting securities using fundamental research. The estimated excess return and tracking error numbers, shown gross of management fees, are based on a number of factors including our investment process, historical results and historical market conditions. We cannot provide any guarantee with respect to results or preservation of assets. The estimates provided should not be considered an assurance or guarantee of the risk or return of any portfolio or impose any liability on Capital.

Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

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