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Global Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund

Seeks to maximise returns through investment in a portfolio of global corporate bonds.

ISIN LU1216623295 WKN A14UB6

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

5.58%
$45.6m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

5.93%
5yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

-0.03
2.26%

Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

Performance figures calculated in USD

Other Literature

31-Dec-2020 - Steven Boothe, Portfolio Manager,
Encouraging vaccine news and political clarity following the U.S. presidential election are positives for the asset class. However, challenges remain, and the possibility of stricter lockdown measures as mass-vaccination rollouts are deployed could weigh on the near-term outlook. There is also a question as to how much of the rebound has already been factored in. We therefore remain cautious given the limited scope for spread tightening, focusing on our fundamental research to uncover opportunities.
Steve Boothe
Steve Boothe, Portfolio Manager

Steve Boothe is a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. Mr. Boothe has lead portfolio management responsibilities for the Global Investment Grade and U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond Strategies. He is a member of the Global Multi-Sector and U.S. Taxable Bond teams, with a focus on global and U.S. investment-grade corporate bond portfolios. Mr. Boothe is an executive vice president and cochairman of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Corporate Bond Strategy. He is also a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

 

Strategy

Investment Objective

To maximise the value of its shares through both growth in the value of, and income from, its investments. The fund invests mainly in a diversified portfolio of investment-grade corporate bonds from issuers around the world, including emerging markets.

Investment Approach

  • The investment manager’s approach is based on proprietary fundamental research harvested by our global research platform.
  • The investment process places a strong emphasis on risk management practices and portfolio diversification to manage the overall risk profile.

Portfolio Construction

  • Duration is managed within +/- 20% of benchmark
  • Non-Corporate Credit: 0-20%
  • Below Investment Grade: 0-20%, BB- minimum credit quality at time of purchase
  • Holdings: typically 75-150 Issuers

Performance (Class I)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 5.93% 5.58% 6.19% 5.64% 5.64%
Indicative Benchmark % 8.26% 6.44% 6.25% 5.63% 5.63%
Excess Return % -2.33% -0.86% -0.06% 0.01% 0.01%

Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

Manager Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Data as of 31-Dec-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 5.93% 5.58% 6.19% 5.64%
Indicative Benchmark % 8.26% 6.44% 6.25% 5.63%
Excess Return % -2.33% -0.86% -0.06% 0.01%

Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Data as of 31-Dec-2020

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 15-Jan-2021 Quarter to DateData as of 15-Jan-2021 Year to DateData as of 15-Jan-2021 1 MonthData as of 31-Dec-2020 3 MonthsData as of 31-Dec-2020
Fund % -0.37% -0.37% -0.37% 1.04% 3.51%
Indicative Benchmark % -0.68% -0.68% -0.68% 0.50% 2.78%
Excess Return % 0.31% 0.31% 0.31% 0.54% 0.73%

Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Performance figures calculated in USD

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  Source for fund performance: T. Rowe Price. Fund performance is calculated using the official NAV with dividends reinvested, if any. The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may get back less than the amount invested. It will be affected by changes in the exchange rate between the base currency of the fund and the subscription currency, if different. Sales charges (up to a maximum of 5% for the A Class), taxes and other locally applied costs have not been deducted and if applicable, they will reduce the performance figures. 

Where the base currency of the fund differs from the share class currency, exchange rate movements may affect returns.

31-Dec-2020 - Steven Boothe, Portfolio Manager,
Global investment grade corporate bonds posted a positive overall return in December. Spreads continued to tighten in the month on further optimism over the development of coronavirus vaccines and supportive monetary conditions. The conclusion of a Brexit deal at the end of December also helped support risk assets. The portfolio produced positive absolute returns over the month and outperformed the benchmark, with security selection contributing significantly. In particular, a rebound in commodity prices helped our selections among energy names. Banking credits also added to relative gains, as did consumer cyclicals on growing optimism that a rebound in global growth could happen sooner rather than later. By contrast, our selections within the communications sector dragged. Overall asset allocation, meanwhile, boosted relative performance.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 17.35% Was (30-Nov-2020) 18.04%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of31-Dec-2020

Holdings

Total
Holdings
210
Largest Holding Goldman Sachs 1.45% Was (30-Sep-2020) 1.11%
Top 10 Holdings 10.70%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of  31-Dec-2020

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BB A
By % 12.44% -11.03%
Fund 13.70% 27.28%
Indicative Benchmark 1.26% 38.31%

Average Credit Quality

BBB

Monthly Data as of  31-Dec-2020
Indicative Benchmark:  Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Sources for Credit Quality Diversification: Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's (S&P) split ratings (i.e. BB/B and B/CCC) are assigned when the Moody's and S&P ratings differ. Short-Term holdings are not rated.

Maturity View maturity analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Maturity 3-5 Years 1-3 Years
By % 5.68% -12.86%
Fund 25.64% 6.34%
Indicative Benchmark 19.96% 19.20%

Weighted Average Maturity

9.34 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-Dec-2020
Indicative Benchmark:  Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration 7-10 Years 1-3 Years
By % 8.19% -10.07%
Fund 22.23% 10.65%
Indicative Benchmark 14.05% 20.72%

Weighted Average Duration

7.01 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-Dec-2020
Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Countries

Total
Countries
30
Largest Country United States 58.99% Was (30-Nov-2020) 60.45%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2020

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Largest Overweight

United States
By4.15%
Fund 58.99%
Indicative Benchmark 54.84%

Largest Underweight

France
By-6.27%
Fund 0.56%
Indicative Benchmark 6.82%

Monthly Data as of 31-Dec-2020

31-Dec-2020 - Steven Boothe, Portfolio Manager,
We maintain a preference for developed markets given their relatively more favourable value and fundamentals. In light of this, we are weighted towards U.S. investment grade names, as opposed to Asian or continental European credit. This positioning is based on the view that, since the U.S. Federal Reserve started buying U.S. corporate bonds under its Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility in June, the asset class has become part of the central bank’s policy toolkit for the future.

Currency

Total
Currencies
5
Largest Currency 99.12% Was (30-Nov-2020) 99.00%
Other View completeCurrency Diversification

Monthly Data as of  31-Dec-2020

Indicative Benchmark :

Largest Overweight

U.S. dollar
By 33.69%
Fund 99.12%
Indicative Benchmark 65.42%

Largest Underweight

euro
By -24.60%
Fund -0.02%
Indicative Benchmark 24.58%

Monthly Data as of  31-Dec-2020

30-Apr-2016 - Steven Boothe, Portfolio Manager,
Nearly all of the Fund’s holdings are U.S. dollar-denominated.

Team (As of 15-Jan-2021)

Steve Boothe

Steve Boothe is a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. Mr. Boothe has lead portfolio management responsibilities for the Global Investment Grade and U.S. Investment Grade Corporate Bond Strategies. He is a member of the Global Multi-Sector and U.S. Taxable Bond teams, with a focus on global and U.S. investment-grade corporate bond portfolios. Mr. Boothe is an executive vice president and cochairman of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Corporate Bond Strategy. He is also a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Mr. Boothe has 22 years of investment experience, 20 of which have been at T. Rowe Price. He joined the firm in 1999 and was a credit research analyst, covering the global telecommunications and technology industries, and an investment-grade corporate portfolio manager/analyst prior to assuming his current role in 2014.

Mr. Boothe earned a B.A. in economics/mathematics from Columbia University. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Series 7 and 63 registered representative.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2015
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    21
  • Years investment
    experience
    23

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount (USD) Minimum Subsequent Investment (USD) Minimum Redemption Amount (USD) Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A $1,000 $100 $100 5.00% 75 basis points 0.92%
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 40 basis points 0.50%
Class Q $1,000 $100 $100 0.00% 40 basis points 0.57%

Please note that the Ongoing Charges figure is inclusive of the Investment Management Fee and is charged per annum.