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Global High Yield Bond Fund

Seeks to capture enhanced returns from a diversified global portfolio of income bearing, high yield securities.

ISIN LU0860350221 Bloomberg TRPGHBQ:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

5.85%
$1.4b

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

7.83%
4yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

-0.43
1.29%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Performance figures calculated in USD

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31-Aug-2019 - Mark Vaselkiv, Portfolio Manager,
We believe high yield bonds appear attractively positioned compared to many other fixed income sectors in the current environment, given their relatively low duration profile and higher income. Continued economic growth, even slow growth, is supportive for high yield issuers, as they are typically more sensitive to macroeconomic factors. Corporate fundamentals remain largely stable, and we expect default activity to remain below the historical average this year.
Mark J. Vaselkiv
Mark J. Vaselkiv, Co-Portfolio Manager

Mark Vaselkiv is chief investment officer of Fixed Income at T. Rowe Price. He is lead portfolio manager of the firm's Global High Yield and Global High Income Strategies as well as head of the Global High Yield team in the Fixed Income Division. He is additionally a member of both the Fixed Income Steering Committee and the firm's Asset Allocation Committee. Mr. Vaselkiv is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company.

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Strategy

Manager's Outlook

The macroeconomic backdrop is exhibiting a significant influence on market sentiment, although individual high yield company fundamentals remain largely solid. Slowing economic growth from the first quarter, the Fed's interest rate strategy, trade tensions, and the upcoming U.S. presidential election have created a cloud of uncertainty that is likely to persist, particularly if the Fed remains on hold. Investors are eagerly anticipating an "insurance" cut that would support the performance of financial markets, but this may not occur. Nevertheless, the current environment is broadly supportive for fixed income strategies, as coupon payments provide a reliable income source that enhances the appeal of bonds amid turbulent market conditions.

The high yield asset class continues to demonstrate its resilience. After posting a loss in 2018, the high yield market began this year with its strongest quarterly performance in 10 years, coupled with a six-month return of 10%. Steady economic growth, albeit at a slower pace, creates a healthy environment for below investment-grade companies. Growth is not too strong for rate hikes nor too slow, so companies can continue to perform, supporting issuers' fundamentals and sustaining credit quality trends. We expect default activity to remain low in the next 12 months. Renewed industry inflows in recognition of the attractive 6%-7% yield offered by the asset class are also market supportive.

As always, we aim to deliver high current income while seeking to contain volatility inherent in this market. Our team maintains a commitment to credit research and risk-conscious investing that has led to favorable returns for our high yield clients over various market cycles.

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 high yield corporate bonds from issuers around the world, including emerging markets.

Investment Approach

  • Focus on BB/B securities, with a measured allocation to lower-quality bonds when valuations are compelling.
  • Proprietary fundamental research is key — emphasis on industries that enjoy stable cash flow and rational competitive environments.
  • Extensive analyst interaction across sectors and asset classes promotes broad credit perspective.
  • Disciplined risk management practices employed in conjunction with broad portfolio diversification to manage risk profile.

Portfolio Construction

  • Diversified portfolio structure of high yield corporate bonds: 250-350 issuers
  • Industry exposure typically will range +/- 3% around benchmark weight
    • Conservative exposure guidelines to individual issuers:
    • BB issuer: 3% maximum
    • B issuer: 2% maximum
    • CCC issuer: 1% maximum

Performance (Class Q)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 7.83% 5.85% 4.37% 5.10% 5.36%
Indicative Benchmark % 7.07% 6.46% 4.93% 5.52% 6.26%
Excess Return % 0.76% -0.61% -0.56% -0.42% -0.90%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Manager Inception Date 07-Jul-2015

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Data as of  31-Aug-2019

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 7.63% 6.86% 4.01% 4.97%
Indicative Benchmark % 8.04% 7.93% 4.84% 5.58%
Excess Return % -0.41% -1.07% -0.83% -0.61%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Data as of  30-Jun-2019

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 19-Sep-2019 Quarter to DateData as of 19-Sep-2019 Year to DateData as of 19-Sep-2019 1 MonthData as of 31-Aug-2019 3 MonthsData as of 31-Aug-2019
Fund % 0.72% 2.41% 13.08% 0.87% 3.81%
Indicative Benchmark % 0.87% 1.40% 11.62% -0.09% 2.92%
Excess Return % -0.15% 1.01% 1.46% 0.96% 0.89%

Inception Date 14-Jan-2013

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Global High Yield 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-Aug-2019 - Mark Vaselkiv, Portfolio Manager,
The high yield market posted flat results in August after retracing earlier losses during the second half of the month. Tariff headlines, recession fears, and equity volatility created a challenging performance environment, while technical conditions were mixed amid negative flows and modest new issuance. Although most below investment-grade sectors advanced, commodities weakness caused the energy segment to decline sharply. Returns across the rating spectrum were bifurcated, as risk aversion caused BB bonds to significantly outperform lower qualities. Within the portfolio, credit selection in the energy sector and our overweight allocation to cable operators contributed to relative performance. However, credit selection in the manufacturing segment and our underweight to the information technology sector held back relative results.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 18.24% Was (31-Jul-2019) 18.15%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of 31-Aug-2019

Holdings

Total
Holdings
376
Largest Holding U.S. Treasury Notes 1.91% Was (31-Mar-2019) 0.00%
Top 10 Holdings 10.78%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Jun-2019

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating B Rated BB Rated
By % 3.74% -11.81%
Fund 32.11% 25.21%
Indicative Benchmark 28.37% 37.02%

Average Credit Quality

B+

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Global High Yield 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 5-7 Years 1-3 Years
By % 6.49% -10.22%
Fund 42.04% 4.58%
Indicative Benchmark 35.55% 14.80%

Weighted Average Maturity

6.16 Years

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration Cash Holdings 3-5 Years
By % 2.78% -5.47%
Fund 2.78% 32.17%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00% 37.64%

Weighted Average Duration

3.10 Years

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

30-Jun-2019 - Mark Vaselkiv, Portfolio Manager,

We are moving toward a more defensive positioning, as there is currently less relative value in the market than there was early in the year. Nevertheless, our analysts continue to find idiosyncratic situations that we believe have the potential to generate meaningful gains.

Utilities exposure augmented

We have increased the portfolio's exposure to utilities, which, in our view, is one of the most attractive and defensive industries in a slowing economy. Specifically, we added a modest allocation to the investment-grade utility space in California, and three of the portfolio's convertible preferred positions are utilities. In addition to attractive coupons, these securities from American Electric Power, NextEra Energy, and Sempra Energy provide upside potential if the equities perform well.

Investing at the short end of the maturity spectrum has become another important aspect of our defensive positioning, and we have been buying bonds that mature within five years whenever possible. We believe this increases the probability of a positive outcome because capital markets should remain open to refinancing these bonds.

Modest Treasuries allocation provided hedge

As part of our defensive strategy, we established a small position in five-year Treasuries during April. This was intended to be somewhat of an insurance policy in the event that potential negative outcomes, such as trade negotiations dissolving, came to pass. This hedge contributed to the portfolio's performance in May when escalating trade disputes increased the attractiveness of safe-haven government debt.

Industry

Total
Industries
31
Largest Industry Energy 12.20% Was (31-Jul-2019) 12.36%
Other View complete Industry Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Largest Overweight

Cable Operators
By6.44%
Fund 11.21%
Indicative Benchmark 4.77%

Largest Underweight

Building & Real Estate
By-2.88%
Fund 0.32%
Indicative Benchmark 3.20%

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019

31-Aug-2019 - Mark Vaselkiv, Portfolio Manager,
We are currently overweight cable operators, relative to the market index, because these issuers generally exhibit defensive characteristics due to subscription-based, recurring-revenue business models. Potential M&A activity within cable and wireless could also create further opportunities, in our view. We are also overweight financials in the portfolio, largely due to high yield-rated hybrid securities issued by investment-grade banks. Conversely, we remain underweight retail as traditional retailers have struggled to adapt to changes in consumer behaviour, such as increased internet shopping and price competition from online retailers.

Countries

Total
Countries
21
Largest Country United States 77.04% Was (31-Jul-2019) 77.81%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019

Indicative Benchmark: J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Largest Overweight

United States
By5.97%
Fund 77.04%
Indicative Benchmark 71.06%

Largest Underweight

Brazil
By-2.44%
Fund 2.34%
Indicative Benchmark 4.78%

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019

Currency

Total
Currencies
4
Largest Currency U.S. dollar 99.91% Was (31-Jul-2019) 99.96%
Other View complete Currency Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019

Indicative Benchmark : J.P. Morgan Global High Yield Index

Largest Overweight

euro
By 0.08%
Fund 0.08%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Largest Underweight

U.S. dollar
By -0.09%
Fund 99.91%
Indicative Benchmark 100.00%

Monthly Data as of 31-Aug-2019

Team (As of 31-Aug-2019)

Mark J. Vaselkiv

Mark Vaselkiv is chief investment officer of Fixed Income at T. Rowe Price. He is lead portfolio manager of the firm's Global High Yield and Global High Income Strategies as well as head of the Global High Yield team in the Fixed Income Division. He is additionally a member of both the Fixed Income Steering Committee and the firm's Asset Allocation Committee. Mr. Vaselkiv is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Trust Company.

Mr. Vaselkiv has 35 years of investment experience, 31 of which have been at T. Rowe Price. He started at the firm in 1988 as a high yield corporate credit analyst with a special focus on forest products and gaming and was appointed to the high yield portfolio management team in 1996. He began his investment career in 1984 as a credit analyst for Prudential Insurance Company. In 1986, he became a credit analyst and vice president at Shenkman Capital Management.

Mr. Vaselkiv earned a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College, Illinois, and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2015
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    31
  • Years investment
    experience
    35
Michael Della Vedova

Michael Della Vedova is a global high yield portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price. Mr. Della Vedova is a portfolio manager of the European High Yield Strategy and co-portfolio manager for the firm's Global High Yield Strategy. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Mr. Della Vedova has 24 years of investment experience, eight of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, he was a cofounder and partner of Four Quarter Capital, a credit hedge fund focusing on below investment-grade European corporate debt. Mr. Della Vedova also spent six years as a senior analyst and assistant portfolio manager with Muzinich & Company Limited in London.

Mr. Della Vedova earned both an LL.B. and a B.Com. in finance from the University of New South Wales and a G.D.L.P. from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He also was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Sydney.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2015
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    10
  • Years investment
    experience
    26

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount Minimum Subsequent Investment Minimum Redemption Amount Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A $15,000 $100 $100 5.00% 115 basis points 1.25%
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 60 basis points 0.66%
Class Jd $10,000,000 $0 $0 0.00% 0 basis points 0.03%
Class Q $15,000 $100 $100 0.00% 60 basis points 0.71%
Class Sd $10,000,000 $0 $0 0.00% 0 basis points 0.10%

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

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