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SICAV

Global Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund

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

ISIN LU1216623378 Bloomberg TRGIGBQ:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(USD)

5.77%
$41.2m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

7.30%
6yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

0.05
2.23%

Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

Performance figures calculated in USD

31-May-2021 - Steven Boothe, Portfolio Manager,
We believe a strong economic recovery remains supportive for global investment grade corporate bonds. However, challenges remain; valuations are tight and growing inflation expectations could hinder the asset class. Any derailment in the vaccine rollouts could also prove problematic. We hold a constructive outlook for the asset class, focusing on our fundamental research to uncover opportunities.
Steve Boothe, CFA
Steve Boothe, CFA, Portfolio Manager

Steve Boothe is the head of Global Investment Grade Corporate Bonds and a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division. He has lead portfolio management responsibilities for the Global Investment Grade Corporate Bond and US 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. Steve is a co-president and cochair of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Corporate Income Fund, an executive vice president of the Multi-Sector Account Portfolios, a vice president and Investment Advisory Committee member of the New Income and Global Multi-Sector Bond Funds, and a vice president of the Global, Institutional Income, and International Funds. He also is the Investment Advisory Committee chairman of the Investment-Grade Corporate Multi-Sector Account Portfolio and a member of the Dynamic Credit, Institutional Long Duration Credit, International Disciplined Equity, and Institutional International Disciplined Equity Funds. Steve is a member of the Fixed Income Steering and Global Trading Committees. He is 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.
  • Environmental, social and governance ("ESG") factors with particular focus on those considered most likely to have a material impact on the performance of the holdings or potential holdings in the funds’ portfolio are assessed. These ESG factors, which are incorporated into the investment process alongside financials, valuation, macro-economics and other factors, are components of the investment decision. Consequently, ESG factors are not the sole driver of an investment decision but are instead one of several important inputs considered during investment analysis.

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 Q)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Since Manager Inception
Annualised
Fund % 7.30% 5.77% 4.97% 4.98% 4.98%
Indicative Benchmark % 4.38% 6.28% 4.87% 4.88% 4.88%
Excess Return % 2.92% -0.51% 0.10% 0.10% 0.10%

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-May-2021

Performance figures calculated in USD

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 12.56% 5.08% 4.92% 4.85%
Indicative Benchmark % 9.21% 5.79% 4.86% 4.79%
Excess Return % 3.35% -0.71% 0.06% 0.06%

Inception Date 08-Jun-2015

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

Data as of 31-Mar-2021

Performance figures calculated in USD

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 17-Jun-2021 Quarter to DateData as of 17-Jun-2021 Year to DateData as of 17-Jun-2021 1 MonthData as of 31-May-2021 3 MonthsData as of 31-May-2021
Fund % 0.82% 2.35% -0.30% 0.60% 0.91%
Indicative Benchmark % N/A N/A N/A 0.50% 0.22%
Excess Return % N/A N/A N/A 0.10% 0.69%

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-May-2021 - Steven Boothe, Portfolio Manager,
Global investment grade corporate bonds produced positive returns in May. Amid a relatively volatile environment for other markets, investment grade credits found support from falling U.S. Treasury yields and a broadly supportive technical backdrop. Overall, the portfolio produced positive absolute returns and outperformed its benchmark. Security selection as a whole contributed positively to relative returns, in particular our selections within the energy and banking sectors. Our choices in the consumer non-cyclicals space also added value at the margin. Our exposure to the electric industry weighed on relative returns, however. The portfolio’s asst allocation, particularly in government related debt and credit derivatives, also supported relative performance. Our yield curve management and overall underweight duration stance to the benchmark provided an additional positive contribution to relative returns.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 24.91% Was (30-Apr-2021) 26.62%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of31-May-2021

Holdings

Total
Holdings
209
Largest Holding Bank of America 1.54% Was (31-Dec-2020) 1.35%
Top 10 Holdings 11.46%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of  31-Mar-2021

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BB BBB
By % 5.64% -6.57%
Fund 6.80% 44.39%
Indicative Benchmark 1.16% 50.96%

Average Credit Quality

BBB+

Monthly Data as of  31-May-2021
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 7-10 Years 1-3 Years
By % 16.81% -15.57%
Fund 33.07% 4.28%
Indicative Benchmark 16.27% 19.85%

Weighted Average Maturity

8.80 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-May-2021
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 % 11.30% -13.54%
Fund 25.60% 7.52%
Indicative Benchmark 14.29% 21.06%

Weighted Average Duration

7.05 Years

Monthly Data as of  31-May-2021
Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Bond USD Hedged Index

Countries

Total
Countries
27
Largest Country United States 53.90% Was (30-Apr-2021) 57.55%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-May-2021

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

Largest Overweight

Qatar
By3.08%
Fund 3.14%
Indicative Benchmark 0.06%

Largest Underweight

France
By-5.71%
Fund 1.13%
Indicative Benchmark 6.84%

Monthly Data as of 31-May-2021

31-May-2021 - 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, although we have started to take some profits by reducing this overweight position. With valuations at historic tights, we have also looked to add differentiated sources of alpha and have identified opportunities in higher quality middle eastern names.

Currency

Total
Currencies
5
Largest Currency 99.04% Was (30-Apr-2021) 99.19%
Other View completeCurrency Diversification

Monthly Data as of  31-May-2021

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

Largest Overweight

U.S. dollar
By 33.88%
Fund 99.04%
Indicative Benchmark 65.16%

Largest Underweight

euro
By -24.76%
Fund -0.10%
Indicative Benchmark 24.66%

Monthly Data as of  31-May-2021

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

Team (As of 10-Jun-2021)

Steve Boothe, CFA

Steve Boothe is the head of Global Investment Grade Corporate Bonds and a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division. He has lead portfolio management responsibilities for the Global Investment Grade Corporate Bond and US 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. Steve is a co-president and cochair of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Corporate Income Fund, an executive vice president of the Multi-Sector Account Portfolios, a vice president and Investment Advisory Committee member of the New Income and Global Multi-Sector Bond Funds, and a vice president of the Global, Institutional Income, and International Funds. He also is the Investment Advisory Committee chairman of the Investment-Grade Corporate Multi-Sector Account Portfolio and a member of the Dynamic Credit, Institutional Long Duration Credit, International Disciplined Equity, and Institutional International Disciplined Equity Funds. Steve is a member of the Fixed Income Steering and Global Trading Committees. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Steve’s investment experience began in 1997, and he has been with T. Rowe price since 1999, beginning as a credit research analyst covering the global telecommunications and technology industries in the Fixed Income Division. After that, he became an investment-grade corporate portfolio manager. Prior to this, Steve was employed by Raymond James Financial as an associate.

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

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

  • 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 UK Tax Reporting Status
Class A $1,000 $100 $100 5.00% 75 basis points 0.92% No
Class I $2,500,000 $100,000 $0 0.00% 40 basis points 0.50% No
Class Q $1,000 $100 $100 0.00% 40 basis points 0.57% Yes

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

T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV and its sub-funds are domiciled in Luxembourg and therefore considered offshore funds for UK tax purposes. Selected share classes of T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV have been designated “Reporting Funds” by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) under the guidelines of the UK Offshore Funds Regulation. These share classes report all relevant tax information to HMRC on an annual basis. Details on the information reported are outlined in the SICAV Shareholder Tax Reporting document that is available in the Fund Range Docs drop-down. Investors in “Reporting Fund” share classes who are considered United Kingdom residents for tax purposes will have any accrued gains treated as a capital gain rather than income upon sale or other disposal of their shares.