4th October 2017

Bond Fund Performance Rankings: September 2017

Time now to look at how the largest and top performing funds fared in the quarter/year to September 2017.

The performance of the reasonably sized funds again has the Nordea 1 and Schroder ISF Euro Credit funds out on top returning 8% and 7%, respectively, in the third quarter of 2017 to end September. That is down versus the 3 months to end of August where the Nordea fund returned 11.4%, while it is an uptick for Schroders from 6% in the same period.

For the largest funds, again the Schroders ISF Euro Corp fund returned a solid and improved 5.83% (AUM up a little again to €8.64bn) in the 3 months to end August while it also outperforms in the year to end July with 2.97% of performance.

The MS INVF Euro Corp fund also puts up a good effort (4.86%/on an increased AUM to €4.43bn), as does the Bluebay IG fund (5.74%/AUM unchanged at €3.1bn).

>>See the full IG Euro Performance tables<<

In euro HY, the two funds which consistently stick out are the €1,096m Schroders ISF fund and the Evli European HY fund (AUM €879m). They have reasonable size and consistent performance, returning an improved 7.9% and 6.43%, respectively, in the three months to September and almost 9% in the year to end September.

The €3.8bn Fidelity and €2.8bn UBS European HY funds (AUM unchanged) have also generated solid performances (over 7% and 6%, respectively) given their size. On the other hand, the €3.8bn Pictet Euro Short-term fund returned just 2.6% in the 3 months and again 2.6% in the year, both to end September.

>>See the full HY Euro Performance tables<<

In sterling, the Gilt market sell-off in September impacted performance – and it was clear in all the returns generated.

The high grade market performance had the £250m Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Z fund drop 0.38% in the quarter to end September (versus +4.39% in the 3 months to end August), for example. On the other hand, the TwentyFour Corporate Bond I fund (AUM £449m) has delivered a perky 6.5%, in the 3 months to end August – and 3.10% in the quarter to end September.

Rathbone’s Ethical Bond Acc L fund delivered on 5.6% in the quarter to end September (but was 8% in the 3 months prior to that in August).

For the bigger funds, the IP Corporate Bond Acc is a notable out-performer with 1.75% in the 3 months to September and 1.9% in the year to end August.

On the other hand, the L&G High Income (AUM £1.4bn) delivered a massive 11.35% and 9.8% in the 3 month and 12 month periods to end September, respectively, and is the notable out-performer in the high yield space.

>>See the full Sterling IG & Sterling HY Performance tables<<

Suki Mann

A 30+ year veteran of the European corporate bond markets and in his role as Credit Strategist, Dr Mann has been ranked number one in the Euromoney Investor Survey eight times in ten years. Previously with Societe Generale and UBS, he now shares views of events in the corporate bond market exclusively here on CreditMarketDaily.com.