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15th September 2020

💷 HY Strategy: 17.5% Returns after 5 months

Market Overview

While the equity markets rediscover themselves following that tech-led September sell-off, the credit market hasn’t quite been affected in the same way, or in a way we might have anticipated. That is, higher volatility and a sharp drop in equities usually means wider spreads, especially in higher beta markets. We haven’t seen that.

Instead, spread markets almost across the board have been firm, resolute in the face of the pressure elsewhere (equity market valuations, corporate profitability, a constant feed of geopolitical rumblings, macro uncertainty and so on).

Flow, volumes and investor interest to transact in the secondary market is, well, secondary to the need to get some more risk on board – but through the primary market. IG has a habit of receiving all of the attention and gets all the headlines. But the HY pipeline is building and we are on course for this to be – quite amazingly – a record year for issuance in the euro denominated HY corporate bond market. Another €18bn between now and year-end will do it.

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29th April 2020

CMD Bond Portfolio

We run our own creditmarketdaily.com corporate bond investment portfolio and share the results here.

+ TalkTalk 3.875% February 2025 – Bought 14th April 2020 at £98.75


+ Iceland 6.75% July 2024 – Bought 14th April 2020 at £90

  • Interest payment received 16 April 2020, reinvested at £91

+ Saga 3.375% May 2024 – Bought 17th  April 2020 at £75

  • Interest payment received 13 May 2020, reinvested at £81

+ New Day 7.375% February 2024 – Bought 27th April 2020 at £72

  • Interest payment received 6 August 2020, reinvested at £93.50

+Bought a further amount 10th September 2020 at £93.50


+ Shop Direct 7.75% November 2022 – Bought 20th May 2020 at £88


7th August 2019

€ HY Funds: Fidelity on Top

Mixed performance in high yield market

Fidelity‘s European High Yield A-Dis-Eur €2.7bn fund is the pick of the bunch as the group has managed to eke out some excellent performance for this sizeable fund. The Luxembourg-based Candriam €2.7bn runs them close amongst the big funds, while the HSBC GIF Euro high yield Bond AD fund also comes in with a solid, controlled return.

Largest HY € Funds: Total Returns /α (%)

Performance of the largest HY Euro corporate bond funds, ordered by assets under management.

#Fund /
ISIN
Size
(€mm)
3mth/
αlpha
1yr*/
αlpha
3yr*/
αlpha
5yr*/
αlpha
Morningstar
Rating
1Nordea 1 - European High Yld Bd BI EUR
LU0141799097
495413.51
1.36
5.02
1.47
4.60
1.39
4.91
1.64
2Candriam Bds Euro High Yld C EUR Cap
LU0012119607
271215.53
3.38
6.31
2.75
3.82
0.61
4.40
1.12
3Fidelity European Hi Yld A-Dis-EUR
LU0110060430
270316.09
3.95
6.65
3.10
3.53
0.32
3.01
-0.27
4AXAIMFIIS Europe Short Dur HY A Cap EUR
LU0658025209
24146.92
-5.23
1.72
-1.83
1.61
-1.60
2.31
-0.96
5DWS Invest Euro High Yield Corp LD
LU0616839766
218612.12
-0.03
3.26
-0.29
3.57
0.36
4.57
1.30
6UBS (Lux) BF Euro Hi Yld € P-acc
LU0086177085
206315.42
3.28
4.45
0.90
3.81
0.60
3.39
0.11
7Pictet-EUR Short Term High Yield I EUR
LU0726357444
19485.72
-6.42
1.86
-1.70
1.45
-1.76
1.74
-1.53
8HSBC GIF Euro High Yield Bond AD
LU0165128421
190216.10
3.96
6.00
2.45
3.25
0.04
3.69
0.42
9ODDO BHF Euro Credit Short Dur DP-EUR
LU0628638388
16624.45
-7.69
1.25
-2.30
1.08
-2.13
1.55
-1.73
10Schroder ISF EURO Hi Yld C Acc EUR
LU0849400030
14688.40
-3.74
2.19
-1.36
3.59
0.38
4.52
1.24
11Muzinich Europeyield HEUR Acc A
IE0005315449
103314.71
2.56
4.51
0.96
3.92
0.71
4.42
1.14
12Evli European High Yield A
FI0008803911
9349.21
-2.94
2.54
-1.01
3.59
0.38
3.88
0.60
13MS INVF European HY Bd I
LU0073255688
89816.14
3.99
4.62
1.07
3.81
0.60
3.95
0.68
14AS SICAV I SelEuro HYBd A Acc EUR
LU0119176310
8329.88
-2.26
1.50
-2.05
2.43
-0.78
3.33
0.06
15Danske Invest Euro HY Obl Akk KL DKK h
DK0060497378
76217.12
4.97
3.00
-0.55
3.76
0.55
3.28
0.01
16Amundi Fds Optimal Yield E2 EUR C
LU1883337377
76213.24
1.09
4.00
0.45
2.70
-0.51
2.82
-0.46
17Amundi Fds Euro HY Bd I EUR C
LU0119109980
75017.71
5.56
5.92
2.37
3.81
0.60
3.66
0.39
18Pictet-EUR High Yield I
LU0133806785
71217.49
5.34
6.07
2.52
4.13
0.92
3.38
0.11
19Pramerica Sicav Euro High Yield I
LU1589372041
68114.53
2.38
3.82
0.27
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
20JPM Europe High Yld Bd A (dist) EUR
LU0091079839
64816.52
4.37
4.52
0.97
3.16
-0.05
3.79
0.52

Top Performing HY € Funds: Total Returns /α (%)

Top performing HY Euro corporate bond funds, ranked by rolling 1 year performance.

RankFund /
ISIN
Size
(€mm)
3mth/
αlpha
1yr*/
αlpha
3yr*/
αlpha
5yr*/
αlpha
Morningstar
Rating
1DPAM L Bonds Higher Yield B
LU0138645519
17425.28
13.13
8.37
4.82
4.04
0.83
4.63
1.35
2Kempen (Lux) Euro High Yield LR Acc
LU1626446964
2218.56
6.41
8.01
4.46
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
3DPAM L Bonds EUR Corporate High Yield A
LU0966248915
32019.68
7.53
7.01
3.45
4.60
1.39
5.70
2.43
4Switzerland Inv - Fixed Inc H/Y HAIG B
LU0382169703
570.23
-11.92
6.92
3.37
8.18
4.97
3.63
0.36
5Fidelity European Hi Yld A-Dis-EUR
LU0110060430
270316.09
3.95
6.65
3.10
3.53
0.32
3.01
-0.27
6Fidelity Instl European Hi Yld I-Acc-EUR
LU0528224321
3214.75
2.60
6.46
2.91
4.15
0.94
4.22
0.95
7Candriam Bds Euro High Yld C EUR Cap
LU0012119607
271215.53
3.38
6.31
2.75
3.82
0.61
4.40
1.12
8M&G European HY Crdt Invm A EUR Acc
LU0895903457
9015.96
3.81
6.29
2.74
4.29
1.08
4.35
1.07
9Neuberger Berman Eurp HY Bd EUR I Acc
IE00BNH72V92
3215.24
3.10
6.29
2.74
4.06
0.85
4.29
1.02
10Regard Haut Rendement H
FR0011089812
8715.84
3.69
6.27
2.72
3.85
0.64
4.04
0.77
11CNP-Assur-Euro-HY A/I
FR0000443772
7516.43
4.28
6.23
2.68
4.91
1.70
4.44
1.16
12Amundi Rspnb Investing Eurp HY SRI IC
FR0013340932
8117.05
4.90
6.15
2.60
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
13Oaktree (Lux) Fds - Eur Hi Yld Bd IB
LU0931246770
6615.96
3.82
6.11
2.56
3.96
0.75
4.04
0.76
14Aegon European High Yield Bond I EUR Acc
IE00BZ005G52
21017.03
4.88
6.09
2.54
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
15Pictet-EUR High Yield I
LU0133806785
71217.49
5.34
6.07
2.52
4.13
0.92
3.38
0.11
16BGF European High Yield Bond D2 EUR
LU1191877965
7115.41
3.27
6.04
2.49
4.88
1.67
0.00
0.00
17HSBC GIF Euro High Yield Bond AD
LU0165128421
190216.10
3.96
6.00
2.45
3.25
0.04
3.69
0.42
18Janus Henderson Hrzn Euro HY Bd I2 EUR
LU0828818087
39313.36
1.21
5.95
2.40
4.70
1.49
5.02
1.74
19Amundi Fds Euro HY Bd I EUR C
LU0119109980
75017.71
5.56
5.92
2.37
3.81
0.60
3.66
0.39
20PGIM European BB-B HY Bd EUR I Acc
IE00BD1DGT97
2514.41
2.26
5.85
2.30
3.96
0.75
0.00
0.00

All Fund performance tables: Investment Grade EUR | Investment Grade GBP | High Yield EUR | High Yield GBP

Table information: European domiciled funds in Morningstar Category EUR High Yield Bond, Oldest share class, All figures EUR (€), Total returns annualised, as at last month-end. Alpha is the measure of an investment’s return in excess of the Morningstar Category average.

Fund sizes are as reported by the management groups and the latest available to Morningstar. The Morningstar Rating is calculated based on a fund’s total returns, adjusted for risk and sales charges, relative to other funds in its Morningstar Category, based on a weighted average of a fund’s 3-, 5-, and ten-year ratings, depending on the length of its record.

Data source: © 2019 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved.

The information contained herein:

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6th January 2019

Corporate Bond Market Report: Year-End 2018

The corporate bond market endured its most torrid period since the crisis began. It delivered the worst performance since 2008 in total return terms, with the level of spread weakness not far behind. As measured by the Markit iBoxx index, IG widened by 76bp, high yield by almost 240bp and, for example, the AT1 index by 342bp. No sector was spared, and the weakness accelerated through the final quarter on heightened macro and geopolitical concerns. That is most likely going to continue and be a theme for 2019, but we can expect the weakness to be much more limited as the various events play out.

Full spreads charts/analysis: IG | HY | Senior & Sub Financials | Corporate Hybrids | GBP Corporates | CoCos


As suggested above, credit total returns were the worst since the crisis began. IG lost 1.2% and the high yield market delivered a -3.6% total return. In relative terms, other markets lost more. The Dax delivered -18.2%, the FTSE -12.5% and the S&P recovered late on to -6.2%. There was a positive result, that came courtesy of the Eurozone’s government bond market, where demand for safe-haven risk saw a +0.9% result.

Returns in 2018 


Primary market activity was affected by the broad volatility and weakness in most asset classes. The window to get a deal away was open all too infrequently, the hesitation by borrowers and push beckon pricing by investors leaving us with the lowest level of issuance in the IG non-financial sector since 2012, at just €221bn – against an average of €260bn per year in the 2014-2017 period. It will be a good result if we get close to the €220bn level in 2019. US borrowers were prevalent, but the 12% share of the overall market was the lowest since 2012 as well.

Senior financial deal flow was the lowest annual total since the beginning of the euro currency era. Just €130bn was printed versus the previous low of €136bn (in 2017). Given the weakening macro environment and continued high levels of volatility, we’re suggesting issuance declines again in 2019, to around €110bn.

HY Issuance: 2003 – 2019

High yield markets had a good year. In fact, it was the second-best year ever for deals in the HY capital markets, with some €62bn transacted. Most of that was issued in the first nine months of the year though, with wider concerns leaving the window shut for others through the final quarter. Spreads gapped, the index yield is up at 5% (both almost doubling) and we think issuance will decline in 2019 to around the €45bn level.

Full issuance data charts/analysis: IG | HY | Senior Financials

Every issuance deal: IG | HY


Funds performance

A particularly poor final quarter saw to it that corporate bond funds recorded a negative performance for the full year, pretty much across the board. Poor secondary market liquidity was a particular feature as well as frustration. That’s the nature of the beast. While we also had to contend with new issues launched with higher premiums than we might be used to, and whole sectors repriced as a result. The IG index lost around 1.2%, but most reasonably sized funds lost in excess of 2%.

In sterling, it was a similar picture, with the index off by just over 2%, but reasonably-sized funds (in excess of £1.5bn AUM) lost 3% or more.

>>See the full IG Euro Performance tables<<

>>See the full HY Euro Performance tables<<

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

Overall, we endured a torrid time of it in 2018. Others did worse, but it’s scant consolation. Given the severity of the equity markets’ volatility, it was always going to have a contagion impact on the corporate bond market. The corporate bond market held up quite well until the final quarter, where it then came under some greater levels of pressure and performance deteriorated more rapidly.

As we head into 2019, we should exercise caution, be wary of buying any dips and not chase any rallies. The macro environment is extremely challenging and geopolitical stresses remain elevated. The picture ought to become clearer over the next few weeks. Good luck.

7th January 2018

Bond Fund Performance Rankings: December 2017

Here’s a look at how the largest and top performing funds fared in the quarter/year to the end of December 2017.

Using the Market iBoxx indices as a guide, the euro-denominated IG cash index returned 2.4% in 2017. However, the top performing funds delivered well in excess of that – usually helped by running a beta in excess of the index and having a decent high yield component in their portfolios.

The performance of the reasonably-sized funds has the Schroder ISF Euro Credit fund (AUM €1.8bn) returning 6.84% for the Conviction Fund in the year, while the larger ISF Euro Corp fund (AUM €8.9bn) came up with just over 5% in returns. In comparison, the €5.4bn MS INVF Euro fund returned 4% and the €3.5bn – sized Bluebay IG Fund came up with 4.22% in the year.

Top of the pile was the €457m assets under management in the Nordea 1 European Fincl Dbt fund with a 12.55% return, but mostly anything over 3% represented a good performance for this market last year.

>>See the full IG Euro Performance tables<<


European high yield had another fine year in 2017. The iBoxx index came up with 6.3% in total returns.

The fund data shows that the largest funds managed to just match the index with the likes of the Fidelity European HY A fund (6.25%, AUM €3.6bn) and the UBS Lux BF Euro fund (6.66%, AUM2.6bn) probably the pick of the bunch of the largest funds.

The smaller Deutsche Invest (6.15%, AUM €1.5bn) and Schroder ISF Euro HY fund (7.23%, €1.3bn) are worthy of a mention.

Of the midsized funds, Evli European HY fund (6.9%, AUM €834m) and the Pictet-Eur HY I fund (6.61%, AUM €777m) had a good year. The latter’s Short Term HY fund fared less well, on AUM of €3.4bn, the annual performance was just 1.72%.

>>See the full HY Euro Performance tables<<


In sterling, IG cash for the Market iBoxx index finally managed to close the year with 5% in total returns, and it seems like many of the largest funds got there too.

The £4.9bn Scottish Widows Corp bond fund fell short at 4.05%, but the IP Corp Bond fund (AUM £4.7bn) was up 5.7%, M&G’s Corp fund at 5.54% (AUM £4bn) with the smaller Royal London Sterling Credit Z fund some 7.51% (AUM £1.6bn). Rathbone’s £931m Ethical Bond R Acc fund was top of the pile, up over 10% for the year, with Kames’ IG A Acc up 6.94% (AUM £1.5bn).

In the sterling high yield market, the L&G High Income (AUM £1.4bn) delivered a good 9.8% and 6.3% in the 12 month and 3 month periods to the end of December, respectively, and is once again the notable out-performer in the high yield space.

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


5th November 2017

Bond Fund Performance Rankings: October 2017

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

The performance of the reasonably-sized funds has BlueBay‘s Investment Grade fund leading the pack, returning over 9% followed by the Schroder ISF Euro Credit funds returning 7.2%, in the third quarter of 2017 to the end of September. That represents an increase versus the 3 months to end of September where the Schroder’s fund returned 7% and BlueBay’s 5.4%.

For the largest funds, again the Schroders ISF Euro Corp fund saw AUM up a little to €8.8bn at the end of October, while it also outperforms in the year to the end of October with almost 5% of performance.

The smaller targeted Schroder ISF Euro Credit Convct fund with AUM of €1.6bn has returned 7% in the past 12 months versus index returns (iBoxx) of around 2%.

>>See the full IG Euro Performance tables<<


In euro HY, the two funds which consistently stick out are the €1,211m Schroders ISF fund and the Evli European HY fund (AUM €858m). They have reasonable size and consistent performance, returning an improved 7.2% and 7.15%, respectively, in the three months to October and around 9% in the 12 months to the end of October.

The €3.8bn Fidelity fund (AUM unchanged) has also generated solid performance of 8% in the 3 months to October and 7.6% in the last 12 months. On the other hand, the €3.8bn Pictet Euro Short-term fund returned just 3.7% in the 3 months (although improved) and just 2.6% in the last 12 months, both to the end of October.

>>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 deliver just 0.38% in the quarter to the end of October (versus -0.37% in the 3 months to the end of September), for example. On the other hand, Rathbone’s Ethical Bond Acc R fund delivered 3.7% in the quarter to the end of October.

For the bigger funds, the IP Corporate Bond Acc (AUM 4.7bn) is a notable out-performer with 2.19% in the 3 months to September along with the M&G Strategic Corporate fund (AUM £3.4bn) on 2.28% of total returns in the quarter to end October. The Scottish Widows Corporate Bond Tracker lost 2.23% in the same period!

On the other hand, the L&G High Income (AUM £1.4bn) delivered a massive 11.2% and 10.5% in the 3 month and 12 month periods to the end of October, respectively, and is once again the notable out-performer in the high yield space.

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


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<<


4th September 2017

Bond Fund Performance Rankings: August 2017

Taking a look at how the largest and top performing funds fared in the quarter/year to August 2017, and in the Investment Grade space it was a case of the usual suspects coming out on top.

On performance and reasonable size (of funds) it’s the Nordea 1 and Schroder ISF Euro Credit Convct funds which catch the eye – returning 11.4% and almost 6%, respectively.

For the largest funds, again the Schroders ISF Euro Corp fund returned a solid, albeit lower than previously, 4.76% (AUM up a little to €8.5bn) in the 3 months to end August while it also outperforms in the year to end July with 2.9% of performance.

The MS INVF Euro Corp fund also puts up a good effort (3.79%/AUM €3.9bn), as does the Bluebay IG fund (3.65%/AUM €3.1bn).

>>See the full IG Euro Performance tables<<


In euro HY, the two funds which consistently stick out are the €1,019m Schroders ISF fund and the Evli European HY fund (AUM €852m). They have reasonable size and consistent performance, albeit returning a reduced 5% and 4%, respectively, in the three months to August and almost 8% in the year to end July.

The €3.7bn Fidelity and €2.8bn UBS European HY funds (AUM unchanged) have also generated solid performances (over 4%) given their size. On the other hand, the €3.8bn Pictet euro short term fund returned just 1.8% in the 3 months and 2.2% in the year, both to end August.

Once again, small is beautiful with 20%+ returns garnered for the little ones while Schroders and Evli come out in the top 20 there, too.

>>See the full HY Euro Performance tables<<


In sterling, the high grade market performance has the £242m Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Z fund drop back into fourth, delivering a worthy 4.39% although the TwentyFour Corporate Bond I fund (AUM £443m) has delivered a perky 6.5%, both in the 3 months to end August.

Rathbone’s Ethical funds have delivered on average 8% in the quarter to end August.

For the bigger funds, the IP Corporate Bond Acc is a notable out-performer with 4% in the 3 months to August and 2.3% in the year to end August.

L&G High Income (AUM £1.4bn) has delivered 6.14% and 9.54% in the 3 month and 12 month to end August, respectively, and is the notable outperformer in the high yield space.

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


2nd August 2017

(Free Content) Bond Fund Performance Rankings: July

Taking a look at how the largest and top performing funds fared in July 2017 – in the investment grade space, the usual suspects came out on top. On performance and reasonable size (of funds) it’s the Nordea 1 and Schroder ISF Euro Credit Convct funds which catch the eye returning 19% and almost 8%, respectively.

For the largest funds, again the Schroders ISF Euro Corp fund returns a solid 5.8% (AUM €8.4bn) in the 3 months to end July while it also outperforms in the year to end July with 3.1% of performance. Only the MS INVF Euro Corp fund comes close.

>>See the full IG Euro Performance tables<<


In euro HY, the two funds which consistently stick out are the €969m Schroders ISF fund and the Evli European HY fund (AUM €865m). They have reasonable size and consistent performance, returning 8% and 7.7%, respectively, in the three months to July and almost 10% in the year to end July.

The €3.7bn Fidelity and €2.8bn UBS European HY funds have also generated solid performances given their size. On the other hand, the €3.8bn Pictet euro short term fund returned just 1.6% in the 3-months and 2.1% in the year, both to end July. Once again, small is beautiful with 20%+ returns garnered for the little ones while Schroders and Evli come out in the top 20 there, too.

>>See the full HY Euro Performance tables<<


In sterling, the high grade market performance has the £242m Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Z fund deliver a worthy 9.4% although the TwentyFour Corporate Bond I fund (AUM £426m) has delivered a perky 7%+, both in the 3-months to end July.

For the bigger funds, the IP Corporate Bond Acc is a notable outperformed with 7.24% in the 3 months to July and 4% in the year to end July.

L&G High Income (AUM £1.4bn) has delivered 7.5% and 11.7% in the 3 month and 12-month to end July, respectively and is a notable outperformed in the high yield space.

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

9th June 2017

Bond Fund Performance Rankings for May 2017

Here’s the round-up of the how the largest and best performing funds fared in May 2017.

Once again the mammoth Schroder ISF Euro Corp (AUM €8.2bn) fund’s performance tops the chart for the best performing of the largest funds on a rolling 1-year performance. The rolling 3 month performance has also been good, returning 5.92%.

However, the pick of the bunch is GAM’s Star Credit Opps fund (AUM €2.4bn), which has returned 14.6% in the year to end May 2017, while the 3 month performance comes in at 5.82%. The smaller €266m Nordea 1 Europe Financial Debt fund has returned almost 20% in the quarter to the end of May.

>See the full IG Euro Performance tables


In the HY market, the €4.1bn Pictet Short Term fund has returned just 3% in the 12 months to May 2017 and the same in the 3 months to May. The Fidelity and UBS funds stand out as large funds returning 8-10% in the same periods.

Smaller sized funds (€100m area in AUM) have done much better but they are usually focussed on several special situations. In that sense, Evli‘s €900m European HY fund is worth a mention for its consistency and has returned 10%+ in both the 3 months and year to end May 2017.


See the full HY Euro Performance tables

In sterling, Scottish Widows’ Corporate fund (AUM £4.9bn) tops the performance charts, returning 8.9% in the year to end May 2017 and some 9% in the 3 months to the end of May. And returns of around 10-11% in the 3 months to the end of May seem to be around the average for the best performers (top 20), index trackers a little lower.

High yield sterling sees the L&G High Income fund (AUM £1.4bn) having delivered 14.5% in the year to end May 2017 while those delivering 6% in the 3 months to the end of May are worth a mention.

>See the full Sterling IG and Sterling HY Performance tables