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AXA IM FIIS Europe Short Duration High Yield
Last NAV 123.8100 EUR as of 09/04/20
The Sub-Fund seeks to achieve income and secondarily capital growth by investing primarily in high yield debt securities denominated in a European currency over a medium-term period.
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The risk category is calculated using historical performance data and may not be a reliable indicator of the Sub-Fund's future risk profile. The risk category shown is not guaranteed and may shift over time. The lowest category does not mean risk free.
Why is this Fund in this category?
Fund manager comment : 29/02/20
Factors affecting performance The spread of the COVID-19 virus outside of China during the month of February generated a huge amount of uncertainty over the short-term to intermediate economic outlook. Global growth forecasts have been revised down and expectations of additional policy steps have increased. With weak sentiment and a "fly-to-quality" stance from fixed income investors global high yield market credit spreads gapped further by 84bps. The EM and US regions benefitted from the treasuries support whilst Europe ended being slightly more impacted. The high yield new supply activity was in full swing in both regions till the market refocused again on the impact of a pandemic outbreak, we saw $27.9bn of USD-denominated debt added and _6.4bn of new supply in Europe. Sterling HY remained resilient vs the Euro HY sub universe, being somehow less impacted by the risk-off sentiment. Looking at rating better quality corporates outperformed higher beta bonds while the least impacted sectors in the month were capital goods and telecommunications, and the worst performing ones were leisure and automotive. In February, the ICE BofAML European Currency High Yield Index recorded -1.8% total return (EUR hedged), with a -2.1% excess return versus governments. Main changes to the portfolio Activity in the fund remained linked to the current market environment and client flows. On the secondary markets we carried on investing available cash across rating buckets and sectors such as real estate, healthcare or tmt. As for primary market we have been participating in deals such as Banijay (media) and TalkTalk (telecommunications). Current market influences and outlook It is clear from data already available for February and from anecdotal evidence that economic activity has been materially impacted by the spread of the virus. At the time of writing there were still new cases being reported in a number of countries with restrictions on travel and public gatherings being either discussed or implemented. The impact on the virus has already hit the supply-side of the global economy through its impact on the ability of people to go to work and on the shipment of goods and provision of services. Demand is also being affected through reduced travel and tourism and other consumer services. This is impacting on corporate earnings estimates, leading to a widening of credit spreads in line with declines in equity markets. A recovery in economic expectations, higher bond yields and a renewed narrowing of credit spreads will rely on evidence that infection rates have peaked and that the spread of the virus has been contained, together with whatever macro stimulus measures are implemented. We are not yet at that stage. As such, long-term bond yields could remain extremely low while credit spreads may widen further.
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|First NAV date||08/08/11|
|Asset class||HIGH YIELD AND US ACTIVE FIXED|
|Legal authority||Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier|
|Fund Manager||James GLEDHILL|
|Investment team||MT European & Global High Yield|
Subscription and redemption
The subscription, conversion or redemption orders must be received by the Registrar and Transfer Agent on any Valuation Day no later than 10 a.m. Luxembourg time. Orders will be processed at the Net Asset Value applicable to such Valuation Day. The investor's attention is drawn to the existence of potential additional processing time due to the possible involvement of intermediaries such as Financial Advisers or distributors.The Net Asset Value of this Sub-Fund is calculated on a daily basis. Minimum initial investment: 1,000,000 in the relevant reference currency of the relevant Unit class.