Compare Bond Funds

Oliver Roylance-Smith, Director

Bond funds can provide an attractive option for income seeking investors. With interest rates at all time lows bond funds which sit between cash and equity funds can provide an attractive alternative to cash on deposit for those prepared to accept a level of risk to capital. We have highlighted below a range of different types of bond funds.

Oliver Roylance-Smith , Head of Investment and Savings

There are a variety of bond funds to choose from, including Corporate bonds, issued by companies, and Strategic bonds, which can invest across a broader spectrum of fixed interest investments, including government bonds (Gilts).

Select Growth Funds - Corporate Bonds
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Invesco Perpetual Corporate Bond0%0.50%4.4%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Twice Yearly. The Invesco Perpetual Corporate Bond Fund aims achieve a high level of overall return, with relative security of capital. It intends to invest primarily in fixed interest securities. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Kames Ethical Corporate Bond0%0.50%4.08%yesFactsheetApply Now >
The primary investment objective is to maximise total return (income plus capital) by investing in sterling denominated bonds issued by a company or organisation which meets the funds predefined ethical criteria. See latest fund factsheet for details.
M&G Strategic Corporate Bond0%0.50%2.90%yesFactsheetApply Now >
The Fund aims to maximise total return (the combination of income and growth of capital). See latest fund factsheet for details.

*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed as at 17/10/13 - Yields are rounded down to one decimal place - See latest Fund Factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager.

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Bonds: To provide the potential for overall returns these funds invest in bonds, also known as fixed interest securities. This is achieved by receiving regular interest on loans to companies or governments. There is a chance the bond issuer could fall into financial difficulty and will not be able to pay the interest or the loan back, which could result in a fall in your investment returns. Bonds can also be sensitive to trends in interest rate movements and if interest rates go up, the returns on your investment are likely to fall as bonds can become less attractive. On the other hand, if interest rates fall, bonds are likely to become more attractive and your investment returns increase.

Growth Select Funds - Strategic Bonds
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Invesco Perpetual Monthly Income Plus0%0.63%5.25%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Popular income fund that aims to achieve a high level of income whilst seeking to maximise total return through investing in high yielding corporate and Government bonds, together with UK equities. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Legal & General Dynamic Bond Trust0%0.60%5.00%yesFactsheetApply Now >
The fund aims to generate an attractive return from fixed income markets investing in investment grade bonds, high yield, gilts and cash and uses derivatives extensively to manage the fund's position and risk profile. See latest fund factsheet for details.
JP Morgan Strategic Bond0%0.50%3.74%yesFactsheetApply Now >
To maximise returns by investing primarily in a global portfolio of fixed and floating rate debt securities. The fund manager aims to outperform cash by an average of 3% pa (net) over the market cycle by investing dynamically across the fixed income sector. See latest fund factsheet for details.
M&G Optimal Income0%0.75%2.31%yesFactsheetApply Now >
The fund aims to provide a total return to investors based on exposure to optimal income streams in investment markets. The fund invests across a broad range of fixed income assets according to where the fund manager identifies value. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Kames Strategic Bond 0%0.75%2.95%yesFactsheetApply Now >
The primary investment objective is to maximise total return (income plus capital ) by investing in global debt instruments,denominated in any currency, ranging from AAA Government Bonds through to high yield and emerging market corporate bonds. At least 50% of the fund will be invested in sterling and other currency denominated bonds hedged back to sterling. See latest fund factsheet for details.

*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed as at 17/10/13 - See Fund Factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

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Bonds: To provide the potential for overall returns these funds invest in bonds, also known as fixed interest securities. This is achieved by receiving regular interest on loans to companies or governments. There is a chance the bond issuer could fall into financial difficulty and will not be able to pay the interest or the loan back, which could result in a fall in your investment returns. Bonds can also be sensitive to trends in interest rate movements and if interest rates go up, the returns on your investment are likely to fall as bonds can become less attractive. On the other hand, if interest rates fall, bonds are likely to become more attractive and your investment returns increase.

Growth Select Funds - High Yield Bonds
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Threadneedle High Yield Bond 0%0.60%5.70%yesFactsheetMore Info >
Income Paid Monthly. Principally invests in higher risk UK and international fixed interest securities to achieve a high level of income which is paid on a monthly basis. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Kames High Yield Bond0%0.75%5.52%yesFactsheetMore Info >
The primary investment objective is to maximise total return(income plus capital) by investing in a portfolio of predominately high yield bonds, selected investment grade bonds and cash. The fund may hold sterling and other currency denominated bonds hedged back to sterling. The fund may also invest in deposits, money market instruments, derivative instruments and forward transactions. See latest fund factsheet for details.

*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed as at 17/10/13 - See Fund Factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager.

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High Yield Bonds: These funds invests in riskier bonds, known as sub-investment grade bonds. These bonds pay higher interest rates, to try to provide more attractive income returns. To achieve this, greater risk is taken as the companies are more likely to miss payments or not repay the loan, resulting in the returns on your investment falling.

Growth Select Funds - Global Bonds
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Investec Emerging Markets Local Currency Debt0%0.75%6.38%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Quarterly.Fund aims to achieve long term total returns primarily by investing in public sector, sovereign and corporate bonds issued by emerging market borrowers. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Invesco Perpetual Global Bond 0%0.50%0.98%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Investing in a range of different international bonds, aiming to provide a income and growth return while providing relative capital security. See latest fund factsheet for details.

*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed as at 28/2/14 - See Fund Factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager.

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Bonds: To provide the potential for overall returns these funds invest in bonds, also known as fixed interest securities. This is achieved by receiving regular interest on loans to companies or governments. There is a chance the bond issuer could fall into financial difficulty and will not be able to pay the interest or the loan back, which could result in a fall in your investment returns. Bonds can also be sensitive to trends in interest rate movements and if interest rates go up, the returns on your investment are likely to fall as bonds can become less attractive. On the other hand, if interest rates fall, bonds are likely to become more attractive and your investment returns increase.

A bond fund is a collective investment that invests in company bonds (a form of debt finance) and other fixed interest securities such as government bonds (gilts). Characteristics of bond funds include:

  • Generate an Income Yield - they provide investors with regular interest payments which you can be payable monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually depending on the fund.
  • They are generally lower risk than equity funds.
  • They have the potential to provide competitive levels of interest together with some capital growth although this will depend on the fund objective.

To help you make a more informed decision, it is a good idea to shop around and compare a range of funds to make sure you choose one that is going to fulfil your financial goals – Click on the link below and use our comparison tables to compare a range of deals:

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