Corporate Bond Funds

Compare Corporate Bond Funds

With interest rates as low as they are income seeking investors may want to consider the merits of corporate bond funds. Corporate bonds offer the potential for higher income than from cash on deposit although you need to be comfortable with the associated investment risk.

Investing in a corporate bond fund offers investors:

  • Regular Income - Many funds offer either monthly or quarterly income options. If you invest in an ISA, income can be distributed to you tax free or if you prefer some funds allow you to accumultate the income within the fund by buying more units to provide capital growth.
  • Diversification - a typical corporate bond fund will invest in 40 institutions or more reducing the risk to investors in the event of a default of a bond issuer.
  • Potential for capital growth - providing a lower risk than equity investment.
  • Fund manager expertise - Our select fund range of corporate bond funds have been assessed by an independent research company Morningstar OBSR.
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.

By investing in a corporate bond fund, you are investing in the corporate bonds of a number of companies (potentially 50 company bonds or more). The fund managers of a corporate bond fund will either buy corporate bonds when they are first issued or on the secondary market. Bonds could be held until redemption or resold on the second hand market. However, whilst they are held within the fund, you will be entitled to receive the interest.

 

Despite individual corporate bond funds being a fixed interest investment, there is still some risk involved as bond prices can rise and fall and there is a chance that the original capital for a particular issue may be lost if that particular company fails and is the bond issuer is unable to repay the original loan. However, this risk is minimised within a corporate bond fund compared to holding the corporate bonds of a single company, as the fund will hold the bonds of a large number of companies.

 Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.