Because it's tough out there

Defensive, when it matters

The Fund aims to provide investors with attractive, sustainable income, with scope for capital growth. It aims to achieve this through an actively managed portfolio with a bottom-up focus on resilient assets and by limiting downside when markets weaken
“A defensive return fund for today’s unpredictable markets”
DIF explained

Key benefits

Can be used as a defensive alternative or source of income

* Performance and volatility targets are subject to change and may not necessarily be achieved, losses may be made. The amount of income may rise or fall.

These internal parameters are subject to change not necessarily with prior notification to shareholders. UK Equities defined as FTSE All Share TR.

Suitability and uses

  • An alternative to absolute returns funds, many of which have provided disappointing returns for investors
  • Suitable for a range of investors who need lower volatility growth
    • A defensive anchor within an overall portfolio
    • A core retirement building block for consolidation and drawdown
    • Investors looking to de-risk their portfolios in uncertain markets
  • A Fund that fits into advisers’ risk profiling and ratings processes
Fits into advisors’ ratings and risk profiling processes

Diversified Income Fund risk ratings

About the team:

John Stopford
Portfolio Manager
Jason Borbora-Sheen
Portfolio Manager

Co-portfolio managers, John Stopford & Jason Borbora-Sheen are jointly responsible for managing the Fund. They are backed by the well-resourced and experienced Multi-Asset team of 27 investment professionals who in aggregate manage US$9.2 billion.

The Multi-Asset team can draw on the wider Ninety One investment team of 250 investment professionals who participate in key Multi-Asset research meetings. This allows investment ideas across asset classes to be shared with our Multi-Asset team.

“We believe the best way to compound returns is to seek to reduce capital losses whilst providing upside exposure”

Key facts

  • Domicile

    United Kingdom
  • Risk profile

  • ISIN


  • Fund inception date

  • Share class inception date

  • Performance reference

    4% p.a. (GBP)
  • IA sector

    IA Mixed Investment 0-35% Shares
  • Minimum investment

  • Valuation point

    12 noon (forward pricing)

General risks
The value of investments, and any income generated from them, can fall as well as rise. Where charges are taken from capital, this may constrain future growth. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Investment objectives and performance targets are subject to change and may not necessarily be achieved, losses may be made.

Specific Risks
Currency exchange: Changes in the relative values of different currencies may adversely affect the value of investments and any related income. Default: There is a risk that the issuers of fixed income investments (e.g. bonds) may not be able to meet interest payments nor repay the money they have borrowed. The worse the credit quality of the issuer, the greater the risk of default and therefore investment loss. Derivatives: The use of derivatives may increase overall risk by magnifying the effect of both gains and losses leading to large changes in value and potentially large financial loss. A counterparty to a derivative transaction may fail to meet its obligations which may also lead to a financial loss. Emerging market: These markets carry a higher risk of financial loss than more developed markets as they may have less developed legal, political, economic or other systems. Equity investment: The value of equities (e.g. shares) and equity-related investments may vary according to company profits and future prospects as well as more general market factors. In the event of a company default (e.g. insolvency), the owners of their equity rank last in terms of any financial payment from that company. Interest rate: The value of fixed income investments (e.g. bonds) tends to decrease when interest rates rise. Government securities exposure: The Fund may invest more than 35% of its assets in securities issued or guaranteed by a permitted sovereign entity, as defined in the definitions section of the Fund’s prospectus.

Important information
All information is as at 31 December 2020 unless otherwise stated.

Indices are shown for illustrative purposes only, are unmanaged and do not take into account market conditions or the costs associated with investing. Further, the manager’s strategy may deploy investment techniques and instruments not used to generate Index performance. For this reason, the performance of the manager and the Indices are not directly comparable.
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