Diversified Income

Diversified Income: a ten-year journey

To mark 10 years of the Diversified Income Fund, portfolio managers John Stopford and Jason Borbora-Sheen sat down in the studio to reflect on their journey.

17 Oct 2022

8 minutes

John Stopford
Jason Borbora-Sheen
To mark 10 years of the Diversified Income Fund, portfolio managers John Stopford and Jason Borbora-Sheen sat down in the studio to reflect on their journey.

A lot can happen in a decade – especially the one we’ve all lived through. To mark 10 years of the Diversified Income Fund, John Stopford and Jason Borbora-Sheen sat down in the studio to reflect on their journey.

The Fund was developed in a challenging post-GFC period with the aim of helping investors to achieve defensive returns in a low growth world.

Since then, the Fund has navigated several significant market events – including Brexit, the impact of the Covid pandemic and more recently the fallout from the invasion of Ukraine.

Hear more from John and Jason on the lessons they’ve learnt and why they feel that the Diversified Income Fund is as relevant to investors today as it was when first launched.

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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. Interest rate: The value of fixed income investments (e.g. bonds) tends to decrease when interest rates rise. 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. 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.

General risks

All investments carry the risk of capital loss. The value of investments, and any income generated from them, can fall as well as rise and will be affected by changes in interest rates, currency fluctuations, general market conditions and other political, social and economic developments, as well as by specific matters relating to the assets in which the investment strategy invests. If any currency differs from the investor’s home currency, returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. Environmental, social or governance related risk events or factors, if they occur, could cause a negative impact on the value of investments.

John Stopford
Portfolio Manager
Jason Borbora-Sheen
Portfolio Manager

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