AllianceBernstein - Short Duration Bond Portfolio (USD) A2
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(Last Update : 2023/01/30)
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Fund House AllianceBernstein Hong Kong Ltd
Fund Type Fixed Income Funds
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Geographic Allocation Global
Fund Investment Objective & Strategy
The Portfolio seeks a high total investment return by investing in a global portfolio of investment grade, fixed income securities. Non-U.S. dollar denominated positions may be hedged into U.S. dollars in an effort to minimize the risks of currency fluctuations. In evaluating securities, the Investment Manager will utilize its internal credit analysis resources as well as financial and economic information obtained from other sources.
Key Risks
General Investment Risk: The Portfolio’s investment may fall in value due to any of the key risk factors below and therefore your investment in the Portfolio may suffer losses. There is no guarantee of the repayment of principal. Debt Securities Risk: Credit / Counterparty Risk The Portfolio is exposed to the credit/default risk of issuers of the debt securities that the Portfolio may invest in. Interest Rates Risk The Portfolio invests in debt securities where its value will generally vary inversely with changes in interest rates and may affect the net asset value of the Portfolio. As interest rates rise, debt securities prices generally fall and vice versa. Prices of longer-term securities tend to rise and fall more than short-term securities. Volatility and Liquidity Risk The debt securities in emerging markets that are less developed may be subject to higher volatility and lower liquidity compared to more developed markets. The prices of securities traded in such markets may be subject to fluctuations. The bid and offer spreads of the price of such securities may be large and the Portfolio may incur significant trading costs. Downgrading Risk The Portfolio will invest in debt securities (including bonds). An issuer of such debt securities may experience an adverse change in its financial condition which may in turn result in a downgrading in the credit rating to such issuer and debt securities issued by such issuer. Credit ratings of debt securities reflect the issuer's ability to make timely payments of interest or principal—the lower the rating, the higher the risk of default. The adverse change in financial condition or decrease in credit rating(s) of issuer and debt securities may result in increased volatility in, and adverse impact on, the price of the relevant debt security and negatively affect liquidity, making any such debt security more difficult to sell. The value of the Portfolio may be adversely affected. The Investment Manager may not be able to dispose the debt securities that are being downgraded. Risk Associated with Debt Securities Rated Below Investment Grade or Unrated The Portfolio will invest in high yield, high risk debt securities (including bonds) that are rated in the lower rating categories (i.e. below Investment Grade) or which are unrated. Debt securities below Investment Grade and unrated are considered to be subject to higher volatility and greater risk of loss of principal and interest than higher-rated securities and are considered to be predominantly speculative with respect to the issuer's capacity to pay interest and repay principal, which may in any case decline during sustained periods of deteriorating economic conditions or rising interest rates. The market for lower-rated securities may be thinner and less active than that for higher-rated securities, which can adversely affect the prices at which these securities can be sold. As a result the Portfolio, and thus the investors of the Portfolio, may suffer losses. Sovereign Debt Risk The Portfolio will be exposed to the direct or indirect consequences of political, social and economic changes in various countries by investing in the bonds issued or guaranteed by governmental entities. In adverse situations, these political, social and economic changes in a particular country may affect a particular government's ability or willingness to make or provide for timely payments of its debt obligations or may request the Portfolio to participate in restructuring such debts. The Portfolio may suffer significant losses when there is a default of sovereign debt issuers. Valuation Risk Valuation of the Portfolio's investments may involve uncertainties and judgmental determinations. If such valuation turns out to be incorrect, this may affect the net asset value calculation of the Portfolio. Credit Rating Risk Credit ratings assigned by rating agencies are subject to limitations and do not guarantee the creditworthiness of the security and/or issuer at all times. Concentration Risk: The Portfolio’s investments are concentrated in debt securities. The value of the Portfolio may be more volatile than that of a fund having a more diverse portfolio of investments. The value of the Portfolio may be more susceptible to adverse economic, political, policy, foreign exchange, liquidity, tax, legal or regulatory event affecting the market. Eurozone Risk: In light of ongoing concerns over the sovereign debt risk of countries within the Eurozone, the Portfolio’s investments in the region may be subject to higher volatility, liquidity, currency and default risks. Any adverse events, such as credit downgrade of a sovereign or exit of EU members from the Eurozone, may have a negative impact on the value of the Portfolio. Currency Risk: Underlying investments may be denominated in one or more currencies different from the Portfolio's base currency. Also, a class of shares may be designated in a currency other than the base currency of the Portfolio. This means changes in exchange rate controls, currency movements in such underlying investments and fluctuations in the exchange rates between these currencies and the base currency may significantly and unfavorably affect the net asset value of the Portfolio's shares. Management Risk: The Portfolio may be subject to management risk because it is an actively managed investment fund. The Investment Manager will apply its investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the Portfolio, but there can be no guarantee that its decisions will produce the desired results. Risks Associated with Payment of Dividends out of Capital: The Management Company has the sole and absolute discretion to amend the dividend policy, subject to the SFC’s prior approval (if required) and by giving no less than one month’s prior notice to investors. Dividend yield is not indicative of return of the Portfolio. Dividends may be paid from capital or effectively out of the capital of the Portfolio at the discretion of the Management Company, which may amount to a partial return or withdrawal of an investor’s original investment or from any capital gains attributable to that original investment, and result in an immediate decrease of the net asset value per Share. The distribution amount and net asset value of the currency hedged share classes may be adversely affected by differences in the interest rates of the reference currency of the currency hedged share classes and the Portfolio's base currency, resulting in an increase in the amount of distribution that is paid out of capital and hence a greater erosion of capital than other non-hedged share classes. Risk in Investing in Financial Derivative Instruments: Risks in investing with financial derivative instruments include counterparty / credit risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, volatility risk and over-the-counter transaction risk. The leverage element / component of a financial derivative instrument can result in a loss significantly greater than the amount invested in the financial derivative instrument by the Portfolio. Exposure to financial derivative instrument may lead to a high risk of significant loss by the Portfolio.
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