Barings Developed and Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Fund (USD) Q-Inc
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(Last Update : 2023/06/01)
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Fund House Baring Asset Management (Asia) Limited
Fund Type Fixed Income Funds
Fund Size
Sector High Yield
Geographic Allocation Global
Fund Investment Objective & Strategy
The Barings Developed and Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Fund (“The Fund”) seeks to produce a high level of current yield in dollar terms, commensurate with an acceptable level of risk, as determined by the portfolio managers. Any capital appreciation will be incidental.
Key Risks
Investment risk: The Fund’s investment portfolio may fall in value due to any of the key risk factors below and therefore your investment in the Fund may suffer losses. The Fund is an investment fund and is not in the nature of a bank deposit. There is no guarantee of repayment of principal. 2. Concentration risk in sub-investment grade debt instruments: The Fund’s investments are concentrated in sub-investment grade debt instruments such as high yield bonds, which carry greater credit risk and lower liquidity than investment grade instruments. Sub-investment grade debt instruments are subject to the increased risk of loss of principal and interest due to an issuer’s inability to meet principal and interest obligations than higher-rated debt securities. These instruments may be subject to greater price volatility due to such factors as specific corporate developments, interest rate sensitivity, negative perceptions of the financial markets generally and less secondary market liquidity. Credit risk and counterparty risk: The Fund is exposed to the credit/default risk of issuers of debt securities that the Fund may invest in. Risks of interest rate fluctuations: Investment in the Fund is subject to risks of interest rate fluctuations. In general, when interest rates decline, the value of fixed income securities generally can be expected to rise and vice versa. Volatility and liquidity risk: The debt securities in emerging/developing markets 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 fund may incur significant trading costs. Downgrading risk: The credit rating of a debt instrument or its issuer may subsequently be downgraded. In the event of such downgrading, the value of the Fund may be adversely affected. The Fund Manager or the Investment Manager may or may not be able to dispose of the debt instruments that are being downgraded. Sovereign debt risk: A Fund’s investment in securities issued or guaranteed by governments may be exposed to political, social and economic risks. In adverse situations, the sovereign issuers may not be able or willing to repay the principal and/or interest when due or may request the Fund to participate in restructuring such debts. The Fund may suffer significant losses when there is a default of sovereign debt issuers. Valuation risk: Valuation of the Fund’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 Fund. Credit rating risk: Credit ratings assigned by rating agencies are also subject to limitations and do not guarantee the creditworthiness of the security and/or issuer at all times. Emerging/developing market risk: The Fund invests in securities of issuers operating in emerging/developing markets. Investing in emerging/developing markets may involve increased risks and special considerations not typically associated with investment in more developed markets, such as liquidity risks, currency risks/control, political and economic uncertainties, legal and taxation risks, settlement risks, custody risk and the likelihood of a high degree of volatility. Eurozone risk: In light of ongoing concerns on the sovereign debt risk of certain countries within the Eurozone, the fund’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 fund. Risks associated with derivative instruments: The Fund may have exposure to derivatives for investment, efficient portfolio management and/or for hedging purposes. Risks associated with derivatives include counterparty/credit risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, volatility risk and over-the-counter transaction risk. The leverage element/component of a derivative can result in a loss significantly greater than the amount invested in the derivative by the Fund. Exposure to derivatives may lead to a high risk of significant loss by the Fund. Currency risk: The underlying investments of the Fund may be denominated in currencies other than the base currency of the Fund. Also, a tranche of shares of the Fund may be designated in a currency other than the base currency of the Fund. The net asset value of the Fund may be affected unfavourably by fluctuations in the exchange rates between these currencies and the base currency and by changes in exchange rate controls. Risks associated with instruments with loss-absorption features: Debt instruments with loss-absorption features are subject to greater risks when compared to traditional debt instruments as such instruments are typically subject to the risk of being written down or converted to ordinary shares upon the occurrence of certain trigger event(s) (e.g. when the issuer is near or at the point of non-viability or when the issuer’s capital ratio falls to a specified level), which are likely to be outside of the issuer’s control. Such trigger events are complex and difficult to predict and may result in a significant or total reduction in the value of such instruments. In the event of the activation of a trigger, there may be potential price contagion and volatility to the entire asset class. Debt instruments with loss-absorption features may also be exposed to liquidity, valuation and sector concentration risk. Charges deducted from capital/Risks relating to distribution: The Fund may, at the discretion of the Directors, distribute dividends out of net realised and unrealised gains of the Fund attributable to the Distribution Share Tranches. Payment of dividends out of unrealised gains amounts to distribution out of capital under Hong Kong regulatory disclosure requirements. The Directors may also declare dividends out of capital and/or declare dividends out of gross investment income while charging some or all fees and expenses out of capital. Payment of dividends out of gross investment income while charging some or all fees and expenses out of capital resulting in an increase in distributable income for the payment of dividends by the Fund mean the Fund may effectively pay dividends out of capital. Payment of distributions out of capital and/or effectively out of capital amount to a return or withdrawal of part of an investor’s original investment or from any gains attributable to that original investment. Any distributions involving payment of unrealised gains as dividends (which mean effectively paying dividend out of capital), payment of dividends effectively out of the Fund’s capital and/or payment of dividends out of capital may result in an immediate reduction of the Fund’s net asset value per share. The distribution amount and net asset value of the Hedged Tranche(s) may be adversely affected by differences in the interest rates of the reference currency of the Hedged Tranche and the Fund’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 nonhedged tranches. RMB tranches related risk: RMB is currently not freely convertible and is subject to exchange controls and restrictions. Non-RMB based investors are exposed to foreign exchange risk and there is no guarantee that the value of RMB against the investors’ base currencies (for example HKD) will not depreciate. Any depreciation of RMB could adversely affect the value of investor’s investment in the Fund. Although offshore RMB (CNH) and onshore RMB (CNY) are the same currency, they trade at different rates. Any divergence between CNH and CNY may adversely impact investors. Non-RMB based investors in share tranches denominated in RMB may have to convert HKD or other currency(ies) into RMB when investing in share tranches denominated in RMB and subsequently convert the RMB redemption proceeds and/or dividend payment (if any) back to HKD or such other currency(ies). Investors will incur currency conversion costs and you may suffer losses depending on the exchange rate movements of RMB relative to HKD or such other currencies. Under exceptional circumstances, payment of realisation proceeds and/or dividend payment from underlying investments to the Fund in RMB may be delayed due to the exchange controls and restrictions applicable to RMB.
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