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Our views 21 December 2023

RL Sustainable Short Duration Corporate Bond Fund: one year on…

5 min read

What are the biggest challenges and successes you’ve had over the last 12 months?

A background of central bank rate hikes and volatile, rising yields is never easy for bond investors. It typically comes with greater recession risk too, so confidence in the quality of your lending decisions, driven by rigorous in-house credit analysis becomes more vital than ever.

But for the fund, this volatility has created opportunity too. We all know that markets can over-react, such as around the collapse of Credit Suisse, when investors extrapolated the Swiss banks specific issues to the wider financial system. Our sustainable process means we didn’t lend to a bank with such fundamental governance and control issues, but the wider volatility created opportunities to add to high quality, well capitalised banks that we do like, simply at more attractive levels.

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The Fund is a sub-fund of Royal London Bond Funds II ICVC, an open-ended investment company with variable capital with segregated liability between sub-funds, incorporated in England and Wales under registered number IC001128. The Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) is Royal London Unit Trust Managers Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, with firm reference number 144037.