Short Duration Credit – A solution in a low-interest rate environment

Muzinich views and opinions are not to be construed as investment advice and are for illustrative purposes only.

Muzinich Enhancedyield Short-Term Fund

A global crossover strategy that combines investment grade and high yield credit into a single portfolio and seeks to generate attractive returns and contain volatility.

  • Aims to contain volatility via a well-diversified portfolio across issuers, sectors, geographies and credit sub-asset classes in corporate bonds with an average duration to worst of no more than 2 years
  • Positive yield, decent credit spreads, modest duration and roll down should allow for attractive positive returns
  • Seeks to preserve capital, offer capital appreciation and contain volatility
  • Incorporates dynamic relative value credit analysis to determine the best place to deploy capital when looking at the impact of cross currency hedging on total returns
  • Maintains an average investment grade rating, but may invest up to 40% in high yield bonds; adding high yield to an investment grade portfolio may result in a more efficient portfolio

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them may fall as well as rise, and is not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the full amount invested.

The Fund is actively managed and run on an entirely discretionary basis. The Fund is not managed in reference to any benchmark.

Why Does a Short Duration Approach Make Sense?

Crossover Credit – Combining Investment Grade and High Yield Credit Seeking Stable Returns

Risk Considerations

Credit Risk: Issuers of bonds held in the Fund may default on their obligations or have their credit rating downgraded, possibly resulting in a temporary or permanent decrease in the value of those bonds. Bonds in this Fund may be subinvestment grade, meaning that they may produce a higher level of income but also carry greater risk.

Liquidity Risk: The Fund may face difficulties in purchasing or selling its assets, although it endeavors to invest in liquid securities.
Interest Rate Risk: Fixed-rate bonds held in the Fund may fall in price with an increase in the prevailing level of interest rates in the economy. This risk usually decreases for bonds of lower rating and shorter durations.

Currency Risk: Fluctuations in exchange rates may cause the value of your investment to rise or fall. This unit class may be exposed to currencies other than the one in which the unit class is denominated. Although the Manager endeavours to protect the Fund against currency risk, such hedging, achieved through derivatives (see “Derivative Risk” below), is at the Manager’s discretion and it may not be possible or practical to protect against all currency risk.

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The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product or strategy.
Source: Muzinich. Data as of June 30th, 2021. Figures are from the Hedged USD Accumulation A class of the Muzinich Enhancedyield Short-Term Fund. Gross performance does not account for the effect of commissions, fees and other charges associated with investments in the Fund, which would reduce the values depicted. Net Performance provided is net of all fees and expenses. Index performance is for illustrative purposes only. You cannot invest directly in the index. The return of your investment may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations. Inception date: November 26, 2013.

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Muzinich Enhancedyield Short-Term Fund is a sub-fund of Muzinich Funds, a unit trust organised under the laws of Ireland and authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland as UCITS.

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Issued in Singapore and Hong Kong by Muzinich & Co. (Singapore) Pte. Limited, which is licensed and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Registered in Singapore No. 201624477K. Registered address: 6 Battery Road, #26-05, Singapore, 049909. Issued in all other jurisdictions (excluding the U.S.) by Muzinich & Co. Limited. which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England and Wales No. 3852444. Registered address: 8 Hanover Street, London W1S 1YQ, United Kingdom. Ref: 2021-08-24-6961