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Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund

All data as at 31 March 2017 except where specified
  • Summary
  • About the fund
  • Performance (class R)
  • Performance (class I)
  • Composition
  • Key facts
  • Investment insights
  • Literature
  • How to invest

The fund’s aims

The fund aims to achieve an income in addition to capital growth through an actively managed combination of global equities, bonds and cash.

Current prices and yield
(class R)

As at noon, 21 April 2017
Bid price (acc units)87.30p
Bid price (dist units)71.66p
Offer price (acc units)92.46p
Offer price (dist units)75.89p
Historic yield (acc units)3.91%
Historic yield (dist units)4.06%

Investment information
(class R)

Minimum lump sum investment£10,000
Ongoing charge (acc units)1.64%
Ongoing charge (dist units)1.64%

The initial charge is currently waived. The ongoing charge includes the annual management charge of 1.5% and is shown as at the date of the Key Investor Information Document (KIID), where a full explanation of the fund's charges can be found.

Fund managers’ update

The strength of government bonds continues to surprise us. Interest rates in the US are rising, although the tone of statements from the Fed has grown more cautious. The UK’s decision to invoke Article 50, meanwhile, seems to have focused attention on the prospect of the economy slowing down as exit negotiations begin.

Looking ahead, expectations for growth and inflation are rising.

Investment-grade bonds have continued to perform well. Within that area of the market, our focus is on bonds issued by insurers and banks. Fortunately, these have outperformed.

It is, however, high-yield bonds that form the core of the portfolio. Weaker prices of commodities, particularly oil, have prompted some to disinvest from the asset class, especially in the US. Because they are less focused on bonds issued by energy companies, high-yield markets in Europe and the UK have been more resilient.

In equities, some of the biggest contributions in March came from our holdings in three Italian telecoms and TV ‘tower’ companies: INWIT, Rai Way and EI Towers. These are stable infrastructure assets with long-term contracts with telecom providers (such as Vodafone and Telecom Italia) and broadcasters such as RAI and Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset empire. These have begun to perform well as investors returned to Europe to buy ‘mis-priced’ assets. In addition, there are signs the Italian broadcast and telecoms tower sector will gain blessing from regulators to consolidate, leading to synergies and cost savings. This has prompted a very strong rally in all three stocks, which we think are perfect holdings for an income fund.

Looking ahead, expectations for growth and inflation are rising. We believe the fundamentals will prevail in time and that government bonds will come under pressure. In the short term, however, our short gilt position has hindered performance somewhat.

Meanwhile in the UK, the corporate bond-buying programmes are reaching their conclusion. We believe that traditional corporate bonds are expensive due to buying by the central banks in the UK and Europe. We have been focusing on the more attractive financial bonds, insurance bonds and high-yield bonds that have not been part of these programmes. New issues in the last month have been a helpful means of deploying the cashflows coming into the fund. We have been buying Gazprom, Danske Bank (in a small way as we prefer the equity) and adding to our existing positions.

24 March 2017

Update on the Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund


Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 31 March 2017

Value of £1,000 invested at launch to 31 March 2017

Data from 21 May 2012. Source Lipper Limited, distribution units, bid to bid in sterling to 31 March 2017. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested.

Asset allocation

Asset allocation

Source: Artemis as at 31 March 2017. Please note figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Percentage growth (class R)

12 months to 31 March21.2%0.4%11.8%10.8%n/a
12 months to 31 March21.2%0.4%11.8%10.8%n/a
Please remember that past performance is not a guide to the future. Source: Lipper Limited, distribution units, bid to bid in sterling. All figures show total returns with dividends reinvested. As the fund was launched on 21 May 2012, complete five year performance data is not yet available.

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About the fund

The Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund gives investors access to the income-generating potential of both bonds and equities. It uses the dividends and interest payments from these with the aim of generating a regular income for investors.

Global markets contain a wealth of shares that pay solid, sustainable dividends. Bonds also generate a regular and stable income.

Blending the two offers some of the capital and income growth potential of equities, along with the lower volatility and greater predictability of bonds.

  • Monthly income: designed for investors who want a regular income from their investment.
  • Company dividends: within equities, the focus is on looking for quality companies worldwide with positive cashflows to fund future dividend payments.
  • Bond income: the managers determine the appropriate allocation between different types of bonds (government, investment-grade and high-yield). They undertake a credit assessment on individual bonds, looking for those that offer the most value, given the level of risk involved.
  • Experienced managers: jointly managed by James Foster (Artemis Strategic Bond Fund) and Jacob de Tusch-Lec (Artemis Global Income Fund), the fund draws on the collective experience of Artemis’ equity and fixed income teams.

Reasons to consider

The fund may be suitable for investors looking for:

  • the prospect of a monthly income with the potential for capital growth
  • exposure to the growth potential of companies around the world
  • a relatively cautious approach compared to income funds focused solely on equities
  • an experienced management team

Introducing the fund

James Foster, co-manager of the Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund (with Jacob de Tusch-Lec) introduces the Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund, explaining its aim and their investment approach.

Risk considerations

Before making an investment, investors should consider the level of risk they’re comfortable taking with their money.

  • This fund invests mostly in a blend of equities and bonds. The equities are, primarily, substantial, stable businesses. The bonds it holds are issued by governments and large companies.
  • The managers carefully scrutinise bond issuers (governments and companies) before investing. Some of the bonds the fund holds may be issued by lower quality issuers; they pay a higher return but carry a higher risk that the issuer may not be able to make payments on them.  Overall, the managers aim to balance the level of risk across the fund’s portfolio.
  • The fund can also use more complex financial instruments, which can involve more risk, and a proportion of the fund’s investments may be in emerging markets, which can be more volatile than mature markets.
  • Although the fund aims to pay out a regular monthly income, in extreme market conditions, this may not be possible.
  • This fund’s ‘SRRI’ risk rating, a measure of how volatile the fund’s performance has been over time, is currently 4, in a range of 1 (lower risk) to 7 (higher risk).

More detailed information on fund risks is included in the ‘risk warnings’ section below.

Risk warnings

To ensure you understand whether this fund is suitable for you, please read the Key Investor Information Document, which is available, along with the fund’s Prospectus, from

The value of any investment, and any income from it, can rise and fall with movements in stockmarkets, currencies and interest rates. These can move irrationally and can be affected unpredictably by diverse factors, including political and economic events. This could mean that you won’t get back the amount you originally invested.

The fund’s past performance should not be considered a guide to future returns.

The payment of income is not guaranteed.

Because one of the key objectives of the fund is to provide income, the annual management charge is taken from capital rather than income. This can reduce the potential for capital growth.

The fund may use derivatives (financial instruments whose value is linked to the expected price movements of an underlying asset) for investment purposes, including taking long and short positions, and may use borrowing from time to time. It may also invest in derivatives to protect the value of the fund, reduce costs and/or generate additional income. Investing in derivatives also carries risks, however. In the case of a ‘short’ position, for example, if the price of the underlying asset rises in value, the fund will lose money.

The fund may invest in emerging markets, which can involve greater risk than investing in developed markets. In particular, more volatility (sharper rises and falls in unit prices) can be expected.

The fund may invest in fixed-interest securities. These are issued by governments, companies and other entities and pay a fixed level of income or interest. These payments (including repayment of capital) are subject to credit risks. Meanwhile, the market value of these assets will be particularly influenced by movements in interest rates and by changes in interest-rate expectations.

The fund may invest in higher yielding bonds, which may increase the risk to your capital. Investing in these types of assets (which are also known as sub-investment grade bonds) can produce a higher yield but also brings an increased risk of default, which would affect the capital value of your investment.

The fund holds bonds which could prove difficult to sell. As a result, the fund may have to lower the selling price, sell other investments or forego more appealing investment opportunities.

The historic yield reflects distribution payments declared by the fund over the previous year as a percentage of its mid-market unit price. It does not include any preliminary charge. Investors may be subject to tax on the distribution payments that they receive.

The additional expenses of the fund are currently capped at 0.14%. This has the effect of capping the ongoing charge for the class I units issued by the fund at 0.89% and for class R units at 1.64%. Artemis reserves the right to remove the cap without notice.

Any research and analysis in this communication has been obtained by Artemis for its own use. Although this communication is based on sources of information that Artemis believes to be reliable, no guarantee is given as to its accuracy or completeness.

Any forward-looking statements are based on Artemis’ current expectations and projections and are subject to change without notice.

Issued by Artemis Fund Managers Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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