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Kames Strategic Bond Acc A

Ranked 54 out of 61 in - Sterling Strategic Bond over 12 months
All calculations are in GBP

Managed by

Philip Milburn

Philip Milburn has spent the entirety of his financial career at Kames Capital (formerly AEGON). He constructs a portfolio of between 40 and 60 holdings for his Kames High Yield Bond fund and invests in bonds and only bonds for the High Yield Bond fund. Earlier in his career Milburn spent a year on secondment to Latin American equities and worked as Global Telecoms Coordinator at the group. Born in Nottingham in 1974, Milburn holds a first class masters degree in economics from Edinburgh University. He is a keen sportsman who enjoys squash, 5-a-side football and skiing.

David Roberts

Born in 1966, David Roberts graduated in Economics and Industrial relations from Strathclyde University and completed an MSc in Investment Analysis from Stirling University. He joined TSB Scotland in 1988 before moving to Bankers Trust and ran the treasury operation for the firm's global custody business. A year later Lloyds TSB snapped him up to play a front office role in which he was primarily responsible for the expansion of institutional business. In 1997 he was recruited to develop in house credit systems at Britannic and in 2001 was appointed head of credit at the company. Roberts left Britannic to join Scottish rivals Aegon (now Kames Capital) as head of retail fixed income in March 2004. The Kames Sterling Corporate Bond fund invests predominantly in UK fixed interest, while the Kames Strategic Global Bond fund invests in bonds from around the world.


The primary investment objective is to maximise total return (income plus capital) by investing in global debt instruments denominated in any currency, ranging from AAA Government Bonds through to high yield and emerging market corporate bonds. At least 80% of the fund will be invested in sterling and other currency denominated bonds hedged back to sterling. The fund may also invest in deposits, money market instruments, derivative instruments and forward transactions.


Sterling Strategic Bond over : 31/10/2014 - 31/10/2015

Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 30/09/2015 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2015 2.8% -2.2% -2.1%
2014 3.5% 2.2% 1.7% -0.2% -0.2%
2013 4.2% 2.5% -1.9% 1.4% 2.2%
2012 15.5% 6.2% 0.7% 5.0% 2.9%
2011 0.4% 3.9% 0.2% -5.1% 1.5%
2010 8.8% 5.4% -1.1% 5.5% -1.1%
2009 39.4% -5.2% 21.0% 17.6% 3.3%
2008 -16.1% -0.5% -2.4% -8.6% -5.5%
2007 -0.6% 0.9% -0.7% -0.3% -0.4%
2006 3.1% 0.3% -1.3% 3.4% 0.8%
2005 8.8% 0.8% 3.8% 2.0% 1.9%
2004 10.8% 2.0% -2.7% 6.2% 5.2%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Registered For Sale In

  1. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date16/12/2003
  • Share Class size683Mn
  • Base currencyGBP
  • ISIN GB0033988543

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment500
  • Min. additional investment50


  • Annual management1.25%
  • Initial investment0

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Performance is for the period shown (month end to month end, bid/bid, gross income reinvested, calculated in GBP).