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M&G Optimal Income

Ranked 22 out of 60 in - Sterling Strategic Bond over 12 months
All calculations are in GBP unless stated

Managed by

Richard Woolnough

Richard Woolnough has more than twenty years of experience in fixed interest investment. Born in Chesterfield in 1964, Woolnough graduated from the London School of Economics and started his fixed interest career with Italian group Assicurzioni Generali in 1987. He then joined SBC Warburg as a sterling instruments trader before moving to Old Mutual in 1995 where he was responsible for the Old Mutual Corporate Bond fund and Old Mutual UK Fixed Interest long-term bond fund. Woolnough made the switch to M&G Investments early in 2004 to take charge of the firm’s Corporate Bond fund. He currently manages this and the Strategic Corporate Bond fund which was launched in February 2004. Both the Corporate Bond fund and the Strategic Corporate Bond fund invest mostly in investment grade corporate bonds, although the Strategic Corporate Bond fund holds far fewer stocks, and takes larger duration and credit positions. Woolnough also manages the M&G Optimal Income fund, which can invest wherever the manager sees best value in the fixed income universe.


The fund aims to provide a total return to investors based on exposure to optimal income streams in investment markets. The Fund aims to provide a total return to investors through strategic asset allocation and specific stock selection. The Fund will be at least 50% invested in debt instruments, but may also invest in other assets including collective investment schemes, money market instruments, cash, near cash, deposits, equities and derivatives. Derivative instruments may be used for both investment purposes and efficient portfolio management.

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Sterling Strategic Bond over : 30/11/2016 - 30/11/2017
  • Rank 22/60 Total Return
  • Rank 20/60 Standard Deviation
  • Rank 26/60 Max Drawdown
Fund Name Currency Risk
18 St James's Place Corporate Bond L Acc GBP


19 Aberdeen ICVC Strategic Bond A Acc GBP


20 M&G Optimal Income A Inc GBP


21 Aviva Investors Strategic Bond SC 1 Inc

Currency exposure is hedged

Currency exposure is hedged



22 PIMCO Select UK Income Bond Inst GBP Acc GBP


22 Artemis Strategic Bond QR Acc GBP


Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 29/09/2017 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2017 1.1% 2.4% 0.8%
2016 8.2% 1.0% 0.7% 3.8% 2.5%
2015 -0.8% 0.7% -1.1% -1.5% 1.0%
2014 5.3% 1.8% 2.1% 0.1% 1.2%
2013 7.8% 2.6% -0.4% 2.7% 2.7%
2012 13.8% 5.5% -0.1% 4.8% 2.9%
2011 6.6% 1.9% 1.6% -1.6% 4.6%
2010 9.3% 4.2% -0.6% 5.4% 0.1%
2009 34.2% 3.8% 13.1% 11.0% 3.0%
2008 -3.4% -1.1% 1.0% -0.6% -2.7%
2007 3.2% 1.2% 0.9% -0.4% 1.4%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Asset Allocation



Top 10 Holdings

Stock Size
Credit Default Swap General Securities 2.61
Germany 0.500% 23-Feb-2018 2.48
Germany 0.250% 13-Apr-2018 2.48
Germany 4.250% 04-Jul-2018 2.34
Germany 1.000% 22-Feb-2019 2.30
Germany 0.500% 12-Apr-2019 2.29
Germany 1.000% 12-Oct-2018 2.29
Germany 0.750% 15-Apr-2018 1.95
Germany 1.750% 15-Apr-2020 1.35
Germany 0.500% 13-Oct-2017 1.23

Registered For Sale In

  1. Singapore
  2. Switzerland
  3. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date08/12/2006
  • Share Class size21,442Mn
  • Base currencyGBP
  • ISIN GB00B1H05049

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment500
  • Min. regular additional investment100


  • Annual management1.25%
  • Initial investment3

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Woolnough ramps equity risk in M&G Optimal Income

Industry veteran adds stock bets to primarily bond-based blockbuster strategy to capitalise on relative value.

Woolnough warns BoE against hasty post-Brexit action

Veteran investor says time is on Mark Carney’s side and aggressive action at next central bank meeting would be a misstep.

M&G suffers £2.7bn outflow from Optimal Income fund

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Woolnough takes M&G Optimal Income's sterling duration below 2 years

M&G fund manager Richard Woolnough has trimmed the sterling duration on his £24 billion M&G Optimal Income fund.


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