FundsLibrary uses the ICB sector breakdown for sector classification.
The ICB structure for sector and industry analysis enables the comparison of companies across four levels of classification and national boundaries. It offers a balance between levels of aggregation, for those who look at markets from the top down, and granularity, for those who look at markets from the bottom up.
Each company is allocated to the subsector that most closely represents the nature of its business, which is determined by its source of revenue or where it constitutes the majority of revenue.
ICB sectors only apply to equities. Where a fund holds a proportion of equities and a proportion of fixed interest (or other) securities, those additional elements are also analysed to provide greater detail. For example, 70% of the fund is in equities so that is split into the appropriate ICB sectors. The remaining 30% is in fixed interest holdings so those get split down into:Bonds:
Where a fund holds exclusively Bonds then a Bond Sector Breakdown is shown instead. In this situation corporate bonds are mapped to their parent equity and then into their sectors. For example, a corporate bond issued by BP is mapped back to BP and lands into the Oil & Gas sector. If the fund has other bond holdings (i.e. not corporate bonds) then the following detail is provided:
In addition, any residual holdings in equities are grouped together as equities (they are not split into their sectors) and other assets are classified appropriately as follows: