Prudential BlackRock Aquila All Stocks Corporate Bond Index S3

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Portfolio data accurate as at:

Performance

Discrete performance - to latest available quarter end

31/03/19
to
31/03/20
31/03/20
to
31/03/21
31/03/21
to
31/03/22
31/03/22
to
31/03/23
31/03/23
to
31/03/24
Fund 2.7% 6.7% -5.5% -10.1% 5.4%
Benchmark 1.5% 7.0% -5.2% -10.2% 6.1%

Performance - to latest available quarter end

Quarter Annualised
1
2024
3 Years to
31/03/24
5 Years to
31/03/24
10 Years to
31/03/24
Fund 0.3% -3.6% -0.4% 2.6%
Benchmark 0.1% -3.3% -0.4% 2.5%

Top 10 Holdings

Stock % Weight
KFW MTN RegS 1.125 07/04/2025 0.60
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK 5.625 06/07/2032 0.46
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK MTN RegS 1.375 03/07/2025 0.46
KFW MTN RegS 4.125 02/18/2026 0.41
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK MTN RegS 1 09/21/2026 0.38
European Investment Bank 6% 2028 0.35
KFW MTN RegS 4.875 10/10/2028 0.34
KFW MTN RegS 3.75 01/09/2029 0.34
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK 1.25 12/15/2025 0.33
KFW MTN RegS 1.375 12/15/2025 0.32
Total 3.99

Fund Aims

Objective: The investment strategy of the fund is to purchase units in the BlackRock Aquila Life Corporate Bond Index Fund All Stocks - the underlying fund.

Underlying Fund Objective: The fund invests in investment grade corporate bonds denominated in sterling and aims to achieve a return consistent with the iBoxx £ Non-Gilts Index. This index covers the broad spectrum of investment grade corporate bonds in issue.

Fund Manager

BlackRock Team Managed manager of the underlying fund for 24 years and 3 months

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Fund Overview

Daily price (21/05/2024) 198.10
Fund size (30/04/2024) £5.17m
Underlying Fund size £564.23m
Number of holdings 1725
Annual Management Charge (AMC) Please refer to the "Fund Guide"
for your specific pension plan
Launch date 15/07/2005

Asset Allocation

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  International Bonds 61.05%
  UK Corporate Bonds 33.85%
  Alternative Trading Strategies 0.06%
  Cash and Equivalents -0.15%
  Other Assets 5.19%

Commentary

Performance as at Q1 2024 - March was a sign of relief for the bond market after the strong rise in rates to start 2024. UK inflation cooled, and gilt yields across the curve trended lower. However, the trend of credit spreads could not be broken, finishing tighter on the month. Another Bank of England (BoE) meeting saw the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) keep their bank rate on hold for the 5th consecutive time at 5.25%, as expected. Overall economic data for the UK was strong over the month; PMIs continued to show a recession is probably over (following back-to-back quarterly declines), while the fall in inflation also helped show signs of a recovery for the UK economy. The start of the month saw PMIs continue to trend higher, showing strong signs of economic growth for the UK economy as the composite grew from 52.9 to 53. The first sign of inflation cooling for the month was through the continued decline in wage earnings, now at 6.1%, its lowest recording since December 2022. The unemployment rate remains below 4%, although just above expectations and last month’s rate of 3.8%, now at 3.9%. GDP was mixed, with month-on-month (MoM) growth at 0.2%, while year-on-year (YoY) showed a decline at -0.3%. Inflation reports continue to be the focus, as expectations fell from 3.3% to 3%. Headline inflation also slowed to 3.4% YoY, lower than forecasted and a drop from 4% last month, its lowest report since October 2021. Core inflation fell to 4.5%, its lowest number since early 2022, while headline services inflation remains at 6.1%, not far off the peak of 7.4% in July 2023. The end of the month saw the BoE keep their bank rate unchanged, with all but one member who voted for a cut in agreement with the hold. Given the positive economic data over the month for the UK, gilt yields drifted around 10 basis points lower across the curve as the market starts to rethink an environment of yields higher for longer.

Source: BlackRock

Important Information

Because of changes in exchange rates the value of your investment, as well as any money you take from it, can go down as well as up.

Some funds may invest in ‘underlying’ funds or other investment vehicles. The performance of our fund, compared to what it’s invested in won’t be exactly the same. That can be due to additional charges, cash management (needed to help people to enter and leave our fund when they want), tax and the timing of investments (this is known as a fund’s dealing cycle, it varies between managers and can be several days).

Source of portfolio data: Broadridge. Source of performance data: FE fundinfo. We can’t predict the future. Past performance isn’t a guide to future performance. The figures shown are intended only to demonstrate performance history of the fund, after allowing for the impact of fund charges and further costs, but take no account of any Annual Management Charge paid for by the deduction of units. Charges and further costs may vary in the future and may be higher than they are now. Fund performance is based upon the movement of the daily price and is shown as total return in GBP with gross income reinvested. The value of your client’s investment can go down as well as up and the amount your client gets back may be less than they put in.

This factsheet is intended for the advisers of occupational pension schemes using Prudential group pension contracts and Prudential grouped personal pensions and Stakeholder pension contracts. its purpose is to provide an insight into how investment markets and funds have performed over the period and is provided for information only. You should refer to your client's scheme documentation (e.g. Fund Guide) for fund availability, investment strategy, any scheme information and charges. Every care has been taken in populating this output, however it must be appreciated that neither Broadridge, Prudential nor their sources guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of this infomation or make any warranties regarding results from its usage.

Portfolio data accurate as at:

Asset Allocation

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  International Bonds 61.05%
  UK Corporate Bonds 33.85%
  Alternative Trading Strategies 0.06%
  Cash and Equivalents -0.15%
  Other Assets 5.19%

Bond Sector Breakdown

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Industry Supersector Sector Subsector
 
Bonds 94.90% - - -
 
Non-Classified 5.19% - - -
 
Non-Classified - 0.00% - -
 
Non-Classified - - 0.00% -
 
Non-Classified - - - 0.00%
 
Alternative Trading Strategies 0.06% - - -
 
Alternative Trading Strategies - 0.06% - -
 
Alternative Trading Strategies - - 0.06% -
 
Alternative Trading Strategies - - - 0.06%
 
Cash and Equivalents -0.15% - - -

Regional Allocation

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  UK 33.85%
  Developed Europe - Excl UK 31.82%
  North America 17.29%
  Non-Classified 13.13%
  Emerging Asia 1.39%
  Australia & New Zealand 1.10%
  South & Central America 0.52%
  Middle East & Africa 0.50%
  Japan 0.34%
  Other Regions 0.06%

Fixed Interest Currencies

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  Pound Sterling 91.59%
  Non-Fixed Interest Assets 5.25%
  US Dollar 2.05%
  Euro 1.14%
  Australian Dollar 0.06%
  Lari 0.06%
  Cash -0.15%

Regional Breakdown

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Region Country
 
UK 33.85% -
 
United Kingdom - 33.85%
 
Developed Europe - Excl UK 31.82% -
 
France - 8.48%
 
Germany - 5.89%
 
Luxembourg - 5.41%
 
Netherlands - 4.82%
 
Finland - 1.24%
 
Spain - 1.15%
 
Sweden - 0.95%
 
Switzerland - 0.86%
 
Denmark - 0.86%
 
Norway - 0.80%
 
Italy - 0.77%
 
Ireland - 0.38%
 
Belgium - 0.22%
 
North America 17.29% -
 
United States - 14.96%
 
Canada - 2.32%
 
Non-Classified 13.13% -
 
Emerging Asia 1.39% -
 
Philippines - 1.18%
 
China - 0.21%
 
Australia & New Zealand 1.10% -
 
Australia - 1.10%
 
South & Central America 0.52% -
 
Mexico - 0.52%
 
Middle East & Africa 0.50% -
 
Cote D'Ivoire - 0.25%
 
United Arab Emirates - 0.25%
 
Japan 0.34% -
 
Japan - 0.34%
 
Developed Asia 0.22% -
 
Hong Kong - 0.13%
 
Singapore - 0.09%
 
Cash and Equivalents -0.15% -

Fixed Interest Maturity Profile

< 5Yr Maturity
 
 
44.94%
5Yr - 10Yr Maturity
 
 
21.42%
10Yr - 15Yr Maturity
 
 
10.00%
> 15Yr Maturity
 
 
18.54%
Cash And Equivalents
 
-0.15%
Unknown Maturity
 
 
5.14%
Other Asset Types
 
 
0.11%

Fixed Interest Quality Profile

AAA
 
 
20.07%
AA
 
 
10.91%
A
 
 
24.73%
BBB
 
 
29.91%
Sub-Investment Grade
 
 
0.47%
Unknown Quality
 
 
8.83%
Cash and Equivalents
 
-0.15%
Other Asset Types
 
 
5.25%

Top 10 Holdings

Stock % Weight Sector Country
1 KFW MTN RegS 1.125 07/04/2025 0.60% Bonds Germany
2 EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK 5.625 06/07/2032 0.46% Bonds Luxembourg
3 EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK MTN RegS 1.375 03/07/2025 0.46% Bonds Luxembourg
4 KFW MTN RegS 4.125 02/18/2026 0.41% Bonds Germany
5 EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK MTN RegS 1 09/21/2026 0.38% Bonds Luxembourg
6 European Investment Bank 6% 2028 0.35% Bonds Luxembourg
7 KFW MTN RegS 4.875 10/10/2028 0.34% Bonds Germany
8 KFW MTN RegS 3.75 01/09/2029 0.34% Bonds Germany
9 INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK 1.25 12/15/2025 0.33% Bonds United States
10 KFW MTN RegS 1.375 12/15/2025 0.32% Bonds Germany

Important Information

Because of changes in exchange rates the value of your investment, as well as any money you take from it, can go down as well as up.

Some funds may invest in ‘underlying’ funds or other investment vehicles. The performance of our fund, compared to what it’s invested in won’t be exactly the same. That can be due to additional charges, cash management (needed to help people to enter and leave our fund when they want), tax and the timing of investments (this is known as a fund’s dealing cycle, it varies between managers and can be several days).

The Industry Classification Benchmark is a product of FTSE International Limited and has been licensed for use.

This factsheet is for investment professionals and is for information purposes only. Should you wish to present any of this content to your client, please refer to similar pages on pru.co.uk. You should refer to your client’s policy documentation and supporting brochures for fund availability, investment strategy, any product information and charges. Every care has been taken in populating this output, however it must be appreciated that neither Broadridge, Prudential nor their sources guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of this information or make any warranties regarding results from its usage.

Identification Codes

Sedol Code B08ZTP4
Mex Code PURAF
Isin Code GB00B08ZTP47
Citi Code UO36

Fund Charges

Annual Management Charge (AMC) Please refer to the "Fund Guide"
for your specific pension plan

Aims and Benchmark

Aims Objective: The investment strategy of the fund is to purchase units in the BlackRock Aquila Life Corporate Bond Index Fund All Stocks - the underlying fund. Underlying Fund Objective: The fund invests in investment grade corporate bonds denominated in sterling and aims to achieve a return consistent with the iBoxx £ Non-Gilts Index. This index covers the broad spectrum of investment grade corporate bonds in issue.
Benchmark iBoxx Sterling Non-Gilts Index
Sector ABI Sterling Corporate Bond

Important Information

Because of changes in exchange rates the value of your investment, as well as any money you take from it, can go down as well as up.

Some funds may invest in ‘underlying’ funds or other investment vehicles. The performance of our fund, compared to what it’s invested in won’t be exactly the same. That can be due to additional charges, cash management (needed to help people to enter and leave our fund when they want), tax and the timing of investments (this is known as a fund’s dealing cycle, it varies between managers and can be several days).

Charges and further costs may vary in the future and may be higher than they are now.

This factsheet is for investment professionals and is for information purposes only. Should you wish to present any of this content to your client, please refer to similar pages on pru.co.uk. You should refer to your client’s policy documentation and supporting brochures for fund availability, investment strategy, any product information and charges. Every care has been taken in populating this output, however it must be appreciated that neither Broadridge, Prudential nor their sources guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of this information or make any warranties regarding results from its usage.

Risk Analysis

Ratio Value
Alpha -0.75
Beta 0.90
Sharpe -0.01
Standard Deviation 8.95
Info Ratio -0.10

Risk Factors

Risk Factor Yes / No
Charges to Capital No
Emerging Markets No
Concentrated Portfolio No
Smaller Companies No
High Yield Bonds No
Sector Specific No
Geared Investments No
Value of Investments Yes
Investments Long Term Yes
Property No
Exchange Rate No
Higher Risk No
Performance Charges No
Derivative Exposure No
Offshore No
Income Eroding Capital Growth No
Umbrella Liabilities No
New Fund No
Solvency of Depository No
Solvency of Bond Issuers No
Ethical Restrictions No
Liquidity No
Returns Are Not Guaranteed No
Inflation No
Taxation and Tax Relief No

Fund Specific Risks

Value of Investments

The value of investments, and any income can fall, as well as rise, so you could get back less than you invested. Neither capital nor income is guaranteed.

Investments Long Term

Investments should be regarded as long term and are not suitable for money which may be needed in the short term, you should always have a sufficient cash reserve.

Important Information

Because of changes in exchange rates the value of your investment, as well as any money you take from it, can go down as well as up.

Some funds may invest in ‘underlying’ funds or other investment vehicles. The performance of our fund, compared to what it’s invested in won’t be exactly the same. That can be due to additional charges, cash management (needed to help people to enter and leave our fund when they want), tax and the timing of investments (this is known as a fund’s dealing cycle, it varies between managers and can be several days).

The risk factor definitions are provided by Broadridge. These definitions may differ from those of Prudential or any underlying fund manager. The data itself is provided by Prudential or the underlying fund manager.

This factsheet is intended for the advisers of occupational pension schemes using Prudential group pension contracts and Prudential grouped personal pensions and Stakeholder pension contracts. its purpose is to provide an insight into how investment markets and funds have performed over the period and is provided for information only. You should refer to your client's scheme documentation (e.g. Fund Guide) for fund availability, investment strategy, any scheme information and charges. Every care has been taken in populating this output, however it must be appreciated that neither Broadridge, Prudential nor their sources guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of this infomation or make any warranties regarding results from its usage.

These risk ratings have been developed by Prudential to help provide an indication of a fund’s potential level of risk and reward based on the type of assets which may be held by the fund. Other companies may use different descriptions and as such these risk ratings should not be considered as generic across the fund management industry.

We regularly review our fund risk ratings, so they may change in the future. If, in our view, there is a material change in the fund's level of risk, for example due to a significant change to the assets held by the fund or in the way the fund is managed, we will provide information on the new risk rating. We recommend that you make sure you understand the risk rating of any fund before you invest.

  • Higher Risk
  • Medium to Higher Risk
  • Medium Risk
  • Lower to Medium Risk
  • Lower Risk
  • Minimal Risk

Lower to Medium Risk

These funds may invest in corporate bonds or multi-asset strategies with a higher weighting in corporate bonds (and other comparable strategies).

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Important Information

This factsheet is intended for the advisers of occupational pension schemes using Prudential group pension contracts and Prudential grouped personal pensions and Stakeholder pension contracts. Its purpose is to provide an insight into how investment markets and funds have performed over the period and is provided for information only. You should refer to your client's scheme documentation (e.g. Fund Guide) for fund availability, investment strategy, any scheme information and charges. Every care has been taken in populating this output, however it must be appreciated that neither Broadridge, Prudential nor their sources guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of this infomation or make any warranties regarding results from its usage.

Important Information

Because of changes in exchange rates the value of your investment, as well as any money you take from it, can go down as well as up.

Some funds may invest in ‘underlying’ funds or other investment vehicles. The performance of our fund, compared to what it’s invested in won’t be exactly the same. That can be due to additional charges, cash management (needed to help people to enter and leave our fund when they want), tax and the timing of investments (this is known as a fund’s dealing cycle, it varies between managers and can be several days).

Source of performance data: FE fundinfo. We can’t predict the future. Past performance isn’t a guide to future performance. The figures shown are intended only to demonstrate performance history of the fund, after allowing for the impact of fund charges and further costs, but take no account of any Annual Management Charge paid for by the deduction of units. Charges and further costs may vary in the future and may be higher than they are now. Fund performance is based upon the movement of the daily price and is shown as total return in GBP with gross income reinvested. The value of your client’s investment can go down as well as up and the amount your client gets back may be less than they put in.

This factsheet is intended for the advisers of occupational pension schemes using Prudential group pension contracts and Prudential grouped personal pensions and Stakeholder pension contracts. Its purpose is to provide an insight into how investment markets and funds have performed over the period and is provided for information only. You should refer to your client's scheme documentation (e.g. Fund Guide) for fund availability, investment strategy, any scheme information and charges. Every care has been taken in populating this output, however it must be appreciated that neither Broadridge, Prudential nor their sources guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of this infomation or make any warranties regarding results from its usage.

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