Seeks to achieve total returns using a combination of income and capital growth through sustainable investments by:

  • Investing at least 70% of its assets in European high yield debt securities

  • Investing at least 80% of its assets in debt securities that the Investment Manager believes are positively aligned with sustainable investment themes

  • Applying a top-down thematic screening process for UNSDG-alignment and a rigorous bottom-up ESG integration approach, including a proprietary ESG scoring

  • Making a strategic allocation to ESG bond structures, such as green bonds

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Investment Risks to Consider

These and other risks are described in the Portfolio's prospectus

Investment in the Portfolio entails certain risks. Investment returns and principal value of the Portfolio will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Some of the principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:

  • Corporate debt obligations risk: The risk that a particular issuer may not fulfill its payment and other obligations. In addition, an issuer may experience adverse changes to its financial position or a decrease in its credit rating resulting in increased debt obligation price volatility and negative liquidity. There may also be a higher risk of default.

  • Derivatives risk: The Portfolio may include financial derivative instruments. These may be used to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to underlying assets and may create gearing; their use may result in greater fluctuations of the net asset value.

  • Emerging-markets risk: Where the Portfolio invests in emerging markets, these assets are generally smaller and more sensitive to economic and political factors, and may be less easily traded, which could cause a loss to the Portfolio.

  • Fixed-income securities risk: The value of these investments will change in response to fluctuations in interest rates and currency exchange rates, as well as changes in the credit quality of the issuer. Also, medium, lower and unrated securities may be subject to wider fluctuations in yield and market values than higher-rated securities.

  • Focused portfolio risk: Investing in a limited number of issuers, industries, sectors or countries may subject the Portfolio to greater volatility than one invested in a larger or more diverse array of securities.

  • Lower-rated and unrated instruments risk: These securities are subject to a greater risk of loss of capital and interest, and are usually less liquid and more volatile. Some investments may be in high-yielding fixed-income securities, so the risk of depreciation and capital losses may be unavoidable

  • OTC derivatives counterparty risk: Transactions in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets may have generally less governmental regulation and supervision than transactions entered into on organized exchanges. These will be subject to the risk that its direct counterparty will not perform its obligations and that the Portfolio will sustain losses.

  • Sovereign debt obligations risk: The risk that government issued debt obligations will be exposed to direct or indirect consequences of political, social and economic changes in various countries. Political changes or the economic status of a country may impact the willingness or ability of a government to honour its payment obligations.

  • Structured investments risk: These types of instruments are potentially more volatile and carry greater market risks than traditional debt instruments, depending on the structure. Changes in a benchmark may be magnified by the terms of the structured instrument and have an even more dramatic and substantial effect upon its value. These instruments may be less liquid and more difficult to price than less complex instruments.

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