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Allianz US High Yield - AM - HKD

ISIN: LU0648978533

Investment Objective:

The fund concentrates on high-yielding corporate bonds of companies that are domiciled in the U.S.A. Up to 20% of the fund's assets may be invested in securities that are denominated in currencies other than the US-dollar. The investment objective is long-term capital appreciation.

Fund manager:

Forsyth, Doug

Portfolio Highlights:

A software company and an aircraft component manufacturer were purchased. Sales included the aforementioned auto parts company as well as issues that were called or tendered.


Volatility has returned, and the factors driving that volatility are numerous. However, low rates, modest growth and strong credit fundamentals are just three of the factors that contribute to a prolonged positive outlook for the high-yield bond market. Investors would be wise to take advantage of lower prices when they present themselves. There has been a clear change in sentiment towards energy companies in the high yield market. However, if crude prices remain low, it will be a significant boost to consumer spending power and the overall US economy. In addition, this increase in demand should ultimately stabilize the oil market. Fundamentals have not changed materially from the previous period, which is positive. Credit statistics support investment in the asset class. Balance sheets are solid. Leverage ratios and interest coverage ratios are near, or better than, levels seen in the past 25 years. Corporate cash levels remain high, and acquisition activity is ongoing. Lower-coupon new issues have produced a lower semi-annual interest expense burden. The economic outlook is positive for the US as economic statistics continue to support a slow grind higher. The eventual tighter stance and initial rate hike by the Fed will be data-dependent. Importantly, when viewed historically, the trajectory of risk assets has been higher during the six months before and after an initial Fed hike. As a result, investor conviction about high-yield defaults remaining low should actually be bolstered if the economy is strong enough for Fed tightening.


Fund price as of 1/29/15

Issue price: 9.51

Redemption price: 9.23

Type of fund: bond fund

Risk and Reward Indicator*: 4

Currency: HKD

Redemption price (previous day): 9.22

Deviation in %: 0.11

Interim profit: -

Equity gains EStG-investors in %: -

Equity gains KStG-investors in %: -

Annual high (1/14/15): 9.30

Annual low (1/21/15): 9.20

* For each fund a risk and reward indicator will be disclosed which will be calculated on the basis of the fund's volatility. The volatility describes how much the value of the fund went up and down in the past. Funds of categories 1 to 7 of the risk and reward profile have shown in the past a very low (category 1) up to a very high (category 7) volatility. The units of a fund of category 1 to 7 of the risk and reward profile might be subject to very low up to very high price fluctuations based on the historical volatilities observed.


Morningstar-Rating: ** (2)

Feri-Rating: -

Performance data in %

Date: 12/31/14

1 year: -0.89

3 years: 17.17

3 years annualised: 5.42

5 years: -

5 years annualised: -

10 years: -

10 years annualised: -

Since inception: 20.49

Since inception annualised: 5.68

Volatility in %

Date: 12/31/14

3 years: 4.28

5 years: -

Basis of calculation for performance: Unit value (not including front-end loads); Distributions reinvested. Average annual performance is calculated by distributing the total performance of a period, taking into account the compound interest effect, evenly across each respective year.

Past performance is not a guide to future returns.

Source: IDS GmbH


+ Particular yield potential of high-yielding corporate bonds
+ Capital gains opportunities on declining market yields
+ Currency gains against investor currency possible in unhedged unit classes
+ Broad diversification across individual securities
+ Possible extra returns through single security analysis and active management


+ High-yielding corporate bonds entail above-average risk of volatility and capital loss. The fund unit price may be subject to sharply increased volatility.
+ Bonds suffer price declines on rising interest rates
+ Currency losses against investor currency possible in unhedged unit classes
+ Limited participation in the potential of individual securities
+ No guarantee that single security analysis and active management will be successful