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Top five European high yield bond funds revealed

We take a look at Europe's strongest performers in high yield bonds over a three-year period.

With the tightening of the global monetary policy and the rise of interest rates, many think the end of the bond bull market is near. 

Here we take a look at the funds that have managed to navigate the uncertain market conditions so far, generating impressive returns. Results are as of 31 May 2018. 

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With the tightening of the global monetary policy and the rise of interest rates, many think the end of the bond bull market is near. 

Here we take a look at the funds that have managed to navigate the uncertain market conditions so far, generating impressive returns. Results are as of 31 May 2018. 

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5: Fidelity Funds - European Hi Yld Y-ACC-CHF H

Fund manager: Andrei Gorodilov

Fund size: CHF 3.81 billion

Total return: 9.1%

Fidelity Funds - European Hi Yld fund ranks fifth with its 9.1% return over the past three years.

The fund’s top holdings include Altice SA, Verisure Midho and Orano SA. The fund’s assets are mostly allocated to the UK, Germany and Italy.

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4: Janus Henderson HF Euro HiYld Bond A2 HCHF

Fund managers: Thomas Hanson & Tom Ross

Fund size: CHF 236.36 million

Total return: 11.3%

The Janus Henderson HF Euro HiYld Bond fund, managed by Thomas Hanson and Tom Ross, has been overperforming the assigned benchmark, the ICE BofAML European Currency Non-Financial High Yield Constrained index (100% Hedged), since May 2016.

The fund’s assets are mostly allocated to the real estate, retail and media sectors.

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3: Nordea 1 - European High Yield Bond HBI CHF

Fund managers: Sandro Naef, Henrik Østergaard & Torben Magaard Skødeberg

Fund size: CHF 4.28 billion

Total return: 12.2%

The Nordea 1 - European High Yield Bond fund has been outperforming its assigned benchmark since September 2015 and is managed by Citywire A-rated managers Sandro Naef, Henrik Østergaard and Torben Magaard Skødeberg.

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2: Algebris Financial Credit I CHF Acc

Fund manager: Sebastiano Pirro

Fund size: CHF 5.82 billion

Total return: 13.3%

The Algebris Financial Credit fund is managed by Citywire AA-rated Sebastiano Pirro.  

The fund’s top holdings include Unicredit at 9%, Santander at 8% and Intesa Sanpaolo at 7%. The fund’s assets are mostly allocated to the UK, Spain and Italy.

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1: Threadneedle Eupn High Yld Bd Inst Gr Acc Hdg CHF

Fund manager: Michael Poole

Fund size: CHF 859 million

Total return: 17.2%

The Threadneedle Eupn High Yld Bd fund takes the top spot in this ranking, hovering above the assigned benchmark with returns of 17.2%.

The fund’s top holdings include Telecom Italia, Telefonica Europe and Softbank Group Corp, and the top allocations by sector are to telecommunications media and banking.

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Andrei Gorodilov
Andrei Gorodilov
6/12 in Bonds - Europe High Yield (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 9.96%
Tom Ross
Tom Ross
6/24 in Bonds - Europe High Yield (Performance over 1 year) Average Total Return: 0.80%
Sandro Naef
Sandro Naef
3/12 in Bonds - Europe High Yield (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 12.93%
Sebastiano Pirro
Sebastiano Pirro
2/12 in Bonds - Europe High Yield (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 13.20%
Michael Poole
Michael Poole
1/12 in Bonds - Europe High Yield (Performance over 3 years) Average Total Return: 18.01%