Melbourne-based bond boutique manager, Jamieson Coote Bonds (JCB) has been awarded a ‘recommended’ rating from Zenith Investment Partners for its CC JCB Active Bond Fund.
At the same time, the fund announced that its assets under management (AUM) have surpassed $1 billion due to continual inflows into its defensive bond strategy.
Andrew King, head of distribution at Channel Capital, which is a distribution partner for JCB, said that the market saw in recent time a number of discussions held by both institutional clients and advisers on how the defensive part of portfolio was going to perform under market stress.
“Australian high-grade bonds are the most defensive part of the fixed income allocation and whilst an allocation to such a strategy is common offshore, investors in Australia are becoming more concerned around risks within their portfolios,” JCB’s executive director, Angus Coote said.
“The CC JCB Active Bond Fund may provide an option for Australian investors seeking to defend their portfolio against sequencing and concentration risk at this late cycle stage.”
The fund also received the same rating from Lonsec Research.
The chart below from FE Analytics shows the performance of the fund over the last year relative to it’s sector and benchmark.