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Diversified Income Fund

Fund highlights

Strong defence, attractive results

Defensive return fund: Aiming for attractive income with capital growth

Attractive, sustainable yield: Targets 4-6%1 p.a. distributed monthly

'Bond-like’ volatility: Targets less than half the volatility of UK equities

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1. Defensive return fund


Calendar year returns: 2016: 5.9%; 2015: 2.0%; 2014: 5.3%; 2013: 6.2%; 2012: 7.4%.

Source: Morningstar, 30.09.17. Performance is net of fees (NAV based, including ongoingcharges), gross income reinvested (net of UK basic rate tax pre 05.04.16), in GBP. 3For illustrative purposes only. Prior to 03.09.12, the Fund was known as the Managed Distribution Fund and was managed to a different investment objective. Calendar year performance source: Morningstar, 5 years ending December 2016. Performance is net of fees (I Share class, NAV based, including ongoing charges, excluding initial charges), gross income reinvested.

2. Attractive, sustainable income

Charges are taken from capital and may constrain future growth. The amount of income may rise or fall.

Source: Investec Asset Management. 2Yields quoted are for the I Inc-2 share class of the Fund.

3. Bond-like volatility

Source: Morningstar, Bloomberg, BofA Merrill Lynch, Investec Asset Management, in GBP. Annualised standard deviation of monthly returns over 3 years. For specific indices* information please refer to the Important Information section.


Identifying attractive income opportunities across asset classes

The Investec Diversified Income Fund’s portfolio is built from the bottom-up with a focus on quality investments. This bottom-up focus helps to identify individual securities which are not only attractive but which also add defensive characteristics. All investments are chosen for the way they behave in different market environments rather than on their basic labels and exhibit Growth, Defensive or Uncorrelated characteristics.

General risks

The value of investments, and any income generated from them, can fall as well as rise. Where charges are taken from capital, this may constrain future growth.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. If any currency differs from the investor's home currency, returns may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations.

Investment objectives and performance targets may not necessarily be achieved, losses may be made.

Specific risks

Default: There is a risk that the issuers of fixed income investments (e.g. bonds) may not be able to meet interest payments nor repay the money they have borrowed. The worse the credit quality of the issuer, the greater the risk of default and therefore investment loss. Multi-asset investment: The portfolio is subject to possible financial losses in multiple markets and may underperform more focused portfolios. Developing market: Some countries may have less developed legal, political, economic and/or other systems. These markets carry a higher risk of financial loss than those in countries generally regarded as being more developed. Derivative counterparty: A counterparty to a derivative transaction may fail to meet its obligations thereby leading to financial loss. Derivatives: The use of derivatives may increase overall risk by magnifying the effect of both gains and losses. This may lead to large changes in value and potentially large financial loss. Currency exchange: Changes in the relative values of different currencies may adversely affect the value of investments and any related income. Interest rate: The value of fixed income investments (e.g. bonds) tends to decrease when interest rates and/or inflation rises. Government securities exposure: The portfolio may invest more than 35% of its assets in government securities issued or guaranteed by a permitted single state.

John Stopford

Portfolio Manager

Jason Bobora

Assistant Portfolio

Seeking sustainable sources of income

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Important information

All information is as at 30.09.17 unless otherwise stated.

1This is an aim and not guaranteed.
*Indices: Investment Grade Debt: BofAML Global Broad Market Corp TR USD; DM Government Debt: BofAML Global Governments Bond II TR USD; EM HC Debt: JPMorgan EMBI Global Diversified; EM LC Debt: JPMorgan GBI-EM Global Diversified; Global Infrastructure: S&P Global Infrastructure TR USD; High Yield debt - Global: BofAML Global High Yield TR USD; UK Equities: FTSE All-Share TR; Diversified Income Fund: Distribution Yield and volatility of I Inc-2 Net share class.

Indices are shown for illustrative purposes only, are unmanaged and do not take into account market conditions or the costs associated with investing. Further, the manager’s strategy may deploy investment techniques and instruments not used to generate Index performance. For this reason, the performance of the manager and the Indices are not directly comparable.

If applicable MSCI data is sourced from MSCI Inc. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or financial products. This report is not approved, endorsed, reviewed or produced by MSCI. None of the MSCI data is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such.

If applicable FTSE data is sourced from FTSE International Limited (‘FTSE’) © FTSE 2018. Please note a disclaimer applies to FTSE data and can be found at 

Fund ratings may be provided by independent rating agencies based on a range of investment criteria, and do not constitute investment advice by Investec Asset Management. For a full description of the ratings please see

2The yield reflects the amount that may be distributed over the next 12 months as a percentage of the Fund’s net asset value per share, as at the date shown, based on a snapshot of the portfolio on that day. Where there is a yield number in brackets, it is calculated in the same way, however, as the charges of the share class are deducted from capital rather than income, it shows the level of yield had these charges been deducted from income. This has the effect of increasing the income payable whilst reducing capital to an equivalent extent. Yields do not include any preliminary charg.e and investors may be subject to tax on their distributions.

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