Designed for Efficient Yield Enhancement

Our Buy and Maintain Credit strategies aim to enhance the returns from the investment grade credit market over the longer term via intelligently constructed, highly diversified portfolios, while rigorously monitoring and mitigating against value leakage resulting from credit and turnover/transaction costs.

Key features include:

  • A long-term low turnover, ‘buy and maintain' approach to credit investing
  • Well diversified: not market capitalisation weighted
  • Fully integrated Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors
  • Focus on maximising yield through ‘smart selecting' the best issuers and issues
  • Low volatility relative to the standard corporate bond universe
  • Low cost: a relentless focus on minimising fees/transaction costs, and maximising returns for investors.


Why invest in AXA IM's Buy & Maintain Credit strategy?

   25 years' experience
as a successful ‘buy and maintain' investor in the fixed income space

   Size and scale
: Over 100 investment professionals and £320 billion in fixed income assets under management, affords us excellent access to the markets on behalf of our clients*

   Substantial global credit research resources
: 60 dedicated Fundamental Credit Analysts and Portfolio Manager Analysts based in every major region (Europe, UK, the Americas and Asia)

   World class dealing capabilities
: a centralised dealing desk, with traders specialised by market, instrument and region, adds vital value by minimising transaction cost ‘leakage'

   Risk monitoring
integrated throughout the investment process: a dedicated Portfolio Engineering Group (PEG) focuses solely on understanding and monitoring portfolio risks.


*as at 30 September 2019 


Risks associated with this strategy

  • Market risk and risk of loss of invested capital

  • Risks associated with fixed income securities, including, but not limited to, interest rate risk, credit risk and liquidity risks

  • Risks linked to global investments

Investment involves risk. The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested.