The Portfolio seeks to increase the value of your investment over time through total return, using a combination of income and capital growth, while seeking lower volatility than the global high yield bond markets (as measured by the Bloomberg Barclays Global High Yield Corporate Bond Index).
In actively managing the Portfolio, the Investment Manager invests flexibly across sectors (types of bonds), industries, countries, currencies and credit qualities and seeks to balance risk and return characteristics. The Investment Manager uses a disciplined process integrating fundamental and quantitative research to identify high-conviction opportunities while actively managing duration and yield-curve positioning (top-down and bottom-up approach). The Investment Manager also aims to exploit price opportunities that arise from investors’ overreactions to macroeconomic, market, industry or company changes. Under normal market conditions, the Portfolio typically invests at least 80% of its assets in debt securities that are rated below investment grade. These securities may be from issuers anywhere in the world, including Emerging Markets. The Portfolio may invest in, or be exposed to, the following asset classes up to the percentages of assets indicated: structured products such as asset- and mortgage-backed securities (ABSs/MBSs) and collateralised debt obligations: 20%; debt securities rated Caa1/CCC+/CCC or lower: 10%. Expected average duration: 4 years or less. The Portfolio’s exposure to USD is at least 90%.
These and other risks are described in the Portfolio's prospectus
Below Investment Grade Bonds and Unrated Securities Risk: Below investment grade bonds are considered speculative. Compared to investment grade bonds, the prices and yields of below investment grade bonds are more volatile and more sensitive to economic events, and the bonds are less liquid and carry greater default risk. Unrated securities will be considered when the Investment Manager believes the financial condition of the issuer or the protections inherent in the securities themselves limit the risk to a degree comparable to that of rated securities that are consistent with the Portfolio’s objectives and policies.
Credit Risk: A bond, money market instrument, or other debt security from any type of issuer could fall in price and become more volatile and less liquid, if the security’s credit rating or the issuer’s financial health deteriorates, if interest rates change, or the market believes it might. This risk is greater the lower the credit quality of the debt security. The greater the Portfolio’s exposure to below investment grade bonds may amplify credit risk.
Currency Risk: To the extent that the Portfolio holds assets that are denominated in currencies other than its Base Currency, any changes in currency exchange rates could reduce investment gains or income, or increase investment losses, in some cases significantly. Hedging may reduce but not eliminate currency risk.
Debt Securities Risk: The value of most bonds and other debt securities will rise when interest rates fall and will fall when interest rates rise. A bond or money market instrument could fall in price and become more volatile and less liquid if the security’s credit rating or the issuer’s financial health deteriorates, or the market believes it might. Debt securities carry, inter alia, interest rate risk, credit risk and default risk.
Derivatives Risk: The portfolio may invest in financial derivative instruments for investment purposes in addition to hedging and/or efficient portfolio management purposes and hence this may lead to a higher volatility to the net asset value of the Portfolio.
Emerging/Frontier Markets Risk: Emerging Markets, including frontier markets, are less established and more volatile than developed markets and more sensitive to challenging market conditions. Compared with developed markets, Emerging Markets involve higher risks, both as to frequency and intensity, particularly market, credit, liquidity, legal and currency risks.
Liquidity Risk: The risk that arises when adverse market conditions affect the ability to sell assets when necessary. Reduced liquidity may have a negative impact on the price of the assets.
Investment in the Fund entails certain risks. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The value of an investment in the Fund can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the full amount invested. This information is directed solely at persons in jurisdictions where the funds and relevant share class are registered or who may otherwise lawfully receive it. Before investing in AllianceBernstein funds, investors should review the fund’s full prospectus, together with the fund’s Product Highlights Sheet and the most recent financial statements. Copies of these documents, including the latest annual report and, if issued thereafter, the latest semi-annual report, may be obtained free of charge from www.abfunds.com / www.alliancebernstein.com or by contacting the local distributor in the jurisdictions in which the funds are authorized for distribution.
The Portfolio is part of AB SICAV I (referred to as “AB”). AB is an open-ended investment company with variable capital (société d’investissement à capital variable) under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The Portfolio may invest in financial derivative instruments for investment purposes in addition to hedging and/or efficient portfolio management purposes and hence this may lead to a higher volatility to the net asset value of the Portfolio.
Dividends are not paid for all share classes and are not guaranteed.
Please note that dividend distribution is at the discretion of The Board of Director (“Board”) and subject to the dividend policy referred in the Singapore Offering Document. It is dependent on prevailing market conditions and the income generated by the underlying securities of the fund. Any payments of distributions by the portfolio may result in an immediate reduction of the net asset value per share/unit. A high distribution yield does not imply a high return on the fund. Investors should not make any investment decision solely based on dividend information provided.
Currency-hedged share classes (indicated above by a currency denomination and an “H” in the Class name) use hedging techniques in an attempt to reduce—but not eliminate—fluctuations between the investor’s holdings in a particular currency-hedged share class denominated in the investor’s investing currency and the portfolio’s base currency. The goal is to deliver returns that track the portfolio’s base currency returns more closely.
AllianceBernstein funds are offered only by the offering document with respect to each fund. The sale of shares of AB funds may be restricted in certain jurisdictions. In particular, shares may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, in the United States or to U.S. persons, as is more fully described in the Offering Document with respect to each Fund. Shares of AB funds are offered only pursuant to the Fund’s current Offering Document together with the most recent financial statements. The information on this page is for information purposes only and should not be construed as an offer to sell, or solicitation to buy, or a recommendation for the securities of any AB fund.