Optimal Income Fund


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Fund objective and approach

Fund objective

To provide income and capital growth.

Investment policy

"The fund is a flexible fund where at least 50% will be invested in bonds, which are loans to governments or companies that pay interest. The fund manager has a flexible investment approach, with the freedom to invest in a broad range of bonds, wherever he sees the greatest opportunities. He may also invest a portion of the fund in company shares when he believes that a company's shares offer a better return than its bonds. We may use derivatives to help meet the fund’s investment objective and to reduce risk and costs. We may also use derivatives to generate market leverage (gain exposure to investment exceeding the value of the fund). Derivatives are financial contracts whose value is derived from other assets. The fund may also invest in other funds, money market instruments (for example, debt due to be repaid within a year) and cash."

Investment approach

The M&G Optimal Income Fund is a flexible bond fund, allowing investment across a broad range of fixed income assets according to where the fund manager identifies value.

The investment approach begins with a top-down assessment of the macroeconomic environment, including the likely path of growth, inflation and interest rates. The results of this analysis help inform the fund's duration positioning and its allocation to the various bond asset classes. Individual credit selection is carried out in conjunction with M&G's in-house team of credit specialists, which provides bottom-up analysis of the corporate bond markets to complement the fund manager's views. There are no restrictions on the amount of government bonds, investment grade bonds or high yield bonds that can be held within the portfolio. The fund may also invest in other assets, including cash, equities and derivatives. Derivative instruments may be used for both investment purposes and efficient portfolio management.

The Fund allows for the extensive use of derivatives.


The value of investments will fluctuate, which will cause fund prices to fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount you invested. The level of any income earned by the fund will fluctuate. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. 

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Fund Team

Richard Woolnough

Richard Woolnough - Fund manager

Richard Woolnough joined M&G in January 2004 and is fund manager of the M&G Optimal Income Fund, the M&G Corporate Bond Fund and the M&G Strategic Bond Fund, three of the company's flagship fixed interest funds. Richard began his career at Lloyds Merchant Bank in 1985, moving to Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali two years later, followed by SG Warburg. In 1995, he became a fund manager at Old Mutual. Richard graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics.

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Stefan Isaacs

Stefan Isaacs - Deputy Manager

Stefan Isaacs is Deputy Head of Retail Fixed Interest for M&G's mutual fund range. He joined M&G as a graduate in 2001 and was subsequently promoted to corporate bond dealer specialising in high yield bonds and euro-denominated credit. Stefan joined the fund management team in 2006 and was appointed fund manager of the M&G European Corporate Bond Fund in April 2007 and the M&G Global High Yield Bond Fund in October 2010. Stefan is also deputy fund manager of the M&G Optimal Income Fund, the M&G European High Yield Fund and the M&G Global Floating Rate High Yield Fund.

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Carlo Putti

Carlo Putti - Investment specialist

Carlo Putti is an associate investment specialist providing support for the M&G retail fixed interest fund range. He initially joined M&G in 2009, working on a part-time basis in the M&G Milan office, assisting the Italian Sales team. In 2013 Carlo moved to London, where he joined the M&G International Marketing team as a marketing executive before transferring to the M&G Retail Fixed Interest team nine months later. Carlo holds a degree in business economics from Cattolica University (Italy).

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Rating is at a share class level

4 Star Rating

Rating is at a fund level

Silver Standard

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