Designed as robust, core credit portfolios

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
  • Focused on maximising yield over the long term through ‘smart selecting' the best issuers and issues while mitigating volatility and capital loss
  • Well diversified, high quality portfolio: not market capitalisation weighted to avoid the pitfalls of index tracking
  • Strong focus on long-term financial, business and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) risks, both at time of investment and on an ongoing basis
  • A conservative approach that helps ensure 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 £327 billion in fixed income assets under management, affords us excellent access to the markets on behalf of our clients*

   Substantial global credit research resources
: 65+ 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'

   Solutions designed
to meet client needs: Segregated mandates can be tailored to client-specific needs, and three pooled vehicles are available for cost efficient access to the credit markets (Euro – Sterling – Global)


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.


*Staff data as at 31 March 2020. AuM data as at 31 December 2019.