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    How varied are your sources of income?
    How varied are your sources of income?
    26 May 2023


    Whether you are a business with surplus cash or an individual wanting to supplement your monthly salary, investments that pay a regular income can come in very handy.

    This is because such investments not only provide an income stream, they also allow your capital to grow.

    However, there is always a danger of over-reliance on a single instrument, a single asset type, or a single sector. To ensure that your income stream is steady and does not dry up when hit by certain market conditions, it is worth considering investments that combine multiple asset types or multiple sectors, or both.




    Why consider multi-sourced income?

    As the chart below shows, an asset class may do well one year but falter the next. This is because economic conditions can change significantly from year to year, and in recent times economic cycles seem to be getting ever shorter.


    Figure 1: Asset class returns over time



    By including a wide variety of global asset classes or sectors, multi-sourced funds are able to diversify risks and reduce over-concentration in any one area. This helps the funds achieve more consistent returns based on less dependency on specific economic factors, and greater resilience to unexpected events.

    Additionally, multi-asset and multi-sector funds are managed by professional fund managers who have the skills and experience to navigate shifts in the interest rate and macroeconomic environment. These fund mandates provide their managers with a large selection of asset classes or sectors with which to implement their views.


    Opportunities offered by UOBAM

    UOB Asset Management (UOBAM) offers investors two solutions for achieving global diversification and enhanced yield opportunities: the United Sustainable Credit Income Fund and United Income Focus Trust.

    Both funds sit on the higher end of the risk-return spectrum and are able to offer attractive monthly distributions1 and potential capital growth opportunities. As such, they are more suitable for investors with a moderately aggressive risk profile and long-term income needs.

    Here is a comparison of the two funds.

      United Sustainable Credit Income Fund United Income Focus Trust
    Distribution1 Before June 2023: Monthly distribution of 5% per annum

    From June 2023: Monthly distribution of 6% per annum
    Monthly distribution of 5.5% per annum
    Strategy Adopts a global multi-sector approach to fixed income in pursuit of broader income opportunities. Adopts a global multi-asset approach that encompasses traditional and alternative asset classes to provide multiple uncorrelated sources of return and income.
    Underlying investments Investment grade, high yield, and emerging market corporate bonds Income producing traditional assets (e.g. equities and bonds) and alternative assets (e.g. real estate investment trusts, convertibles, preferred securities and currencies)
    Top 5 country allocation (%)* United States: 13.62

    United Kingdom: 12.98

    France: 8.62

    Germany: 8.50

    Spain: 8.02
    United States: 48.75

    United Kingdom: 6.69

    France: 3.73

    Germany: 3.14

    Spain: 2.30
    Top 3 country allocation (%)* Financials: 49.30

    Industrials: 29.99

    Treasuries: 4.28
    Financials: 20.97

    Information Technology: 8.31

    Health Care: 8.13

    *Source: UOBAM, as of 30 April 2023

    1Distributions (in SGD) are not guaranteed. Distributions may be made out of income, capital gains and/or capital. This relates to the disclosed distribution policy as set out in the Funds’ prospectus.


    How to choose the right fund for your needs

    Here is what to consider:

    1. I want diversified global bond exposure with attractive income potential and a sustainability focus

    United Sustainable Credit Income Fund*

    • Effective duration: 5 years
    • Credit quality: BBB
    • Weighted average yield to maturity : 6.87 percent

    The Fund provides diversified fixed income exposure across credit ratings, sectors, or regions, to achieve attractive and stable income throughout the credit cycle. This means the Fund is able to invest in the most attractive yield opportunities globally.

    As of 30 April 2023, the Fund has about a 60 percent allocation to investment-grade bonds and 35 percent allocation to high yield bonds. Within the 95 percent bond allocation, there is a 19 percent allocation to emerging market bonds.

    Currently, banking and insurance sectors are favoured by the Fund given their attractive valuations relative to many industrial sectors. These sectors’ credit fundamentals are also more solid. The Fund’s top ten holdings are therefore mostly bank and insurance companies.

    The Fund also works to make a positive impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and will not invest in bonds of corporates that detract from these goals or have a negative SDG rating.

    Please see the United Sustainable Credit Income Fund page for more details, important notes and disclaimers.


    2. I want a well-diversified all-weather income fund with downside risk control

    United Income Focus Trust*

    • Asset allocation:
      • Equities: 46 percent
      • Bonds: 45 percent
      • Cash: 9 percent
    • Long-term volatility target: 7.5 percent

    The Fund invests in a broad spectrum of global assets to build resilience in riding out economic peaks and troughs while aiming to produce consistent income across all market cycles. It can dynamically adjust its allocation to equities, bonds and other investments.

    As of 30 April 2023, the United Income Focus Trust’s top holdings include funds such as the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF and Wellington Emerging Market Development Fund, as well as individual securities like Apple, Exxon Mobil, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, and Merck.

    Please see the United Income Focus Trust page for more details, important notes and disclaimers.

    *Source: UOBAM, as of 30 April 2023


    If you are interested in investment opportunities related to the theme covered in this article, here are two UOB Asset Management Funds to consider: You may wish to seek advice from a financial adviser before making a commitment to invest in the above fund, and in the event that you choose not to do so, you should consider carefully whether the fund is suitable for you.



    Distributions will be made in respect of the Distribution Classes of the Fund. Distributions are based on the NAV per unit of the relevant Distribution Class as at the last business day of the calendar quarter or month. The making of distributions is at the absolute discretion of UOBAM and that distributions are not guaranteed. The making of any distribution shall not be taken to imply that further distributions will be made. The Managers reserve the right to vary the frequency and/or amount of distributions. Distributions from a fund may be made out of income and/or capital gains and (if income and/or capital gains are insufficient) out of capital. Investors should also note that the declaration and/or payment of distributions (whether out of capital or otherwise) may have the effect of lowering the net asset value (NAV) of the relevant fund. Moreover, distributions out of capital may amount to a return of part of your original investment and may result in reduced future returns. Please refer to the Fund’s prospectus for more information.

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