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M&G Credit Income (MGCI)’s dividend policy sees it pay out a quarterly dividend linked to interest rates, which means the income it delivers rises as interest rates do. After a sharp rally in the Bank of England base rate, annualising the most recent dividend gives a potential prospective share-price yield of 8.5% (see Dividend). While high-yield bonds are also delivering high yields, this is with much more credit risk – MGCI has a portfolio which is mostly of investment-grade quality – and to get to a position where they are paying out such high yields, existing bonds or portfolios would have had to experience significant capital losses. In contrast, MGCI is run with very low duration, which means the price of its portfolio has been resilient in the face of rate hikes.

This attractive combination is achieved largely because the manager, Adam English, is able to invest in private debt, as well as having full flexibility to invest across public debt markets. M&G is a major investor across fixed income for its insurance and pension business, and has over a hundred analysts spread across multiple specialist sectors. It is able to lend to borrowers looking for bespoke deals or who wish to avoid the cost of public listing. These deals typically attract high yields, which reflect the complexity involved with acting outside public markets and the extra illiquidity of the investments. However, the credit quality of the borrower may be high, meaning the chance of default is potentially low (see Portfolio).

MGCI has delivered steady total returns since launch, gains coming from the high income paid out (see Performance). Dividends have been rising in recent quarters as the base rate does too, and the outlook is for further increases which would feed through directly into the income earned. MGCI’s shares are on a 4.4% discount at the time of writing.

Analyst's View

We think MGCI is a highly attractive option for those seeking to earn a high income. The linkage of the dividend to interest rates is obviously attractive in the current environment, while the low duration of the portfolio means that investors minimise one of the key drawbacks of investing in fixed income – the potential for capital losses when rates rise. The high credit quality of the portfolio, defensiveness as to sector positioning and cautious attitude to gearing (currently no gearing is held) are additional factors on which MGCI is less risky than the typical bond fund. On the other hand, the complexity of the underlying instruments and their illiquidity does bring risks. We think M&G are as well-placed to manage them as anyone, given their expertise in private debt.

Many investors have come to believe a peak in interest rates is near. This may be true, but it is worth remembering that if rates are cut, while the income earned by the trust will be cut, the capital values will hold up. And if rates remain higher for longer, MGCI will continue to deliver a high income. Over August this year, markets saw another sell-off in rates as inflation seemed to be more persistent than feared. We think this is a good reminder that risks remain of a sell-off in high duration assets. MGCI is a rare example of a low duration asset offering an exceptional yield.


  • High yield linked to interest rates with average investment-grade quality credit
  • Offers access to private debt markets, providing attractive risk/return characteristics and diversification
  • NAV should prove resilient due to many defensive characteristics


  • Complexity makes it harder for investors to understand exposures
  • Limited capital gain potential
  • High-yield bond funds may yield more at times
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