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Deutsche trust set for corporate bond switch

Deutsche Asset Manage-ment is to convert its high-income trust into a corporate bond fund after failed attempts to bolster its flagging performance.

The firm says its decision to convert the fund comes as a result of inc-reased volatility in UK equity markets over the past three years, which it says has made it increasingly difficult to sustain high levels of income.

The fund slashed its yield in October 1999 to 7.2 per cent from 10 per cent and has consistently been in the bottom quartile of the UK equity bond and income sector since its launch in 1993.

The conversion, which is still subject to unitholder approval, will produce the company&#39s first offering in the corporate bond sector. If the conversion goes ahead, all unit-holders will be offered a free switch into any of the firm&#39s other funds.

The annual management charge of the converted fund will be reduced from 1.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent while the gross yield will marginally reduce to around 7 per cent from 7.25 per cent.

Managing director Neil Jones says: “Regrettably, the performance of the high-income unit trust has remained below our expectations.

“We have conducted a thorough review of the trust and have concluded that our investors will be best served by converting into the corporate bond plus fund.”


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