Invesco launches Asian bond fixed maturity product

Important Information:

·  The Fund will invest primarily in a buy-and-hold portfolio of USD denominated Asian fixed income instruments with active risk monitoring and primarily investing in investment grade fixed income instruments over a fixed investment period of 2.5 years from the close of the initial offer period on 25 October 2019 up to the Fund’s maturity date, which is expected to be on or around 28 April 2022 (“Maturity Date”).
·  The duration of the Fund is limited (i.e. up to the Maturity Date) and will be terminated automatically at maturity. Neither income, return nor capital of the Fund is guaranteed or protected. There are risks that investors may not recoup the original amount invested in the Fund during the investment period as well as at the Maturity Date.
·  The issuers of fixed income instruments may repay principal before the maturity of the instruments.  Prepayments may cause losses on instruments purchased at a premium.  Unscheduled prepayments for fixed income instruments issued at par may result in a loss equal to any unamortised premium. Repayment of principal before the Fund’s maturity as well as the re-investment of cash proceeds from the sale of fixed income instruments where a potential deterioration of credit profiles is anticipated by the Fund Manager create out of market risk and the uncertainty of gaining access to fixed income instruments delivering similar yield to maturity resulting in lower interest income and returns to the Fund. 
·  The Fund is subject to early termination risk. Upon the termination of the Fund, all the assets of the Fund will be realised and the net proceeds thereof which are available for distribution will be distributed to relevant unitholders. Investors should note that the amount distributed to them may be less than the amount of their initial investment.  Any termination costs which have been amortised up to the early termination date will be utilised to pay the Fund’s expenses associated with the termination and any expenses in excess will be borne by the Fund Manager.
·  The Fund Manager may at its discretion extend the Initial Offer Period (“IOP”) (i.e. 14 October 2019 to 25 October 2019) or not to issue any units. If the Fund Manager decides not to proceed with the launch, any subscription monies shall be promptly returned to investors in full (without any interest) less any applicable bank charges, after the close of the IOP. The Fund will also be closed to subsequent subscriptions after the IOP and no subsequent subscription to the Fund will be accepted.
·  The Fund is subject to geographical concentration risks, the value of the Fund may be more susceptible to adverse economic, political, policy, foreign exchange, liquidity, tax, legal or regulatory event affecting Asia (in particular China) market.
·  Investors should note the general investment risk, emerging markets risk, currency and foreign exchange risk, concentration risk, contingent convertibles risk and risk associated with urban investment bonds.
·  Risks relating to fixed income instruments: (a) credit / counterparty risk; (b) interest rates risk; (c) volatility and liquidity risk; (d) credit rating downgrading risk; (e) credit ratings risk; (f) sovereign debt risk; (g) valuation risk.
·  Financial derivative instruments may be used for hedging. The use of derivatives may become ineffective and the Fund may suffer significant losses.
·  For Monthly Distribution-1 unit class (MD1), (a) the Fund Manager may at discretion pay distributions out of the capital and/or effectively out of capital amounts to a return or withdrawal of part of an investor’s original investment or from any capital gains attributable to that original investment. Any such distributions may result in an immediate reduction of the net asset value per unit in respect of such unit class after the distribution date; (b) Investments in MD1 are not an alternative to a savings account or fixed-interest paying investment, investors may not be able to get back the original investment amount; and (c) The fixed amount of distributions per month is subject to risk of exchange rate fluctuations. (Note 1)
·  The value of the Fund can be volatile and could go down substantially.
·  Investors should not base their investment decision on this material alone.

Hong Kong, October 14, 2019: Invesco today launched the Invesco Asian Bond Fixed Maturity Fund 2022 (“the Fund”), the third fixed maturity offering from the fund provider to Hong Kong retail investors this year.  

The Fund aims to provide investors with exposure to a “buy-and-monitor” portfolio of USD-denominated Asian fixed income instruments with active risk monitoring, primarily investing in investment grade fixed income instruments over a fixed investment period of 2.5 years from the close of the initial offering period up to the fund’s stated maturity date. It will invest primarily in Asian fixed income markets, including all countries in Asia Pacific excluding Japan but including Australia and New Zealand.

“The successful launches of our last two fixed maturity products in Hong Kong earlier this year reflect a clear demand from retail investors for investment solutions that hedge against market volatility and interest rate risk while offering stable income,” said Clarence Lee, Director, Head of Intermediary Sales, Hong Kong at Invesco. “Launching an Asian version of our fixed maturity straregy today demonstrates our commitment to offering more choices and outcome-oriented solutions to investors that fulfil their specific needs.”

The Fund is open for subscription from 14 October 2019 to 25 October 2019 (the “Initial Offer Period”) and will be closed to subsequent subscriptions after the Initial Offer Period. It is expected to begin investing on 28 October 2019. 

“Bolstered by strong demand from Asian investors for regionally-issued bonds, the Asian US dollar bond market has grown rapidly in recent years and is now worth over US$1 trillion, which is about the same size as major markets such as US bank loans and high yield bonds,” Ken Hu, Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, Asia Pacific at Invesco commented. “Asian US dollar bonds offer attractive yields and credit spreads compared with other major credit markets, while high yield bonds from Asian issuers have lower historical default rates than those of other high yield bonds. We also expect monetary and fiscal policies to remain accommodative across key Asian markets including China, Korea, India and Southeast Asia, which may continue to support yields in both onshore and offshore markets.”

Fixed maturity bond funds combine the benefits of a traditional bond fund with a fixed maturity date. Compared to a straight bond facing the concentration credit risk with only a single issuer, a fixed maturity bond fund invests in a diversified portfolio of bonds with a maximum maturity close to the fund's own expiration date. Investors are expected to receive the targeted periodic income from bond coupons regardless of the fluctuated bond prices. When the fund matures, investors are repaid their share of its net asset value . 

Managing over US$369 billion, Invesco’s fixed income team is one of the world's leading fixed income managers with over 160 fixed income investment professionals and offices in North America, Europe and Asia, all singularly focused on uncovering and delivering value for clients. 

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Important information
All data are sourced from Invesco dated June 30, 2019, unless otherwise stated.

Investment involves risks. Investors should read the relevant prospectus for details, including the risk factors and product features. This document has not been reviewed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong and is issued by Invesco Hong Kong Limited(景順投資管理有限公司).

Where Clarence Lee and Ken Hu has expressed opinions, they are based on current market conditions and are subject to change without notice. These opinions may differ from those of other Invesco investment professionals.