Fixed Income

BSF European Select Strategies Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed. The fund invests a large portion of assets which are denominated in other currencies; hence changes in the relevant exchange rate will affect the value of the investment. The fund invests in fixed interest securities issued by companies which, compared to bonds issued or guaranteed by governments, are exposed to greater risk of default in the repayment of the capital provided to the company or interest payments due to the fund. The fund invests in fixed interest securities such as corporate or government bonds which pay a fixed or variable rate of interest (also known as the ‘coupon’) and behave similarly to a loan. These securities are therefore exposed to changes in interest rates which will affect the value of any securities held. The fund investments may be subject to liquidity constraints, which means that shares may trade less frequently and in small volumes, for instance smaller companies. As a result, changes in the value of investments may be more unpredictable. In certain cases, it may not be possible to sell the security at the last market price quoted or at a value considered to be fairest. The Fund utilises derivatives as part of its investment strategy. Compared to a fund which only invests in traditional instruments such as stocks and bonds, derivatives are potentially subject to a higher level of risk and volatility. The strategies utilised by the Fund involve the use of derivatives to facilitate certain investment management techniques including the establishment of both ‘long’ and ‘synthetic short’ positions and creation of market leverage for the purposes of increasing the economic exposure of a Fund beyond the value of its net assets. The use of derivatives in this manner may have the effect of increasing the overall risk profile of the Fund. The Fund may be exposed to finance sector companies, as a service provider or as counterparty for financial contracts. Liquidity in the financial markets has been severely restricted, causing a number of firms to withdrawn from the market, or in some extreme cases, becoming insolvent. This may have an adverse affect on the activities of the fund.

The value of your investment and the income from it will vary and your initial investment amount is not guaranteed. Overseas investments will be affected by movements in currency exchange rates.

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Performance

Performance

Growth of Hypothetical 10,000

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Distributions

Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date
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  From
31-Mar-2016
To
31-Mar-2017
From
31-Mar-2017
To
31-Mar-2018
From
31-Mar-2018
To
31-Mar-2019
From
31-Mar-2019
To
31-Mar-2020
From
31-Mar-2020
To
31-Mar-2021
Total Return (%)

as of Mar 31, 2021

4.91 3.97 3.87 -0.92 13.30
Benchmark (%)

as of Mar 31, 2021

5.09 1.87 2.82 -1.21 9.64
  1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
13.30 5.25 4.93 - 4.57
Benchmark (%)

as of Mar 31, 2021

9.64 3.65 3.58 - 3.27
  YTD 1m 3M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
0.08 1.87 0.08 13.30 16.60 27.19 - 27.45
Benchmark (%)

as of Mar 31, 2021

-0.20 1.58 -0.20 9.64 11.36 19.21 - 19.07
The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Key Facts

Key Facts

Size of Fund (Millions) as of Apr 16, 2021 EUR 499.958
12m Trailing Yield as of Mar 31, 2021 0.62
Number of Holdings as of Mar 31, 2021 704
Base Currency Euro
Fund Inception Date Aug 19, 2015
Share Class Inception Date Oct 28, 2015
Asset Class Fixed Income
Morningstar Category USD Cautious Allocation
Benchmark Index 75% Barclays Pan Euro Agg Bond (Euro Hedged)/25% MSCI Europe (Euro Hedged)
Domicile Luxembourg
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Ongoing Charge 0.93%
ISIN LU1308276754
Bloomberg Ticker BSESD5U
Annual Management Fee 0.65%
Initial Charge 5.00%
Performance Fee 0.00%
SEDOL BYZTSR2
Bloomberg Benchmark Ticker -
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Minimum Initial Investment USD 100000
Minimum Subsequent Investment -
Use of Income Distributing

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

3y Volatility - Benchmark as of Mar 31, 2021 5.34
3y Beta as of Mar 31, 2021 1.252
5y Volatility - Benchmark as of Mar 31, 2021 4.63
5y Beta as of Mar 31, 2021 1.175

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics can help investors integrate non-financial, sustainability considerations into their investment process. These metrics enable investors to evaluate funds based on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. This analysis can provide insight into the effective management and long-term financial prospects of a fund.


The metrics below have been provided for transparency and informational purposes only. The existence of an ESG rating is not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. The metrics are based on MSCI ESG Fund Ratings and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind Sustainability Characteristics, using links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of Apr 7, 2021 AA
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of Apr 7, 2021 7.25
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of Apr 7, 2021 91.35
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of Apr 7, 2021 94.97
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of Apr 7, 2021 Mixed Asset EUR Flex - Global
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of Apr 7, 2021 134.90
Funds in Peer Group as of Apr 7, 2021 1
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of Apr 7, 2021, based on holdings as of Oct 31, 2020. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities covered by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities. For newly launched funds, sustainability characteristics are typically available 6 months after launch.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons as of Mar 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of Mar 31, 2021 1.39%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of Mar 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of Mar 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of Mar 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of Mar 31, 2021 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of Mar 31, 2021 0.41%

Business Involvement Coverage as of Mar 31, 2021 62.59%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of Mar 31, 2021 37.41%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.00% and for Oil Sands 0.29%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating material environmental, social and governance (ESG) information or insights alongside traditional measures into the investment decision process to improve long term financial outcomes of portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund’s investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective, but rather describes how ESG information is considered as part of the overall investment process.


The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research and due diligence phase of the investment process. ESG information may be sourced internally, via collaboration with the BlackRock Investment Stewardship team in engaging issuers on material environmental, social or governance topics, or from third-party providers. The Fund manager’s ongoing monitoring of the portfolio involves regular portfolio risk reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group. These reviews include discussion of the portfolio’s exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4
Overall Morningstar Rating for BSF European Select Strategies Fund, Class D5 Hedged, as of Mar 31, 2021 rated against 360 USD Cautious Allocation Funds.

Risk Indicator

Risk Indicator

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Holdings

Holdings

as of Mar 31, 2021
Name Weight (%)
ISHARES EURO DIVIDEND UCITS ETF 1.33
SANOFI SA 1.28
EDP ENERGIAS DE PORTUGAL SA 1.25
ENEL 1.21
TELE2 B 1.20
Name Weight (%)
ALLIANZ 1.19
ZURICH INSURANCE GROUP AG 1.18
NESTLE SA 0.97
ASML HOLDING NV 0.97
VOLVO CLASS B 0.92
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of Mar 31, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Mar 31, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Mar 31, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Allocations subject to change.
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as of Mar 31, 2017

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Mar 31, 2021

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Allocations are subject to change.

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Currency Distribution Frequency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change 52wk High 52wk Low Bid Price ISIN Offer Price TIS
D5 Hgd USD Quarterly 122.98 0.25 0.20 123.03 109.37 - LU1308276754 - -
Class AI2 EUR - 104.63 0.21 0.20 104.96 93.76 - LU2008561982 - -
Class I4 EUR Annual 111.94 0.23 0.21 112.06 100.25 - LU1271725878 - -
E5 EUR Quarterly 110.45 0.22 0.20 110.95 99.46 - LU1271725522 - -
A2 Hgd CZK Accumulating 1,117.76 2.27 0.20 1,119.73 998.51 - LU1433515993 - -
A4 EUR Annual 112.88 0.23 0.20 113.24 101.15 - LU1308276598 - -
A2 EUR Accumulating 113.84 0.23 0.20 114.20 102.01 - LU1271725100 - -
D2 EUR Accumulating 117.78 0.24 0.20 117.96 104.92 - LU1271725365 - -
I2 EUR Accumulating 114.75 0.23 0.20 114.87 102.03 - LU1461867779 - -
X2 EUR Accumulating 123.07 0.25 0.20 123.09 108.81 - LU1271725951 - -
E2 EUR Accumulating 110.67 0.22 0.20 111.18 99.66 - LU1271725449 - -

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Michael Krautzberger
Managing Director, Head of EMEA Fundamental Fixed Income

Michael Krautzberger, CFA, EFFAS, Managing Director. Michael is Head of the Fundamental Pan European Fixed Income team.

Norbert Ling
Norbert Ling
Jozef Prokes
Jozef Prokes

Literature

Literature