Fixed Income

BlackRock Sustainable Fixed Income Strategies Fund

Overview

Capital at Risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

Changes to interest rates, credit risk and/or issuer defaults will have a significant impact on the performance of fixed income securities. Non-investment grade fixed income securities can be more sensitive to changes in these risks than higher rated fixed income securities. Potential or actual credit rating downgrades may increase the level of risk. Asset backed securities and mortgage backed securities are subject to the same risks described for fixed income securities. These instruments may be subject to 'Liquidity Risk', have high levels of borrowing and may not fully reflect the value of underlying assets. Derivatives may be highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset on which they are based and can increase the size of losses and gains, resulting in greater fluctuations in the value of the Fund. The impact to the Fund can be greater where derivatives are used in an extensive or complex way. The Fund seeks to exclude companies engaging in certain activities inconsistent with ESG criteria. Investors should therefore make a personal ethical assessment of the Fund’s ESG screening prior to investing in the Fund. Such ESG screening may adversely affect the value of the Fund’s investments compared to a fund without such screening.

All currency hedged share classes of this fund use derivatives to hedge currency risk. The use of derivatives for a share class could pose a potential risk of contagion (also known as spill-over) to other share classes in the fund. The fund’s management company will ensure appropriate procedures are in place to minimise contagion risk to other share class. Using the drop down box directly below the name of the fund, you can view a list of all share classes in the fund – currency hedged share classes are indicated by the word “Hedged” in the name of the share class. In addition, a full list of all currency hedged share classes is available on request from the fund’s management company

To the extent the Fund undertakes securities lending to reduce costs, the Fund will receive 62.5% of the associated revenue generated and the remaining 37.5% will be received by BlackRock as the securities lending agent. As securities lending revenue sharing does not increase the costs of running the Fund, this has been excluded from the ongoing charges.

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Performance

Performance

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This chart shows the fund's performance as the percentage loss or gain per year over the last 10 years.

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total Return (%) 4.4 4.3 2.7 1.3 2.3 -2.3 2.8 4.0 -1.0 -0.4
Comparator Benchmark 1 (%) 0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.5 0.0

Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. Any entry and exit charges are excluded from the calculation.

  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
2.17 0.38 0.91 1.58 2.07
Comparator Benchmark 1 (%) 2.31 0.44 0.11 -0.03 -0.01
  YTD 1m 3m 6m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
0.25 0.21 0.74 0.70 2.17 1.16 4.61 16.99 26.67
Comparator Benchmark 1 (%) 1.96 0.31 0.88 1.62 2.31 1.33 0.53 -0.34 -0.11
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30-Jun-2020
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30-Jun-2021
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Total Return (%)

as of 30-Jun-2023

-0.02 1.30 3.63 -3.65 1.32
Comparator Benchmark 1 (%)

as of 30-Jun-2023

-0.36 -0.42 -0.45 -0.53 1.63

The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Markets could develop very differently in the future. It can help you to assess how the fund has been managed in the past

Share Class and Benchmark performance displayed in EUR hedged Share Class Benchmark performance is displayed in EUR.

Performance is shown on a Net Asset Value (NAV) basis, with gross income reinvested where applicable. The return of your investment may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations if your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation. Source: Blackrock

Key Facts

Key Facts

Net Assets of Fund as of 22-Sep-2023 EUR 2,461,249,963
Share Class launch date 24-Feb-2012
Fund Launch Date 30-Sep-2009
Share Class Currency EUR
Fund Base Currency EUR
Asset Class Fixed Income
Comparator Benchmark 1 Overnight ESTR
SFDR Classification Article 8
Initial Charge 0.00%
Ongoing Charges Figures 0.68%
ISIN LU0438336777
Annual Management Fee 0.60%
Performance Fee 0.00%
Minimum Initial Investment EUR 10,000,000.00
Minimum Subsequent Investment EUR 10,000.00
Use of Income Accumulating
Domicile Luxembourg
Regulatory Structure UCITS
Management Company BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Morningstar Category Global Flexible Bond - EUR Hedged
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Bloomberg Ticker BRFXII2
SEDOL B3LW072

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings as of 31-Aug-2023 1143
Standard Deviation (3y) as of 31-Aug-2023 4.01%
3y Beta as of 31-Aug-2023 0.978
Yield to Maturity as of 31-Aug-2023 5.95
Modified Duration as of 31-Aug-2023 2.40
Weighted Average YTM as of 31-Aug-2023 5.98
Effective Duration as of 31-Aug-2023 2.15
Weighted Avg Maturity as of 31-Aug-2023 6.50
WAL to Worst as of 31-Aug-2023 6.50

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics provide investors with specific non-traditional metrics. Alongside other metrics and information, these enable investors to evaluate funds on certain environmental, social and governance characteristics. Sustainability Characteristics do not provide an indication of current or future performance nor do they represent the potential risk and reward profile of a fund. They are provided for transparency and for information purposes only. Sustainability Characteristics should not be considered solely or in isolation, but instead are one type of information that investors may wish to consider when assessing a fund.


The metrics are not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. Unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, the metrics 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 methodologies behind Sustainability Characteristics using the links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC) as of 21-Aug-2023 AA
MSCI ESG % Coverage as of 21-Aug-2023 78.65
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10) as of 21-Aug-2023 7.15
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile as of 21-Aug-2023 78.87
Fund Lipper Global Classification as of 21-Aug-2023 Absolute Return Bond EUR
Funds in Peer Group as of 21-Aug-2023 71
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES) as of 21-Aug-2023 94.05
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage as of 21-Aug-2023 50.86
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of 21-Aug-2023, based on holdings as of 30-Apr-2023. 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% (or 50% for bond funds and money market funds) of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities with ESG coverage 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.

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 31-Aug-2023 0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators as of 31-Aug-2023 0.01%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons as of 31-Aug-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal as of 31-Aug-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms as of 31-Aug-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands as of 31-Aug-2023 0.00%
MSCI - Tobacco as of 31-Aug-2023 0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage as of 31-Aug-2023 61.56%
Percentage of Fund not covered as of 31-Aug-2023 37.39%
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 0.44%.

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 financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) data or information into the investment decision process with the objective of enhancing risk-adjusted returns of our clients’ 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 or strategy, but rather describes how ESG data or information is considered as part of the overall investment process.

The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in combination with other information in the research phase of the investment process. This may include relevant third-party insights, as well as internal engagement commentary and input from BlackRock Investment Stewardship on governance issues. The Fund manager conducts regular portfolio reviews with the Risk and Quantitative Analysis group and with the Chief Investment Officers. These reviews include discussion, where appropriate, of the portfolio's exposure to material ESG risks, as well as exposure to sustainability-related business involvements, climate-related metrics, and other factors.

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Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BlackRock Sustainable Fixed Income Strategies Fund, Class I2, as of 31-Aug-2023 rated against 1055 Global Flexible Bond - EUR Hedged Funds.

Morningstar Medalist Rating

Morningstar Medalist Rating - SILVER
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Silver medal. (Effective 17-Jul-2023)

Holdings

Holdings

as of 31-Aug-2023
Name Weight (%)
KFW 4.04
CYPRUS (REPUBLIC OF) 3.16
SPAIN (KINGDOM OF) 3.00
UBS GROUP AG 2.90
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK 2.63
Name Weight (%)
SOCIETE GENERALE SFH 1.97
DANSKE BANK A/S 1.67
MONTENEGRO (REPUBLIC OF) 1.46
EUROPEAN FINANCIAL STABILITY FACILITY 1.14
SANTANDER UK GROUP HOLDINGS PLC 1.14
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of 31-Aug-2023

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-2023

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of 31-Aug-2023

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
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% 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

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Currency Distribution Frequency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change NAV As Of 52wk High 52wk Low ISIN
Class I2 EUR None 130.24 0.05 0.04 22-Sep-2023 132.60 122.32 LU0438336777
Class A4 EUR Annual 106.00 0.05 0.05 22-Sep-2023 108.32 100.11 LU1040967272
Class D5 Hedged GBP Quarterly 111.65 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 114.48 105.51 LU1117534666
Class A4 Hedged USD Annual 122.72 0.05 0.04 22-Sep-2023 123.67 113.01 LU1046548191
Class A2 EUR None 121.74 0.05 0.04 22-Sep-2023 124.40 114.97 LU0438336264
Class D2 EUR None 128.56 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 131.04 120.95 LU0438336421
Class D2 Hedged GBP None 117.12 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 118.31 108.63 LU1117534401
Class A2 Hedged GBP None 110.53 0.05 0.05 22-Sep-2023 111.94 102.92 LU1200840038
Class D4 EUR Annual 104.28 0.05 0.05 22-Sep-2023 108.06 99.74 LU1090193134
Class D2 Hedged USD None 126.57 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 127.23 116.12 LU1090194454
Class D3 Hedged USD Monthly 119.53 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 121.59 111.57 LU1193909402
Class I5 EUR Quarterly 122.33 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 126.60 117.27 LU1129992720
Class I2 Hedged USD None 116.62 0.06 0.05 22-Sep-2023 117.08 106.81 LU1728038651
Class A2 Hedged USD None 123.15 0.05 0.04 22-Sep-2023 124.10 113.41 LU1046547540

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Michael Krautzberger
Head, BlackRock’s Pan-European Fixed Income Team

     

Tom Mondelaers
Managing Director

Tom Mondelaers, Managing Director, is a member of the Fundamental Euro Fixed Income team, where he is the lead portfolio manager for the investment grade credit portfolios.

Johan Sjogren
Johan Sjogren

Literature

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