Multi Asset

BlackRock Armed Forces Charities Growth & Income Fund

Overview

Important Information: 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.

Two main risks related to fixed income investing are interest rate risk and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the market value of bonds. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the bond will not be able to repay the principal and make interest payments. The value of equities and equity-related securities can be affected by daily stock market movements. Other influential factors include political, economic news, company earnings and significant corporate events. The Fund uses 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. The Fund’s investments may have low liquidity which often causes the value of these investments to be less predictable. In extreme cases, the Fund may not be able to realise the investment at the latest market price or at a price considered fair. The insolvency of any institutions providing services such as safekeeping of assets or acting as counterparty to derivatives or other instruments, may expose the Fund to financial loss.
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Performance

Performance

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Distributions

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

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total Return (%) 6.9 5.2 12.7 13.1 -6.5 18.4 9.0 13.2 -10.6 4.3
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%) 7.1 1.9 18.5 12.5 -3.9 14.2 3.8 12.9 -8.3 8.5

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

  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
0.55 1.64 5.21 6.35 6.68
  YTD 1m 3m 6m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.
-1.58 -1.58 7.37 1.16 0.55 5.01 28.93 85.05 299.14
  From
31-Dec-2018
To
31-Dec-2019
From
31-Dec-2019
To
31-Dec-2020
From
31-Dec-2020
To
31-Dec-2021
From
31-Dec-2021
To
31-Dec-2022
From
31-Dec-2022
To
31-Dec-2023
Total Return (%)

as of 31/Dec/2023

18.38 9.03 13.18 -10.61 4.32
Constraint Benchmark 1 (%)

as of 31/Dec/2023

14.20 3.83 12.90 -8.28 8.52
Previously, the performance history as at 31 October 2022 was quoted on the basis of closing prices. The full performance history is now shown based on dealing prices.
The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product.

The Fund was previously structured as Common Investment Fund (‘CIF’). On 06 12 2019, the CIF closed and the assets were transferred to a Charity Authorised Investment Fund (‘CAIF’). The CAIF is being run with the same investment objective and policy. Please note that the historical performance shown before 06 12 2019 is indicative and is provided when the fund was run as a CIF.

Unit Class and Benchmark performance displayed in GBP, hedged Unit Class Benchmark performance is displayed in GBP.

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 28/Feb/2024 GBP 357,034,235
Share Class launch date 02/Sept/2002
Fund Launch Date 28/Aug/2002
Share Class Currency GBP
Fund Base Currency GBP
Asset Class Multi Asset
Constraint Benchmark 1 60% Global Equities, 20% Global Aggregate, 20% SONIA+3%
Investment Association Category Mixed Investment 40-85% Shares
Initial Charge 0.00%
Ongoing Charges Figures 0.41%
ISIN GB00BFK3M854
Annual Management Fee 0.40%
Performance Fee 0.00%
Minimum Initial Investment GBP 1,000.00
Minimum Subsequent Investment GBP 1,000.00
Distribution Frequency Quarterly
Use of Income Distributing
Domicile United Kingdom
Regulatory Structure PRIIPs KID Required
Management Company BlackRock Fund Managers Ltd
Morningstar Category GBP Allocation 60-80% Equity
Dealing Settlement Trade Date + 3 days
Dealing Frequency Daily, forward pricing basis
Bloomberg Ticker BLFGIAI
SEDOL BFK3M85
Ongoing Charges Figure ex. Discount 0.41%
The Ongoing Charge may be discounted depending on the size of the fund.

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings as of 31/Jan/2024 287
12 Month Trailing Dividend Distribution Yield as of 28/Feb/2023 3.74
Standard Deviation (3y) as of 31/Jan/2024 8.69%
3y Beta as of 31/Jan/2024 0.992
P/E Ratio as of 31/Jan/2024 22.76
P/B Ratio as of 31/Jan/2024 3.34
Yield to Maturity as of 31/Jan/2024 1.10
Modified Duration as of 31/Jan/2024 1.05
Effective Duration as of 31/Jan/2024 1.01
Weighted Avg Maturity as of 31/Jan/2024 1.40

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 incorporates ESG considerations throughout the investment process' macro outlook, idea generation, implementation tools, portfolio construction, risk management, ongoing monitoring and reporting. All research ideas generated for the Fund consider the potential impact from ESG-associated risks when appropriate, and these are documented as part of the investment process. Idea implementation uses a wide range of building blocks, including active mutual funds, index funds, ETFs, direct securities, derivatives, and third-party funds. The Fund manager reviews research ideas and asset allocation on a regular basis and reassesses the building blocks utilized to access research ideas. The choice of building block may be informed by ESG considerations. For strategies with an explicit ESG objective, certain building blocks are used to comply with those guidelines. Where an ESG focused building block becomes available, it may be considered as a replacement for standard market exposure when appropriate. Both the extent and impact of screens and integration may be considered in the context of the investment objective / investment style of particular strategies. The Fund manager may also build bespoke thematic baskets of securities, which are subject to BlackRock baseline screens in the first instance and where appropriate, additional screening criteria. The Fund manager may use E, S, and G criteria such as headline ESG and carbon footprint during the reporting phase. These are sourced from Aladdin or directly from third-party data providers, where available. The Fund manager conducts regular risk reviews between the investment team and BlackRock's Risk and Quantitative Analysis group as well as portfolio reviews with Chief Investment Officers. Where appropriate, 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.

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Ratings

Ratings

Morningstar Rating

4 stars
Overall Morningstar Rating for BlackRock Armed Forces Charities Growth & Income Fund, Class A (Inc), as of 31/Jan/2023 rated against 1066 GBP Allocation 60-80% Equity Funds.

Morningstar Medalist Rating

Morningstar Medalist Rating - BRONZE
Morningstar has awarded the Fund a Bronze medal. (Effective 31/Dec/2023)

Holdings

Holdings

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Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

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as of 31/Jan/2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Allocations subject to change.
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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 Bid Price Offer Price ISIN
Class A (Inc) GBP Quarterly 2.17 2.18 GB00BFK3M854
Class A (Acc) GBP - 4.50 4.54 GB00BFK3M748

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

Conan McKenzie
CFA, Managing Director and portfolio manager

Member of the Diversified Strategies team within BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions (MASS) group.

Adam Ryan
Managing Director and portfolio manager

Head of the Diversified Strategies team within BlackRock's Multi-Asset Strategies (MAS) group, which is responsible for developing, assembling and managing investment strategies involving multiple asset classes.

Literature

Literature