The Fund aims to provide long-term total returns by investing in a portfolio of Indian bonds. In normal market conditions, at least 90% of the Fund’s net assets are invested in investment-grade bonds (rated as such by a credit ratings agency), non-investment grade bonds (which carry more risk) and other similar securities. The Fund can invest in bonds issued the Indian government, its government agencies, and Indian companies. The Fund’s assets can be denominated in Indian rupee and the US dollar. The Fund can also invest in other instruments, e.g. structured notes and cash.
The Fund may also invest in financial derivative instruments. These are financial instruments whose value is based on underlying assets, for example bonds, stocks and currencies. The derivatives the Fund can use include various types of currency and credit derivatives, options, futures and swaps (among others). The Fund uses derivatives to enhance returns and protect against risks (hedging). They can also be used to gain exposure to the Indian rupee, if the Fund buys holdings that aren’t denominated in, or linked to, the rupee.