Why security selection matters in global credit

Global credit can offer investors a number of key features, including a combination of income, diversification, strong risk-adjusted returns and liquidity. An active approach backed by the right process and level of expertise can help consistently deliver these qualities to investors.

Why the Vanguard Global Credit Bond Fund?


Focused on high-quality, investment-grade bonds that can act as a long-term diversifier to equities through varying market conditions.


A disciplined, research-driven and tightly risk-controlled approach which aims to generate long-term, consistent levels of outperformance.


The fund harnesses the wide-ranging expertise of a global credit research team of 60+ members with an average of 15 years’ experience (1).

Investor value

Our scale helps us to provide value to investors with an ongoing charge of 0.35% versus an industry peer group average of 0.62% (2).

1.  Source: Vanguard. Data as at 31 January 2024.

2. Source: Vanguard. Data as at 31 March 2023. Peer group average OCF for IA Sector = Global Corporate Bond – USD Hedged. The ongoing charges figure (OCF) refers to the Investor GBP hedged Acc share class. The OCF covers the fund manager’s costs of managing the fund. It does not include dealing costs or additional costs such as audit fees.

About the Global Credit 
Bond Fund

The fund aims to provide investors with a consistent level of return and income, while mitigating downside risk. It does this by adopting a true-to-label approach that derives alpha from careful security selection across diversified sources, without taking excessive top-down directional risk.

The lead portfolio managers have a wide remit to invest wherever they see the best risk/reward potential with the emphasis being on cross-sector relative value, tactical opportunities and risk management. The result is a portfolio of more than 1,000 bonds issued by corporates and governments from around the world.

These are largely high-quality, investment-grade bonds that should act as a diversifier to equities through varying market cycles.

“Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group has the research resources, market relationships and quantitative tools needed to generate long-term, consistent levels of alpha from the vast opportunity set available in global credit.”

Sarang Kulkarni

Lead Portfolio Manager, 
Vanguard Global Credit Bond Fund.

Vanguard’s approach to active management

Vanguard is one of the world’s largest active managers. Our heritage in active fund management dates back to the year we were founded – 1975. For almost half a century we have strived to provide long-term alpha at a cost that represents value to investors.

Investment risk information

The value of investments, and the income from them, may fall or rise and investors may get back less than they invested.

Some funds invest in emerging markets which can be more volatile than more established markets. As a result the value of your investment may rise or fall.

Investments in smaller companies may be more volatile than investments in well-established blue chip companies.

Funds investing in fixed interest securities carry the risk of default on repayment and erosion of the capital value of your investment and the level of income may fluctuate. Movements in interest rates are likely to affect the capital value of fixed interest securities. Corporate bonds may provide higher yields but as such may carry greater credit risk increasing the risk of default on repayment and erosion of the capital value of your investment. The level of income may fluctuate and movements in interest rates are likely to affect the capital value of bonds.

The Vanguard Global Credit Bond Fund may use derivatives, including for investment purposes, in order to reduce risk or cost and/or generate extra income or growth. For all other funds they will be used to reduce risk or cost and/or generate extra income or growth. The use of derivatives could increase or reduce exposure to underlying assets and result in greater fluctuations of the Funds net asset value. A derivative is a financial contract whose value is based on the value of a financial asset (such as a share, bond, or currency) or a market index.

Some funds invest in securities which are denominated in different currencies. Movements in currency exchange rates can affect the return of investments.

For further information on risks please see the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus on our website.

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