Fixed Income and Multi-Asset

Yarra Australian Bond Fund

The Yarra Australian Bond Fund, formerly the Nikko AM Australian Bond Fund, seeks to deliver consistent, positive returns with no surprises.

A relative value approach seeking stable, positive returns no matter the conditions

The Yarra Australian Bond Fund employs a relative value approach that focuses on providing investors with consistent positive returns no matter the conditions.

Through its ‘Top-down’ value-adding process, merged with ‘bottom-up’ quantitative portfolio construction and credit process, the Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of investment grade Australian fixed income assets, that aims to deliver an active return for a competitive fee.

Reasons to consider investing

Consistent positive returns

Our goal is to achieve higher income than the index. To capture this excess alpha, we use our proprietary system to analyse the relative value between ~3,000 Australian interest rate structures, bonds and sectors. This investment process delivers a universe of opportunities that are interrogated by our portfolio managers who apply their investment methodology, experience and economic statistics to reinforce their conviction and identify the best returning securities – those that outperform the others.

Unlike traditional duration and credit spread managers, we don’t have to rely on picking market direction to capture returns. Instead, we look for the best relative value between securities and sectors that will deliver consistent positive returns for investors.

Portfolio diversification

The Fund is positively correlated with equities when they are rising and negatively correlated when they are falling. This allows us to consistently deliver a positive return no matter the market conditions – offering the diversification investors expect from a fixed income investment. The Fund consists primarily of Australian investment grade securities (securities with a BBB- rating or above) which helps mitigate risk.

Proven track record

Our mission to provide a core fixed income allocation in your portfolio that provides returns with no surprises. That‘s how we see our mission, that’s who we are.

We have the tools to generate alpha in all conditions because we keep our positions appropriately sized and don’t focus everything on one position. Relative value helps dictate how and where we hold positions time after time.

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To outperform the Benchmark over any three-year rolling period, before fees, expenses and taxes


Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0 + YR Index

Distribution frequency


Typical number of securities

70 – 130

Recommended investment timeframe

3+ years

Inception date

July 2000

Net returns as at 31 May 2024

1 Mth
3 Mth
1 Yr
3 Yrs
% p.a.
5 Yrs
% p.a.
10 Yrs
% p.a.
% p.a.
Yarra Australian Bond Fund*# 0.36 -0.64 1.30 -1.92 -0.35 2.26 4.69
Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+YR Index 0.39 -0.50 0.87 -2.09 -0.55 2.19 4.63
Excess Return* -0.03 -0.15 0.43 0.17 0.19 0.06 0.06

# Effective 12 April 2021, Nikko AM Australia became part of the Yarra Capital Management Group. Further information in relation to the transaction can be found here. Returns prior to this date relate to the Nikko AM Australian Bond Fund. 

* The returns shown are post fees, pre tax using redemption prices and assume reinvestment of distributions. Excess return is the difference between the Fund’s net return and its benchmark. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. 

Investment Insights

Latest investment commentary – May 2024

Fund Facts

Open To New Investors: Yes
ARSN: 098 736 255
Initial Minimum: 10,000.00AUD
Distribution Frequency: Quarterly
Management cost (ICR) (p.a.): 0.30%
Buy/sell spread: +/-0.05%
Platforms for this fund

Researcher Ratings

Lonsec¹: ‘Recommended’
Morningstar²: Bronze Morningstar Rating™
Zenith³: ‘Recommended’

These reports are available to licensed financial advisers on request. Please contact a member of the Firm’s Client Team.

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¹ The Lonsec Rating (Yarra Australian Bond Fund – September 2023) presented on this website is published by Lonsec Research Pty Ltd (ABN 11 151 658 561 AFSL 421 445). The Rating is limited to “General Advice” (as defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)) and based solely on consideration of the investment merits of the financial product(s). Past performance information is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of future performance. It is not a recommendation to purchase, sell or hold Yarra Capital Management product(s), and you should seek independent financial advice before investing in this product(s). The Rating is subject to change without notice and Lonsec assumes no obligation to update the relevant document(s) following publication. Lonsec receives a fee from the Fund Manager for researching the product(s) using comprehensive and objective criteria. For further information regarding Lonsec’s Ratings methodology, please refer to Lonsec’s website at:

² The Morningstar Analyst Rating™ for Yarra Australian Bond Fund is ‘Bronze’ as of January 2021.

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Yarra Funds Management Limited (ABN 63 005 885 567, AFSL 230 251) (‘YFML’) is the issuer and responsible entity of the range of registered managed investment schemes described on this website (‘Funds’). YFML is not licensed to provide personal financial product advice to retail clients. The information provided on this website contains general financial product advice only. The advice has been prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Therefore, before acting on any advice, you should consider the appropriateness of the advice in light of your own or your client’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Prior to investing in any of the Funds, you should obtain and consider the product disclosure statement (‘PDS’) for the relevant Fund by contacting our Investor Services team on 1800 034 494 or from our website at The information set out in this website has been prepared in good faith and while YFML and its related bodies corporate (together, the “Yarra Capital Management Group”) reasonably believe the information and opinions to be current, accurate, or reasonably held at the time of publication, to the maximum extent permitted by law, the Yarra Capital Management Group: (a) makes no warranty as to the content’s accuracy or reliability; and (b) accepts no liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage arising from any errors, omissions, or information that is not up to date.

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