The value of fixed-income securities varies inversely with interest rates; as interest rates rise, the market value of fixed-income securities will decline. Lower quality debt (ie: “High Yield”) securities involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the issuer’s credit quality. The value of investments in mortgage-related and asset-backed securities will be influenced by the factors affecting the housing market and the assets underlying such securities. The securities may decline in value, face valuation difficulties, become more volatile and/or become illiquid. They are also subject to prepayment risk, which occurs when mortgage holders refinance or otherwise repay their loans sooner than expected, creating an early return of principal to holders of the loans.
1 Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities/Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities.
2 Cash & Other may include cash, money market funds, and short duration fixed income funds.
3 Security quality ratings are derived from underlying portfolio securities by using the middle rating of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch. If only two of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch rates a security the higher of the two is selected. If only one of Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch rates a security the available rating is used. For securities that are not rated by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, or Fitch a rating from a secondary Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (“NRSRO”) may be used. Ratings by any agency represent an opinion only, not a recommendation to buy or sell. Securities that are not rated by any agencies are reflected as Not Rated “NR”.
4 Distribution yield is the current dividend rate (annualized) received by a shareholder relative to the current value of the investment.
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index is an unmanaged index representing the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through, and asset-backed securities. This index does not incur fees and expenses (which would lower the return) and is not available for direct investment.
† Definitions: Effective Duration measures the interest rate risk of the Fund. It is an estimate of the approximate percentage change in the Fund’s net asset value resulting from a one percentage point change in interest rates. Weighted Average Life is the average number of years each dollar of unpaid principal remains outstanding. Convexity is an estimate of the approximate change in the Fund’s effective duration resulting from a one percentage point change in interest rates. Option-Adjusted Spread is the difference between the portfolio yield and the risk-free rate, accounting for embedded options. Source: The Yield Book.