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.
Fund holdings, sector allocations, and portfolio statistics subject to change without notice.
The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. This index does not incur fees and expenses (which would lower the return) and is not available for direct investment.
1 Cash & Other may include cash, treasuries, money market funds, and short duration fixed income funds.
2 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”.
3 Investment Grade is a Bond Quality Rating of AAA, AA, A or BBB.
4 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.
5 Weighted average maturity measures the weighted average of all maturities of the bonds in the portfolio, computed by weighting each maturity date by the market value of the security. Interest rate fluctuations have a greater impact on the price per share of funds holding bonds with longer average lives.
6 Yield to Worst is calculated based on call structures of the underlying securities and represents the least favorable yield to the bond holder.
7 Distribution yield is the current dividend rate (annualized) received by a shareholder relative to the current value of the investment.
The Morningstar Broad Fee Level data point compares the fund's net expense ratio to the net expense ratio of all the other funds within its Morningstar Category.
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8 Risk Statistic Definitions: Standard Deviation measures the volatility of the Fund’s returns. Sharpe Ratio uses the Fund’s standard deviation and average excess return over the risk-free rate to determine reward per unit of risk. Statistics for periods less than one year are not annualized.
Since inception risk statistics are calculated using monthly returns beginning on the first day of the Fund’s first full month of performance.