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Bond Debenture Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Bond Debenture Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver high current income and long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in a variety of fixed income securities and select equity-related securities.

A PIONEER IN MULTI-SECTOR

Over four decades of multi-sector bond investing, emphasizing rigorous credit research.

A FLEXIBLE APPROACH

The flexibility to adjust allocations to take advantage of opportunities as market conditions change.

TIME-TESTED RESULTS

A long track record illustrates performance in many market environments.

 

Yield

Dividend Yield 1 as of 08/07/2020  

w/o sales charge 3.82%
w/ sales charge 3.73%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 06/30/2020  

3.32%

Expense Ratioas of 07/31/2020

Fund Basicsas of 06/30/2020

Total Net Assets
$17.01 B
Inception Date
04/01/1971
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Number of Holdings
853
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,000+

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/01/1971
w/o sales charge 0.84% 2.71% 4.19% 5.12% 6.46% 8.31%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds 1.18% 3.42% 3.44% 3.97% 4.64% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 7.72% 10.12% 5.69% 4.47% 3.87% -
w/ sales charge -1.47% 0.36% 3.40% 4.65% 6.23% 8.26%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/01/1971
w/o sales charge -3.00% -0.63% 3.30% 4.38% 6.42% 8.24%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds -1.26% 1.43% 2.87% 3.48% 4.62% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 6.14% 8.74% 5.32% 4.30% 3.82% -
w/ sales charge -5.22% -2.91% 2.51% 3.91% 6.17% 8.19%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

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Type Assets
U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
U.S. High Yield Corporate
Non-U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
Equity
Non-U.S. High Yield Corporate
Bank Loans
Municipals
ABS
Sovereign
CMBS
Convertibles
MBS
Cash
Maturity Assets
Less than 1 year
1-3 years
3-5 years
5-7 years
7-10 years
Greater than 10 years

Credit Quality Distribution as of 06/30/2020 View Portfolio

Rating Assets
AAA
AA
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

INVESTMENT TEAM

Steven F. Rocco
Steven F. Rocco, CFA

Partner & Director of Taxable Fixed Income

19 Years of Industry Experience

Andrew H. O'Brien
Andrew H. O'Brien, CFA

Partner & Portfolio Manager

22 Years of Industry Experience

Kewjin Yuoh
Kewjin Yuoh

Partner & Portfolio Manager

26 Years of Industry Experience

Robert S. Clark
Robert S. Clark, CFA

Portfolio Manager

23 Years of Industry Experience

Christopher Gizzo
Christopher Gizzo, CFA

Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

12 Years of Industry Experience

Robert A. Lee
Robert A. Lee

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

29 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 59 Investment Professionals with 16 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 08/07/2020  

w/o sales charge 3.82%
w/ sales charge 3.73%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 06/30/2020  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 3.32% 3.32%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/01/1971
w/o sales charge 0.84% 2.71% 4.19% 5.12% 6.46% 8.31%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds 1.18% 3.42% 3.44% 3.97% 4.64% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 7.72% 10.12% 5.69% 4.47% 3.87% -
w/ sales charge -1.47% 0.36% 3.40% 4.65% 6.23% 8.26%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/01/1971
w/o sales charge -3.00% -0.63% 3.30% 4.38% 6.42% 8.24%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds -1.26% 1.43% 2.87% 3.48% 4.62% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 6.14% 8.74% 5.32% 4.30% 3.82% -
w/ sales charge -5.22% -2.91% 2.51% 3.91% 6.17% 8.19%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.79%

Year Fund Returns Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
2019 13.37% 8.72%
2018 -3.79% 0.01%
2017 9.21% 3.54%
2016 12.35% 2.65%
2015 -1.74% 0.55%
2014 4.51% 5.97%
2013 7.78% -2.02%
2012 13.22% 4.22%
2011 3.88% 7.84%
2010 12.94% 6.54%
2009 35.37% -
2008 -20.26% -
2007 5.34% -
2006 9.87% -
2005 1.56% -
2004 8.56% -
2003 20.28% -
2002 -1.08% -
2001 4.86% -
2000 -0.86% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2020 -11.90% 10.10% - - 1.56%
2019 6.82% 3.60% 0.62% 1.82% 13.37%
2018 -1.01% -0.15% 2.37% -4.91% -3.79%
2017 2.66% 2.09% 2.54% 1.62% 9.21%
2016 1.64% 4.31% 4.75% 1.16% 12.35%
2015 3.40% -0.43% -3.62% -0.98% -1.74%
2014 2.83% 2.53% -1.54% 0.67% 4.51%
2013 3.11% -1.48% 2.69% 3.32% 7.78%
2012 5.66% 0.25% 4.45% 2.34% 13.22%
2011 4.21% 0.86% -6.56% 5.77% 3.88%
2010 3.69% -1.20% 6.61% 3.40% 12.94%
2009 2.40% 12.76% 11.53% 5.13% 35.37%
2008 -2.79% 1.42% -7.80% -12.29% -20.26%
2007 2.64% 1.10% 2.03% -0.51% 5.34%
2006 2.71% -0.52% 3.54% 3.85% 9.87%
2005 -1.86% 1.54% 1.52% 0.40% 1.56%
2004 1.74% -0.61% 2.95% 4.29% 8.56%
2003 3.34% 7.96% 1.97% 5.73% 20.28%
2002 0.11% -4.06% -1.93% 5.03% -1.08%
2001 3.61% -0.33% -3.48% 5.22% 4.86%
2000 -0.25% 0.91% 1.35% -2.81% -0.86%
1999 1.69% -0.14% -1.35% 3.72% 3.90%
1998 4.40% 0.61% -4.95% 4.94% 4.76%
1997 0.95% 5.61% 4.15% 1.49% 12.69%
1996 2.49% 1.09% 3.92% 3.25% 11.16%
1995 4.30% 5.69% 3.08% 3.41% 17.50%
1994 -0.87% -1.68% 0.53% -1.90% -3.87%
1993 6.02% 3.45% 2.17% 3.49% 15.97%
1992 5.52% 3.30% 4.58% 1.76% 16.00%
1991 13.83% 6.14% 8.09% 5.94% 38.34%
1990 -1.14% 3.24% -8.24% -1.31% -7.57%
1989 3.16% 3.50% 0.42% -2.01% 5.06%
1988 6.72% 3.47% 1.36% 1.67% 13.80%
1987 7.62% -0.63% 0.06% -4.80% 1.88%
1986 7.90% 2.31% -2.60% 2.87% 10.61%
1985 6.20% 6.60% 1.93% 4.87% 21.01%
1984 0.96% -4.81% 7.16% 1.92% 4.96%
1983 10.78% 5.47% -0.62% 0.68% 16.90%
1982 0.04% 2.77% 10.54% 12.22% 27.54%
1981 3.78% 2.33% -8.09% 7.88% 5.30%
1980 -9.93% 19.56% -1.46% 2.61% 8.88%
1979 6.46% 3.42% 1.25% -4.02% 7.00%
1978 2.24% 0.92% 5.75% -5.81% 2.77%
1977 -0.02% 5.96% -1.31% 2.35% 7.00%
1976 14.52% 2.74% 4.99% 5.99% 30.93%
1975 16.50% 8.54% -2.33% 4.95% 29.62%
1974 6.42% -7.46% -6.91% 3.54% -5.08%
1973 -0.69% -6.28% 5.63% -8.30% -9.84%
1972 5.02% -0.45% -0.44% 2.08% 6.26%
1971 - - 4.77% 6.03% 7.65%

Growth of $10,000 as of 07/31/2020

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Type Assets
U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
U.S. High Yield Corporate
Non-U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
Equity
Non-U.S. High Yield Corporate
Bank Loans
Municipals
ABS
Sovereign
CMBS
Convertibles
MBS
Cash
Rating Assets
Less than 1 year
1-3 years
3-5 years
5-7 years
7-10 years
Greater than 10 years

Credit Quality Distribution as of 06/30/2020

Rating Assets
AAA
AA
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Portfolio Positioning as of 06/30/2020

  • We added to the Fund’s automotive sector overweight because we believe people will be using less public transport in light of pandemic-related fears and a shift from urban living to less public suburban living. We view the automotive sector as a cyclical sector that is shifting to a secular grower with pent up demand in the sector bolstering near term performance.
  • The Fund is underweight the materials sector, and more specifically the chemicals sub-sector, due to the deeply cyclical nature of the space as well as unattractive valuations. Within the materials sector, however, the Fund is overweight metals as we are constructive on precious metals, copper, and iron ore. 
  • We anticipate the reopening of the economy to take part in several stages, with the first having included a slow and cautious restart of some essential industries, and with the last stage bringing us closer to levels of activity seen earlier this year in sectors like airlines, lodging and leisure. However, the magnitude and scale of this global pandemic could cause some secular shifts even with the ultimate arrival of therapeutics and a vaccine. The portfolio’s positioning currently reflects this view as we are investing in companies and industries that we believe will not be secularly impaired. While we are still waiting for better data on the health, economic and consumer behavioral fronts before we get more constructive in unsecured risk of directly affected sectors such as airlines and crowd-oriented leisure, we have begun to add higher quality, secured paper in these industries. 

Portfolio Details as of 06/30/2020

Total Net Assets
$17.01 B
Number of Issues
853
Average Coupon
4.99%
Average Life
8.98 Years
Average Maturity
14.48 Years
Average Effective Duration
4.92 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 08/07/2020
$0.188
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 07/31/2020 $0.02563 $8.00
Daily Daily 06/30/2020 $0.02692 $7.72
Daily Daily 05/31/2020 $0.02809 $7.62
Daily Daily 04/30/2020 $0.02868 $7.35
Daily Daily 03/31/2020 $0.02781 $7.09
Daily Daily 02/29/2020 $0.02543 $8.12
Daily Daily 01/31/2020 $0.02596 $8.19

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
Daily Daily 08/31/2020
Daily Daily 09/30/2020
Daily Daily 10/31/2020
Daily Daily 11/30/2020
Daily Daily 12/31/2020

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
12/17/2018 12/18/2018 $0.0841 - $0.0841 $7.54
07/30/2018 07/31/2018 - $0.0398 $0.0398 $7.98

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date
12/17/2020 12/18/2020

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Sales Charge Schedule as of 08/07/2020

  Sales Charge Dealer's Concession Prices at Breakpoint
Less than $100,000 2.25% 2.00% $8.24
$100,000 to $249,999 1.75% 1.50% $8.19
$250,000 to $499,999 1.25% 1.00% $8.15
$500,000 to $999,999 0.00% 1.00% $8.05
$1,000,000 to $5,000,000 0.00% 1.00% $8.05

Expense Ratioas of 07/31/2020

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Class A  Except as noted below, returns with sales charges reflect a maximum sales charge of 5.75% for equity funds, 2.25% for all tax-free income funds, fixed income funds and multi-asset class funds. There are also ongoing 12b-1 service fees (and, in certain cases, distribution fees).

Class A Shares purchased subject to a front-end sales charge have no contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). However, certain purchases of Class A shares made without a front-end sales charge may be subject to a CDSC of 1% if the shares are redeemed before the first day of the month in which the one year anniversary of the purchase falls. The CDSC is not reflected in the performance with maximum sales charge.

Except as noted below, returns with sales charges reflect a maximum sales charge of 2.50%. There are also ongoing 12b-1 service and distribution fees.

Class A Shares purchased subject to a front-end sales charge have no contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). However, certain purchases of Class A shares made without a front-end sales charge may be subject to a CDSC of 1.50% if the shares are repurchased before the first day of the month in which the one year anniversary of the purchase falls. The CDSC is not reflected in the performance with maximum sales charge.

 

Except as noted below, returns with sales charges reflect a maximum sales charge of 2.50%. There are also ongoing 12b-1 service and distribution fees.

Class A Shares purchased subject to a front-end sales charge have no contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). However, certain purchases of Class A shares made without a front-end sales charge may be subject to a CDSC of 1.50% if the shares are repurchased before the first day of the month in which the one year anniversary of the purchase falls. The CDSC is not reflected in the performance with maximum sales charge.

The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. The index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities. Total return comprises price appreciation/depreciation and income as a percentage of the original investment. 

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