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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 03/22/2019  

w/o sales charge 4.57%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 02/28/2019  

4.47%

Fund Basicsas of 02/28/2019

Total Net Assets
$12.86 B
Inception Date
09/28/2007
Dividend Frequency
Monthly
Fund Expense Ratio
0.69%
Number of Holdings
767
CUSIP
544004609

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/28/2007
w/o sales charge 5.24% 1.61% 8.35% 4.46% 9.54% 6.25%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds 3.09% 1.97% 5.04% 2.87% 6.85% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 1.00% 3.17% 1.69% 2.32% 3.71% 3.86%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/28/2007
w/o sales charge -3.83% -3.83% 5.74% 4.00% 9.10% 5.86%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds -1.60% -1.61% 3.75% 2.56% 6.36% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 0.01% 0.01% 2.06% 2.52% 3.48% 3.82%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

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Type Assets
U.S. High Yield Corporate
U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
Sovereign
MBS
Equity
Non-U.S. High Yield Corporate
Non-U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
Bank Loans
Municipals
CMBS
ABS
U.S. Government Related
Convertibles
Cash
Maturity Assets
Less than 1 year
1-2.99 years
3-4.99 years
5-6.99 years
7-9.99 years
Greater than 10 years

Credit Quality Distribution as of 02/28/2019 View Portfolio

Rating Assets
U.S. Treasury
Agency
AAA
AA
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Investment Team

Steven F. Rocco
Steven F. Rocco, CFA

Partner & Director of Taxable Fixed Income

18 Years of Industry Experience

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

Partner & Portfolio Manager

21 Years of Industry Experience

Kewjin Yuoh
Kewjin Yuoh

Partner & Portfolio Manager

25 Years of Industry Experience

Robert Clark
Robert S. Clark, CFA

Portfolio Manager

22 Years of Industry Experience

Christopher Gizzo
Christopher Gizzo, CFA

Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

11 Years of Industry Experience

Robert A. Lee
Robert A. Lee

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

28 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 64 Investment Professionals with 14 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 03/22/2019  

w/o sales charge 4.57%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 02/28/2019  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 4.47% 4.47%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/28/2007
w/o sales charge 5.24% 1.61% 8.35% 4.46% 9.54% 6.25%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds 3.09% 1.97% 5.04% 2.87% 6.85% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 1.00% 3.17% 1.69% 2.32% 3.71% 3.86%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 09/28/2007
w/o sales charge -3.83% -3.83% 5.74% 4.00% 9.10% 5.86%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Sector Income Funds -1.60% -1.61% 3.75% 2.56% 6.36% -
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index 0.01% 0.01% 2.06% 2.52% 3.48% 3.82%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.69%

Year Fund Returns Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
2018 -3.83% 0.01%
2017 9.32% 3.54%
2016 12.46% 2.65%
2015 -1.53% 0.55%
2014 4.53% 5.97%
2013 8.05% -2.02%
2012 13.50% 4.22%
2011 4.12% 7.84%
2010 13.24% 6.54%
2009 35.81% 5.93%
2008 -20.17% -
2007 5.28% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 - - - - 6.37%
2018 -0.99% -0.13% 2.27% -4.90% -3.83%
2017 2.69% 2.12% 2.44% 1.77% 9.32%
2016 1.66% 4.34% 4.78% 1.19% 12.46%
2015 3.56% -0.41% -3.60% -0.96% -1.53%
2014 2.89% 2.57% -1.52% 0.57% 4.53%
2013 3.17% -1.42% 2.76% 3.39% 8.05%
2012 5.73% 0.30% 4.39% 2.53% 13.50%
2011 4.27% 0.92% -6.51% 5.84% 4.12%
2010 3.76% -1.14% 6.69% 3.47% 13.24%
2009 2.65% 12.85% 11.44% 5.20% 35.81%
2008 -2.73% 1.49% -7.87% -12.24% -20.17%
2007 2.59% 1.29% 1.77% -0.44% 5.28%

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Type Assets
U.S. High Yield Corporate
U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
Sovereign
MBS
Equity
Non-U.S. High Yield Corporate
Non-U.S. Investment Grade Corporate
Bank Loans
Municipals
CMBS
ABS
U.S. Government Related
Convertibles
Cash
Rating Assets
Less than 1 year
1-2.99 years
3-4.99 years
5-6.99 years
7-9.99 years
Greater than 10 years

Credit Quality Distribution as of 02/28/2019

Rating Assets
U.S. Treasury
Agency
AAA
AA
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Portfolio Positioning as of 12/31/2018

  • Risk assets came under pressure over the fourth quarter amid fears of slowing global growth and potential U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) policy mistakes, as well as sharp equity and oil price declines. High yield bonds underperformed investment grade issues, as represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.
  • We increased the portfolio’s allocation to the telecom, media, and utilities sectors, with a focus on companies with stable cash flows, in an effort to be more defensively positioned given the heightened volatility during the quarter.
  • We increased the portfolios allocation to the health care sector. We believe this sector is attractive due to improving volumes in the hospitals segment and improved overall sentiment in the industry.
  • We increased overall portfolio quality during the quarter as a result of the market volatility and initiated a small position in U.S. Treasury securities in an effort to be more defensively positioned.
  • The portfolio’s allocations to high yield bonds, bank loans and equity-related securities should help mitigate its sensitivity to rising interest rates, as these asset classes historically have demonstrated negative correlation with U.S. Treasury securities.
  • We remain constructive on risk assets despite continuing volatility in the equity markets. We continue to believe that general economic fundamentals will favor the lower-rated segments of the leveraged credit market.

Portfolio Details as of 02/28/2019

Total Net Assets
$12.86 B
Number of Issues
767
Average Coupon
5.30%
Average Life
9.02 Years
Average Maturity
9.84 Years
Average Effective Duration
5.22 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 03/22/2019
$0.060
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 02/28/2019 $0.02986 $7.78
Daily Daily 01/31/2019 $0.03038 $7.70

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
Daily Daily 03/31/2019
Daily Daily 04/30/2019
Daily Daily 05/31/2019
Daily Daily 06/30/2019
Daily Daily 07/31/2019
Daily Daily 08/31/2019
Daily Daily 09/30/2019
Daily Daily 10/31/2019
Daily Daily 11/30/2019
Daily Daily 12/31/2019

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 $7.53
07/30/2018 07/31/2018 - $0.0398 $0.0398 $7.96

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date
07/30/2019 07/31/2019

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Expense Ratioas of 02/28/2019

0.69%

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Class F - The inception date for Class F shares is September 28, 2007. The performance quotations for Class F are based on the following methods of calculation: (a) for periods prior to September 28, 2007, a restated figure is used based on the Fund's Class I performance, which does not have a 12b-1 fee, adjusted to reflect the Rule 12b-1 rate differential between Class I and Class F; and (b) for periods after September 28, 2007, actual Class F performance is used reflecting all charges and fees applicable to Class F shares.

Class F shares are available only to eligible fee-based advisory programs and certain registered investment advisers. For additional information, see the Fund’s current prospectus.

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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