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Core Plus Bond Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Core Plus Bond Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver current income and the opportunity for capital appreciation by investing in a wide range of fixed income securities, including U.S. investment grade and high yield corporate bonds, mortgage-backed, asset-backed, and government-related securities, with select allocations to non-U.S. (including emerging market) debt securities.

 

Fund Basicsas of 04/30/2020

Total Net Assets
$252.81 M
Inception Date
Dividend Frequency
-
Number of Holdings
675
Type Assets
Investment Grade Corporate
ABS
MBS
High Yield Corporate
U.S. Government Related
CMBS
Sovereign
Bank Loans
Other
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 04/30/2020 View Portfolio

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

Investment Team

Kewjin Yuoh
Kewjin Yuoh

Partner & Portfolio Manager

26 Years of Industry Experience

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

Partner & Portfolio Manager

22 Years of Industry Experience

Steven F. Rocco
Steven F. Rocco, CFA

Partner & Director of Taxable Fixed Income

19 Years of Industry Experience

Robert A. Lee
Robert A. Lee

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

29 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 61 Investment Professionals with 16 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Portfolio

Portfolio

Rating Assets
Investment Grade Corporate
ABS
MBS
High Yield Corporate
U.S. Government Related
CMBS
Sovereign
Bank Loans
Other
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 04/30/2020

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

Portfolio Positioningas of 3/31/2020

  • Over the quarter we decreased the portfolio’s overweight to agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS). The asset class outperformed corporate credit  and other securitized products, as it benefited from the Fed’s announcement that they would buy a minimum of $200B of agency MBS to help stimulate the economy.
  • We reallocated proceeds from the sales of agency MBS and invested in corporate credit. With the continued weakness throughout the quarter in both investment grade and high yield corporate credit, and relative underperformance compared to securitized products, we found the valuations of certain issues to be fairly attractive. Notably, we added to short-term corporate debt, which is a part of the market where we saw a severe dislocation as many investors aggressively sold short-term bonds in order to raise cash.
  • We maintained our overweight position within asset-backed securities (ABS). We favor high quality ABS that are backed by credit cards and auto loans, and we have avoided areas of the market that have been more directly exposed to the impact of the coronavirus (such as container and aircraft ABS). 

Portfolio Details as of 04/30/2020

Total Net Assets
$252.81 M
Number of Issues
675
Average Coupon
3.79%
Average Life
7.02 Years
Average Maturity
7.02 Years
Average Effective Duration
4.77 Years
Average Modified Duration
5.25 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
06/01/2020 06/30/2020 06/30/2020
07/01/2020 07/31/2020 07/31/2020
08/01/2020 08/31/2020 08/31/2020
09/01/2020 09/30/2020 09/30/2020
10/01/2020 10/31/2020 10/31/2020
11/01/2020 11/30/2020 11/30/2020
12/01/2020 12/31/2020 12/31/2020

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Class R2 - The performance quotations for Class R2 reflect the following methods of calculation: (a) for periods prior to the inception date for Class R2, a restated figure is used based on the Fund's Class A performance, excluding the effect of Class A's maximum sales charge (which does not apply to Class R2) adjusted to reflect the Rule 12b-1 rate differential between Class A and Class R2, which has a higher 12b-1 fee than Class A; and (b) for periods after the inception date for Class R2, actual Class R2 performance is used reflecting all charges and fees applicable to Class R2 shares. Hypothetical performance data for Class R2, as measured from since inception of the Fund using the methodology described above, is not available if the Class A inception date is equal or greater than ten years old. Please refer to the Class R2 performance information for the inception date for Class R2. Please refer to the Class A performance information for the inception date for Class A.

Class R2 shares are only offered to certain eligible investors. 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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