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High Yield Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the High Yield Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver current income and the opportunity for capital appreciation by investing primarily in high yield corporate bonds.

A HERITAGE OF HIGH YIELD

Brings a 40+ year history of high-yield investing, focused on fundamental, bottom-up credit research.

 

AN OPPORTUNISTIC APPROACH

Provides the flexibility to adjust to the market environment and take advantage of opportunities across the credit spectrum.

STRONG TRACK RECORD

Has offered a track record of strong performance versus peers in up and down markets, demonstrating the strength of this active approach as a core high-yield holding over a full market cycle.

Yield

Dividend Yield 1 as of 12/06/2019  

w/o sales charge 4.74%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 10/31/2019  

4.05%

Fund Basicsas of 10/31/2019

Total Net Assets
$6.97 B
Inception Date
12/31/1998
Dividend Frequency
Monthly
Fund Expense Ratio
1.55%
Number of Holdings
633
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,500+

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/1998
w/o sales charge 11.83% 8.72% 4.95% 4.56% 7.02% 6.05%
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds 11.58% 9.13% 5.56% 4.39% 6.62% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index 12.07% 9.61% 6.28% 5.39% 7.59% 6.77%
w/ sales charge 10.83% 8.72% 4.95% 4.56% 7.02% 6.05%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/1998
w/o sales charge 11.23% 3.98% 4.84% 4.57% 7.26% 6.07%
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds 10.76% 5.50% 5.25% 4.29% 6.82% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index 11.50% 6.30% 6.07% 5.37% 7.84% 6.80%
w/ sales charge 10.23% 3.98% 4.84% 4.57% 7.26% 6.07%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

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Type Assets
High Yield Bonds
Bank Loans
Investment Grade Bonds
Equity
Convertibles
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 10/31/2019 View Portfolio

Rating Assets
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

Robert A. Lee
Robert A. Lee

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

28 Years of Industry Experience

Christopher Gizzo
Christopher Gizzo, CFA

Managing Director & Portfolio Manager

11 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 65 Investment Professionals with 16 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 12/06/2019  

w/o sales charge 4.74%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 10/31/2019  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 4.05% 4.05%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/1998
w/o sales charge 11.83% 8.72% 4.95% 4.56% 7.02% 6.05%
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds 11.58% 9.13% 5.56% 4.39% 6.62% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index 12.07% 9.61% 6.28% 5.39% 7.59% 6.77%
w/ sales charge 10.83% 8.72% 4.95% 4.56% 7.02% 6.05%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 12/31/1998
w/o sales charge 11.23% 3.98% 4.84% 4.57% 7.26% 6.07%
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds 10.76% 5.50% 5.25% 4.29% 6.82% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index 11.50% 6.30% 6.07% 5.37% 7.84% 6.80%
w/ sales charge 10.23% 3.98% 4.84% 4.57% 7.26% 6.07%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.55%

Year Fund Returns ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index
2018 -5.68% -2.27%
2017 7.80% 7.48%
2016 15.15% 17.49%
2015 -2.92% -4.61%
2014 2.79% 2.51%
2013 8.98% 7.41%
2012 15.77% 15.55%
2011 2.41% 4.37%
2010 13.44% 15.07%
2009 49.15% 58.10%
2008 -23.93% -
2007 1.84% -
2006 9.16% -
2005 0.53% -
2004 9.73% -
2003 20.72% -
2002 -0.54% -
2001 4.59% -
2000 -3.52% -
1999 5.78% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 7.21% 3.63% 0.12% - 12.24%
2018 -1.24% -0.21% 2.38% -6.52% -5.68%
2017 2.66% 1.81% 2.29% 0.83% 7.80%
2016 2.00% 5.22% 5.31% 1.89% 15.15%
2015 2.90% 0.70% -4.41% -1.99% -2.92%
2014 2.76% 3.10% -1.88% -1.12% 2.79%
2013 3.81% -1.21% 2.48% 3.70% 8.98%
2012 6.48% 0.19% 4.90% 3.45% 15.77%
2011 3.64% 0.89% -7.23% 5.57% 2.41%
2010 4.74% -1.00% 6.14% 3.07% 13.44%
2009 5.78% 17.17% 13.72% 5.82% 49.15%
2008 -3.61% 1.83% -8.00% -15.78% -23.93%
2007 2.82% -0.04% 0.44% -1.34% 1.84%
2006 2.29% -0.15% 2.78% 3.99% 9.16%
2005 -1.92% 1.36% 0.72% 0.40% 0.53%
2004 0.96% -0.56% 4.20% 4.91% 9.73%
2003 3.78% 8.09% 2.33% 5.16% 20.72%
2002 1.46% -3.85% -3.80% 5.98% -0.54%
2001 4.97% -1.83% -4.24% 5.99% 4.59%
2000 -1.71% 0.73% 0.15% -2.71% -3.52%
1999 3.07% -0.36% -0.86% 3.89% 5.78%
1998 - - - - 0.80%

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Rating Assets
High Yield Bonds
Bank Loans
Investment Grade Bonds
Equity
Convertibles
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 10/31/2019

Rating Assets
A
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Portfolio Positioning as of 9/30/2019

  • From a sector standpoint, the portfolio has shifted from defensive to cyclical sectors—adding energy, industrial, building products, and automotive issues, and reducing healthcare and media holdings.
  • The portfolio is overweight the energy sector, with a focus on shorter maturity bonds in the exploration & production (E&P) segment based on our view on positive fundamentals of select credits within the sector.
  • The telecom sector remains the portfolio’s largest underweight, as we believe that, in addition to secular issues faced by the wireline segment, idiosyncratic issues continue to plague major wireline companies.
  • In terms of ratings, we have been reducing portfolio’s holdings of‘BB-rated debt, as we view BBs as the most overpriced category in high yield, and adding CCC-rated credits, which we believe are trading at attractive valuations.
  • As of quarter-end, the portfolio had modest allocations to out-of-index sectors, such as bank loans, convertibles, investment grade bonds, and equities. We believe select exposures to these sectors offer attractive risk-reward opportunities, potential portfolio diversification benefits and avenues for liquidity.
  • We continue to believe that general economic fundamentals and stronger than expected earnings growth will favor the lower-rated segments of the high yield market. We expect default rates to remain subdued and believe that high yield spreads can grind tighter from current levels.

Portfolio Details as of 10/31/2019

Total Net Assets
$6.97 B
Number of Issues
633
Average Coupon
6.27%
Average Maturity
6.62 Years
Average Effective Duration
3.76 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 12/06/2019
$0.333
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 11/30/2019 $0.02903 $7.33
Daily Daily 10/31/2019 $0.02985 $7.32
Daily Daily 09/30/2019 $0.02975 $7.35
Daily Daily 08/31/2019 $0.02930 $7.38
Daily Daily 07/31/2019 $0.02983 $7.45
Daily Daily 06/30/2019 $0.03112 $7.43
Daily Daily 05/31/2019 $0.03041 $7.25
Daily Daily 04/30/2019 $0.03047 $7.36
Daily Daily 03/31/2019 $0.03050 $7.26
Daily Daily 02/28/2019 $0.03147 $7.23
Daily Daily 01/31/2019 $0.03190 $7.15

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
Daily Daily 12/31/2019

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
12/18/2014 12/19/2014 $0.0899 $0.0792 $0.1691 $7.40

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date
12/17/2019 12/18/2019

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Expense Ratioas of 11/30/2019

1.55%

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Class C shares are only offered to certain eligible investors.  For additional information, see the Fund’s current prospectus.

The ICE BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Constrained Index is a capitalization-weighted index of all US dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the US domestic market. Qualifying securities must have a below investment grade rating (based on an average of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch), at least 18 months to final maturity at the time of issuance, at least one year remaining term to final maturity as of the rebalancing date, a fixed coupon schedule and a minimum amount outstanding of $100 million. The index caps individual issuer at 2%. Index constituents are capitalization-weighted, based on their current amount outstanding, provided the total allocation to an individual issuer does not exceed 2%. Issuers that exceed the limit are reduced to 2% and the face value of each of their bonds is adjusted on a pro-rata basis. The face values of bonds of all other issuers that fall below the 2% cap are increased on a pro-rata basis. In the event there are fewer than 50 issuers in the Index, each is equally weighted and the face values of their respective bonds are increased or decreased on a pro-rata basis.

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