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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 02/15/2019  

w/o sales charge 5.90%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 01/31/2019  

6.14%

Fund Basicsas of 12/31/2018

Total Net Assets
$6.03 B
Inception Date
06/30/2015
Dividend Frequency
Monthly
Fund Expense Ratio
0.95%
Number of Holdings
646
CUSIP
54401E747

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception
w/o sales charge 4.72% -1.30% 8.41% 4.61% 10.30% -
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds 4.18% 0.59% 7.46% 3.38% 9.22% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index 4.59% 1.57% 9.46% 4.61% 10.88% -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception
w/o sales charge -5.19% -5.19% 6.00% 3.77% 10.53% -
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds -2.84% -2.85% 5.49% 2.65% 9.25% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index -2.27% -2.27% 7.27% 3.83% 11.02% -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

RELATED CONTENT

U.S. High Yield: Lessons from the Recent Volatility
February 11, 2019

Rather than trying to anticipate short-term price moves, we believe investors would be better served by focusing on the asset class’s long-term history of risk-adjusted returns.

High Yield: Holding Up in 2018
August 6, 2018

So far in 2018, high yield has outperformed investment grade, with lower-rated issues leading the way.

High Yield: Active or Passive? Four Points to Consider
March 26, 2018

Here, we offer a closer look at the key attributes—and relative performance—of the two strategies.

Type Assets
High Yield Bonds
Bank Loans
Equity
Investment Grade Bonds
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 12/31/2018 View Portfolio

Rating Assets
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 67 Investment Professionals with 14 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Dividend Yield 1 as of 02/15/2019  

w/o sales charge 5.90%

30-Day Standardized Yield 2 as of 01/31/2019  

  Subsidized3 Un-Subsidized4
w/o sales charge 6.14% 6.14%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception
w/o sales charge 4.72% -1.30% 8.41% 4.61% 10.30% -
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds 4.18% 0.59% 7.46% 3.38% 9.22% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index 4.59% 1.57% 9.46% 4.61% 10.88% -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception
w/o sales charge -5.19% -5.19% 6.00% 3.77% 10.53% -
Lipper Category Avg. High Yield Funds -2.84% -2.85% 5.49% 2.65% 9.25% -
ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index -2.27% -2.27% 7.27% 3.83% 11.02% -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.95%

Year Fund Returns ICE BofAML U.S. High Yield Constrained Index
2018 -5.19% -2.27%
2017 8.46% 7.48%
2016 15.82% 17.49%
2015 -2.28% -4.61%
2014 3.42% 2.51%
2013 9.62% 7.41%
2012 16.41% 15.55%
2011 3.13% 4.37%
2010 14.25% 15.07%
2009 50.40% 58.10%
2008 -23.35% -
2007 2.58% -
2006 10.04% -
2005 1.24% -
2004 10.48% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 - - - - 5.73%
2018 -1.08% -0.05% 2.40% -6.35% -5.19%
2017 2.81% 1.97% 2.44% 0.99% 8.46%
2016 2.00% 5.36% 5.60% 2.05% 15.82%
2015 3.17% 0.72% -4.23% -1.81% -2.28%
2014 2.90% 3.36% -1.83% -0.95% 3.42%
2013 3.95% -1.04% 2.62% 3.84% 9.62%
2012 6.60% 0.36% 5.04% 3.59% 16.41%
2011 3.80% 1.06% -7.00% 5.70% 3.13%
2010 4.91% -0.92% 6.31% 3.39% 14.25%
2009 5.96% 17.40% 13.95% 6.11% 50.40%
2008 -3.38% 2.01% -7.88% -15.59% -23.35%
2007 3.06% 0.18% 0.50% -1.14% 2.58%
2006 2.64% 0.00% 2.80% 4.30% 10.04%
2005 -1.75% 1.53% 0.97% 0.51% 1.24%
2004 - - - 5.05% 10.48%

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Rating Assets
High Yield Bonds
Bank Loans
Equity
Investment Grade Bonds
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 12/31/2018

Rating Assets
BBB
BB
B
<B
Not Rated

Portfolio Positioning as of 12/31/2018

  • High yield bonds 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. The segment underperformed investment grade issues, as represented by the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.
  • The portfolio is overweight the retail sector, as we believe a strong consumer, low unemployment, high consumer confidence, and an uptick in wage inflation is a tailwind for this sector.
  • The portfolio is overweight 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 decreased the portfolio’s underweight to the telecom sector in an effort to be more defensively positioned given the volatility during the quarter. That said, it 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.
  • 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 strong 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 as consumer sentiment continues to improve.

Portfolio Details as of 12/31/2018

Total Net Assets
$6.03 B
Number of Issues
646
Average Coupon
6.41%
Average Maturity
6.61 Years
Average Effective Duration
4.85 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 02/15/2019
$0.035
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 01/31/2019 $0.03555 $7.18

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
Daily Daily 02/28/2019
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

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Expense Ratioas of 01/31/2019

0.95%

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Class R4 - The inception date for Class R4 shares is June 30, 2015. The performance quotations for Class R4 are based on the following methods of calculation: (a) for periods prior to June 30, 2015, a restated figure is used based on the historical performance of the Fund’s portfolio since inception to reflect all charges and fees applicable to Class R4 shares; and (b) for periods after June 30, 2015, actual Class R4 performance is used, which reflects all charges and fees applicable to Class R4 shares.

Class R4 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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