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Inflation Focused Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Inflation Focused Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver total returns that exceed the rate of inflation in the U.S. over a full inflation cycle and current income by combining investments in inflation-linked derivatives with a portfolio of fixed income securities.

EXPERIENCED INVESTMENT TEAM

The strategy is managed through a collaboration among 40+ investment professionals in portfolio management, credit research, and trading.

HIGHER INCOME POTENTIAL WITH LOWER DURATION

The strategy has provided the highest income stream in the Morningstar category and offers inflation protection with one-third the duration of the average TIPS-based portfolio.

TRUE INFLATION PROTECTION

The Fund has historically demonstrated negative correlation with Treasuries, providing diversification benefits to clients' portfolios.

Yield

Dividend Yield 1 as of 03/22/2019  

w/o sales charge 4.19%

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

3.23%

Fund Basicsas of 02/28/2019

Total Net Assets
$1.28 B
Inception Date
04/05/2017
Dividend Frequency
Monthly
Fund Expense Ratio
0.40%
Number of Holdings
1476
CUSIP
54401E184

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/29/2011
w/o sales charge 2.48% 0.79% 3.95% 0.20% - 0.83%
Lipper Category Avg. Inflation Protected Bond Funds 1.61% 1.28% 1.82% 0.77% - -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/29/2011
w/o sales charge -0.91% -0.91% 2.00% -0.20% - 0.52%
Lipper Category Avg. Inflation Protected Bond Funds -1.64% -1.63% 1.74% 0.84% - -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

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

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

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

Investment Team

Kewjin Yuoh
Kewjin Yuoh

Partner & Portfolio Manager

25 Years of Industry Experience

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

Partner & Portfolio Manager

21 Years of Industry Experience

Steven F. Rocco
Steven F. Rocco, CFA

Partner & Director of Taxable Fixed Income

18 Years of Industry Experience

Hyun Lee
Hyun Lee, CFA

Portfolio Manager

18 Years of Industry Experience

Robert A. Lee
Robert A. Lee

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

28 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 65 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 4.19%

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

  Subsidized5 Un-Subsidized6
w/o sales charge 3.23% 3.23%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/29/2011
w/o sales charge 2.48% 0.79% 3.95% 0.20% - 0.83%
Lipper Category Avg. Inflation Protected Bond Funds 1.61% 1.28% 1.82% 0.77% - -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 04/29/2011
w/o sales charge -0.91% -0.91% 2.00% -0.20% - 0.52%
Lipper Category Avg. Inflation Protected Bond Funds -1.64% -1.63% 1.74% 0.84% - -

Fund Expense Ratio :

0.40%

Year Fund Returns
2018 -0.91%
2017 1.62%
2016 5.38%
2015 -1.91%
2014 -4.89%
2013 -1.38%
2012 10.16%
2011 -3.23%
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 - - - - 2.94%
2018 0.58% 1.02% 0.77% -3.22% -0.91%
2017 0.84% -1.52% 1.31% 1.01% 1.62%
2016 -0.82% -0.54% 2.56% 4.16% 5.38%
2015 -0.10% 1.80% -4.60% 1.11% -1.91%
2014 0.10% 2.29% -2.73% -4.51% -4.89%
2013 0.65% -3.67% 1.41% 0.30% -1.38%
2012 5.42% -0.84% 3.17% 2.13% 10.16%
2011 - - -5.90% 2.29% -3.23%

NAV Historical Prices

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

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

Credit Quality Distribution as of 02/28/2019

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

Portfolio Positioning as of 12/31/2018

  • The portfolio takes a different approach to inflation protection than its benchmark, which is comprised entirely of US Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). The strategic design combines a short-term bond portfolio with an overlay of Consumer Price Index (CPI) swaps to hedge against inflation over a full market cycle. CPI swaps detracted from the portfolio’s performance during the fourth quarter as long-term inflation expectations declined due to the collapse in oil prices and economic growth concerns.
  • For the underlying bond portfolio, we maintained a diversified exposure to various credit-sensitive sectors of the market. Consistent with the past several years, the portfolio maintained only minor exposures to Treasuries and agency securities, primarily holding positions in those sectors for liquidity management purposes.
  • After realizing profits in the high yield credit space earlier in the quarter due to spread tightening, we shifted a portion of our below investment grade corporate exposure to investment grade corporate bonds as we uncovered many issuer specific, idiosyncratic opportunities. We remain constructive on the fundamental and technical factors of this market segment and believe that the volatility experienced in the fourth quarter resulted in idiosyncratic opportunities to capture relative value, particularly within “BBB” rated debt.
  • We also increased the portfolio’s allocation to commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) during the fourth quarter. We maintain a positive outlook for the commercial real estate sector, particularly within single-asset, single-borrower deals, as we believe this sector offers attractive risk-adjusted returns.
  • We reduced the portfolio’s exposure to U.S. government related securities during the quarter to take advantage of spread widening in short-term credit sectors.

Portfolio Details as of 02/28/2019

Total Net Assets
$1.28 B
Number of Issues
1476
Average Coupon
4.17%
Average Life
2.35 Years
Average Maturity
2.35 Years
Average Effective Duration
2.16 Years

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 03/22/2019
$0.080
Dividend Frequency
Monthly (Daily Accrual)
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
Daily Daily 02/28/2019 $0.04025 $11.52
Daily Daily 01/31/2019 $0.04016 $11.48

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

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Expense Ratioas of 02/28/2019

0.40%

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