The Fund implements a tactical fixed income strategy which seeks to maximize total return across different types of fixed income products and, based on market conditions, may also hold cash, cash equivalents and alternative investments.
The Fund is actively managed, typically with between 40 and 50 investments, incorporating sector allocations and tactical hedging during various interest rate and market environments. The Adviser uses fundamental credit and relative value analysis, and focuses on securities with transparent pricing, actively-traded capital structures and a high level of liquidity. The Fund seeks to maintain an average credit rating of investment grade. The average duration of the strategy is expected to be approximately six years, with an expected range of between three and nine years.
The Fund invests in a tactical portfolio of income-producing securities, including up to 80% in investment grade corporate bonds and up to 40% in high yield bonds (i.e. junk bonds), which are defined as debt securities rated below Baa by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's"), or equivalently rated by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services ("S&P") or Fitch, Inc. ("Fitch"), or, if unrated, determined by the Adviser to be of comparable quality. The Fund may also invest up to 70% in preferred stocks, up to 80% in U.S. municipal bonds, and up to 100% in U.S. Treasuries. The Fund may also invest up to 15% in fixed income closed-end funds and up to 25% in fixed income exchange traded funds (“ETFs”). The Fund may also invest up to 25% in foreign issuers of U.S. dollar denominated fixed income securities.
The Fund may also sell short U.S. Treasury securities (of an aggregate dollar value not exceeding 33 1/3% of the aggregate dollar value of the Fund’s assets) only as a hedge based on market conditions. The Fund seeks to mitigate the negative impact of rising Treasury interest rates on the performance of investment grade bonds (conversely limiting the positive impact of falling interest rates). These short positions are not intended to mitigate other factors influencing the price of investment grade bonds, such as credit risk, which may have a greater impact than rising or falling interest rates.
The Fund’s strategies may result in frequent portfolio trading and high portfolio turnover (typically greater than 100%). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in the Fund’s annual operating expenses or in the expense example, affect the Fund’s performance.