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RISKS OF INVESTING IN ASSET AND MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES
One of the principal risks of mortgage-related and asset-backed securities is that the underlying debt may be prepaid ahead of schedule if interest rates fall, thereby reducing the value of an investment. If interest rates rise, there is less prepayment risk but defaults may increase, potentially causing losses. This is not a complete list of risks associated with the strategy. Consult your professional advisors for further guidance.
COMPARISONS TO AN INDEX
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The following indices may be referred to in this document:
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Index represents securities that are SEC-registered, taxable, and dollar denominated. Must have at least one year to final maturity regardless of call features. Must have at least $300 million par amount outstanding. Must be rated investment-grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by at least two of the following ratings agencies: Moody's, S&P, Fitch. Must be dollar-denominated and non-convertible.
ICE BofA U.S. Corporate Index
Tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market.
ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index
ICE BofA U.S. High Yield Index tracks the performance of US dollar denominated below investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the US domestic market..
ICE BofA US Mortgage Backed Securities Index
ICE BofA US Mortgage Backed Securities Index tracks the performance of US dollar denominated fixed rate residential mortgage pass-through securities publicly issued by US agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae in the US domestic market. 30-year, 20-year and 15- year fixed rate mortgage pools are included in the Index provided they have at least one year remaining term to final maturity and a minimum amount outstanding of at least $5 billion per generic coupon and $250 million per production year within each generic coupon.
BofA US Fixed Rate CMBS Index
BofA US Fixed Rate CMBS Index tracks the performance of US dollar denominated investment grade fixed rate commercial mortgage backed securities publicly issued in the US domestic market.
ICE BofA AA-BBB US Asset Backed Securities Index
Represents the portion of the ICE BofA US Fixed Rate Asset Backed Securities Index composed solely of bonds that are rated AA-BBB.
ICE BofA High Yield Emerging Markets Corporate Plus Index
ICE BofA High Yield Emerging Markets Corporate Plus Index is a subset of The ICE BofA Emerging Markets Corporate Plus Index including all securities rated BB1 or lower. ICE Bank of America High Yield Master II Index tracks the performance of US dollar denominated below investment grade rated corporate debt publically issued in the US domestic market. To qualify for inclusion in the index, securities must have a below investment grade rating (based on an average of Moody's, S&P, and Fitch) and an investment grade rated country of risk (based on an average of Moody's, S&P, and Fitch foreign currency long term sovereign debt ratings). Each security must have greater than 1 year of remaining maturity, a fixed coupon schedule, and a minimum amount outstanding of $100 million.
ICE BofA Emerging Markets External Sovereign Index
ICE BofA Emerging Markets External Sovereign Index tracks the performance of US dollar and euro denominated emerging markets sovereign debt publicly issued in the major domestic and eurobond markets.
Active Management: Active management is the use of a human element, such as a single manager, co-managers or a team of managers, to actively manage a fund’s portfolio. Active management strategies typically have higher fees than passive management.
Duration: Duration can measure how long it takes, in years, for an investor to be repaid a bond’s price by the bond’s total cash flows.
Spreads: The difference of gap that exists between two prices, rates, or yields.
Yield Curve: A line that plots yields of bonds having equal credit quality but different maturity dates.
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