Morningstar Asset Category
US Fund High Yield Bond
Bloomberg Global Aggregate Credit Index
Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Total return figures include the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. For the most recent month end performance, please call (800) 207-7108. Returns showing less than one year are cumulative. The gross operating expense ratio for the Class A, C, and Institutional Shares are 3.92%, 4.67%, and 3.67%, respectively. The total net annual fund operating expenses after fee waiver and/ or pay expenses are 3.12%, 3.87%, and 2.87% for the A, C, and Institutional Shares. The contractual agreement between the Fund and the Advisor for fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement is in effect until April 30, 2023. Without the contractual agreement, performance would have been lower. Performance results with load reflect the deduction for Class A Shares of the 4.25% maximum front-end sales charge. Class C Shares are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge of 1.00% when redeemed within 12 months of purchase. Performance presented without the load would be lower if this charge was reflected. Because of ongoing market volatility, Fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes. *ITD represents inception-to-date; Inception 12/31/2015.
Bloomberg Global Aggregate-Credit Index covers the credit sector of the global investment-grade fixed-rate bond market. Credit issuers include corporate, sovereign (when issuing in a currency other than the sovereign’s home currency), supranational, and foreign local agencies/authorities. One cannot invest directly in an index.
Share Class Information
|As of 5/1/22||Class A Shares||Class C Shares||Class I Shares|
|Maximum Sales Charge||4.25%||None||None|
|Gross Expense Ratio||3.92%||4.67%||3.67%|
|Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement||-0.80%||-0.80%||-0.80%|
|Net Expense Ratio*||3.12%||3.87%||2.87%|
*The Fund’s Advisor has contractually agreed to waive its fees and/or pay operating expenses [excluding, as applicable, taxes, leverage interest, brokerage commissions, dividend and interest expenses on short sales, acquired fund fees and expenses (as determined in accordance with Form N-1A), expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation expenses] so that the total fund operating expenses do not exceed 1.60%, 2.35%, and 1.35%, for the Class A, C, and Institutional, respectively. The agreement is in effect until April 30, 2023. The net expense ratio is applicable to investors.
|As of 3/31/22||% of Net Assets (Excluding Cash)|
|Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc||5.57|
|Special Opportunities Fund Inc||5.50|
|PGIM High Yield Bond Fund Inc||5.29|
|PGIM Short Duration High Yield Opportunities Fund||4.66|
|Credit Suisse High Yield Bond Fund||4.54|
|Western Asset Diversified Income Fund||4.06|
|DoubleLine Yield Opportunities Fund||3.78|
|Virtus AllianzGI Convertible & Income Fund II||3.57|
|Blackstone Long-Short Credit Income Fund||3.14|
|TLG Acquisition One Corp||2.82|
Schedule of Distributions
|May 18, 2022||$0.0155||$0.0092||$0.0175|
|Apr 19, 2022||$0.0149||$0.0091||$0.0169|
|Mar 18, 2022||$0.0130||$0.0070||$0.0150|
|Feb 17, 2022||$0.0268||$0.0216||$0.0286|
|Jan 19, 2022||$0.0097||$0.0036||$0.0119|
|Dec 29, 2021||$0.0323||$0.0251||$0.0347|
|Nov 19, 2021||$0.0111||$0.0051||$0.0131|
|Oct 19, 2021||$0.0216||$0.0155||$0.0236|
|Sep 17, 2021||$0.0197||$0.0138||$0.0217|
|Aug 19, 2021||$0.0231||$0.0170||$0.0251|
|Jul 19, 2021||$0.0298||$0.0237||$0.0318|
|Jun 18, 2021||$0.0324||$0.0263||$0.0345|
|May 28, 2021||$0.0262||$0.0202||$0.0282|
|Apr 19, 2021||$0.0443||$0.0384||$0.0462|
|Mar 19, 2021||$0.0377||$0.0319||$0.0397|
|Feb 19, 2021||$0.0387||$0.0334||$0.0405|
|Jan 19, 2021||$0.0136||$0.0078||$0.0155|
|Dec 30, 2020||$0.0863||$0.0807||$0.0883|
|Nov 19, 2020||$0.0425||$0.0372||$0.0443|
|Oct 19, 2020||$0.0412||$0.0358||$0.0430|
|Sep 17, 2020||$0.0483||$0.0432||$0.0502|
|Aug 19, 2020||$0.0383||$0.0329||$0.0401|
|Jul 17, 2020||$0.0444||$0.0391||$0.0462|
|Jun 18, 2020||$0.0525||$0.0471||$0.0543|
|May 19, 2020||$0.0468||$0.0416||$0.0485|
|Apr 17, 2020||$0.0609||$0.0560||$0.0626|
|Mar 19, 2020||$0.0556||$0.0497||$0.0575|
|Feb 19, 2020||$0.0472||$0.0409||$0.0493|
|Jan 17, 2020||$0.0283||$0.0217||$0.0305|
|Dec 30, 2019||$0.0651||$0.0597||$0.0684|
|Nov 18, 2019||$0.0465||$0.0404||$0.0485|
|Oct 16, 2019||$0.0465||$0.0400||$0.0487|
|Sep 18, 2019||$0.0494||$0.0431||$0.0515|
|Aug 16, 2019||$0.0449||$0.0385||$0.0472|
|Jul 18, 2019||$0.0470||$0.0406||$0.0491|
|Jun 18, 2019||$0.0482||$0.0419||$0.0502|
|May 16, 2019||$0.0465||$0.0399||$0.0486|
|Apr 17, 2019||$0.0487||$0.0420||$0.0509|
|Mar 18, 2019||$0.0508||$0.0437||$0.0523|
|Feb 19, 2019||$0.0488||$0.0430||$0.0508|
|Jan 17, 2019||$0.0493||$0.0430||$0.0514|
|Dec 28, 2018||0.0779||0.0715||0.0800|
|Nov 16, 2018||0.0500||0.0436||0.0521|
|Oct 16, 2018||0.0489||0.0422||0.0511|
|Sep 18, 2018||0.0523||0.0458||0.0545|
|Aug 16, 2018||0.0505||0.0437||0.0528|
|Jul 17, 2018||0.0493||0.0425||0.0515|
|Jun 18, 2018||0.0538||0.0472||0.0560|
|May 16, 2018||0.0503||0.0432||0.0525|
|Apr 17, 2018||0.0515||0.0448||0.0537|
|Mar 16, 2018||0.0549||0.0483||0.0571|
|Feb 28, 2018||0.0479||0.0418||0.0500|
|Jan 31, 2018||0.0320||0.0323||0.0425|
|Dec 31, 2017||$0.0623||$0.0558||$0.0646|
|Nov 30, 2017||$0.0530||$0.0463||$0.553|
|Oct 31, 2017||$0.0527||$0.0456||$0.0551|
|Sep 29, 2017||$0.0572||$0.0503||$0.0595|
|Aug 31, 2017||$0.0477||$0.0401||$0.0502|
|Jul 31, 2017||$0.0495||$0.0424||$0.0519|
|Jun 30, 2017||$0.0507||$0.0441||$0.0530|
|May 31, 2017||$0.0497||$0.0429||$0.0521|
|Apr 28, 2017||$0.0502||$0.0433||$0.0525|
|Mar 31, 2017||$0.0586||$0.0518||$0.0610|
|Feb 28, 2017||$0.0501||$0.0450||$0.0522|
|Jan 31, 2017||$0.0417||$0.0348||$0.0441|
|Dec 29, 2016||$0.0664||$0.0595||$0.0686|
|Nov 30, 2016||$0.0564||$0.0518||$0.0598|
|Oct 31, 2016||$0.0670||$0.0602||$0.0693|
|Sep 30, 2016||$0.0677||$0.0620||$0.0699|
|Aug 31, 2016||$0.0628||$0.0565||$0.0651|
|Jul 29, 2016||$0.0696||$0.0633||$0.0717|
|Jun 30, 2016||$0.0710||$0.0641||$0.0724|
|May 31, 2016||$0.0686||$0.0630||$0.0708|
|Apr 29, 2016||$0.0650||$0.0585||$0.0651|
|Mar 31, 2016||$0.0798||$0.0799||$0.0803|
|Feb 29, 2016||$0.0670||$0.0618||$0.0687|
|Jan 29, 2016||$0.0375||$0.0313||$0.0400|
Important Risks and Disclosures:
Effective June 28, 2021, changes were made to the Fund’s principal investment strategy. The Fund may invest in special purpose acquisition companies (“SPACs”) as part of the principal investment strategy.
Before investing you should carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information are in the prospectus and summary prospectus, a copy of which may be obtained on this website or by calling (800) 207-7108. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before you invest.
An investment in the Fund is subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal amount invested and including, but not limited to, the following risks, which are more fully described in the prospectus:
Market Risk: The market price of a security may decline, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably, due to general market conditions that are not specifically related to a particular issuer, company, or asset class. Local, regional or global events such as the spread of infectious illness or other events could have a significant impact on a security or instrument.
Fixed income/Interest Rate Risk: The underlying CEFs, Mutual Funds and ETFs in which the Fund invests invest primarily in fixed income securities. Generally, fixed income securities decrease in value if interest rates rise, and increase in value if interest rates fall, with longer-term securities being more sensitive than shorter-term securities. A rise in interest rates could negatively impact the value of the Fund’s shares.
High Yield (“Junk Bond”) Risk: High yield (“junk”) bonds are speculative, involve greater risks of default, downgrade, or price declines and are more volatile and tend to be less liquid than investment-grade securities.
Closed-End Fund (CEF), Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) and open-end fund (Mutual Fund) risk: The Fund’s investments in CEFs, ETFs and Mutual Funds (“underlying funds”) are subject to various risks, including reliance on management’s ability to manage the underlying fund’s portfolio, risks associated with the underlying securities held by the underlying fund, fluctuation in the market value of the underlying fund’s shares, and the Fund bearing a pro rata share of the fees and expenses of each underlying fund in which the Fund invests.
COVID-19 Related Market Events: The pandemic of the novel coronavirus respiratory disease designated COVID-19 has resulted in extreme volatility in the financial markets, a domestic and global economic downturn, severe losses, particularly to some sectors of the economy and individual issuers, and reduced liquidity of many instruments.
Management and Strategy: The evaluation and selection of the Fund’s investments depend on the judgment of the Fund’s Sub-Advisor about the quality, relative yield, value or market trends affecting a particular security, industry, sector or region, which may prove to be incorrect.
Derivatives Risk: The Fund and the underlying funds may use futures contracts, options, swap agreements, and/or sell securities short. Futures contracts may cause the value of the Fund’s shares to be more volatile and expose the Fund to leverage and tracking risks; the Fund may not fully benefit from or may lose money on option or shorting strategies; swaps may be leveraged, are subject to counterparty risk and may be difficult to value or liquidate.
Futures Risk: Use of future contacts by the Fund or underlying funds may cause the value of the Fund’s share to be more volatile and exposes the Fund to leverage, tracking, and under certain market conditions, liquidity risk.
Leveraging Risk: The underlying Funds in which the Fund invests may be leveraged as a result of borrowing or other investment techniques. As a result, the Fund will be exposed indirectly to leverage through its investment in an underlying fund that utilizes leverage, which may expose the Fund to higher volatility and possible diminishment of long-term returns. Certain Fund transactions, including taking short positions in financial instruments, will give rise to a form of leverage. The use of leverage, such as entering into futures contracts, options, and short sales, may magnify the Fund’s gains or losses and make the Fund more volatile.
SPACs Risk: To the extent a SPAC is invested in cash or similar securities prior to an acquisition, it may impact the Fund’s ability to meet its investment objective. If an acquisition is not completed, the invested funds are returned to the entity’s shareholders, and any warrants issued by the SPAC will expire worthless. As SPACs and similar entities generally have no operating history or ongoing business other than seeking acquisitions, the value of their securities is particularly dependent on the ability of the entity’s management to identify and complete a profitable acquisition. In addition, these securities, which are typically traded in the over-the-counter market, may be considered illiquid and/or be subject to restrictions on resale.
ETN Risk: Investing in ETNs exposes the Fund to the credit risks of the issuer. Shares of ETNs may be less liquid despite being typically traded on securities exchanges and may have large bid and ask spreads. Shares of ETNs may at time trade at a premium or discount to their intrinsic value.
Tax Risk: There is no guarantee that the Fund’s distributions will be characterized as income for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For example, the Fund’s opportunistic trading strategies may result in a portion of the Fund’s distributions to shareholders being characterized as capital gains.
Liquidity Risk: There can be no guarantee that an active market in shares of CEFs and ETFs held by the Fund will exist. The Fund may not be able to sell some or all of the investments it holds due to a lack of demand in the marketplace or other factors such as market turmoil, or if the Fund is forced to sell an asset to meet redemption requests, it may only be able to sell those investments at a loss. Liquid investments may become illiquid or less liquid after purchase by the Fund, particularly during periods of market turmoil.
Portfolio Turnover Risk: The Fund’s turnover rate may be high. A high turnover rate may lead to higher transaction costs, a greater number of taxable transactions, and negatively affect the Fund’s performance.
Bank Loan Risk: The underlying funds may invest in loan participations of any quality, including “distressed” companies with respect to which there is a substantial risk of losing the entire amount invested. Bank loans may not be considered securities under U.S. federal securities law and, as a result, investments in them by the underlying funds may not have the protection of federal securities laws.
LIBOR Risk: The underlying funds may invest in securities, such as senior bank loans, that utilize the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), a common benchmark interest rate index used to make adjustments to variable-rate loans. LIBOR is being phased out. The majority of the USD LIBOR publications are scheduled to be phased out by June 30, 2023, although the remainder of LIBOR publications ended on December 31, 2021. Any effects of the transition away from LIBOR could result in losses to the underlying funds in which the Fund invests and to the Fund.
Convertible Securities Risk: The underlying funds may invest in convertible securities, which are subject to market risk, interest rate risk, and credit risk. Convertible securities are typically issued by smaller capitalized companies with stock prices that may be more volatile than those of other companies.
Preferred Stock Risk: The underlying funds may invest in preferred stock, which is subject to company-specific and market risks applicable to equity securities, and is also sensitive to changes in the company’s creditworthiness, the ability of the company to make payments on the preferred stock, and changes in interest rates, typically declining in value if interest rates rise.
The Fund may not be suitable for all investors. We encourage you to consult with appropriate financial professionals before considering an investment in the Fund.