Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks to maximize total return, consisting of capital appreciation and current income. Accordingly, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in fixed-income securities issuers rated investment grade including U.S. government bonds and notes, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, convertible securities, preferred stocks, asset-backed securities, mortgage-related securities, and foreign bonds. The fund is expected to have an average effective maturity ranging between five and ten years and an average effective duration ranging between three and eight years.
Bond Risk: Bonds are subject generally to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call and market risks, to varying degrees. Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines. High yield bonds are subject to increased credit risk and are considered speculative in terms of the issuer's perceived ability to continue making interest payments on a timely basis and to repay principal upon maturity.
Credit Risk: High yield bonds are subject to increased credit risk and are considered speculative in terms of the issuer's perceived ability to continue making interest payments on a timely basis and to repay principal upon maturity.
Derivatives Risk: A small investment in derivatives could have a potentially large impact on the fund's performance. The use of derivatives involves risks different from, or possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets. Derivatives can be highly volatile, illiquid and difficult to value.
Diversification Risk: Diversification and asset allocation cannot ensure a profit or protect against loss of principal.
Foreign Investment Risk: To the extent the fund invests in foreign securities, its performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting investments in foreign companies. These special risks include exposure to currency fluctuations, less liquidity, less developed or less efficient trading markets, lack of comprehensive company information, political instability, and differing auditing and legal standards.
Interest Rate Risk: Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines.
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Download a prospectus, or a summary prospectus, if available, that contains this and other information about the fund, and read it carefully before investing.