Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks high after-tax total return.To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in bonds (or other instruments with similar economic characteristics). The fund normally invests at least 65% of its net assets in municipal bonds that provide income exempt from federal personal income tax. The fund may invest up to 35% of its net assets in taxable bonds and may invest, without limitation, in municipal bonds, the income from which is subject to the federal alternative minimum tax. The fund invests principally in the following:
bonds issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies or instrumentalities;
floating rate loans (limited to up to 20% of the fund's net assets) and other floating rate securities; and
bonds of foreign governments and companies (limited to up to 15% of the fund's assets, including emerging market bonds).
The fund also may invest in money market instruments and other short-term debt instruments.
The fund invests principally in bonds rated investment grade (i.e., Baa/BBB or higher) at the time of purchase or, if unrated, determined to be of comparable quality by the fund's subadviser. The fund is permitted to invest up to 25% of its assets, in the aggregate, in fixed-income securities rated below investment grade (high yield or junk bonds) or, if unrated, determined to be of comparable quality by the fund's subadviser, with up to 15% of the fund's assets in such securities that are taxable and up to 10% of its assets in such securities that are tax exempt.
The fund's portfolio managers seek relative value opportunities within the municipal bond market and to selectively invest in taxable securities that may offer the potential to enhance after-tax total return and/or reduce volatility. In selecting securities, the portfolio managers use a combination of fundamental credit analysis and macro-economic and quantitative inputs. The portfolio managers focus on identifying undervalued sectors and securities and select municipal bonds by (i) using fundamental credit analysis to estimate the relative value and attractiveness of various sectors and securities and to exploit pricing inefficiencies in the municipal bond market, and (ii) investing in various sectors based on apparent relative values.
The fund generally maintains an effective portfolio duration of seven years or less. The fund does not have any restrictions on its average effective portfolio maturity or on the maturity or duration of the individual bonds the fund may purchase. Duration is an estimate of the sensitivity of the price (the value of the principal) of a fixed income security to a change in interest rates.
The fund is subject generally to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call, sector, and market risks, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund's prospectus.
Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines. Income for national municipal funds may be subject to state and local taxes.
Income may be subject to state and local taxes for out-of-state residents. Some income for non-AMT-Free funds may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax for certain investors. Capital gains, if any, are taxable.
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.