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Primarily to provide long-term total return, with a secondary objective of providing preservation of capital.
Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Series’ assets will be invested in bonds and other financial instruments with economic characteristics similar to bonds.
Up to 50% of the Series may be invested in below investment-grade securities and up to 50% may be invested in non-U.S. dollar denominated securities, including securities issued by companies located in emerging markets. Derivatives such as futures, options, swaps, and forwards may be used to manage interest rate exposure, enhance duration management, or hedge currency exposure, for example.
While there are no maturity or duration restrictions, the Series’ duration is expected to range between -3 and 8 years.
There is an inverse relationship between bond prices and interest rates; as interest rates rise, bond prices (and therefore the value of bond funds) fall. Likewise, as interest rates fall, bond prices and the value of bond funds rise. Investments in higher-yielding, lower-rated securities involve additional risks, including a higher risk of default and loss of principal. Funds that invest in foreign countries may be subject to the risks of adverse changes in foreign economic, political, regulatory and other conditions as well as risks related to the use of different financial standards. Investments in emerging markets may be more volatile than investments in more developed markets. Investments in derivatives can be highly volatile and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. Also, the use of leverage increases exposure to the market and may magnify potential losses.
Available in all 50 states.
*May be waived for certain qualified retirement plans and participants in an automatic investment program.
Includes a shareholder servicing fee of 0.25%.
Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted.
Prior to 05/01/2015, the Unconstrained Bond Series was the Core Plus Bond Series, which had an investment objective of “providing long-term total return by investing primarily in fixed income securities” and did not use derivatives.
Credit quality ratings are measured on a scale that generally ranges from AAA (highest) to D (lowest). Not Rated (NR) is used to classify securities for which a rating is not available. Credit quality ratings for each issue are obtained from Bloomberg using ratings derived from Moody’s Investors Services (Moody’s) or Standard & Poor’s. When ratings from Moody’s are not available, ratings from Standard & Poor’s are used.
Investments will change over time.
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