Fund overview
Investing in short duration investment grade debt
The Conservative Income Fund seeks current income consistent with maintaining capital preservation.

The fund aims for higher returns than money market funds while maintaining an emphasis on preservation of capital and liquidity.
 
Key differentiators

  • Leverages a deep bench of experienced portfolio managers, credit analysts, risk managers, and sector specialists
  • Implements bottom-up portfolio construction and sector allocation to actively manage risk and maximize returns
  • Uses proprietary risk models, including both quantitative and qualitative factors, to identify opportunities and manage risks

Performance

Average annual returns Add Minus

Average annual returns

(as of 3/31/2024)
5/31/2013
1M
3M
YTD
1Y
3Y
5Y
10Y
Inception
Fund
0.44
1.21
1.21
5.43
2.12
1.94
1.40
1.33
Benchmark
0.42
0.99
0.99
4.51
1.89
1.76
1.27
1.18
Morningstar
0.50
1.44
1.44
6.05
2.42
2.18
1.67
-
Expenses (as of 1/1/2024)
Gross Expense Ratio
0.63 %
Net Expense Ratio
0.40 %

One-month, three-month and year-to-date returns are not annualized.

Net asset value (NAV) is the value of one share of the fund excluding any sales charges.

A2 Class shares are sold without a front-end sales charge or contingent deferred sales charge.

The manager has contractually committed, through 12/31/2024, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to cap the fund's total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers at 0.4%. Brokerage commissions, stamp duty fees, interest, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses are excluded from the expense cap. Prior to or after the commitment expiration date, the cap may be increased or the commitment to maintain the cap may be terminated only with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Without this cap, the fund's returns would have been lower. The expense ratio paid by an investor is the net expense ratio (the total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers) as stated in the prospectus.

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Calendar year

(as of 12/31/2023)
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
Fund
5.41
-0.03
-0.16
1.46
2.71
1.55
1.12
0.83
0.05
Benchmark
4.59
0.15
0.05
1.20
2.60
1.81
0.72
0.49
0.15
Morningstar
5.96
-0.14
0.20
1.34
3.08
1.61
1.44
1.41
0.17
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Cumulative

(as of 3/31/2024)

This chart shows the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the fund over the specified time period up to 10 years or since its inception (for funds lacking 10-year records). The result is compared with benchmarks, which may include a broad-based market index and a peer group average or index. Market indexes do not include expenses, which are deducted from fund returns as well as mutual fund averages and indexes.

Does not include sales charges and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. If sales charges were included, returns would be lower.

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Performance and volatility metrics

(as of 3/31/2024)
3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Alpha -0.11 1.00 6.52
Beta 1.18 0.53 0.59
Excess Return 0.23 0.18 0.13
Information Ratio 0.53 0.15 0.16
Sharpe Ratio -0.60 -0.11 0.01
R2 0.82 0.09 0.12
Tracking Error 0.44 1.19 0.86
Standard Deviation 0.97 1.19 0.88
Upside Market Capture Ratio 124.20 98.04 98.17
Downside Market Capture Ratio 212.85 -49.31 -70.50
Morningstar ratings and rankings Add Minus

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 3/31/2024)
Overall
Ultrashort Bond (Out of 203 funds)
Three Year
77th percentile (156 out of 203)
Five Year
72nd percentile out of 183
Ten Year
64th percentile out of 110

The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) ratings.

Morningstar rankings represent a fund's total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category. The percentile ranking is based on the fund's total return percentile rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. The highest (most favorable) percentile rank is 1% and the lowest (least favorable) percentile rank is 100%. Morningstar rankings do not include the effect of sales charges. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Prices, yields and distributions

Historical prices

YTD high $9.92 2/1/2024
YTD low $9.88 4/10/2024
52-week high $9.92 2/1/2024
52-week low $9.86 7/9/2023
2023 high $9.91 12/31/2023
2023 low $9.85 1/2/2023
Best quarterly return 2.13% 6/30/2020
Worst quarterly return -0.99% 3/31/2020
Best annual return 5.41% 12/31/2023
Worst annual return -0.16% 12/31/2021

Distribution summary

Dividends Monthly/Daily accrual
Capital gains Annually

Yields

Yield (as of 4/12/2024) Statistic
Distribution yield 5.11%
30-day SEC yield (as of 4/11/2024) 4.96%
30-day unsubsidized SEC yield (as of 4/11/2024) 4.67%
Yield to maturity 5.42%
Yield to worst 5.42%

Distribution history

Distribution history Type Per share amount Re investment price
2024-03-28 Dividend $0.043257367 $9.90
2024-02-29 Dividend $0.042725815 $9.90
2024-01-31 Dividend $0.043644241 $9.92
2023-12-29 Dividend $0.043509411 $9.91
2023-11-30 Dividend $0.042737968 $9.89
2023-10-31 Dividend $0.042658669 $9.87
2023-09-29 Dividend $0.041206473 $9.87
2023-08-31 Dividend $0.040356616 $9.88
2023-07-31 Dividend $0.039479883 $9.87
2023-06-30 Dividend $0.038377222 $9.86
2023-05-31 Dividend $0.038286462 $9.86
2023-04-28 Dividend $0.03700363 $9.87
2023-03-31 Dividend $0.036512089 $9.87
2023-02-28 Dividend $0.032403048 $9.87
2023-01-31 Dividend $0.0286942 $9.88
2022-12-30 Dividend $0.027011085 $9.85
2022-11-30 Dividend $0.023678686 $9.84
2022-10-31 Dividend $0.021549602 $9.82
2022-09-30 Dividend $0.018569819 $9.83
2022-08-31 Dividend $0.01620288 $9.87
2022-07-29 Dividend $0.013521946 $9.88
2022-06-30 Dividend $0.009675469 $9.87
2022-05-31 Dividend $0.008054765 $9.91
2022-04-29 Dividend $0.004724142 $9.90
2022-03-31 Dividend $0.00136837 $9.92
2022-02-28 Dividend $0.001265139 $9.96
2022-01-31 Dividend $0.000818374 $9.98
2021-12-31 Dividend $0.000559448 $10.00
2021-11-30 Dividend $0.000526442 $10.00
2021-10-29 Dividend $0.00050416 $10.01
2021-09-30 Dividend $0.001012761 $10.02
2021-08-31 Dividend $0.001281469 $10.02
2021-07-30 Dividend $0.002207738 $10.02
2021-06-30 Dividend $0.003349994 $10.03
2021-05-28 Dividend $0.003341136 $10.03
2021-04-30 Dividend $0.003284561 $10.03
2021-03-31 Dividend $0.002853517 $10.03
2021-02-26 Dividend $0.003033362 $10.04
2021-01-29 Dividend $0.002394948 $10.04
2020-12-31 Dividend $0.003860711 $10.04
2020-11-30 Dividend $0.004825905 $10.04
2020-10-30 Dividend $0.004699397 $10.04
2020-09-30 Dividend $0.005810039 $10.04
2020-08-31 Dividend $0.006576095 $10.05
2020-07-31 Dividend $0.007400157 $10.05
2020-06-30 Dividend $0.008659785 $10.04
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The 30-day SEC yield is calculated with a standardized formula mandated by the SEC. The formula is based on maximum offering price per share and includes the effect of any fee waivers. Without waivers, yields would be reduced. The 30-day unsubsidized SEC yield does not reflect waivers in effect. A fund’s actual distribution rate will differ from the SEC yield and any income distributions from the fund may be higher or lower than the SEC yield.

Composition

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Portfolio statistics

(as of 2/29/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 103 4
Effective Duration 0.71 0.62
Weighted Average Effective Maturity 0.84 0.63
AMT 0.00 0.00
Average Credit Rating AA- AAA
Average Maturity 2.33 0.63
Credit Spread Duration 0.78 0.62

Fixed Income Style Box

(as of 2/29/2024) Overview chart

Placement within the Morningstar Equity Style Box is based on two variables: relative median market capitalization and relative price valuations (price/book and price/earnings) of the fund’s portfolio holdings. These numbers are drawn from the fund’s portfolio holdings figures most recently entered into Morningstar’s database and the corresponding market conditions. The Ownership Zone is represented by a shaded area surrounding the centroid. This zone encompasses 75% of a portfolio’s holdings on an asset-weighted basis and is designed to be a visual measure of how wide-ranging the portfolio is.

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Credit quality

(as of 2/29/2024)
Type
Fund
Benchmark
AAA/Aaa
29.37% 100.00%
AA/Aa
20.47% -
A/A
40.59% -
BBB/Baa
9.93% -
Cash & equivalents
-0.35% -

The ratings indicated are from Standard & Poor's, Fitch Ratings Ltd., and/or Moody's Investors Service. The percentages of the fund's portfolio with the ratings depicted in the chart are calculated based on total investments of the fund. If a security was rated by all three rating agencies, the middle rating was used. If rated by two of three rating agencies, the lower rating was used, and if rated by one of the agencies, that rating was used. Credit quality is subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Maturity Add Minus

Maturity

(as of 2/29/2024)
Maturity Range
Fund
0 - 3 months
18.34%
1 - 2 years
36.68%
2 - 3 years
1.73%
3 - 6 months
16.17%
3+ years
0.00%
6 - 9 months
23.06%
9 - 12 months
4.01%

Maturity distribution is subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.

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Top 10 holdings

(as of 3/31/2024)
Security
Fund
Bank Of America NA SR Unsecured 08/25 5.65
2.07%
Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A.
2.07%
American Honda Finance Corp.
2.05%
Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel SA
2.02%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
2.02%
SKANDINAVISKA ENSKILDA SR UNSECURED 144A 09/24 0.65
2.02%
Bank of Montreal
1.99%
Citibank NA SR Unsecured 09/25 5.864
1.98%
WELLS FARGO BANK NA SR UNSECURED 08/25 5.55
1.90%
Capital One Prime Auto Receivables Trust 2023-1
1.89%
Top 10 represents 20.00% of total net assets
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Portfolio composition

(as of 2/29/2024)
Credit Assets
Allocation
ABS
29.90%
CLO
0.20%
CMO
1.02%
Corporate bonds
67.82%
MBS
1.07%

Portfolio composition and maturity distribution are subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding

Documents

Literature Details Date
Fact Sheet Institutional, A2 2/29/2024 Download Download
Regulatory Document Details Date
Annual Report Institutional, A2 8/31/2023 Download Download
Full Prospectus A2 1/1/2024 Download Download
Quarterly Holdings Institutional, A2 5/31/2023 Download Download
Quarterly Holdings Institutional, A2 11/30/2023 Download Download
Semi-annual Report Institutional, A2 2/28/2023 Download Download
Statement of Additional Information Institutional, A2 1/1/2024 Download Download
Summary Prospectus A2 1/1/2024 Download Download
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