Core Plus Bond Fund

-$0.01 / -0.09%
Fund assets
30-Day SEC yield*
Year-to-date return
Data as of 7/22/2024
*As of 7/21/2024
Fund overview
Foundational fixed income portfolio focusing on our best global ideas
The Allspring Core Plus Bond Fund uses a risk-conscious, relative-value approach to pursue upside potential, produce income for shareholders, and manage downside risk.

Increasingly integrated fixed income markets coupled with segmented investor bases can create substantial opportunities to generate attractive returns by allocating across global sectors. 

Key differentiators

  • Uses a six-month investment horizon to anticipate market inflection points 

  • Allocates up to 35% in plus sectors and a minimum of 65% to aggregate sectors 

  • Seeks diversified and unbiased sources of alpha in an effort to generate compelling returns over a market cycle 

General facts

Effective duration


Effective maturity


Distribution yield


Benchmark name

Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index

Morningstar category

Intermediate Core-Plus Bond

Lipper category

Core Plus Bond Funds





Fund number


Gross expense ratio


Net expense ratio


Fund inception date


Quick resources

Morningstar Rating™

Out of 561 funds, Intermediate Core-Plus Bond As of 6/30/2024

An investment’s Overall Morningstar Rating™, based on its risk-adjusted return, is a weighted average of its applicable 3-, 5-, and 10-year Ratings.

Q2 review and outlook

Janet Rilling, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of the Plus Fixed Income team, discusses key markets events, drivers of fixed income performance in Q2 and changes to the team’s outlook and positioning.


Janet Rilling: Welcome to the second quarter 2024 Allspring Plus Fixed Income Team recap. Bond investors saw a range of results, depending on their allocation across the yield curve and the quality makeup of their portfolio. A modest move up in yields across the Treasury curve resulted in negative total returns for high quality and long duration bonds. On the other hand, short duration fixed income segments and higher yielding sectors generally posted positive total returns. It was a classic case of the income component of bonds providing a cushion to offset modest losses from a move higher in rates. Importantly, the quarter marked the beginning of the rate cut cycle in developed markets, including cuts by the Bank of Canada and the European Central Bank. These developed market central bank cuts notably lagged several emerging market central banks that began rate cuts some time ago. Equally important, dispersion rose across developed market central banks as the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) remained on hold. Focusing on the U.S., once again shifting expectations changes in monetary policy by the Fed dominated the bond market’s focus. Bond yields rose sharply in April after the inflation, employment, and growth data at the start of the year suggested that the data-dependent Fed would need to keep rates higher for longer than many investors had been expecting. But during May and June, inflation data came in lower than expected and the unemployment rate rose, which allowed bond yields to modestly fall from their late April highs. Looking forward, these more recent data points provide more runway for the Fed to begin trimming interest rates later in the year. Lastly, elections around the globe added to volatility as results in many cases came in differently than expectations. The upcoming election cycle in the U.S. has the potential to add to the uncertainty in the second half of the year. Looking at credit spreads, which is the additional compensation an investor earns for bearing credit risk, they narrowed through much of the quarter, reaching some of their lowest levels in the last 15 years. By the end of the quarter, however, spreads moved back up, ending the quarter slightly more elevated than where they began. Strong demand due to high all-in yields kept spread widening in check. Further, that strong demand allowed for easy absorption of record new issuance for investment grade bonds, high yield bonds, and leveraged loans. As we look forward, we expect that credit conditions will largely remain healthy, though the Fed’s efforts to combat inflation will remain a challenge for the economy. Our current outlook suggests a more gradual rate cutting path by the Fed, which implies rates will remain higher for longer. This has led us to position portfolios with a neutral duration posture and to find opportunities to earn carry while moving up in quality and reducing our exposure to lower-rated credit sectors where valuations have gotten extreme. We slightly reduced our U.S. investment grade credit and U.S. high yield allocations and added to our U.S. securitized exposure across portfolios during the quarter. We modestly shifted our plus sector exposures in the second quarter by further reducing our exposure to global government bonds and adding slightly to European investment grade credit, given its relative value advantage over its U.S. dollar counterparts. We believe rate and spread volatility will persist. We’ve built optionality into our portfolios and have moved modestly up in quality. We will look to tactically exploit opportunities through timely adjustments to positioning using multiple levers based on our six-month outlook and an unbiased approach. Thank you for your time and please reach out to your Allspring Global Investments contact if you have any questions about any of the topics we discussed here today.


Average annual returns

Average annual returns

(as of 6/30/2024)
Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
Lipper Core Plus Bond Funds
Expenses (as of 1/1/2024)
Gross Expense Ratio
0.47 %
Net Expense Ratio
0.31 %

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

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

R6 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 0.3%. 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.

Calendar year

Calendar year

(as of 12/31/2023)
Growth of $10,000

Growth of a $10,000 investment

(as of 6/30/2024)

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

Performance and volatility metrics

Performance and volatility metrics

(as of 6/30/2024)
3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Alpha 0.48 1.44 12.26
Beta 1.01 1.03 1.01
Excess Return 0.44 1.41 1.25
Information Ratio 0.44 0.68 0.74
Sharpe Ratio -0.77 -0.16 0.21
R2 0.98 0.90 0.90
Tracking Error 0.99 2.08 1.69
Standard Deviation 7.43 6.67 5.20
Upside Market Capture Ratio 100.06 120.25 122.14
Downside Market Capture Ratio 96.79 98.92 97.23
Morningstar ratings and rankings

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Intermediate Core-Plus Bond (Out of 561 funds)
Three Year
37th percentile (162 out of 561)
Five Year
9th percentile (33 out of 525)
Ten Year
6th percentile out of 374

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Prices, yields and distributions

Historical prices

YTD high $11.38 2/1/2024
YTD low $10.88 4/25/2024
52-week high $11.41 12/27/2023
52-week low $10.48 10/25/2023
2023 high $11.61 2/2/2023
2023 low $10.48 10/25/2023
Best quarterly return 7.14% 12/31/2023
Worst quarterly return -6.19% 6/30/2022
Best annual return 11.68% 12/31/2020
Worst annual return -13.71% 12/31/2022

Distribution summary

Dividends Monthly
Capital gains Annually


Yield (as of 7/22/2024) Statistic
Distribution yield 3.97%
30-day SEC yield (as of 7/21/2024) 4.99%
30-day unsubsidized SEC yield (as of 7/21/2024) 4.86%
Yield to maturity 5.66%
Yield to worst 5.62%

Distribution history

Distribution history Type Per share amount Re investment price
2024-06-24 Dividend $0.0367 $11.18
2024-05-24 Dividend $0.05331 $11.05
2024-04-24 Dividend $0.0385 $10.92
2024-03-25 Dividend $0.04798 $11.18
2024-02-23 Dividend $0.04055 $11.14
2024-01-25 Dividend $0.03753 $11.23
2023-12-20 Dividend $0.05094 $11.33
2023-11-22 Dividend $0.05376 $10.88
2023-10-25 Dividend $0.04662 $10.48
2023-09-25 Dividend $0.04452 $10.79
2023-08-25 Dividend $0.03593 $10.98
2023-07-25 Dividend $0.04414 $11.18
2023-06-26 Dividend $0.03942 $11.25
2023-05-24 Dividend $0.03687 $11.19
2023-04-24 Dividend $0.03597 $11.37
2023-03-27 Dividend $0.04199 $11.32
2023-02-22 Dividend $0.03216 $11.20
2023-01-25 Dividend $0.02604 $11.51
2022-12-21 Dividend $0.05131 $11.25
2022-11-23 Dividend $0.04198 $11.17
2022-10-25 Dividend $0.034 $10.81
2022-09-26 Dividend $0.04402 $11.05
2022-08-25 Dividend $0.02854 $11.68
2022-07-25 Dividend $0.00572 $11.78
2022-06-24 Dividend $0.03011 $11.57
2022-05-24 Dividend $0.02678 $11.90
2022-04-25 Dividend $0.02354 $12.02
2022-03-25 Dividend $0.02573 $12.33
2022-02-22 Dividend $0.02859 $12.75
2022-01-25 Dividend $0.01915 $13.03
2021-12-23 Dividend $0.0261 $13.27
2021-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.03797 $13.29
2021-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.06717 $13.29
2021-11-23 Dividend $0.01742 $13.29
2021-10-25 Dividend $0.01703 $13.35
2021-09-24 Dividend $0.01595 $13.47
2021-08-25 Dividend $0.02338 $13.50
2021-07-26 Dividend $0.02377 $13.54
2021-06-24 Dividend $0.02139 $13.45
2021-05-24 Dividend $0.02395 $13.34
2021-04-26 Dividend $0.02256 $13.34
2021-03-25 Dividend $0.02149 $13.25
2021-02-22 Dividend $0.02283 $13.40
2021-01-25 Dividend $0.02801 $13.56
2020-12-21 Dividend $0.0295 $13.56
2020-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.14394 $13.54
2020-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.24034 $13.54
2020-11-23 Dividend $0.03651 $13.88
2020-10-26 Dividend $0.02417 $13.71
2020-09-24 Dividend $0.0403 $13.72
2020-08-25 Dividend $0.02877 $13.80
2020-07-27 Dividend $0.03776 $13.77
2020-06-24 Dividend $0.04036 $13.53
2020-05-22 Dividend $0.02972 $13.26
2020-04-24 Dividend $0.033369882 $13.06
2020-03-25 Dividend $0.03153 $12.31
2020-02-24 Dividend $0.02538 $13.19
2020-01-27 Dividend $0.01045 $13.06
2019-12-23 Dividend $0.0562 $12.87
2019-12-10 Long-term capital gain $0.04926 $12.91
2019-12-10 Short-term capital gain $0.02406 $12.91
2019-11-22 Dividend $0.02832 $12.96
2019-10-25 Dividend $0.04761 $12.94
2019-09-24 Dividend $0.03657 $13.04
2019-08-26 Dividend $0.04047 $13.07
2019-07-25 Dividend $0.02974 $12.84
2019-06-24 Dividend $0.02908 $12.84
2019-05-24 Dividend $0.03396 $12.63
2019-04-24 Dividend $0.03139 $12.55
2019-03-25 Dividend $0.04432 $12.55
2019-02-22 Dividend $0.0277 $12.41
2019-01-25 Dividend $0.04149 $12.32
2018-12-27 Dividend $0.03384 $12.21
2018-11-26 Dividend $0.03034 $12.08
2018-10-25 Dividend $0.02353 $12.11
2018-09-24 Dividend $0.03412 $12.19
2018-08-27 Dividend $0.03593 $12.31
2018-07-25 Dividend $0.03216 $12.28
2018-06-25 Dividend $0.03545 $12.26
2018-05-24 Dividend $0.03218 $12.27
2018-04-24 Dividend $0.03378 $12.30
2018-03-23 Dividend $0.03535 $12.39
2018-02-22 Dividend $0.02739 $12.36
2018-01-25 Dividend $0.02336 $12.59
2017-12-28 Dividend $0.02952 $12.65
2017-11-24 Dividend $0.03318 $12.66
2017-10-25 Dividend $0.03592 $12.61
2017-09-25 Dividend $0.02586 $12.70
2017-08-25 Dividend $0.03055 $12.70
2017-07-25 Dividend $0.00671 $12.63
2017-06-26 Dividend $0.04784 $12.65
2017-05-24 Dividend $0.01665 $12.57
2017-04-24 Dividend $0.04458 $12.50
2017-03-23 Dividend $0.02178 $12.41
2017-02-22 Dividend $0.03262 $12.40
2017-01-25 Dividend $0.04907 $12.32
2016-12-29 Dividend $0.02598 $12.31
2016-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.0061 $12.27
2016-11-23 Dividend $0.02612 $12.26
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Portfolio statistics

Portfolio statistics

(as of 6/30/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 771 13617
Effective Duration 6.05 6.07
Weighted Average Effective Maturity 9.55 8.79
AMT 0.00 0.00
Average Credit Rating A+ AA
Average Maturity 17.02 12.70
Credit Spread Duration 6.12 6.02

Fixed Income Style Box

(as of 6/30/2024) Overview chart

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Credit quality

Credit quality

(as of 6/30/2024)
9.14% 3.73%
46.40% 72.37%
14.22% 11.65%
18.57% 12.25%
5.46% -
2.29% -
CCC/Caa and below
0.19% -
Not rated
7.37% -
Cash & equivalents
-3.63% -

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.



(as of 6/30/2024)
Maturity Range
0 - 1 year
1 - 3 years
3 - 5 years
5 - 10 years
10 - 20 years
20+ years

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


Top 10 holdings

(as of 6/30/2024)
U.S. Treasuries
U.S. Treasuries
FHLMC 30yr Pool#si2032
U.S. Treasuries
U.S. Treasuries
U.S. Treasuries
Top 10 represents 14.91% of total net assets
Portfolio composition

Portfolio composition

(as of 6/30/2024)
Credit Assets
Emerging markets bond
3.10% -
European corporate investment grade
3.57% -
European high yield bond
1.96% -
Foreign currency
1.55% -
Global government bond
1.68% -
47.14% 27.63%
U.S. corporate investment grade
25.37% 25.30%
U.S. floating-rate loan
0.38% -
U.S. high yield bond
2.71% -
U.S. treasury & agency
12.99% 43.69%

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


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