The Fund seeks to maximize income, to the extent consistent with preservation of capital, primarily through investment in debt securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government, its agencies or instrumentalities.
Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets in (i) debt securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies or instrumentalities ("U.S. Government Securities"), (ii) repurchase agreements collateralized by U.S. Government Securities and (iii) incidental to those investments, futures contracts that are related to U.S. Government Securities. The Fund may also invest in corporate debt securities, trust preferred securities, taxable municipal securities, asset-backed securities, including commercial mortgage-backed securities, and repurchase agreements. The Fund uses an active strategy, seeking relative value to earn incremental income. There is no limit on the Fund's average maturity. The Fund seeks to avoid investing in tobacco companies.
Investment in mutual funds involves risk, including possible loss of principal invested. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund or the Fund could underperform because of the following risks: the market prices of bonds may fall; individual bonds in the Fund may not perform as expected; and/or the Fund's portfolio management practices may not achieve the desired result. Bond funds are subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. When interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income securities will generally fall. In addition, the credit quality of the securities may deteriorate, which could lead to default or bankruptcy of the issuer where the issuer becomes unable to pay its obligations when due. An active trading style can result in higher turnover (exceeding 100%), may translate to higher transaction costs, may increase your tax liability, and may affect Fund performance. The Fund is nondiversified and may be more volatile than a diversified fund.