The Fund seeks high current income and capital appreciation, secondarily.
The Fund invests primarily in high yield, high risk bonds, with intermediate maturities. For its investments, the Fund seeks to identify high yield bonds of companies that have the ability to make timely payments of principal and interest. Using fundamental credit analysis of companies, the Fund seeks to invest in companies whose financial condition gives them greater value relative to other companies in the high yield market, providing the further potential for capital appreciation. Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its assets in high yield, high risk bonds, also known as "junk" bonds. The Fund may also invest in trust preferred securities, taxable municipal securities, asset-backed securities, including commercial mortgage-backed securities, and repurchase agreements. In seeking to achieve the Fund's investment objective, the Advisor will actively manage the Fund to take advantage of relative values in various sectors of the high-yield market. The Fund's investment process is enhanced by the Advisor's integrated investment research, which seeks to add value by complementing traditional fundamental security analysis with the Advisor's proprietary assessment of critical environmental, social and governance ("ESG") issues. The Fund seeks to apply ESG integration across sectors and holdings as part of its risk and opportunity assessment, and also 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 held by the Fund may fall; individual investments of 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. High-yield, high risk bonds, which are rated below investment grade, can involve a substantial risk of loss because they have a greater risk of issuer default and are subject to greater price volatility than investment grade bonds and may be illiquid. 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 non-diversified and may be more volatile than a diversified fund.