Neuberger Berman Dynamic Real Return Fund is an actively managed fund, leveraging portfolio management capabilities across the firm, with investments in inflation sensitive asset classes such as commodities, global TIPS, high yield bonds, leveraged loans, U.S. and emerging markets equities, master limited partnerships (MLPs), and real estate. The Fund's lead portfolio managers are Andy Johnson, chief investment officer for investment grade fixed income, and Thanos Bardas, global head of sovereigns and interest rates. Messrs. Johnson and Bardas manage asset allocation for the Fund while using multiple Neuberger Berman portfolio management teams to manage within asset classes. The Fund's managers also employ a dynamic overlay designed to capitalize on short term changes in inflation expectations.
"Our approach combines multiple asset classes with strong correlations to inflation, and looks to alleviate the impact of any one individual asset class," said Johnson. "Our goal is to generate income for investors while retaining the flexibility to adjust to differing potential inflation outcomes."
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An investor should consider Neuberger Berman Dynamic Real Return Fund's investment objectives, risks and fees and expenses carefully before investing. This and other important information can be found in the Fund's prospectus, and if available summary prospectus, which you can obtain by calling 877.628.2583. Please read the prospectus, and if available the summary prospectus, carefully before making an investment.
Most of the Fund's performance depends on the Portfolio Managers' success in evaluating the factors that determine the rates and sources of inflation as well as what happen in the equity, fixed income, real estate and commodities markets. The Fund's use of derivative instruments will result in leverage, which can amplify or alter the risks that are associated with these markets. The markets' behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.
The actual risk exposure taken by the Fund in its investment program will vary over time, depending on various factors including, but not limited to, the Portfolio Managers' allocation decisions among asset classes and their correlation with inflation, as well as the accuracy of the investment model used. There can be no guarantee that the Portfolio Managers will be successful in their attempts to manage the risk exposure of the Fund.
The Fund is intended primarily to provide long-term attractive risk-adjusted real returns in stable to rising inflationary environments; however, there is no assurance that it will do so. The Fund will not necessarily protect against a loss, and may underperform against the broader equity markets.
Inflationary periods may differ from one another in their effect on the various asset classes the Fund invests in, depending on, among other reasons, the root causes of the inflation, whether it is accompanied by other macroeconomic phenomena, and the nature and extent of any governmental programs to curtail the inflation. If the Portfolio Managers are incorrect in their efforts to forecast or evaluate these factors or optimally allocate assets, Fund performance could be affected negatively.
The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.
The following factors can significantly affect the Fund's performance, which, unless otherwise noted, include those that may directly or indirectly affect the Fund through its investments in Underlying Funds:
Inflation/Deflation Risk. Although the Fund is intended to provide a measure of protection against inflation, it is possible that it will not do so to the extent intended. The Fund's investments may be adversely affected to a greater extent than other investments during deflationary periods.
Risks of Investing in Underlying Funds. The Fund may invest in Underlying Funds, including funds in the Neuberger Berman fund family. The investment performance of the Fund is directly related to the investment performance of the Underlying Funds in which it invests and the allocations among those Underlying Funds. The Fund is exposed to the same principal risks as the Underlying Funds as well as to the Underlying Funds' expenses in direct proportion to the allocation of its assets to the Underlying Funds, which could result in the duplication of certain fees, including the management and administration fees. Neuberger Berman Management LLC is the investment manager for both the Fund and the funds in the Neuberger Berman fund family and may be deemed to have a conflict of interest in determining the allocation of the Fund to the funds in the Neuberger Berman fund family.
Tax Risk. To qualify as a regulated investment company ("RIC"), the Underlying Fund must derive at least 90% of its gross income for each taxable year from sources treated as "qualifying income" under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Although qualifying income does not include income derived directly from commodities, including certain commodity-linked derivative instruments, the Internal Revenue Service ("Service") has issued a large number of private letter rulings (which the Underlying Fund may not cite as precedent) in recent years that income a RIC derives from a wholly owned foreign subsidiary (such as the Subsidiary) that earns income derived from commodities is qualifying income. The Service suspended the issuance of those rulings in July 2011. The Underlying Fund nevertheless has received an opinion of counsel, which is not binding on the Service or the courts, that income the Underlying Fund derives from the Subsidiary should constitute qualifying income.
Subsidiary Risk. By investing in the Subsidiary, the Underlying Fund is indirectly exposed to the risks associated with the Subsidiary's investments. The commodity-linked derivative instruments and other investments held by the Subsidiary are similar to those that are permitted to be held by the Underlying Fund, and thus, are subject to the same risks whether or not they are held by the Underlying Fund or the Subsidiary. The Subsidiary is not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"), and, unless otherwise noted in the prospectus, is not subject to all the investor protections of the 1940 Act, including, for example, those related to transactions with affiliates. Changes in the laws of the United States and/or the Cayman Islands, under which the Underlying Fund and the Subsidiary, respectively, are organized, could result in the in ability of the Underlying Fund and/or the Subsidiary to operate as described in the prospectus and the Statement of Additional Information and could adversely affect the Underlying Fund and its shareholders.
Regulatory Risk. Governments, agencies, or other regulatory bodies may adopt or change laws or regulations that could adversely affect the issuer, the market value of the security, or the Underlying Fund's performance. Under recent Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") rule amendments, the Underlying Fund will need to comply with certain disclosure and operational regulations governing commodity pools, which will increase the Underlying Fund's regulatory compliance costs. To the extent additional regulations are adopted, the Underlying Fund may be compelled to consider significant changes, which could include substantially altering its principal investment strategies or, if deemed necessary, liquidating the Underlying Fund.
Commodity Risk. The Fund's and the Subsidiary's significant investment exposure to the commodities markets and/or a particular sector of the commodities markets, may subject the Fund and the Subsidiary to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities. To the extent the Fund focuses its investments in a particular commodity in the commodities market, the Fund will be more susceptible to risks associated with the particular commodity. No active trading market may exist for certain commodities investments. Because the Fund's and the Subsidiary's performance is linked to the performance of potentially volatile commodities, investors should be willing to assume the risks of significant fluctuations in the value of the Fund's shares.
Inflation-Linked Debt Securities Risk. Inflation-indexed debt securities are debt securities that are structured to provide protection against inflation. The value of the debt securities' principal or the interest income paid on the security is adjusted to track changes in an official inflation measure. Repayment of the original principal upon maturity (as adjusted for inflation) is guaranteed in the case of U.S. Treasury inflation-indexed debt securities. For securities that do not provide a similar guarantee, the adjusted principal value of the securities repaid at maturity may be less than the original principal value. The value of inflation-linked debt securities is expected to change in response to changes in real interest rates. Real interest rates are tied to the relationship between nominal interest rates and the rate of inflation.
Asset Allocation Risk. If the Fund favors exposure to an asset class during a period when that asset class underperforms other asset classes, performance may suffer.
Management Risk. Fund performance is dependent upon the success of the Portfolio Managers in implementing the Fund's investment strategies in pursuit of its objective. To a significant extent, the Fund's performance will depend on the success of implementing and managing the investment models that seek to allocate the Fund's assets. Models that have been formulated on the basis of past market data may not be predictive of future price movements or inflation trends.
Derivatives Risk. Derivatives involve risks different from, or greater than, those associated with more traditional investments. Derivatives can be highly complex, can create investment leverage and may be highly volatile, and the Fund could lose more than the amount it invests. Derivatives may be difficult to value and may at times be highly illiquid, and the Fund may not be able to close out or sell a derivative position at a particular time or at an anticipated price. Recent legislation calls for new regulation of the derivatives markets and could limit the Fund's ability to pursue its investment strategies.
Counterparty Risk. The Fund's investments in derivatives involve, in addition to the risks posed by the markets and individual issuers, the risks associated with the Fund's exposure to its counterparties. The Fund's investments in the OTC derivatives market introduce counterparty risk due to the possibility that the dealer providing the derivative or other product will fail to timely perform its payment and other obligations. The Fund's investments in the futures markets also introduce the risk that its futures commission merchant ("FCM") could default on an obligation set forth in an agreement between the Fund and the FCM, including the FCM's obligation to return margin posted in connection with the Fund's futures contracts.
ETF Risk. ETFs may trade in the secondary market at prices below the value of their underlying portfolios and may not be liquid.
Other Investment Company Risk. Through its investment in ETFs and other investment companies, the Fund is subject to the risks of the investment companies' investments, as well as to the investment companies' expenses.
Illiquid Investments Risk. Illiquid investments may be more difficult to purchase or sell at an advantageous price or time, and there is a greater risk that the investments may not be sold for the price at which the Fund is carrying them.
High Portfolio Turnover. The Fund may engage in frequent and active trading and may have a high portfolio turnover rate, which may increase its transaction costs, may adversely affect its performance and/or may generate a greater amount of capital gain distributions to shareholders than if the Fund had a low portfolio turnover rate.
There can be no assurance that any of the strategies discussed will achieve comparable results, that targeted, diversification or asset allocations will be met or that any manager will be able to implement their investment strategy and investment approach or achieve their investment objective.
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