Neuberger Berman Launches Unconstrained Bond Fund
February 18, 2014
Alexander Samuelson, 212.476.5392, Alexander.Samuelson@nb.com
Offers Investors Active Absolute-Return Focus Across Global Fixed Income Universe
NEW YORK, February 18, 2014 – Neuberger Berman Group LLC, one of the world's leading employee-controlled money managers, announced today the launch of Neuberger Berman Unconstrained Bond Fund (tickers: NUBAX, NUBCX, NUBIX, and NRUBX) (the "Fund"), which seeks to maximize total returns over the long term.
Investing in fixed income today requires a flexible and dynamic approach to capture the optimal risk-reward profile of fixed income markets given the low interest rate environment and credit spread normalization. The Fund provides investors with an alternative approach to traditional benchmark driven long only investing, responding to current market dynamics.
The Fund is an absolute return oriented global strategy that utilizes a broad set of tools to take advantage of market mispricing. This flexibility provides the ability to express investment views and pursue extracting relative value through both long and short positioning. The full global credit and securitized spectrum will be utilized and the fund will have complete duration flexibility with the ability to have positive, negative or zero duration. The Fund will be unconstrained by benchmark (US T-bill index) as its managers seek to capitalize on best opportunities worldwide.
The Fund's managers include Andy Johnson, Neuberger Berman's Head of Global Investment Grade fixed income, Jon Jonsson, a London-based senior portfolio manager, and managing directors Thanos Bardas, David Brown, Ugo Lancioni, and Thomas Marthaler. They have an average of over 21 years of managing assets for institutions and individuals.
"U.S. investors are re-evaluating their fixed income exposures as a traditional benchmark-driven long-only approach comprised primarily of domestic investment-grade bonds may no longer fully meet their objective of stable income with low risk to principal," said Brad Tank, Neuberger Berman's chief investment officer for fixed income. "We believe Neuberger Berman is in a unique position to introduce an unconstrained bond strategy in a mutual fund structure for U.S. investors, as we have specialist sector teams covering the full breadth of the global fixed income universe and a proven process that the Fund's managers will employ to take advantage of market mispricings and allocate risk across global rates, currencies and credit. This fund takes a place among our current fixed income strategies including Short Duration, Core and Strategic Income and others."
About Neuberger Berman
Neuberger Berman is a 75-year-old private, independent, employee-controlled investment manager. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for institutions, advisors and individuals worldwide. With offices in 16 countries, Neuberger Berman's team is approximately 2,000 professionals and the company was named by Pensions & Investments as a 2013 Best Place to Work in Money Management. Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking. It manages $242 billion in client assets as of December 31, 2013. For more information, please visit our website at www.nb.com.
An investor should consider Neuberger Berman Unconstrained Bond 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, which can be obtained by calling 877.628.2583. Please read it carefully before making an investment. The prospectus contains a more complete discussion of the risk of investing in the Fund.
Most of the Fund's performance depends on what happens in the bond market. The market's behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.
Market Volatility. Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other investments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value.
Interest Rate Risk. The Fund's yield and share price will fluctuate in response to changes in interest rates. In general, the value of investments with interest rate risk, such as fixed income securities, will move in the direction opposite to movements in interest rates. In general, the longer the maturity (i.e., the term of the security) or duration (i.e., a measure of the sensitivity of debt securities to changes in market interest rates based on the entire cash flow associated with the securities) of a fixed income security, the greater the effect a change in interest rates could have on the security's price.
Prepayment and Extension Risk. The Fund's performance could be affected if borrowers pay back principal on debt securities before or after the market anticipates such payments, shortening or lengthening their duration. An increase in market interest rates would likely extend the effective duration of mortgage-backed securities, thereby magnifying the effect of the rate increase on the securities' price.
Call Risk. When interest rates are low, issuers will often repay the obligation underlying a "callable security" early, in which case the Fund may have to reinvest the proceeds in an investment offering a lower yield and may not benefit from any increase in value that might otherwise result from declining interest rates.
Credit Risk. A downgrade or default affecting any of the Fund's securities could affect the Fund's performance.
Lower-Rated Debt Securities Risk. Lower-rated debt securities (commonly known as "junk bonds") involve greater risks than investment-grade debt securities. Lower-rated debt securities may fluctuate more widely in price and yield than investment-grade debt securities and may fall in price during times when the economy is weak or is expected to become weak. Lower-rated debt securities are considered by the major rating agencies to be predominantly speculative with respect to the issuers continuing ability to meet principal and interest payments. Lower-rated debt securities carry a greater risk that the issuer of such securities will default in the timely payment of principal and interest.
Loan Interests Risk. Loans generally are subject to restrictions on transfer, and the Fund may be unable to sell loans at a time when it may otherwise be desirable to do so or may be able to sell them only at prices that are less than what the Fund regards as their fair market value. Loans may be difficult to value. Therefore, there is a risk that the value of the collateral securing a loan may decline after the Fund invests and that the collateral may not be sufficient to cover the amount owed to the Fund. In the event the borrower defaults, the Fund's access to the collateral may be limited or delayed by bankruptcy or other insolvency laws. Further, in the event of a default, second lien secured loans will generally be paid only if the value of the collateral is sufficient to satisfy the borrower's obligations to the first lien secured lenders and even then, the remaining collateral may not be sufficient to cover the amount owed to the Fund.
Foreign and Emerging Market Risk. Foreign securities, including those issued by foreign governments, involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies or currency redenomination; potential for default on sovereign debt; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards.
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.
Sovereign Debt Risk. Sovereign debt securities are subject to the risk that a governmental entity may delay or refuse to pay interest or repay principal on its sovereign debt, due, for example, to cash flow problems, insufficient foreign currency reserves, political considerations, the relative size of the governmental entity's debt position in relation to the economy, its policy toward international lenders or the failure to put in place economic reforms required by multilateral agencies.
Currency Risk. Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.
Derivatives Risk. Derivatives involve risks different from, and in some respects 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. The Fund's investments in derivatives create counterparty risk related to the risk that a futures commission merchant ("FCM") would default on an obligation set forth in an agreement between the Fund and the FCM. Recent legislation calls for new regulation of the derivatives markets and could limit the Fund's ability to pursue its investment strategies.
Currency Transaction Risk. Non-U.S. currency forward contracts, options, swaps, or other derivatives contracts on non-U.S. currencies involve a risk of loss if currency exchange rates move against the Fund. Forward contracts are not guaranteed by an exchange or clearinghouse and a default by the counterparty may result in a loss to the Fund. Governmental authorities may impose credit controls to limit the level of forward trading to the detriment of the Fund.
Sector Risk. To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular bond market sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.
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 active and frequent trading and may have a high portfolio turnover rate, which may increase the Fund's transaction costs, may adversely affect the Fund's performance and/or may generate a greater amount of capital gain distributions to shareholders than if the Fund had a low portfolio turnover rate.
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