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Strategic Income Fund

Mutual Fund | Fixed Income

Strategic Income Fund

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Overview
Flexible fixed income fund designed for all markets, seeking consistent income, strong total return and investment grade bond-like volatility over a medium- to long-term horizon.

Why Invest

Multi-Sector Bond Fund Can Dynamically Invest Across Entire Fixed Income Opportunity Set

Portfolio managers allocate to where they find the most attractive investment opportunities

Portfolio Managers Utilize a Tactical Approach

The Fund‘s dynamic approach to sector and interest rate positioning gives the team flexibility to invest in opportunities across fixed income with no persistent biases or tilts

Experienced Investment Team Leverages the Entire NB Fixed Income Platform

Fund portfolio managers average 25+ years of experience, backed by 195+ team members spread across several global locations

PERFORMANCE AND EXPOSURE
FUND FACTS

Total (net) expense represents, the total annual operating expenses that shareholders pay (after the effect of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursement, if any). The Manager has contractually undertaken to waive and/or reimburse certain fees and expenses of the Fund so that the total annual operating expenses are capped (excluding interest, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes including any expenses relating to tax reclaims, dividend and interest expenses relating to short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any; consequently, total (net) expenses may exceed the contractual cap) through 10/31/2026 for Institutional Class at 0.60%, Class A at 1.00%, Class C at 1.70%, Trust Class at 0.95% and Class R6 at 0.50% (each as a % of average net assets). Absent such arrangements, which cannot be changed without Board approval, the returns may have been lower. Information as of the most recent prospectus dated February 28, 2023, as amended and supplemented.

Weighted Average Maturity is expected average life to worst or in other words the par-weighted average time (in years) to principal repayment for securitized assets or the time (in years) to probable call/put for non-securitized assets.

Average Effective Duration can be a useful tool in measuring the price sensitivity of the portfolio to changes in interest rates and measures the % change in price for a 100 bps of shift in interest rates. Unlike other measures of duration, average effective duration takes into account any optionalities (e.g. whether the instrument is callable at a certain price) embedded within each security in the portfolio. Generally, the larger the duration, the more sensitive the portfolio will be to a change in interest rates. Instruments with higher effective durations often carry more risk and have higher price volatility than those with lower durations.

Standard Deviation is a statistical measure of portfolio risk. The Standard Deviation describes the average deviation of the portfolio returns from the mean portfolio return over a certain period of time. Standard Deviation measures how wide this range of returns typically is. The wider the typical range of returns, the higher the Standard Deviation of returns, and the higher the portfolio risk.

Sharpe Ratio characterizes how well the return of the Fund compensates the investor for the risk taken relative to a risk free cash investment. When comparing two funds versus a common benchmark, the one with a higher Sharpe Ratio provides better return for the same risk (or, equivalently, the same return for lower risk).

30-day SEC yield is similar to a yield to maturity for the entire portfolio. The formula is designated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Absent any expense cap arrangement noted above, the SEC yields may have been lower. A negative 30-Day SEC yield results when a Fund’s accrued expenses exceed its income for the relevant period. Please note, in such instances the 30-day SEC yield may not equal the Fund’s actual rate of income earned and distributed by the fund and therefore, a per-share distribution may still be paid to shareholders. The unsubsidized 30-day SEC yields for Class A, Class C, Class R6, Institutional Class and Trust Class are 5.07%, 4.33%, 5.55%, 5.45% and 5.06% respectively.

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM
Brad Tank
Co-Chief Investment Officer—Fixed Income
Chicago
Ashok Bhatia, CFA
Co-Chief Investment Officer—Fixed Income
Chicago
Thanos Bardas, PhD
Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Investment Grade
Chicago
David M. Brown, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Investment Grade
Chicago
Brad Tank, Co-Chief Investment Officer—Fixed Income

Brad Tank, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2002. Brad is Co-Chief Investment Officer and the Global Head of Fixed Income. He is a member of Neuberger Berman’s Partnership, Investment Risk, Asset Allocation Committees and Fixed Income’s Investment Strategy Committee. From inception in 2008 through 2014, Brad was also Chief Investment Officer of Neuberger Berman’s Multi-Asset Class Investment business. From 1990 to 2002, Brad was director of fixed income for Strong Capital Management in Wisconsin. He was also a member of the Office of the CEO and headed institutional and intermediary distribution. In 1997, Brad was named “Runner Up” for Morningstar Mutual Fund Manager of the Year. From 1982 to 1990, he was a vice president at Salomon Brothers in the government, mortgage and financial institutions areas. Brad earned a BBA and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

As previously announced, Brad Tank will transition from Co-CIO of Fixed Income to a Senior Advisor role at the end of 2024, at which time Ashok Bhatia will assume the role of sole CIO of Fixed Income.

Ashok Bhatia, CFA, Co-Chief Investment Officer—Fixed Income

Ashok Bhatia, CFA, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2017. Ashok is Co-Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income, co-Head of Multi-Sector Fixed Income, and a member of Neuberger Berman's Partnership and Asset Allocation Committees and Fixed Income's Investment Strategy Committee. Previously, Ashok has held senior investment and leadership positions in several asset management firms and hedge funds, including Wells Fargo Asset Management, Balyasny Asset Management and Stark Investments. Ashok has had investment responsibilities across global fixed income and currency markets. Ashok began his career in 1993 as an investment analyst at Morgan Stanley. Ashok received a BA with high honors in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

As previously announced, Brad Tank will transition from Co-CIO of Fixed Income to a Senior Advisor role at the end of 2024, at which time Ashok Bhatia will assume the role of sole CIO of Fixed Income.

Thanos Bardas, PhD, Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Investment Grade
Thanos Bardas, PhD, Managing Director, joined the firm in 1998. Thanos is the Global Co-Head of Investment Grade and serves as a Senior Portfolio Manager on Global Investment Grade and Multi-Sector Fixed income strategies. He sits on the firm’s Asset Allocation Committee and Fixed Income’s Investment Strategy Committee, and is a member of the Fixed Income Multi-Sector Group. Thanos also leads the Global Rates team in determining rates exposure across various portfolio strategies and oversees both inflation and LDI investments. Thanos graduated with honors from Aristotle University, Greece, earned his MS from the University of Crete, Greece, and holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.
David M. Brown, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager and Global Co-Head of Investment Grade
David Brown, CFA, Managing Director, rejoined the firm in 2003. Dave is Global Co-Head of Investment Grade, Co-Head of Multi-Sector Fixed Income, a member of the Fixed Income Investment Strategy Committee, and acts as Senior Portfolio Manager on both Global Investment Grade and Multi-Sector Fixed Income strategies. Dave also leads the Investment Grade Credit team in determining credit exposures across both Global Investment Grade and Multi-Sector Fixed Income strategies. He initially joined the firm in 1991 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Government and subsequently received his MBA in Finance from Northwestern University. Prior to his return, he was a senior credit analyst at Zurich Scudder Investments and later a credit analyst and portfolio manager at Deerfield Capital. Dave has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
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