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Emerging Markets Debt Fund

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Emerging Markets Debt Fund

The Fund combines the team’s best ideas across hard currency, local currency and emerging market corporate debt strategies utilizing an opportunistic allocation process to seek high total return consisting of income and capital appreciation

  • Seeks to maximize alpha drivers within sub-asset classes while opportunistically varying exposure
  • Top-down insights and bottom-up research amplify the set of alpha sources available to the portfolio while managing risk
  • Multi-site approach provides deep local knowledge, research and trading capabilities around the globe

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Product Characteristics

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Net expense ratio represents the total annual operating expenses that shareholders pay (after the effect of fee waivers and/or expense reimbursement). The Manager contractually caps certain expenses of the Fund (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend and interest expenses relating to short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any; consequently, total (net) expenses may exceed the contractual cap) through 10/31/2023 for Institutional Class at 0.78%, Class A at 1.15%, Class C at 1.90% (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, 2020, as amended and supplemented.

Information Ratio (average 3-year shown) is a measure of risk-adjusted returns. The average excess return (over an appropriate benchmark or risk free rate) is divided by the standard deviation of these excess returns. The higher the measure, the higher the risk adjusted return. The Information Ratio of the benchmark will equal zero. Sharpe Ratio (average 3-year shown) is a measure of risk-adjusted returns that can be used to compare the performance of managers. The ratio represents the return gained per unit of risk taken. Managers with the same excess return for a period but different levels of risk will have Sharpe ratios that reflect the difference in the level of risk. Standard Deviation (average 3-year shown) is a statistical measure of portfolio risk that describes the average deviation of portfolio returns from the mean portfolio return over a certain period of time to show how wide this range of returns typically is. The wider the typical range of returns, the higher the Standard Deviation, and the higher the portfolio risk. Tracking Error (average 3-year shown) is the standard deviation of a portfolio’s relative returns (vs. a benchmark) and measures the volatility of the return differences between the portfolio and benchmark over time. A higher tracking error implies that a portfolio is actively managed vs. its benchmark. A portfolio that mirrors its benchmark would have a very low tracking error. 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.

A fund’s 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). This standardized mandatory calculation is more frequently associated with bond funds. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Absent any expense cap arrangement noted above, the SEC Yield 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 and Institutional Class are 4.97%, 4.24% and 5.37%, respectively.

Management Team

Rob Drijkoningen
Co-Head of Emerging Markets Debt
30 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman
Gorky Urquieta
Co-Head of Emerging Markets Debt
26 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman
Jennifer Gorgoll
Senior Portfolio Manager
22 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman
Nish Popat
Senior Portfolio Manager
27 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman
Bart van der Made
Senior Portfolio Manager
23 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman
Raoul Luttik
Senior Portfolio Manager
25 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman
Vera Kartseva
Portfolio Manager
13 Years of industry experience
7 Years with Neuberger Berman