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Objective

The Fund seeks to maximize after-tax inflation protected return.

Strategy/Investment process

  • Designed to protect after-tax return by, under normal circumstances, primarily investing in a portfolio of municipal obligations whose interest payments are excluded from federal income taxes.
  • Designed to also maximize inflation-protected return by synthetically creating inflation protection by combining investments in conventional municipal securities and inflation-linked derivatives such as CPI-U swaps.
  • The average weighted maturity of the Fund's portfolio will be between three and ten years.

Performance

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Management

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Please refer to the prospectus for additional information about cut-off times.

Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The Barclays U.S. 1-15 Year Blend (1-17) Municipal Bond Index represents the performance of municipal bonds with maturities from 1 to 17 years. The performance of the index does not reflect the deduction of expenses associated with a fund, such as investment management fees. By contrast, the performance of the Fund reflects the deduction of the fund expenses, including sales charges if applicable. An individual cannot invest directly in an index.

The Tax Aware Real Return Composite Benchmark is determined by adding the Barclays U.S. 1-15 Year Blend(1-17) Municipal Bond Index and the Barclays Inflation Swap 5 Year Zero Coupon Index. The performance of the Composite Benchmark does not reflect the deduction of expenses associated with a fund, such as investment management fees. By contrast, the performance of the Fund reflects the deduction of fund expenses, including sales charges if applicable. An individual cannot invest directly in an index.

The performance of the Lipper Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds Index includes expenses associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management fees. These expenses are not identical to the expenses charged by the Fund.

Total return assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions and reflects the deduction of any sales charges, where applicable. Performance may reflect the waiver of a portion of the Fund's advisory or administrative fees and/or reimbursement of certain expenses for certain periods since the inception date. If fees had not been waived and/or certain expenses were not reimbursed, performance would have been less favorable.

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The Fund is designed to maximize inflation-protected return, which means maximizing the "real return." Real return is the total of a security less the actual rate of inflation.

Investments in bonds and other debt securities will change in value based on changes in interest rates. If rates rise, the value of these investments generally drops.

Income from investments in municipal securities is exempt from federal income tax. The risk of a municipal obligation generally depends on the financial and credit status of the issuer.

Securities rated below investment grade are considered "high-yield," "non-investment grade," "below investment-grade," or "junk bonds." They generally are rated in the fifth or lower rating categories of Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service. Although these securities tend to provide higher yields than higher rated securities, they tend to carry greater risk.

Investments in derivatives may be riskier than other types of investments. They may be more sensitive to changes in economic or market conditions than other types of investments. Many derivatives create leverage, which could lead to greater volatility and losses that significantly exceed the original investment.

The value of investments in mortgage-related and asset-backed securities will be influenced by the factors affecting the housing market and the assets underlying such securities. The securities may decline in value, face valuation difficulties, become more volatile and/or become illiquid. They are also subject to prepayment risk, which occurs when mortgage holders refinance or otherwise repay their loans sooner than expected, creating an early return of principal to holders of the loans.

The Fund's tax aware strategies may reduce the amount of taxable income that you recognize as a result of your investment in the Fund but will not eliminate it. These strategies may require trade-offs that reduce pre-tax income.

There is no guarantee that the use of long and short positions will succeed in limiting an investment's exposure to domestic stock market movements, capitalization, sector-swings or other risk factors. Investments in a portfolio involved in long and short selling may have higher portfolio turnover rates. This will likely result in additional tax consequences. Short selling involves certain risks, including additional costs associated with covering short positions and a possibility of unlimited loss on certain short sale positions.
Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The duration represents an estimate of the price sensitivity of the Fund to a given change in real interest rates (defined as nominal municipal interest rates minus inflation hedge for this fund) on conventional municipal securities. Actual price movements for the Fund could be significantly different than implied by this estimate. The relationship of inflation-linked instruments and conventional bonds is difficult to predict with accuracy. Therefore, this estimate is less precise than the duration estimates of our conventional bond Funds.

The top 10 holdings listed reflect only the Fund's long-term investments. Short-term investments are excluded. Holdings are subject to change. The holdings listed should not be considered recommendations to purchase or sell a particular security. Each individual security is calculated as a percentage of the aggregate market value of the securities held in the Fund and does not include the use of derivative positions, where applicable.