Scout Investments



Morningstar Category

Nontraditional Bond

Total Net Assets
as of 9/30/2017




Inception Date


Fund Summary

The Scout Unconstrained Bond Fund pursues its objective of maximizing total return consistent with the preservation of capital by investing its assets in fixed income obligations of varying maturities, including bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, and derivatives. The Fund also may invest in high yield securities, non-investment grade securities, derivative instruments (e.g. swap agreements), securities denominated in foreign currencies, and in U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers.


Overall Morningstar Rating

1(based on risk-adjusted performance against 264 Nontraditional Bond Funds as of September 30, 2017)

Morningstar Neutral
2 On February 13, 2017, after a thorough evaluation of its process, performance, people, parent and price, Morningstar bestowed a Neutral rating upon the Scout Unconstrained Bond Fund; Morningstar’s analysts’ fourth highest level of conviction.

Lipper Leader Rating

Expense Tax Efficiancy
3(among 59 and 192 Alternative Credit Focus Funds, respectively, as of September 30, 2017)

Portfolio Managers

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

As of Sep. 30, 2017, the Scout Unconstrained Bond Fund - Institutional Class received the following star ratings among U.S. domiciled Nontraditional Bond Funds for the following time periods: 3 stars (among 264 funds) for the 3 year and 3 stars (among 160 funds) for the 5 year periods.The Fund may have experienced negative performance during one or more of the time periods represented by the Morningstar Analyst rating shown.

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3Lipper Ratings

Lipper ratings for Expense reflect funds' expense minimization relative to peers with similar load structures as of September 30, 2017. The Scout Unconstrained Bond Fund - Institutional Class, in Lipper's Alternative Credit Focus Funds classification, received the following ratings for the 3- and 5-year periods, respectively: a Lipper Leader rating (among 59 funds) and a Lipper Leader rating (among 35 funds).

Lipper ratings for Tax Efficiency identifies a fund that has been successful at deferring taxes over the measurement period relative to peers as of September 30, 2017. The Scout Unconstrained Bond Fund - Institutional Class, in Lipper's Alternative Credit Focus Funds classification, received the following ratings for the 3- and 5-year periods, respectively: a Lipper Leader rating (among 192 funds) and a Lipper Leader rating (among 110 funds). Tax Efficiency offers no benefit to investors in tax-sheltered accounts such as 401(k) plans. The designation of Lipper Leader does not imply the best performance in a particular category.

Unconstrained risk considerations: The Fund employs an unconstrained investment approach, which creates considerable exposure to certain types of securities that present significant volatility in the Fund’s performance, particularly over short periods of time. The return of principal in a fixed income fund is not guaranteed. Fixed income funds have the same interest rate, inflation, issuer, maturity and credit risks that are associated with underlying fixed income securities owned by the Fund. Foreign investments present additional risks due to currency fluctuations, economic and political factors, government regulations, differences in accounting standards and other factors. Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities are subject to prepayment risk and the risk of default on the underlying mortgages or other assets. High yield securities involve greater risk than investment grade securities and tend to be more sensitive to economic conditions and credit risk. Investments in emerging markets involve even greater risks.

Derivatives such as options, futures contracts, currency forwards or swap agreements may involve greater risks than if the Fund invested in the referenced obligation directly. Derivatives are subject to risks such as market risk, liquidity risk, interest rate risk,  credit risk and management risk. Derivative investments could lose more than the principal amount invested. The Fund may use derivatives for hedging purposes or as part of its investment strategy. The use of leverage, derivatives and short sales could accelerate losses to the Fund. These losses could exceed the amount originally invested.

The Fund may, at times, experience higher-than-average portfolio turnover, which may generate significant taxable gains and increased trading expenses, which, in turn, may lower the Fund’s return.

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