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.
Mark Egan, CFA
Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager
Thomas Fink, CFA
Managing Director, Co-Portfolio Manager
Todd Thompson, CFA
Stephen Vincent, CFA
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. Investments in emerging markets involve even greater risks. 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.
Credit Default Swaps and related instruments such as credit default swap index products, may involve greater risks than if the Fund invested in the referenced obligation directly. Credit Default Swaps 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 and derivatives investments 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.
The recent growth in the fixed income market has helped to produce short-term returns that are not typical and may not continue in the future. Because of ongoing market volatility, fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes.
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