Scout Investments



Morningstar Category

Intermediate-Term Bond

Total Net Assets
as of 3/31/2016




Inception Date


Fund Summary

The Scout Core Plus Bond Fund normally pursues its objective of seeking a high level of total return consistent with the preservation of capital by investing in bonds of varying maturities, including mortgage- and asset-backed securities. The Fund primarily invests in investment grade bonds.


Overall Morningstar Rating

1(based on risk-adjusted performance against 958 Intermediate-Term Bond Funds as of April 30, 2016)

Morningstar Silver
2 On February 29, 2016, after a thorough evaluation of its process, performance, people, parent and price, Morningstar bestowed a Silver rating upon the Scout Core Plus Bond Fund; Morningstar’s analysts’ second highest level of conviction.

Lipper Leader Rating

Total Return Expense
3(among 184 and 56 Core Plus Bond Funds, respectively, as of April 30, 2016)

Portfolio Managers

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The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a fund is derived from the weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics.

For each fund with at least a 3-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variations in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of the funds in a broad asset class 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. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.)

As of Apr. 30, 2016, the Scout Core Plus Bond Fund - Institutional Class received the following star ratings among U.S. domiciled Intermediate-Term Bond Funds for the following time periods: 3 stars (among 958 funds) for the 3 year, 5 stars (among 831 funds) for the 5 year and 5 stars (among 603 funds) for the 10 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 Total Return reflect funds' historical total return performance relative to peers as of April 30, 2016. The Scout Core Plus Bond Fund - Institutional Class, in Lipper's Core Plus Bond Funds classification, received the following ratings for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively: a 3 rating (among 184 bond funds), a Lipper Leader rating (among 155 bond funds) and a Lipper Leader rating (among 91 bond funds).

Lipper ratings for Expense reflect funds' expense minimization relative to peers with similar load structures as of April 30, 2016. The Scout Core Plus Bond Fund - Institutional Class, in Lipper's Core Plus Bond Funds classification, received the following ratings for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively: a Lipper Leader rating (among 56 bond funds), a Lipper Leader rating (among 48 bond funds) and a Lipper Leader rating (among 31 bond funds).

The Fund may have experienced negative performance during one or more of the time periods represented by the Lipper rating shown.

Core Plus Bond risk considerations: 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. 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. 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.

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 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.

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