PERFORMANCE

as of
  1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.  
3.16 4.78 5.16 - 5.10
Benchmark (%)   4.34 3.08 4.49 - 4.81
Morningstar Category Avg. (%)   0.96 2.65 3.00 4.24 -
Lipper Category Avg. (%)   0.53 2.42 3.32 4.35 -
Lipper Ranking  

as of 31-Mar-2015

23/209 9/121 4/54
as of
  YTD 1m 3m 1y 3y 5y 10y Incept.  
1.48 -0.09 0.62 3.16 15.05 28.63 - 43.29
Benchmark (%)   1.61 -0.12 -0.29 4.34 9.53 24.57 - 40.46
Morningstar Category Avg. (%)   1.34 0.43 1.25 0.96 8.15 15.93 51.48 -
Lipper Category Avg. (%)   1.25 0.37 1.22 0.53 7.54 18.01 53.73 -
Lipper Ranking  

as of 31-Mar-2015

23/209 9/121 4/54
as of
  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Total Return (%)   13.39 -0.73 9.91 3.28 3.89
Benchmark (%)   7.16 7.40 - -1.35 5.56
Morningstar Category Avg. (%)   5.44 -1.29 7.50 0.29 1.24


The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.
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The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted, and numbers may reflect small variances due to rounding. Standardized performance and performance data current to the most recent month end may be obtained by clicking the "Returns" tab above.

Holdings

as of 31-Mar-2015

Name Weight (%)
FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION 9.95
UNITED STATES TREASURY 8.47
ITALY (REPUBLIC OF) 2.51
MEXICO (UNITED MEXICAN STATES) (GOVERNMENT) 1.38
ISHARES IBOXX $ HIGH YIELD CORPORATE BOND FUND 1.18
SPAIN (KINGDOM OF) 0.97
SPDR GOLD TRUST 0.95
JAPAN (GOVERNMENT OF) 0.74
PORTUGAL (REPUBLIC OF) 0.71
UK CONV GILT 0.66
The Fund is actively managed and its composition will vary. Holdings shown are for illustrative purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities listed. Fund details, holdings and characteristics are as of the date noted and subject to change.

Exposure Breakdowns

as of 31-Mar-2015

% Notional Exposures  

Net Derivatives

27.2%

Cash

26.2%

Emerging Markets

8.6%

Agency Pass-Through MBS

7.4%

Commercial Mortgages

7.2%

Non-US Sovereign Related

6.6%

Non-US Credit Related

6.2%

Asset Backed Securities

5.5%

Municipals

5.4%

Non-Agency Mortgages

5.0%

as of 31-Mar-2015

% Notional Exposures  

Net Derivatives

28.5%

United States

26.8%

Cash

26.2%

Australia

4.3%

Italy

3.5%

Korea (South), Republic of

3.0%

Mexico

2.7%

Spain

2.0%

China

1.7%

Cayman Islands

1.6%

as of 31-Mar-2015

% Notional Exposures  

North America

28.5%

Net Derivatives

28.5%

Cash

26.2%

Emerging Markets

9.5%

Asia Pacific Basin

4.3%

Europe

3.1%

Geographic exposure relates principally to the domicile of the issuers of the securities held in the product, added together and then expressed as a percentage of the product’s total holdings. However, in some instances it can reflect the country where the issuer of the securities carries out much of their business.
as of 31-Mar-2015

% Notional Exposures  

USD

104.8%

NOK

1.0%

PLN

0.5%

MXN

0.4%

INR

0.3%

IDR

0.2%

TRY

0.1%

ZAR

0.1%

HKD

0.1%

GBP

0.0%

as of 31-Mar-2015

% Market Value

Cash

26.2%

Derivatives

1.3%

0 - 1 Years

5.2%

1 - 2 Years

3.8%

2 - 3 Years

16.3%

3 - 5 Years

10.7%

5 - 7 Years

12.6%

7 - 10 Years

16.8%

10 - 15 Years

3.2%

15 - 20 Years

1.6%

as of 31-Mar-2015

% Market Value

Cash

26.2%

Derivatives

1.3%

AAA Rated

21.1%

AA rated

4.0%

A Rated

8.4%

BBB Rated

11.7%

BB Rated

7.7%

B Rated

7.1%

CCC Rated

1.6%

CC Rated

1.1%

The fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency. Credit quality ratings on underlying securities of the fund are received from S&P, Moody’s and Fitch and converted to the equivalent S&P major rating category. This breakdown is provided by BlackRock and takes the median rating of the three agencies when all three agencies rate a security the lower of the two ratings if only two agencies rate a security and one rating if that is all that is provided. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. Below investment-grade is represented by a rating of BB and below. Ratings and portfolio credit quality may change over time.

as of 31-Mar-2015

% Market Value

Fixed Income

70.3%

Cash

26.2%

Alternatives

1.4%

Derivatives

1.3%

Equity

0.8%

Allocations subject to change.
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Certain transactions the funds may utilize may give rise to a form of leverage through either (a) additional market exposure or (b) borrowing capital in an attempt to increase investment return. The use of such transactions includes certain leverage-related risks, including potential for higher volatility, greater decline of the fund’s net asset value and fluctuations of dividends and distributions paid by the fund.

Allocations are subject to change.

Ratings

  • Morningstar Rating
     
  • Overall   :
  • 4
  • Overall Morningstar Rating for Strategic Income Opportunities Fund, CLASS INST, as of 30-Apr-2015 rated against 228 Nontraditional Bond Funds.
  • Lipper Leader Ratings
  • Consistent Return   :
     
  • Preservation   :
     
  • Total Return   :
     
  • Expense   :
     
  • Overall Lipper Leaders ratings based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for each measure over 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods (if applicable) and do not take into account the effects of sales charges for these categories (Consistent Return, Preservation, Total Return, Expense, and Tax Efficiency) as of 28-Feb-2015 out of 120, 5,065, 120, 49 and 120 Funds, respectively in Lipper's Alt Credit Focus Funds classification.

KEY FACTS

Size of Fund (Millions)

as of 05-May-2015

$30,437.8 M
Size of Class (Millions)

as of 05-May-2015

$23,174.0 M
Inception Date Feb 5, 2008
Asset Class Fixed Income
Morningstar Category Nontraditional Bond
Lipper Classification Alt Credit Focus Funds
CUSIP 09256H286
Benchmark Index Barclays U.S. Universal Index

Total Expense Ratio 0.80%
Net, Including Investment Related Expenses   0.90%
Net, Excluding Investment Related Expenses 0.65%

Max Offer Price

as of 05-May-2015

$10.18
Distribution Frequency   Monthly
Number of Holdings

as of 31-Mar-2015

1,924
Turnover Percent

as of 30-Apr-2015

1,396%
Open to New Investors Yes

PORTFOLIO CHARACTERISTICS

30 Day SEC Yield  

as of 31-Mar-2015

1.92%
Unsubsidized 30-Day SEC Yield  

as of 31-Mar-2015

1.91%

Effective Duration  

as of 31-Mar-2015

0.77 yrs
Weighted Average Life  

as of 31-Mar-2015

4.81 yrs
Yield to Maturity  

as of 31-Mar-2015

2.21%
Yield to Worst  

as of 31-Mar-2015

2.12%

Best 3-Month Return Over the Last 3 Years

3 months ending 30-Sep-2012

3.25%
Worst 3-Month Return Over the Last 3 Years

3 months ending 31-Aug-2013

-1.95%

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The fund is actively managed and its characteristics will vary.

Bond values fluctuate in price so the value of your investment can go down depending on market conditions.

International investing involves special risks including, but not limited to currency fluctuations, illiquidity and volatility. These risks may be heightened for investments in emerging markets.

Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments.

Principal of mortgage- or asset-backed securities normally may be prepaid at any time, reducing the yield and market value of those securities.

Obligations of US govt. agencies are supported by varying degrees of credit but generally are not backed by the full faith and credit of the US govt.

Non-investment-grade debt securities (high-yield/junk bonds) may be subject to greater market fluctuations, risk of default or loss of income and principal than higher rated securities.

The fund may use derivatives to hedge its investments or to seek to enhance returns. Derivatives entail risks relating to liquidity, leverage and credit that may reduce returns and increase volatility.

Short-selling entails special risks. If the fund makes short sales in securities that increase in value, the fund will lose value. Any loss on short positions may or may not be offset by investing short-sale proceeds in other investments.

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