Target Style

Fund Objective:

Seeks high current income with a secondary objective of capital appreciation.

Fund Highlights:

  • Combines three income-producing investment strategies—global dividend equity, closed-end funds and preferred securities—into a single fund that seeks a high level of monthly income.
  • By exploring asset classes that are less correlated with traditional bond markets, the Fund offers the potential to provide attractive current income in changing interest rate environments.
  • The Fund combines three managers with expertise in their respective sleeves. The closed-end funds and preferred securities sleeves are managed respectively by Doug Bond and William Scapell of Cohen & Steers.  Tim Pettee of SAAMCo is responsible for the Global Dividend Stocks sleeve.



The Income Explorer Blended benchmark is comprised of 60% MSCI All Country World Index (MSCI ACWI) and 40% Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.  The MSCI ACWI is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index designed to measure the equity market performance of 45 global developed and emerging markets.  The Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index represents securities that are U.S. domestic, taxable and dollar denominated. The index covers components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities and asset-backed securities. Please note that an investor cannot invest directly in an index.

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is not a guarantee of future results. The data assumes reinvestment of all distributions at net asset value. Maximum sales charge (Class A): 5.75%. The Fund’s daily net asset value is not guaranteed and shares are not insured by the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Board or any other agency. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be higher or lower than the original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than that shown.

$10,000 initial investment in Class A from Fund inception through the report date, with all income dividends and capital gains reinvested.  Includes a maximum 5.75% sales charge. This chart is hypothetical and is for illustrative purposes only.

Preferred securities are subject to bond market volatility risk, credit risk and interest rate fluctuation risk. In addition, preferred securities are subordinated to other securities in the issuer’s capital structure and are subject to the risk that the issuer will fail to make dividends or other distributions because other claims on the issuer’s assets take priority. Preferred securities may be less liquid than many other types of securities and may be subject to the risk of being redeemed prior to their scheduled date.

The Fund’s investments in closed-end funds generally reflect the risks of the underlying securities they hold. The Fund will indirectly bear its proportionate share of the management and other expenses that are charged by the closed-end funds, in addition to the expenses paid by the Fund. Shares of closed-end funds are subject to other risks related to their structure, including the possibility that shares may trade at a discount from their net asset value and the use of leverage in their capital structure. The presence of leverage in the closed-end fund structure introduces both increased volatility of net asset value, and the potential for greater variability in the dividends paid by the closed-end funds.

The Global Dividend Stock Sleeve employs a disciplined strategy and will not deviate from this strategy (except to the extent necessary to comply with federal tax laws or other applicable laws). If the Global Dividend Stock Sleeve is committed to a strategy that is unsuccessful, the Fund will not meet its investment goal. Because the Global Dividend Stock Sleeve generally will not use certain hedging techniques available to the Preferred and Closed-End Fund Sleeves to reduce stock market exposure, this portion of the Fund may be more susceptible to general market declines than the other sleeves. International investing involves special risks, such as currency fluctuations and economic and political instability. Securities of small and medium sized companies are usually more volatile and entail greater risks than securities of large companies.

Stocks of small-cap and mid-cap companies are generally more volatile than and not as readily marketable as those of larger companies, and may have fewer resources and a greater risk of business failure than do large companies.

There is no guarantee a fund will meet its objective.

The style and risk measures illustrated above are broad-based, relative targets for the Fund. There can be no assurances that the Fund exactly exhibits these categorizations at any given time.

Standard Deviation is a measure of the volatility that an investment experiences over time. The higher the standard deviation, the greater the performance swings of the investment. The Sharpe Ratio uses a fund’s standard deviation and its excess return (the difference between the fund’s return and the risk-free return of 90-day Treasury Bills) to determine reward per unit of risk. Beta is a measure of a fund’s sensitivity to market movements. A portfolio with a beta greater than 1 is more volatile than the market, and a portfolio with a beta less than 1 is less volatile than the market. R-Squared reflects the percentage of a fund’s movements that are explained by movements in its benchmark index, showing the degree of correlation between the fund and the benchmark. Alpha is a measure of performance on a risk adjusted basis of a mutual fund and compares its risk adjusted performance to a benchmark index. A positive alpha of 1.0% means the fund has outperformed its benchmark index by 1% and a negative alpha of -1.0% would indicate an underperformance of 1%.

Price/Earnings Ratio measures a company’s current share price compared to its per-share earnings. Price/Book Ratio compares a company’s book value to its current market price. Book value denotes the portion of equity held by shareholders.