Glossary

P/E - a valuation ratio of a company's current share price compared to its per-share earnings.

Market Cap - a measurement of corporate size equal to the share price times the number of shares outstanding of a public company.

30-Day Yield - a standardized yield calculation for bond funds.

30-day SEC Yield - a standard yield calculation developed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that allows for fairer comparisons of bond funds. It is based on the most recent 30-day period covered by the fund's filings with the SEC. The yield figure reflects the dividends and interest earned during the period, after the deduction of the fund's expenses.

30-Day Distribution Yield - an estimated annualized dividend yield calculated by annualizing the Fund's recent distribution and dividing the result by the Fund's most recently published offering price at the appropriate sales charge levels. The distribution yield represents a single distribution from the Fund and does not represent the total return of the Fund.

Average Effective Maturity - a measure of a bond's maturity which takes into consideration the possibility that the issuer may call the bond before its maturity date.

Average Duration - a time measure of a bond's interest-rate sensitivity, based on the weighted average of the time periods over which a bond's cash flows accrue to the bondholder.

Average Quality of Holdings - quality is one of the principal criteria for judging the investment quality of a bond or bond mutual fund. As the term implies, credit quality informs investors of a bond or bond portfolio's credit worthiness, or risk of default.

Bond Rating AA - a measure of the quality and safety of a bond, based on the issuer's financial condition. More specifically, an evaluation from a rating service indicating the likelihood that a debt issuer will be able to meet scheduled interest and principal repayments. AAA and AA indicate a High credit-quality investment grade based on Standard & Poor's rating.

Correlation - a statistical measure of how an index moves in relation to another index or model portfolio. A correlation ranges from -1 to 1. A correlation of 1 means the two indexes have moved in lockstep with each other. A correlation of -1 means the two indexes have moved in exactly the opposite direction.

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