Neuberger Berman Launches Unconstrained Bond Fund

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Offers Investors Active Absolute-Return Focus Across Global Fixed Income Universe

Neuberger Berman Group LLC, one of the world’s leading employee-controlled money managers, announced today the launch of Neuberger Berman Unconstrained Bond Fund (tickers: NUBAX, NUBCX, NUBIX, and NRUBX) (the “Fund”), which seeks to maximize total returns over the long term.

Investing in fixed income today requires a flexible and dynamic approach to capture the optimal risk-reward profile of fixed income markets given the low interest rate environment and credit spread normalization. The Fund provides investors with an alternative approach to traditional benchmark driven long only investing, responding to current market dynamics.

The Fund is an absolute return oriented global strategy that utilizes a broad set of tools to take advantage of market mispricing. This flexibility provides the ability to express investment views and pursue extracting relative value through both long and short positioning. The full global credit and securitized spectrum will be utilized and the fund will have complete duration flexibility with the ability to have positive, negative or zero duration. The Fund will be unconstrained by benchmark (US T-bill index) as its managers seek to capitalize on best opportunities worldwide.

The Fund’s managers include Andy Johnson, Neuberger Berman’s Head of Global Investment Grade fixed income, Jon Jonsson, a London-based senior portfolio manager, and managing directors Thanos Bardas, David Brown, Ugo Lancioni, and Thomas Marthaler. They have an average of over 21 years of managing assets for institutions and individuals.

“U.S. investors are re-evaluating their fixed income exposures as a traditional benchmark-driven long-only approach comprised primarily of domestic investment-grade bonds may no longer fully meet their objective of stable income with low risk to principal,” said Brad Tank, Neuberger Berman’s chief investment officer for fixed income. “We believe Neuberger Berman is in a unique position to introduce an unconstrained bond strategy in a mutual fund structure for U.S. investors, as we have specialist sector teams covering the full breadth of the global fixed income universe and a proven process that the Fund’s managers will employ to take advantage of market mispricings and allocate risk across global rates, currencies and credit. This fund takes a place among our current fixed income strategies including Short Duration, Core and Strategic Income and others.”

Source: http://www.nb.com/pages/public/global/insights/press-unconstrained-bond-fund-launch.aspx