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Robert Michele, managing director, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Global Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities (GFICC) group. Based in New York, Bob directs the global investment process and oversees the portfolio management and research functions. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Bob was at Schroder Investment Management for ten years, most recently serving as the global head of fixed income. He also previously served as the head of Schroder’s U.S. Fixed Income Group, based in New York. Bob was at BlackRock from 1995 to 1998, responsible for managing core bond portfolios and developing credit strategies across all client mandates. Prior to that, Bob spent five years at FirstBoston Asset Management as head of their domestic fixed income desk. Before that, he was at Brown Brothers Harriman for eight years managing taxable, total return portfolios for non-U.S. institutions. Bob began his career at Bankers Trust, working as an investment analyst and portfolio manager. He holds a B.A. in classics from the University of Pennsylvania, is a CFA charterholder and has the Investment Management Certificate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals.Education
Nicholas J. Gartside, managing director, is the International Chief Investment Officer of our Global Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities (GFICC) group. In addition, he is the co-manager of our multi-sector fixed income products and serves on the Currency Investment Policy Committee (CIPC). Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Nick was at Schroder Investment Management for eight years, initially as a euro government bond portfolio manager. In 2007, he moved to the global bond team as a global government bond portfolio manager and most recently served as the Head of Global Fixed Income. His previous roles were at Mercury Asset Management/Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Nick earned a B.A. in History and Politics from Durham University and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Nick is a CFA charterholder and holds the Investment Management Certificate from the UK Society of Investment Professionals.Education
Iain Stealey, executive director, is the head of Global Aggregate Strategies within the Global Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities (GFICC) group. Based in London, he is a portfolio manager focusing on multi-sector bond strategies for both segregated clients and pooled funds. Within the Global Aggregate team, Iain was previously responsible for the portfolio management of enhanced cash and short duration portfolios. An employee since 2002, he obtained a B.Sc. in management science from Loughborough University. Iain is a CFA charterholder and holds the Investment Management Certificate from the UK Society of Investment Professionals.Education
Matthew Pallai, executive director, has been a portfolio manager working in the U.S. Macro investment team since 2011 where he is responsible for managing global unconstrained bond strategies, focusing on international developed markets, securitized products, and macroeconomic strategy. Prior to 2011, he held positions on both the Agency and Non-Agency Mortgage Team, where, as a portfolio manager, he was responsible for analyzing, selecting and trading residential mortgage-backed securities. Matthew holds a B.A. in mathematics from Boston College and an M.A. in economics from New York University.Education
The Fund's fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risk. If rates increase, the value of the Fund's investments generally declines. The Fund may invest in securities that are below investment grade (i.e., "high yield" or "junk bonds") that are generally rated in the fifth or lower rating categories of Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service. Although these securities tend to provide higher yields than higher-rated securities, there is a greater risk that the Fund's share price will decline. The Fund has the ability to invest, without limit, in high yield securities. The Fund may invest in mortgage-related and asset-backed securities that may or may not be guaranteed by governments and their agencies, supranational organizations, corporations, or banks. The value of these assets will be influenced by factors affecting the assets underlying such securities. During periods of declining asset values, the asset-backed securities may decline in value. International investing involves special risks, including economic, political, and currency instability - especially in emerging markets. The Fund's investments in emerging markets could lead to more volatility in the value of the Fund's shares. The small size of securities markets and the low trading volume may lead to a lack of liquidity, which leads to increased volatility. Emerging markets may not provide adequate legal protection for private or foreign investment or private property. The Fund may invest in futures contracts and derivatives. Many derivatives create leverage that can cause the Fund to be more volatile than it would be if it had not used derivatives.
The Fund has the ability to invest, without limit, in high yield securities.
The Fund may invest in mortgage-related and asset-backed securities that may or may not be guaranteed by governments and their agencies, supranational organizations, corporations, or banks. The value of these assets will be influenced by factors affecting the assets underlying such securities. During periods of declining asset values, the asset-backed securities may decline in value.