MainStay High Yield Municipal Bond Fund

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MacKay ShieldsMacKay Shields LLC is an affiliate of New York Life Investment Management LLC. MacKay Shields has specialized in money management for over 70 years. They offer a broad range of fixed income related strategies and solutions for a wide array of global clients including pension funds, government and financial institutions, family offices, high net worth individuals, endowments and foundations, and retail clients.

Portfolio Managers

  • John Loffredo, CFA
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since Inception

    Industry Experience:
    29 years

  • Robert DiMella, CFA
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since Inception

    Industry Experience:
    27 years

  • Michael Petty
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since Inception

    Industry Experience:
    30 years

  • David Dowden
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since 2014

    Industry Experience:
    27 years

  • Scott Sprauer
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since 2014

    Industry Experience:
    24 years

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  • Summary
  • Performance
  • Portfolio
  • Distributions
    & Yields
  • Fees &

Fund Objective: Seeks a high level of current income exempt from federal income taxes. The Fund's secondary investment objective is total return.

  • Investment Strategy and Process
    Although the Fund may invest in municipal bonds in any rating category, the Fund's Subadvisor intends to invest at least 65% of its net assets in bonds rated BBB or lower by Standard & Poors.

    Municipal bonds may be obligations of a variety of issuers, including governmental entities or other qualifying issuers, such as states, territories, political subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities. Municipal bonds may also include short-term, tax-exempt obligations such as municipal notes and variable-rate demand obligations.

    The Fund will generally invest in municipal bonds that have a maturity of five years or longer at the time of purchase.

    In choosing investments, the Subadvisor analyzes the credit quality of the issuers and considers the yields available on municipal bond with different maturities.

    The Subadvisor utilizes a disciplined investment process which includes fundamental bottom-up credit research and risk management, reviewing macroeconomic events, technical characteristics in the municipal bond market, and tax policies, as well as analyzing individual municipal securities and sectors.

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Class A & INV: 4.5% maximum initial sales charge. Class C: 1% CDSC if redeemed within one year. Class I: No initial sales charge or CDSC. Total annual operating expenses are: Class A: 0.92%, INV: 0.94%, C: 1.69%, I: 0.67%. Net annual operating expenses are: Class A: 0.91%, INV: 0.93%, C: 1.68%, I: 0.66%.

Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Due to market volatility, current performance may be less or higher than the figures shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that upon redemption, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance figures reflect a contractual fee waiver and/or expense limitation agreement in effect through 3/1/17, without which total returns may have been lower. This agreement shall renew automatically for one-year terms unless written notice is provided prior to the start of the next term or upon approval of the Board.

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Before You Invest

A portion of the Fund’s income may be subject to state and local taxes or the alternative minimum tax. High-yield securities (commonly referred to as “junk bonds”) are generally considered speculative because they present a greater risk of loss than higher-quality debt securities and may be subject to greater price volatility. High-yield municipal bonds may be subject to increased liquidity risk as compared to other high-yield debt securities. The Fund may invest in derivatives, which may increase the volatility of the Fund’s net asset value and may result in a loss to the Fund. Funds that invest in bonds are subject to interest-rate risk and can lose principal value when interest rates rise. Bonds are also subject to credit risk, in which the bond issuer may fail to pay interest and principal in a timely manner. The Fund may experience a portfolio turnover rate of over 100% and may generate short-term capital gains which are taxable.


1. POP (Public Offering Price) is the NAV (Net Asset Value) plus a sales charge. All POPs are subject to revision and include the maximum sales charge.

2. Average annual total returns shown include the change in share price and reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions. Class I shares are generally available only to corporate and institutional investors.

4. No sales charge applies to Class A and Investor Class share investments of $1,000,000 or more ($250,000 or more with respect to MainStay California Tax Free Opportunities Fund, MainStay High Yield Municipal Bond Fund, MainStay New York Tax Free Opportunities Fund, MainStay Tax Advantaged Short Term Bond Fund, and MainStay Tax Free Bond Fund; or $500,000 or more with respect to MainStay Floating Rate Fund and MainStay Short Duration High Yield Fund), but a CDSC of 1% may be imposed on certain redemptions of such shares within one year (18 months for MainStay Short Duration High Yield Fund) of the date of purchase.

5. Percentages are based on fixed-income securities held in the Fund's investment portfolio and exclude any equity or convertible securities and cash or cash equivalents. Ratings apply to the underlying portfolio of debt securities held by the Fund and are rated by an independent rating agency, such as Standard and Poor's, Moody's, and/or Fitch. If ratings are provided by the rating agencies, but differ, the lower rating will be utilized. If only one rating is provided, the available rating will be utilized. Securities that are unrated by the rating agencies are reflected as such in the breakdown. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. S&P rates borrowers on a scale from AAA to D. AAA through BBB represent investment grade, while BB through D represent non-investment grade.

Investment Definitions

The Barclays Municipal Bond Index is an unmanaged index that includes approximately 15,000 municipal bonds, rated Baa or better by Moody's, with a maturity of at least two years. Bonds subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax or with floating or zero coupons are excluded. Index results assume the reinvestment of all capital gain and dividend distributions. An investment cannot be made directly into an index.

The P/E Ratio (price-to-earnings) denotes the weighted average of all the P/Es of the securities in the Fund's portfolio. The P/B Ratio (price-to-book) is the weighted average of all the P/Bs of the securities in the Fund's portfolio. Return on Equity (ROE) is the weighted average of all the ROEs of the securities in the Fund's portfolio. ROE is calculated by dividing net income by book value. Standard deviation measures how widely dispersed a fund's returns have been over a specified period of time. A high standard deviation indicates that the range is wide, implying greater potential for volatility. Beta is a measure of historical volatility relative to an appropriate index (benchmark) based on its investment objective. A beta greater than 1.00 indicates volatility greater than the benchmark's. Alpha measures a fund's risk-adjusted performance and is expressed as an annualized percentage. R-Squared measures the percentage of a fund's movements that result from movements in the index. The Sharpe Ratio shown is calculated for the past 36-month period by dividing annualized excess returns by annualized standard deviation. The Annual Turnover Rate is as of the most recent annual shareholder report. Upside/Downside Market Capture measures a manager's performance in up/down markets relative to the Fund's benchmark.