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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 June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    31 years

  • Robert DiMella, CFA

    Fund's Manager:
    Since June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    29 years

  • Michael Petty

    Fund's Manager:
    Since June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    32 years

  • David Dowden

    Fund's Manager:
    Since June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    29 years

  • Scott Sprauer

    Fund's Manager:
    Since June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    26 years

  • Frances Lewis

    Fund's Manager:
    Since June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    27 years

  • John Lawlor

    Fund's Manager:
    Since June 2019
    Industry Experience:
    20 years

Fund Objective: The Fund seeks current income exempt from regular federal income tax.

  • Relative value strategy
    The team relies on credit analysis, yield curve positioning, and sector rotation to uncover the most compelling opportunities with a focus on investment-grade securities.

  • Focus on risk management
    The team emphasizes risk management and does not employ leverage or make interest rate bets.

  • Tenured team
    The co-heads have worked together for over 20 years and leverage their long-term relationships with municipal dealers to help drive success.

Class A & INV: 4.5% maximum initial sales charge; a 1% CDSC may be imposed on certain redemptions made within 18 months of the date of purchase on shares that were purchased without an initial sales charge. Class B: CDSC up to 5% if redeemed within six years. Class C: 1% CDSC if redeemed within one year. Class I: No initial sales charge or CDSC.

See the prospectus and/or Fees & Expenses tab above for Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (including Waivers/Reimbursements if applicable).

Returns represent past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance figures reflect a contractual fee waiver and/or expense limitation agreement, 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

Before considering an investment in the Fund, you should understand that you could lose money. Municipal bond risks include the ability of the issuer to repay the obligation, the relative lack of information about certain issuers, and the possibility of future tax and legislative changes, which could affect the market for and value of municipal securities. A portion of the Fund's income may be subject to state and local taxes or the alternative minimum tax. Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of unfavorable changes in tax law, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer. 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 NAV. 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.

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 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.

3. 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 higher 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 Bloomberg Barclays 1-15 Year Municipal Bond Index consists of a broad selection of investment grade general obligation and revenue bonds of maturities ranging from one year to 17 years. It is an unmanaged index representative of the tax-exempt bond market. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged 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.