Strategy and Process
Portfolio managers utilize a variety of government and corporate fixed income securities with a focus on quality. The diversification of bonds allows for the potential of strong risk-adjusted returns in both bull and bear markets. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to maximize total return comprising current income and capital appreciation, consistent with preservation of capital. The Fund also seeks to realize a total return that outperforms the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index over full market cycles.
Duration is an important aspect to fund volatility. The Fund aims to control market volatility in order to reduce Fund risk. This is achieved through a focus on quality and maintaining a laddered portfolio of ultra-short, short, and medium duration assets.
One of the Fund’s primary focuses is to deliver investors the potential for positive returns not just during bull markets, but also in volatile and bear markets. Using a fundamental, bottom up selection process, the portfolio managers of the fund put strong emphasis on quality assets, only selecting individual issuers that pass through a disciplined screening method focused on financial health and future growth expectations.
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Greg Miller, CPA, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager, has over 30 years’ experience investing in convertible bonds. Mr. Miller founded Wellesley Asset Management in 1991. He is the architect of the firm’s convertible bond investment strategy and has been Portfolio Manager on Wellesley’s separately managed account and mutual fund suites since their inception. Mr. Miller has written numerous articles and has been profiled in various prominent investment and financial publications, including Barron’s, Institutional Investor, Investment Advisor Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek. He has been the recipient of numerous industry-related awards throughout his career and a frequent guest speaker on convertible bond investing. Mr. Miller graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance with high distinction from Babson College.
Michael Miller, CFIP, President, CIO and Portfolio Manager, has over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He works directly with the firm’s trading, private client and institutional teams and oversees day to day operations, strategic planning and execution. Additionally, Mr. Miller is responsible for convertible bond research and product development, analyzing and monitoring portfolio holdings, and communicating performance, portfolio and fund data. He also constructs and analyzes client portfolios and works directly with the firm’s institutional clients. He frequently speaks at national investment conferences educating investors about the convertible bond asset class. Mr. Miller received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC, where he specialized in finance, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College.
Investors cannot directly invest in an index and unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges. Performance of an index is not illustrative of any particular investment or product.
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index: The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index is a market capitalization-weighted index often used to represent investment grade bonds being traded in United States.
Investments in convertible securities subject the Fund to the risks associated with both fixed-income securities, including credit risk and interest risk, and common stocks. A portion of the Fund’s convertible securities may be rated below investment grade. Exchangeable and synthetic convertible securities may be more volatile and less liquid than traditional convertible securities. In general, stock and other equity security values fluctuate, and sometimes widely fluctuate, in response to activities specific to the company as well as general market, economic and political conditions. Lower rated fixed-income securities are subject to greater risk of loss of income and principal than higher-rated securities. The prices of lower rated bonds are likely to be more sensitive to adverse economic changes or individual corporate developments. All fixed-income securities are subject to two types of risk: credit risk and interest rate risk. When the general level of interest rates goes up, the prices of most fixed-income securities go down. When the general level of interest rates goes down, the prices of most fixed income securities go up.
Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Miller Intermediate Bond Fund. This and other important information about the Fund are contained in the prospectus, which can be obtained by calling 781-416-4000. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. The Miller Intermediate Bond Fund is distributed by Northern Lights Distributors, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Wellesley Asset Management, Inc. and Northern Lights Distributors, LLC are not affiliated entities.