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A Shares (SCCMX)
Inception: 02.01.2013
C Shares (SCCNX)
Inception: 02.01.2013
Inst'l Shares (SCCPX)
Inception: 02.01.2013

Philosophy and Process

In managing the fund, the portfolio management team employs a multi-faceted approach to generate excess return and uses a combination of top-down and bottom-up analysis, quantitative vs. qualitative analysis and fundamentals vs. valuation. There is a strong emphasis on risk management and an adherence to certain core investment beliefs:

  • "If you cannot measure it; you cannot manage it."
  • Avoid unintended exposures
  • Average duration around 3 to 7 years with focus on high quality and risk management
  • Participate in longer term trends - don't buy on short-term trends or try to time what is going on in the market
  • Attempts to achieve risk-adjusted performance over time

Investment Considerations

The fund is subject to the same risks as the underlying bonds in the portfolio such as credit, call and interest rate risk. As interest rates rise the value of bond prices will decline. The fund may invest in more aggressive investments such as foreign securities which may expose the fund to currency and exchange rate fluctuations; derivatives (futures and swaps); and high yield debt (also known as junk bonds) all of which may cause greater volatility and less liquidity. Derivatives may be more sensitive to changes in market conditions and may amplify risks.

Fund Facts

Class A Shares Class C Shares Class Inst'l Shares
Ticker SCCMXSCCNXSCCPX
Inception Date 02.01.201302.01.201302.01.2013
Investment Min. $1,000.00$1,000.00$1,000,000.00
Subsequent Investment Min.* $0.00$0.00$0.00
Max. Up Front Sales Charge 2.00%N/AN/A
Max. Deferred Sales Charge N/A1.00%N/A
*If subsequent investments are made as part of an AIP, the minimum is $25.

Management

Mark M. Montgomery, CFA ®
Mark M. Montgomery, CFA ®

Senior Managing Director

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Richard T. LaCoff
Richard T. LaCoff

Senior Managing Director

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Performance

Fund Performance as of 09.30.2018

QTR YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since
Inception
A Shares with 2.00% Sales Charge -1.27% -3.08% -2.79% 1.54% 2.25% 2.99%
A Shares without Sales Charge 0.75% -1.07% -0.80% 2.24% 2.67% 3.27%
Institutional Shares 0.91% -0.79% -0.45% 2.49% 2.92% 3.48%
Lipper Corp Debt BBB Rated Median 0.86% -2.08% -1.40% 3.08% 3.21% N/A

The total expense ratio for Class A, C and I Shares are 0.88%, 1.63% and 0.63%, respectively. There are currently no waivers in effect for A, C and I Shares.

Past performance does not guarantee future results. The performance data quoted represents past performance and current returns may be lower or higher. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. To obtain performance information current to the most recent month end, please visit the performance summary.

The performance of the Corporate Fund reflects the deduction of fees for value-added services associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management and fund accounting fees. The inception date for Class A Shares is 02/01/2013. The inception date for Class C Shares is 02/01/2013. The inception date for Class Inst'l Shares is 02/01/2013. Performance for Class A Shares, Class C Shares and Institutional Shares for periods prior to inception is based on performance of Class S Shares of the Fund which were re-designated as Institutional Shares as of February 1, 2013. Class A Shares, Class C Shares and Institutional Shares of the Fund would have substantially similar performance because the Shares are invested in the same portfolio of securities and the performance would differ only to the extent that the Classes have different expenses. The performance shown reflects the reinvestment of all dividend and capital gains distributions.


Characteristics

Quality Breakdown as of 09.30.2018

Credit quality ratings using Moody's rating symbols reflect the credit quality of the underlying bonds in the fund portfolio and not of the Fund itself. Moody's assigns a range of ratings from Aaa being the highest quality to C being the lowest rated class of bonds. Securities not rated by Moody's may be rated by S&P, Fitch or if no agency rating is available, the Fund will assign a rating of not rated. Bond quality ratings are subject to change.

Effective Duration Breakdown as of 09.30.2018

Name Value
0-1 Yr. 14.0
1-2 Yrs. 10.6
2-3 Yrs. 8.1
3-5 Yrs. 33.1
5-10 Yrs. 34.2

Summary Statistics as of 09.30.2018

Name Value
Number of Holdings 160
Average Life 5.23 Years
Effective Duration 3.87 Years
Annual Turnover 67

Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to change and risk. Based on Market Value of securities.

Portfolio Composition as of 09.30.2018

Composition Fund Index
Corporate 96.9% 100.0%
     Financial Institutions 48.6% 39.6%
     Industrial 43.6% 55.6%
     Utility 4.7% 4.7%
Government Related 0.6% 0.0%
     Agency 0.6% 0.0%
Preferred Stock 0.4% 0.0%
     Preferred Stock 0.4% 0.0%
Securitized 0.5% 0.0%
     CMBS 0.5% 0.0%
Cash & Equivalents 1.5% 0.0%
     Cash & Equivalents 1.5% 0.0%

Top Ten Holdings as of 09.30.2018

Name Value
Morgan Stanley 3.70% 23-Oct-2024 1.51%
Citigroup, Inc. 4.40% 10-Jun-2025 1.29%
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) 4.25% 21-Oct-2025 1.21%
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Series 1 5.81% 18-Jan-2038 1.20%
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) 3.63% 22-Jan-2023 1.01%
American Tower Corp. 5.05% 01-Sep-2020 1.00%
Horace Mann Educators Corp. 4.50% 01-Dec-2025 0.98%
Svenska Handelsbanken AB 2.78% 24-May-2021 0.97%
SBA Tower Trust 2.90% 15-Oct-2019 0.97%
HSBC Holdings PLC 3.26% 13-Mar-2023 0.95%

Current and future portfolio holdings are subject to change and risk. Based on Market Value of securities.

Growth of $10,000 as of 09.30.2018

The Growth of $10,000 chart is hypothetical based upon the performance of A Shares at NAV for the period ended 09/30/2018. It includes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Glossary of Terms

Distribution

Monthly Dividend Distribution as of 10.31.2018

Month Class A Shares Class C Shares Class Inst'l Shares
October 2018 $0.0259 $0.0203 $0.0280
September 2018 $0.0239 $0.0178 $0.0259
August 2018 $0.0245 $0.0181 $0.0265
July 2018 $0.0246 $0.0183 $0.0267
June 2018 $0.0238 $0.0178 $0.0258
May 2018 $0.0249 $0.0187 $0.0270
April 2018 $0.0248 $0.0187 $0.0268
March 2018 $0.0256 $0.0192 $0.0277
February 2018 $0.0230 $0.0173 $0.0249
January 2018 $0.0253 $0.0189 $0.0274
December 2017 $0.0250 $0.0185 $0.0271
November 2017 $0.0233 $0.0170 $0.0254

30-Day SEC Yield as of 10.31.2018

Class A 2.99%
Class C 2.62%
Class I 3.31%

Materials

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