Core Bond Fund – MBFAX

 


 

Share Price 09-03-15 $13.04
Daily Change 0.02
YTD Return 0.42%
30-Day SEC Yield as of 09-02-15 1.50%
View the 30-day unsubsidized SEC yields  
Inception Date 06-30-1997
Net Fund Assets 07-31-2015 $3,338,337,075.67

PERFORMANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS % as of 06-30-2015

  1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Inception
NAV 1.65 2.01 3.73 4.78 5.71
POP -2.92 0.46 2.78 4.29 5.44

Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index

  1-year 3-year 5-year 10-year Inception
  1.86 1.83 3.35 4.44 --

Important disclosure

For Class A shares, the maximum front-end sales charge is 4.50%. Performance including sales charge assumes the sales charge for the corresponding time period.
Public offering price (POP) is the price of one share of a fund including any sales charges. Net asset value (NAV) is the value of one share of the fund excluding any sales charges. Had sales charges been included, performance would be lower. Returns for periods of less than one year are not annualized.

The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is composed of the Barclays U.S. Government/Credit Index and the Barclays U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Index, and includes U.S. Treasury issues, agency issues, corporate bond issues, and mortgage-backed securities. You cannot invest directly in an index.

EXPENSES %

Net Expense Ratio effective since 07-01-15 0.78%
Gross Expense Ratio 0.86%

Important disclosure

The advisor has committed, through 09-30-15, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to cap the fund's total annual fund operating expenses after fee waiver, excluding certain expenses, at 0.78%. Without this cap, the fund's returns would have been lower.

MORNINGSTAR RATINGS as of 07-31-2015

Category = Intermediate-Term Bond
3-Year out of 932 fundsMorningstar Rating
5-Year out of 819 funds Morningstar RatingMorningstar Rating
10-Year out of 591 funds Morningstar RatingMorningstar RatingMorningstar Rating
Overall out of 932 fundsMorningstar RatingMorningstar Rating

Important disclosure

The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) ratings, based on risk-adjusted returns.

For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

HOLDINGS

TOP HOLDINGS % of net assets as of 07-31-2015

US TREASURY N/B 06/20 1.625, 1.62%, 2020-06-30 2.60%
US TREASURY N/B 07/17 0.625, 0.62%, 2017-07-31 2.49%
U.S. Treasury N/B, 0.87%, 2017-08-15 2.38%
Federal National Mortgage Association, 3.50%, 2045-09-14 1.75%
U.S. Treasury N/b, 1.62%, 2019-07-31 1.65%
Government National Mortgage Association, 3.50%, 2045-09-21 1.20%
U.S. Treasury N/B, 0.62%, 2017-05-31 1.20%
U.S. Treasury N/B, 1.37%, 2020-03-31 1.12%
US TREASURY N/B 07/20 1.625, 1.62%, 2020-07-31 1.07%
U.S. Treasury N/B, 1.37%, 2020-04-30 1.06%
Portfolio holdings are subject to change and may have changed since the date specified.

FUND STORY

PORTFOLIO MANAGERS


Thomas O'Connor, CFA

Thomas O'Connor, CFA
Years of investment
experience: 27

 
Troy Ludgood

Troy Ludgood
Years of investment
experience: 15


The Fund

The Wells Fargo Advantage Core Bond Fund seeks total return by principally investing in investment-grade securities that offer attractive income or capital appreciation opportunities.

Competitive Advantages

  • Risk management and research: The team combines a proprietary risk management system with extensive bottom-up security selection to add incremental levels of alpha with each trade. This process empowers the team to tactically trade for value among a universe of highly liquid, high-quality securities.
  • Bottom-up credit selection process: The team's credit selection process of tactically trading in the most liquid markets, coupled with a rigorous risk management system, enables it to add modest levels of alpha in all market cycles. By contrast, many traditional core bond strategies are not designed in this way and consequently may find cycles in which it is more difficult to add excess returns.
  • Risk management: Risk controls are the foundation of every step of the team's process. Risk management is integrated into valuations, analytics, and trading, with the resulting portfolio composed of securities that are vetted through bottom-up credit research but modeled in a manner that seeks to minimize excessive risk relative to the benchmark.

Risks

Bond values fluctuate in response to the financial condition of individual issuers, general market and economic conditions, and changes in interest rates. In general, when interest rates rise, bond values fall and investors may lose principal value. The use of derivatives may reduce returns and/or increase volatility. Certain investment strategies tend to increase the total risk of an investment (relative to the broader market). This fund is exposed to foreign investment risk and mortgage- and asset-backed securities risk. Consult the fund's prospectus for additional information on these and other risks.

Figures quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return, principal value, and yields of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance shown without sales charges would be lower if sales charges were reflected. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted and assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Current month-end performance is available at the funds' website, wellsfargo.com/advantagefunds.

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