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CUSIP:  86664T540  
Daily NAV:  $10.38  (as of 4/24/14)
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Portfolio Profile S1

A conservative short-term bond fund

Seeks to provide total return with an emphasis on current income, but also considering capital preservation, through investment-grade securities with an average effective maturity normally not exceeding five years.


Seeks total return with an emphasis on current income, but also considering capital preservation.


  • Classification: Bond
  • Class Inception: 3/7/08  
  • CUSIP:  86664T540  

Portfolio Facts:

Portfolio characteristic data are based on unaudited net assets.

The portfolio is actively managed, and current holdings may be different.

Portfolio Structure
(on 3/31/14)
High Grade Corporates 65.44%
Asset Backed 10.31%
Cash & Other1 10.03%
Non-U.S. Sovereigns 7.05%
Mortgage Backed 3.60%
Municipals 2.75%
U.S. Govt Agencies 1.38%
Emerging Markets Debt 1.22%
Residential Mtg Backed 0.87%
Commercial Mtg Backed 0.86%
Collateralized Debt Obligations 0.74%
U.S. Treasuries* -4.25%
Portfolio Statistics
(on 3/31/14)
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Average Effective Maturity 2.23 yrs
Average Effective Duration 1.44 yrs
Top 10 Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
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Full & Historical Holdings
Fannie Mae Pool 3.738 JUN 01 18
AT&T Inc 2.400 AUG 15 16
Ford Credit Floorplan Master Owner Trust 0.740 SEP 15 16
SABMiller Holdings Inc 144A 1.850 JAN 15 15
JPMorgan Chase & Co 3.450 MAR 01 16
Ford Credit Floorplan Master Owner Trust SEP 15 16
State of IL Taxable 4.421 JAN 01 15
General Electric Capital Corp 2.150 JAN 09 15
Svensk Exportkredit AB 0.000 JAN 23 17
UST Bond 5Yr Future Jun 30 14*

7.49% long and 4.25% short (*) positions of total net assets
Total number of holdings: 335
Credit Quality
(% of Total Net Assets on 3/31/14)
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Federal Agencies 4.98%
AAA 19.75%
AA 12.58%
A 30.82%
BBB 26.01%
Other Not Rated* -4.17%

Portfolio characteristics are based on equivalent exposure, which measures how a portfolio's value would change due to price changes in an asset held either directly or, in the case of a derivative contract, indirectly. The market value of the holding may differ.


1 Cash and other assets are less liabilities; this may include derivative offsets.

S1 Performance figures shown for periods before December 8, 2012, represent performance of the prior investment adviser and sub-adviser to the fund's predecessor under the previous investment strategies for the Fund.

Important Risk Considerations

The portfolio may not achieve its objective and/or you could lose money on your investment in the portfolio.

Investments in debt instruments may decline in value as the result of declines in the credit quality of the issuer, borrower, counterparty, underlying collateral, or changes in economic, political, issuer-specific, or other conditions. Certain types of debt instruments can be more sensitive to these factors and therefore more volatile. In addition, debt instruments entail interest rate risk (as interest rates rise, prices usually fall), therefore the Fund's share price may decline during rising rate environments as the underlying debt instruments in the portfolio adjust to the rise in rates. Funds that consist of debt instruments with longer durations are generally more sensitive to a rise in interest rates than those with shorter durations. At times, and particularly during periods of market turmoil, all or a large portion of segments of the market may not have an active trading market. As a result, it may be difficult to value these investments and it may not be possible to sell a particular investment or type of investment at any particular time or at an acceptable price.

Investments in foreign markets can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical, or other conditions.

Investments in derivatives can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying indicator(s) on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty and liquidity risk.

Please see the prospectus for further information on these and other risk considerations.

Before purchasing any variable product, consider the objectives, risks, charges, and expenses associated with the underlying investment option(s) and those of the product itself. For a prospectus, or summary prospectus if available, containing this and other information, contact your investment or insurance professional. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.