The Bond Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets plus any borrowing for investment purposes in a diversified portfolio of bonds, including corporate bonds of domestic issuers and of foreign issuers payable in U.S. dollars, short-term debt instruments, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, bonds of foreign government issuers (including their agencies and instrumentalities) payable in U.S. dollars, and U.S. Treasury securities and other debt securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government (including its agencies and instrumentalities). Although the Bond Fund invests primarily in debt securities rated investment grade by one or more nationally recognized rating agency, it may invest up to 10% of its net assets in securities rated below investment grade (commonly referred to as “junk” or “high-yield” securities). From time to time, the Bond Fund’s assets represented by debt securities rated below investment grade may exceed 10% due to changes in the value of those securities and/or the Fund as a whole and downgrades that occur after such securities were acquired. However, the Bond Fund will not acquire any debt securities rated below investment grade while its net assets that are represented by such securities exceed this limit. The Bond Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in other non-debt securities, which include convertible bonds, common stocks and variable-rate demand notes. The dollar-weighted average portfolio maturity of the Bond Fund will normally not exceed 10 years. The Bond Fund does not purchase securities with a view to rapid turnover.
Mutual fund investing involves risk, principal loss is possible. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. The risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Investments in Asset Backed and Mortgage Backed Securities include additional risks that investors should be aware of such as credit risk, prepayment risk, possible illiquidity and default, as well as increased susceptibility to adverse economic development. Investments in bonds of foreign issuers involve greater volatility, political and economic risks, and differences in accounting methods. Investment by the Fund in lower-rated and non-rated securities presents a greater risk of loss to principal and interest than higher-rated securities. Results include the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains distributions.
Diversification does not assure a profit nor protect against loss in a declining market.
Investment-Grade refers to a bond considered investment grade if its credit rating is BBB- or higher by Standard & Poor's or Baa3 or higher by Moody's or comparable ratings or higher from another nationally recognized rating agency. Ratings are based on a corporate bond model. The higher the rating the more likely the bond will pay back par/100 cents on the dollar.
Below Investment-Grade refers to a security that is rated below investment grade. These securities are seen as having higher default risk or other adverse credit events, but typically pay higher yields than better quality bonds in order to make them attractive. They are less likely to pay back 100 cents on the dollar.
The Thompson IM Funds are distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.