Closed-End Funds


Nuveen Credit Strategies Income Fund (NYSE: JQC)


The fund's primary investment objective is high current income; and its secondary objective is total return.


  • Attractive income and total return potential
  • Enhanced portfolio diversification and reduced risk due to historically low correlation with equities and investment grade corporate bonds
  • Adjustable dividends on loan investments can act as a possible hedge against rising short-term interest rates
  • Access in one fund to attractive investment opportunities across the capital structure

Investment Strategy

The fund invests at least 70% of its managed assets in adjustable rate senior secured and second lien loans, and up to 30% opportunistically in other types of securities across a company’s capital structure, primarily income-oriented securities such as high yield debt, convertible securities and other forms of corporate debt. The fund uses leverage.

Daily Pricing

Closing Share Price (As of 7/31/2015)$8.59
Closing NAV per Share (As of 7/31/2015)$9.88
Premium / Discount**-13.06%
Current Distribution Rate (Market price)††6.98%
Distribution Amount†† $0.0500
Distribution Type Income

The Fund is designed as a long-term investment and not as a trading vehicle. The Fund is not intended to be a complete investment program. Investors should carefully review and consider the risks listed below before investing.

Investment Risk: The possible loss of the entire principal amount that you invest.Price Risk: Shares of closed-end investment companies like the Fund frequently trade at a discount to their NAV. Your common shares at any point in time may be worth less than your original investment, even after taking into account the reinvestment of Fund dividends and distributions.Leverage Risk: Each Fund’s use of leverage creates the possibility of higher volatility for the Fund’s per share NAV, market price, distributions and returns. There is no assurance that a Fund’s leveraging strategy will be successful.Common Stock Risk: Common stock returns often have experienced significant volatility. Issuer Credit Risk: This is the risk that a security in a Fund's portfolio will fail to make dividend or interest payments when due.Illiquid Securities Risk: This is the risk that the Fund may not be able to sell securities in its portfolio at the time or price desired by the Fund.Below-Investment Grade Risk: Investments in securities below investment grade quality are predominantly speculative and subject to greater volatility and risk of default.Preferred Stock Risk: Preferred stocks are subordinated to bonds and other debt instruments in a company’s capital structure, and therefore are subject to greater credit risk.Call Risk or Prepayment Risk: Issuers may exercise their option to prepay principal earlier than scheduled, forcing the Fund to reinvest in lower-yielding securities. Interest Rate Risk: Fixed-income securities such as bonds, preferred, convertible and other debt securities will decline in value if market interest rates rise. Reinvestment Risk: If market interest rates decline, income earned from the Fund’s portfolio may be reinvested at rates below that of the original bond that generated the income. Risks from Unsecured Adjustable Rate Loans or Insufficient Collateral Securing Adjustable Rate Loans: Some of the adjustable rate loans in which the Fund may invest will be unsecured or insufficiently collateralized, thereby increasing the risk of loss to the Fund in the event of issuer default. Convertible Securities Risk: Convertible securities generally offer lower interest or dividend yields than non-convertible fixed-income securities of similar credit quality.Currency Risk: Changes in exchange rates will affect the value of a Fund’s investments.Tax Risk: The Fund’s investment program and the tax treatment of Fund distributions may be affected by IRS interpretations of the Internal Revenue Code and future changes in tax laws and regulations, including changes resulting from the “sunset” provisions that may apply to the favorable tax treatment of tax-advantaged dividends. There can be no assurance as to the percentage of a Fund’s distributions that will qualify as tax-advantaged dividends.Non-U.S. Securities Risk: Investments in non-U.S securities involve special risks not typically associated with domestic investments including currency risk and adverse political, social and economic development. These risks often are magnified in emerging markets. Senior Loan Risk: Senior loans, both secured and unsecured, may not be rated by a national rating agency at the time of investment, generally will not be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and generally will not be listed on a securities exchange. In addition, the amount of public information available with respect to senior loans generally is less extensive than that available for more widely rated, registered and exchange-listed securities.

** The premium/discount is calculated as (most recent price/most recent NAV) -1.


Distributions are sourced entirely from net investment income, unless noted otherwise. Distribution rates represent the latest declared regular distribution, annualized, relative to the most recent market price and NAV. Special distributions, including special capital gains distributions, are not included in the calculation.

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