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Nuveen Tax-Advantaged Total Return Strategy Fund (NYSE: JTA)

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NWQ seeks to provide consistent, long-term performance through an investment philosophy focused on attractive absolute valuations, downside protection and understanding change such as market catalysts and inflection points. The philosophy is employed through a bottom-up, disciplined, opportunistic and research-driven approach. The firm applies this philosophy and approach to a variety of products including equity strategies of all capitalizations, core and preferred fixed income strategies and balanced portfolios.
Founded in 1994 by a team of industry veterans known for their pioneering work in quantitative analysis, Symphony Asset Management LLC is an institutional market leader in alternative and traditional investment strategies. Fundamental to Symphony’s investment philosophy is the concept that both quantitative and qualitative methods have value. The ability to blend these values into a unified, risk-controlled investment process is a skill that sets Symphony apart as an institutional money manager. Prior to implementation, each of our strategies has been thoroughly tested in one of the industry’s most sophisticated research environments. The resulting process is intellectually robust and independent of any one person’s influence or abilities.

Manager Bios

James T. Stephenson, CFA

James T. Stephenson, CFA
James T. Stephenson, CFA, is a Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst at NWQ. Prior to joining NWQ in 2006, Mr. Stephenson spent seven years at Bel Air Investment Advisors, LLC, a State Street Global Advisors Company, where he was a Managing Director and Partner. Most recently, Mr. Stephenson was Chairman of the firm’s Equity Policy Committee and the Portfolio Manager for Bel Air’s Large Cap Core and Select strategies. Previous to this, he spent five years as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager at ARCO Investment Management Company. Prior to that, he was an Equity Analyst at Trust Company of the West.

Thomas J. Ray, CFA

Thomas J. Ray, CFA
Thomas J. Ray, CFA, is Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income and Portfolio Manager at NWQ. Prior to joining NWQ in 2015, he served as Chief Investment Officer, President and founding member of Inflective Asset Management, a boutique investment firm specializing in convertible securities, from 2001 until 2011. From 2011 until joining NWQ in 2015, Mr. Ray was a private investor. Prior to founding Inflective, Mr. Ray served as portfolio manager at Transamerica Investment Management.

Susi Budiman, CFA, FRM

Susi Budiman, CFA, FRM
Susi Budiman, CFA, FRM - Prior to joining NWQ in 2006, Susi was Portfolio Manager for China Life Insurance Company, Ltd. in Taiwan where she managed multi-sector and multi-currency fixed income portfolios with responsibility for over $1.8 billion in assets under management. Prior to that, she was a currency exchange associate at Fleet National Bank in Singapore covering Asian, Euro, UK and other major currencies.

Susi earned her bachelors degree in Finance from the University of British Columbia and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. She earned her Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute in 2006 and is a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. She also earned her Financial Risk Manager designation in 2003.

Gunther Stein

Gunther Stein
Mr. Stein, Chief Investment Officer, is responsible for Symphony's fixed-income and equity investments. Mr. Stein joined Symphony in 1999. He has over 20 years of investment and research experience and is actively involved with the management of the firm's fixed income products. Prior to joining Symphony, Mr. Stein spent six years at Wells Fargo where he was most recently a High-Yield Portfolio Manager and previously an Associate in the firm's Loan Syndications & Leveraged Finance Group. Before joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Stein worked for First Interstate Bank as a Eurocurrency deposit trader. He also worked for Standard Chartered Bank in Mexico City and Citibank Investment Bank in London. Mr. Stein received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Scott Caraher

Scott Caraher
Mr. Caraher, Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, is a member of Symphony’s fixed-income team and his responsibilities include portfolio management and trading for Symphony’s bank loan strategies and credit and equity research for its fixed-income strategies. Prior to joining Symphony in 2002, Mr. Caraher was an Investment Banking Analyst in the industrial group at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown in New York. Mr. Caraher received a BS in finance from Georgetown University.

Effective September 25th, 2017, Scott Caraher was named a portfolio manager of the Nuveen Tax-Advantaged Total Return Strategy Fund.

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