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Potential benefits
  • High monthly income
  • Adjustable dividends that can act as a possible hedge against rising short-term interest rates
  • Diversification for your overall income portfolio

Fund description

The Fund's investment objective is to achieve a high level of current income.

The Fund invests at least 80% of its managed assets in adjustable rate loans, primarily senior loans, though the loans may include unsecured senior loans and secured and unsecured subordinated loans. At least 65% of the Fund's managed assets must include adjustable rate senior loans that are secured by specific collateral. The Fund uses leverage.

For term definitions and index descriptions, please access the glossary in the footer.

  • Fund basics
  • Capital structure
  • Leverage
  • Common shares
  • Annual expense ratios

Fund basics

Capital structure

Leverage

*The ratio of total assets of the Fund, less all liabilities that are not outstanding borrowings or outstanding preferreds, at par, to the sum of the Fund’s outstanding borrowings and outstanding preferreds, at par.

**The annualized ratio of the sum of leverage costs to the average leverage amount for a given time period.

Common shares

Annual expense ratios

Fund fees and expenses are presented as a percentage of both common shareholder capital and total fund investment capital. The first column portrays the costs directly and indirectly borne by common shareholders. The second column portrays the costs borne by the Fund on its total investment capital, which includes common assets as well as assets attributable to the Fund's issuance of senior securities (e.g. preferred shares and debt). This column enables a common shareholder to better understand how fund expenses impact portfolio investment returns. Interest expenses from leverage represent costs associated with the Fund's financing activities, which are distinct from the costs associated with the Fund's underlying core operations. Certain leveraging instruments including repurchase agreements (repos) are sometimes more efficient forms of leverage, but when used, the costs are difficult to accurately disaggregate and are not shown here.

Expense ratios are calculated using the prior 12 months of expense data as of the previous month-end. Annualized leverage financing expense is included if the Fund was leveraged as of the previous month end.

Pricing

  • Overview
  • Premium/discount history
  • Share price and NAV history

Overview

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

Premium/discount history

Share price and NAV history

Premium/discount history and Share price and NAV history data shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Market price and net asset value (NAV) of a Fund's shares will fluctuate with market conditions. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown.

Performance

  • Hypothetical growth of 10K
  • Calendar year returns
  • Average annual total returns

Hypothetical growth of 10K

The table illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made on the date indicated. Original Investment & Cumulative Distributions is the original investment value added to the cash flow received from distributions. The total returns are not adjusted to reflect the effects of taxation and assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Calendar year returns

Average annual total returns

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the data shown. NAV returns are net of fund expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions.

Distributions

Key information regarding distributions

Total distributions per share

Income Only Distribution: Distributions are sourced entirely from net investment income, unless noted otherwise.

Distribution Rates represent the latest declared regular distribution, annualized, relative to the market price and NAV as of quarter end. Special distributions, including special capital gains distributions, are not included in the calculation.

Characteristics

Fund characteristics

  • Asset allocation
  • Top 10 issuers
  • Top 5 industries
  • Top countries
  • Credit quality
  • Maturity breakdown

Asset allocation

Top 10 issuers

Top 5 industries

Top countries

Based on bond holdings and reflects country of risk of the issuer. Holdings may vary and are subject to change.

Credit quality

Ratings shown are the highest rating given by one of the following national rating agencies: S&P, Moody's or Fitch. Credit ratings are subject to change. AAA, AA, A, and BBB are investment grade ratings; BB, B, CCC/CC/C and D are below-investment grade ratings. U.S. government securities, if owned by the Fund, are included in the U.S. Treasury/Agency category (included only if applicable). Holdings designated NR are not rated by these national rating agencies.

Maturity breakdown

All characteristics as a percentage of the fund's total net assets. Holdings and ratings are subject to change. Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Literature

  • Fund literature
  • Fund reports
  • Fund announcements
  • Education
A word on risk

Investment, Market, and Price Risk: Closed-end fund shares are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount that you invest. Common shares frequently trade at a discount to their NAV. At any point in time, your common shares may be worth less than you paid, even after considering the reinvestment of fund distributions.

Senior Loan Risk: Senior loans, both secured and unsecured, may not be rated by a national rating agency, are generally not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and generally are not listed on a securities exchange. Consequently, the amount of public information available about senior loans generally is less extensive than that available for more widely rated, registered and exchange-listed securities. In addition, some adjustable rate loans may be unsecured or insufficiently collateralized, which increases the risk of fund losses if the loan’s issuer defaults.

Credit Risk: Debt or preferred securities held by the fund may fail to make dividend or interest payments when due. Investments in securities below investment grade credit quality are predominantly speculative and subject to greater volatility and risk of default. Unrated securities are evaluated by fund managers using industry data and their own analysis processes that may be similar to that of a nationally recognized rating agency; however, such internal ratings are not equivalent to a national agency credit rating. Counterparty credit risk may arise if counterparties fail to meet their obligations, should the fund hold any derivative instruments for either investment exposure or hedging purposes.

Leverage Risk: The fund’s use of leverage may cause higher volatility for the fund’s per share NAV, market price, and distributions. Leverage typically magnifies the total return of the fund’s portfolio, whether that return is positive or negative. Leverage is intended to increase common share net income, but there is no assurance that the fund’s leveraging strategy will be successful. Different forms of leverage, including swaps, may introduce additional credit or interest rate risk. Leverage may also increase a fund’s liquidity risk, as the fund may need to sell securities at inopportune times to stay within fund or regulatory limits.

Interest Rate Risk: Fixed-income securities such as bonds, preferred, convertible and other debt securities will decline in value if market interest rates rise.

LIBOR Floor Risk: Many floating rate loans issued after 2008 include a “LIBOR floor”, or minimum interest rate to which the loan’s spread is added, to calculate the loan’s overall interest rate. As short-term market rates rise, such loans will not pay higher interest until prevailing rates exceed the floor rate stated in the loan documents. If such a fund uses floating rate leverage, the fund’s leverage costs will likely increase before its loan portfolio income increases, and the additional income provided by leverage may diminish until market rates exceed the LIBOR floor level.

Basis Risk: As short-term rates change, interest from floating rate loans may not increase in concert with increases in floating rate leverage, introducing basis or imperfect hedging risk.

Illiquid Securities Risk: The fund may not be able to sell securities in its portfolio at the time or price the fund desires.

Loan Settlement Risk: Lack of established settlement standards or remedies for failure to settle may cause the fund to lack timely access to proceeds from selling loans, or to investment exposure from buying loans.

Tax Risk: The tax treatment of fund distributions may be affected by future changes in tax laws and regulations or their interpretation by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities.

Shares of closed-end funds are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal invested. Closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to their net asset value (NAV).

An investment in this fund presents a number of risks and is not suitable for all investors. Investors should carefully review and consider potential risks before investing.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the data shown. NAV returns are net of fund expenses, and assume reinvestment of distributions.

Effective 17 Aug 2020, changes were announced to the portfolio management team for the strategy. For more information, please see the press release.

Nuveen Asset Management LLC is the subadviser to the Fund and an affiliate of Nuveen, LLC.

Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC.

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