“A well-executed, thorough process and cheap fees make Virtus Seix Floating Rate High Income a solid option among bank-loan funds.” – Kenneth Oshodi, Morningstar Manager Research Analyst
Please reference Virtus Seix Floating Rate High Income Fund (A Share) for important information regarding the Fund’s performance and Morningstar ratings.
IMPORTANT RISK CONSIDERATIONS
Bank Loans: Loans may be unsecured or not fully collateralized, may be subject to restrictions on resale and/or trade infrequently on the secondary market. Loans can carry significant credit and call risk, can be difficult to value, and have longer settlement times than other investments, which can make loans relatively illiquid at times. Credit & Interest: Debt securities are subject to various risks, the most prominent of which are credit and interest rate risk. The issuer of a debt security may fail to make interest and/or principal payments. Values of debt securities may rise or fall in response to changes in interest rates, and this risk may be enhanced with longer-term maturities. High Yield-High Risk Fixed Income Securities: There is a greater level of credit risk and price volatility involved with high yield securities than investment grade securities. Prospectus: For additional information on risks, please see the fund’s prospectus.
RATINGS DISTRIBUTION METHODOLOGY
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The Virtus Seix Floating Rate High Income Fund (Class A: SFRAX) received a Bronze rating within the Morningstar Bank Loan Category based on total returns for the period 3/2006 – 11/2018. Number of funds in Morningstar Bank Loan Category as of 11/30/2018: 212.
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