Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund
The fund seeks to generate high current income and total return by applying extensive credit research and a time-tested approach to capitalize on opportunities across undervalued sectors of the global bond markets. The portfolio seeks global diversification among 14 sectors in order to potentially increase return and manage risk. A team of investment professionals provides significant research depth across all sectors of the global bond markets. The fund pursues an options income strategy whereby it purchases and sells out-of-the money puts and calls, creating an options spread.
Newfleet Asset Management, LLC
Newfleet leverages the knowledge and skill of a team of investment professionals with expertise in every sector of the bond market, including evolving, specialized, and out-of-favor sectors.Visit the Newfleet Asset Management, LLC website
David L. Albrycht, CFA
President and Chief Investment Officer
Industry start date: 1985
Start date with fund: 2012
David Albrycht is president and chief investment officer of Newfleet Asset Management. Prior to joining Newfleet in 2011, Mr. Albrycht was executive managing director and senior portfolio manager with Goodwin Capital Advisers, a former Virtus investment management subsidiary. He joined the Goodwin multi-sector fixed income team in 1985 as a credit analyst and has managed fixed income portfolios since 1991.
Mr. Albrycht is portfolio manager of Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Short Term Bond Fund since 1993 and Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund since 1994; and co-manager of Virtus Newfleet Senior Floating Rate Fund since 2008, Virtus Tactical Allocation Fund and Virtus Newfleet High Yield Fund since 2011; Virtus Newfleet Bond Fund, Virtus Strategic Allocation Fund, and Virtus Newfleet Low Duration Income Fund since 2012; and Virtus Newfleet Credit Opportunities Fund since 2015. He also manages several variable investment options and is co-manager of three closed-end funds, Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZF), Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund (NYSE: VGI), and Virtus Global Dividend & Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZTR), and two exchange-traded funds, Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Unconstrained Bond ETF (NFLT) and Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF (BLHY).
In February 2013, Virtus Investment Partners was named Barron’s “Best Taxable Bond Fund Family” for 2012, an honor also received in 2010, due in large part both years to the expert management of the firm’s multi-sector fixed income strategies by Mr. Albrycht and the Newfleet team.1 Mr. Albrycht has been a recipient of several Lipper analytical certificates and recognized by industry groups as a leading multi-sector fixed income strategist. He has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg Television and been quoted or featured in numerous publications, including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Dow Jones, and InvestmentNews.
Mr. Albrycht previously was Goodwin’s director of credit research. In addition, he managed the Phoenix MISTIC CDO, a $1 billion multi-sector collateralized debt obligation, where he was responsible for credit analysis and deal structure.
Mr. Albrycht earned a B.A., cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University and an M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Connecticut. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has been working in the investment industry since 1985.
1Best Taxable Bond Fund Family ranked 1 of 62 Fund Families, on a one-year basis, in the 2012 Barron’s/Lipper 2012 Fund Survey, published in the February 11, 2013 issue of Barron’s. Ranked 42 of 58 in 2011 and 1 of 57 in 2010.
Barron’s explanation of how it ranks fund families: To qualify for the Barron’s/Lipper fund survey, a group must have at least three funds in Lipper’s general U.S.-stock category, as well as one in world equity, which combines global and international funds. Also required is at least one mixed-asset (or balanced) fund, which holds stocks and bonds. Fund shops also must have at least two taxable-bond funds and one tax-exempt offering.
For the first time this year, the performance of emerging-market funds was included in the world equity category. Each fund’s returns are adjusted for 12b-1 fees, which are used for marketing and distribution expenses. The funds usually add these fees back into returns. The aim is to measure the manager’s skill. Fund loads, or sales charges, aren’t included in the calculation of returns, either. Each fund’s return is measured against those of all funds in its Lipper category. That leads to a percentile ranking, with 100 the highest and 1 the lowest, which is then weighted by asset size relative to the fund family’s other assets in its general classification. If a family’s biggest funds do well, that boosts its overall ranking. Poor performance in a big fund can have a big effect on the ranking.
Finally, the score is multiplied by the weighting of its general classification, as determined by the entire Lipper universe of funds. 2012 category weightings for one-year results: general equity, 34.9%; world equity, 16.3%; mixed-asset, 17.3%; taxable bonds, 27.2%; and tax-exempt bonds, 4.3%. 2010 category weightings for one-year results: general equity, 40.52%; world equity, 14.32%; mixed equity, 16.46%; taxable bonds, 24.52%; tax-exempt bonds, 4.18%.
The scoring: Say a company has a fund in the general U.S. equity category that has $50 million in assets and that it accounts for half of the company’s assets in that category. Its ranking is the 75th percentile. The first calculation would be 75 times 0.50, which comes to 37.5. That score is then multiplied by 38.04, general equity’s overall weighting in Lipper’s universe. So it would be 37.5 times 0.3804, which totals 14.265. Similar calculations are done for each fund in our study. Then, all the numbers are added up for a total score. The fund shop with the highest score wins, both for every category and overall.
Strong ratings may not be indicative of positive fund performance. Performance for some funds may be negative.
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Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Benjamin Caron, CFA
Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Industry start date: 1997
Start date with fund: 2012
Ben Caron is a senior managing director and portfolio manager at Newfleet Asset Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners.
Mr. Caron is co-portfolio manager of the Virtus Newfleet Low Duration Income Fund and the closed-end Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund (NYSE: VGI). He also assists in the management of the Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Short Term Bond Fund, Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Intermediate Bond Fund, Virtus Newfleet Senior Floating Rate Fund, Virtus Tactical Allocation Fund, Virtus Newfleet High Yield Fund, two variable insurance trust Series, and the closed-end Virtus Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE: ZF).
Prior to joining Newfleet in 2011, Mr. Caron was on the fixed income team at Goodwin Capital Advisers, an investment management company that was previously a subsidiary of Virtus. He joined Goodwin Capital in 2002 as a client service associate for the institutional markets group focusing on institutional fixed income clients. Earlier in his career, he was with Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for client management and sales in the managed account group.
Mr. Caron earned a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder. Mr. Caron has been working in the investment industry since 1997.
Kyle A. Jennings, CFA
Senior Managing Director, Head of Credit Research
Industry start date: 1992
Start date with fund: 2012
Mr. Jennings has been a member of Newfleet’s corporate credit research team since 1998 and currently covers the gaming, healthcare, and automotive industries. He is also a member of the team that formulates the leveraged finance strategy for the multi-sector fixed income strategies.
Prior to joining Newfleet in 2011, Mr. Jennings was on the fixed income team at Goodwin Capital Advisers, an investment management company that previously was a subsidiary of Virtus. Before that, he was a credit research analyst in the banking industry for Shawmut Bank, Ironwood Capital, and Citizens Bank.
Mr. Jennings earned a B.S. in finance from the University of Connecticut and is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder since 2001. He began his career in the investment industry in 1992.
Daniel P. Senecal, CFA
Managing Director, Emerging Market Credit Research and Portfolio Manager
Industry start date: 1990
Start date with fund: 2012
Daniel Senecal is a managing director and credit analyst at Newfleet Asset Management, an investment management affiliate of Virtus Investment Partners. Mr. Senecal is responsible for sovereign and corporate research in the Latin America region, including Mexico and Central America. He is also co-portfolio manager of the Virtus Global Multi-Sector Income Fund (NYSE: VGI), a closed-end fund.
Prior to joining Newfleet in 2011, Mr. Senecal was on the fixed income team at Goodwin Capital Advisers, an investment management company that previously was a subsidiary of Virtus. He began at Goodwin Capital in 1997 as a corporate credit research analyst, followed by several roles, including sector manager for investment grade corporate credit and sovereign credit. He was also the lead portfolio manager for the Phoenix High Yield Fund from 2003 until 2005 and the Phoenix Emerging Market Fund from 2004 to 2005.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Senecal completed a formal credit training program at Shawmut National Bank where he was a credit research analyst and lender. He also worked at BankBoston as a corporate bond analyst.
Mr. Senecal earned a B.A. in economics and English from Assumption College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Connecticut. He is a CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) charterholder since 1995. He began his career in the investment industry in 1990.
Performance & Risk
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Performance data quoted represents past results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results and current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
Performance reflects the deduction of fund operating expenses. Performance does not reflect the incurrence of brokerage expenses, which typically apply to exchange traded products. Total return net of brokerage expenses would be lower than the total returns on
Net Asset Value vs. Market Price
Net Asset Value (NAV) represents the total value of all assets held by the Fund (minus its total liabilities), divided by the total number of common shares outstanding. The net asset value returns reflect the performance of the manager. Market price is the price at which investors may purchase or sell shares of the Fund. Market price is determined in the open market by buyers and sellers, based on supply and demand. The Fund’s Market Price fluctuates throughout the day and may differ from its underlying NAV. Shares of the Fund may trade at a premium (higher than) or a discount (lower than) to NAV. This characteristic is a risk separate and distinct from the risk that the Fund’s net asset value could decline. The Fund has no control over the market price. The difference between the market price and the NAV (Premium/Discount) is expressed as a percentage of NAV. Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains.
Automatic Reinvestment Plan
This plan offers shareholders a convenient way to acquire additional shares of the fund. Registered holders will be automatically placed in the Plan. If shares are held at a brokerage firm, contact your broker about participation.
Fund Distributions and Managed Distribution Plan
Under the terms of the Fund’s managed distribution policy, the Fund seeks to maintain a consistent distribution level that may be paid in part or in full from net investment income and realized capital gains, or a combination thereof. Shareholders should note, however, that if the Fund’s aggregate net investment income and net realized capital gains are less than the amount of the distribution level, the difference will be distributed from the Fund’s assets and will constitute a return of the shareholder’s capital. A return of capital is not taxable; rather it reduces a shareholder’s tax basis in his or her shares of the Fund.
The amounts and sources of distributions reported in Section 19(a) Notices are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during the remainder of the fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Please note that the characterization of Fund distributions for federal income tax purposes is different from book accounting generally accepted account principles (“GAAP”). The Fund will send you a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell you how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.
You should not necessarily draw any conclusions about the Fund’s investment performance from the amount of this distribution. Contact your financial representative for more information, or email or call Virtus Closed-End Funds for service at 1-866-270-7788.
There can be no assurance that the
This information does not represent an offer, or the solicitation of an offer, to buy or sell securities of the Fund.
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Documents & Resources
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Section 19a Notices
|June 7, 2017 - Results of Joint Annual Meeting of Shareholders|
|April 28, 2017 - Proxy Statement|
|September 16, 2016 - Results of Special Meeting of Shareholders|
|August 8, 2016 - Special Proxy Statement|
|August 2, 2016 - Five Closed-End Funds Announce Changes to Board Membership|