The Western Asset Short Duration Income ETF is an actively managed, low duration (0-3 years) fixed income strategy that seeks current income via a diversified portfolio with an emphasis on lower interest rate sensitivity, higher credit quality and active credit selection.
- WINC may benefit investors who are seeking current income via a low duration, quality focused, active fixed income strategy combined with the potential liquidity, transparency, and cost benefits of an ETF.
- Active Income. A diversified strategy with flexibility to actively seek value opportunities, manage risk, and pursue income.
- Low Duration. An effective average duration target of 3 years or less.
- Quality Focus. At least 80% investment grade.
- Targets short duration credit exposure while leveraging Western Asset’s global investment capabilities and strong risk management program, employing an active process that is both top-down and bottom-up to help identify attractive credit and income opportunities while actively managing risk.
- Active management of duration, sector and security selection—providing greater flexibility to respond to dynamic market conditions with the potential of reducing interest rate risk while maintaining attractive income levels.
- Exposures that are 100% US-dollar denominated with investment grade corporate bonds at its core, supplemented by opportunistic exposures such as high yield bonds, structured securities, and emerging market debt can allow for enhanced performance, added diversification and improved yield.
Meet Your Managers
One of the world’s leading global fixed income managers. Founded in 1971, the firm is known for team management and proprietary research, supported by robust risk management and a long-term fundamental value approach.
Meet Your Managers
Western Asset uses a team-based approach to managing your Fund.
One of the world's largest and leading fixed-income managers, Western Asset has focused exclusively on fixed income since its founding in 1971. They offer investors a broad range of core and specialized bond portfolios from across the fixed-income universe, all managed using a long-term, value-oriented investment process.
What I Should Know
The Fund is newly organized, with a limited history of operations. Fixed-income securities involve interest rate, credit, inflation and reinvestment risks; and possible loss of principal. As interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income securities falls. High-yield securities include greater price volatility, illiquidity and possibility of default. International investments are subject to special risks, including currency fluctuations, social, economic and political uncertainties, which could increase volatility. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Derivatives, such as options and futures, can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses, and have a potentially large impact on fund performance. The use of leverage may increase volatility and possibility of loss. Potential active and frequent trading may result in higher transaction costs and increased investor liability. Asset-backed, mortgage-backed or mortgage related securities are subject to prepayment and extension risks. Active management and diversification do not ensure gains or protect against market declines.
Performance shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. The NAV return is based on the NAV of the Fund and effective July 1, 2020, market price returns typically will be based upon the official closing price of the ETF’s shares. Prior to July 1, 2020, market price returns generally were based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the Fund’s principal trading market when the Fund’s NAV was determined, which was typically 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (US). Market price performance reported for periods prior to July 1, 2020 will continue to reflect market prices calculated based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the Fund’s principal trading market typically as of 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (US). These returns do not represent investors’ returns had they traded shares at other times. Performance figures for periods shorter than one year represent cumulative figures and are notannualized.
Shareholders may pay more than net asset value when they buy Fund shares and receive less than net asset value when they sell those shares, because shares are bought and sold at current market prices.
*Distribution rate is calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution amount paid, excluding special distributions, divided by the closing market price or NAV.
**Gross expenses are the Fund's total annual operating expenses. There are currently no fee waivers in effect, so gross and net expenses are identical.
Weighted Average Life (WAL) is the average number of years for which each dollar of unpaid principal on a loan or mortgage remains outstanding. Once calculated, WAL tells how many years it will take to pay half of the outstanding principal.
Effective duration is a duration calculation for bonds with embedded options. Effective duration takes into account that expected cash flows will fluctuate as interest rates change. Duration measures the sensitivity of price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. The higher the duration number, the more sensitive a fixed-income investment will be to interest rate changes.
Credit quality is a measure of a bond issuer's ability to repay interest and principal in a timely manner. The credit ratings shown are based on each portfolio security's rating as provided by Standard and Poor's, Moody's Investors Service and/or Fitch Ratings, Ltd. and typically range from AAA (highest) to D (lowest), or an equivalent and/or similar rating. For this purpose, when two or more of the agencies have assigned differing ratings to a security, the highest rating is used. Securities that are unrated by all three agencies are reflected as such. The credit quality of the investments in the Fund's portfolio does not apply to the stability or safety of the Fund. These ratings are updated monthly and may change over time. Please note, the Fund itself has not been rated by an independent rating agency.
IMPORTANT HOLDINGS INFORMATION: Portfolio holdings are based on total portfolio, and are subject to change at any time. Holdings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any security. Any negative allocations or allocations in excess of 100% are primarily due to unsettled trade activities.
Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.
The per share distribution amounts presented above reflect the distribution rates that were paid to shareholders on the indicated payable dates. The character of distributions for certain funds may have been subsequently adjusted for tax purposes. Shareholders can determine which funds may have reclassified the tax character of distributions by visiting the Tax Center in Account Services. Information on reclassifications for distributions paid during the current calendar year will not be available until the first quarter of the following year.
When the value of a fund holding increases, the fund has an unrealized capital gain until the fund sells or otherwise disposes of the holding. Upon disposition of the appreciated holding, the fund realizes the gain. Under U.S. tax laws, during its taxable year, a fund must distribute all capital gains that it has realized from the disposition of fund holdings, net of realized losses, so the fund will not be subject to an entity level income tax.
Consequently, a fund’s capital gain distribution in a particular year is a result of the disposition of holdings that may have appreciated in value, perhaps during prior years when the fund’s returns were positive. To the extent that a fund has long-term capital gains that exceed current period and deferred short-term capital losses from a prior year, a fund may have distributable gains that will be distributed to shareholders. Such gains would be distributed to shareholders as a long-term capital gain distribution no matter how long the shareholder has owned shares in the mutual fund.
While the fund may itself gain or lose value over the course of a year, a capital gain distribution paid by the fund may not be indicative of current performance of the fund. The distributable amount of net capital gains are calculated under U.S. tax laws and are paid on a per-share basis to all investors who hold shares of the fund on the record date of the distribution. A shareholder must report the amount of net gains distributed to them on their income tax return regardless of when the gains or losses arose in the fund.
Please see a fund’s annual report for specific information regarding distributions and unrealized capital gains.
Franklin Resources, Inc., its specialized investment managers and its employees are not in the business of providing tax or legal advice to taxpayers. These materials and any tax-related statements are not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used or relied upon, by any such taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties or complying with any applicable tax laws or regulations. Tax-related statements, if any, may have been written in connection with the promotion or marketing of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed by these materials, to the extent allowed by applicable law. Each investor’s tax situation is different, and is based on an individual’s tax bracket, type of account used for investment and other factors. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All investments involve risk, including loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please see each product’s webpage for specific details regarding investment objective, risks, performance and other important information. Review this information carefully before you make any investment decision. Investors cannot invest directly in an index, and unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges.
Carefully consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing. Please view the prospectus or summary prospectus for this and other information. Read it carefully.
Authorized participants ("APs") may acquire shares in the primary market directly from the ETFs and may tender their shares for redemption directly to the ETFs, at net asset value per share only in Creation Units or Creation Unit Aggregations. Once created, shares of the funds generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a Creation Unit.
Retail investors buy and sell shares of ETFs at market price (not NAV) in the secondary market throughout the trading day. These shares are not individually available for purchase or redemption directly from the ETF.
Legg Mason Investor Services, LLC (LMIS) serves as the distributor of Creation Units for the ETFs on an agency basis. LMIS does not maintain a secondary market in the funds' shares.
If you are neither a resident nor a citizen of the United States or if you are a non-U.S. entity, the ETF's ordinary income dividends (which include distributions of net short-term capital gains) will generally be subject to a 30% U.S. federal withholding tax, unless a lower treaty rate applies. For further information, please see each fund’s prospectus.
Redemption payments will be effected within the specified number of calendar days following the date on which a request for redemption in proper form is made. Please see each fund’s statement of additional information (SAI) for more information.
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Franklin Resources, Inc., its specialized investment managers, and its employees are not in the business of providing tax or legal advice to taxpayers. These materials and any tax-related statements are not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used or relied upon, by any such taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties or complying with any applicable tax laws or regulations. Tax-related statements, if any, may have been written in connection with the “promotion or marketing” of the transaction(s) or matter(s) addressed by these materials, to the extent allowed by applicable law. Any such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.