WBND - Western Asset Total Return ETF

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Highlights

The Western Asset Total Return ETF is an actively managed strategy that seeks to maximize total return consistent with prudent investment management and liquidity needs.

  • WBND may benefit investors who seek to maximize total return via an actively managed, well-diversified core fixed income strategy that includes exposure to opportunistic, out of benchmark, debt sectors combined with the potential liquidity, transparency, and cost benefits of an ETF.

Strategy Differentiators

  • Core Flexibility. A broad-based diversified strategy with flexible guidelines that seek to take advantage of market opportunities, manage risk, and pursue maximum total return.
  • Active Management. Ability to be nimble and responsive to evolving market conditions.
  • Industry Expertise. Seeks to deliver the insights of a fixed income leader through a cost effective, transparent, liquid structure with low minimum investment. 

Investment Overview

  • The Investment team leverages 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 opportunities and manage risk.
  • Active management of duration, sector and security selection—including greater exposure to out of benchmark sectors—offers greater flexibility to respond to dynamic market conditions.
  • Exposures that can expand beyond traditional sectors including high yield, inflation-linked, bank loans, non-U.S. bonds, and other non-benchmark sectors and securities can allow for compelling performance, yield and added diversification.

Meet Your Managers

One of the world’s leading global fixed income managers. Founded in 1971, the firm is known for team management, proprietary research and 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.

Legg Mason's unique structure provides you with access to this specialized expertise. We offer a powerful portfolio of solutions through our independent investment management firms.

What I Should Know
Before Investing

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.

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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. Market price returns are typically based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the fund’s principal trading market when the fund’s NAV is determined, which is typically 4 pm eastern time (US). These returns will not represent your returns had you traded shares at other times.

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. Net expenses reflect contractual fee waivers and/or reimbursements, where these reductions reduce the Fund's gross expenses, which cannot be terminated prior to Dec 31, 2019 without Board consent. The Gross and Net Expenses listed include 0.00 of Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses ("AFFE") that are required to be shown in the Fund's prospectus. AFFE reflects the Fund's pro rata share of fees and expenses relating to its investments in acquired funds; however, AFFE are not incurred directly by the Fund. Therefore, AFFE are not reflected in the Fund's audited financial statements or financial highlights.

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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.

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Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

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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