Client: T. Rowe Price mutual funds Company
Headline: Now you don't have to choose between a comfortable income and a comfortable investment
Introducing T. Rowe Price Adjustable Rate U.S. Government Income Fund
Low-volatity, and interest rates that adjust to keep pace with the economy
With CD and bank rates at their lowest levels in over four years, many individuals are weighing their options: continue with safety and low income, or take on some investment risk to get higher yields.
The T. Rowe Price Adjustable Rate U.S. Government Fund offers a new way to limit risk while seeking higher income.
It invests mainly in adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) securities issued by the U.S. Government and its agencies -- GNMAs ("Ginnie Maes"), FNMAs ("Fannie Maes"), and FHLMCs ("Freddie Macs"). These securities offer high-quality credit protection and some protection from interest rate risk.
Until recently, you had to pay sales charges to invest in ARM securities. Now T. Rowe Price introduces this Fund with no sales charges of any kind.
Higher income and high credit quality
Yields in this Fund should appeal to income investors, because ARM rates are set above short-term rates--usually 1.5-2% higher than a specific short-term index. This extra margin means the Fund can offer higher income than most short-term investments.
The ARM securities in which the Fund invests are among those with the highest credit ratings. Securities issued by GNMA are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government for the timely payment of principal and interest.* Fannie Maes and Freddie Macs do not have the same full guarantee, but their close relationship with the U.S. Government means they carry only minimal credit risks.
Benefits and risks you should understand
This new approach offers both attractive benefits, and special risks. Like all bond funds, the Fund is subject to some interest rate risk. When interest rates rise, the share price may fall. However, unlike fixed rate mortgages, ARMs adjust to changing rates every six months to a year. This keeps the principal value of the mortgage securities relatively stable, and helps lessen the Fundís share price changes.
Of course, this Fund is not a money fund, it is not guaranteed like bank products, and its yield and share price will vary. Our information kit fully explains its risks, and the effects of the "caps" and "floors" built into the reset feature. We encourage you to read everything carefully before you invest.
To help reduce risks as much as possible, our Fund managers actively manage the Fund portfolio and diversify by investing across different geographic regions, reset dates, and types of ARMS. As a result, the Fundís yields should be higher than money markets and short-term Treasury investments, while fluctuation should be less than with bond funds and long-term Treasuries.
Free planning information
Since this is a new type of fund for many investors, weíve written an informative guide, Investing In Mortgage Securities, to give you a better understanding of the risks and rewards of investing in ARM securities. It can help you decide what place this new Fund could have in your portfolio. Call for your free copy, or return this entire brochure.
As with all our funds, this Fund is 100% no load--no fees to purchase, exchange, or redeem shares, and no 12b-1 charges. That benefits you by increasing the Fundís investment return. $2,500 minimum investment ($1,000 for IRAs).
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