"This recognition serves as further validation of our unique approach to constructing target date fund portfolios," said Karla Rabusch, president of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. "Our sophisticated approach to risk management is designed to put our clients' interests first, prioritizing the protection of their assets as they approach retirement age."
The Wells Fargo Advantage Dow Jones Target Date FundsSM lineup won four Lipper Fund Awards, including these:
Wells Fargo was one of the first to offer a target date product as a mutual fund with the introduction of the Stagecoach LifePath Funds in 1994. The Wells Fargo Advantage Dow Jones Target Date Funds lineup was re-introduced in 2006 and provides investors with a suite of funds designed to offer both diversification and a sophisticated risk allocation strategy based on the Dow Jones Target Date Indexes. Global Index Advisors (GIA) portfolio managers Rodney Alldredge, George Daniels, and James Lauder have subadvised the Funds since 2006 and apply an average of 23 years of investment experience to their management.
The Wells Fargo Advantage Short-Term High Yield Bond Fund, Investor Class, was named the Best High Current Yield Fund for the three-year period. Wells Capital Management portfolio managers Thomas Price, CFA, Kevin Maas, CFA, and Michael Schueller, CFA, oversee the Fund. Price has over 19 years of investment experience and has managed the Fund since 1998. Maas and Schueller have over nine years of experience and have managed the Fund since 2007.
The Wells Fargo Advantage Capital Growth Fund, Investor Class, was named the Best Large Cap Growth Fund over the ten-year period. Wells Capital Management co-portfolio managers Thomas Pence, CFA, and Michael Harris, CFA, oversee the Fund. Pence has managed the Fund since 2004 and has more than 17 years of experience in large-cap growth investing. Harris has over 11 years of experience and has managed the Fund since 2006.
For each of the three-, five-, and ten-year periods, Lipper presents annual awards to funds in each Lipper category for the consistent achievement of strong, risk-adjusted returns.
About the Lipper Awards
The Lipper Fund Awards are awarded to funds in 21 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and the Americas. Lipper designates award-winning funds in most individual classifications for the three-, five-, and ten-year periods. In addition, the Lipper Fund Awards program spotlights fund families with high average scores for all funds within a particular asset class or overall.
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