September 13, 2012
--- Advantus Capital Management launched the Strategic Dividend Income (SDI) Fund. ---
The fund aims to produce higher income than investment-level
fixed-income products, and also to manage volatility and inflation risk in a
broadly diversified equity portfolio.
The SDI Fund’s primary investment strategy is to invest in dividend-paying
equity securities, such as common and preferred stock from utilities, energy, infrastructure-related,
real estate-related and other companies.
Typically, 50% or more of the fund’s total assets will be allocated
to real estate securities. It may also invest up to 25% in total assets in the securities
of master limited partnerships (MLPs). Furthermore, the fund may invest in
exchange-traded funds (ETFs), exchange-traded notes (ETNs), Treasury inflation-protected
securities (TIPs) and futures.
Lowell R. Bolken, CFA, vice president, and Craig M.
Stapleton, CFA, quantitative strategies portfolio manager, will co-manage the
SDI fund with Joseph R. Betlej, CFA, vice president and portfolio manager.