Matthews Asia Total Return Bond Fund

The Fund's name changed from Matthews Asia Strategic Income Fund to the Matthews Asia Total Return Bond Fund on January 31, 2020. For more information, please read our Q&A: Fixed Income Retooling.

Inception Date

November 30, 2011

Fund Assets

$100.69 million  (5/31/2020)

Symbol

MAINX

CUSIP

577-125-503

Benchmark

50% Markit iBoxx Asian Local Bond Index, 50% J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index
Markit iBoxx Asian Local Bond Index

Geographic Focus

Asia
Consists of all countries and markets in Asia, including developed, emerging, and frontier countries and markets in the Asian region

Investment Objective

Seeks total return over the long term with an emphasis on income.

Strategy

Under normal circumstances, the Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets, which include borrowings for investment purposes, in income-producing securities including, but not limited to, dividend paying equity securities, and debt and debt-related instruments issued by governments, quasi-governmental entities, supra-national institutions, and companies in Asia. Investments may be denominated in any currency, and may represent any part of a company’s capital structure from debt to equity or with features of both.

Distributions

The Matthews Asia Total Return Bond Fund intends to distribute its income monthly. The latest and historical distributions information available on this page

Risks

Investments in Asian securities may involve risks such as social and political instability, market illiquidity, exchange-rate fluctuations, a high level of volatility and limited regulation. Fixed income investments are subject to additional risks, including, but not limited to, interest rate, credit and inflation risks. Investing in emerging markets involves different and greater risks, as these countries are substantially smaller, less liquid and more volatile than securities markets in more developed markets.
 
The risks associated with investing in the Fund can be found in the prospectus.

Portfolio Managers*

Lead Manager

Teresa Kong, CFA

Co-Manager

Satya Patel
Wei Zhang
*No Hong Kong based Co-Manager for the Matthews Asia Funds will exercise investment discretion for or on behalf of the funds in Hong Kong.

Fees & Expenses

Gross Expense Ratio

1.08%
After fee waiver and expense reimbursement:  1.07% 1

Portfolio Turnover 2

84.38%

Yield

3/31/2020 As of 03/31/2020


Effective January 31, 2020, the Fund changed its benchmark to a blended benchmark comprised of 50% Markit IBoxx Asian Local Bond Index and 50% J.P. Morgan Asia Credit Index. Prior to January 31, 2020 the Fund's benchmark was the Markit iBoxx Asian Local Bond Index. Matthews believes that the blended benchmark is more appropriate in light of the Fund's current investment strategy.

As of May 1, 2016, the HSBC Asian Local Bond Index became the Markit iBoxx Asian Local Bond Index.

1Matthews has contractually agreed (i) to waive fees and reimburse expenses to the extent needed to limit Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding Rule 12b-1 fees, taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, short sale dividend expenses, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization or extraordinary expenses such as litigation) of the Institutional Class to 0.90% first by waiving class specific expenses (e.g., shareholder service fees specific to a particular class) of the Institutional Class and then, to the extent necessary, by waiving non-class specific expenses (e.g., custody fees) of the Institutional Class, and (ii) if any Fund-wide expenses (i.e., expenses that apply to both the Institutional Class and the Investor Class) are waived for the Institutional Class to maintain the 0.90% expense limitation, to waive an equal amount (in annual percentage terms) of those same expenses for the Investor Class. The Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver and Expense Reimbursement for the Investor Class may vary from year to year and will in some years exceed 0.90%. Any amount waived with respect to the Fund pursuant to this agreement is not subject to recoupment. This agreement will remain in place until April 30, 2021 and may be terminated at any time by the Board of Trustees on behalf of the Fund on 60 days’ written notice to Matthews. Matthews may decline to renew this agreement by written notice to the Trust at least 30 days before its annual expiration date.   
2The lesser of fiscal year 2019 long-term purchase costs or sales proceeds divided by the average monthly market value of long term securities.