T. Rowe Price Floating Rate Fund (PRFRX)
Ticker Symbol:
PRFRX
Fund Status:
Open to new Retail investors  /  Open to subsequent Retail investments
Fund Objective
Quick Stats
Fiscal Year End  May
Morningstar Category  Bank Loan
Inception Date 07/29/2011
Tax ID 36-4702048
Investment Objective
The fund's investment objective is to provide high current income and, secondarily, capital appreciation.
Strategy
Invests at least 80% of its net assets in floating rate loans and floating rate debt securities. The fund may also invest up to 20% of its net assets in fixed-rate debt securities, including short-term government and commercial debt obligations; investment-grade corporate bonds; mortgage- and asset-backed securities; and high yield corporate bonds, often called “junk” bonds.
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This fund offers investors the potential for high current income and capital appreciation by investing in floating rate loans and floating rate debt securities. Floating rate loans represent amounts borrowed by companies or other entities from banks and other lenders. In many cases, they are issued in connection with recapitalizations, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and refinancings. Most, if not all, of the loans in which the fund invests will have a below investment-grade credit rating or not be rated by a major credit rating agency. The loans in which the fund invests are often referred to as “leveraged loans” because the borrowing companies have significantly more debt than equity.

This fund could have greater price declines than a fund that invests primarily in high-quality bonds or loans; the loans and debt securities held by the fund are usually considered speculative and involve a greater risk of default and price decline than higher-rated bonds.
**This chart displays relative risk of each U.S. mutual fund listed using standard deviation of returns. Those values are provided in the bars at the top of the chart.

Methodology: We evaluate the standard deviation and its resulting placement within a specific risk/return category on an annual basis. A fund is generally placed in a risk/return category based on the 10-year standard deviation of its performance. If a fund is less than 10 years old, the actual fund performance history is supplemented with the primary prospectus benchmark history to obtain a full 10-year history, or longest time period available up to 10 years. For an Asset Allocation fund with less than 10 years of performance history, sub-strategy returns are used. When a sub-strategy is less than 10 years old, the actual sub-strategy performance history is supplemented with benchmark history to obtain a full 10-year history, or longest time period available up to 10 years.

Risk return categories overlap; a fund with a standard deviation in the overlap between two categories, denoted by a plus (+), is placed so that its risk categorization is better aligned with anticipated return characteristics an investor may experience going forward at the discretion of T Rowe Price.

When a fund has a cash-like benchmark, denoted by a double plus (++), its standard deviation is estimated using only available fund returns. If the fund is less than 10 years old, benchmark returns are not used to obtain a full 10-year history because they would artificially suppress the volatility estimate.

All investments are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal. Standard deviation of returns, a measure of price volatility, is one measure of risk. Please consult the funds' prospectuses for a more complete discussion of the funds' risks.
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