The fund seeks high current income and, secondarily, capital appreciation.
The fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in a broadly diversified portfolio of high yield corporate bonds, often referred to as "junk" bonds, as well as income-producing convertible securities and preferred stocks that are below investment grade. High yield bonds represent a much greater risk of default and tend to be more volatile than higher-rated bonds. The fund's weighted average maturity is normally in the 5- to 10-year range.
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The High Yield Fund gives aggressive investors an opportunity to earn high current income, plus capital appreciation. High-yield bonds have traditionally offered greater yields than Treasury securities and investment-grade corporate bonds. The fund can also provide effective diversification for the fixed-income portion of a portfolio since high-yield bond performance is not closely correlated with other bond asset classes.
High-yield bonds carry a greater default risk than higher-rated bonds. Yield and share price will vary with interest rate changes but to a lesser extent than a portfolio of high-quality bonds. There is also a liquidity risk, the chance that the fund may not be able to buy or sell bonds at desired prices without causing substantial price swings.
**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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