Vaughan Nelson Select Fund (VNSYX) Celebrates Ten Years

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BOSTON & HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Natixis Investment Managers (Natixis IM) and Vaughan Nelson Investment Management (Vaughan Nelson), today celebrated the 10th anniversary of Vaughan Nelson Select Fund (VNSYX), an active, high-conviction equity mutual fund. The fund is part of $14.7 billion managed by Vaughan Nelson, a Houston-based subsidiary of Natixis IM, which has more than $1.3 trillion in assets under management (AUM) globally.

Launched on June 29, 2012, the Vaughan Nelson Select Fund is a concentrated, high active share equity portfolio that seeks to capitalize on information and liquidity inefficiencies in the large cap universe to achieve strong risk-adjusted returns for investors. The fund management team deploys a rigorous bottom-up research process to identify companies that offer the potential for asymmetric positive returns, driven by idiosyncratic factors.

“At Vaughan Nelson, we invest with the objective of offsetting our clients’ future liabilities and we do so in a fundamental, bottom-up, research-driven, high active, concentrated and factor-diversified way,” said Chris Wallis, CFA.® and CPA, CEO and CIO of Vaughan Nelson Investment Management and Senior Portfolio Manager. “While the Vaughan Nelson Select Fund typically holds 30 or fewer stocks, its level of risk factor diversification compares favorably to the S&P 500® Index which has declined over time due to a high level of concentration and similarities between the biggest names in the S&P 500.”

Scott Weber, CFA®, lead portfolio manager of equity investments, has been the lead manager of the fund since its inception alongside co-portfolio manager Wallis. To provide flexibility and choice to investors, the fund’s strategy is also available via an ETF (VNSE) and, for eligible financial advisers and their clients, in separately managed accounts offered by Natixis Investment Managers.

“Vaughan Nelson has been serving investors for more than 50 years, and this milestone demonstrates their dedication to driving long-term value for clients while staying true to their unique approach and perspective,” said David Giunta, CEO for the United States at Natixis Investment Managers. “Vaughan Nelson and the Select Fund exemplify Natixis Investment Managers’ focus on providing access to a broad range of high conviction, actively managed investment strategies that seek to deliver superior returns to investors.

About Vaughan Nelson Investment Management

Founded in 1970, Vaughan Nelson is a Houston-based investment manager with $14.7 billion under management as of March 31, 2022. A globally recognized affiliate store of Natixis Investment Managers, SA, Vaughan Nelson manages six equity products and four domestic fixed income products. Vaughan Nelson is focused on managing active investment strategies that are relevant today and in the future.

About Natixis Investment Managers

Natixis Investment Managers’ multi-affiliate approach connects clients to the independent thinking and focused expertise of over 20 active managers. Ranked among the largest asset managers in the world1 with over $1.3 trillion in assets under management2 (€1.2 trillion), Natixis Investment Managers offers a diverse range of solutions spanning asset classes, styles and vehicles, including innovative environmental, social and governance strategies and products (ESG) dedicated to advancing sustainable finance. The firm partners with its clients to understand their unique needs and provide them with information and investment solutions tailored to their long-term goals.

Based in Paris and Boston, Natixis Investment Managers is part of the Global Financial Services division of Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France through the Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne networks. Management companies affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers include AEW; AlphaSimplex Group; DNCA investments;3 Dorval Asset Management; Flexstone Partners; Gateway Investment Advisors; Harris Associates; Investors Mutual Limited; Loomis, Sayles & Company; Mirova; MV Credit; Naxicap Partners; Ossiam; Ostrum Asset Management; Beyond ; Seventure Partners; Thematic asset management; Vauban Infrastructure Partners; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and WCM investment management. Additionally, investment solutions are offered by Natixis Investment Managers Solutions and Natixis Advisors, LLC. Not all offers are available in all jurisdictions. For more information, please visit the Natixis Investment Managers website at im.natixis.com | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/natixis-investment-managers.

Natixis Investment Managers distribution and services groups include Natixis Distribution, LLC, a limited purpose broker and distributor for various US registered investment companies for which advisory services are provided by affiliates of Natixis Investment Managers, Natixis Investment Managers SA (Luxembourg), Natixis Investment Managers International (France) and their affiliated distribution and service entities in Europe and Asia.

1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2021 ranked Natixis Investment Managers as the 15th largest asset management company in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2020.

2 Assets under management (“AUM”) of current affiliated entities measured as of March 31, 2022 amount to $1,320.6 billion (€1,187.6 billion). Assets under management, as reported, may include notional assets, assets under management, gross assets, assets of minority-owned affiliated entities and other types of non-regulatory assets under management managed or managed by companies affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers.

3 A brand of DNCA Finance.

Risks

Equity securities are volatile and may decline significantly in response to general market and economic conditions. Undiversified funds invest more of its assets in fewer securities and may therefore be more vulnerable to adverse market changes. Value investing involves the risk that a security will continue to be undervalued by the market for long periods of time.

exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk and their market value will fluctuate. Unlike mutual funds, ETF units are not individually redeemable directly from the Fund and are bought and sold on the secondary market at the market price, which may be higher or lower than the net asset value (NAV) of the fund. ‘AND F. Trading in ETF shares will incur brokerage commissions, which will reduce returns. Unlike typical exchange-traded funds, there are no indices that the Fund attempts to follow or replicate. Thus, the Fund’s ability to achieve its objectives will depend on the effectiveness of the portfolio manager. There can be no assurance that the investment process will consistently lead to a successful investment.

Non-transparent ETFs are different from traditional ETFs. Traditional ETFs inform the public of the assets they hold every day. These ETFs will not. This may create additional risks for your investment. For example: you may have to pay more to trade the shares of these ETFs. These ETFs will provide less information to traders, who tend to charge more for trades when they have less information. The price you pay to buy ETF shares on the stock market may not match the value of the ETF’s portfolio. The same is true when you sell stocks. These price differences may be greater for these ETFs compared to other ETFs because they provide less information to traders. These additional risks may be even greater in poor or uncertain market conditions. These ETFs will post daily on their websites a proxy portfolio (“Proxy Portfolio”) designed to facilitate trading in the shares of the ETFs. Although the Replacement Portfolio includes some of the holdings of these ETFs, it is not the actual portfolio of the ETFs (the “Actual Portfolio”). The differences between these ETFs and other ETFs can also have advantages. By keeping certain ETF information secret, these ETFs can face less risk that other traders may predict or copy their investment strategy. This can improve the performance of ETFs. However, if other traders are able to copy or predict the ETF’s investment strategy, it can harm ETF performance. For more information on the unique attributes and risks of these ETFs, see the discussion of Proxy Portfolio and “Proxy Portfolio Structure Risk”, “Authorized Participants Concentration Risk”, “Proxy Practices Risk”. Predatory Trading Conditions”, “Premium/Discount Risk”, and “Trading Problems Risk” in the Prospectus.

Definitions

The S&P 500® Index is a widely recognized measure of US stock market performance. It is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation, among other factors; it also measures the performance of the large cap segment of the US equity market. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Before investing, consider the fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Visit im.natixis.com/ETFs for a prospectus or simplified prospectus containing this and other information. Read it carefully.

ALPS Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the Natixis Vaughan Nelson Select ETF. Natixis Distribution, LLC is a marketing agent. ALPS Distributors, Inc. is not affiliated with Natixis Distribution, LLC.

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