Fort Dearborn Income Securities, Inc. (the "Fund") (NYSE: FDI) is a closed-end bond fund managed by UBS Global Asset Management (Americas) Inc. The Fund invests principally in investment grade, long-term fixed income debt securities. The primary objective of the Fund is to provide its shareholders with:
- A stable stream of current income consistent with external interest rate conditions; and
- A total return over time that is above what they could receive by investing individually in the investment grade and long-term maturity sectors of the bond market.
Elsewhere, our duration positioning was a slight contributor to performance. The Fund's duration was tactically adjusted and, at times, shorter than that of the Index. However, as of September 30, 2012, the Fund’s duration 2 was 10.47 years, modestly longer than the Index’s duration of 10.39 years.Outlook Economic growth in the US has moderated in recent months. While accommodative monetary policy by the Fed and other central banks should be supportive, it cannot mask the fact that economic conditions around the globe are deteriorating. Within the US fixed income market, we envision a "tug of war" of sorts. On one hand, the financial system is full of liquidity as the Fed's near zero interest rate policy is driving investors to riskier assets in order to generate higher returns. On the other hand, weakening fundamentals could test investors' resolve. Against this backdrop, we expect to see periods of volatility, especially in light of the ongoing European sovereign debt crisis and weaker growth in China, as well as uncertainties surrounding the political landscape post the November election and rapidly approaching "fiscal cliff." Disclaimers Regarding Fund Commentary - The Fund Commentary is intended to assist shareholders in understanding how the Fund performed during the period noted. Views and opinions were current as of the date of this press release. They are not guarantees of performance or investment results and should not be taken as investment advice. Investment decisions reflect a variety of factors, and the Fund and UBS Global AM reserve the right to change views about individual securities, sectors and markets at any time. As a result, the views expressed should not be relied upon as a forecast of the Fund’s future investment intent. Past performance does not predict future performance. The return and value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Any Fund net asset value ("NAV") returns cited in a Fund Commentary assume, for illustration only, that dividends and other distributions, if any, were reinvested at the NAV on the payable dates. Any Fund market price returns cited in a Fund Commentary assume that all dividends and other distributions, if any, were reinvested at prices obtained under the Fund's Dividend Reinvestment Plan. Returns for periods of less than one year have not been annualized. Returns do not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund dividends and other distributions, if any, or on the sale of Fund shares.
1 The Investment Grade Bond Index is an unmanaged index compiled by the Advisor, constructed as follows: From 12/31/81 to present—5% Barclays US Agency Index (7+ years), 75% Barclays US Credit Index (7+ years), 10% Barclays US Mortgage-Backed Securities Index (all maturities) and 10% Barclays US Treasury Index (7+ years). Investors should note that indices do not reflect the deduction of fees and expenses.2“Spreads” refers to differences between the yields paid on US Treasury bonds and other types of debt, such as emerging market bonds.