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Advantus Capital Management’s Strategic Dividend Income Fund Reaches Five-Year Milestone

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Building off its long history of real estate expertise, Advantus Capital Management launched its Strategic Dividend Income (SDI) Fund (VSDIX) in September 2012. Now celebrating its five-year anniversary, Advantus believes the SDI Fund is well positioned to meet the needs of investors seeking an above average current income real asset investment solution.

The SDI Fund invests primarily in dividend-paying securities issued by real estate investment trusts (REITs), utilities, oil and gas and other dividend-paying companies. The Fund also selects instruments and securities that are intended to help manage volatility and inflation, or that provide exposure to certain sectors of the market.

"Investors increasingly look for opportunities to add yield to their portfolio, and they are looking for solutions that go beyond traditional equity and fixed income products," said Steve Moen, Advantus Capital Management’s senior vice president of business development and investment solutions. "Our SDI Fund seeks to deliver above-average income and long-term growth of capital by investing in a low-correlated base of real assets, with the potential for lower volatility."

Joseph Betlej, CFA, Lowell Bolken, CFA, and Craig Stapleton, CFA, FRM, are the portfolio managers for the SDI Fund. These investment professionals have demonstrated expertise and results leading real estate and managed volatility strategies at Advantus.

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Advantus Capital Management, Inc. is an institutional asset manager that specializes in public and private fixed income, managed volatility, real estate securities and other income‐oriented equity strategies. Its investment approach is founded on thorough fundamental research insights derived from collaboration among investment specialists across diverse strategies, with risk management embedded throughout the process. Advantus is a subsidiary of Securian Financial Group, Inc.

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