Monthly Distribution Fund

Class - A


Fund Objective

The Fund seeks to provide positive returns in rising and falling market environments.

Sub-Adviser Background

THE DUNHAM MONTHLY DISTRIBUTION FUND is managed by Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC, effective April 1, 2021. ("GMO") was founded in 1977 and is organized as a Massachusetts limited liability company that is controlled by active employee-members.

Tickers & Cusips

Ticker DAMDX
Cusip 265458646
Share Class A-Shares
Fund Code 311

Fund Information

Dividend Frequency Monthly
Capital Gains Paid December*
Fund Inception 12/26/2000
FISCAL Year-End October
* If applicable

Minimum Investments

For Class A shares, the initial minimum investment amount for regular accounts is $5,000, and for tax-deferred accounts is $2,000. The minimum subsequent investment is $100. An account fee of $15 annually will be charged for all non-retirement accounts with a balance below $2,500. The account fee will not be charged if the balance falls below $2,500 due solely to depreciation of the investment. The fee will be waived if you have multiple accounts and your total investment amount is $50,000 or more.

The minimum can also be waived by the Adviser for shareholders investing through a wrap program or similar arrangement.


Price & YTD Total Return (3/23/2023)

Net Asset Value (NAV): NAV Change: NAV Percentage Change:
$28.77 $0.04 0.14 %
Net Asset Value (NAV): $28.77
NAV Change: $0.04
NAV Percentage Change: 0.14 %
YTD Return at NAV:
-1.09 %
YTD Return at NAV: -1.09 %

Performance Inception Date (As of 12/26/2000)

Most recent
month-end (as of 2/28/2023)
1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yrs Since
Fund Performance 1.07 % 0.48 % 0.93 % 1.70 % 2.22 %
Fund Performance
with Maximum Sales Charge
-4.74 % -1.48 % -0.26 % 1.10 % 1.80 %
Average Annual
Total Return (as of 12/31/2022)
1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr 10 Yrs Since
Fund Performance 0.57 % 0.38 % 1.02 % 1.80 % 2.26 %
Fund Performance
with Maximum Sales Charge
-5.23 % -1.58 % -0.17 % 1.20 % 1.84 %
Most recent
month-end (as of 2/28/2023)
1 Yr 1.07 %
3 Yr 0.48 %
5 Yr 0.93 %
10 Yrs 1.70 %
Since Inception 2.22 %
Most recent
month-end (as of 2/28/2023)
Fund Performance
with Maximum Sales Charge
1 Yr -4.74 %
3 Yr -1.48 %
5 Yr -0.26 %
10 Yrs 1.10 %
Since Inception 1.80 %
Average Annual Total Return
(as of 12/31/2022)
1 Yr 0.57 %
3 Yr 0.38 %
5 Yr 1.02 %
10 Yrs 1.80 %
Since Inception 2.26 %
Average Annual Total Return
(as of 12/31/2022)
Fund Performance
with Maximum Sales Charge
1 Yr -5.23 %
3 Yr -1.58 %
5 Yr -0.17 %
10 Yrs 1.20 %
Since Inception 1.84 %
Per prospectus dated 3/1/2023
Gross Expense Ratio: 2.18 %
Net Expense Ratio: 2.18 %
Net Expense Ratio Excluding Expenses on Securities Sold Short: 1.79 %
Maximum Front-End Load: 5.75 %
Per prospectus dated 3/1/2023
Gross Expense Ratio:
2.18 %
Net Expense Ratio:
2.18 %
Net Expense Ratio Excluding Expenses on Securities Sold Short:
1.79 %
Maximum Front-End Load:
5.75 %

Prices and returns quoted represent past results and are no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.


Date $/Share Type 19A Notice
2/28/2023 $0.20 Distribution
1/31/2023 $0.19 Distribution
12/28/2022 $0.19 Distribution
11/30/2022 $0.18 Distribution
10/31/2022 $0.16 Distribution
9/30/2022 $0.17 Distribution
8/31/2022 $0.14 Distribution
7/29/2022 $0.14 Distribution
6/30/2022 $0.12 Distribution
5/31/2022 $0.11 Distribution
4/29/2022 $0.09 Distribution
3/31/2022 $0.09 Distribution
2/28/2022 $0.09 Distribution
1/31/2022 $0.09 Distribution
12/29/2021 $0.09 Distribution
11/30/2021 $0.09 Distribution
10/29/2021 $0.09 Distribution
9/30/2021 $0.09 Distribution
8/31/2021 $0.09 Distribution
7/30/2021 $0.09 Distribution
6/30/2021 $0.09 Distribution
5/28/2021 $0.09 Distribution
4/30/2021 $0.09 Distribution
3/31/2021 $0.09 Distribution
2/26/2021 $0.09 Distribution
1/29/2021 $0.09 Distribution
12/30/2020 $0.09 Distribution
11/30/2020 $0.03 Distribution
10/30/2020 $0.09 Distribution
9/30/2020 $0.09 Distribution
8/31/2020 $0.09 Distribution
7/31/2020 $0.09 Distribution
6/30/2020 $0.09 Distribution
5/29/2020 $0.09 Distribution
4/30/2020 $0.09 Distribution
3/31/2020 $0.09 Distribution
2/28/2020 $0.13 Distribution
1/31/2020 $0.14 Distribution
12/31/2019 $0.13 Distribution
10/31/2019 $0.14 Distribution
9/30/2019 $0.14 Distribution
8/30/2019 $0.15 Distribution
7/31/2019 $0.16 Distribution
6/28/2019 $0.16 Distribution
5/31/2019 $0.16 Distribution
4/30/2019 $0.15 Distribution
3/29/2019 $0.16 Distribution
2/28/2019 $0.16 Distribution
1/31/2019 $0.16 Distribution
12/31/2018 $0.16 Distribution
11/30/2018 $0.15 Distribution
10/31/2018 $0.16 Distribution
9/28/2018 $0.15 Distribution
8/31/2018 $0.15 Distribution
7/31/2018 $0.15 Distribution
6/29/2018 $0.15 Distribution
5/31/2018 $0.14 Distribution
4/30/2018 $0.14 Distribution
3/29/2018 $0.14 Distribution
2/28/2018 $0.14 Distribution
1/31/2018 $0.14 Distribution
12/29/2017 $0.14 Distribution
11/30/2017 $0.13 Distribution
10/31/2017 $0.13 Distribution
9/29/2017 $0.13 Distribution
8/31/2017 $0.13 Distribution
7/31/2017 $0.13 Distribution
6/30/2017 $0.13 Distribution
5/31/2017 $0.12 Distribution
4/28/2017 $0.12 Distribution
3/31/2017 $0.12 Distribution
2/28/2017 $0.11 Distribution
1/31/2017 $0.11 Distribution
12/30/2016 $0.11 Distribution
11/30/2016 $0.10 Distribution
10/31/2016 $0.11 Distribution
9/30/2016 $0.11 Distribution
8/31/2016 $0.10 Distribution
7/29/2016 $0.10 Distribution
6/30/2016 $0.11 Distribution
5/31/2016 $0.10 Distribution
4/29/2016 $0.10 Distribution
3/31/2016 $0.10 Distribution
2/29/2016 $0.10 Distribution
1/29/2016 $0.10 Distribution
12/31/2015 $0.11 Distribution
11/30/2015 $0.10 Distribution
10/30/2015 $0.10 Distribution
9/30/2015 $0.10 Distribution
8/31/2015 $0.10 Distribution
7/31/2015 $0.10 Distribution
6/30/2015 $0.10 Distribution
5/29/2015 $0.10 Distribution
4/30/2015 $0.10 Distribution
3/31/2015 $0.11 Distribution
2/27/2015 $0.10 Distribution
1/30/2015 $0.10 Distribution
12/31/2014 $0.10 Distribution
11/28/2014 $0.10 Distribution
10/31/2014 $0.10 Distribution
9/30/2014 $0.11 Distribution
8/29/2014 $0.11 Distribution
7/31/2014 $0.11 Distribution
6/30/2014 $0.11 Distribution
5/30/2014 $0.10 Distribution
4/30/2014 $0.10 Distribution
3/31/2014 $0.10 Distribution
2/28/2014 $0.10 Distribution
1/31/2014 $0.10 Distribution
12/31/2013 $0.68 Distribution
11/29/2013 $0.10 Distribution
10/31/2013 $0.10 Distribution
9/30/2013 $0.10 Distribution
8/30/2013 $0.10 Distribution
7/31/2013 $0.10 Distribution
6/28/2013 $0.10 Distribution
5/31/2013 $0.11 Distribution
4/30/2013 $0.10 Distribution
3/28/2013 $0.10 Distribution
2/28/2013 $0.10 Distribution
1/31/2013 $0.10 Distribution
12/31/2012 $0.10 Distribution
11/30/2012 $0.10 Distribution
10/31/2012 $0.10 Distribution
9/28/2012 $0.10 Distribution
8/31/2012 $0.10 Distribution
7/31/2012 $0.10 Distribution
6/29/2012 $0.10 Distribution
5/31/2012 $0.10 Distribution
4/30/2012 $0.10 Distribution
3/30/2012 $0.10 Distribution
2/29/2012 $0.10 Distribution
1/31/2012 $0.10 Distribution
12/30/2011 $0.10 Distribution
11/30/2011 $0.10 Distribution
10/31/2011 $0.09 Distribution
9/30/2011 $0.10 Distribution
8/31/2011 $0.10 Distribution
7/29/2011 $0.10 Distribution
6/30/2011 $0.10 Distribution
5/31/2011 $0.10 Distribution
4/29/2011 $0.10 Distribution
3/31/2011 $0.10 Distribution
2/28/2011 $0.10 Distribution
1/31/2011 $0.10 Distribution
12/31/2010 $0.10 Distribution
11/30/2010 $0.10 Distribution
10/29/2010 $0.10 Distribution
9/30/2010 $0.10 Distribution
8/31/2010 $0.10 Distribution
7/30/2010 $0.09 Distribution
6/30/2010 $0.09 Distribution
5/28/2010 $0.09 Distribution
4/30/2010 $0.10 Distribution
3/31/2010 $0.09 Distribution
2/26/2010 $0.09 Distribution
1/29/2010 $0.09 Distribution
12/31/2009 $0.09 Distribution
11/30/2009 $0.09 Distribution
10/30/2009 $0.09 Distribution
9/30/2009 $0.09 Distribution
8/31/2009 $0.09 Distribution
7/31/2009 $0.09 Distribution
6/30/2009 $0.09 Distribution
5/29/2009 $0.09 Distribution
4/30/2009 $0.09 Distribution
3/31/2009 $0.08 Distribution
2/27/2009 $0.09 Distribution
1/30/2009 $0.09 Distribution
12/29/2008 $1.03 Distribution
11/28/2008 $0.12 Distribution
10/31/2008 $0.14 Distribution

These fiscal year Mutual Funds Notices report estimated amounts of each Fund's current distributions paid from net investment income, net realized capital gains, and return of capital based on each Fund's respective fiscal year end. The amounts and sources of distributions reported in these Notices are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to change based on tax regulations. The Fund will send a Form 1099-DIV for the calendar year that will tell how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

Year-End Distribution

Mutual funds typically distribute taxable capital gains to shareholders each December. Click below to view the year-end distribution factors (per share) for the Dunham Funds.


Top 10 Holdings (As of 2/28/2023)

Security % of Net Assets
Activision Blizzard Inc 6.53 %
PNM Resources 5.27 %
Liberty Broadband Corp 5.07 %
Resolute Forest Products Inc. 4.56 %
Liberty Global PLC 4.34 %
Silicon Motion Technology Corp 4.22 %
Globus Medical Inc 4.03 %
Albertsons Companies Inc. 3.83 %
IAA Inc 3.52 %
Horizon Therapeutics plc 3.23 %

Fund Sector Allocation (As of 2/28/2023)

Cash (54.38%)
Information Technology (19.19%)
Telecommunication Services (5.96%)
Industrials (5.73%)
Utilities (5.27%)
Materials (4.56%)
Consumer Staples (3.73%)
Financials (2.99%)
Health Care (1.76%)
Currency Contracts (0.01%)
Energy (0%)
Consumer Discretionary (-3.58%)

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses of the Dunham Funds carefully before investing. This and other important information is contained in the Dunham Funds’ summary prospectus and/or prospectus, which may be obtained by contacting your financial advisor, or by calling toll free (800) 442‐4358. Please read prospectus materials carefully before investing or sending money. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Dunham Funds are distributed by Dunham & Associates Investment Counsel, Inc., a Registered Investment Adviser and Broker/Dealer. Member FINRA / SIPC.

Returns for Class A Shares include the maximum sales charge (5.75% for equity funds and 4.50% for fixed income funds). Net Asset Value (NAV) returns exclude these charges, which would have reduced returns.

Average annual total return is the annual compound return for the indicated period. It reflects the change in share price and the reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Returns for periods of less than one year are cumulative total returns.

Merger and Event-Driven Risk - This is the risk of investments in companies that are expected to be, or already are, the subject of a publicly announced merger, takeover, tender offer, leveraged buyout, spin-off, liquidation or other corporate reorganizations carry more risk than investments in companies that are perceived to be in stable organizational situations. The principal risk associated with expected, but not yet announced, reorganizations is that none will be forthcoming and the rate of return earned on an investment in such companies may be less than expected or negative. The principal risk associated with investments in publicly announced reorganizations is that the proposed reorganization may be renegotiated on less favorable terms, terminated or delayed which may cause the Fund to lose money or fail to achieved a desired rate of return.

Short Selling Risk - If the price of the security sold short increases between the time of the short sale and the time the Fund covers its short position, the Fund will incur a loss. Also, the Fund is required to deposit collateral in connection with such short sales and may have to pay a fee to borrow particular securities and will often be obligated to pay over any dividends and accrued interest on borrowed securities. These aspects of short selling increase the costs to the Fund and will reduce its rate of return. Additionally, the successful use of short selling may be adversely affected by imperfect correlation between movements in the price of the security sold short and the securities being hedged.

Derivatives Risk - Derivatives are used to limit risk in the Fund or to enhance investment return and have a return tied to a formula based upon an interest rate, index, price of a security, currency exchange rate or other measurement. Derivatives involve special risks, including: (1) the risk that interest rates, securities prices and currency markets will not move in the direction that a portfolio manager anticipates; (2) imperfect correlation between the price of derivative instruments and movements in the prices of the securities, interest rates or currencies being hedged; (3) the fact that skills needed to use these strategies are different than those needed to select portfolio securities; (4) the possible absence of a liquid secondary market for any particular instrument and possible exchange imposed price fluctuation limits, either of which may make it difficult or impossible to close out a position when desired; (5) the risk that adverse price movements in an instrument can result in a loss substantially greater than the Fund’s initial investment in that instrument (in some cases, the potential loss is unlimited); (6) particularly in the case of privately-negotiated instruments, the risk that the counterparty will not perform its obligations, or that penalties could be incurred for positions held less than the required minimum holding period; and (7) the inability to close out certain hedged positions to avoid adverse tax consequences. In addition, the use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes (that is, to seek to increase total return) is considered a speculative practice and may present an even greater risk of loss than when used for hedging purposes. Swap agreements are two-party contracts entered into for periods ranging from a few weeks to more than one year. In a standard “swap” transaction, two parties agree to exchange the returns (or differentials in rates of return) earned or realized on particular predetermined investments or instruments, which can be adjusted for an interest factor. Swap agreements involve the risk that the party with whom the Fund has entered into the swap will default on its obligation to pay the Fund and the risk that the Fund will not be able to meet its obligations to pay the other party to the agreement. When a Sub-Adviser uses margin, leverage, short sales or financial derivatives, such as options, futures and forward contracts, an investment in the Fund may be more volatile than investments in other mutual funds. Derivatives may also be embedded in securities such convertibles which typically include a call option on the issuer’s common stock. Although the intention is to use such derivatives to minimize risk to the Fund, as well as for speculative purposes, there is the possibility that derivative strategies will not be used or that ineffective implementation of derivative strategies or unusual market conditions could result in significant losses to the Fund. Over the counter derivatives, such as swaps, are also subject to counterparty risk, which is the risk that the other party in the transaction will not fulfill its contractual obligation.

Leveraging Risk - The Fund’s use of leverage through futures, options, short positions, or inverse ETFs will magnify the Fund’s gains or losses. Futures require relatively small cash investment to control large amounts of derivatives, which magnifies gains and losses to the Fund. Leveraging the Fund creates an opportunity for increased returns but, at the same time, creates special risk considerations. For example, leveraging may exaggerate changes in the net asset value of the Fund’s shares and in the yield on the Fund’s portfolio.

Options Risk - The Fund may use options to enhance return and or mitigate risk. However, options can fall rapidly in response to developments in specific companies or industries and the Fund’s investments may be negatively impacted by unexpected market conditions.

Forward Contract Risk - Forward contracts involve a number of the same characteristics and risks as futures contracts but there also are several differences. Forward contracts are not market traded, and are not necessarily marked to market on a daily basis. They settle only at the pre-determined settlement date. This can result in deviations between forward prices and futures prices, especially in circumstances where interest rates and futures prices are positively correlated. Second, in the absence of exchange trading and involvement of clearing houses, there are no standardized terms for forward contracts. Accordingly, the parties are free to establish such settlement times and underlying amounts of a security or currency as desirable, which may vary from the standardized provisions available through any futures contract. Finally, forward contracts, as two party obligations for which there is no secondary market, involve counterparty credit risk not present with futures.

Foreign Investing Risk - Investing in foreign companies or ETFs which invest in foreign companies, may involve more risks than investing in U.S. companies. These risks can increase the potential for losses in the Fund and may include, among others, currency devaluations, currency risks (fluctuations in currency exchange rates), country risks (political, diplomatic, regional conflicts, terrorism, war, social and economic instability and policies that have the effect of limiting or restricting foreign investment or the movement of assets), different trading practices, less government supervision, less publicly available information, limited trading markets and greater volatility. Additionally, investments in securities denominated in foreign currencies are subject to the risk that those currencies will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar. A decline in the value of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar will reduce the value of securities held by the Fund and denominated in those currencies.

Liquidity Risk - Liquidity Risk: The markets for high-yield, convertible and certain lightly traded equity securities (particularly small cap issues) are often not as liquid as markets for higher-rated securities or large cap equity securities. For example, relatively few market makers characterize the secondary markets for high-yield debt securities, and the trading volume for high-yield debt securities is generally lower than that for higher-rated securities. Accordingly, these secondary markets (generally or for a particular security) could contract under real or perceived adverse market or economic conditions. These factors may have an adverse effect on the Fund’s ability to dispose of particular portfolio investments and may limit the ability of the Fund to obtain accurate market quotations for purposes of valuing securities and calculating net asset value. Less liquid secondary markets also may affect the Fund’s ability to sell securities at their fair value. The Fund may invest in illiquid securities, which are more difficult to value and to sell at fair value. If the secondary markets for lightly-traded securities contract due to adverse economic conditions or for other reasons, certain liquid securities in the Fund’s portfolio may become illiquid, and the proportion of the Fund’s assets invested in illiquid securities may increase.

Portfolio Turnover Risk - The frequency of a Fund’s transactions will vary from year to year. Increased portfolio turnover may result in higher brokerage commissions, dealer mark-ups and other transaction costs and may result in taxable capital gains. Higher costs associated with increased portfolio turnover may offset gains in a Fund’s performance.

Money Market/Short-Term Securities Risk - To the extent the Fund holds cash or invests in money market or short-term securities, the Fund may be less likely to achieve its investment objective. In addition, it is possible that the Fund’s investments in these instruments could lose money.

Small and Medium Capitalization Risk - The Fund’s investments in smaller and medium-sized companies carry more risks than investments in larger companies. Companies with small and medium size market capitalization often have narrower markets, fewer products or services to offer and more limited managerial and financial resources than do larger, more established companies. Investing in lesser-known, small and medium capitalization companies involves greater risk of volatility of the Fund’s net asset value than is customarily associated with larger, more established companies. Often smaller and medium capitalization companies and the industries in which they are 81 focused are still evolving and, while this may offer better growth potential than larger, more established companies, it also may make them more sensitive to changing market conditions. Small cap companies may have returns that can vary, occasionally significantly, from the market in general.

IPO Risk - The Fund invests in IPOs at the time of the initial offering and in post-IPO trading. The stocks of such companies are unseasoned equities lacking a trading history, a track record of reporting to investors and widely available research coverage. IPOs are thus often subject to extreme price volatility and speculative trading. These stocks may have above-average price appreciation in connection with the initial public offering prior to inclusion in the Fund. The price of stocks included in the Fund may not continue to appreciate. In addition, IPOs share similar illiquidity risks of private equity and venture capital. The free float shares held by the public in an IPO are typically a small percentage of the market capitalization. The ownership of many IPOs often include large holdings by venture capital and private equity investors who seek to sell their shares in the public market in the months following an IPO when shares restricted by lock-up are released, causing greater volatility and possible downward pressure during the time that locked-up shares are released.

ETF Risk - The Fund invests in ETFs or other investment companies. As a result, your cost of investing in the Fund will be higher than the cost of investing directly in ETFs and may be higher than other mutual funds that invest directly in common stocks. You will indirectly bear fees and expenses charged by the ETFs in addition to the Fund’s direct fees and expenses. Additional risks of investing in ETFs are described below: Each ETF is subject to specific risks, depending on the nature of the fund. These risks could include liquidity risk, sector risk, and foreign currency risk, as well as risks associated with fixed income securities and commodities. Investment in the Fund should be made with the understanding that the ETFs in which the Fund invests will not be able to replicate exactly the performance of the indices they track because the total return generated by the securities will be reduced by transaction costs incurred in adjusting the actual balance of the securities. In addition, the ETFs in which the Fund invests will incur expenses not incurred by their applicable indices. Certain securities comprising the indices tracked by the ETFs may, from time to time, temporarily be unavailable, which may further impede the ETFs’ ability to track their applicable indices. The market value of ETF shares may differ from their net asset value. This difference in price may be due to the fact that the supply and demand in the market for fund shares at any point in time is not always identical to the supply and demand in the market for the underlying basket of securities. Accordingly, there may be times when shares trade at a premium or discount to net asset value. The strategy of investing in ETFs could affect the timing, amount and character of distributions to you and therefore may increase the amount of taxes you pay.

Distribution Policy Risk - The Fund’s distribution policy is not designed to generate, and is not expected to result in, distributions that equal a fixed percentage of the Fund’s current net asset value per share. Shareholders receiving periodic payments from the Fund may be under the impression that they are receiving net profits. However, all or a portion of a distribution may consist of a return of capital. Return of capital is the portion of distribution that is a return of your original investment dollars in the Fund. Shareholders should not assume that the source of a distribution from the Fund is net profit. Shareholders should note that return of capital will reduce the tax basis of their shares and potentially increase the taxable gain, if any, upon disposition of their shares. The Fund will provide disclosures, with each monthly distribution, that estimate the percentages of the current and year-to-date distributions that represent (1) net investment income, (2) capital gains and (3) return of capital. At the end of the year, the Fund may be required under applicable law to re-characterize distributions made previously during that year among (1) ordinary income, (2) capital gains and (3) return of capital for tax purposes.

Stock Market Risk - Stock markets can be volatile. In other words, the prices of stocks can fall rapidly in response to developments affecting a specific company or industry, or to changing economic, political or market conditions. The Fund’s investments may decline in value if the stock markets perform poorly. There is also a risk that the Fund’s investments will underperform either the securities markets generally or particular segments of the securities markets.

Securities Lending Risk - Portfolio securities may be loaned to brokers, dealers and financial institutions to realize additional income under guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees. A risk of lending portfolio securities, as with other extensions of credit, is the possible loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower fail financially. The Fund might not be able to recover the securities or their value. In determining whether to lend securities, the Adviser or its agent, will consider all relevant facts and circumstances, including the creditworthiness of the borrower.