497 1 d575139d497.htm NUVEEN INVESTMENT FUNDS, INC. Nuveen Investment Funds, Inc.

Mutual Funds

Prospectus

September 1, 2013

Nuveen Municipal Bond Funds

Dependable, tax-free income because it’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep.®

 

       Class / Ticker Symbol
Fund Name      Class A      Class B      Class C      Class I

Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund

     FLAAX      FAAMX      FAACX      FAARX

Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund

     NITAX           NIPCX      NIPIX

Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund

     NMBAX      NUMBX      NNSCX      NUVBX

Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund

     FLTDX           FLTCX      FLTRX

Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund

     FSHAX           NSVCX      FSHYX

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

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Table of Contents

 

Section 1    Fund Summaries       
Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund      2   
Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund      7   
Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund      12   
Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund      17   
Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund      22   
Section 2    How We Manage Your Money       
Who Manages the Funds      27   
More About Our Investment Strategies      30   
How We Select Investments      35   
What the Risks Are      35   
Section 3    How You Can Buy and Sell Shares       
What Share Classes We Offer      42   
How to Reduce Your Sales Charge      45   
How to Buy Shares      46   
Special Services      47   
How to Sell Shares      49   
Section 4    General Information       
Dividends, Distributions and Taxes      52   
Distribution and Service Plan      54   
Net Asset Value      55   
Frequent Trading      56   
Fund Service Providers      58   
Section 5    Financial Highlights   

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Section 6    Glossary of Investment Terms   

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Section 1    Fund Summaries

Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund

 

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to provide you with as high a level of current interest income exempt from regular federal income taxes as is consistent with preservation of capital.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the Fund or in other Nuveen Mutual Funds. More information about these and other discounts, as well as eligibility requirements for each share class, is available from your financial advisor and in “What Share Classes We Offer” on page 42 of the Fund’s prospectus, “How to Reduce Your Sales Charge” on page 45 of the prospectus and “Purchase and Redemption of Fund Shares” on page S-79 of the Fund’s statement of additional information.

Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

      Class A      Class B      Class C      Class I  
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)      4.20%         None         None         None   
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)
(as a percentage of the lesser of purchase price or redemption proceeds)
1
     None         5.00%         1.00%         None   
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Reinvested Dividends      None         None         None         None   
Exchange Fee      None         None         None         None   
Annual Low Balance Account Fee (for accounts under $1,000)2      $15         $15         $15         $15   

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

      Class A      Class B      Class C      Class I  
Management Fees      0.42%         0.42%         0.42%         0.42%   
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees      0.20%         0.95%         0.75%         0.00%   
Other Expenses      0.10%         0.10%         0.10%         0.10%   
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses      0.72%         1.47%         1.27%         0.52%   
  1 The contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) on Class B shares declines over a six-year period from purchase. The CDSC on Class C shares applies only to redemptions within 12 months of purchase.
  2 Fee applies to the following types of accounts under $1,000 held directly with the Fund: accounts established pursuant to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) or Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA).

Example

The following example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then either redeem or do not redeem your shares at the end of a period. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

     Redemption            No Redemption        
      A      B      C      I            A      B      C      I        
1 Year    $ 490       $ 550       $ 129       $ 53          $ 490       $ 150       $ 129       $ 53      
3 Years    $ 641       $ 765       $ 403       $ 167          $ 641       $ 465       $ 403       $ 167      
5 Years    $ 804       $ 903       $ 697       $ 291          $ 804       $ 803       $ 697       $ 291      
10 Years    $ 1,277       $ 1,554       $ 1,534       $ 653            $ 1,277       $ 1,554       $ 1,534       $ 653        

 

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Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 17% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. These municipal bonds include obligations issued by U.S. states and their subdivisions, authorities, instrumentalities and corporations, as well as obligations issued by U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. The Fund may invest without limit in securities that generate income subject to the alternative minimum tax. The Fund is a long-term bond fund and, as such, will generally maintain, under normal market conditions, an investment portfolio with an overall weighted average maturity of greater than 10 years.

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in investment grade municipal bonds rated BBB/Baa or higher at the time of purchase by at least one independent rating agency, or, if unrated, judged by the Fund’s sub-adviser to be of comparable quality. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in below investment grade municipal bonds, commonly referred to as “high yield” or “junk” bonds.

The Fund may invest in all types of municipal bonds, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and participation interests in municipal leases. The Fund may invest in zero coupon bonds, which are issued at substantial discounts from their value at maturity and pay no cash income to their holders until they mature.

The Fund may invest up to 15% of its net assets in municipal securities whose interest payments vary inversely with changes in short-term tax-exempt interest rates (“inverse floaters”). Inverse floaters are derivative securities that provide leveraged exposure to underlying municipal bonds. The Fund’s investments in inverse floaters are designed to increase the Fund’s income and returns through this leveraged exposure. These investments are speculative, however, and also create the possibility that income and returns will be diminished.

The Fund may utilize the following derivatives: futures contracts; options on futures contracts; swap agreements, including interest rate swaps, and options on swap agreements. The Fund may use these derivatives in an attempt to manage market risk, credit risk and yield curve risk, and to manage the effective maturity or duration of securities in the Fund’s portfolio.

The Fund’s sub-adviser uses a value-oriented strategy and looks for higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return. The sub-adviser may choose to sell municipal bonds with deteriorating credit or limited upside potential compared to other available bonds.

Principal Risks

The price and yield of this Fund will change daily. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The principal risks of investing in the Fund include:

Alternative Minimum Tax Risk—The Fund has no limit as to the amount that can be invested in alternative minimum tax bonds. Therefore, all or a portion of the Fund’s otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Call Risk—If an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the Fund, performance could be adversely impacted.

Credit Risk—Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a debt security may decline because of concerns

 

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about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments. In addition, parties to other financial contracts with the Fund could default on their obligations. Also, the Fund’s investments in inverse floaters will increase the Fund’s credit risk.

Derivatives Risk—The use of futures contracts, options on futures contracts, swap agreements, including interest rate swaps, and options on swap agreements involves additional risks, such as liquidity, interest rate, counterparty, market, credit and management risks, and transaction costs which could leave the Fund in a worse position than if it had not used these instruments. Derivatives may entail investment exposures that are greater than their cost would suggest. As a result, a small investment in derivatives could have a large impact on performance. Recent legislation requires the development of a new regulatory framework for the derivatives market. The impact of the new regulations is still unknown, but has the potential to increase the costs of using derivatives, may limit the availability of some forms of derivatives or the Fund’s ability to use derivatives, and may adversely affect the performance of some derivative instruments used by the Fund as well as the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objective through the use of such instruments.

High Yield Securities Risk—High yield securities, which are rated below investment grade and commonly referred to as “junk” bonds, are high risk investments that may cause income and principal losses for the Fund. They generally have greater credit risk, are less liquid and have more volatile prices than investment grade securities.

Income Risk—The Fund’s income could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Also, if the Fund invests in inverse floaters, the Fund’s income may decrease if short-term interest rates rise.

Interest Rate Risk—Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the Fund’s portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. When interest rates change, the values of longer-duration debt securities usually change more than the values of shorter-duration debt securities. Interest rate risk may be increased by the Fund’s investment in inverse floaters because of the leveraged nature of these investments.

Inverse Floaters Risk—The use of inverse floaters by the Fund creates effective leverage. Due to the leveraged nature of these investments, they will typically be more volatile and involve greater risk than the fixed rate municipal bonds underlying the inverse floaters. An investment in certain inverse floaters will involve the risk that the Fund could lose more than its original principal investment. Distributions on inverse floaters bear an inverse relationship to short-term municipal bond interest rates. Thus, distributions paid to the Fund on its inverse floaters will be reduced or even eliminated as short-term municipal interest rates rise and will increase when short-term municipal interest rates fall. Inverse floaters generally will underperform the market for fixed rate municipal bonds in a rising interest rate environment.

Market Risk—The market values of the Fund’s investments may decline, at times sharply and unpredictably.

Municipal Lease Obligations Risk—Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain “non-appropriation” clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

Political and Economic Risks—The values of municipal securities held by the Fund may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Adverse conditions in an industry significant to a local economy could have a correspondingly adverse effect on the financial condition of local issuers.

Tax Risk—Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer.

Zero Coupon Bonds Risk—Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest on a current basis and may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall. In addition, while such bonds generate income for purposes of generally accepted accounting standards, they do not generate cash flow and thus could cause the Fund to be forced to liquidate securities at an inopportune time in order to distribute cash, as required by tax laws.

 

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Fund Performance

The following bar chart and table provide some indication of the potential risks of investing in the Fund. The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance information is available at www.nuveen.com/performance or by calling (800) 257-8787.

The bar chart below shows the variability of the Fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The performance of the other share classes will differ due to their different expense structures. The bar chart and highest/lowest quarterly returns that follow do not reflect sales charges, and if these charges were reflected, the returns would be less than those shown.

Class A Annual Total Return*

 

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  * Class A year-to-date total return as of June 30, 2013 was -4.03%.

During the ten-year period ended December 31, 2012, the Fund’s highest and lowest quarterly returns were 11.69% and -8.04%, respectively, for the quarters ended September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008.

The table below shows the variability of the Fund’s average annual returns and how they compare over the time periods indicated with those of a broad measure of market performance and an index of funds with similar investment objectives. All after-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Your own actual after-tax returns will depend on your specific tax situation and may differ from what is shown here.

Both the bar chart and the table assume that all distributions have been reinvested. Performance reflects fee waivers, if any, in effect during the periods presented. If any such waivers were not in place, returns would be reduced.

 

     Average Annual Total Returns
for the Periods Ended
December 31, 2012
 
      1 Year      5 Years     10 Years  
Class A (return before taxes)      6.64      6.05     5.10
Class A (return after taxes on distributions)      6.63      6.04     5.09
Class A (return after taxes on distributions and sale of Fund shares)      5.88      5.86     5.02
Class B (return before taxes)      6.40      5.99     4.92
Class C (return before taxes)      10.72      6.38     4.97
Class I (return before taxes)      11.39      7.14     5.74
S&P Municipal Bond Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)      7.41      5.78     5.19
Lipper General Municipal Debt Funds Classification Average (reflects no deduction for taxes or sales loads)      8.84      5.29     4.41

 

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Management

Investment Adviser

Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC

Sub-Adviser

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Portfolio Managers

 

Name

    

Title

    

Portfolio Manager of Fund Since

John V. Miller, CFA      Managing Director and Co-Head of Fixed Income     

December 2010

Douglas J. White, CFA      Senior Vice President      January 2011

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund on any business day, which is any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund either through a financial advisor or other financial intermediary or directly from the Fund. Class B shares are available only through exchanges and dividend reinvestments by current Class B shareholders. The Fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are as follows, although the Fund may reduce or waive the minimums in some cases:

 

        Class A and Class C    Class I
Eligibility and Minimum Initial Investment      $3,000   

Available only through fee-based programs and to other limited categories of investors as described in the prospectus.

 

$100,000 for all accounts except:

 

•$250 for clients of financial intermediaries and family offices that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000 (or that are expected to reach this level).

 

•No minimum for certain other categories of eligible investors as described in the prospectus.

Minimum Additional Investment      $100    No minimum.

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make interest income distributions that are exempt from regular federal income tax. All or a portion of these distributions, however, may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax and state and local taxes.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund, its distributor or its investment adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund

 

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to provide after-tax total return, protected from inflation, through a combination of federally tax-exempt income and inflation-linked investments.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the Fund or in other Nuveen Mutual Funds. More information about these and other discounts, as well as eligibility requirements for each share class, is available from your financial advisor and in “What Share Classes We Offer” on page 42 of the Fund’s prospectus, “How to Reduce Your Sales Charge” on page 45 of the prospectus and “Purchase and Redemption of Fund Shares” on page S-79 of the Fund’s statement of additional information.

Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

      Class A      Class C      Class I  
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)      3.00%         None         None   
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)
(as a percentage of the lesser of purchase price or redemption proceeds)
1
     None         1.00%         None   
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Reinvested Dividends      None         None         None   
Exchange Fee      None         None         None   
Annual Low Balance Account Fee (for accounts under $1,000)2      $15         $15         $15   

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

      Class A      Class C      Class I  
Management Fees      0.47%         0.47%         0.47%   
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees      0.20%         0.75%         0.00%   
Other Expenses      0.34%         0.35%         0.35%   
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses      1.01%         1.57%         0.82%   
Fee Waivers and/or Expense Reimbursements3      (0.24)%         (0.25)%         (0.25)%   
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waivers and/or Expense Reimbursements      0.77%         1.32%         0.57%   
  1 The contingent deferred sales charge on Class C shares applies only to redemptions within 12 months of purchase.
  2 Fee applies to the following types of accounts under $1,000 held directly with the Fund: accounts established pursuant to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) or Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA).
  3 The Fund’s investment adviser has agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses through August 31, 2014 so that Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding 12b-1 distribution and/or service fees, interest expenses, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses, fees incurred in acquiring and disposing of portfolio securities and extraordinary expenses) do not exceed 0.60% (1.05% after August 31, 2014) of the average daily net assets of any class of Fund shares. The expense limitation expiring August 31, 2014 may be terminated or modified prior to that date only with the approval of the Board of Trustees of the Fund. The expense limitation in effect thereafter may be terminated or modified only with the approval of shareholders of the Fund.

Example

The following example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then either redeem or do not redeem your shares at the end of a period. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses are at the lesser of Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses or the applicable expense limitation. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

       Redemption            No Redemption        
        A      C      I            A      C      I        
1 Year      $ 376       $ 134       $ 58          $ 376       $ 134       $ 58      
3 Years      $ 589       $ 471       $ 237          $ 589       $ 471       $ 237      
5 Years      $ 818       $ 832       $ 430          $ 818       $ 832       $ 430      
10 Years      $ 1,478       $ 1,846       $ 990            $ 1,478       $ 1,846       $ 990        

 

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Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 9% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. These municipal bonds include obligations issued by U.S. states and their subdivisions, authorities, instrumentalities and corporations, as well as obligations issued by U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. The Fund may invest without limit in securities that generate income subject to the alternative minimum tax. Under normal market conditions, the Fund generally invests in intermediate- and long-term bonds with a duration of between two and ten years, and generally maintains a weighted average portfolio duration of between four and seven years.

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in investment grade municipal bonds rated BBB/Baa or higher at the time of purchase by at least one independent rating agency, or, if unrated, judged by the Fund’s sub-adviser to be of comparable quality. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in below investment grade municipal bonds, commonly referred to as “high yield” or “junk” bonds.

The Fund seeks to protect investors from inflation in two ways. First, as with other municipal bond funds, a portion of the Fund’s current yield compensates an investor for current inflation expectations. Second, the Fund seeks to mitigate the effect that subsequent increases in inflation expectations may have on the purchasing power of the Fund by investing in inflation-linked instruments, such as Consumer Price Index (CPI) swaps, in amounts sufficient to approximate the duration characteristics of the Fund’s underlying municipal bond portfolio.

The Fund may invest in all types of municipal bonds, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and participation interests in municipal leases. The Fund may invest in zero coupon bonds, which are issued at substantial discounts from their value at maturity and pay no cash income to their holders until they mature.

The Fund’s sub-adviser uses a value-oriented strategy and looks for higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return. The sub-adviser may choose to sell municipal bonds with deteriorating credit or limited upside potential compared to other available bonds.

Principal Risks

The price and yield of this Fund will change daily. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The principal risks of investing in the Fund include:

Alternative Minimum Tax Risk—The Fund has no limit as to the amount that can be invested in alternative minimum tax bonds. Therefore, all or a portion of the Fund’s otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Call Risk—If an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the Fund, performance could be adversely impacted.

Credit Risk—Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a debt security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments. In addition, parties to other financial contracts with the Fund could default on their obligations.

Declining Inflation Risk—The Fund’s inflation-hedging strategy primarily involves the use of CPI swaps. The Fund will benefit from a CPI swap if actual inflation during the swap’s period is greater than the level of inflation expected for

 

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that period at the time the swap was initiated. However, if actual inflation turns out to be less than expected, the Fund will lose money on the swap. In such circumstances, the Fund will underperform an otherwise identical municipal bond fund that had not utilized such inflation hedges.

High Yield Securities Risk—High yield securities, which are rated below investment grade and commonly referred to as “junk” bonds, are high risk investments that may cause income and principal losses for the Fund. They generally have greater credit risk, are less liquid and have more volatile prices than investment grade securities.

Income Risk—The Fund’s income could decline during periods of falling interest rates.

Inflation-Linked Instruments Risk—The returns of CPI swaps or other inflation-linked instruments reflect a specified index of inflation. There can be no assurance that the inflation index used will accurately measure either the actual future rate of inflation or the rate of expected future inflation reflected in the prices and yields of municipal bonds. As a result, the Fund’s inflation-hedging strategy may not perform as expected. CPI swaps may be riskier than other types of investments because they may be more sensitive to changes in economic or market conditions and could result in losses that significantly exceed the Fund’s original investment. CPI swaps create leverage, which may cause the Fund’s net asset value and returns to be more volatile than they would be if the Fund had not used swaps. CPI swaps also expose the Fund to counterparty risk, which is the risk that the swap counterparty will not fulfill its contractual obligations.

Interest Rate Risk—Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the Fund’s portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. When interest rates change, the values of longer-duration debt securities usually change more than the values of shorter-duration debt securities.

Market Risk—The market values of the Fund’s investments may decline, at times sharply and unpredictably.

Municipal Lease Obligations Risk—Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain “non-appropriation” clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

Non-Diversification Risk—As a non-diversified fund, the Fund may invest a larger portion of its assets in the securities of a limited number of issuers and may be more sensitive to any single economic, business, political or regulatory occurrence than a diversified fund.

Political and Economic Risks—The values of municipal securities held by the Fund may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Adverse conditions in an industry significant to a local economy could have a correspondingly adverse effect on the financial condition of local issuers.

Tax Risk—Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer.

Zero Coupon Bonds Risk—Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest on a current basis and may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall. In addition, while such bonds generate income for purposes of generally accepted accounting standards, they do not generate cash flow and thus could cause the Fund to be forced to liquidate securities at an inopportune time in order to distribute cash, as required by tax laws.

Fund Performance

The following bar chart and table provide some indication of the potential risks of investing in the Fund. The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance information is available at www.nuveen.com/performance or by calling (800) 257-8787.

 

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The bar chart below shows the Fund’s performance for Class A shares. The performance of the other share classes will differ due to their different expense structures. The bar chart and highest/lowest quarterly returns that follow do not reflect sales charges, and if these charges were reflected, the returns would be less than those shown.

Class A Annual Total Return*

 

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  * Class A year-to-date total return as of June 30, 2013 was -6.14%.

During the one-year period ended December 31, 2012, the Fund’s highest and lowest quarterly returns were 4.02% and 1.11%, respectively, for the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012.

The table below shows the variability of the Fund’s average annual returns and how they compare over the time periods indicated with those of a broad measure of market performance and an index of funds with similar investment objectives. All after-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Your own actual after-tax returns will depend on your specific tax situation and may differ from what is shown here.

Both the bar chart and the table assume that all distributions have been reinvested. Performance reflects fee waivers, if any, in effect during the periods presented. If any such waivers were not in place, returns would be reduced.

 

            Average Annual
Total Returns
for the Periods Ended
December 31, 2012
 
      Inception
Date
     1 Year     Since
Inception
 
Class A (return before taxes)      3/8/11         7.01     8.48
Class A (return after taxes on distributions)         6.99     8.47
Class A (return after taxes on distributions and sale of Fund shares)         5.58     7.67
Class C (return before taxes)      3/8/11         9.63     9.71
Class I (return before taxes)      3/8/11         10.49     10.54
Barclays 1-10 Year Municipal Bond Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)         3.56     5.67
Lipper Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds Classification Average (reflects no deduction for taxes or sales loads)               5.11     7.11

 

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Management

Investment Adviser

Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC

Sub-Adviser

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Portfolio Managers

 

Name

    

Title

    

Portfolio Manager of Fund Since

Douglas M. Baker, CFA      Senior Vice President      April 2011
Daniel J. Close, CFA      Senior Vice President      April 2011

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund on any business day, which is any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund either through a financial advisor or other financial intermediary or directly from the Fund. The Fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are as follows, although the Fund may reduce or waive the minimums in some cases:

 

     Class A and Class C    Class I
Eligibility and Minimum Initial Investment   $3,000   

Available only through fee-based programs and to other limited categories of investors as described in the prospectus.

 

$100,000 for all accounts except:

 

•$250 for clients of financial intermediaries and family offices that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000 (or that are expected to reach this level).

 

•No minimum for certain other categories of eligible investors as described in the prospectus.

Minimum

Additional Investment

  $100    No minimum.

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make interest income distributions that are exempt from regular federal income tax. All or a portion of these distributions, however, may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax and state and local taxes.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund, its distributor or its investment adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund

 

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to provide you with as high a level of current interest income exempt from regular federal income taxes as is consistent with preservation of capital.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the Fund or in other Nuveen Mutual Funds. More information about these and other discounts, as well as eligibility requirements for each share class, is available from your financial advisor and in “What Share Classes We Offer” on page 42 of the Fund’s prospectus, “How to Reduce Your Sales Charge” on page 45 of the prospectus and “Purchase and Redemption of Fund Shares” on page S-79 of the Fund’s statement of additional information.

Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

      Class A      Class B      Class C      Class I  
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)      3.00%         None         None         None   
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)
(as a percentage of the lesser of purchase price or redemption proceeds)
1
     None         5.00%         1.00%         None   
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Reinvested Dividends      None         None         None         None   
Exchange Fee      None         None         None         None   
Annual Low Balance Account Fee (for accounts under $1,000)2      $15         $15         $15         $15   

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

      Class A      Class B      Class C      Class I  
Management Fees      0.42%         0.42%         0.42%         0.42%   
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees      0.20%         0.95%         0.75%         0.00%   
Other Expenses      0.08%         0.09%         0.08%         0.08%   
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses      0.70%         1.46%         1.25%         0.50%   
  1 The contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) on Class B shares declines over a six-year period from purchase. The CDSC on Class C shares applies only to redemptions within 12 months of purchase.
  2 Fee applies to the following types of accounts under $1,000 held directly with the Fund: accounts established pursuant to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) or Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA).

Example

The following example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then either redeem or do not redeem your shares at the end of a period. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

       Redemption            No Redemption        
        A      B      C      I            A      B      C      I        
1 Year      $ 369       $ 549       $ 127       $ 51          $ 369       $ 149       $ 127       $ 51      
3 Years      $ 517       $ 762       $ 397       $ 160          $ 517       $ 462       $ 397       $ 160      
5 Years      $ 678       $ 897       $ 686       $ 280          $ 678       $ 797       $ 686       $ 280      
10 Years      $ 1,144       $ 1,540       $ 1,511       $ 628            $ 1,144       $ 1,540       $ 1,511       $ 628        

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares

 

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are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 15% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. These municipal bonds include obligations issued by U.S. states and their subdivisions, authorities, instrumentalities and corporations, as well as obligations issued by U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. The Fund may invest without limit in securities that generate income subject to the alternative minimum tax. Under normal market conditions, the Fund maintains a weighted average portfolio duration of between 3 and 10 years, and expects to generally maintain a weighted average portfolio duration of between 4.5 and 7 years.

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in investment grade municipal bonds rated BBB/Baa or higher at the time of purchase by at least one independent rating agency, or, if unrated, judged by the Fund’s sub-adviser to be of comparable quality. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in below investment grade municipal bonds, commonly referred to as “high yield” or “junk” bonds.

The Fund may invest in all types of municipal bonds, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and participation interests in municipal leases. The Fund may invest in zero coupon bonds, which are issued at substantial discounts from their value at maturity and pay no cash income to their holders until they mature.

The Fund may invest up to 15% of its net assets in municipal securities whose interest payments vary inversely with changes in short-term tax-exempt interest rates (“inverse floaters”). Inverse floaters are derivative securities that provide leveraged exposure to underlying municipal bonds. The Fund’s investments in inverse floaters are designed to increase the Fund’s income and returns through this leveraged exposure. These investments are speculative, however, and also create the possibility that income and returns will be diminished.

The Fund may utilize the following derivatives: futures contracts; options on futures contracts; swap agreements, including interest rate swaps, and options on swap agreements. The Fund may use these derivatives in an attempt to manage market risk, credit risk and yield curve risk, and to manage the effective maturity or duration of securities in the Fund’s portfolio.

The Fund’s sub-adviser uses a value-oriented strategy and looks for higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return. The sub-adviser may choose to sell municipal bonds with deteriorating credit or limited upside potential compared to other available bonds.

Principal Risks

The price and yield of this Fund will change daily. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The principal risks of investing in the Fund include:

Alternative Minimum Tax Risk—The Fund has no limit as to the amount that can be invested in alternative minimum tax bonds. Therefore, all or a portion of the Fund’s otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Call Risk—If an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the Fund, performance could be adversely impacted.

Credit Risk—Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a debt security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments. In addition, parties to other financial contracts with the Fund could default on their obligations. Also, the Fund’s investments in inverse floaters will increase the Fund’s credit risk.

 

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Derivatives Risk—The use of futures contracts, options on futures contracts, swap agreements, including interest rate swaps, and options on swap agreements involves additional risks, such as liquidity, interest rate, counterparty, market, credit and management risks, and transaction costs which could leave the Fund in a worse position than if it had not used these instruments. Derivatives may entail investment exposures that are greater than their cost would suggest. As a result, a small investment in derivatives could have a large impact on performance. Recent legislation requires the development of a new regulatory framework for the derivatives market. The impact of the new regulations is still unknown, but has the potential to increase the costs of using derivatives, may limit the availability of some forms of derivatives or the Fund’s ability to use derivatives, and may adversely affect the performance of some derivative instruments used by the Fund as well as the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objective through the use of such instruments.

High Yield Securities Risk—High yield securities, which are rated below investment grade and commonly referred to as “junk” bonds, are high risk investments that may cause income and principal losses for the Fund. They generally have greater credit risk, are less liquid and have more volatile prices than investment grade securities.

Income Risk—The Fund’s income could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Also, if the Fund invests in inverse floaters, the Fund’s income may decrease if short-term interest rates rise.

Interest Rate Risk—Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the Fund’s portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. When interest rates change, the values of longer-duration debt securities usually change more than the values of shorter-duration debt securities. Interest rate risk may be increased by the Fund’s investment in inverse floaters because of the leveraged nature of these investments.

Inverse Floaters Risk—The use of inverse floaters by the Fund creates effective leverage. Due to the leveraged nature of these investments, they will typically be more volatile and involve greater risk than the fixed rate municipal bonds underlying the inverse floaters. An investment in certain inverse floaters will involve the risk that the Fund could lose more than its original principal investment. Distributions on inverse floaters bear an inverse relationship to short-term municipal bond interest rates. Thus, distributions paid to the Fund on its inverse floaters will be reduced or even eliminated as short-term municipal interest rates rise and will increase when short-term municipal interest rates fall. Inverse floaters generally will underperform the market for fixed rate municipal bonds in a rising interest rate environment.

Market Risk—The market values of the Fund’s investments may decline, at times sharply and unpredictably.

Municipal Lease Obligations Risk—Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain “non-appropriation” clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

Political and Economic Risks—The values of municipal securities held by the Fund may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Adverse conditions in an industry significant to a local economy could have a correspondingly adverse effect on the financial condition of local issuers.

Tax Risk—Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer.

Zero Coupon Bonds Risk—Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest on a current basis and may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall. In addition, while such bonds generate income for purposes of generally accepted accounting standards, they do not generate cash flow and thus could cause the Fund to be forced to liquidate securities at an inopportune time in order to distribute cash, as required by tax laws.

Fund Performance

The following bar chart and table provide some indication of the potential risks of investing in the Fund. The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance information is available at www.nuveen.com/performance or by calling (800) 257-8787.

 

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The bar chart below shows the variability of the Fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The performance of the other share classes will differ due to their different expense structures. The bar chart and highest/lowest quarterly returns that follow do not reflect sales charges, and if these charges were reflected, the returns would be less than those shown.

Class A Annual Total Return*

 

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  * Class A year-to-date total return as of June 30, 2013 was -2.33%.

During the ten-year period ended December 31, 2012, the Fund’s highest and lowest quarterly returns were 6.39% and -2.59%, respectively, for the quarters ended September 30, 2009 and December 31, 2010.

The table below shows the variability of the Fund’s average annual returns and how they compare over the time periods indicated with those of a broad measure of market performance and an index of funds with similar investment objectives. All after-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Your own actual after-tax returns will depend on your specific tax situation and may differ from what is shown here.

Both the bar chart and the table assume that all distributions have been reinvested. Performance reflects fee waivers, if any, in effect during the periods presented. If any such waivers were not in place, returns would be reduced.

 

     Average Annual Total Returns
for the Periods Ended
December 31,  2012
 
      1 Year      5 Years      10 Years  
Class A (return before taxes)      2.65      4.30      3.90
Class A (return after taxes on distributions)      2.64      4.28      3.83
Class A (return after taxes on distributions and sale of Fund shares)      2.93      4.20      3.84
Class B (return before taxes)      1.03      3.97      3.59
Class C (return before taxes)      5.23      4.35      3.65
Class I (return before taxes)      5.98      5.13      4.42
S&P Municipal Bond Intermediate Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)      5.34      6.12      5.14
Lipper Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds Classification Average (reflects no deduction for taxes or sales loads)      5.11      4.83      3.92

 

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Management

Investment Adviser

Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC

Sub-Adviser

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Portfolio Manager

 

Name

    

Title

    

Portfolio Manager of Fund Since

Paul L. Brennan, CFA      Senior Vice President      2007

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund on any business day, which is any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund either through a financial advisor or other financial intermediary or directly from the Fund. Class B shares are available only through exchanges and dividend reinvestments by current Class B shareholders. The Fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are as follows, although the Fund may reduce or waive the minimums in some cases:

 

        Class A and Class C    Class I
Eligibility and Minimum Initial Investment      $3,000   

Available only through fee-based programs and to other limited categories of investors as described in the prospectus.

 

$100,000 for all accounts except:

 

•$250 for clients of financial intermediaries and family offices that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000 (or that are expected to reach this level).

 

•No minimum for certain other categories of eligible investors as described in the prospectus.

Minimum Additional Investment      $100    No minimum.

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make interest income distributions that are exempt from regular federal income tax. All or a portion of these distributions, however, may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax and state and local taxes.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund, its distributor or its investment adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund

 

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to provide you with as high a level of current interest income exempt from regular federal income taxes as is consistent with preservation of capital.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the Fund or in other Nuveen Mutual Funds. More information about these and other discounts, as well as eligibility requirements for each share class, is available from your financial advisor and in “What Share Classes We Offer” on page 42 of the Fund’s prospectus, “How to Reduce Your Sales Charge” on page 45 of the prospectus and “Purchase and Redemption of Fund Shares” on page S-79 of the Fund’s statement of additional information.

Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

      Class A      Class C      Class I  
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)      2.50%         None         None   
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)
(as a percentage of the lesser of purchase price or redemption proceeds)
1
     None         1.00%         None   
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Reinvested Dividends      None         None         None   
Exchange Fee      None         None         None   
Annual Low Balance Account Fee (for accounts under $1,000)2      $15         $15         $15   

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

      Class A      Class C      Class I  
Management Fees      0.37%         0.37%         0.37%   
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees      0.20%         0.55%         0.00%   
Other Expenses      0.09%         0.09%         0.09%   
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses      0.66%         1.01%         0.46%   
  1 The contingent deferred sales charge on Class C shares applies only to redemptions within 12 months of purchase.
  2 Fee applies to the following types of accounts under $1,000 held directly with the Fund: accounts established pursuant to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) or Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA).

Example

The following example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then either redeem or do not redeem your shares at the end of a period. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

       Redemption            No Redemption        
        A      C      I            A      C      I        
1 Year      $ 316       $ 103       $ 47          $ 316       $ 103       $ 47      
3 Years      $ 456       $ 322       $ 148          $ 456       $ 322       $ 148      
5 Years      $ 609       $ 558       $ 258          $ 609       $ 558       $ 258      
10 Years      $ 1,052       $ 1,236       $ 579            $ 1,052       $ 1,236       $ 579        

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares

 

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are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 12% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. These municipal bonds include obligations issued by U.S. states and their subdivisions, authorities, instrumentalities and corporations, as well as obligations issued by U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. The Fund may invest without limit in securities that generate income subject to the alternative minimum tax. The Fund generally invests in bonds with short-to intermediate-term maturities. The Fund will attempt to maintain the weighted average maturity of its portfolio securities at three to seven years under normal market conditions.

Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in investment grade municipal bonds rated BBB/Baa or higher at the time of purchase by at least one independent rating agency, or, if unrated, judged by the Fund’s sub-adviser to be of comparable quality. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in below investment grade municipal bonds, commonly referred to as “high yield” or “junk” bonds.

The Fund may invest in all types of municipal bonds, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and participation interests in municipal leases. The Fund may invest in zero coupon bonds, which are issued at substantial discounts from their value at maturity and pay no cash income to their holders until they mature.

The Fund may invest up to 15% of its net assets in municipal securities whose interest payments vary inversely with changes in short-term tax-exempt interest rates (“inverse floaters”). Inverse floaters are derivative securities that provide leveraged exposure to underlying municipal bonds. The Fund’s investments in inverse floaters are designed to increase the Fund’s income and returns through this leveraged exposure. These investments are speculative, however, and also create the possibility that income and returns will be diminished.

The Fund may utilize the following derivatives: futures contracts; options on futures contracts; swap agreements, including interest rate swaps, and options on swap agreements. The Fund may use these derivatives in an attempt to manage market risk, credit risk and yield curve risk, and to manage the effective maturity or duration of securities in the Fund’s portfolio.

The Fund’s sub-adviser uses a value-oriented strategy and looks for higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return. The sub-adviser may choose to sell municipal bonds with deteriorating credit or limited upside potential compared to other available bonds.

Principal Risks

The price and yield of this Fund will change daily. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The principal risks of investing in the Fund include:

Alternative Minimum Tax Risk—The Fund has no limit as to the amount that can be invested in alternative minimum tax bonds. Therefore, all or a portion of the Fund’s otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Call Risk—If an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the Fund, performance could be adversely impacted.

Credit Risk—Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a debt security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments. In addition, parties to other financial contracts with the Fund could default on their obligations. Also, the Fund’s investments in inverse floaters will increase the Fund’s credit risk.

 

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Derivatives Risk—The use of futures contracts, options on futures contracts, swap agreements, including interest rate swaps, and options on swap agreements involves additional risks, such as liquidity, interest rate, counterparty, market, credit and management risks, and transaction costs which could leave the Fund in a worse position than if it had not used these instruments. Derivatives may entail investment exposures that are greater than their cost would suggest. As a result, a small investment in derivatives could have a large impact on performance. Recent legislation requires the development of a new regulatory framework for the derivatives market. The impact of the new regulations is still unknown, but has the potential to increase the costs of using derivatives, may limit the availability of some forms of derivatives or the Fund’s ability to use derivatives, and may adversely affect the performance of some derivative instruments used by the Fund as well as the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objective through the use of such instruments.

High Yield Securities Risk—High yield securities, which are rated below investment grade and commonly referred to as “junk” bonds, are high risk investments that may cause income and principal losses for the Fund. They generally have greater credit risk, are less liquid and have more volatile prices than investment grade securities.

Income Risk—The Fund’s income could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Also, if the Fund invests in inverse floaters, the Fund’s income may decrease if short-term interest rates rise.

Interest Rate Risk—Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the Fund’s portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. When interest rates change, the values of longer-duration debt securities usually change more than the values of shorter-duration debt securities. Interest rate risk may be increased by the Fund’s investment in inverse floaters because of the leveraged nature of these investments.

Inverse Floaters Risk—The use of inverse floaters by the Fund creates effective leverage. Due to the leveraged nature of these investments, they will typically be more volatile and involve greater risk than the fixed rate municipal bonds underlying the inverse floaters. An investment in certain inverse floaters will involve the risk that the Fund could lose more than its original principal investment. Distributions on inverse floaters bear an inverse relationship to short-term municipal bond interest rates. Thus, distributions paid to the Fund on its inverse floaters will be reduced or even eliminated as short-term municipal interest rates rise and will increase when short-term municipal interest rates fall. Inverse floaters generally will underperform the market for fixed rate municipal bonds in a rising interest rate environment.

Market Risk—The market values of the Fund’s investments may decline, at times sharply and unpredictably.

Municipal Lease Obligations Risk—Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain “non-appropriation” clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

Political and Economic Risks—The values of municipal securities held by the Fund may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Adverse conditions in an industry significant to a local economy could have a correspondingly adverse effect on the financial condition of local issuers.

Tax Risk—Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer.

Zero Coupon Bonds Risk—Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest on a current basis and may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall. In addition, while such bonds generate income for purposes of generally accepted accounting standards, they do not generate cash flow and thus could cause the Fund to be forced to liquidate securities at an inopportune time in order to distribute cash, as required by tax laws.

Fund Performance

The following bar chart and table provide some indication of the potential risks of investing in the Fund. The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance information is available at www.nuveen.com/performance or by calling (800) 257-8787.

 

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The bar chart below shows the variability of the Fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The performance of the other share classes will differ due to their different expense structures. The bar chart and highest/lowest quarterly returns that follow do not reflect sales charges, and if these charges were reflected, the returns would be less than those shown.

Class A Annual Total Return*

 

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  * Class A year-to-date total return as of June 30, 2013 was -0.93%.

During the ten-year period ended December 31, 2012, the Fund’s highest and lowest quarterly returns were 3.81% and -1.76%, respectively, for the quarters ended September 30, 2009 and June 30, 2004.

The table below shows the variability of the Fund’s average annual returns and how they compare over the time periods indicated with those of a broad measure of market performance and an index of funds with similar investment objectives. All after-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Your own actual after-tax returns will depend on your specific tax situation and may differ from what is shown here.

Both the bar chart and the table assume that all distributions have been reinvested. Performance reflects fee waivers, if any, in effect during the periods presented. If any such waivers were not in place, returns would be reduced.

 

     Average Annual Total Returns
for the Periods Ended
December 31, 2012
 
      1 Year        5 Years      10 Years  
Class A (return before taxes)      0.29        3.56      3.29
Class A (return after taxes on distributions)      0.29        3.56      3.29
Class A (return after taxes on distributions and sale of Fund shares)      0.99        3.47      3.26
Class C (return before taxes)      2.62        3.72      3.20
Class I (return before taxes)      3.17        4.29      3.76
S&P Municipal Bond Short Intermediate Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)      2.75        4.57      3.96
Lipper Short-Intermediate Municipal Debt Funds Classification Average (reflects no deduction for taxes or sales loads)      2.72        3.62      3.33

 

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Management

Investment Adviser

Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC

Sub-Adviser

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Portfolio Manager

 

Name

    

Title

    

Portfolio Manager of Fund Since

Paul L. Brennan, CFA      Senior Vice President      2006

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund on any business day, which is any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund either through a financial advisor or other financial intermediary or directly from the Fund. The Fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are as follows, although the Fund may reduce or waive the minimums in some cases:

 

        Class A and Class C    Class I
Eligibility and Minimum Initial Investment      $3,000   

Available only through fee-based programs and to other limited categories of investors as described in the prospectus.

 

$100,000 for all accounts except:

 

•$250 for clients of financial intermediaries and family offices that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000 (or that are expected to reach this level).

 

•No minimum for certain other categories of eligible investors as described in the prospectus.

Minimum Additional Investment      $100    No minimum.

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make interest income distributions that are exempt from regular federal income tax. All or a portion of these distributions, however, may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax and state and local taxes.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund, its distributor or its investment adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund

 

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to provide current income that is exempt from federal income tax to the extent consistent with preservation of capital.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the Fund or in other Nuveen Mutual Funds. More information about these and other discounts, as well as eligibility requirements for each share class, is available from your financial advisor and in “What Share Classes We Offer” on page 42 of the Fund’s prospectus, “How to Reduce Your Sales Charge” on page 45 of the prospectus and “Purchase and Redemption of Fund Shares” on page S-79 of the Fund’s statement of additional information.

Shareholder Fees

(fees paid directly from your investment)

      Class A      Class C      Class I  
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Purchases (as a percentage of offering price)      2.50%         None         None   
Maximum Deferred Sales Charge (Load)
(as a percentage of the lesser of purchase price or redemption proceeds)
1
     None         1.00%         None   
Maximum Sales Charge (Load) Imposed on Reinvested Dividends      None         None         None   
Exchange Fee      None         None         None   
Annual Low Balance Account Fee (for accounts under $1,000)2      $15         $15         $15   

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

        
      Class A      Class C      Class I  
Management Fees      0.43%         0.43%         0.43%   
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees      0.20%         0.55%         0.00%   
Other Expenses      0.10%         0.10%         0.10%   
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses      0.73%         1.08%         0.53%   
1 The contingent deferred sales charge on Class C shares applies only to redemptions within 12 months of purchase.
2 Fee applies to the following types of accounts under $1,000 held directly with the Fund: accounts established pursuant to the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) or Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA).

Example

The following example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then either redeem or do not redeem your shares at the end of a period. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

     Redemption            No Redemption        
      A      C      I            A      C      I        
1 Year    $ 323       $ 110       $ 54          $ 323       $ 110       $ 54      
3 Years    $ 478       $ 343       $ 170          $ 478       $ 343       $ 170      
5 Years    $ 646       $ 595       $ 296          $ 646       $ 595       $ 296      
10 Years    $ 1,134       $ 1,317       $ 665            $ 1,134       $ 1,317       $ 665        

 

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Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 30% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Under normal market conditions, as a fundamental policy, the Fund invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. In addition, under normal market conditions, as a fundamental policy, the Fund invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from the federal alternative minimum tax. These municipal bonds include obligations issued by U.S. states and their subdivisions, authorities, instrumentalities and corporations, as well as obligations issued by U.S. territories (such as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam) that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. The Fund normally may invest up to 20% of its net assets in taxable obligations, including obligations the interest on which is subject to the federal alternative minimum tax. The Fund will attempt to maintain the weighted average maturity of its portfolio securities at three years or less under normal market conditions.

The Fund invests mainly in securities that, at the time of purchase, are either rated investment grade or are unrated and determined to be of comparable quality by the Fund’s sub-adviser. However, the Fund may invest up to 20% of its total assets in securities that, at the time of purchase, are rated lower than investment grade or are unrated and of comparable quality (securities commonly referred to as “high yield” securities or “junk bonds”). If the rating of a security is reduced or discontinued after purchase, the Fund is not required to sell the security, but may consider doing so.

The Fund may invest in all types of municipal bonds, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and participation interests in municipal leases. The Fund may invest in zero coupon bonds, which are issued at substantial discounts from their value at maturity and pay no cash income to their holders until they mature.

The Fund may invest up to 15% of its net assets in municipal securities whose interest payments vary inversely with changes in short-term tax-exempt interest rates (“inverse floaters”). Inverse floaters are derivative securities that provide leveraged exposure to underlying municipal bonds. The Fund’s investments in inverse floaters are designed to increase the Fund’s income and returns through this leveraged exposure. These investments are speculative, however, and also create the possibility that income and returns will be diminished.

The Fund may utilize futures contracts and options on futures contracts in an attempt to manage market risk, credit risk and yield curve risk, and to manage the effective maturity or duration of securities in the Fund’s portfolio. The Fund may not use such instruments to gain exposure to a security or type of security that it would be prohibited by its investment restrictions from purchasing directly.

The Fund’s sub-adviser uses a value-oriented strategy and looks for higher-yielding and undervalued municipal bonds that offer above-average total return. The sub-adviser may choose to sell municipal bonds with deteriorating credit or limited upside potential compared to other available bonds.

Principal Risks

The price and yield of this Fund will change daily. You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The principal risks of investing in the Fund include:

Alternative Minimum Tax Risk—The Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in alternative minimum tax bonds. To the extent that the Fund invests in such bonds, that portion of the Fund’s otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Call Risk—If an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the Fund, performance could be adversely impacted.

 

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Credit Risk—Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make interest and principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a debt security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments. In addition, parties to other financial contracts with the Fund could default on their obligations. Also, the Fund’s investments in inverse floaters will increase the Fund’s credit risk.

Derivatives Risk—The use of futures contracts and options on futures contracts involves additional risks, such as liquidity, interest rate, counterparty, market, credit and management risks, and transaction costs which could leave the Fund in a worse position than if it had not used these instruments. Derivatives may entail investment exposures that are greater than their cost would suggest. As a result, a small investment in futures contracts could have a large impact on performance. Recent legislation requires the development of a new regulatory framework for the derivatives market. The impact of the new regulations is still unknown, but has the potential to increase the costs of using derivatives, may limit the availability of some forms of derivatives or the Fund’s ability to use derivatives, and may adversely affect the performance of some derivative instruments used by the Fund as well as the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objective through the use of such instruments.

High Yield Securities Risk—High yield securities, which are rated below investment grade and commonly referred to as “junk” bonds, are high risk investments that may cause income and principal losses for the Fund. They generally have greater credit risk, are less liquid and have more volatile prices than investment grade securities.

Income Risk—The Fund’s income could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Also, if the Fund invests in inverse floaters, the Fund’s income may decrease if short-term interest rates rise.

Interest Rate Risk—Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the Fund’s portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. When interest rates change, the values of longer-duration debt securities usually change more than the values of shorter-duration debt securities. Interest rate risk may be increased by the Fund’s investment in inverse floaters because of the leveraged nature of these investments.

Inverse Floaters Risk—The use of inverse floaters by the Fund creates effective leverage. Due to the leveraged nature of these investments, they will typically be more volatile and involve greater risk than the fixed rate municipal bonds underlying the inverse floaters. An investment in certain inverse floaters will involve the risk that the Fund could lose more than its original principal investment. Distributions on inverse floaters bear an inverse relationship to short-term municipal bond interest rates. Thus, distributions paid to the Fund on its inverse floaters will be reduced or even eliminated as short-term municipal interest rates rise and will increase when short-term municipal interest rates fall. Inverse floaters generally will underperform the market for fixed rate municipal bonds in a rising interest rate environment.

Market Risk—The market values of the Fund’s investments may decline, at times sharply and unpredictably.

Municipal Lease Obligations Risk—Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain “non-appropriation” clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body.

Political and Economic Risks—The values of municipal securities held by the Fund may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Adverse conditions in an industry significant to a local economy could have a correspondingly adverse effect on the financial condition of local issuers.

Tax Risk—Income from municipal bonds held by the Fund could be declared taxable because of, among other things, unfavorable changes in tax laws, adverse interpretations by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities, or noncompliant conduct of a bond issuer.

Zero Coupon Bonds Risk—Zero coupon bonds do not pay interest on a current basis and may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall. In addition, while such bonds generate income for purposes of generally accepted accounting standards, they do not generate cash flow and thus could cause the Fund to be forced to liquidate securities at an inopportune time in order to distribute cash, as required by tax laws.

 

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Fund Performance

The following bar chart and table provide some indication of the potential risks of investing in the Fund. The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance information is available at www.nuveen.com/performance or by calling (800) 257-8787.

The bar chart below shows the variability of the Fund’s performance from year to year for Class A shares. The performance of the other share classes will differ due to their different expense structures. The bar chart and highest/lowest quarterly returns that follow do not reflect sales charges, and if these charges were reflected, the returns would be less than those shown.

Class A Annual Total Return*

 

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  * Class A year-to-date total return as of June 30, 2013 was 0.03%.

During the ten-year period ended December 31, 2012, the Fund’s highest and lowest quarterly returns were 2.74% and -1.56%, respectively, for the quarters ended September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008.

The table below shows the variability of the Fund’s average annual returns and how they compare over the time periods indicated with those of a broad measure of market performance and an index of funds with similar investment objectives. All after-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Your own actual after-tax returns will depend on your specific tax situation and may differ from what is shown here.

Both the bar chart and the table assume that all distributions have been reinvested. Performance reflects fee waivers, if any, in effect during the periods presented. If any such waivers were not in place, returns would be reduced.

 

              Average Annual Total Returns
for the Periods Ended
December 31, 2012
 
      Inception
Date
       1 Year        5 Years        10 Years        Since
Inception
 
Class A (return before taxes)      10/25/02           (0.22 )%         2.40        2.28        N/A   
Class A (return after taxes on distributions)           (0.22 )%         2.40        2.27        N/A   
Class A (return after taxes on distributions and sale of Fund shares)           0.52        2.36        2.29        N/A   
Class C (return before taxes)      8/31/11           0.98        N/A           N/A           1.91
Class I (return before taxes)      10/25/02           2.62        3.09        2.71        N/A   
S&P Municipal Bond Short Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)           1.39        3.08        2.89        1.23
Lipper Short Municipal Debt Funds Classification Average (reflects no deduction for taxes or sales loads)                 1.38        2.16        2.13        1.36

 

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Management

Investment Adviser

Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC

Sub-Adviser

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Portfolio Manager

 

Name

    

Title

    

Portfolio Manager of Fund Since

Christopher L. Drahn, CFA      Senior Vice President      October 2002

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund on any business day, which is any day the New York Stock Exchange is open for business. You may purchase, redeem or exchange shares of the Fund either through a financial advisor or other financial intermediary or directly from the Fund. The Fund’s initial and subsequent investment minimums generally are as follows, although the Fund may reduce or waive the minimums in some cases:

 

        Class A and Class C    Class I
Eligibility and Minimum Initial Investment      $3,000   

Available only through fee-based programs and to other limited categories of investors as described in the prospectus.

 

$100,000 for all accounts except:

 

•$250 for clients of financial intermediaries and family offices that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000 (or that are expected to reach this level).

 

•No minimum for certain other categories of eligible investors as described in the prospectus.

Minimum Additional Investment      $100    No minimum.

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make interest income distributions that are exempt from regular federal income tax. All or a portion of these distributions, however, may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax and state and local taxes.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund, its distributor or its investment adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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Section 2    How We Manage Your Money

To help you better understand the Funds, this section includes a detailed discussion of the Funds’ investment and risk management strategies. For a more complete discussion of these matters, please see the statement of additional information, which is available by calling (800) 257-8787 or by visiting Nuveen’s website at www.nuveen.com.

 

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Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC (“Nuveen Fund Advisors”), the Funds’ investment adviser, offers advisory and investment management services to a broad range of mutual fund clients. Nuveen Fund Advisors has overall responsibility for management of the Funds, oversees the management of the Funds’ portfolios, manages the Funds’ business affairs and provides certain clerical, bookkeeping and other administrative services. Nuveen Fund Advisors is located at 333 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Nuveen Fund Advisors is a subsidiary of Nuveen Investments, Inc. (“Nuveen Investments”). On November 13, 2007, Nuveen Investments was acquired by investors led by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, which is a private equity investment firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The Nuveen family of advisers has been providing advice to investment companies since 1976, and had $215.7 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2013.

Nuveen Fund Advisors has selected its affiliate, Nuveen Asset Management, LLC (“Nuveen Asset Management”), located at 333 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606, to serve as sub-adviser to each Fund. Nuveen Asset Management manages the investment of the Funds’ assets on a discretionary basis, subject to the supervision of Nuveen Fund Advisors.

The portfolio managers for Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund are John V. Miller and Douglas J. White. The portfolio managers for Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund are Douglas M. Baker and Daniel J. Close. The portfolio manager for Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund is Paul L. Brennan. The portfolio manager for Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund is Christopher L. Drahn.

 

   

John V. Miller, CFA, is Managing Director and Co-Head of Fixed Income at Nuveen Asset Management. Before being named to co-head of fixed income in 2011, he was chief investment officer for the firm’s municipal bond team starting in 2007. He was named a managing director and head of portfolio management for Nuveen Asset Management in 2006. Mr. Miller became a portfolio manager in 2000 after starting at the firm as a municipal credit analyst in 1996. He began working in the financial industry at a private account management firm in 1993. He manages 11 Nuveen-sponsored investment companies, with a total of approximately $16.2 billion under management.

 

   

Douglas J. White, CFA, entered the financial services industry in 1983 and joined FAF Advisors, Inc. (“FAF”) in 1987. He became a portfolio manager in 1985 and most recently served as Head of Tax Exempt Fixed Income at FAF until joining Nuveen Asset Management. He joined Nuveen Asset Management as Senior Vice President and Portfolio

 

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Manager on January 1, 2011 in connection with its acquisition of a portion of FAF’s asset management business. He manages five Nuveen-sponsored investment companies, with a total of approximately $5.0 billion under management.

 

   

Douglas M. Baker, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Nuveen Asset Management. He joined Nuveen Asset Management in 2006 as Vice President and Derivatives Analyst, and later that year his responsibilities expanded to include portfolio management. He also manages the derivative overlay group, where he is responsible for implementing derivatives-based hedging strategies across the Nuveen Fund complex. He manages investments for six Nuveen-sponsored investment companies, with a total of approximately $4.0 billion under management.

 

   

Daniel J. Close, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Nuveen Asset Management. He began his career in the financial industry in 1998 and joined Nuveen Asset Management in 2000 as a member of the product management and development team. He then served as a research analyst and assumed certain portfolio management duties in 2007. He manages 17 Nuveen-sponsored investment companies, with a total of approximately $6.1 billion under management.

 

   

Paul L. Brennan, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Nuveen Asset Management. He began his career in the financial industry in 1991 as a municipal credit analyst for Flagship Financial Inc. (“Flagship”) before becoming a portfolio manager at Flagship in 1994. Mr. Brennan joined Nuveen Asset Management in 1997 when the firm acquired Flagship. He manages investments for 22 Nuveen-sponsored investment companies with a total of approximately $18.4 billion under management.

 

   

Christopher L. Drahn, CFA, entered the financial services industry in 1980 when he joined FAF. He became a portfolio manager in 1988 and most recently served as Senior Fixed-Income Portfolio Manager at FAF until joining Nuveen Asset Management. He joined Nuveen Asset Management as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager on January 1, 2011 in connection with its acquisition of a portion of FAF’s asset management business. He manages eight Nuveen-sponsored investment companies, with a total of approximately $3.3 billion under management.

Additional information about the portfolio managers’ compensation, other accounts managed by the portfolio managers and the portfolio managers’ ownership of securities in the Funds is provided in the statement of additional information.

Management Fees

The management fee schedule for each Fund consists of two components: a Fund-level fee, based only on the amount of assets within a Fund, and a complex-level fee, based on the aggregate amount of all eligible fund assets managed by Nuveen Fund Advisors.

 

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The annual Fund-level fee, payable monthly, is based upon the average daily net assets of each Fund as follows:

 

Average Daily Net Assets    Nuveen
All-American
Municipal
Bond Fund
    Nuveen
Inflation
Protected
Municipal
Bond Fund
    Nuveen
Intermediate
Duration
Municipal
Bond Fund
    Nuveen
Limited Term
Municipal
Bond Fund
   

Nuveen

Short Term
Municipal
Bond Fund

 
For the first $125 million      0.3000     0.3000     0.3000     0.2500     0.2500
For the next $125 million      0.2875     0.2875     0.2875     0.2375     0.2375
For the next $250 million      0.2750     0.2750     0.2750     0.2250     0.2250
For the next $500 million      0.2625     0.2625     0.2625     0.2125     0.2125
For the next $1 billion      0.2500     0.2500     0.2500     0.2000     0.2000
For net assets over $2 billion             0.2250                   0.1750
For the next $3 billion      0.2250            0.2250     0.1750       
For net assets over $5 billion      0.2125            0.2125     0.1625       

The overall complex-level fee begins at a maximum rate of 0.2000% of each Fund’s average daily net assets, based upon complex-level assets of $55 billion, with breakpoints for eligible assets above that level. Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund pay the overall complex-level fee rate. Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund, Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund’s complex-level fee rate is determined by taking the current overall complex-level fee rate and making, as appropriate, an upward adjustment to that rate based upon the percentage of each Fund’s assets that are not “eligible assets.” The maximum management fee rate for each Fund is the Fund-level fee plus 0.2000%. As of June 30, 2013, the Funds’ effective complex-level fee rates were as follows:

 

      Complex-Level
Fee Rate
 
Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund      0.1726
Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund      0.1679
Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund      0.1734
Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund      0.1679
Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund      0.1829

For the most recent fiscal year, each Fund paid Nuveen Fund Advisors the following management fees (net of fee waivers and expense reimbursements, where applicable) as a percentage of average daily net assets:

 

Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund      0.42
Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund      0.22
Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund      0.42
Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund      0.37
Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund      0.43

Nuveen Fund Advisors has agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses so that total annual fund operating expenses (excluding 12b-1 distribution and/or service fees, interest expenses, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses, fees incurred in acquiring and disposing of portfolio securities and extraordinary expenses) for Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund do not exceed 0.60% through August 31, 2014, and 1.05% thereafter, of the average daily net assets of any class of Fund shares. The expense limitation expiring August 31, 2014 may be terminated or modified prior to that date only with the approval of the Board of Trustees of the Fund. The expense limitation in effect thereafter may be terminated or modified only with the approval of shareholders of the Fund.

 

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Nuveen Fund Advisors has agreed to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses so that total annual fund operating expenses (excluding 12b-1 distribution and/or service fees, interest expenses, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses, fees incurred in acquiring and disposing of portfolio securities and extraordinary expenses) for Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund do not exceed 0.75% of the average daily net assets of any class of Fund shares. The expense limitation may be terminated or modified only with the approval of shareholders of the Fund.

Information regarding the Board of Directors’/Trustees’ approval of the investment management agreements is available in the Funds’ annual report for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013.

 

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The Funds’ investment objectives, which are described in the “Fund Summaries” section, may not be changed without shareholder approval. Each Fund has adopted a fundamental investment policy pursuant to Rule 35d-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, (a “Name Policy”) whereby the Fund, under normal market conditions, will invest at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from regular federal personal income tax. In addition, Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund has adopted a fundamental investment policy whereby the Fund, under normal market conditions, will invest at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in municipal bonds that pay interest that is exempt from the federal alternative minimum tax. Each Fund’s Name Policy and the fundamental investment policy of Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund may not be changed without shareholder approval.

The Funds’ investment policies may be changed by the Board of Directors/ Trustees without shareholder approval unless otherwise noted in this prospectus or the statement of additional information.

The Funds’ principal investment strategies are discussed in the “Fund Summaries” section. These are the strategies that the Funds’ investment adviser and sub-adviser believe are most likely to be important in trying to achieve the Funds’ investment objectives. This section provides more information about these strategies, as well as information about some additional strategies that the Funds’ sub-adviser uses, or may use, to achieve the Funds’ objectives. You should be aware that each Fund may also use strategies and invest in securities that are not described in this prospectus, but that are described in the statement of additional information. For a copy of the statement of additional information, call Nuveen Investor Services at (800) 257-8787 or visit Nuveen’s website at www.nuveen.com.

Municipal Obligations

States, local governments and municipalities and other issuing authorities issue municipal bonds to raise money for various public purposes such as building public facilities, refinancing outstanding obligations and financing general operating expenses. These bonds include general obligation bonds, which are backed by the full faith and credit of the issuer and may be repaid from any revenue source, and revenue bonds, which may be repaid only from the revenue of a specific facility or source.

The Funds may purchase municipal bonds that represent lease obligations. These carry special risks because the issuer of the bonds may not be obligated to appropriate money annually to make payments under the lease. In order to reduce this risk, the Funds will, in making purchase decisions, take into consideration the issuer’s incentive to continue making appropriations until maturity.

 

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The municipal securities in which the Funds invest may include refunded bonds and zero coupon bonds. Refunded bonds may have originally been issued as general obligation or revenue bonds, but become “refunded” when they are secured by an escrow fund, usually consisting entirely of direct U.S. government obligations and/or U.S. government agency obligations. Zero coupon bonds are issued at substantial discounts from their value at maturity and pay no cash income to their holders until they mature. When held to maturity, their entire return comes from the difference between their purchase price and their maturity value.

The debt obligations in which the Funds invest may have variable, floating, or fixed interest rates.

In evaluating municipal bonds of different credit qualities or maturities, Nuveen Asset Management takes into account the size of yield spreads. Yield spread is the additional return the Funds may earn by taking on additional credit risk or interest rate risk. For example, yields on low quality bonds are higher than yields on high quality bonds because investors must be compensated for incurring the higher credit risk associated with low quality bonds. If yield spreads do not provide adequate compensation for the additional risk associated with low quality bonds, the Funds may buy bonds of relatively higher quality. Similarly, in evaluating bonds of different maturities, Nuveen Asset Management evaluates the comparative yield available on these bonds. If yield spreads on long-term bonds do not compensate the Funds adequately for the additional interest rate risk the Funds must assume, the Funds may buy bonds of relatively shorter maturity. In addition, municipal bonds in a particular industry may provide higher yields relative to their risk compared to bonds in other industries. If that occurs, the Funds may buy more bonds from issuers in that industry.

Credit Quality

The Funds have investment strategies requiring them to invest in municipal bonds that have received a particular rating from a rating service, such as Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s. Any reference in this prospectus to a specific rating encompasses all gradations of that rating. For example, if the prospectus says that a Fund may invest in securities rated as low as B, the Fund may invest in securities rated B-. Municipal bonds that are rated below investment grade (BB/Ba or lower) are commonly referred to as “high yield” or “junk” bonds. High yield bonds typically offer higher yields than investment grade bonds with similar maturities but involve greater risks, including the possibility of default or bankruptcy, and increased market price volatility.

Portfolio Maturity and Duration

Maturity measures the time until a bond makes its final payment. Each Fund buys municipal bonds with different maturities in pursuit of its investment objective, but will generally maintain, under normal market conditions, an investment portfolio with an overall weighted average maturity within a defined range. Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund will attempt to maintain the weighted average maturity of its portfolio securities at three years or less under normal market conditions. Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund will attempt to maintain the weighted average maturity of its portfolio securities at three to seven years under normal market conditions. Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund will generally maintain, under normal market conditions, an investment portfolio with an overall weighted average maturity of five to fifteen years. Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund will maintain, under normal market conditions, an investment portfolio with an overall weighted average maturity in excess of 10 years.

 

 

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Duration measures a bond’s expected life on a present value basis, taking into account the bond’s yield, interest payments and final maturity. Duration is a reasonably accurate measure of a bond’s price sensitivity to changes in interest rates. The longer the duration of a bond, the greater the bond’s price sensitivity is to changes in interest rates. For example, if a bond has a duration of five years, its value will decrease by approximately 5% if interest rates rise by 1%. Under normal market conditions, Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund generally invests in intermediate- and long-term bonds with a duration of between 2 and 10 years, and generally maintains a weighted average portfolio duration of between 4 and 7 years. Under normal market conditions, Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund maintains a weighted average portfolio duration of between 3 and 10 years, and expects to generally maintain a weighted average portfolio duration of between 4.5 and 7 years.

Inverse Floaters

Each Fund, other than Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund, may invest up to 15% of its net assets in inverse floaters issued in tender option bond (“TOB”) transactions. In a TOB transaction, one or more highly-rated municipal bonds are deposited into a special purpose trust that issues floating rate securities (“floaters”) to outside parties and inverse floaters to long-term investors like the Funds. The floaters pay interest at a rate that is reset periodically (generally weekly) to reflect current short-term tax-exempt interest rates. Holders of the floaters have the right to tender such securities back to the TOB trust for par plus accrued interest (the “put option”), typically on seven days’ notice. Holders of the floaters are paid from the proceeds of a successful remarketing of the floaters or by a liquidity provider in the event of a failed remarketing. The inverse floaters pay interest at a rate equal to (a) the interest accrued on the underlying bonds, minus (b) the sum of the interest payable on the floaters and fees payable in connection with the TOB. Thus, the interest payments on the inverse floaters will vary inversely with the short-term rates paid on the floaters. Holders of the inverse floaters typically have the right to simultaneously (a) cause the holders of the floaters to tender those floaters to the TOB trust at par plus accrued interest and (b) purchase the municipal bonds from the TOB trust.

Because holders of the floaters have the right to tender their securities to the TOB trust at par plus accrued interest, holders of the inverse floaters are exposed to all of the gains or losses on the underlying municipal bonds, despite the fact that their net cash investment is significantly less than the value of those bonds. This multiplies the positive or negative impact of the underlying bonds’ price movements on the value of the inverse floaters, thereby creating effective leverage. The effective leverage created by any TOB transaction depends on the value of the securities deposited in the TOB trust relative to the value of the floaters it issues. The higher the percentage of the TOB trust’s total value represented by the floaters, the greater the effective leverage. For example, if municipal bonds worth $100 are deposited in a TOB trust and the TOB trust issues floaters worth $75 and inverse floaters worth $25, the TOB trust will have a leverage ratio of 3:1 and the inverse floaters will exhibit price movements at a rate that is four times that of the underlying bonds deposited into the trust. If that same TOB trust were to issue only $50 of floaters, the leverage ratio would be 1:1 and the inverse floaters would exhibit price movements at a rate that is only two times that of the underlying bonds.

 

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CPI Swaps and Other Inflation-Linked Instruments

Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund seeks to hedge inflation risk by investing in inflation-linked instruments, such as Consumer Price Index (CPI) swaps, in amounts sufficient to approximate the duration characteristics of the Fund’s underlying municipal bond portfolio. A CPI swap is a fixed maturity, over-the-counter derivative in which one party (the Fund) pays to another party (the counterparty) a predetermined fixed annualized rate over the life of the swap and receives in return the “realized” rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers Non-Seasonally Adjusted over the life of the swap. The Fund will benefit from a CPI swap if actual inflation during the swap’s period is greater than the level of inflation expected for that period at the time the swap was entered into, and conversely the Fund will lose money on a CPI swap if actual inflation turns out to be less than expected.

Under certain market conditions, Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund may invest up to 100% of its net assets in inflation-indexed bonds of varying maturities issued by municipalities to hedge inflation risk and manage swap counterparty exposure.

U.S. Government Securities

Under certain market conditions, Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund may invest up to 100% of its net assets in inflation-indexed bonds of varying maturities issued by the U.S. Government and its agencies (such as Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)) to hedge inflation risk and manage swap counterparty exposure. The Fund may also, for cash management or defensive purposes (such as thinness in the market for municipal bonds or an expected substantial decline in the value of long-term municipal obligations), invest temporarily up to 100% of its net assets in other U.S. Government securities, which include U.S. Treasury obligations and securities issued or guaranteed by various agencies of the U.S. Government, or by various instrumentalities that have been established or sponsored by the U.S. Government. U.S. Treasury obligations are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government. Securities issued or guaranteed by federal agencies or U.S. Government-sponsored instrumentalities may or may not be backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government. Interest on each such instrument is taxable for federal income tax purposes and would reduce the amount of tax-free interest payable to shareholders of the Fund.

Investment Companies and Other Pooled Investment Vehicles

Under normal market conditions, Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund may invest up to 10% of its net assets in securities of other open-end or closed-end investment companies, including exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), that invest primarily in securities of the types in which the Fund may invest directly. In addition, the Fund may invest a portion of its assets in pooled investment vehicles (other than investment companies) that invest primarily in securities of the types in which the Fund may invest directly. The Fund may invest in the securities of ETFs in excess of the limits imposed under the 1940 Act pursuant to exemptive orders obtained by certain ETFs and their sponsors from the Securities and Exchange Commission. An ETF is a fund that holds a portfolio of securities generally designed to track the performance of a securities index, including industry, sector, country and region indexes. ETFs trade on a securities exchange and their shares may, at times, trade at a premium or discount to their net asset value.

 

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As a shareholder in a pooled investment vehicle, the Fund will bear its ratable share of that vehicle’s expenses, and would remain subject to payment of the Fund’s advisory and administrative fees with respect to assets so invested. Shareholders would therefore be subject to duplicative expenses to the extent the Fund invests in other pooled investment vehicles. In addition, the Fund will incur brokerage costs when purchasing and selling shares of ETFs. Securities of other pooled investment vehicles may be leveraged, in which case the value and/or yield of such securities will tend to be more volatile than securities of unleveraged vehicles.

Short-Term Investments

Under normal market conditions, each Fund, other than Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund, may invest up to 20% of its net assets in short-term investments, such as short-term, high quality municipal bonds or tax-exempt money market funds. The Funds may invest in short-term, high quality taxable securities or shares of taxable money market funds if suitable short-term municipal bonds or shares of tax-exempt money market funds are not available at reasonable prices and yields. If the Funds invest in taxable securities, they may not be able to achieve their investment objectives.

Each Fund may invest up to 100% of its assets in cash equivalents and short-term investments as a temporary defensive measure in response to adverse market conditions or to keep cash on hand fully invested. During these periods, the weighted average maturity of a Fund’s investment portfolio may fall below the defined range described in the respective Fund Summary under “Principal Investment Strategies” and the Fund may not achieve its objective. The Funds do not expect to invest substantial amounts in short-term investments as a defensive measure except under extraordinary circumstances.

For more information on eligible short-term investments, see the statement of additional information.

When-Issued, Delayed-Delivery and Forward Commitment Transactions

Each Fund may enter into contracts to purchase securities for a specified price at a future date later than the normal settlement date.

Municipal “forwards” pay higher interest rates after settlement than standard bonds to compensate the buyer for bearing market risk but deferring income during the settlement period, and can often be bought at attractive prices and yields. For instance, if a Fund knows that a portfolio bond will, or is likely to, be called or mature on a specific future date, the Fund may buy a forward settling on or about that date to replace the called or maturing bond and “lock in” a currently attractive interest rate.

Portfolio Holdings

A description of the Funds’ policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Funds’ portfolio holdings is available in the Funds’ statement of additional information. Certain portfolio holdings information for each Fund is available on the Funds’ website—www.nuveen.com/mf—by navigating to your Fund using the “Mutual Fund Finder” and clicking on the “Holdings & Detail” tab. By following these links, you can obtain a list of your Fund’s top ten holdings as of the end of the most recent month. A complete list of portfolio holdings information is generally made available on the Funds’ website approximately five business days following the end of each most recent month. This information will remain available on the website until the Funds file with the Securities and Exchange Commission

 

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their annual, semi-annual or quarterly holdings report for the fiscal period that includes the date(s) as of which the website information is current.

 

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Investment Philosophy

Nuveen Asset Management believes that the tax treatment of municipal securities and the structural characteristics in the municipal securities market create opportunities to enhance the after-tax total return and diversification of the investment portfolios of taxable investors. Nuveen Asset Management follows a disciplined, research-driven investment approach to find securities that combine exceptional relative value with above-average return potential.

Investment Process for the Funds

Nuveen Asset Management believes that a value-oriented investment strategy that seeks to identify underrated and undervalued securities and sectors is positioned to capture the opportunities inherent in the municipal securities market and potentially outperform the general municipal securities market over time. The primary elements of Nuveen Asset Management’s investment process are:

 

   

Credit analysis and surveillance

 

   

Sector analysis

 

   

Limited industry concentration

 

   

Trading strategies

 

   

Sell discipline

 

   

Yield curve and structural analysis

Additional Information Regarding the Investment Process for Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund

Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund is an actively managed portfolio that aims to provide after-tax total return, protected from inflation, through a combination of federally tax-exempt income, security selection, and inflation-linked investments. In order to achieve its objective, the Fund invests primarily in intermediate duration, tax-exempt municipal bonds and utilizes an inflation-hedging strategy to protect the portfolio against unanticipated increases in inflation.

Nuveen Asset Management seeks to preserve the expected future purchasing power of the Fund’s underlying municipal bond portfolio by investing in inflation-linked instruments, such as CPI swaps, in amounts sufficient to approximate the duration characteristics of the Fund’s portfolio. The Fund will benefit from CPI swaps when inflation expectations rise, but will lose money on CPI swaps when inflation expectations fall. Under normal market conditions, the Fund’s CPI swap overlay will cover the full market value of the Fund’s underlying municipal bond portfolio.

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investing you should consider carefully the principal risks and certain other risks that you assume when you invest in the Funds. These risks are listed alphabetically below. Because of these risks, you should consider an investment in the Funds to be a long-term investment.

Principal Risks

Alternative minimum tax risk: Each Fund, other than Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund, has no limit as to the amount that can be invested in alternative minimum tax bonds. Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund may invest up to 20% of its net assets in alternative minimum tax bonds. Therefore, all or a portion of a Fund’s otherwise exempt-interest dividends may be taxable to those shareholders subject to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Call risk: Many bonds may be redeemed at the option of the issuer, or “called,” before their stated maturity date. In general, an issuer will call its bonds if they can be refinanced by issuing new bonds which bear a lower interest rate. Each Fund is subject to the possibility that during periods of falling interest rates, a bond issuer will call its high yielding bonds. A Fund would then be forced to invest the unanticipated proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Fund’s income.

Credit risk: Each Fund is subject to the risk that an issuer of a debt security held by a Fund may be unable or unwilling to make interest and principal payments on the securities and the related risk that the value of a debt security may decline because of concerns about the issuer’s ability or willingness to make such payments. There is also the risk that an issuer could suffer adverse changes in financial condition that could lower the credit quality of a security. This could lead to greater volatility in the price of the security and in shares of the Fund. Also, a change in the credit quality rating of a bond could affect the bond’s liquidity and make it more difficult for a Fund to sell. When a Fund purchases unrated securities, it will depend on the sub-adviser’s analysis of credit risk without the assessment of an independent rating organization, such as Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s. Credit risk may be increased by a Fund’s investments in inverse floaters because of the leveraged nature of these investments.

Declining inflation risk: Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund’s inflation-hedging strategy primarily involves the use of CPI swaps. The Fund will benefit from a CPI swap if actual inflation during the swap’s period is greater than the level of inflation expected for that period at the time the swap was initiated. However, if actual inflation turns out to be less than expected, the Fund will lose money on the swap. In such circumstances, the Fund will underperform an otherwise identical municipal bond fund that had not utilized such inflation hedges.

Derivatives risk: The use of derivatives presents risks different from, and possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in traditional securities or other instruments. Among the risks presented are market risk, credit risk, management risk and liquidity risk. Derivatives can be highly volatile, illiquid and difficult to value, and there is the risk that changes in the value of a derivative held by a Fund will not correlate with the underlying instruments or the Fund’s other investments.

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counterparty to the derivative instruments to make required payments or otherwise comply with the derivative instruments’ terms. These risks are heightened when the management team uses derivatives to enhance a Fund’s return or as a substitute for a position or security, rather than solely to hedge (or offset) the risk of a position or security held by the Fund.

In addition, when a Fund invests in certain derivative securities, it is effectively leveraging its investments, which could result in exaggerated changes in the net asset value of the Fund’s shares and can result in losses that exceed the amount originally invested. The success of a Fund’s derivatives strategies will depend on the sub-adviser’s ability to assess and predict the impact of market or economic developments on the underlying asset, index or rate and the derivative itself, without the benefit of observing the performance of the derivative under all possible market conditions. A Fund may also enter into over-the-counter (“OTC”) transactions in derivatives. Transactions in the OTC markets generally are conducted on a principal-to-principal basis. The terms and conditions of these instruments generally are not standardized and tend to be more specialized or complex, and the instruments may be harder to value. In general, there is less governmental regulation and supervision of transactions in the OTC markets than of transactions entered into on organized exchanges. In addition, certain derivative instruments and markets may not be liquid, which means a Fund may not be able to close out a derivatives transaction in a cost-efficient manner.

The Funds may take short positions in derivatives, which may involve greater risks than long positions, as the risk of loss on short positions is theoretically unlimited (unlike a long position, in which the risk of loss may be limited to the amount invested).

In particular, swap agreements are subject to the risk that the counterparty to the swap will default on its obligation to pay a Fund and the risk that the Fund will not be able to meet its obligations to pay the counterparty to the swap. Swap agreements may also involve fees, commissions or other costs that may reduce a Fund’s gains from a swap agreement or may cause the Fund to lose money.

Some of the risks associated with the use of futures contracts are the imperfect correlation between the change in market value of the instruments held by a Fund and the price of the futures contract, liquidity risks, and losses caused by unanticipated market movements. Additional risks include the possibility that an exchange may impose price fluctuation limits, which may make it difficult or impossible to close out a position when desired, and counterparty risk.

Recent legislation requires the development of a new regulatory framework for the derivatives market. The impact of the new regulations is still unknown, but has the potential to increase the costs of using derivatives, may limit the availability of some forms of derivatives or a Fund’s ability to use derivatives, and may adversely affect the performance of some derivative instruments used by a Fund as well as the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objectives through the use of such instruments.

High yield securities risk: Each Fund may invest in high yield securities, which involve more risk than investment grade securities. High yield securities usually offer higher yields than investment grade securities, but also involve more risk. High yield securities may be more susceptible to real or perceived adverse economic conditions than investment grade securities, and they generally have more volatile prices and carry more risk to principal. In

 

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addition, liquidity risk is greater for high yield securities than for investment grade securities.

Income risk: Each Fund’s income could decline due to falling market interest rates. This is because, in a falling interest rate environment, a Fund generally will have to invest the proceeds from sales of Fund shares, as well as the proceeds from maturing portfolio securities (or portfolio securities that have been called, see “Call risk” above), in lower-yielding securities. Also, if a Fund invests in inverse floaters, whose income payments vary inversely with changes in short-term market rates, the Fund’s income may decrease if short-term interest rates rise.

Inflation-linked instruments risk: With respect to Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund, the returns of CPI swaps or inflation-linked securities such as TIPS reflect a specified index of inflation, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers Non-Seasonally Adjusted (CPI-U NSA). There can be no assurance that the CPI-U NSA will accurately measure either the rate of expected future inflation reflected in the prices and yields of municipal bonds or the actual future rate of inflation. These instruments may lose value if the expected or actual future rate of inflation is greater than the inflation rate as measured by the CPI-U NSA. In addition, inflation-linked instruments are subject to the risk that the CPI-U NSA or other relevant pricing index may be discontinued or fundamentally altered in a materially adverse manner to the interests of an investor in the instruments or substituted with an alternative index. Inflation-linked instruments are subject to the effects of changes in market interest rates caused by factors other than inflation (real interest rates). In general, the price of an inflation-linked instrument tends to decrease when real interest rates increase and increase when real interest rates decrease. Interest payments on inflation-linked instruments are unpredictable and will fluctuate as the principal and/or interest are adjusted for inflation. Any increase in the principal amount of an inflation-linked instrument other than a CPI swap may be considered taxable ordinary income, even though Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund will not receive the principal until maturity.

Swaps may be riskier than other types of investments because they may be more sensitive to changes in economic or market conditions and could result in losses that significantly exceed the Fund’s original investment. Swaps expose the Fund to counterparty risk (i.e., the risk that the swap counterparty will not fulfill its contractual obligations) and to the credit risk of the swap counterparty. The Fund’s transactions in swaps and other inflation-linked instruments could also affect the amount, timing and character of distributions to shareholders, thereby resulting in the Fund realizing more short-term capital gain and ordinary income subject to tax at ordinary income tax rates than it would if it did not engage in such transactions, which may adversely impact the Fund’s after-tax return.

Interest rate risk: Debt securities in the Funds will fluctuate in value with changes in interest rates. In general, debt securities will increase in value when interest rates fall and decrease in value when interest rates rise. Longer-term debt securities are generally more sensitive to interest rate changes. Rising interest rates also may lengthen the duration of debt securities with call features, since exercise of the call becomes less likely as interest rates rise. This in turn will make the securities more sensitive to changes in interest rates and result in even steeper price declines in the event of further interest rate increases. Interest rate risk may be increased by a Fund’s investment in inverse floaters and forward commitments because of the leveraged nature of these investments.

 

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Inverse floaters risk: Each Fund, other than Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund, may invest in inverse floaters. The use of inverse floaters by a Fund creates effective leverage. Due to the leveraged nature of these investments, the value of an inverse floater will increase and decrease to a significantly greater extent than the values of the TOB trust’s underlying municipal bonds in response to changes in market interest rates or credit quality. An investment in inverse floaters typically will involve greater risk than an investment in a fixed rate municipal bond, including, in the case of recourse inverse floaters (discussed below), the risk that a Fund may lose more than its original principal investment.

Distributions on inverse floaters bear an inverse relationship to short-term municipal bond interest rates. Thus, distributions paid to a Fund on its inverse floaters will be reduced or even eliminated as short-term municipal interest rates rise and will increase when short-term municipal interest rates fall. The greater the amount of floaters sold by a TOB trust relative to the inverse floaters (i.e., the greater the effective leverage of the inverse floaters), the more volatile the distributions on the inverse floaters will be. Inverse floaters generally will underperform the market for fixed rate municipal bonds in a rising interest rate environment.

Each Fund, other than Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund, may invest in recourse inverse floaters. With such an investment, the Fund will be required to reimburse the liquidity provider of a TOB trust for any shortfall between the outstanding amount of any floaters and the value of the municipal bonds in the TOB trust in the event the floaters cannot be successfully remarketed, which could cause the Fund to lose money in excess of its investment.

A TOB trust may be terminated without a Fund’s consent upon the occurrence of certain events, such as the bankruptcy or default of the issuer of the securities in the trust. If that happens, the floaters will be redeemed at par (plus accrued interest) out of the proceeds from the sale of securities in the TOB trust, and the Fund will be entitled to the remaining proceeds, if any. Thus, if there is a decrease in the value of the securities held in the TOB trust, the Fund may lose some or all of the principal amount of its investment in the inverse floaters. As noted above, in the case of recourse inverse floaters, the Fund could lose money in excess of its investment.

Market risk: The market values of the Funds’ investments may decline, at times sharply and unpredictably. Market values of debt securities are affected by a number of different factors, including changes in interest rates, the credit quality of bond issuers, and general economic and market conditions.

Municipal lease obligations risk: The Funds may purchase participation interests in municipal leases. These are undivided interests in a lease, installment purchase contract, or conditional sale contract entered into by a state or local government unit to acquire equipment or facilities. Participation interests in municipal leases pose special risks because many leases and contracts contain “non-appropriation” clauses that provide that the governmental issuer has no obligation to make future payments under the lease or contract unless money is appropriated for this purpose by the appropriate legislative body. Although these kinds of obligations are secured by the leased equipment or facilities, it might be difficult and time consuming to dispose of the equipment or facilities in the event of non-appropriation, and the Fund might not recover the full principal amount of the obligation.

 

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Non-diversification risk: Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund is a non-diversified fund and may invest a larger portion of its assets in a fewer number of issuers than a diversified fund. Because a relatively high percentage of the Fund’s assets may be invested in the securities of a limited number of issuers, the Fund’s portfolio may be more susceptible to any single economic, business, political or regulatory occurrence than the portfolio of a diversified fund.

Political and economic risks: The values of municipal securities may be adversely affected by local political and economic conditions and developments. Adverse conditions in an industry significant to a local economy could have a correspondingly adverse effect on the financial condition of local issuers. Other factors that could affect municipal securities include a change in the local, state, or national economy, demographic factors, ecological or environmental concerns, statutory limitations on the issuer’s ability to increase taxes, and other developments generally affecting the revenue of issuers (for example, legislation or court decisions reducing state aid to local governments or mandating additional services). This risk would be heightened to the extent that a Fund invests a substantial portion of the below-investment grade quality portion of its portfolio in the bonds of similar projects (such as those relating to the education, health care, housing, transportation, or utilities industries), in industrial development bonds, or in particular types of municipal securities (such as general obligation bonds, private activity bonds or moral obligation bonds) that are particularly exposed to specific types of adverse economic, business or political events.

To the extent that a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of issuers located in a given state or U.S. territory, it will be disproportionally affected by political and economic conditions and developments in that state or territory. In addition, economic, political or regulatory changes in that state or territory could adversely affect municipal bond issuers in that state or territory and therefore the value of a Fund’s investment portfolio.

Tax risk: Proposals have been introduced in Congress to restrict or eliminate the federal income tax exemption for interest on municipal securities, and similar proposals may be introduced in the future. Proposed “flat tax” and “value added tax” proposals would also have the effect of eliminating the tax preference for municipal securities. Some of the past proposals would have applied to interest on municipal securities issued before the date of enactment, which would have adversely affected their value to a material degree. If such a proposal were enacted, the availability of municipal securities for investment by a Fund and the value of the Fund’s portfolio would be adversely affected.

Zero coupon bonds risk: As interest on zero coupon bonds is not paid on a current basis, the values of the bonds are subject to greater fluctuations than are the value of bonds that distribute income regularly and may be more speculative than such bonds. Accordingly, the values of zero coupon bonds may be highly volatile as interest rates rise or fall. In addition, while zero coupon bonds generate income for purposes of generally accepted accounting standards, they do not generate cash flow and thus could cause a Fund to be forced to liquidate securities at an inopportune time in order to distribute cash, as required by tax laws.

Other Risks

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or clear portfolio transactions. Borrowing may exaggerate changes in the net asset value of a Fund’s shares and may affect a Fund’s net income. When a Fund borrows money, it must pay interest and other fees, which will reduce the Fund’s returns if such costs exceed the returns on the portfolio securities purchased or retained with such borrowings. Any such borrowings are intended to be temporary. However, under certain market conditions, including periods of low demand or decreased liquidity in the municipal bond market, such borrowings might be outstanding for longer periods of time.

Inflation risk: The value of assets or income from investments may be less in the future as inflation decreases the value of money. As inflation increases, the value of a Fund’s assets can decline, as can the value of a Fund’s distributions.

When-issued, delayed-delivery and forward commitment transactions risk: These transactions involve an additional element of risk because, although a Fund will not have made any cash outlay prior to the settlement date, the value of the security to be purchased may decline before that settlement date.

 

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Section 3    How You Can Buy and Sell Shares

The Funds offer multiple classes of shares, each with a different combination of sales charges, fees, eligibility requirements and other features. Your financial advisor can help you determine which class is best for you. For further details, please see the statement of additional information.

 

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Class A Shares

You can purchase Class A shares at the offering price, which is the net asset value per share plus an up-front sales charge. You may qualify for a reduced sales charge, or the sales charge may be waived, as described in “How to Reduce Your Sales Charge.” Class A shares are also subject to an annual service fee of 0.20% of your Fund’s average daily net assets, which compensates your financial advisor or other financial intermediary for providing ongoing service to you. Nuveen Securities, LLC (the “Distributor”), a subsidiary of Nuveen Investments and the distributor of the Funds, retains the up-front sales charge and the service fee on accounts with no financial intermediary of record. The up-front Class A sales charges for the Funds are as follows:

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Amount of Purchase    Sales Charge as
% of Public
Offering Price
    Sales Charge as %
of Net Amount
Invested
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Financial Intermediary
Commission as % of
Public Offering Price
 
Less than $50,000      4.20     4.38     3.70
$50,000 but less than $100,000      4.00        4.18        3.50   
$100,000 but less than $250,000      3.50        3.63        3.00   
$250,000 but less than $500,000      2.50        2.56        2.00   
$500,000 but less than $1,000,000      2.00        2.04        1.50   
$1,000,000 and over*                    1.00   
  * You can purchase $1 million or more of Class A shares at net asset value without an up-front sales charge. The Distributor pays financial intermediaries of record at a rate of 1.00% of the first $2.5 million, plus 0.75% of the next $2.5 million, plus 0.50% of the amount over $5 million, which includes an advance of the first year’s service fee. Unless you are eligible for a waiver, you may be assessed a contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) of 1.00% if you redeem any of your shares within 6 months of purchase, 0.75% if you redeem any of your shares within 12 months of purchase and 0.50% if you redeem any of your shares within 18 months of purchase. See “How to Sell Shares—Contingent Deferred Sales Charge” below for more information.

Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund

Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund

 

Amount of Purchase    Sales Charge as
% of Public
Offering Price
    Sales Charge as %
of Net Amount
Invested
    Maximum
Financial Intermediary
Commission as % of
Public Offering Price
 
Less than $50,000      3.00     3.09     2.50
$50,000 but less than $100,000      2.50        2.56        2.00   
$100,000 but less than $250,000      2.00        2.04        1.50   
$250,000 but less than $500,000      1.50        1.52        1.25   
$500,000 but less than $1,000,000      1.25        1.27        1.00   
$1,000,000 and over*                    1.00   
  * You can purchase $1 million or more of Class A shares at net asset value without an up-front sales charge. The Distributor pays financial intermediaries of record at a rate of 1.00% of the first $2.5 million, plus 0.75% of the next $2.5 million, plus 0.50% of the amount over $5 million, which includes an advance of the first year’s service fee. Unless you are eligible for a waiver, you may be assessed a CDSC of 1.00% if you redeem any of your shares within 6 months of purchase, 0.75% if you redeem any of your shares within 12 months of purchase and 0.50% if you redeem any of your shares within 18 months of purchase. See “How to Sell Shares—Contingent Deferred Sales Charge” below for more information.

 

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Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund

Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund

 

Amount of Purchase    Sales Charge as %
of Public
Offering Price
    Sales Charge as %
of Net Amount
Invested
    Maximum
Financial Intermediary
Commission as % of
Public Offering Price
 
Less than $50,000      2.50     2.56     2.00
$50,000 but less than $100,000      2.00        2.04        1.60   
$100,000 but less than $250,000      1.50        1.52        1.20   
$250,000 and over*                    0.70   
  * You can purchase $250,000 or more of Class A shares at net asset value without an up-front sales charge. The Distributor pays financial intermediaries of record at a rate of 0.70% of the first $2.5 million, plus 0.50% of the next $2.5 million, plus 0.25% of the amount over $5 million, which includes an advance of the first year’s service fee. Unless you are eligible for a waiver, you may be assessed a CDSC of 0.70% if you redeem any of your shares within 6 months of purchase, 0.50% if you redeem any of your shares within 12 months of purchase and 0.25% if you redeem any of your shares within 18 months of purchase. See “How to Sell Shares—Contingent Deferred Sales Charge” below for more information.

Class B Shares

Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund, Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund do not issue Class B shares. Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund will issue Class B shares upon the exchange of Class B shares from another Nuveen Mutual Fund or for purposes of dividend reinvestment, but Class B shares are not available for new accounts or for additional investment into existing accounts.

Class B shares are subject to annual distribution and service fees of 0.95% of your Fund’s average daily net assets. The annual 0.20% service fee compensates your financial advisor or other financial intermediary for providing ongoing service to you. The annual 0.75% distribution fee compensates the Distributor for paying your financial advisor or other financial intermediary a 4% up-front sales commission, which includes an advance of the first year’s service fee. The Distributor retains the service and distribution fees on accounts with no financial intermediary of record. If you redeem your shares within six years of purchase, you will normally pay a CDSC as shown in the schedule below. The CDSC is based on your purchase price or redemption proceeds, whichever is lower. You do not pay a CDSC on any Class B shares you purchase by reinvesting dividends.

 

Years Since Purchase      0-1      1-2      2-3      3-4      4-5      5-6      Over 6  
CDSC        5      4      4      3      2      1      None   

Class B shares automatically convert to Class A shares eight years after you buy them so that the distribution fees you pay over the life of your investment are limited. You will continue to pay an annual service fee on any converted Class B shares.

Class C Shares

You can purchase Class C shares at the offering price, which is the net asset value per share without any up-front sales charge. Class C shares are subject to annual distribution and service fees of 0.75% (0.55% for Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund) of your Fund’s average daily net assets. The annual 0.20% service fee compensates your financial advisor or other financial intermediary for providing ongoing service to you. The annual 0.55% (0.35% for Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund) distribution fee compensates the Distributor for paying your financial advisor or other financial intermediary an ongoing sales commission. The Distributor compensates your financial advisor or other financial intermediary

 

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at the time of sale at a rate of 1.00% of the amount of Class C shares purchased, which includes an advance of the first year’s service and distribution fees. The Distributor retains the service and distribution fees on accounts with no financial intermediary of record. If you redeem your shares within 12 months of purchase, you will normally pay a 1% CDSC, which is calculated on the lower of your purchase price or redemption proceeds. You do not pay a CDSC on any Class C shares you purchase by reinvesting dividends.

The Funds have established a limit to the amount of Class C shares that may be purchased by an individual investor. See the statement of additional information for more information.

Class I Shares

You can purchase Class I shares at the offering price, which is the net asset value per share without any up-front sales charge. As Class I shares are not subject to sales charges or ongoing service or distribution fees, they have lower ongoing expenses than the other classes.

Class I shares are available for purchase by clients of financial intermediaries who charge such clients an ongoing fee for advisory, investment, consulting or related services. Such clients may include individuals, corporations, endowments and foundations. The minimum initial investment for such clients is $100,000, but this minimum will be lowered to $250 for clients of financial intermediaries that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000. The Distributor may also lower the minimum to $250 for clients of financial intermediaries anticipated to reach this Class I share holdings level.

Class I shares are also available for purchase by family offices and their clients. A family office is a company that provides certain financial and other services to a high net worth family or families. The minimum initial investment for family offices and their clients is $100,000, but this minimum will be lowered to $250 for clients of family offices that have accounts holding Class I shares with an aggregate value of at least $100,000. The Distributor may also lower the minimum to $250 for clients of family offices anticipated to reach this Class I share holdings level.

Class I shares are also available for purchase, with no minimum initial investment, by the following categories of investors:

 

   

Certain bank or broker-affiliated trust departments.

 

   

Advisory accounts of Nuveen Fund Advisors and its affiliates.

 

   

Current and former trustees/directors of any Nuveen Fund, and their immediate family members (as defined in the statement of additional information).

 

   

Officers, directors and former directors of Nuveen Investments and its affiliates, and their immediate family members.

 

   

Full-time and retired employees of Nuveen Investments and its affiliates, and their immediate family members.

 

   

Certain financial intermediary personnel, and their immediate family members.

 

   

Certain other institutional investors described in the statement of additional information.

Please refer to the statement of additional information for more information about Class A, Class B, Class C and Class I shares, including more detailed

 

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program descriptions and eligibility requirements. Additional information is also available from your financial advisor, who can also help you prepare any necessary application forms.

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The Funds offer a number of ways to reduce or eliminate the up-front sales charge on Class A shares. See “What Share Classes We Offer” (above) for a discussion of eligibility requirements for purchasing Class I shares.

Class A Sales Charge Reductions

 

   

Rights of Accumulation. In calculating the appropriate sales charge on a purchase of Class A shares of a Fund, you may be able to add the amount of your purchase to the value, based on the current net asset value per share, of all of your prior purchases of any Nuveen Mutual Fund.

 

   

Letter of Intent. Subject to certain requirements, you may purchase Class A shares of a Fund at the sales charge rate applicable to the total amount of the purchases you intend to make over a 13-month period.

For purposes of calculating the appropriate sales charge as described under Rights of Accumulation and Letter of Intent above, you may include purchases by (i) you, (ii) your spouse or domestic partner and children under the age of 21 years, and (iii) a corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship that is 100% owned by any of the persons in (i) or (ii). In addition, a trustee or other fiduciary can count all shares purchased for a single trust, estate or other single fiduciary account that has multiple accounts (including one or more employee benefit plans of the same employer).

Class A Sales Charge Waivers

Class A shares of a Fund may be purchased at net asset value without a sales charge as follows:

 

   

Purchases of $1,000,000 or more of Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund, Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund; and purchases of $250,000 or more of Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund and Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund (although such purchases may be subject to a CDSC in certain circumstances).

 

   

Monies representing reinvestment of Nuveen Defined Portfolio and Nuveen Mutual Fund distributions.

 

   

Employees of Nuveen Investments and its affiliates. Purchases by full-time and retired employees of Nuveen Investments and its affiliates and such employees’ immediate family members (as defined in the statement of additional information).

 

   

Current and former trustees/directors of the Nuveen Funds.

 

   

Financial intermediary personnel. Purchases by any person who, for at least the last 90 days, has been an officer, director, or employee of any financial intermediary or any such person’s immediate family member.

 

   

Certain trust departments. Purchases by bank or broker-affiliated trust departments investing funds over which they exercise exclusive discretionary investment authority and that are held in a fiduciary, agency, advisory, custodial or similar capacity.

 

   

Additional categories of investors. Purchases made (i) by investors purchasing on a periodic fee, asset-based fee or no transaction fee basis

 

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through a broker-dealer sponsored mutual fund purchase program; (ii) by clients of investment advisers, financial planners or other financial intermediaries that charge periodic or asset-based fees for their services; and (iii) through a financial intermediary that has entered into an agreement with the Distributor to offer the Funds’ shares to self-directed investment brokerage accounts and that may or may not charge a transaction fee to its customers.

In order to obtain a sales charge reduction or waiver, it may be necessary at the time of purchase for you to inform the Funds or your financial advisor of the existence of other accounts in which there are holdings eligible to be aggregated for such purposes. You may need to provide the Funds or your financial advisor information or records, such as account statements, in order to verify your eligibility for a sales charge reduction or waiver. This may include account statements of family members and information regarding Nuveen Mutual Fund shares held in accounts with other financial advisors. You or your financial advisor must notify the Distributor at the time of each purchase if you are eligible for any of these programs. The Funds may modify or discontinue these programs at any time.

 

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Fund shares may be purchased on any business day, which is any day the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) is open for business. Generally, the NYSE is closed on weekends and national holidays. The share price you pay depends on when the Distributor receives your order and on the share class you are purchasing. Orders received before the close of trading on a business day (normally, 4:00 p.m. New York time) will receive that day’s closing share price; otherwise, you will receive the next business day’s price.

You may purchase Fund shares (1) through a financial advisor or (2) directly from the Funds.

Through a Financial Advisor

You may buy shares through your financial advisor, who can handle all the details for you, including opening a new account. Financial advisors can also help you review your financial needs and formulate long-term investment goals and objectives. In addition, financial advisors generally can help you develop a customized financial plan, select investments and monitor and review your portfolio on an ongoing basis to help assure your investments continue to meet your needs as circumstances change. Financial advisors (including brokers or agents) are paid for providing ongoing investment advice and services, either from Fund sales charges and fees or by charging you a separate fee in lieu of a sales charge.

Financial advisors or other dealer firms may charge their customers a processing or service fee in connection with the purchase or redemption of Fund shares. The amount and applicability of such a fee is determined and disclosed to customers by each individual dealer. Processing or service fees typically are fixed, nominal dollar amounts and are in addition to the sales and other charges described in this prospectus and the statement of additional information. Your dealer will provide you with specific information about any processing or service fees you will be charged. Shares you purchase through your financial advisor or other intermediary will normally be held with that firm. For more information, please contact your financial advisor.

 

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Directly from the Funds

Eligible investors may purchase shares directly from the Funds.

 

   

By wire. You can purchase shares by making a wire transfer from your bank. Before making an initial investment by wire, you must submit a new account form to a Fund. After receiving your form, a service representative will contact you with your account number and wiring instructions. Your order will be priced at the next closing share price based on the share class of your Fund, calculated after your Fund’s custodian receives your payment by wire. Wired funds must be received prior to 4:00 p.m. New York time to be eligible for same day pricing. Neither your Fund nor the transfer agent is responsible for the consequences of delays resulting from the banking or Federal Reserve wire system, or from incomplete wiring instructions. Before making any additional purchases by wire, you should call Nuveen Investor Services at (800) 257-8787. You cannot purchase shares by wire on days when federally chartered banks are closed.

 

   

By mail. You may open an account directly with the Funds and buy shares by completing an application and mailing it along with your check to: Nuveen Investor Services, P.O. Box 8530, Boston, Massachusetts 02266-8530. Applications may be obtained at www.nuveen.com or by calling (800) 257-8787. No third party checks will be accepted.

The Funds do not consider the U.S. Postal Service or other independent delivery services to be their agents. Therefore, deposit in the mail or with such services, or receipt at the post office box above, of purchase orders or redemption requests does not constitute receipt by the transfer agent of the Funds.

 

   

On-line. Existing shareholders with direct accounts may process certain account transactions on-line. You may purchase additional shares or exchange shares between existing, identically registered direct accounts. You can also look up your account balance, history and dividend information, as well as order duplicate account statements and tax forms from the Funds’ website. To access your account, click the “Individual Investors” link on www.nuveen.com and then choose “Account Access” under the “Resources” tab. The system will walk you through the log-in process. To purchase shares on-line, you must have established Fund Direct privileges on your account prior to the requested transaction. See “Special Services—Fund Direct” below.

 

   

By telephone. Existing shareholders with direct accounts may also process account transactions via the Funds’ automated information line. Simply call (800) 257-8787, press 1 for mutual funds and the voice menu will walk you through the process. To purchase shares by telephone, you must have established Fund Direct privileges on your account prior to the requested transaction. See “Special Services—Fund Direct” below.

 

 

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To help make your investing with us easy and efficient, we offer you the following services at no extra cost. Your financial advisor can help you complete the forms for these services, or you can call Nuveen Investor Services at (800) 257-8787 for copies of the necessary forms.

Systematic Investing

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investments through automatic deductions from your bank account, directly from your paycheck or from exchanging shares from another mutual fund account. The minimum automatic deduction is $100 per month. There is no charge to participate in your Fund’s systematic investment plan. You can stop the deductions at any time by notifying your Fund in writing.

 

   

From your bank account. You can make systematic investments of $100 or more per month by authorizing your Fund to draw pre-authorized checks on your bank account.

 

   

From your paycheck. With your employer’s consent, you can make systematic investments each pay period (collectively meeting the monthly minimum of $100) by authorizing your employer to deduct monies from your paycheck.

 

   

Systematic exchanging. You can make systematic investments by authorizing the Distributor to exchange shares from one Nuveen Mutual Fund account into another identically registered Nuveen Mutual Fund account of the same share class.

Systematic Withdrawal

If the value of your Fund account is at least $10,000, you may request to have $50 or more withdrawn automatically from your account. You may elect to receive payments monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually, and may choose to receive a check, have the monies transferred directly into your bank account (see “Fund Direct” below), paid to a third party or sent payable to you at an address other than your address of record. You must complete the appropriate section of the account application or Account Update Form to participate in each Fund’s systematic withdrawal plan.

You should not establish systematic withdrawals if you intend to make concurrent purchases of Class A or Class C shares because you may unnecessarily pay a sales charge or CDSC on these purchases.

Exchanging Shares

You may exchange Fund shares into an identically registered account for the same class of another Nuveen Mutual Fund available in your state. Your exchange must meet the minimum purchase requirements of the fund into which you are exchanging. You may also, under certain limited circumstances, exchange between certain classes of shares of the same fund, subject to the payment of any applicable CDSC. Please consult the statement of additional information for details.

Each Fund reserves the right to revise or suspend the exchange privilege, limit the amount or number of exchanges, or reject any exchange. Shareholders will be provided with at least 60 days’ notice of any material revision to or termination of the exchange privilege.

Because an exchange between funds is treated for tax purposes as a purchase and sale, any gain may be subject to tax. An exchange between classes of shares of the same fund may not be considered a taxable event. You should consult your tax advisor about the tax consequences of exchanging your shares.

Fund DirectSM

The Fund Direct Program allows you to link your Fund account to your bank account, transfer money electronically between these accounts and perform a variety of account transactions, including purchasing shares by telephone and investing through a systematic investment plan. You may also have dividends, distributions, redemption payments or systematic withdrawal plan payments sent directly to your bank account.

 

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Reinstatement Privilege

If you redeem Fund shares, you may reinvest all or part of your redemption proceeds up to one year later without incurring any additional charges. You may only reinvest into the same share class you redeemed. If you paid a CDSC, your Fund will refund your CDSC and reinstate your holding period for purposes of calculating the CDSC. You may use this reinstatement privilege only once for any redemption. The reinstatement privilege is not available for Class B shares.

 

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You may sell (redeem) your shares on any business day, which is any day the NYSE is open for business. You will receive the share price next determined after your Fund has received your properly completed redemption request. Your redemption request must be received before the close of trading on the NYSE (normally, 4:00 p.m. New York time) for you to receive that day’s price. The Fund will normally mail your check the next business day after a redemption request is received, but in no event more than seven days after your request is received. If you are selling shares purchased recently with a check, your redemption proceeds will not be mailed until your check has cleared, which may take up to ten business days from your purchase date.

You may sell your shares (1) through a financial advisor or (2) directly to the Funds.

Through a Financial Advisor

You may sell your shares through your financial advisor, who can prepare the necessary documentation. Your financial advisor may charge for this service.

Directly to the Funds

 

   

By mail. You can sell your shares at any time by sending a written request to the appropriate Fund, c/o Nuveen Investor Services, P.O. Box 8530, Boston, Massachusetts 02266-8530. Your request must include the following information:

 

   

The Fund’s name;

 

   

Your name and account number;

 

   

The dollar or share amount you wish to redeem;

 

   

The signature of each owner exactly as it appears on the account;

 

   

The name of the person to whom you want your redemption proceeds paid (if other than to the shareholder of record);

 

   

The address where you want your redemption proceeds sent (if other than the address of record);

 

   

Any certificates you have for the shares; and

 

   

Any required signature guarantees.

After you have established your account, signatures on a written request must be guaranteed if:

 

   

You would like redemption proceeds payable or sent to any person, address or bank account other than that on record;

 

   

You have changed the address on your Fund’s records within the last 30 days;

 

   

Your redemption request is in excess of $50,000; or

 

   

You are requesting a change in ownership on your account.

 

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An Important Note About Telephone Transactions

Although Nuveen Investor Services has certain safeguards and procedures to confirm the identity of callers, it will not be liable for losses resulting from following telephone instructions it reasonably believes to be genuine. Also, you should verify your trade confirmations immediately upon receipt.

 

Non-financial transactions, including establishing or modifying certain services such as changing bank information on an account, will require a signature guarantee or signature verification from a Medallion Signature Guarantee Program member or other acceptable form of authentication from a financial institution source. In addition to the situations described above, the Funds reserve the right to require a signature guarantee, or another acceptable form of signature verification, in other instances based on the circumstances of a particular situation.

A signature guarantee assures that a signature is genuine and protects shareholders from unauthorized account transfers. Banks, savings and loan associations, trust companies, credit unions, broker-dealers and member firms of a national securities exchange may guarantee signatures. Call your financial intermediary to determine if it has this capability. A notary public is not an acceptable signature guarantor. Proceeds from a written redemption request will be sent to you by check unless another form of payment is requested.

 

   

On-line. You may redeem shares or exchange shares between existing, identically registered accounts on-line. To access your account, click the “Individual Investors” link on www.nuveen.com and then choose “Account Access” under the “Resources” tab. The system will walk you through the log-in process. On-line redemptions are not available for shares owned in certificate form and, with respect to redemptions where the proceeds are payable by check, may not exceed $50,000. Checks will only be issued to you as the shareholder of record and mailed to your address of record. If you have established Fund Direct privileges, you may have redemption proceeds transferred electronically to your bank account.

 

   

By telephone. If your account is held with your Fund and not in your brokerage account, and you have authorized telephone redemption privileges, call (800) 257-8787 to redeem your shares, press 1 for mutual funds and the voice menu will walk you through the process. Telephone redemptions are not available for shares owned in certificate form and, with respect to redemptions where the proceeds are payable by check, may not exceed $50,000. Checks will only be issued to you as the shareholder of record and mailed to your address of record, normally the next business day after the redemption request is received. If you have established Fund Direct privileges, you may have redemption proceeds transferred electronically to your bank account. In this case, the redemption proceeds will be transferred to your bank on the next business day after the redemption request is received. You should contact your bank for further information concerning the timing of the credit of the redemption proceeds in your bank account.

Contingent Deferred Sales Charge

If you redeem Class A, Class B or Class C shares that are subject to a CDSC, you may be assessed a CDSC upon redemption. When you redeem Class A, Class B or Class C shares subject to a CDSC, your Fund will first redeem any shares that are not subject to a CDSC, and then redeem the shares you have owned for the longest period of time, unless you ask the Fund to redeem your shares in a different order. No CDSC is imposed on shares you buy through the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The CDSC holding period is calculated on a monthly basis and begins on the first day of the month in which the purchase was made. When you redeem shares subject to a CDSC, the CDSC is calculated on the lower of your purchase price or

 

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redemption proceeds, deducted from your redemption proceeds, and paid to the Distributor. The CDSC may be waived under certain special circumstances as described in the statement of additional information.

Accounts with Low Balances

The Funds reserve the right to liquidate or assess a low balance fee on any account held directly with the Funds that has a balance that has fallen below the account balance minimum of $1,000 for any reason, including market fluctuations.

If a Fund elects to exercise the right to assess a low balance fee, then annually the Fund will assess a $15 low balance account fee on certain accounts with balances under the account balance minimum that are accounts established pursuant to the UTMA or UGMA. At the same time, other accounts with balances under the account balance minimum will be liquidated, with proceeds being mailed to the address of record. Prior to the assessment of any low balance fee or liquidation of low balance accounts, affected shareholders will receive a communication notifying them of the pending action, thereby providing time to ensure that balances are at or above the account balance minimum prior to any fee assessment or account liquidation. You will not be assessed a CDSC if your account is liquidated.

Redemptions In-Kind

The Funds generally pay redemption proceeds in cash. However, if a Fund determines that it would be detrimental to its remaining shareholders to make payment of a redemption order wholly in cash, that Fund may pay a portion of your redemption proceeds in securities or other Fund assets. Although it is unlikely that your shares would be redeemed in-kind, you would probably have to pay brokerage costs to sell the securities or other assets distributed to you, as well as taxes on any capital gains from that sale.

 

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Section 4    General Information

To help you understand the tax implications of investing in the Funds, this section includes important details about how the Funds make distributions to shareholders. We discuss some other Fund policies as well. Please consult the statement of additional information and your tax advisor for more information about taxes.

 

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The Funds declare dividends daily and pay such dividends monthly, usually on the first business day of the month. Your account will begin to accrue dividends on the business day after the day when the monies used to purchase your shares are collected by the transfer agent. Each Fund seeks to pay monthly tax-exempt dividends at a level rate that reflects the past and projected net income of the Fund. To help maintain more stable monthly distributions, the distribution paid by a Fund for any particular monthly period may be more or less than the amount of net income actually earned by the Fund during such period, and any such under- (or over-) distribution of income is reflected in the Fund’s net asset value. This policy is designed to result in the distribution of substantially all of a Fund’s net income over time. The Funds declare and pay any taxable capital gains or other taxable distributions once a year at year end.

Payment and Reinvestment Options

The Funds automatically reinvest your dividends in additional Fund shares unless you request otherwise. You may request to have your dividends paid to you by check, sent via electronic funds transfer through Automated Clearing House network or reinvested in shares of another Nuveen Mutual Fund. For further information, contact your financial advisor or call Nuveen Investor Services at (800) 257-8787. If you request that your distributions be paid by check but those distributions cannot be delivered because of an incorrect mailing address, or if a distribution check remains uncashed for six months, the undelivered or uncashed distributions and all future distributions will be reinvested in Fund shares at the current net asset value.

Taxes and Tax Reporting

Because the Funds invest primarily in municipal bonds, the regular monthly dividends you receive will generally be exempt from regular federal income tax. All or a portion of these dividends, however, may be subject to state and local taxes or to the federal alternative minimum tax.

Generally the Funds do not seek to realize taxable income or capital gains. However, the Funds may realize and distribute taxable income or capital gains from time to time as a result of each Fund’s normal investment activities. The Funds’ distributions of these amounts are taxed as ordinary income or capital gains and are taxable whether received in cash or reinvested in additional shares. Dividends from the Funds’ long-term capital gains are taxable as capital gains, while dividends from short-term capital gains and net investment income are generally taxable as ordinary income. The Funds’ taxable dividends are not expected to qualify for a dividends received deduction if you are a corporate shareholder or for the lower tax rates on qualified dividend income.

 

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Early in each year, you will receive a statement detailing the amount and nature of all dividends and capital gains that you were paid during the prior year. If you hold your investment at the firm where you purchased your Fund shares, you will receive the statement from that firm. If you hold your shares directly with the Fund, the Distributor will send you the statement. The tax status of your dividends is the same whether you reinvest your dividends or elect to receive them in cash.

If you receive social security or railroad retirement benefits, you should consult your tax advisor about how an investment in the Funds may affect the taxation of your benefits.

Each sale or exchange of Fund shares may be a taxable event. When you exchange shares of one Nuveen Mutual Fund for shares of a different Nuveen Mutual Fund, the exchange is treated the same as a sale for tax purposes. A sale may result in capital gain or loss to you. The gain or loss generally will be treated as short-term if you held the shares for 12 months or less and long-term if you held the shares for more than 12 months at the time of disposition.

Please note that if you do not furnish your Fund with your correct Social Security number or employer identification number, you fail to provide certain certifications to your Fund, you fail to certify whether you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. resident alien, or the Internal Revenue Service notifies the Fund to withhold, federal law requires your Fund to withhold federal income tax from your distributions and redemption proceeds at the applicable withholding rate.

Buying or Selling Shares Close to a Record Date

Buying Fund shares shortly before the record date for a taxable income or capital gain distribution is commonly known as “buying the dividend.” The entire distribution may be taxable to you even though a portion of the distribution effectively represents a return of your purchase price.

Cost Basis Method

For shares acquired on or after January 1, 2012, you may elect a cost basis method to apply to all existing and future accounts you may establish. The cost basis method you select will determine the order in which shares are redeemed and how your cost basis information is calculated and subsequently reported to you and to the Internal Revenue Service. Please consult your tax advisor to determine which cost basis method best suits your specific situation. If you hold your account directly with a Fund, please contact Nuveen Investor Services at (800) 257-8787 for instructions on how to make your election. If you hold your account with a financial intermediary, please contact that financial intermediary for instructions on how to make your election. If you hold your account directly with a Fund and do not elect a cost basis method, your account will default to the average cost basis method. For a definition of “average cost basis method,” please see the glossary. Financial intermediaries choose their own default method.

 

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Taxable Equivalent Yields

The taxable equivalent yield is the current yield you would need to earn on a taxable investment in order to equal a stated federal tax-free yield on a municipal investment. To assist you in comparing municipal investments like the Funds with fully taxable alternative investments, the table below presents the taxable equivalent yields for a range of hypothetical federal tax-free yields and tax rates:

 

Taxable Equivalents of Tax-Free Yields      To Equal a Tax-Free Yield of:  
       2.00        3.00        4.00        5.00
Tax Bracket:      A Taxable Investment Would Need to Yield:  
25%        2.67        4.00        5.33        6.67
28%        2.78        4.17        5.56        6.94
33%        2.99        4.48        5.97        7.46
35%        3.08        4.62        6.15        7.69
39.6%        3.31        4.97        6.62        8.28
43.4%*        3.53        5.30        7.07        8.83
  * This is the maximum stated regular federal tax rate of 39.6% plus the 3.8% Medicare tax imposed on the net investment income of certain taxpayers. The Medicare tax could also apply to taxpayers in other tax brackets.

The yields and tax rates shown above are hypothetical and do not predict your actual returns or effective tax rate. For more detailed information, see the statement of additional information or consult your tax advisor.

 

LOGO

The Distributor serves as the selling agent and distributor of the Funds’ shares. In this capacity, the Distributor manages the offering of the Funds’ shares and is responsible for all sales and promotional activities. In order to reimburse the Distributor for its costs in connection with these activities, including compensation paid to financial intermediaries, each Fund has adopted a distribution and service plan under Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. See “How You Can Buy and Sell Shares—What Share Classes We Offer” for a description of the distribution and service fees paid under this plan.

Under the plan, the Distributor receives a distribution fee for Class B and Class C shares primarily for providing compensation to financial intermediaries, including the Distributor, in connection with the distribution of shares. The Distributor receives a service fee for Class A, Class B and Class C shares to compensate financial intermediaries, including the Distributor, for providing ongoing account services to shareholders. These services may include establishing and maintaining shareholder accounts, answering shareholder inquiries and providing other personal services to shareholders. These fees also compensate the Distributor for other expenses, including printing and distributing prospectuses to persons other than shareholders, and preparing, printing, and distributing advertising materials, sales literature and reports to shareholders used in connection with the sale of shares. Because these fees are paid out of a Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than paying other types of sales charges. Long-term holders of Class C shares may pay more in distribution and service fees and CDSCs than the economic equivalent of the maximum front-end sales charge permitted under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Conduct Rules.

 

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Other Payments to Financial Intermediaries

In addition to the sales commissions and certain payments from distribution and service fees to financial intermediaries as previously described, the Distributor may from time to time make additional payments, out of its own resources, to certain financial intermediaries that sell shares of Nuveen Mutual Funds in order to promote the sales and retention of Fund shares by those firms and their customers. The amounts of these payments vary by financial intermediary and, with respect to a given firm, are typically calculated by reference to the amount of the firm’s recent gross sales of Nuveen Mutual Fund shares and/or total assets of Nuveen Mutual Funds held by the firm’s customers. The level of payments that the Distributor is willing to provide to a particular financial intermediary may be affected by, among other factors, the firm’s total assets held in and recent net investments into Nuveen Mutual Funds, the firm’s level of participation in Nuveen Mutual Fund sales and marketing programs, the firm’s compensation program for its registered representatives who sell Fund shares and provide services to Fund shareholders, and the asset class of the Nuveen Mutual Funds for which these payments are provided. For 2012, these payments in the aggregate were approximately 0.060% to 0.063% of the assets in the Nuveen Mutual Funds, although payments to particular financial intermediaries can be significantly higher. The statement of additional information contains additional information about these payments, including the names of the firms to which payments are made. The Distributor may also make payments to financial intermediaries in connection with sales meetings, due diligence meetings, prospecting seminars and other meetings at which the Distributor promotes its products and services.

In connection with the availability of Nuveen Mutual Funds within selected mutual fund no-transaction fee institutional platforms and fee-based wrap programs (together, “Platform Programs”) at certain financial intermediaries, the Distributor also makes payments out of its own assets to those firms as compensation for certain recordkeeping, shareholder communications and other account administration services provided to Nuveen Mutual Fund shareholders who own their Fund shares in these Platform Programs. These payments are in addition to the service fee and any applicable omnibus sub-accounting fees paid to these firms with respect to these services by the Nuveen Mutual Funds out of Fund assets.

The amounts of payments to a financial intermediary could be significant, and may create an incentive for the intermediary or its representatives to recommend or offer shares of the Funds to you. The intermediary may elevate the prominence or profile of the Funds within the intermediary’s organization by, for example, placing the Funds on a list of preferred or recommended funds and/or granting the Distributor and/or its affiliates preferential or enhanced opportunities to promote the Funds in various ways within the intermediary’s organization.

 

 

LOGO

The price you pay for your shares or the amount you receive upon redemption of your shares is based on your Fund’s net asset value per share, which is determined as of the close of trading (normally 4:00 p.m. New York time) on each day the NYSE is open for business. Net asset value is calculated for each class of each Fund by taking the value of the class’s total assets, including interest or dividends accrued but not yet collected, less all

 

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liabilities, and dividing by the total number of shares outstanding. The result, rounded to the nearest cent, is the net asset value per share. All valuations are subject to review by the Funds’ Board of Directors/Trustees or its designee; however, the Board of Directors/Trustees retains oversight responsibility for valuing the Funds’ portfolio securities.

In determining net asset value, portfolio instruments generally are valued using prices provided by independent pricing services or obtained from other sources, such as broker-dealer quotations, all as approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Exchange-traded instruments generally are valued at the last reported sales price or official closing price on an exchange, if available. Independent pricing services typically value non-exchange-traded instruments utilizing a range of market-based inputs and assumptions, including readily available market quotations obtained from broker-dealers making markets in such instruments, cash flows, and transactions for comparable instruments. In pricing certain instruments, the pricing services may consider information about an instrument’s issuer or market activity provided by the Funds’ investment adviser or sub-adviser.

If a price cannot be obtained from a pricing service or other pre-approved source, or if Nuveen Fund Advisors deems such price to be unreliable, a portfolio instrument may be valued by a Fund at its fair value as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors/Trustees or its designee. Nuveen Fund Advisors might find a price obtained from a pricing service or other pre-approved source to be unreliable if, for example, the price has not changed for an identified period of time, or because it differs from the previous day’s price by a threshold amount, and Nuveen Fund Advisors determines that recent transactions and/or broker-dealer price quotations differ materially from such price. As a general principle, the fair value of a portfolio instrument is the amount that an owner might reasonably expect to receive upon the instrument’s current sale. A range of factors and analysis may be considered when determining fair value, including relevant market data, interest rates, credit considerations and/or issuer-specific news. A Fund may rely on an independent fair valuation service in making any such fair value determinations.

A security that is fair valued may be valued at a price higher or lower than actual market quotations, the last price determined by the pricing service, the last bid or ask price in the market or the value determined by other funds using their own fair valuation procedures.

 

LOGO

The Funds are intended for long-term investment and should not be used for excessive trading. Excessive trading in the Funds’ shares can disrupt portfolio management, lead to higher operating costs, and cause other operating inefficiencies for the Funds. However, the Funds are also mindful that shareholders may have valid reasons for periodically purchasing and redeeming Fund shares.

Accordingly, the Funds have adopted a Frequent Trading Policy that seeks to balance the Funds’ need to prevent excessive trading in Fund shares while offering investors the flexibility in managing their financial affairs to make periodic purchases and redemptions of Fund shares.

The Funds’ Frequent Trading Policy generally limits an investor to two “round trip” trades in a 60-day period. A “round trip” is the purchase and

 

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subsequent redemption of Fund shares, including by exchange. Each side of a round trip may be comprised of either a single transaction or a series of closely-spaced transactions.

The Funds primarily receive share purchase and redemption orders through third-party financial intermediaries, some of whom rely on the use of omnibus accounts. An omnibus account typically includes multiple investors and provides the Funds only with a net purchase or redemption amount on any given day where multiple purchases, redemptions and exchanges of shares occur in the account. The identity of individual purchasers, redeemers and exchangers whose orders are aggregated in omnibus accounts, and the size of their orders, will generally not be known by the Funds. Despite the Funds’ efforts to detect and prevent frequent trading, the Funds may be unable to identify frequent trading because the netting effect in omnibus accounts often makes it more difficult to identify frequent traders. The Distributor has entered into agreements with financial intermediaries that maintain omnibus accounts with the Funds’ transfer agent. Under the terms of these agreements, the financial intermediaries undertake to cooperate with the Distributor in monitoring purchase, exchange and redemption orders by their customers in order to detect and prevent frequent trading in the Funds through such accounts. Technical limitations in operational systems at such intermediaries or at the Distributor may also limit the Funds’ ability to detect and prevent frequent trading. In addition, the Funds may permit certain financial intermediaries, including broker-dealer and retirement plan administrators, among others, to enforce their own internal policies and procedures concerning frequent trading. Such policies may differ from the Funds’ Frequent Trading Policy and may be approved for use in instances where the Funds reasonably believe that the intermediary’s policies and procedures effectively discourage inappropriate trading activity. Shareholders holding their accounts with such intermediaries may wish to contact the intermediary for information regarding its frequent trading policy. Although the Funds do not knowingly permit frequent trading, they cannot guarantee that they will be able to identify and restrict all frequent trading activity.

The Funds reserve the right in their sole discretion to waive unintentional or minor violations (including transactions below certain dollar thresholds) if they determine that doing so would not harm the interests of Fund shareholders. In addition, certain categories of redemptions may be excluded from the application of the Frequent Trading Policy, as described in more detail in the statement of additional information. These include, among others, redemptions pursuant to systematic withdrawal plans, redemptions in connection with the total disability or death of the investor, involuntary redemptions by operation of law, redemptions in payment of account or plan fees, and certain redemptions by retirement plans, including redemptions in connection with qualifying loans or hardship withdrawals, termination of plan participation, return of excess contributions, and required minimum distributions. The Funds may also modify or suspend the Frequent Trading Policy without notice during periods of market stress or other unusual circumstances.

The Funds reserve the right to impose restrictions on purchases or exchanges that are more restrictive than those stated above if they determine, in their sole discretion, that a transaction or a series of transactions involves market timing or excessive trading that may be detrimental to Fund shareholders. The Funds also reserve the right to reject

 

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any purchase order, including exchange purchases, for any reason. For example, a Fund may refuse purchase orders if the Fund would be unable to invest the proceeds from the purchase order in accordance with the Fund’s investment policies and/or objective, or if the Fund would be adversely affected by the size of the transaction, the frequency of trading in the account or various other factors. For more information about the Funds’ Frequent Trading Policy and its enforcement, see “Purchase and Redemption of Fund Shares—Frequent Trading Policy” in the statement of additional information.

 

LOGO

The custodian of the assets of the Funds, except Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund, is State Street Bank & Trust Company, P.O. Box 5043, Boston, Massachusetts 02206-5043. The custodian of the assets of Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund is U.S. Bank National Association, 60 Livingston Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101. The custodians also provide certain accounting services to the Funds. The Funds’ transfer, shareholder services and dividend paying agent, Boston Financial Data Services, Inc., P.O. Box 8530, Boston, Massachusetts 02266-8530, performs bookkeeping, data processing and administrative services for the maintenance of shareholder accounts.

 

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Section 5    Financial Highlights

The financial highlights table is intended to help you understand a Fund’s financial performance for the past five fiscal years or the life of the Fund, if shorter. Certain information reflects financial results for a single Fund share. The total returns in the table represent the rate that an investor would have earned (or lost) on an investment in a Fund (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions). The information for each of the last five fiscal years or the life of the Fund, if shorter, for all Funds except Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund, has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, whose report for the most recent fiscal year, along with the Funds’ financial statements, are included in the annual report, which is available upon request. The financial statements of Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund for the periods ended April 30, 2011 and prior were audited by other independent auditors.

Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond Fund

 

Class
(Commencement
Date)
        Investment Operations     Less Distributions                 Ratios/Supplemental Data  
Year Ended
April 30,
  Beginning
Net Asset
Value
    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(a)
    Net
Realized/
Unrealized
Gain (Loss)
    Total     From
Net
Investment
Income
    From
Accumulated
Net Realized
Gains
    Total     Ending
Net
Asset
Value
    Total
Return(b)
    Ending
Net
Assets
(000)
    Ratios of
Expenses
to Average
Net
Assets(c)
    Ratios of
Net
Investment
Income
(Loss) to
Average
Net Assets
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
Class A (10/88)                           
2013   $ 11.36      $ .47      $ .41      $ .88      $ (.48   $      $ (.48   $ 11.76        7.83   $ 1,230,356        .72     4.01     17
2012     10.24        .54        1.13        1.67        (.55            (.55     11.36        16.68        969,745        .78        4.98        18   
2011     10.63        .56        (.40     .16        (.55            (.55     10.24        1.53        350,778        .78        5.34        26   
2010     9.54        .56        1.06        1.62        (.53            (.53     10.63        17.36        352,666        .80        5.46        33   
2009     10.50        .53        (1.00     (.47     (.49            (.49     9.54        (4.41     303,949        .83        5.48        31   
Class B (2/97)                           
2013     11.38        .38        .41        .79        (.39            (.39     11.78        7.05        4,452        1.47        3.30        17   
2012     10.27        .46        1.12        1.58        (.47            (.47     11.38        15.70        8,408        1.54        4.29        18   
2011     10.66        .48        (.39     .09        (.48            (.48     10.27        .79        5,273        1.53        4.56        26   
2010     9.57        .49        1.06        1.55        (.46            (.46     10.66        16.49        9,706        1.55        4.73        33   
2009     10.53        .46        (1.01     (.55     (.41            (.41     9.57        (5.14     12,342        1.57        4.70        31   
Class C (6/93)                           
2013     11.37        .40        .41        .81        (.42            (.42     11.76        7.17        494,747        1.27        3.45        17   
2012     10.24        .48        1.14        1.62        (.49            (.49     11.37        16.14        361,364        1.33        4.43        18   
2011     10.63        .50        (.39     .11        (.50            (.50     10.24        .99        167,535        1.33        4.78        26   
2010     9.55        .50        1.06        1.56        (.48            (.48     10.63        16.62        151,025        1.34        4.91        33   
2009     10.50        .48        (1.00     (.52     (.43            (.43     9.55        (4.88     108,149        1.38        4.95        31   
Class I (2/97)                           
2013     11.40        .49        .41        .90        (.50            (.50     11.80        8.03        1,283,660        .52        4.22        17   
2012     10.28        .55        1.14        1.69        (.57            (.57     11.40        16.71        1,120,747        .56        5.13        18   
2011     10.67        .58        (.39     .19        (.58            (.58     10.28        1.84        93,633        .58        5.53        26   
2010     9.58        .58        1.07        1.65        (.56            (.56     10.67        17.52        39,683        .59        5.64        33   
2009     10.54        .55        (1.00     (.45     (.51            (.51     9.58        (4.22     12,027        .63        5.67        31   

 

(a) Per share Net Investment Income (Loss) is calculated using the average daily shares method.

 

(b) Total Return is the combination of changes in net asset value without any sales charge, reinvested dividend income at net asset value and reinvested capital gains distributions at net asset value, if any. Total Return is not annualized.

 

(c) The expense ratios reflect, among other things, the interest expense deemed to have been paid by the Fund on the floating rate certificates issued by the special purpose trusts for the self-deposited inverse floaters held by the Fund, where applicable, as described in Footnote 1 – General Information and Significant Accounting Policies, Inverse Floating Rate Securities, in the most recent shareholder report.

 

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Nuveen Inflation Protected Municipal Bond Fund

 

Class
(Commencement
Date)
        Investment Operations     Less Distributions                 Ratios/Supplemental Data  
Year Ended
April 30,
  Beginning
Net Asset
Value
    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(a)
   

Net
Realized/
Unrealized

Gain (Loss)

    Total     From
Net
Investment
Income
    From
Accumulated
Net Realized
Gains
    Total     Ending
Net
Asset
Value
    Total
Return(b)
        
Ending
Net
Assets
(000)
    Ratios of
Expenses
to Average
Net
Assets(c)(d)
    Ratios of
Net
Investment
Income
(Loss) to
Average
Net
Assets(c)
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
Class A (3/11)                           
2013   $ 11.01      $ .24      $ .35      $ .59      $ (.28   $ (.01   $ (.29   $ 11.31        5.39   $ 61,926        .77     2.11     9
2012     10.36        .33        .66        .99        (.34       —        (.34     11.01        9.74        7,339        .78        3.13        14   
2011(e)     10.00        .04        .34        .38        (.02            (.02     10.36        3.82        1,801        .78     2.83     6   
Class C (3/11)                           
2013     11.00        .18        .35        .53        (.22     (.01     (.23     11.30        4.81        15,064        1.32        1.58        9   
2012     10.36        .27        .66        .93        (.29            (.29     11.00        9.07        4,209        1.33        2.57        14   
2011(e)     10.00        .03        .35        .38        (.02            (.02     10.36        3.78        1,727        1.33     2.28     6   
Class I (3/11)                           
2013     11.01        .26        .36        .62        (.30     (.01     (.31     11.32        5.65        35,046        .57        2.35        9   
2012     10.37        .35        .65        1.00        (.36            (.36     11.01        9.82        6,704        .58        3.28        14   
2011(e)     10.00        .05        .34        .39        (.02            (.02     10.37        3.93        1,728        .58     3.03     6   

 

(a) Per share Net Investment Income (Loss) is calculated using the average daily shares method.

 

(b) Total Return is the combination of changes in net asset value without any sales charge, reinvested dividend income at net asset value and reinvested capital gains distributions at net asset value, if any. Total Return is not annualized.

 

(c) After fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement from Nuveen Fund Advisors, where applicable.

 

(d) The expense ratios reflect, among other things, the interest expense deemed to have been paid by the Fund on the floating rate certificates issued by the special purpose trusts for the self-deposited inverse floaters held by the Fund, where applicable, as described in Footnote 1 – General Information and Significant Accounting Policies, Inverse Floating Rate Securities, in the most recent shareholder report.

 

(e) For the period March 8, 2011 (commencement of operations) through April 30, 2011.

 

* Annualized.

 

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Nuveen Intermediate Duration Municipal Bond Fund

 

Class

(Commencement
Date)

        Investment Operations     Less Distributions                 Ratios/Supplemental Data  
Year Ended
April 30,
  Beginning
Net Asset
Value
    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(a)
    Net
Realized/
Unrealized
Gain (Loss)
    Total     From
Net
Investment
Income
    From
Accumulated
Net Realized
Gains
    Total     Ending
Net
Asset
Value
    Total
Return(b)
    Ending
Net
Assets
(000)
     Ratios of
Expenses
to Average
Net
Assets(c)(d)
    Ratios of
Net
Investment
Income
(Loss) to
Average
Net Assets(c)
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
Class A (6/95)                            
2013   $ 9.25      $ .30      $ .14      $ .44      $ (.31   $   —      $ (.31   $ 9.38        4.83   $ 512,139         .70     3.24     15
2012     8.84        .34        .42        .76        (.35            (.35     9.25        8.68        450,036         .72        3.70        10   
2011     8.98        .34        (.14     .20        (.34            (.34     8.84        2.21        373,176         .74        3.82        6   
2010     8.54        .35        .43        .78        (.34            (.34     8.98        9.24        374,528         .75        3.91        5   
2009     8.78        .34        (.24     .10        (.34            (.34     8.54        1.22        324,071         .76        4.03        6   
Class B (2/97)                            
2013     9.27        .24        .15        .39        (.25            (.25     9.41        4.19        1,940         1.46        2.52        15   
2012     8.87        .27        .41        .68        (.28            (.28     9.27        7.75        3,102         1.47        2.95        10   
2011     9.01        .27        (.14     .13        (.27            (.27     8.87        1.46        5,283         1.49        3.05        6   
2010     8.57        .28        .43        .71        (.27            (.27     9.01        8.40        11,040         1.50        3.16        5   
2009     8.81        .28        (.25     .03        (.27            (.27     8.57        .43        14,204         1.51        3.26        6   
Class C (6/95)                            
2013     9.27        .25        .15        .40        (.26            (.26     9.41        4.39        158,004         1.25        2.69        15   
2012     8.87        .29        .41        .70        (.30            (.30     9.27        7.96        134,478         1.27        3.14        10   
2011     9.01        .29        (.14     .15        (.29            (.29     8.87        1.66        110,310         1.29        3.27        6   
2010     8.57        .30        .43        .73        (.29            (.29     9.01        8.62        100,047         1.30        3.35        5   
2009     8.80        .30        (.24     .06        (.29            (.29     8.57        .76        71,165         1.31        3.48        6   
Class I (11/76)                            
2013     9.27        .32        .15        .47        (.33            (.33     9.41        5.13        3,520,696         .50        3.44        15   
2012     8.86        .36        .41        .77        (.36            (.36     9.27        8.87        3,039,743         .52        3.91        10   
2011     9.00        .36        (.15     .21        (.35            (.35     8.86        2.41        2,013,504         .54        4.02        6   
2010     8.56        .36        .43        .79        (.35            (.35     9.00        9.41        2,044,122         .55        4.11        5   
2009     8.79        .36        (.24     .12        (.35            (.35     8.56        1.51        1,916,368         .56        4.21        6   

 

(a) Per share Net Investment Income (Loss) is calculated using the average daily shares method.

 

(b) Total Return is the combination of changes in net asset value without any sales charge, reinvested dividend income at net asset value and reinvested capital gains distributions at net asset value, if any. Total Return is not annualized.

 

(c) The Fund has a contractual fee waiver/expense reimbursement agreement with Nuveen Fund Advisors, but did not receive a fee waiver/expense reimbursement during the periods presented herein.

 

(d) The expense ratios reflect, among other things, the interest expense deemed to have been paid by the Fund on the floating rate certificates issued by the special purpose trusts for the self-deposited inverse floaters held by the Fund, where applicable, as described in Footnote 1 – General Information and Significant Accounting Policies, Inverse Floating Rate Securities, in the most recent shareholder report.

 

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Nuveen Limited Term Municipal Bond Fund

 

Class
(Commencement
Date)
        Investment Operations     Less Distributions                 Ratios/Supplemental Data  
Year Ended
April 30,
  Beginning
Net Asset
Value
    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(a)
    Net
Realized/
Unrealized
Gain (Loss)
    Total     From
Net
Investment
Income
    From
Accumulated
Net Realized
Gains
    Total     Ending
Net
Asset
Value
    Total
Return(b)
    Ending
Net
Assets
(000)
    Ratios of
Expenses
to Average
Net
Assets(c)
    Ratios of
Net
Investment
Income
(Loss) to
Average
Net Assets
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
Class A (10/87)                           
2013   $ 11.20      $ .24      $ .07      $ .31      $ (.24   $      $ (.24   $ 11.27        2.79   $ 1,438,077        .66     2.10     12
2012     10.85        .29        .34        .63        (.28            (.28     11.20        5.88        1,113,802        .66        2.63        12   
2011     10.85        .30        (.01     .29        (.29            (.29     10.85        2.68        953,517        .68        2.72        13   
2010     10.60        .32        .28        .60        (.35            (.35     10.85        5.73        1,001,241        .71        2.98        10   
2009     10.63        .38        (.03     .35        (.38            (.38     10.60        3.38        615,646        .72        3.59        11   
Class C (12/95)                           
2013     11.15        .20        .08        .28        (.20            (.20     11.23        2.51        721,302        1.01        1.76        12   
2012     10.81        .25        .34        .59        (.25            (.25     11.15        5.45        641,602        1.01        2.29        12   
2011     10.82        .26        (.02     .24        (.25            (.25     10.81        2.26        566,098        1.03        2.37        13   
2010     10.57        .28        .28        .56        (.31            (.31     10.82        5.39        509,512        1.06        2.63        10   
2009     10.60        .34        (.03     .31        (.34            (.34     10.57        3.04        282,951        1.07        3.24        11   
Class I (2/97)                           
2013     11.13        .26        .08        .34        (.26            (.26     11.21        3.07        1,549,809        .46        2.31        12   
2012     10.79        .31        .33        .64        (.30            (.30     11.13        6.00        1,196,319        .46        2.83        12   
2011     10.79        .32        (.01     .31        (.31            (.31     10.79        2.87        812,730        .48        2.92        13   
2010     10.54        .34        .28        .62        (.37            (.37     10.79        5.94        694,430        .51        3.16        10   
2009     10.57        .40        (.03     .37        (.40            (.40     10.54        3.59        332,373        .52        3.78        11   

 

(a) Per share Net Investment Income (Loss) is calculated using the average daily shares method.

 

(b) Total Return is the combination of changes in net asset value without any sales charge, reinvested dividend income at net asset value and reinvested capital gains distributions at net asset value, if any. Total Return is not annualized.

 

(c) The expense ratios reflect, among other things, the interest expense deemed to have been paid by the Fund on the floating rate certificates issued by the special purpose trusts for the self-deposited inverse floaters held by the Fund, where applicable, as described in Footnote 1 – General Information and Significant Accounting Policies, Inverse Floating Rate Securities, in the most recent shareholder report.

 

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Nuveen Short Term Municipal Bond Fund

 

Class
(Commencement
Date)
        Investment Operations     Less Distributions                 Ratios/Supplemental Data  
     Beginning
Net
Asset
Value
    Net
Investment
Income
(Loss)(a)
    Net
Realized/
Unrealized
Gain (Loss)
    Total     From
Net
Investment
Income
    From
Accumulated
Net Realized
Gains
    Total     Ending
Net
Asset
Value
    Total
Return(b)
    Ending
Net
Assets
(000)
    Ratios of
Expenses
to Average
Net
Assets(c)
    Ratios of
Net
Investment
Income
(Loss) to
Average
Net Assets(c)
    Portfolio
Turnover
Rate
 
Class A (10/02)                           
Year ended 4/30                           
2013   $ 10.19      $ .15      $ .04      $ .19      $ (.18   $   —      $ (.18   $ 10.20        1.88   $ 101,836        .73     1.49     30
2012     9.98        .20        .21        .41        (.20            (.20     10.19        4.15        34,793        .73        2.01        39   
2011(d)     9.98        .16        (.02     .14        (.14            (.14     9.98        1.41        7,790        .71     1.91     21   
Year ended 6/30                           
2010     9.74        .20        .22        .42        (.18            (.18     9.98        4.38        7,168        .74        1.81        45   
2009     9.79        .28        (.07     .21        (.26            (.26     9.74        2.17        3,376