The Fund invests primarily in equity securities, principally common and preferred stocks, of small cap companies. We define small cap companies as those with market capitalizations that fall within the range of the Russell 2000® Index, provided that if the upper end of the capitalization range of that Index falls below $2.5 billion, we will continue to define those companies with market capitalizations between the upper end of the range of the Index and $2.5 billion as small cap companies. As of December 31, 2014, the range of the Index was $19 million to $7.3 billion, but it is expected to change frequently.
The Subadviser employs a value based investment style by seeking to identify companies with stocks trading at prices below what the Subadviser believes are their intrinsic values. The Subadviser uses a bottom-up approach, employing fundamental and qualitative criteria to identify individual companies for potential investment in the Fund's portfolio. The Subadviser employs statistical analysis, designed to seek to limit certain risk in the Fund's portfolio versus the assigned benchmark. The Fund's sector weightings are a result of, and secondary to, individual stock selections.
Under normal market conditions, the Fund expects to invest in approximately 55 to 70 companies with at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings for investment purposes, in a diversified portfolio of small cap equity securities.
Market and issuer risk: Securities markets are volatile and can decline significantly in response to adverse market, economic, political or regulatory developments, which may lower the value of securities held by the Fund, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably. Additionally, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report, may depress the value of a particular issuer's stock.
Value style risk: Over time, a value oriented investing style may go in and out of favor, which may cause the Fund to underperform other equity funds that use different investing styles.
Selection risk: The Subadviser's judgment about the attractiveness, value and potential appreciation of a particular security may be incorrect.
Small cap risk: The Fund's performance may be more volatile because it invests primarily in small cap stocks. Smaller companies may have limited product lines, markets and financial resources. They are usually less stable in price and less liquid than those of larger, more established companies. Additionally, small cap stocks may fall out of favor relative to mid or large cap stocks, which may cause the Fund to underperform other equity funds that focus on mid or large cap stocks.