The Subadviser employs a fundamental, bottom-up research driven approach to identify companies for investment by the Fund. The Subadviser focuses on those companies that it believes are higher quality businesses that are undervalued by the market relative to what the Subadviser believes to be their fair value.
The Subadviser seeks to identify higher quality companies by focusing on the following attributes:
The Subadviser then assesses the attractiveness of the valuations of those higher quality companies by analyzing a variety of valuation metrics, such as cash flow return on enterprise value, price-to-earnings, sales and free cash flow ratios, and break-up values, among others.
The Subadviser looks for potential catalysts for the company's business that could help unlock what the Subadviser believes is the company's true value, including:
The Subadviser may sell a holding if the value potential is realized, if warning signals emerge of fundamental deterioration, or if the valuation is no longer compelling relative to other investment opportunities.
Under normal market conditions, the Fund expects to invest in approximately 35 to 45 companies with at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings for investment purposes, in a portfolio of large cap equity securities. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its total assets in the securities of foreign issuers, including issuers located or doing business in emerging markets.
Market and issuer risk: Securities markets are volatile and can decline significantly in response to adverse market, economic, political, regulatory or other 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 growth potential of a particular security may be incorrect. The Subadviser potentially will be prevented from executing investment decisions at an advantageous time or price as a result of any domestic or global market disruptions, particularly disruptions causing heightened market volatility and reduced market liquidity, as well as increased or changing regulations. Thus, investments that the Subadviser believes represent an attractive opportunity or in which the Fund seeks to obtain exposure may be unavailable entirely or in the specific quantities or prices sought by the Subadviser and the Fund may need to obtain the exposure through less advantageous or indirect investments or forgo the investment at the time.
Large cap risk: Large cap stocks may fall out of favor relative to small or mid cap stocks, which may cause the Fund to underperform other equity funds that focus on small or mid cap stocks.
Foreign securities risk: Because the Fund may invest in securities of foreign issuers, an investment in the Fund is subject to special risks in addition to those of U.S. securities. These risks include heightened political and economic risks, greater volatility, currency fluctuations, higher transaction costs, delayed settlement, possible foreign controls on investment, possible sanctions by governmental bodies of other countries and less stringent investor protection and disclosure standards of foreign markets. Foreign securities are sometimes less liquid and harder to value than securities of U.S. issuers. These risks are more significant for issuers in emerging market countries. Global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, and conditions and events in one country, region or financial market may adversely impact issuers in a different country, region or financial market.
Limited Number of Holdings risk: Because the Fund typically invests in approximately 35 to 45 companies, an adverse event affecting a particular company may hurt the Fund's performance more than if it had invested in a larger number of companies.