Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks capital appreciation. To pursue this goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in the stocks of growth companies of any size that Dreyfus believes to be leading producers or beneficiaries of technological innovation. Up to 25% of the fund's assets may be invested in foreign securities. In choosing stocks, the fund looks for technology companies with the potential for strong earnings or revenue growth rates.
Equity Risk: Equity funds are subject generally to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer and investment style risks, among other factors, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund's prospectus.
Foreign Investment Risk: To the extent the fund invests in foreign securities, its performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting investments in foreign companies. These special risks include exposure to currency fluctuations, less liquidity, less developed or less efficient trading markets, lack of comprehensive company information, political instability, and differing auditing and legal standards.
Technology Company Risk: Technology companies involve greater risk because their earnings tend to be less predictable, their share prices more volatile, and their securities less liquid than larger, more established companies. Some of the fund's investments in technology companies will rise and fall based on investor perceptions rather than economics. Certain technology companies may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. Investor perception may play a greater role in determining the day-to-day value of tech stocks than it does in other sectors.
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Download a prospectus, or a summary prospectus, if available, that contains this and other information about the fund, and read it carefully before investing.