Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks returns that exceed the rate of inflation.Accordingly, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in inflation-indexed securities. These are fixed-income securities designed to protect investors from a loss of value due to inflation by periodically adjusting their principal and/or coupon according to the rate of inflation. The fund primarily invests in high-quality U.S. dollar-denominated inflation-indexed securities. However, the fund may invest in foreign currency-denominated inflation-protected securities and other fixed-income securities not adjusted for inflation. The fund seeks to keep the average effective duration of its portfolio at two to ten years.
Bond Risk: Bonds are subject generally to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call and market risks, to varying degrees. Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines.
US Treasury: A security backed by the U.S. Treasury or the full faith and credit of the United States is guaranteed only as to timely payment of interest and principal when held to maturity. Neither the market value of such securities nor the fund's share price is guaranteed.
Inflation: Interest payments on inflation-indexed bonds can be unpredictable and will vary as the principal and/or interest is periodically adjusted based on the rate of inflation. If the index measuring inflation falls, the interest payable on these securities will be reduced. Any increase in the principal amount of an inflation-indexed bond will be considered taxable ordinary income, even though investors do not receive their principal until maturity. Inflation-indexed bonds issued by corporations generally do not guarantee repayment of principal.
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.