Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks to match the total return of the Standard & Poor's 500® Composite Stock Price Index (S&P 500®).To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 95% of its total assets in common stocks included in the S&P 500®. To replicate index performance, the fund's portfolio managers use a passive management approach and purchase all or a representative sample of securities comprising the S&P 500®. The fund may also use stock index futures as a substitute for the sale or purchase of securities. Because the fund has expenses, performance will tend to be slightly lower than that of the S&P 500®. The fund attempts to have a correlation between its performance and that of the S&P 500® of at least .95, before expenses. A correlation of 1.00 would mean that the fund and the index were perfectly correlated.
The fund generally invests in all 500 stocks in the S&P 500® in proportion to their weighting in the index. The S&P 500® is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks chosen to reflect the industries of the U.S. economy and is often considered a proxy for the stock market in general. Each company's stock is weighted by the number of available float shares (i.e., those shares available to investors) divided by the total shares outstanding, which means larger companies with more available float shares have greater representation in the index than smaller ones. Companies included in the S&P 500® generally must have market capitalizations in excess of $4 billion, to the extent consistent with market conditions.
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.
The fund uses an indexing strategy. It does not attempt to manage market volatility, use defensive strategies or reduce the effects of any long-term periods of poor stock performance.
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.