Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks capital appreciation.To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in stocks. The fund focuses on stocks of large-cap companies with market capitalizations of $5 billion or more at the time of purchase.
The fund invests in growth and value stocks, which are chosen through a disciplined investment process that combines computer modeling techniques, fundamental analysis and risk management. The fund's investment process is designed to provide investors with investment exposure to sector weightings and risk characteristics generally similar to those of the Standard & Poor's 500® Composite Stock Price Index (S&P 500®).
In selecting securities, the fund's portfolio managers use a proprietary computer model to identify and rank stocks within an industry or sector, based on several characteristic, including: value, or how a stock is priced relative to its perceived intrinsic worth; growth, in this case the sustainability or growth or earnings; and financial profile, which measures the financial health of the company.
The model screens each stock for relative attractiveness within its economic sector and industry and, based on fundamental analysis, the fund's portfolio managers generally select the most attractive of the higher ranked securities, drawing on a variety of sources, including internal as well as Wall Street research, and company management.
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.
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.