Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks to maximize total return consisting of capital appreciation and current income. To pursue this goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in publicly-traded equity securities of companies principally engaged in the real estate sector. The fund's equity investments may include common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible securities, warrants, equity interests in foreign investment funds or trusts, depositary receipts and other equity investments.
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.
Real Estate Sector Risk: Because the fund's investments are concentrated in the securities of companies principally engaged in the real estate sector, the value of the fund's shares will be affected by factors particular to the real estate sector and may fluctuate more widely than that of a fund which invests in a broader range of industries. The securities of issuers that are principally engaged in the real estate sector may be subject to risks similar to those associated with the direct ownership of real estate. These include declines in real estate values and defaults by mortgagors or other borrowers.
REIT Risk: In addition to the risks that are linked to the real estate sector in general, REITs are subject to additional risks. Equity REITs may be affected by changes in the value of the underlying property owned by the trust, while mortgage REITs may be affected by the quality of any credit extended. Further, REITs are highly dependent upon management skill and often are not diversified. REITs also are subject to heavy cash flow dependency and to defaults by borrowers or lessees.
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.