Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks long-term capital appreciation.To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in common stocks and other equity securities (or derivative or other strategic instruments with similar economic characteristics) of companies organized or with their principal place of business, or majority of assets or business, in emerging market countries. The fund considers emerging market countries to be all countries represented in the Morgan Stanley Capital International Emerging Markets Index (MSCIŽ EM Index), the fund's benchmark index. The MSCIŽ EM Index is a free float-adjusted, market-capitalization-weighted index designed to measure the equity performance of emerging market countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The fund also may invest in companies organized or with their principal place of business, or majority of assets or business, in developed markets and pre-emerging markets, also known as frontier markets. The fund may invest in equity securities of companies with any market capitalization.
Newton Capital Management Limited, an affiliate of The Dreyfus Corporation, is the fund's subadviser. Newton employs a fundamental bottom-up investment process that emphasizes quality, return on capital employed and governance. The process of identifying investment ideas begins by identifying a core list of investment themes. These themes are based primarily on observable global economic, industrial, or social trends that Newton believes will positively affect certain sectors or industries and cause stocks within these sectors or industries to outperform others. Newton then identifies specific companies using investment themes to help focus on areas where thematic and strategic research indicates positive returns are likely to be achieved. The fund's portfolio managers typically consider selling a security as a result of one or more of the following:
a change in investment theme or strategy;
a significant change in the prospects of the company;
price movement and market activity have created an excessive valuation; or
unfavorable relative risk/reward balance versus other opportunities.
The fund may, but is not required to, use derivative or other strategic instruments, principally options, futures and options on futures, contracts for difference, forward contracts and swap agreements (including total return swap agreements), as a substitute for investing directly in an underlying asset, to increase returns, to manage foreign currency risk, as part of a hedging strategy or for other purposes related to the management of the fund. To the extent such instruments have similar economic characteristics to equity securities as described in the fund's policy with respect to the investment of 80% of its net assets, these investments will be considered investments included within such policy.
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.
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.
Emerging markets tend to be more volatile than the markets of more mature economies, and generally have less diverse and less mature economic structures and less stable political systems than those of developed countries. The fund's concentration in securities of companies in emerging markets could cause the fund's performance to be more volatile than that of more geographically diversified funds. Please refer to the fund's prospectus for a complete list and descriptions of the main risks.
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.