Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks current income with some consideration for capital appreciation.To pursue its goal, the fund normally allocates its net assets among other mutual funds advised by The Dreyfus Corporation or its affiliates, referred to as underlying funds, that invest in a wide range of equity and fixed-income securities. The fund normally allocates 60% of its assets to the fixed-income asset class and 40% of its assets to the equity asset class by investing in underlying funds that invest primarily in fixed-income and equity securities, respectively. The fund may invest in underlying funds that invest in U.S. and international fixed-income securities, which comprise the fixed-income asset category. The fund also may invest in underlying funds that invest in U.S. large-, mid- and small-cap equity securities, international equity securities, emerging markets equity securities and global equity securities, which comprise the equity asset category.
Although an investor may achieve the same level of diversification by investing directly in a variety of Dreyfus-managed funds, the fund provides investors with a means to simplify their investment decisions by investing in a single diversified portfolio. The fund is designed for investors with lower risk tolerances.
The Dreyfus Investment Committee selects the underlying funds based on their investment objectives and management policies, portfolio holdings, risk/reward profiles, historical performance, and other factors, including the correlation and covariance among the underlying funds. Please see the prospectus for additional information.
Equity funds are subject generally to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer and investment style risks, among other factors, to varying degrees. These risks are more fully described in the fund's prospectus.
Bond funds are subject generally to interest rate, credit, liquidity, prepayment and extension, derivative and market risks, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund's prospectus. Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines.
Investing internationally involves special risks, including changes in currency exchange rates, political, economic and social instability, a lack of comprehensive company information, differing auditing and legal standards and less market liquidity.
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.
Small and midsize companies involve greater risk because their earnings and revenues tend to be less predictable (and some companies may be experiencing significant losses), and their share prices more volatile than those of larger, more established companies. In addition, shares of smaller companies tend to be less liquid than shares of larger, more established companies.
As a fund of funds, the fund pursues its objectives by investing in a combination of other affiliated funds rather than individual securities, and is subject to the risks associated with each underlying fund's investment portfolio.
Asset allocation and diversification cannot ensure a profit or protect against loss.
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.