Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks to provide 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 equity securities of large capitalization companies. The fund considers large-cap companies to be those companies with market capitalizations of $5 billion or more at the time of purchase. The fund invests primarily in large, established companies that the portfolio manager believes have proven track records and the potential for superior relative earnings growth. The investment process begins with a top-down assessment of broad economic, political and social trends and their implications for different market and industry sectors. Next, using a bottom-up approach, fundamental research is used to identify companies that the portfolio manager believes offer one or more of the following characteristics, among others:
earnings power unrecognized by market;
sustainable revenue and cash flow growth;
positive operational and/or financial catalysts;
attractive relative value versus history and peers; and
strong or improving financial condition.
The fund may use listed equity options to seek to enhance returns and/or mitigate risk. The fund will engage in "covered" option transactions only, where the fund has in its possession, for the duration of the strategy, the underlying physical asset or cash to satisfy any obligation the fund may have with respect to the option strategy. The fund will limit investments in options to 20% (based on the notional value of the options) of the fund's total assets and will limit the value of all total premiums paid or received to 5% of the fund's total assets.
The fund is generally subject 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.