The Fund seeks growth of capital through investment in equity securities of companies active in the water-related resource sector, in accordance with the Fund's corporate responsibility standards and strategies.
The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of U.S. and non-U.S. companies whose main business is in the water sector or are significantly involved in water related services or technologies. Investments in the water-related resource sectors and companies include: water treatment, engineering, filtration, environmental controls, water related equipment, water and wastewater services, and water utilities. The Fund invests in securities of all market capitalizations, but may contain more small- and mid-cap stocks than large-cap stocks because many water-related resource companies are relatively new. Sub-advisor Kleinwort Benson Investors International Ltd. combines quantitative (initial screening and evaluation) and fundamental processes. The fundamental process focuses on company strength, growth, and cash flow measures, taking into account sustainable and socially responsible investing initiatives and policies. Top-down views on industries, sectors or regions act as risk controls in portfolio construction.
Investment in mutual funds involves risk, including the possible loss of principal invested. The Fund is subject to the risk that stocks that comprise the water-related sector may fall in value. The water industry can be significantly affected by a number of factors, including availability of water, the level of rainfall, water consumption, price and supply fluctuations, and government regulations and policies. A downturn in the water-related resource sector would impact the Fund more than a fund that does not concentrate in this industry, and the Fund therefore may be more volatile than a typical mutual fund. Foreign investments involve greater risks than U.S. investments, including political and economic risks and the risk of currency fluctuations. The Fund is nondiversified and may be more volatile than a diversified fund.