The Fund seeks to provide a high total return consistent with reasonable risk by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of stocks that meet the Fund's investment criteria, including financial, sustainability and social responsibility factors.
The Fund invests primarily in the common and preferred stocks of non-U.S. large cap companies. The Fund defines "non-U.S. large cap" companies as those whose market capitalization falls within the range of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Europe, Australasia and Far East (EAFE) Global Investable Market Index (IMI). The Fund generally holds stocks of companies of the constituent countries of the MSCI EAFE IMI, but may invest in other countries, including emerging markets stocks. The Fund seeks to invest in companies and other enterprises that demonstrate positive environmental, social and governance performance as they addess corporate responsibility and sustainability challenges. In the multi-manager structure, the Advisor and the Sub-advisors utilize fundamental insights arrived at through qualitative and quantitative analysis of a broad range of non-U.S. securities to identify stocks expected to provide returns superior to that of the benchmark. The Advisor attempts to control the portfolio's risk level and maximize the Fund's return potential relative to the benchmark by balancing the risks and opportunities between the portions of the portfolio managed by the Advisor and each Sub-advisor, and may shift allocations among the Advisor and Sub-advisors depending on market conditions, managers' respective style biases, and performance opportunities.
Investment in mutual funds involves risk, including possible loss of principal invested. You could lose money on your investment in the Fund or the Fund could underperform because of the following risks: the market prices of stocks held by the Fund may fall; individual investments of the Fund may not perform as expected; the Fund's portfolio management practices may not achieve the desired result; and/or the Advisor's allocation of Fund assets between the portions of the portfolio managed by the Advisor and each Sub-advisor may cause the Fund to underperform. Investing in foreign securities involves additional risks relating to political, social, and economic developments abroad; differences between the regulations that apply to U.S. and foreign issuers and markets; the potential for foreign markets to be less liquid and more volatile than U.S. markets; and currency risk associated with securities that trade or are denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. In addition, the risks of investing in emerging market securities are greater than those of investing in securities of developed foreign countries.