The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation through investment primarily in large-cap U.S. common stocks that are trading at prices below what are believed to be their intrinsic value.
The Portfolio offers opportunities for long-term growth of capital through investments in large-cap company equity securities that the portfolio manager believes are undervalued. The Portfolio normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in the common stocks of large-cap companies, as defined by those within the range of market capitalizations of the Russell 1000 Value Index. The Advisor seeks to identify common stocks of companies it believes are significantly undervalued compared to their perceived worth or prospects, historical valuations or the general market level of valuation. The Advisor primarily uses a bottom-up approach focused on fundamental analysis of issuers in a number of different sectors and industries, in light of the issuers' current financial condition and industry position, as well as market, economic, political and regulatory conditions. The Portfolio has threshold responsibility standards with respect to tobacco, weapons and human rights, which it applies in determining whether a security qualifies for investment.
Investment in mutual funds involves risk, including possible loss of principal invested. You could lose money on your investment in the Portfolio or the Portfolio could underperform because of the following risks: the stock market may fall in value, causing the prices of stocks held by the Portfolio to fall; individual investments of the Portfolio may not perform as expected; and/or the Portfolio's portfolio management practices may not achieve the desired result. The Portfolio's value-oriented investing approach may fall out of favor with investors from time to time, during which the Portfolio may underperform other funds using different investment approaches. Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole, and there is the risk that the portfolio manager's calculation of the stock's underlying value will not be reflected in the market price. Large-cap companies may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges, such as changes in technology, and also may not be able to attain the high growth rate of successful smaller companies, especially during extended periods of economic expansion.