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Invest in Accelerating, Sustainable Growth. Emerging Markets Fund is a fundamentally driven stock fund that seeks to outperform its benchmark through investments in emerging markets.
Seeks capital growth.
Our distinctive growth philosophy centers on identifying companies experiencing early accelerating, fundamental improvement. Focusing on acceleration directs us to a different opportunity set than many competitors and gives us the potential for differentiated returns across market cycles.
Emerging markets remain highly fragmented with wide dispersion of returns among countries, sectors and individual securities. We recognize the macroeconomic environment’s impact on companies, but incorporate it within our bottom-up, individual stock analysis. We believe that focusing on company fundamentals rather than country headlines helps build a high conviction portfolio.
Our global and non-U.S. equity investment professionals apply the same philosophy and process and work in a single location where they meet and exchange information, contributing to a global picture of growth. The Emerging Markets team meets daily to systematically gather information and make timely investment decisions. Our tight-knit and tenured team efficiently brings ideas into and out of the portfolio.
International investing involves special risk considerations, including economic and political conditions, inflation rates and currency fluctuations. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks. There is no guarantee that the investment objectives will be met. Dividends and yields represent past performance and there is no guarantee that they will continue to be paid.
Long-term capital growth by investing primarily in emerging market companies of all sizes.
Pursues high growth through investments in companies in emerging markets exhibiting sustainable accelerating earnings growth.
Average annual total returns illustrate the annual compounded returns that would have produced the cumulative total return if the fund's performance had remained constant throughout the period indicated. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized.
For periods prior to the inception of a class, performance is for the oldest class, restated with applicable fees, if any.
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Returns or yields for the fund would have been lower if .35% of the management fee had not been waived. The advisor expects this waiver to continue until July 31, 2018, and cannot terminate it prior to such date without the approval of the Board of Directors. Review the annual or semiannual report for the most current information.
International investing involves special risks, such as political instability and currency fluctuations. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks.
Only Investor Class shares are made available to investors directly. Advisor, A, C, I, and Y Classes of shares are only available for purchase by institutions or other financial intermediaries. R, R5, and R6 Classes of shares are only available for purchase by group employer-sponsored retirement plans. Review definitions and minimums for all share classes.
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