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Objective

The Fund seeks long-term capital growth primarily by investing in equity securities of small-capitalization companies.

Strategy/Investment process

  • Invests primarily in equity securities of small-cap companies with market capitalizations equal to those within the universe of the Russell 2000 Value Index.
  • Leverages a proprietary stock ranking system that is enhanced by a fundamental overlay (bottom-up research conducted by small-cap analysts and the portfolio management team) to determine stocks' attractiveness within the investment universe.
  • Purchases stocks when they are among the top ranked within their sector and sells them when their ranking falls.

Performance

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Fees and Investment Minimums

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Management

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Disclaimer

1Please refer to the prospectus for additional information about cut-off times.

Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The quoted performance of the Fund includes performance of a predecessor fund/share class prior to the Fund's commencement of operations. Please refer to the current prospectus for further information.

The Russell 2000 Value Index is an unmanaged index, which measures the performance of those Russell 2000 companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. The performance of the index does not reflect the deduction of expenses associated with a fund, such as investment management fees. By contrast, the performance of the Fund reflects the deduction of the fund expenses, including sales charges if applicable. Investors can not invest directly in an index.

The performance of the Lipper Small-Cap Value Funds Index includes expenses associated with a mutual fund, such as investment management fees. These expenses are not identical to the expenses charged by the Fund.

Total return assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions and reflects the deduction of any sales charges, where applicable. Performance may reflect the waiver of a portion of the Fund's advisory or administrative fees and/or reimbursement of certain expenses for certain periods since the inception date. If fees had not been waived and/or certain expenses were not reimbursed, performance would have been less favorable.

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The Fund may invest a portion of its securities in small-cap stocks. Small-capitalization funds typically carry more risk than stock funds investing in well-established "blue-chip" companies since smaller companies generally have a higher risk of failure. Historically, smaller companies' stock has experienced a greater degree of market volatility than the average stock.

Total return assumes reinvestment of income.

The top 10 holdings listed reflect only the Fund's long-term investments. Short-term investments are excluded. Holdings are subject to change. The holdings listed should not be considered recommendations to purchase or sell a particular security. Each individual security is calculated as a percentage of the aggregate market value of the securities held in the Fund and does not include the use of derivative positions, where applicable.

P/E ratio: the number by which earnings per share is multiplied to estimate a stock's value.

P/B ratio: the relationship between a stock's price and the book value of that stock.

EPS: Total earnings divided by the number of shares outstanding.