An investment in the Fund is subject to the following risks which are described in more detail in the Statutory Prospectus.
You could lose money on your investment in the Portfolio, or the Portfolio could underperform, because of the risks described below. An investment in the Portfolio is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.
Non-diversification Risk. Because the Portfolio may invest a greater percentage of its assets in a particular issuer than a diversified fund, the gains or losses on a single stock may have greater impact on the Portfolio than a diversified fund.
Management Risk. Individual investments of the Portfolio may not perform as expected, and the portfolio management practices may not achieve the desired result. There is a risk that the Advisor may allocate assets to an asset class that underperforms other asset classes.
Stock Market Risk. The market prices of stocks held by the Portfolio may fall.
Common Stock Risk. Although common stocks have a history of long-term growth in value, their prices fluctuate based on changes in a company's financial condition, on overall market and economic conditions, and on investors’ perception of a company's well-being.
Large-Cap Company Risk. 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.
Mid-Cap Company Risk. Prices of mid-cap stocks can be more volatile than those of larger, more established companies. Midcap companies are more likely to have more limited product lines, fewer capital resources and less depth of management than larger companies.
Foreign Securities Risk. Investing in foreign securities involves additional risks relating to political, social, and economic developments abroad. Other risks result from differences between regulations that apply to U.S. and foreign issuers and markets, and the potential for foreign markets to be less liquid and more volatile than U.S. markets.
Foreign Currency Risk. Securities that trade or are denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar may be adversely affected by fluctuations in currency exchange rates. When the U.S. dollar strengthens relative to a foreign currency, the U.S. dollar value of an investment denominated in that currency will typically fall.
Bond Market Risk. The market prices of bonds held by the Portfolio may fall.
Interest Rate Risk. A change in interest rates may adversely affect the value of fixed-income securities. When interest rates rise, the value of fixed-income securities will generally fall. Longer-term securities are subject to greater interest rate risk.
Credit Risk. The credit quality of fixed-income securities may deteriorate, which could lead to default or bankruptcy of the issuer where the issuer becomes unable to pay its obligations when due.
Mortgage-Backed and Asset-Backed Securities Risk. The value of investments in mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities is subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. These securities are also subject to the risk that borrowers will prepay the principal on their loans more quickly than expected (prepayment risk) or more slowly than expected (extension risk), which will affect the yield, average life and price of the securities. In addition, faster than expected prepayments may cause the Portfolio to invest the prepaid principal in lower yielding securities and slower than expected prepayments may reduce the potential for the Portfolio to invest in higher yielding securities.
Mortgage-Backed Security Risk (Government-Sponsored Enterprises). Debt and mortgage-backed securities issued by GSEs such as FNMA and FHLMC are neither insured nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury and are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. Such securities are only supported by the credit of the applicable GSE. The U.S. government has provided financial support to FNMA and FHLMC, but there can be no assurance that it will support these or other GSEs in the future.
Collateralized Mortgage Obligation and Structured Asset-Backed Securities Risk. A CMO is a multiclass bond that is backed by a pool of mortgage loans or mortgage-backed securities. A structured ABS is a multiclass bond that is typically backed by a pool of auto loans, credit card receivables, home equity loans or student loans. A CMO or structured ABS is subject to interest rate risk, credit risk, prepayment risk and extension risk. In addition, if the Portfolio holds a class of a CMO or a structured ABS that is subordinated to other classes backed by the same pool of collateral, the likelihood that the Portfolio will receive payments of principal may be substantially limited.
Unrated Security Risk. Unrated securities may be less liquid than rated securities determined to be of comparable quality. The Portfolio’s purchase of unrated securities depends on the Advisor’s analysis of credit risk without the assessment of an NRSRO.
Active Trading Strategy Risk. The fixed-income portion of the Portfolio employs an active style that seeks to position the Portfolio with securities that offer the greatest price appreciation while minimizing risk. This style can result in higher turnover (exceeding 100%) and may translate to higher transaction costs.
Futures Contracts Risk. The value of a futures contract tends to increase and decrease in tandem with the value of the underlying instrument. The price of futures can be highly volatile; using them could lower total return, and the potential loss from futures can exceed the Portfolio’s initial investment in such contracts.
Repurchase Agreement Risk. A repurchase agreement exposes the fixed income portion of the Portfolio to the risk that the party that sells the security may default on its obligation to repurchase the security. The Portfolio may lose money because it cannot sell the security at the agreed-upon time and price or the security may lose value before it can be sold.