Foreign investments may be riskier than U.S. investments for various reasons including, without limitation, unstable political and economic conditions, currency fluctuations, controls on investment and currency, government control over some issuers, taxation, potential nationalization, sovereign solvency issues, lack of company information, less liquid and more volatile markets, and other factors. In addition, the Fund and the stocks and markets in which it invests are subject to other general risks that include: volatility and instability, periods of cyclical change and decline, that investors may at times avoid investments in equity securities, and that the investment adviser may select investments for the Fund that do not perform as anticipated.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Recent performance may have been negative.
1 Lipper ranks are based on total return. Lipper Inc., A Reuters Company, is a nationally recognized organization that measures the performance of mutual funds within a universe of funds that have similar investment objectives. Returns are historical with capital gains and dividends reinvested.
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(a) The Fund has adopted a Rule 12b-1 plan which allows the Fund to pay distribution and other fees and costs for the sale and distribution of its shares and for services provided to shareholders. The maximum level of distribution expenses is 0.25% per year of the Fund's average net assets. As these fees are paid out of the Fund's assets on an ongoing basis, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and reduce your investment returns.
(b) These expenses include custodian, transfer agency and administration fees, certain payments to financial services agents for non-distribution expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses, and other customary mutual fund expenses. Acquired fund fees and expenses are those expenses incurred indirectly by the Fund as a result of acquiring investments in shares of one or more other investment companies.
(c) The Adviser has entered into a written expense limitation and fee waiver agreement under which it has agreed to limit the total expenses of the Global Fund (excluding interest, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses, litigation, extraordinary expenses, brokerage and other transaction expenses relating to the purchase or sale of portfolio investments) to an annual rate of 1.60% of the average net assets until January 31, 2016. This expense limitation and fee waiver agreement may be terminated by the Adviser at any time after January 31, 2016 upon 15 days prior notice to the Fund and its administrator, provided that no such modification will be made in a manner inconsistent with the the terms of the current prospectus. The Adviser may recoup from the Fund fees previously waived or expenses previously reimbursed by the Adviser with respect to that Fund pursuant to this agreement (or a previous expense limitation agreement) if: (1) such recoupment by the Adviser does not cause the Fund, at the time of recoupment, to exceed the lesser of (a) the expense limitation in effect at the time the relevant amount was waived and/or reimbursed, or (b) the expense limitation in effect at the time of the proposed recoupment, and (2) the recoupment is made within three fiscal years after the end of the fiscal year in which the amount was waived or reimbursed.