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CALL RISK. If an issuer calls higher-yielding debt instruments held by the Fund, performance could be adversely impacted.
CREDIT RISK. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and the related risk that the value of a security may decline because of concerns about the issuer's ability to make such payments.
DIVIDEND RISK. There is no guarantee that the issuers of the Fund's equity securities will declare dividends in the future or that, if declared, they will either remain at current levels or increase over time.
EQUITY SECURITIES RISK. Because the Fund invests in equity securities, the value of the Fund's shares will fluctuate with changes in the value of these equity securities. Equity securities prices fluctuate for several reasons, including changes in investors' perceptions of the financial condition of an issuer or the general condition of the relevant stock market, such as market volatility, or when political or economic events affecting the issuers occur. In addition, common stock prices may be particularly sensitive to rising interest rates, as the cost of capital rises and borrowing costs increase. The equity markets have experienced recent volatility that may lead to sharp declines in the value of the equity securities and the Fund.
EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND (ETF) RISK. An ETF trades like common stock and represents a portfolio of securities. The risks of owning an ETF generally reflect the risks of owning the underlying securities, although lack of liquidity in an ETF could result in it being more volatile and ETFs have management fees and other operating expenses that increase their costs.
FINANCIAL COMPANIES RISK. Financial companies are especially subject to the adverse effects of economic recession, currency exchange rates, government regulation, decreases in the availability of capital, volatile interest rates, portfolio concentrations in geographic markets and in commercial and residential real estate loans, and competition from new entrants in their fields of business.
FIXED-INCOME SECURITIES RISK. An investment in the Fund involves risk associated with an investment in fixed income securities including the risk that certain of the securities in the Fund may not have the benefit of covenants that would prevent the issuer from engaging in capital restructurings or borrowing transactions in connection with corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts or restructurings. This limitation could reduce the ability of the issuer to meet its payment obligations and might result in increased credit risk. In addition, certain of the securities may be redeemed or prepaid by the issuer, resulting in lower interest payments received by the Fund and reduced distributions to shareholders.
INCOME RISK. Income from the Fund's fixed income investments could decline during periods of falling interest rates.
INTEREST RATE RISK. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the fixed-income securities in the Fund will decline because of rising market interest rates. Interest rate risk is generally lower for shorter term investments, which generally have shorter durations, and higher for longer term investments. Duration is a common measure of interest rate risk, which measures a debt security's expected life on a present value basis, taking into account the debt security's yield, interest payments and final maturity. Duration is a reasonably accurate measure of a debt security's price sensitivity to changes in interest rates. The longer the duration of a debt security, the greater the debt security's price sensitivity is to changes in interest rates.
INVESTMENT COMPANIES RISK. The Fund may invest in the shares of other investment companies, and therefore, the Fund's investment performance and risks may be related to the investment performance and risks of the underlying funds. In general, as a shareholder in other investment companies, the Fund bears its ratable share of the underlying fund's expenses, and would be subject to duplicative expenses to the extent the Fund invests in other investment companies.
MANAGEMENT RISK. The Fund is subject to management risk because it is an actively managed portfolio. In managing the Fund's investment portfolio, the Fund's Advisor will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will meet its investment objective.
MARKET RISK. Market risk is the risk that a particular security owned by the Fund or shares of the Fund in general may fall in value. Securities are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic, political, regulatory or market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities prices. Shares of the Fund could decline in value or underperform other investments.
MORTGAGE SECURITIES RISK. The Fund invests in mortgage-related securities, including mortgage-backed securities, which may make the Fund more susceptible to adverse economic, political or regulatory events that affect the value of real estate. Changes in local, state and federal policies could negatively impact the mortgage-related securities market, which include various government initiated and sponsored homeowner assistance programs and eminent domain issues. Mortgage-related securities are subject to the risk that the rate of mortgage prepayments decreases, which extends the average life of a security and increases the interest rate exposure. Mortgage-related securities may also face liquidity issues when the Fund seeks to sell such securities, but is unable to find buyers at a bid-ask spread to make the transaction feasible. These securities are also subject to the risk that the underlying borrowers may default on their mortgages, resulting in a non-payment of principal and interest. Finally, the mortgage-related securities market may be negatively impacted by regulatory changes including those that are related to the mandate or existence of the government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae.
SMALLER COMPANIES RISK. The Fund invests in small- and/or mid-capitalization companies. Such companies may be more vulnerable to adverse general market or economic developments, and their securities may be less liquid and may experience greater price volatility than larger, more established companies as a result of several factors, including limited trading volumes, products or financial resources, management inexperience and less publicly available information. Accordingly, such companies are generally subject to greater market risk than larger, more established companies.