American Funds Managed Risk Int'l
Objective And Strategy"Objective
Long-term growth of capital while seeking to manage volatility and provide downside protection.
The investment objective of the underlying fund is to provide investors with long-term growth of capital. The underlying fund invests primarily in common stocks of companies domiciled outside the United States, including in developing countries, that the investment adviser believes have the potential for growth. Although the underlying fund focuses on investments in medium to larger capitalization companies, its investments are not limited to a particular capitalization size. The fund employs a risk-management overlay or protection strategy. The protection strategy consists of using hedge instruments — primarily short positions in exchange-traded futures contracts — to attempt to stabilize the volatility of the fund around a target volatility level and reduce the downside exposure of the fund during periods of significant market declines. “Volatility” in this context means variance in the fund’s investment results. The fund employs a sub-adviser to select individual futures contracts on equity indexes of U.S. markets and markets outside the United States that the sub-adviser believes are correlated to the underlying fund’s equity exposure. These instruments will be selected based on the sub-adviser’s analysis of the relation of various equity indexes to the underlying fund’s portfolio. In addition, the sub-adviser will monitor liquidity levels of relevant futures contracts and transparency provided by exchanges as the counterparties in hedging transactions. The target volatility level will be set from time to time by the investment adviser and the sub-adviser and may be adjusted if deemed advisable in the judgment of the investment adviser and the sub-adviser."
* This portfolio is non-diversified, with the potential to invest a greater portion of its assets in a limited number of companies. Consequently, this portfolio may have more risk as changes in the value of a single security may have a more significant effect on the portfolio's net asset value.
* This portfolio invests in securities of foreign issuers which involves risks not typically associated with domestic issuers, including currency fluctuations and the possibility of political and economic instability. Emerging markets involve risks in addition to those generally associated with foreign securities, because political and economic structures in many emerging markets may be undergoing significant evolution and rapid development.
* This portfolio invests its assets in underlying funds, thus the risks associated with investing in the portfolio are closely related to the risks associated with the securities and other investments held by the underlying funds. The ability of this portfolio to achieve its investment objective will depend on the ability of the underlying funds to achieve their investment objectives.
* The value of your investment in a Fund is based on the net asset value ("NAV") of the underlying funds and, in turn, the securities that the underlying funds hold. The Funds are subject to the risk that one or more underlying funds will not perform as expected or will under perform other similar funds or that the combination of underlying funds selected by the Funds' investment will not perform as expected. The Funds will be exposed to all of the risk of an investment in the underlying Funds.
* The investment adviser to the fund actively managed the fund’s investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods and analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.
* A futures contract is considered a derivative because it derives its value from the price of the underlying security or financial index. The prices of futures contracts can be volatile, and futures contracts may be illiquid. In addition, there may be imperfect or even negative correlation between the price of a futures contract and the price of the underlying securities.
International Equity - Growth05/2013
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