Objective And StrategyObjective
Superior volatility risk-adjusted returns when compared to the bond and equity markets in general.
The Portfolio allocates assets among securities that represent 7 broad asset classes and 12 subcategories using the adviser's 7Twelve™ asset allocation model (the "7Twelve™ Model"). The adviser usually does not select individual stocks and bonds, but instead selects exchange-traded Portfolios ("ETFs") that each invest primarily in securities representing one of the 12 subcategories of assets selected under the 7Twelve™ Model. The Portfolio may invest in ETFs that hold securities from issuers of any market capitalization, credit quality, maturity, country, or trading currency. However, bond credit quality will be primarily investment grade (that is, rated Baa3 or higher by Moody's Investors Service, or equivalently rated by another nationally recognized statistical rating organization). The Portfolio may also buy ETFs that invest in foreign securities traded on exchanges outside the U.S. and through American depositary receipts ("ADRs"). Under normal market conditions, the Portfolio invests at least 25% of its assets in equity securities (common stocks) and at least 25% of its assets in bonds. For purposes of meeting these 25% allocations, the Portfolio defines equity securities to include ETFs that invest primarily in equity securities and defines bonds to include ETFs that invest primarily in bonds and other fixed income securities.
* 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 (or may invest) in securities of companies with micro-, small-, or mid-capitalization. Any investment in micro-, small-, or mid-capitalization companies involves greater risk than that customarily associated with investments in larger, more established companies because of the greater business risks of smaller size, limited markets and financial resources, narrower product lines, and frequent lack of management depth. As such, micro- or small-cap companies may be more subject to erratic and abrupt market movements than securities of larger, more established companies.
* The portfolio invests substantial assets in real estate investment trusts (REITS) that present risks not associated with investing in stock.
* The portfolio's exposure to the commodities markets may subject the portfolio to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities. The value of commodity-linked derivative instruments may be affected by overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates and events affecting a particular industry or commodity such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments.
* 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.
* Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risk because the prices of fixed income securities tend to move in the opposite direction of interest rates. When interest rates rise, fixed income security prices fall. When interest rates fall, fixed income security prices rise.
* Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security may be unable to make interest payments and/or repay principal when due. A downgrade to an issuer’s credit rating or a perceived change in an issuer’s financial strength may affect a security’s value, and thus, impact the VA Short-Term Fixed Portfolio’s performance.
* The Portfolio is a new mutual fund and has a limited history of operation. The adviser has not previously managed a mutual fund.
* Exposure to companies primarily engaged in the natural resource markets may subject the Portfolio to greater volatility than the securities market as a whole. Natural resource companies are affected by commodity price volatility, changes in interest rates or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs, and international economic, political and regulatory developments.
Fund Family Prospectus Document
- Fund Family Prospectus Document