VanEck Global Hard Assets
Objective And StrategyObjective
Long-term capital appreciation. Income is a secondary consideration.
The Fund invests primarily in domestic and foreign hard asset securities, with at least 5% of assets in: precious metals, natural resources, real estate, and commodities sectors. May concentrate up to 50% of assets in one hard asset sector. Normally invests in at least 3 countries, including the U.S., however there is no limit on how much the Fund may invest in any one country -- developed or underdeveloped. Hard asset securities can help produce long-term capital appreciation and protect capital against inflation during cyclical economic expansions; they tend to move independently of industrial shares, potentially offsetting the fluctuation (and perhaps increasing the return) of an industrial equity portfolio.
* 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 can leverage or use leveraged instruments or derivatives. Portfolios that use leverage, that is, borrow money, are subject to the risk that the cost of borrowing money to leverage will exceed the returns for the securities purchased or that the securities purchased may actually go down in value. Thus the portfolio's net asset value can decrease more quickly than if the portfolio had not borrowed. Portfolios that use leveraged instruments or derivatives such as futures, options and swap agreements, may expose the portfolio to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. The more a portfolio invests in leveraged instruments, the more the leverage will magnify any gains or losses on those investments.
* This portfolio invests in Hard Asset securities which may be subject to greater risks and market fluctuations than other investments with more diversified portfolios. Some of these risks include: volatility of energy and basic materials prices; possible instability of the supply of various Hard Assets; the risks generally associated with extraction of natural resources; actions and changes in government which could affect the production and marketing of Hard Assets; and greater price fluctuation that may be experienced by Hard Asset securities than the underlying Hard Asset.
* This portfolio is subject to the risks of concentrating a portfolio in a specific sector of the market. Changes in the specific sector will have a significant effect on the portfolio's net asset value.
* This portfolio is subject to the risks of short selling (selling securities that the portfolio does not own). The Fund may be required to pay a premium to sell a security short. There is no guarantee that the price of a shorted stock will fall, or that the portfolio will produce positive returns. It is possible for the portfolio to lose money on shorted stocks.
* Certain portfolios are subject to active trading risk. (Some may derive a significant portion of their assets from investors who take part in certain strategic and tactical asset allocation programs). The frequent exchange of shares of the portfolio may cause the portfolio to experience high turnover. High portfolio turnover may result in the portfolio having to pay higher transaction costs and may negatively impact the portfolio manager's ability to achieve the investment objective of the portfolio.
* The portfolio invests substantial assets in real estate investment trusts (REITS) that present risks not associated with investing in stock.
Natural Resource Equity09/1989