The investment seeks long-term capital appreciation.
Under normal market conditions, the fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in securities of small cap companies located in "emerging market countries." Emerging market countries include those currently considered to be developing by the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the United Nations, or the countries' authorities, or countries with a stock market capitalization of less than 3% of the MSCI World Index. These countries typically are located in the Asia-Pacific region, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Africa.
The investment seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation along with some current income; the fund seeks to mitigate adverse volatility in returns as a secondary objective.
Normally, the fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its total assets in dividend-paying common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible securities, and debt obligations of foreign companies, foreign governments and their agencies, where "total assets" means net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes. The fund can invest without constraint in the securities of companies located in developing countries.