If you prefer to construct your own asset allocation, or supplement other options, you may select among the following small/mid-cap funds:
|U.S. Small-Cap Equity|
|AllianzGI NFJ Small-Cap Value|
AllianzGI NFJ Small-Cap Value Fund
Investment Objective and Principal Strategies. This Fund’s primary investment objective is long-term growth of capital and income. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by normally investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus borrowings made for investment purposes) in common stocks and other equity securities of companies with smaller market capitalizations. The Fund currently considers smaller market capitalization companies to be companies with market capitalizations of between $100 million and $4 billion. Effective March 1, 2016, the Fund will consider companies with smaller market capitalizations to be companies with market capitalizations of between $100 million and the greater of $4 billion or the capitalization of the largest company in the Russell 2000 Index. As of October 31, 2015, the market capitalization of the largest company in the Russell 2000 Index was $6.39 billion. The Fund may continue to hold securities of a portfolio company that subsequently appreciates above the smaller market capitalization threshold, including in situations where such securities continue to trade at valuations the portfolio managers consider attractive. Because of this, the Fund may have less than 80% of its net assets in smaller market capitalization stocks at any given time. The Fund normally invests significantly in securities of companies that the portfolio managers expect will generate income (for example, by paying dividends). The portfolio managers use a value investing style focusing on companies whose securities the portfolio managers believe are undervalued. The portfolio managers partition the Fund’s selection universe by industry and then identify what they believe to be undervalued securities in each industry to determine potential holdings for the Fund representing a broad range of industry groups. The portfolio managers use quantitative factors to screen the Fund’s selection universe, analyzing factors such as price momentum (i.e., changes in security price relative to changes in overall market prices) and earnings estimate revisions (i.e., changes in analysts’ earnings-per-share estimates), and also review and consider fundamental changes. After narrowing the universe through a combination of qualitative analysis and fundamental research, the portfolio managers select securities for the Fund. In addition to common stocks and other equity securities (such as preferred stocks, convertible securities and warrants), the Fund may invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and non-U.S. securities, including emerging market securities.
Principal Risks. Among the principal risks of investing in the Fund, which could adversely affect its net asset value, yield and total return, are market risk, issuer risk, equity securities risk, smaller company risk, credit and counterparty risk, currency risk, emerging markets risk, focused investment risk, liquidity risk, management risk, non-U.S. investment risk, REIT and real estate-related investment risk and turnover risk.