The commodity-linked derivative instruments in which the Fund intends to invest include commodity futures, swaps, options and options on futures. These investments provide exposure to the returns of real assets that trade in the commodities markets without direct investment in physical commodities. Real assets include industrial and precious metals, gas, oil, livestock, agricultural or meat products and other items. The Fund will not invest directly in commodities. Concentration of investments in a relatively small number of securities, sectors or industries, or geographical regions may significantly affect performance. Investment performance depends on the portfolio management team and the team’s investment strategies. If the investment strategies do not perform as expected, if opportunities to implement those strategies do not arise, or if the team does not implement its investment strategies successfully, an investment portfolio may underperform or suffer significant losses.
Exposure to the commodities markets may subject the Fund to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities. The commodity-linked derivative instruments in which the Fund invests have substantial risks, including risk of loss of a significant portion of their principal value. The value of commodity-linked derivative instruments may be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates, or sectors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments.
The risks associated with the Fund’s use of futures contracts include, but are not limited to: (i) although the Fund will generally only purchase exchange-traded futures, due to market conditions, there may not always be a liquid secondary market for a futures contract and, as a result, the Fund may be unable to close out its futures contracts at a time which is advantageous; (ii) the risk that losses caused by sudden, unanticipated market movements may be potentially unlimited; (iii) changes in the price of a futures contract may not always track the changes in market value of the underlying reference asset; (iv) trading restrictions or limitations may be imposed by an exchange, and government regulations may restrict trading in futures contracts; and (v) if the Fund has insufficient cash to meet margin requirements, the Fund may need to sell other investments, including at disadvantageous times. Commodity futures products may not be suitable for all customers.