Notes on Risk: Futures and forward contracts are contractual agreements that involve the right to receive, or obligation to deliver, assets or money depending on the performance of one or more underlying assets, currencies or a market or economic index. The risks associated with the Fund’s use of futures contracts include the risk that: (i) changes in the price of a futures contract may not always track the changes in market value of the underlying reference asset; (ii) trading restrictions or limitations may be imposed by an exchange, and government regulations may restrict trading in futures contracts; and (iii) if the Fund has insufficient cash to meet margin requirements, the Fund may need to sell other investments, including at disadvantageous times. Forwards are not exchange-traded and therefore no clearinghouse or exchange stands ready to meet the obligations of the contracts. Thus, the Fund faces the risk that its counterparties may not perform their obligations. Forward contracts are also not regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and therefore the Fund will not receive any benefit of CFTC regulation when trading forwards. The Fund’s investment in futures may provide leveraged exposure which may cause the Fund to lose more than the amount it invested in those instruments.
The Fund also has exposure to the commodities markets, which may subject the Fund to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities. The value of commodity futures instruments may be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates, or events affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments.
Investments that provide exposure to foreign markets involve special risks, such as currency fluctuations, differing financial reporting and regulatory standards, and economic and political instability. These risks are highlighted when the issuer is in an emerging market. Fixed income securities and currency and fixed income futures are subject to changes in their value when prevailing interest rates change. Adverse changes in currency exchange rates (relative to the U.S. dollar) may erode or reverse any potential gains from futures instruments that are tied to foreign instruments or currencies. Emerging market exposure generally has a higher level of currency risk. Credit risk (i.e., the risk that an issuer might not pay interest when due or repay principal at maturity of the obligation) could affect the value of the investments in the Fund’s portfolio exposed to fixed income securities. The Fund’s investments in repurchase agreements involve certain risks involving the default or insolvency of the seller and counterparty risk (i.e., the risk that the counterparty will not perform its obligations).
Active trading of the Fund’s portfolio may result in high portfolio turnover and correspondingly greater brokerage commissions and other transaction costs, which will be borne directly by the Fund and which will affect the Fund’s performance. Active trading may also result in increased tax liability for Fund shareholders. Investors should note that the ability of the sub-adviser to successfully implement the Fund’s strategies, including the proprietary investment process used by the sub-adviser, will influence the performance of the Fund significantly.
Wellington Management Company LLP is an independent and unaffiliated investment sub-adviser to SunAmerica.