Before considering an investment in the Fund, you should understand that you could lose money.
An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency.
All mutual funds are subject to market risk, including possible loss of principal.
Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market.
The Fund’s performance depends on the subadvisor’s skill in determining the asset class allocations and the mix of underlying Fund, as well as the performance of those underlying ETFs. The underlying ETFs’ performance may be lower than the performance of the asset class which they were selected to represent. The Fund is indirectly subject to the investment risks of each underlying ETFs held. The Fund may invest more than 25% of its assets in one underlying ETF, which may significantly affect the net asset value of the Fund.
The principal risks of investing in the Fund are summarized below.
ESG Risk: The Fund's exclusionary ESG screen may result in the Fund forgoing opportunities to buy certain Underlying ETFs when it might otherwise be advantageous to do so or selling Underlying ETFs for ESG reasons when it might be otherwise disadvantageous for it to do so. Furthermore, the application of the Fund's ESG criteria may result in the Fund (i) investing in Underlying ETFs that have exposure to certain companies or industry sectors that are significantly different than the composition of the Fund's benchmark; and (ii) performing differently than other funds and strategies in its peer group that do not take into account ESG criteria or the Fund's benchmark. The Fund’s ESG criteria may be changed without shareholder approval. There is no assurance that employing ESG strategies will result in more favorable investment performance.
Asset Allocation Risk: Although allocation among different asset classes generally limits the Fund’s exposure to the risks of any one class, the risk remains that New York Life Investments may favor an asset class that performs poorly relative to the other asset classes. For example, deteriorating economic conditions might cause an overall weakness in corporate earnings that reduces the absolute level of stock prices in that market. Under these circumstances, if the Fund, through its holdings of Underlying ETFs, were invested primarily in stocks, it would perform poorly relative to a portfolio invested primarily in bonds. The Underlying ETFs selected by New York Life Investments may underperform the market or other investments. Moreover, because the Fund has set limitations on the amount of assets that normally may be allocated to each asset class, the Fund has less flexibility in its investment strategy than mutual funds that are not subject to such limitations. In addition, the asset allocations made by the Fund may not be ideal for all investors and may not effectively increase returns or decrease risk for investors.
New Fund Risk: The Fund is a new fund which may result in additional risk. There can be no assurance that the Fund will grow to an economically viable size, in which case the Fund may cease operations. In such an event, investors may be required to liquidate or transfer their investments at an inopportune time.
Exchange-Traded Fund (“ETF”) Risk: The risks of owning an ETF generally reflect the risks of owning the underlying securities they are designed to track, although lack of liquidity in an ETF’s shares could result in the market price of the ETF’s shares being more volatile than the value of the underlying portfolio of securities. Disruptions in the markets for the securities underlying ETFs purchased or sold by the Fund could result in losses on the Fund’s investments in ETFs. ETFs also have management fees that increase their costs versus the costs of owning the underlying securities directly.
Principal Risks of the Underlying ETFs
Equity Securities Risk: Investments in common stocks and other equity securities are particularly subject to the risk of changing economic, stock market, industry and company conditions and the risks inherent in the portfolio managers’ ability to anticipate such changes that can adversely affect the value of a Fund’s holdings.
Debt Securities Risk: Funds that invest in bonds are subject to interest rate risk and can lose principal value when interest rates rise. Bonds are also subject to credit risk which is the possibility that the bond issuer may fail to pay interest and principal in a timely manner.
Derivatives Risk: Derivatives often involve a high degree of financial risk in that a relatively small movement in the price of the underlying security or benchmark may result in a disproportionately large movement, unfavorable as well as favorable, in the price of the derivative instrument. Investments in derivatives may increase the volatility of a fund’s net asset value and may result in a loss to the fund.
Foreign Securities Risk: Foreign securities can be subject to greater risks than U.S. investments, including currency fluctuations, less liquid trading markets, greater price volatility, political and economic instability, less publicly available information, and changes in tax or currency laws or monetary policy. These risks are likely to be greater for emerging markets than in developed markets.
High Yield Risk: High yield securities (junk bonds) have speculative characteristics and present a greater risk of loss than higher quality debt securities. These securities can also be subject to greater price volatility.
S&P 500® Index is widely regarded as the standard index for measuring large-cap U.S. stock market performance.
The Equity Allocation Composite Index consists of the S&P 500® Index and the MSCI EAFE® Index weighted 75% and 25%, respectively.
MSCI EAFE® Index consists of international stocks representing the developed world outside of North America.
Index results assume the reinvestment of all capital gain and dividend distributions.
An investment cannot be made directly into an index.
*Environmental, Social and Governance.
The term "fund of funds" is used to describe mutual funds that pursue their investment objectives by investing in other types of funds. By investing in the Fund, you will indirectly bear fees and expenses charged by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests in addition to the Fund's direct fees and expenses. Your cost of investing in the Fund, therefore, may be higher than the cost of investing in a mutual fund that invests directly in individual stocks and bonds. Additionally, the use of a fund-of-funds structure could affect the timing, amount, and character of distributions to you and therefore may increase the amount of taxes payable by you. You should consult your tax and financial professionals regarding these matters.
ESG Investing Style Risk: Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating. There is no assurance that employing ESG strategies will result in more favorable investment performance.
Morningstar Sustainability Rating ™ The Morningstar® Sustainability Rating™ is intended to measure how well the issuing companies or countries of the securities within a fund’s portfolio are managing their financially material environmental, social and governance, or ESG, risks relative to the fund’s Morningstar Global Category peers. Morningstar assigns Sustainability Ratings by combining a portfolio's Corporate Sustainability Rating and Sovereign Sustainability Rating proportional to the relative weight of the (long only) corporate and sovereign positions. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating calculation is a five-step process. First, the Corporate Sustainability Score and Sovereign Sustainability Score are both derived. Funds require at least 67% of corporate assets be covered by a company-level ESG Risk Score from Sustainalytics1 to receive a Morningstar Portfolio Corporate Sustainability Score. Funds require at least 67% of sovereign assets be covered by a Country Risk Score from Sustainalytics1 to receive a Morningstar Portfolio Sovereign Sustainability Score. The Morningstar Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Scores are asset-weighted averages of company-level ESG Risk Scores for corporate holdings or Country Risk Scores for sovereign holdings. Both scores range between 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating that a fund has, on average, more of its assets invested in companies or countries with high ESG Risk. Second, the Corporate and Sovereign Historical Sustainability Scores are weighted moving averages of the respective Portfolio Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Scores over the past 12 months, to reduce volatility. The Historical Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Scores range between 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating that a fund has, on average, more of its assets invested in companies or countries with high ESG Risk, on a consistent historical basis. Third, the Morningstar Corporate Sustainability Rating and Sovereign Sustainability Rating are then assigned to all scored funds within Morningstar Global Categories. In order to receive a Corporate Sustainability Rating or Sovereign Sustainability Rating, at least thirty (30) funds in the Category receive a Historical Corporate Sustainability Score and a Historical Sovereign Sustainability Score respectively. The Ratings is determined by each fund's Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Score rank within the following distribution: · High (highest 10%) · Above Average (next 22.5%) · Average (next 35%) · Below Average (next 22.5%) and · Low (lowest 10%) Both the Corporate and Sovereign Ratings rely on distribution of scores within a Morningstar Global Category. In cases where there is little to no distribution for sovereign or corporate scores within a peer group, Morningstar defaults from the middle outwards, so that if there was no distribution, all portfolios in the peer group would receive an ‘Average’ rating assignment, and if there was very limited distribution, all portfolios may only fall under some of the five rating groups. Morningstar applies an absolute value breakpoint buffer to ensure breakpoints meet a minimum requirement of distribution. This value is assessed on an annual basis and will represent 10% of the standard deviation for all Sovereign Sustainability Scores for the Sovereign Sustainability Rating assignments, and 10% of the standard deviation for all Corporate Sustainability Scores for the Corporate Sustainability Rating assignments. Fourth, because the distribution rules are applied within global categories, portfolios exposed to high ESG Risk could still receive favorable Sustainability Ratings. For example, portfolios within the energy category exhibit high ESG Risk levels. Therefore, as a final ratings check, we impose requirements on the level of ESG Risk. If Portfolio Corporate or Sovereign Sustainability score is above 40, then the fund receives a Low Corporate or Sovereign Sustainability Rating · If Portfolio Corporate or Sovereign Sustainability score is above 35 and preliminary rating is Average or better, then the fund is downgraded to Below Average for the respective Corporate or Sovereign rating · If Portfolio Corporate or Sovereign Sustainability score is above 30 and preliminary rating is Above Average, then the fund is downgraded to Average for the respective Corporate or Sovereign rating · If Portfolio Corporate or Sovereign Sustainability score is below 30, then no adjustment is made. Fifth, the Portfolio Sustainability Rating is determined by combining a portfolio's Corporate Sustainability Rating and Sovereign Sustainability Rating proportional to the relative weight of the (long only) corporate and sovereign positions, rounding to the nearest whole number. In order to receive a Portfolio Sustainability Rating, a fund must have both a Corporate Sustainability Rating and Sovereign Sustainability Rating, unless one of either the Corporate or Sovereign portion of the fund is less than 5% of the fund. The Morningstar Sustainability Rating is depicted by globe icons where High equals 5 globes and Low equals 1 globe. Since a Sustainability Rating is assigned to all funds that meet the above criteria, the rating it is not limited to funds with explicit sustainable or responsible investment mandates. Morningstar updates its Sustainability Ratings monthly. The Portfolio Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Scores are calculated when Morningstar receives a new portfolio. Then, the Historical Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Scores, the Corporate and Sovereign Sustainability Ratings, and the overall Sustainability Rating are calculated one month and six business days after the reported as-of date of the most recent portfolio. When deriving the Sustainability Rating, Morningstar uses the portfolio with same effective date as the rating, and if this is not available, will defer to the most recent portfolio up to nine months back. This is in order to accommodate varying disclosure requirements across different markets and managed portfolio types. Please click on http://corporate1.morningstar.com/SustainableInvesting/ for more detailed information about the Morningstar Sustainability Rating methodology and calculation frequency.1 Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research, ratings, and analysis firm. Morningstar, Inc. holds a non-controlling ownership interest in Sustainalytics.
Morningstar Low Carbon Designation™ Disclosure The Morningstar® Low Carbon Designation™ is intended to allow investors to easily identify low-carbon funds across the global universe. The designation is an indicator that the companies held in a portfolio are in general alignment with the transition to a low-carbon economy. The designation is given to portfolios that have low carbon-risk scores and low levels of exposure to fossil fuels. To determine carbon-risk scores and fossil fuel involvement, Morningstar uses Sustainalytics’ company-level data2. The Morningstar® Portfolio Carbon Risk Score™ measures the risk that companies in a portfolio face from the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Morningstar® Portfolio Fossil Fuel Involvement™ percentage assesses the degree to which a portfolio is exposed to thermal coal extraction and power generation as well as oil and gas production, power generation, and products & services. To receive a Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score, at least 67% of portfolio assets must have a carbon-risk rating from Sustainalytics. The percentage of assets covered is rescaled to 100% before calculating the score. To receive the designation, a portfolio must meet two criteria: × A 12-month trailing average Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score below 10 × A 12-month trailing average exposure to fossil fuels less than 7% of assets, which is approximately a 33% underweighting to the global equity universe Funds receive the Low Carbon designation based on the most recent quarterly calculations of their 12- month trailing average Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Scores and Morningstar Portfolio Fossil Fuel Involvement. Funds holding the Low Carbon designation that no longer meet the criteria will not receive the designation for the subsequent quarter. All Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Metrics, including the Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score, Morningstar Portfolio Fossil Fuel Involvement, and the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation, are calculated quarterly. Portfolio carbon metric calculations will be completed on the sixth business day in February, May, August, and November. Please visit http://corporate1.morningstar.com/SustainableInvesting/ for more detail information about the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation and its calculation.
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