You could lose money by investing in the Fund, and the Fund could underperform other investments. You should expect the Fund's share price and total return to fluctuate within a wide range. The Funds's performance could be hurt by:
- Issuer risk. Securities held by the Fund may decline in value because of changes in the financial condition of, or events affecting, the issuers of these securities.
- Management risk. Dodge & Cox's opinion about the intrinsic worth of a company or security may be incorrect, Dodge & Cox may not make timely purchases or sales of securities for the Fund, the Fund's investment objective may not be achieved, and the market may continue to undervalue the Fund's securities.
- Equity risk. Equity securities generally have greater price volatility than fixed income securities.
- Market risk. Stock prices may decline over short or extended periods due to general market conditions.
- Liquidity risk. The Fund may not be able to
purchase or sell a security in a timely manner or at desired prices
or achieve its desired weighting in a security.
- Non-U.S. investment risk. Foreign stock markets may decline due to conditions unique to an individual country, including unfavorable economic conditions relative to the United States. There may be increased risk of delayed settlement of portfolio transactions or loss of certificates of portfolio securities.
- Non-U.S. currency risk. Non-U.S. currencies may decline relative to the U.S. dollar, which reduces the unhedged value of securities denominated in those currencies. Dodge & Cox may not hedge or may not be successful in hedging the Fund's currency exposure. The Fund also bears transactions charges for currency exchange.
- Non-U.S. issuer risk. Non-U.S. securities (including ADRs) may decline in value because of political, economic, or market instability; the absence of accurate information about
the companies; risks of internal or external conflicts; or unfavorable government actions, including expropriation and nationalization. Non-U.S. securities are sometimes less liquid, more volatile, and harder to value than securities of U.S. issuers. Lack of uniform accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards, with less governmental regulation and oversight than U.S. companies, may increase risk. Some countries also may have different legal systems that may make it difficult for the Fund to vote proxies, exercise shareholder rights, and pursue legal remedies with respect to investments. These risks may be higher when investing in emerging market companies. Certain of these risks may also apply to securities of U.S. companies with significant
An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.
There are further risk factors described elsewhere in the prospectus and in the SAI.
The following bar chart is intended to help you understand the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows changes in the Fund’s returns from year to year.
The Fund’s past performance (before and after taxes) does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future. Average annual total returns can be viewed on the Performance & Prices page of this website.
|Highest/Lowest quarterly results during the time period were:
Highest: 33.37% (quarter ended June 30, 2009)
Lowest: -26.06% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)