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 objectives 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.
- Non-U.S. issuer risk. Non-U.S. securities 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 exercise
creditor 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
- Interest rate risk. Fixed income security prices may decline due to rising interest rates. Fixed income securities with longer maturities are generally subject to potentially greater volatility than obligations with shorter maturities.
- Credit risk. A security's price may decline due to deterioration in the issuer's financial condition, or the issuer may fail to repay interest and/or principal in a timely manner.
- Call risk. During periods of falling interest rates, issuers of callable bonds may repay securities with higher interest rates before maturity. This could cause the Fund to lose potential price appreciation
and reinvest the proceeds at lower interest rates.
- 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.
- Mortgage and asset-backed securities risk. Early repayment of principal (e.g., prepayment of principal due to the sale of the underlying property, refinancing, or foreclosure) of mortgage-related securities (or other callable securities) exposes the Fund to a potential loss on any premium to face value paid and to a lower rate of return upon reinvestment of principal. In addition, changes in the rate of prepayment also affect the price and price volatility of a mortgage-related security. Securities issued by certain U.S. government sponsored entities (GSEs) (such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac,
the Federal Home Loan Banks, and the Federal Farm Credit
Banks) are not issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. In the event that these GSEs cannot meet their obligations, there can be no assurance that the U.S. government will continue to provide support, and the Fund's performance could be adversely impacted.
- The Fund's balance between stocks and fixed income securities could limit its potential for capital appreciation relative to an all-stock fund
or contribute to greater volatility relative to an
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: 18.94% (quarter ended June 30, 2009)
Lowest: -16.37% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)