ADDING and REPLACING Lazard Asset Management Launches Two Open-End Mutual Funds
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“It distills the intellectual capital of a $30 billion international equity platform into a twenty-to-thirty-stock portfolio.”
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Lazard Asset Management Launches Two Open-End Mutual Funds
Lazard Asset Management LLC (LAM) today announced the launch of two open-end equity funds, expanding LAM’s international and global fund offerings. Both funds seek capital appreciation through distinct investment approaches.
The Lazard International Equity Concentrated Portfolio (the “Portfolio”) (NASDAQ: Institutional: LCNIX; Open: LCNOX) is a multi-capitalization, concentrated international equity portfolio. It invests in non-US companies judged by the investment team to have sustainably high or improving returns at attractive valuations.
“This portfolio seeks to leverage the richest insights of LAM’s International Equity analysts,” commented John Reinsberg, Deputy Chairman, International and Global Strategies. “It distills the intellectual capital of a $30 billion international equity platform into a twenty-to-thirty-stock portfolio.”
The investment team comprises portfolio manager/analysts Kevin Matthews, Michael Bennett, Michael Fry, and Michael Powers, as well as Mr. Reinsberg. On average, each team member has 26 years of industry experience, more than half of which has been with LAM.
LAM’s second new fund, Lazard Global Strategic Equity Portfolio (NASDAQ: Institutional: LSTIX; Open: LSTOX), invests around the world and across the market capitalization spectrum. This portfolio is designed to participate in rising markets and its focus on valuations and financial productivity is intended to protect capital in declining markets. Like the Lazard International Equity Concentrated Portfolio, it focuses on stocks with attractive valuations and sustainably high or improving financial returns.
“This global unconstrained equity offering is an extension of our successful International Strategic Equity offering (NASDAQ: Institutional: LISIX; Open: LISOX),” Mr. Reinsberg added.
The investment team consists of portfolio manager/analysts Robin Jones, Mark Little, and Barnaby Wilson, as well as Mr. Reinsberg. On average, each team member has 21 years of industry experience, with 15 of those years spent with LAM.
Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 43 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. With origins dating to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising, and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments, and individuals.
An indirect subsidiary of Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), LAM offers a range of equity, fixed-income, and alternative investment products worldwide. As of June 30, 2014, LAM and affiliated asset management companies in the Lazard Group managed $205 billion worth of client assets. For more information about LAM, please visit www.Lazardnet.com.
Market risks, including political, regulatory, market and economic developments, and developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market, can affect the value of the Portfolio’s investments. In addition, turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and/or fixed income markets may negatively affect many issuers, which could adversely affect the Portfolio.
The value of a security may decline for a number of reasons which directly relate to the issuer, such as management performance, financial leverage and reduced demand for the issuer’s goods or services, as well as the historical and prospective earnings of the issuer and the value of its assets or factors unrelated to the issuer’s value, such as investor perception.
The Portfolio’s performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting the non-US countries and companies in which the Portfolio invests. Non-US securities carry special risks, such as less developed or less efficient trading markets, political instability, a lack of company information, differing auditing and legal standards, and, potentially, less liquidity.
Emerging market countries can generally have economic structures that are less diverse and mature, and political systems that are less stable, than those of developed countries. The economies of countries with emerging markets may be based predominantly on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme debt burdens or volatile inflation rates. The securities markets of emerging market countries have historically been extremely volatile. Capital markets worldwide have experienced unprecedented volatility in recent years, causing significant declines in valuation and liquidity in certain emerging markets. These market conditions may continue or worsen. Investments in these countries may be subject to political, economic, legal, market and currency risks. The risks may include less protection of property rights and uncertain political and economic policies, the imposition of capital controls and/or foreign investment limitations by a country, nationalization of businesses and the imposition of sanctions by other countries, such as the US. Significant devaluation of emerging market currencies against the US dollar may occur subsequent to acquisition of investments denominated in emerging market currencies.
Investments denominated in currencies other than US dollars may experience a decline in value, in US dollar terms, due solely to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. The Investment Manager does not intend to actively hedge the Portfolio’s foreign currency exposure.
The Portfolio’s net asset value may be more vulnerable to changes in the market value of a single issuer or group of issuers and may be relatively more susceptible to adverse effects from any single corporate, industry, economic, market, political or regulatory occurrence than if the Portfolio’s investments consisted of securities issued by a larger number of issuers.
The Portfolio generally invests in stocks believed by the Investment Manager to be undervalued, but that may not realize their perceived value for extended periods of time or may never realize their perceived value. The stocks in which the Portfolio invests may respond differently to market and other developments than other types of stocks.
Investments in large cap companies may underperform investments in smaller companies during periods when the stocks of smaller companies are in favor.
Small and mid cap companies carry additional risks because their earnings tend to be less predictable, their share prices more volatile and their securities less liquid than larger, more established companies. The shares of small and mid cap companies tend to trade less frequently than those of larger companies, which can have an adverse effect on the pricing of these securities and on the ability to sell these securities when the Investment Manager deems it appropriate.
The Portfolio’s investment strategy may involve high portfolio turnover (such as 100% or more). A portfolio turnover rate of 100%, for example, is equivalent to the Portfolio buying and selling all of its securities once during the course of the year. A high portfolio turnover rate could result in high transaction costs and an increase in taxable capital gains distributions to the Portfolio’s shareholders, which will reduce returns to shareholders.
Please consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses carefully before investing. For more complete information about The Lazard Funds, Inc. and current performance, you may obtain a prospectus or summary prospectus by calling 800-823-6300 or going to www.LazardNet.com. Read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before you invest. The prospectus and summary prospectus contain investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other information about the Portfolio and The Lazard Funds that may not be detailed in this document. The Lazard Funds are distributed by Lazard Asset Management Securities LLC.