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Kay Herr, CFA, is a portfolio manager of real estate securities in the Equity Group with 15 years of industry experience. An employee since 1999, Kay previously covered the office/industrial REIT sector as an equity research analyst. Prior to that, she covered consumer stable and cyclical sectors in the U.S. Fixed Income Credit Research Group. Prior to joining the firm, she was a credit research analyst with Prudential Securities in its municipal bond research department.Education
Jason Ko, executive director, is a co-portfolio manager of the U.S./Global/International REIT strategy. An employee since 2002, Jason works with a team covering the REIT sector for the U.S. Equity Group. Previously, Jason worked as a research associate focusing on REITs and cyclicals sectors and as an investment assistant in the U.S. Active Equity Group. Jason holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in economics from Brown University. He is also a CFA charterholder.Education
International investing involves a greater degree of risk and increased volatility. Changes in currency exchange rates and differences in accounting and taxation policies outside the U.S. can raise or lower returns. Also, some overseas markets may not be as politically and economically stable as the United States and other nations. The Fund's investments in real estate securities are subject to the same risks as direct investments in real estate. Real estate values rise and fall in response to many factors, including local, regional and national economic conditions, the demand for rental property, and interest rates. When economic growth is slowing, demand for property decreases and prices may fall. Rising interest rates, which drive up mortgage and financing costs, can affect the profitability and liquidity of properties in the real estate market. Property values may also decrease because of overbuilding, extended vacancies, increase in property taxes and operating expenses, zoning laws, environmental regulations, clean-up of and liability for environmental hazards, uninsured casualty or condemnation losses, or a general decline in neighborhood values. The Fund's investments and your investment may decline in response to declines in property values or other adverse changes to the real estate market. The performance of the real estate securities in which the Fund invests is also largely dependent on the organization, skill and capital funding of the managers and operators of the underlying real estate. In addition to the risks facing real estate securities, the Fund's investments in REITs involve unique risks. REITs may have limited financial resources, may trade less frequently and in limited volume and may be more volatile than other securities. REITs and other investment vehicles in which the Fund may invest are subject to complicated tax rules. The tax laws that apply to these investment vehicles have the potential to create negative tax consequences for the Fund, or for certain shareholders of the Fund, including, in particular, charitable remainder trusts and non-U.S. taxpayers.