The Fund seeks to provide current income while maintaining liquidity and a stable share price of $1.
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund invests primarily in high-quality, short-term money market instruments issued by the U.S. government and its agencies and instrumentalities. Although these securities are high-quality, most of the securities held by the Fund are neither guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury nor supported by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. To be considered high-quality, a security generally must be rated in one of the two highest credit-quality categories for short-term securities by at least two nationally recognized rating services (or by one, if only one rating service has rated the security). The Fund maintains a dollar-weighted average maturity of 60 days or less and a dollar-weighted average life of 120 days or less.
Under the new money market reforms, government money market funds are required to invest at least 99.5% of their total assets in cash, government securities, and/or repurchase agreements that are collateralized solely by government securities or cash (collectively, government securities). The Fund generally invests 100% of its assets in government securities and therefore will satisfy the 99.5% requirement for designation as a government money market fund.
The Fund is designed for investors with a low tolerance for risk; however, the Fund is subject to the following risks, which could affect the Fund's performance:
- Income risk, which is the chance that the Fund's income will decline because of falling interest rates. Because the Fund’s income is based on short-term interest rates – which can fluctuate significantly over short periods – income risk is expected to be high.
- Manager risk, which is the chance that poor security selection will cause the Fund to underperform relevant benchmarks or other funds with a similar investment objective.
- Credit risk, which is the chance that the issuer of a security will fail to pay interest or principal in a timely manner or that negative perceptions of the issuer's ability to make such payments will cause the price of that security to decline. Credit risk should be very low for the Fund because it invests primarily in securities that are considered to be of high quality.
You could lose money by investing in this Fund. Although a money market fund seeks to preserve the value of an investment at $1 per share, it cannot guarantee it will do so. Investment in this Investment Option is not insured or guaranteed by the FDIC or any other government agency. The sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the underlying fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the underlying fund at any time.