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7/29/13: The Wall Street Journal takes a look at U.S. Steel Corp.’s second-quarter results and management’s approach to running the company. Reporters consult Sam Halpert, who suggested to the company that dividing itself into multiple units might improve performance. Halpert is quoted as stating, “They said they had people on the board looking at all kinds of different possibilities.”View article »
10/24/12: The Wall Street Journal takes a look at mining companies that are cutting back on expansion efforts. “I’m looking for a company that’s going to put [cash] back into my pocket rather than spending it on something else,” says Charl Malan. View article »
6/04/12: CNBC interviews Shawn Reynolds on the energy E&P (exploration & production) sector. Reynolds likes the "international exploration story," especially Africa and Brazil.Watch video »
4/18/12: On Fast at 5, Shawn Reynolds shared two of his favorite investment themes: overseas energy exploration and unconventional oil plays.View article »
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*Returns less than one year are not annualized.
The tables present past performance which is no guarantee of future results and which may be lower or higher than current performance. Returns reflect temporary contractual fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. Had the Fund incurred all expenses and fees1, investment returns would have been reduced. Expenses: Class I: Gross 1.02% and Net 1.00%. Expenses are capped contractually through 05/01/14 at 1.00% for Class I. Investment returns and Fund share values will fluctuate so that investors' shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Fund returns assume that dividends and capital gains distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at NAV.
This graph illustrates a hypothetical $10,000 investment in Class A shares of the Van Eck Global Hard Assets Fund invested at NAV versus its benchmark and other indices. Returns reflect capital appreciation and the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, if any, as well as all fees and expenses, but do not reflect any sales load. All indices are unmanaged and include the reinvestment of all dividends, but do not reflect the payment of transaction costs, advisory fees or expenses that are associated with an investment in the Fund. An index’s performance is not illustrative of the Fund’s performance. Indices are not securities in which investments can be made. Results reflect past performance and do not guarantee future results.
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All registered investment companies, including Van Eck Associates, are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders at yearend regardless of performance. Trading Van Eck Funds will also generate tax consequences and transaction expenses. The information provided is not intended to be tax advice. Tax consequences of dividend distributions may vary by individual taxpayer. There is no guarantee that dividends will be paid. To receive a distribution, you must have been a registered shareholder of the relevant Van Eck Funds on the record date. Distributions are paid to shareholders on the payment date. Past distributions are not indicative of future distributions.
Unless otherwise stated, portfolio facts and statistics are shown for Class A shares; other classes may have different characteristics.
†NAV: Unless you are eligible for a waiver, the public offering price you pay when you buy Class A shares of the Fund is the Net Asset Value (NAV) of the shares plus an initial sales charge. The initial sales charge varies depending upon the size of your purchase. No sales charge is imposed where Class A or Class C shares are issued to you pursuant to the automatic investment of income dividends or capital gains distributions. It is the responsibility of the financial intermediary to ensure that the investor obtains the proper “breakpoint” discount. Class C, Class I and Class Y do not have an initial sales charge; however, Class C does charge a contingent deferred redemption charge. See the prospectus for more information.
1Expenses are calculated for the 12-month period ending 12/31/13: Class A: Gross 1.45% and Net 1.38%; Class C: Gross 2.21% and Net 2.20%; Class I: Gross 1.02% and Net 1.00%; and Class Y: Gross 1.16% and Net 1.13%. Expenses are capped contractually through 05/01/14 at 1.38% for Class A; 2.20% for Class C; 1.00% for Class I; and 1.13% for Class Y. Caps exclude certain expenses, such as interest.
2The S&P® North American Natural Resources Sector Index (SPGINRTR) includes mining, energy, paper and forest products, and plantation-owning companies. The S&P® 500 Index consists of 500 widely held common stocks covering industrial, utility, financial and transportation sectors. The S&P® Goldman Sachs Commodity Total Return Index (SPGSCITR) is a composite index of commodity sector returns, representing an unleveraged, long-only investment in commodity futures. All indices are unmanaged and include the reinvestment of all dividends, but do not reflect the payment of transaction costs, advisory fees or expenses that are associated with an investment in the Fund. An index’s performance is not illustrative of the Fund’s performance. Indices are not securities in which investments can be made.
The views and opinions expressed are those of Van Eck Global. Fund manager commentaries are general in nature and should not be construed as investment advice. Opinions are subject to change with market conditions. Any discussion of specific securities mentioned in the commentaries is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy these securities. Fund holdings will vary.
You can lose money by investing in the Fund. Any investment in the Fund should be part of an overall investment program, not a complete program. The Fund is subject to risks associated with concentrating its investments in hard assets and the hard assets sector, including real estate, precious metals and natural resources, and can be significantly affected by events relating to these industries, including international political and economic developments, inflation, and other factors. The Fund’s portfolio securities may experience substantial price fluctuations as a result of these factors, and may move independently of the trends of industrialized companies. The Fund’s investments in foreign securities involve risks related to adverse political and economic developments unique to a country or a region, currency fluctuations or controls, and the possibility of arbitrary action by foreign governments, including the takeover of property without adequate compensation or imposition of prohibitive taxation. The Fund is subject to risks associated with investments in debt securities, derivatives, commodity-linked instruments, illiquid securities, asset-backed securities and CMOs. The Fund is also subject to inflation risk, short-sales risk, market risk, non-diversification risk, leverage risk, credit risk and counterparty risk. Please see the prospectus for information on these and other risk considerations.
Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. An investor should consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the investment company carefully before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contain this and other information. Please read them carefully before investing.
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