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The VanEck VIP Long/Short Equity Index Fund seeks to track, before fees and expenses, the performance of the MVISTM North America Long/Short Equity Index (the “Index”). The Index is constructed using a rules based process and seeks to capture the performance of a group of long/short equity hedge funds that focus on North American companies. This is done by identifying an initial universe of North American focused long/short equity hedge funds, and then eliminating outlier hedge funds, typically eliminating more of the underperforming outlier hedge funds, from the initial universe with a patented True Alpha® (True α®) metric that scores and ranks funds based on their risk-adjusted performance over a twelve month period.
You can lose money by investing in the Fund. Any investment in the Fund should be part of an overall investment program rather than a complete program. All VIP funds are subject to market risk, including possible loss of principal. Because the Fund is "fund-of-funds," an investor will indirectly bear the principal risks of the exchange-traded products in which it invests, including but not limited to, risks associated with smaller companies, foreign securities, emerging markets, debt securities, commodities, and derivatives, as well as risk of tracking error. With respect to derivatives, the use of leverage may magnify losses. The Fund will bear its share of the fees and expenses of the exchange-traded products. Consequently, an investment in the Fund entails more direct and indirect expenses than a direct investment in an exchange-traded product. Because the Fund invests in exchange-traded products, it is subject to additional risks that do not apply to conventional VIP funds, including the risks that the market price of an exchange-traded product's shares may be higher or lower than the value of its underlying assets, there may be a lack of liquidity in the shares of the exchange-traded product, or trading may be halted by the exchange on which they trade. Debt securities may be subject to credit risk and interest rate risk. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. The Fund may actively engage in short selling, which entails special risks. If the Fund makes short sales in securities that increase in value, the fund will lose value. Because the Adviser relies heavily on proprietary quantitative models, the Fund is also subject to Model and Data Risk. For a description of these and other risk considerations, please refer to the Fund’s prospectus, which should be read carefully before you invest.
The MVIS North America Long/Short Equity Index seeks to capture the systematic returns (beta) of North American focused long/short equity hedge funds. The index employs a patented rating and ranking system that filters out funds with low beta as compared to their hedge fund peer group. The index is constructed using transparent, liquid ETFs to produce hedge fund-style returns. The S&P® 500 Index consists of 500 widely held common stocks covering industrial, utility, financial and transportation sectors.
MVIS North America Long/Short Equity Index (the “Index”) is the exclusive property of MV Index Solutions GmbH (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adviser), which has contracted with Solactive AG to maintain and calculate the Index. Solactive AG uses its best efforts to ensure that the Index is calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards MV Index Solutions GmbH, Solactive AG has no obligation to point out errors in the Index to third parties.
MV Index Solutions GmbH does not sponsor, endorse or promote the VIP Long/Short Equity Fund and makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund.
Indices are unmanaged and are not securities in which investments can be made.
The Fund is only available as an option under various insurance contracts issued by life insurance and annuity companies. These contracts offer life and tax benefits to the beneficial owners of the Fund. The insurance or annuity company charges, fees and expenses for these benefits are not included in Fund performance. A review of the particular life and/or annuity contract will provide you with much greater detail regarding these costs and benefits.
The Fund is not available directly to the general public. For more complete information on variable life/annuity products, including all charges and expenses, please obtain a prospectus from a licensed insurance agent/registered representative. The prospectus includes information about the investment objective, risks and charges and expenses. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.