Equity Funds

What is an Equity Fund?

An equity fund is a fund that typically invests primarily in stocks. The objective of an equity fund is generally to seek long-term capital appreciation and/or income from stocks. These funds may focus on certain sectors of the market or may have a specific investment style, such as investing in value or growth stocks.


There are a number of different types of equity funds, each with their own characteristics and level of risk.


These funds typically invest in companies deemed to have above-average prospects for earnings growth that then reinvest those earnings in expansion, acquisitions, and/or research and development. Capital appreciation is typically the primary goal of these types of funds.


Value funds typically invest in companies that are considered to be undervalued by the market based on a variety of metrics, such as below average price-to-earnings ratios. These companies may also be more likely to pay dividends.


A blend fund, which is also called a “hybrid fund,” typically invests in a mix of value and growth stocks in order to potentially provide diversification between the two investment styles.

Low Volatility

A low volatility fund is an investing style that seeks to provide some protection from wide swings in market prices by typically investing in companies with a history of being less risky than the overall market. These stocks generally provide less upside potential but greater downside protection.

Financial Services

These funds typically invest in a variety of companies in the financial services industry, such as commercial banks, insurance companies, money management firms, credit card companies, consumer and commercial lenders, payments processors, investment banks, and mutual fund providers.


These funds typically invest in companies that use living systems and organisms to develop health care products and pharmaceuticals. Investments in these companies are often speculative in nature but may provide the potential for significant upside.

Precious Metals

Precious metals funds provide exposure to commodities such as gold, silver, and platinum as well as companies engaged in their mining and processing. These funds also typically invest in futures and options contracts on these commodities, and they may take physical possession of the commodities.

Natural Resources

These funds typically invest in companies engaged in extracting natural resources, including water, oil and gas, wind power, iron, coal, forest products, metals, and agriculture.


Utility funds typically invest predominantly in the stocks of electric, gas and water providers as well as those that supply equipment or services to them. These companies are generally highly regulated. As a result, these stocks often offer higher than average dividends and lower price volatility.


These funds typically invest in companies that are primarily engaged in the manufacturing and sale of computer hardware and software, computer services, electronics, semiconductors, and telecommunications equipment.

Information Technology

A subset of the technology sector, information technology refers to the application of computer science to deliver, store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data, including text, images, video, or audio. Examples include computers and accessories, networking equipment, landline and mobile telephones, e-commerce, and social media.

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For investors who are focused on the long-term and who know the risk factors, equity mutual funds may be a good source of capital appreciation or return on their investment.

Investments typically fall into a range from “conservative” to “risky” and generally speaking equities (stocks) are on the riskier end of the spectrum. Equity mutual funds tend to focus their investment on various countries, regions, industries and investment styles as a way of seeking to diversify, or potentially mitigating spreading. There are a number of different types of equity mutual funds, each with their own characteristics and level of risk.

The bottom line is that before investing it’s important to understand the risks involved with the products you're considering and determine if they fit your comfort level. It is also important to know if your investment choices are in line with your investment objectives and time horizon.


Aims to provide investors with long-term capital appreciation by investing in financially sound companies generating consistent dividend increases.

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Seeks capital appreciation by focusing on undervalued mid-and large-cap companies, with a significant portion of assets in foreign securities and, to a lesser extent, distressed securities and merger arbitrage.

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Seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing substantially in companies that are leaders in their industries, and which the managers believe are suitable for a buy-and-hold strategy.

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Invests primarily in companies which management believes are leaders in innovation, take advantage of new technologies, have superior management, and benefit from new industry conditions.

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Seeks long-term capital growth by investing primarily in foreign securities, predominantly located outside of the U.S., including developing markets.

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