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At a Glance

Why invest in Micro-Cap?

  • One of the oldest open-end funds dedicated to investing in micro-cap stocks (generally market caps up to $1 billion)
  • Core approach that combines multiple investment themes and offers wide exposure to micro-cap stocks by investing in companies with strong fundamentals and/or prospects selling at prices that Royce believes do not fully reflect these attributes
  • Approach emphasizes the intersection of valuation with fundamental strength and/or excellent growth or turnaround potential

As of 03/31/17

  • Micro-Cap
    Core Approach
    $443.5M
    Avg. Market Cap
  • Above Average
    Volatility
    89%
    Active Share
  • Fund
    Longevity
    25+
    Years of History

Portfolio Management

"The micro-cap universe offers plenty of opportunities for us to find companies that are lightly researched or mispriced. Using multiple approaches gives us exposure to the entire asset class while our discipline keeps us focused on the fundamental business strengths that we think can create strong long-term performance."
Jim Stoeffel

Performance

Average Annual Total Returns (%)

Outpaced Russell 2000 since inception (12/31/91) period as of 03/31/17.
QTR YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR 20YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Micro-Cap -0.96 -0.9619.06-1.161.842.365.908.4110.10 12/31/91
Russell Microcap 0.38 0.3827.774.8612.435.427.91N/AN/A N/A
Russell 2000 2.47 2.4726.227.2212.357.128.388.679.69 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 2.53

APR YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR 20YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Micro-Cap 0.54 -0.4317.46-0.192.492.095.898.5510.09 12/31/91
Russell Microcap 1.03 1.4125.037.3612.995.377.85N/AN/A N/A
Russell 2000 1.10 3.5925.639.0312.957.058.398.719.71 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 2.53

MAY YTD 1YR 3YR 5YR 10YR 15YR 20YR SINCE INCEPT. DATE
Micro-Cap -1.81 -2.2317.27-0.444.161.945.918.139.98 12/31/91
Russell Microcap -1.38 0.0123.317.3514.205.127.99N/AN/A N/A
Russell 2000 -1.20 2.3523.018.5914.106.718.558.159.63 N/A

Annual Operating Expenses: 2.53

Important Performance and Expense Information

All performance information reflects past performance, is presented on a total return basis, reflects the reinvestment of distributions, and does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, so that shares may be worth more or less than their original cost when redeemed. Consultant Class shares redeemed within 365 days of purchase may be subject to a 1% contingent deferred sales charge, payable to the Fund's distributor, Royce Fund Services, LLC, which is not reflected in the performance shown above; if it were, performance would be lower. Current month-end performance may be higher or lower than performance quoted and may be obtained at www.roycefunds.com. Operating expenses reflect the Fund's total annual operating expenses for the Consultant Class as of the Fund's most current prospectus and include management fees, 12b-1 distribution and service fees, and other expenses.

All performance and risk information presented in this material prior to the commencement date of Consultant Class shares on 5/1/98 reflects Investment Class results. Consultant Class shares bear an annual distribution expense that is not borne by Investment Class shares. If Consultant Class's annual distribution expense had been reflected, total returns prior to 5/1/98 would have been lower.

Rolling Returns

On a monthly basis, the Fund outperformed the Russell Microcap in 62% of all 10-Year periods; 63% of all 5-Year periods; and 51% of all 1-Year periods.

For 89% of the periods, 10-year average annual total returns were greater than 5%; For 55% of the periods, 10-year average annual total returns were greater than 10%.

Relative Returns: Monthly Rolling Average Annual Return Periods Since Russell Microcap's Inception Through 03/31/17

periods beating
the index(%)
fund
avg(%)
index
avg(%)
10-year
51/82
62 7.1 6.2
5-year
89/142
63 7.5 7.8
1-year
96/190
51 9.3 10.1

Absolute Returns: 10-Year Monthly Rolling Return PeriodsNumber of 10-Year Average Annual Return Periods Since the Fund’s Inception

Return Range Periods % in Range
> 10% 102 55
> 5% and ≤ 10% 61 33
> 0% and ≤ 5% 21 11
≤ 0% 0 0

The Fund averaged a 10.0% return over all 184 10-year monthly rolling return periods.

Market Cycle Performance

Peak-Peak - 07/12/07 - 03/05/14
Micro-Cap24.3%
Russell Microcap44.7%

Peak-Peak - 03/05/14 - 06/23/15
Micro-Cap-5.4%
Russell Microcap6.4%

Peak-Current - 06/23/15 - 03/31/17
Micro-Cap-0.1%
Russell Microcap4.6%

Royce defines market cycles as those that have retreated at least 15% from a previous market peak and have rebounded to establish a new peak above the previous one. 

Royce defines market cycles as those that have retreated at least 15% from a previous market peak and have rebounded to establish a new peak above the previous one. 

Calendar Year Total Returns (%)

 

Growth of Investment

Value of $10,000 invested between 06/30/00 and 03/31/17

Micro-Cap$33,061.76
Russell Microcap$33,297.05

The since inception performance above dates to the inception of the Russell Microcap on 6/30/2000. The Fund's inception date (12/31/1991) preceded the inception of the index.

Portfolio Impactas of 03/31/17

SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Information Technology
21.15
4.31
0.89
Financials
12.29
2.36
0.30
Industrials
21.38
1.18
0.25
Telecommunication Services
0.63
15.48
0.10
Health Care
7.68
0.90
0.09
Consumer Staples
0.85
0.11
0.04
Real Estate
1.48
-0.34
-0.01
Materials
4.82
-5.24
-0.25
Energy
5.82
-4.66
-0.28
Consumer Discretionary
15.60
-9.09
-1.45
Cash
8.29
0.15
0.01

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.77
Capital MarketsFinancials0.39
MachineryIndustrials0.33
Electrical EquipmentIndustrials0.25
Metals & MiningMaterials0.21

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.95
ChemicalsMaterials-0.45
Textiles Apparel & Luxury GoodsConsumer Discretionary-0.31
Energy Equipment & ServicesEnergy-0.27
Aerospace & DefenseIndustrials-0.26

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Ultra Clean HoldingsSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.46
Kornit DigitalMachineryIndustrials0.32
Brooks AutomationSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.20
ClarksonMarineIndustrials0.19
ePlusElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology0.19

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
BioAmberChemicalsMaterials-0.33
Stein MartSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.29
Build-A-Bear WorkshopSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.24
CUI GlobalElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology-0.24
CPI AerostructuresAerospace & DefenseIndustrials-0.22
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Information Technology
21.15
4.31
0.89
Financials
12.29
2.36
0.30
Industrials
21.38
1.18
0.25
Telecommunication Services
0.63
15.48
0.10
Health Care
7.68
0.90
0.09
Consumer Staples
0.85
0.11
0.04
Real Estate
1.48
-0.34
-0.01
Materials
4.82
-5.24
-0.25
Energy
5.82
-4.66
-0.28
Consumer Discretionary
15.60
-9.09
-1.45
Cash
8.29
0.15
0.01

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.77
Capital MarketsFinancials0.39
MachineryIndustrials0.33
Electrical EquipmentIndustrials0.25
Metals & MiningMaterials0.21

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.95
ChemicalsMaterials-0.45
Textiles Apparel & Luxury GoodsConsumer Discretionary-0.31
Energy Equipment & ServicesEnergy-0.27
Aerospace & DefenseIndustrials-0.26

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Ultra Clean HoldingsSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.46
Kornit DigitalMachineryIndustrials0.32
Brooks AutomationSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.20
ClarksonMarineIndustrials0.19
ePlusElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology0.19

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
BioAmberChemicalsMaterials-0.33
Stein MartSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.29
Build-A-Bear WorkshopSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.24
CUI GlobalElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology-0.24
CPI AerostructuresAerospace & DefenseIndustrials-0.22
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Industrials
21.45
37.54
7.91
Information Technology
21.85
29.66
5.95
Financials
11.83
25.72
2.93
Materials
4.67
34.89
1.62
Energy
5.18
21.82
1.10
Consumer Discretionary
16.23
2.76
0.76
Health Care
9.75
4.59
0.64
Consumer Staples
0.65
79.03
0.45
Utilities
0.06
70.02
0.25
Telecommunication Services
0.53
-5.73
0.00
Real Estate
1.19
-2.95
-0.01
Cash
6.45
0.39
0.03
Unclassified
0.16
135.57
0.60

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
MachineryIndustrials3.82
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology3.21
Electronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology1.91
BanksFinancials1.57
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary1.43

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-1.43
SoftwareInformation Technology-0.73
Textiles Apparel & Luxury GoodsConsumer Discretionary-0.41
DistributorsConsumer Discretionary-0.35
PharmaceuticalsHealth Care-0.21

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Ultra Clean HoldingsSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.91
DTSElectronic Equipment, Instruments & CompInformation Technology0.76
ePlusElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology0.65
Progenics PharmaceuticalsBiotechnologyHealth Care0.62
Brooks AutomationSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.62

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Rubicon ProjectSoftwareInformation Technology-0.74
Vera BradleyTextiles Apparel & Luxury GoodsConsumer Discretionary-0.49
SeaChange InternationalSoftwareInformation Technology-0.47
Stein MartSpecialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-0.44
Dynavax TechnologiesBiotechnologyHealth Care-0.41
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Information Technology
19.69
29.82
6.60
Industrials
22.19
15.79
3.41
Financials
9.39
15.72
2.08
Telecommunication Services
0.69
36.49
0.45
Real Estate
2.04
4.41
0.40
Consumer Discretionary
16.13
-3.98
0.32
Utilities
0.05
85.41
0.26
Consumer Staples
1.00
9.18
-0.32
Health Care
10.73
-5.63
-1.38
Materials
6.02
-36.60
-4.19
Energy
6.05
-48.78
-5.20
Cash
5.13
0.52
0.04
Unclassified
0.89
428.51
2.09

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology4.05
Electronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology3.08
MachineryIndustrials2.64
Auto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary1.99
Professional ServicesIndustrials1.87

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Energy Equipment & ServicesEnergy-3.98
Metals & MiningMaterials-3.80
Specialty RetailConsumer Discretionary-1.68
Electrical EquipmentIndustrials-1.14
PharmaceuticalsHealth Care-1.00

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
ePlusElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology1.16
VASCO Data Security InternationalSoftwareInformation Technology0.96
Silicon Motion Technology ADRSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.77
Brooks AutomationSemiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology0.77
FabrinetElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology0.73

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Universal Stainless & Alloy ProductsMetals & MiningMaterials-0.98
Global Power Equipment GroupElectrical EquipmentIndustrials-0.94
Horsehead Holding CorporationMetals & MiningMaterials-0.89
Dawson GeophysicalEnergy Equipment & ServicesEnergy-0.82
SeaChange InternationalSoftwareInformation Technology-0.79
SECTOR NAMEAVERAGE WEIGHT (%)TOTAL RETURN (%)CONTRIBUTION TO RETURN (%)
Information Technology
17.51
60.43
10.25
Industrials
21.47
49.34
9.88
Health Care
10.35
69.56
5.61
Consumer Discretionary
15.92
20.02
5.40
Financials
7.50
88.06
4.71
Real Estate
2.39
46.91
1.74
Telecommunication Services
0.65
81.85
0.42
Utilities
0.08
-17.43
0.12
Consumer Staples
1.16
13.87
0.02
Energy
6.99
-44.42
-4.65
Materials
8.57
-49.68
-8.77
Cash
5.65
0.64
0.04
Unclassified
1.76
322.93
0.62

Top Contributors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Semiconductors & Semiconductor EquipmentInformation Technology5.71
MachineryIndustrials5.55
Electronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology3.55
Professional ServicesIndustrials3.11
Health Care Equipment & SuppliesHealth Care2.85

Top Detractors

INDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Metals & MiningMaterials-9.75
Energy Equipment & ServicesEnergy-3.50
Electrical EquipmentIndustrials-1.35
Oil, Gas & Consumable FuelsEnergy-0.91
DistributorsConsumer Discretionary-0.68

Top Contributors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Drew IndustriesAuto ComponentsConsumer Discretionary1.52
Quaker ChemicalChemicalsMaterials1.35
FRP HoldingsReal Estate Management & DevelopmentReal Estate1.20
Capella EducationDiversified Consumer ServicesConsumer Discretionary1.16
ePlusElectronic Equipment Instruments & ComponentsInformation Technology1.14

Top Detractors

COMPANYINDUSTRYSECTORGAIN (%)
Lincoln Educational ServicesDiversified Consumer ServicesConsumer Discretionary-1.38
Universal Stainless & Alloy ProductsMetals & MiningMaterials-1.33
Global Power Equipment GroupElectrical EquipmentIndustrials-1.33
Dawson GeophysicalEnergy Equipment & ServicesEnergy-1.18
Sprott ResourceOil, Gas & Consumable FuelsEnergy-0.91

Risk

Above Average Volatility vs. Peer Group as of 03/31/17

The Fund has a above average volatility within its peer group of 525 Small-Cap Funds based on 5-year rolling standard deviation.

Down Market Performance Comparisonas of 03/31/17

The Fund outperformed the Russell Microcap during eight out of nine downturns of 10% or more from the index’s prior historical high since the index’s inception.

Market Downturns (%)

DownMarketImg

Russell Microcap Down Quarters

QUARTER ENDRUSSELL MICROCAP (%)MICRO-CAP (%)SPREAD (%)
03/31/16-5.4-1.4+4.0
09/30/15-13.8-15.9-2.1
09/30/14-8.2-10.2-2.0
06/30/14-1.4+1.5+2.9
06/30/12-2.0-8.8-6.8
09/30/11-22.7-22.3+0.4
06/30/11-3.5-4.5-1.0
06/30/10-8.9-6.0+2.9
12/31/09-0.5+6.2+6.7
03/31/09-15.2-7.2+8.0
12/31/08-28.1-27.6+0.5
09/30/08-0.8-12.6-11.8
06/30/08-3.5+0.7+4.2
03/31/08-12.4-8.1+4.3
12/31/07-7.5-2.1+5.4
09/30/07-4.6-1.2+3.4
09/30/06-0.7-2.5-1.8
06/30/06-6.8-3.4+3.4
03/31/05-7.4-4.1+3.3
09/30/04-5.6-2.0+3.6
06/30/04-1.8-2.1-0.3
03/31/03-2.5-7.4-4.9
09/30/02-22.4-23.8-1.4
06/30/02-3.5-6.4-2.9

Capture Ratios From 06/30/00 ( Inception) to 03/31/17

Upside Capture Ratio measures a manager's performance in up markets relative to the Fund's benchmark. It is calculated by measuring the Fund's performance in quarters when the benchmark goes up and dividing it by the benchmark's return in those quarters.

Downside Capture Ratio measures a manager's performance in down markets relative to the Fund's benchmark. It is calculated by measuring the Fund's performance in quarters when the benchmark goes down and dividing it by the benchmark's return in those quarters.

Long Term Risk Measurementas of 03/31/17

Over the past 10 years, the Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell Microcap Index.
Over the past 5 years, the Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell Microcap Index.
Over the past 3 years, the Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell Microcap Index.
From the Index's inception, the Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell Microcap Index.

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Morningstar Statistical Measures as of 03/31/17

The Fund produced lower volatility than the Russell Microcap, as shown by its standard deviation.
Sharpe RatioStandard Deviation
Micro-Cap0.1914.38
Russell Microcap0.8315.50
Category Median0.8614.02
Best Quartile Breakpoint0.9613.18

Category Median and Best Quartile Breakpoint based on 525 small-cap objective funds (oldest class only) with at least five years of history.
Sharpe Ratio Standard Deviation
Micro-Cap
Russell Microcap
Category Median
Best Quartile Breakpoint

Composition

Morningstar Style Map™as of 12/31/16

mstar-RYMCX

The Morningstar Style Map is the Morningstar Style Box™ with the center 75% of fund holdings plotted as the Morningstar Ownership Zone™. The Morningstar Style Box is designed to reveal a fund's investment strategy. The Morningstar Ownership Zone provides detail about a portfolio's investment style by showing the range of stock sizes and styles. The Ownership Zone is derived by plotting each stock in the portfolio within the proprietary Morningstar Style Box. The shaded area represents the center 75% of the Fund's assets while the plot point in the middle represents the weighted average of its holdings. Over time, the shape and location of a fund's ownership zone may vary.

Portfolio Diagnosticsas of 03/31/17

  RYMCX Russell Microcap
Average Market Cap
443.5M
443.1M
89%
-
2016 Portfolio Turnover
38%
-
Weighted Average P/E,
21.5x
-
Weighted Average P/B
1.9x
1.9x
U.S. Investments (% of Net Assets)
79.2%
-
Non-U.S. Investments (% of Net Assets)
13.0%
-

Portfolio Allocation

  • Total
    Holdings
    160


SECTORS
RYMCX (%) RUSSELL
MICROCAP (%)
Industrials
20.9
11.7
Information Technology
20.0
13.7
Consumer Discretionary
15.9
12.1
Financials
13.4
27.2
Health Care
8.3
19.6
Energy
5.8
4.0
Materials
4.7
2.7
Real Estate
1.5
4.3
Consumer Staples
1.1
1.8
Telecommunication Services
0.7
1.2
Utilities
-
1.6
Cash and Cash Equivalents
7.8
-
POSITIONS% OF NET ASSETS
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
PC Connection
1.1
ePlus
1.0
CryoLife
0.9
Zealand Pharma
0.9
Ardmore Shipping
0.9
LSI Industries
0.9
Lindsay Corporation
0.8
AV Homes
0.8
Silicon Motion Technology ADR
0.8
Orbotech
0.8
Kornit Digital
0.8
Nautilus
0.8
Haverty Furniture
0.8
Clarkson
0.8
Photronics
0.8
Heidrick & Struggles International
0.8
QAD Cl. A
0.8
Rudolph Technologies
0.7
Canaccord Genuity Group
0.7
Ultra Clean Holdings
0.7
Top 20 as % of Net Assets
16.6

SECTORS
RYMCX (%) RUSSELL
MICROCAP (%)
Industrials
21.3
-
Information Technology
20.1
-
Consumer Discretionary
15.4
-
Financials
15.1
-
Health Care
8.5
-
Energy
5.7
-
Materials
5.0
-
Real Estate
1.7
-
Consumer Staples
1.2
-
Telecommunication Services
0.7
-
Cash and Cash Equivalents
5.2
-
POSITIONS% OF NET ASSETS
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Zealand Pharma
1.0
CryoLife
1.0
ePlus
0.9
Clarkson
0.9
AV Homes
0.9
PC Connection
0.9
Ardmore Shipping
0.8
Silicon Motion Technology ADR
0.8
Lindsay Corporation
0.8
QAD Cl. A
0.8
Haynes International
0.8
Photronics
0.8
Orbotech
0.8
Rudolph Technologies
0.8
QuinStreet
0.8
Haverty Furniture
0.8
Vishay Precision Group
0.8
Citi Trends
0.8
Ultra Clean Holdings
0.8
Nautilus
0.8
Top 20 as % of Net Assets
16.8

Portfolio Holdings

View the complete list of holdings for this fund as of 03/31/17. Unaudited schedule of portfolio holdings is presented for informational purposes only.

Least Portfolio Overlap - U.S. Equity Funds

Greatest Portfolio Overlap - U.S. Equity Funds

Geographical Breakdown

Distributions

NAV & Distributions


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Distributions

RECORD
DATE
EX-DATE PAYABLE
DATE
INCOME ($) SHORT
TERM
GAINS ($)
LONG
TERM
GAINS ($)
RETURN OF
CAPITAL ($)
TOTAL ($) REINVEST
PRICE ($)
12/14/16 12/15/16 12/15/16 0.0000 - 1.3023 - 1.3023 9.42
12/16/15 12/17/15 12/17/15 0.0000 - 1.4411 - 1.4411 8.97
12/16/14 12/17/14 12/17/14 0.0000 - 1.4830 - 1.4830 11.92
12/04/13 12/05/13 12/05/13 0.0000 - 1.1929 - 1.1929 14.08
12/27/12 12/28/12 12/28/12 0.0000 0.0259 - - 0.0259 12.82
12/05/12 12/06/12 12/06/12 0.0000 0.0273 0.8269 - 0.8542 12.56
12/07/11 12/08/11 12/08/11 0.0531 - 0.6977 - 0.7508 13.05
12/08/10 12/09/10 12/09/10 0.1274 - - - 0.1274 15.43
12/08/09 12/09/09 12/09/09 0.0938 - - - 0.0938 12.01

NAV History for

Fees & Expenses

Shareholder Fees (%)

(fees paid directly from your investment)

Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases 0.00
Maximum deferred sales charge on purchases held for less than 365 days 1.00
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends 0.00

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (%)

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

Management fees 1.25
Distribution (12b-1) fees 1.00
Other expenses 0.27
Acquired fund fees and expenses 0.01
Total annual Fund operating expenses 2.53
Total annual Fund operating expenses may differ from the expense ratio in the Fund's Financial Highlights because they include only the Fund's direct operating expenses and do not include acquired fund fees and expenses, which reflect the estimated amount of the fees and expenses incurred indirectly by the Fund through its investments in mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, and other investment companies.

Important Disclosure Information

This material is not authorized for distribution unless preceded or accompanied by a current prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefuly before investing or sending money. The Fund invests primarily in micro-cap stocks, which may involve considerably more risk than investing in larger-cap stocks. (Please see "Primary Risks for Fund Investors" in the prospectus.) The Fund’s broadly diversified portfolio does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss. The Fund may invest up to 25% of its net assets (measured at the time of investment) in securities of companies headquartered in foreign countries, which may involve political, economic, currency, and other risks not encountered in U.S. investments. (Please see "Investing in Foreign Securities" in the prospectus.)

Sector weightings are determined using the Global Industry Classification Standard ("GICS"). GICS was developed by, and is the exclusive property of, Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P") and MSCI Inc. ("MSCI"). GICS is the trademark of S&P and MSCI. "Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS)" and "GICS Direct" are service marks of S&P and MSCI.

The Price-Earnings, or P/E, Ratio is calculated by dividing a company's share price by its trailing 12-month earnings-per-share (EPS). The Fund's P/E ratio calculation excludes companies with zero or negative earnings. The Price-to-Book, or P/B, Ratio is calculated by dividing a company's share price by its book value per share. Standard deviation is a statistical measure within which a fund's total returns have varied over time. The greater the standard deviation, the greater a fund's volatility. Russell Investment Group is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks, and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Russell Investment Group. The Russell Microcap Index includes 1,000 of the smallest securities in the small-cap Russell 2000 Index, along with the next smallest eligible securities as determined by Russell. The Russell Microcap Index includes 1,000 of the smallest securities in the small-cap Russell 2000 Index, along with the next smallest eligible securities as determined by Russell. The performance of an index does not represent exactly any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index.

Jim Stoeffel lead manager since 2015 (co-manager 2015), Jenifer Taylor (co-manager or manager 2006-2015), Chris Flynn, Jim Harvey, and Brendan Hartman since 2015 (assistant portfolio manager 2013-2015)

5/1/1998 12:00:00 AM

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