An investor should consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risks and fees and expenses carefully before investing. This and other important information can be found in the Fund’s prospectus and summary prospectus, which you can obtain by calling 877.628.2583. Please read the prospectus and summary prospectus carefully before making an investment. The prospectus contains a more complete discussion of the risk of investing in the Fund. Investments could result in loss of principal.
For each retail mutual fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund’s monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars, the next 35% receive three stars, the next 22.5% receive two stars and the bottom 10% receive one star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Overall Morningstar Rating for a retail mutual fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Ratings are ©2015 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.
Mid-capitalization stocks are more vulnerable to financial risks and other risks than larger stocks. They are generally less liquid than larger stocks, so their market prices tend to be more volatile. Large-cap stocks are subject to all the risks of stock market investing, including the risk that they may lose value. A fund with a limited number of holdings may be more greatly affected by any single event or market development than a fund with more holdings; consequently, it has the potential to be more volatile. The Fund’s social policy could cause it to underperform similar funds that do not have a social policy. Among the reasons for this are: undervalued stocks that do not meet the social criteria could outperform those that do, economic or political changes could make certain companies less attractive for investment, and the social policy could cause the Fund to sell or avoid stocks that subsequently perform well.
The Fund's investment manager (the “Manager”) previously absorbed certain operating expenses of the Investor Class and currently caps certain Class A, C, R3, and Institutional and Trust Class expenses. Absent such arrangements, the total returns would be lower. Shares of the Classes A, C, R3, Institutional Class and Trust Class may not be purchased directly from Neuberger Berman BD LLC (the “Distributor”); they may only be purchased through certain institutions that have entered into administrative services contracts with the Distributor. The inception date of Classes A, C and R3 is May 27, 2009. The inception dates of the Institutional Class, Investor Class, Trust Class and Class R6 are November 28, 2007, March 16, 1994, March 3, 1997 and March 15, 2013, respectively. Performance prior to those inception dates is that of the Investor Class, which has lower expenses and typically higher returns than all other class shares. The Investor and Trust Classes are closed to new investors.
The S&P 500 Index is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large-cap U.S. stock market performance and includes a representative sample of leading companies in leading industries. Please note that indices do not take into account any fees and expenses of investing in the individual securities that they track, and that individuals cannot invest directly in any index.Data about the performance of these indices are prepared or obtained by the Manager and include reinvestment of all dividends and capital gain distributions. The Portfolio may invest in many securities not included in the above-described indices.
Figures are derived from FactSet as of the date indicated. The Forward Price/Earnings (P/E) ratio presented is for 2012. P/E ratio is the weighted harmonic aggregate of the Forward P/E ratios of all the stocks currently held in the Portfolio. The Forward P/E ratio of a stock is calculated by dividing the current ending price of the stock by its forecasted calendar year Earnings Per Share (EPS). The forecasted EPS of a company is based on consensus estimates, not Neuberger Berman’s own projections, and it may or may not be realized. In addition, any revision to a forecast could affect the market price of a security. By quoting them herein, Neuberger Berman does not offer an opinion as to the accuracy of, and does not guarantee, these forecasted numbers. Additionally, these fund statistics are not a forecast of the Fund’s performance. Adjusting for an accounting change at Intuit and the EBITDA based valuation of Level 3, the team estimates that the Forward PE for the Portfolio is lower and the Forward growth rate higher resulting in a lower PEG ratio. The Global Industry Classification StandardSM is used to derive the component economic sectors of the benchmark and the Fund. The Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”)SM was developed by, and is the exclusive property of, MSCI and Standard & Poor’s. “Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS),” “GICS” and “GICS Direct” are service marks of MSCI and Standard & Poor’s.
The Fund’s Investor Class was used to calculate beta, a measure of the magnitude of a fund’s past share price fluctuations in relation to the fluctuations in the stock market (as represented by the fund’s benchmark). While not predictive of the future, funds with a beta greater than 1 have in the past been more volatile than the benchmark, and those with a beta less than 1 have in the past been less volatile than the benchmark.
Standard Deviation is a statistical measure of portfolio risk. The Standard Deviation describes the average deviation of the portfolio returns from the mean portfolio return over a certain period of time. Standard Deviation measures how wide this range of returns typically is. The wider the typical range of returns, the higher the Standard Deviation of returns, and the higher the portfolio risk.
Information as of most recent prospectuses dated December 15, 2014.
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