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 Epoch Investment Partners, Inc.

Epoch Investment Partners, Inc.Founded in April 2004 by experienced professionals, Epoch Investment Partners is a global asset management firm providing investment management services to investment companies, pension and profit-sharing plans, other institutional clients, and high net worth individuals.

Portfolio Managers

  • David N. Pearl
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since 2009

    Industry Experience:
    32 years

  • Michael A.
    Welhoelter, CFA
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since 2009

    Industry Experience:
    30 years

  • Michael Caputo
  • Fund's Manager:
    Since 2016

    Industry Experience:
    23 years

  • Summary
  • Performance
  • Portfolio
  • Distributions
    & Yields
  • Fees &
    Expenses

Fund Objective: Seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in securities of small-cap companies.

  • Investment Strategy and Process
    The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in securities of U.S. companies with market capitalizations of $6 billion or less, investing primarily in common stocks, securities convertible into common stocks, and ETFs.

    The security selection process focuses on free-cash-flow analytics as opposed to traditional accounting-based metrics, with the Subadvisor seeking to find and invest in companies that meet its definition of quality companies that are free cash flow positive or becoming free cash flow positive, that are debt free or deleveraging, and that are led by strong company management that has a focus on shareholder yield.

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Class A & INV: 5.5% maximum initial sales charge. Class B: CDSC up to 5% if redeemed within six years. Class C: 1% CDSC if redeemed within one year. Class I: No initial sales charge or CDSC. Total annual operating expenses are: Class A: 1.25, INV: 1.51%, B: 2.26%, C: 2.26%, I: 1.00%, R1: 1.10%, R2: 1.35%, R3: 1.60%.

Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Due to market volatility, current performance may be less or higher than the figures shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that upon redemption, shares may be worth more or less than their original cost.

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Before You Invest

Growth stocks may be more volatile than other stocks because they are generally more sensitive to investor perceptions and market moves. During periods of growth stock underperformance, the Fund’s performance may suffer. The principal risk of investing in value stocks is that the price of the security may not approach its anticipated value or may decline in value. Stocks of small companies may be subject to higher price volatility, significantly lower trading volumes, and greater spreads between bid and ask prices, than stocks of larger companies. Small-capitalization companies may be more vulnerable to adverse business or market developments than large-capitalization companies. Mid-capitalization companies are generally less established and their stocks may be more volatile and less liquid than the securities of larger companies. Issuers of convertible securities may not be as financially strong as those issuing securities with higher credit ratings and may be more vulnerable to changes in the economy. Foreign securities can be subject to greater risks than U.S. investments, including currency fluctuations, less liquid trading markets, greater price volatility, political and economic instability, less publicly available information, and changes in tax or currency laws or monetary policy. These risks are likely to be greater for emerging markets than in developed markets.

Disclosure

1. POP (Public Offering Price) is the NAV (Net Asset Value) plus a sales charge. All POPs are subject to revision and include the maximum sales charge.

2. Average annual total returns include the change in share price and reinvestment of dividends and capital gain distributions. Performance for Class A and B shares includes the historical performance of Class I shares from inception (1/12/87) through 12/31/03 adjusted to reflect the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and fees and expenses. Prior to 1/1/04, the Fund offered Class L shares, which were subject to a 1% sales charge and a 1% CDSC on redemptions within one year of purchase. Performance for Class L shares includes the historical performance of Class I shares from inception through 12/29/02 adjusted to reflect the applicable sales charge, CDSC, and fees and expenses. Effective 1/1/04, all outstanding Class L shares of the Fund were converted and/or redesignated Class C shares. Performance for Investor Class shares includes the historical performance of Class A shares from inception through 2/27/08 adjusted to reflect the applicable fees and expenses. Class I shares are generally available only to corporate and institutional investors.

4. No sales charge applies to Class A and Investor Class share investments of $1,000,000 or more ($250,000 or more with respect to MainStay California Tax Free Opportunities Fund, MainStay High Yield Municipal Bond Fund, MainStay New York Tax Free Opportunities Fund, MainStay Tax Advantaged Short Term Bond Fund, and MainStay Tax Free Bond Fund; or $500,000 or more with respect to MainStay Floating Rate Fund and MainStay Short Duration High Yield Fund), but a CDSC of 1% may be imposed on certain redemptions of such shares within one year (18 months for MainStay Short Duration High Yield Fund) of the date of purchase.

Investment Definitions

The Russell 2500™ Index measures the performance of the small- to mid-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe, commonly referred to as "smid" cap. An investment cannot be made directly into an index.

The P/E Ratio (price-to-earnings) denotes the weighted average of all the P/Es of the securities in the Fund's portfolio. The P/B Ratio (price-to-book) is the weighted average of all the P/Bs of the securities in the Fund's portfolio. Return on Equity (ROE) is the weighted average of all the ROEs of the securities in the Fund's portfolio. ROE is calculated by dividing net income by book value. Standard deviation measures how widely dispersed a fund's returns have been over a specified period of time. A high standard deviation indicates that the range is wide, implying greater potential for volatility. Beta is a measure of historical volatility relative to an appropriate index (benchmark) based on its investment objective. A beta greater than 1.00 indicates volatility greater than the benchmark's. Alpha measures a fund's risk-adjusted performance and is expressed as an annualized percentage. R-Squared measures the percentage of a fund's movements that result from movements in the index. The Sharpe Ratio shown is calculated for the past 36-month period by dividing annualized excess returns by annualized standard deviation. The Annual Turnover Rate is as of the most recent annual shareholder report. Upside/Downside Market Capture measures a manager's performance in up/down markets relative to the Fund's benchmark.