An investment concentrated in sectors and industries may involve greater risk and volatility than a more diversified investment. There are risks associated with Small- and Mid-Cap investing such as less liquidity, limited product lines, and small market share.
Bond prices tend to move inversely with changes in interest rates. Bonds with longer maturities are more sensitive to changes in interest rates. Slower payoffs effectively increase duration, also heightening interest rate risk. The Fund could lose money if the issuer of the bonds is unable to meet its financial obligations or goes bankrupt. Failure of an issuer to make timely payments of principal or interest, or a decline in the perception in the credit quality of a bond could affect bond prices.
Quantitative models and the analysis of specific metrics are used to construct the Fund’s portfolio. The impact of these metrics on a stock’s performance can be difficult to predict, and stocks that previously possessed certain desirable quantitative characteristics may not continue to demonstrate those same characteristics in the future. In addition, relying on quantitative models entails the risk that the models themselves may be limited or incorrect, that the data on which the models rely may be incorrect or incomplete, and that ICON Advisers may not be successful in selecting companies for investment or determining the weighting of particular stocks in the Fund’s portfolio. Any of these factors could cause the Fund to underperform funds with similar strategies that do not select stocks based on quantitative analysis