The fund seeks to provide long-term capital growth by investing primarily in the common stocks of mid-cap growth companies.
The fund will normally invest at least 80% of its net assets in a broadly diversified portfolio of common stocks of mid-cap companies. T. Rowe Price expects the earnings of these companies to grow at a faster rate than the average company. The portfolio will be very broadly diversified, and the top 25 holdings will not constitute a large portion of assets. This broad diversification should reduce the effects of individual security price volatility on overall fund performance.
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The investment community often overlooks mid-cap companies and their securities may be undervalued, providing the potential for significant capital appreciation. Mid-cap companies are often in the early, more dynamic phase of their life cycles, but are no longer considered new or emerging. Hence, mid-cap companies may offer greater opportunity for capital appreciation than larger, more established companies. Also, the fundís broad diversification may make it less volatile than mid-cap growth funds that have more concentrated portfolios. In addition, portfolio turnover should be relatively low, which may reduce the investorís potential capital gains tax exposure.
The fundís share price can fall because of weakness in the broad market, a particular industry, or specific holdings. Investing in mid-cap companies involves greater risk than is customarily associated with larger companies. In addition, growth stocks can be volatile, especially if they lack the dividends usually associated with value stocks that can cushion their decline in a falling market. Finally, the fundís investment approach could fall out of favor with the investing public, resulting in lagging performance versus other types of stock funds. Diversification cannot assume a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.
**This chart displays relative risk of each U.S. mutual fund listed using standard deviation of returns. Those values are provided in the bars at the top of the chart.
Methodology: We evaluate the standard deviation and its resulting placement within a specific risk/return category on an annual basis. A fund is generally placed in a risk/return category based on the 10-year standard deviation of its performance.
If a fund is less than 10 years old, the actual fund performance history is supplemented with the primary prospectus benchmark history to obtain a full 10-year history, or longest time period available up to 10 years.
For an Asset Allocation fund with less than 10 years of performance history, sub-strategy returns are used.
When a sub-strategy is less than 10 years old, the actual sub-strategy performance history is supplemented with benchmark history to obtain a full 10-year history, or longest time period available up to 10 years.
Risk return categories overlap; a fund with a standard deviation in the overlap between two categories, denoted by a plus (+), is placed so that its risk categorization is better aligned with anticipated return characteristics an investor may experience going forward at the discretion of T Rowe Price.
When a fund has a cash-like benchmark, denoted by a double plus (++), its standard deviation is estimated using only available fund returns. If the fund is less than 10 years old, benchmark returns are not used to obtain a full 10-year history because they would artificially suppress the volatility estimate.
All investments are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal. Standard deviation of returns, a measure of price volatility, is one measure of risk. Please consult the funds' prospectuses for a more complete discussion of the funds' risks.
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