The fund's investment objective is to provide long-term capital growth by investing primarily in stocks of small companies.
To invest at least 80% of net assets in stocks of small companies. A small company is defined as having a market capitalization that falls (i) within or below the range of companies in the Russell 2000 Index or S&P Small-Cap 600 Index or (ii) below the three-year average maximum market cap of companies in either index as of December 31 for the three preceding years. The Russell 2000 and S&P Small-Cap 600 indices are widely used benchmarks for small-cap stock performance. Stock selection may reflect either a growth or value investment approach.
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This fund offers a convenient way to invest in small-cap companies, which typically offer greater return potential than larger, established businesses. By combining growth- and value-focused investment strategies, the fund should be less volatile than one using a growth-only approach.
Small companies tend to have less experienced management, unpredictable earnings growth, and limited product lines, which can cause their share prices to fluctuate more than those of larger firms. Because the fund invests in both growth and value stocks, its share price may be negatively affected by the risks inherent in each style.
**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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