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Global Fund

Investment Adviser: Foresters Investment Management Company, Inc. is the Fund’s investment adviser and Wellington Management Company LLP serves as subadviser of the Fund.

Portfolio Managers: Nicolas M. Choumenkovitch and Tara Connolly Stilwell

Investment Objective and Strategy

The Fund seeks long-term capital growth. The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of common stocks of companies that are located throughout the world, including the United States. Although the Fund primarily invests in stocks of U.S. and foreign companies that are considered large to medium in size (measured by market capitalization) and that are traded in larger or more established markets, it may invest a significant amount in less-developed or emerging markets. The Fund may also invest (to a lesser degree) in smaller size companies.

Sector Allocation (%)

As of 06-30-2017

This information is for illustrative purposes only and includes only invested cash; therefore, the sum of all sectors as a percentage of net assets may not equal 100%.

Returns as of 08-31-2017 06-30-2017
Gross/Net Exp as of 09-30-2016 Gross/Net Exp as of 09-30-2016
Average Annual Total Returns
Class 1 Yr. % 3 Yr. % 5 Yr. % 10 Yr. % Since inception* Inception date Gross/Net Exp %
Average Annual Total Returns
Aat NAV20.076.1511.094.21N/A11-16-19811.52/1.52
w/ sales charge13.224.079.783.59N/A11-16-19811.52/1.52
Bat NAV18.915.2610.213.53N/A01-15-19952.32/2.32
w/ sales charge14.914.469.933.53N/A01-15-19952.32/2.32
Advisorat NAV20.586.60N/AN/A9.9804-01-20131.10/1.10
Institutionalat NAV20.486.63N/AN/A10.0804-01-20131.06/1.06
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassA
at NAV
1 Yr. %20.07
3 Yr. %6.15
5 Yr. %11.09
10 Yr. %4.21
Since inception*N/A
Inception date11-16-1981
Gross/Net Exp %1.52/1.52
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassA
w/ sales charge
1 Yr. %13.22
3 Yr. %4.07
5 Yr. %9.78
10 Yr. %3.59
Since inception*N/A
Inception date11-16-1981
Gross/Net Exp %1.52/1.52
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassB
at NAV
1 Yr. %18.91
3 Yr. %5.26
5 Yr. %10.21
10 Yr. %3.53
Since inception*N/A
Inception date01-15-1995
Gross/Net Exp %2.32/2.32
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassB
w/ sales charge
1 Yr. %14.91
3 Yr. %4.46
5 Yr. %9.93
10 Yr. %3.53
Since inception*N/A
Inception date01-15-1995
Gross/Net Exp %2.32/2.32
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassAdvisor
at NAV
1 Yr. %20.58
3 Yr. %6.60
5 Yr. %N/A
10 Yr. %N/A
Since inception*9.98
Inception date04-01-2013
Gross/Net Exp %1.10/1.10
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassInstitutional
at NAV
1 Yr. %20.48
3 Yr. %6.63
5 Yr. %N/A
10 Yr. %N/A
Since inception*10.08
Inception date04-01-2013
Gross/Net Exp %1.06/1.06
Average Annual Total Returns
Class 1 Yr. % 3 Yr. % 5 Yr. % 10 Yr. % Since inception* Inception date Gross/Net Exp %
Average Annual Total Returns
Aat NAV16.876.5010.784.46N/A11-16-19811.52/1.52
w/ sales charge10.184.439.483.85N/A11-16-19811.52/1.52
Bat NAV15.895.659.904.15N/A01-15-19952.32/2.32
w/ sales charge11.894.859.634.15N/A01-15-19952.32/2.32
Advisorat NAV17.226.95N/AN/A10.0104-01-20131.10/1.10
Institutionalat NAV17.316.97N/AN/A10.1104-01-20131.06/1.06
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassA
at NAV
1 Yr. %16.87
3 Yr. %6.50
5 Yr. %10.78
10 Yr. %4.46
Since inception*N/A
Inception date11-16-1981
Gross/Net Exp %1.52/1.52
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassA
w/ sales charge
1 Yr. %10.18
3 Yr. %4.43
5 Yr. %9.48
10 Yr. %3.85
Since inception*N/A
Inception date11-16-1981
Gross/Net Exp %1.52/1.52
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassB
at NAV
1 Yr. %15.89
3 Yr. %5.65
5 Yr. %9.90
10 Yr. %4.15
Since inception*N/A
Inception date01-15-1995
Gross/Net Exp %2.32/2.32
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassB
w/ sales charge
1 Yr. %11.89
3 Yr. %4.85
5 Yr. %9.63
10 Yr. %4.15
Since inception*N/A
Inception date01-15-1995
Gross/Net Exp %2.32/2.32
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassAdvisor
at NAV
1 Yr. %17.22
3 Yr. %6.95
5 Yr. %N/A
10 Yr. %N/A
Since inception*10.01
Inception date04-01-2013
Gross/Net Exp %1.10/1.10
Average Annual Total Returns
ClassInstitutional
at NAV
1 Yr. %17.31
3 Yr. %6.97
5 Yr. %N/A
10 Yr. %N/A
Since inception*10.11
Inception date04-01-2013
Gross/Net Exp %1.06/1.06

*For funds with less than 1, 3, 5 or 10 year performance data.

 

 

The performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance data quoted. Performance of share classes will differ because each class is sold pursuant to different sales arrangements and bears different expenses.  The Class A returns shown with sales charges are based on the maximum sales charge of 5.75%. The Class B returns shown with sales charges are adjusted for the applicable deferred sales charge (maximum of 4% in the first year). The Advisor Class and Institutional Class returns are shown as NAV only returns since these classes are sold without sales charges. Redemptions of Class B shares may be subject to a deferred sales charge. For performance data current to the most recent month-end call 800 524 2803 or visit Pricing & Performance. Returns may reflect waivers or reimbursements of certain expenses. Absent of these waivers or reimbursements, returns may be lower.

Sector Allocation (%)

As of 06-30-2017

This information is for illustrative purposes only and includes only invested cash; therefore, the sum of all sectors as a percentage of net assets may not equal 100%.

Regional Allocation

As of 06-30-2017
Security% of Total Net Assets
United States58.6%
Japan6.6%
France5.0%
China4.0%
Spain3.7%
Germany3.3%
Switzerland3.1%
United Kingdom2.3%
Italy2.1%
Hong Kong1.9%
Taiwan1.9%
Netherlands1.7%
South Korea1.3%
India0.9%
Canada0.7%
Bahamas0.5%
Ireland0.3%
Cash Equivalents1.8%
Total99.6%

This information is for illustrative purposes only and includes only invested cash; therefore, the sum of all sectors as a percentage of net assets may not equal 100%.

Top Holdings (%)

As of 06-30-2017
Top Holdings (%)
Security% of Total Net Assets
Citigroup, Inc.2.7%
Wells Fargo & Co.2.4%
Facebook, Inc. - Class "A"2.1%
Iberdrola SA2.1%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (ADR)1.9%
Kinder Morgan, Inc.1.8%
Banco Santander Central Hispano SA1.6%
UBS Group AG1.5%
AXA SA1.5%
MetLife, Inc.1.5%
Total19.0%

This information is solely for illustrative purposes. The portfolio as of the date of this report may or may not be the same as the portfolio on the date this material is used.

Class A Class B Advisor Class Institutional Class
Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) 5.75%1 None  None None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the lower of purchase price or redemption price) 1.00%2 4.00%3
None None
Class A Class B Advisor Class Institutional Class
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Management Fees 0.95% 0.95%
0.95% 0.95%
Distribution and Service (12b-1) Fees 0.30% 1.00%
None None
Other Expenses 0.27% 0.37%
0.15% 0.11%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses 1.52%
2.32% 1.10%
1.06%

1 Due to rounding of numbers in calculating a sales charge, you may pay more or less than what is shown above.

2 A CDSC of 1.00% will be assessed on certain redemptions of Class A shares that are purchased without a sales charge.

3 4.00% in the first year, declining to 0% after the sixth year. Class B shares convert to Class A shares after eight years.

Managers

Wellington Management Company LLP (“Wellington Management”) serves as subadviser of the Fund.  

Nicolas M. Choumenkovitch, Senior Managing Director and Equity Portfolio Manager of Wellington Management, has served as a Portfolio Manager for the Fund since 2007 and has been involved in portfolio management and securities analysis for the Fund since 2000.  Tara Connolly Stilwell, CFA, Senior Managing Director and Equity Portfolio Manager of Wellington Management, has been involved in portfolio management and securities analysis for the Fund since 2010.

How to obtain a prospectus


For more complete information on any First Investors fund, you may obtain a free prospectus by downloading it here,
contacting your registered representative, or calling 800 423 4026. You should consider the investment objectives, risks, fees or charges, and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. The prospectus and summary prospectus contain this and other information about the fund, and should be read carefully before you invest or send money. An investment in a fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency.

A word about risk

There are risks associated with global investing including the possibility of fluctuating currency exchange rates. In some countries there is less supervision and regulation of stock exchanges. Securities may be more volatile and less liquid than those of U.S. companies. Also, the financial reporting standards in some countries are not as extensive as in the United States. Therefore, there may be less publicly available information on certain companies. Social and political instability could develop, which might affect a nation's financial markets and the assets invested there by other companies.

Principal Risks:  You can lose money by investing in the Fund.  There is no guarantee that the Fund will meet its investment objective.  The Fund is intended for investors who:

  • Are seeking significant growth of capital,
  • Want exposure to investments in both U.S. and foreign companies,
  • Are willing to accept a moderate degree of investment risk, and
  • Have a long-term investment horizon and are able to ride out market cycles.

Here are the principal risks of investing in the Fund:

Emerging Markets Risk.  The risks of investing in foreign securities are heightened when investing in emerging or developing markets.  The economies and political environments of emerging or developing countries tend to be more unstable, resulting in more volatile rates of returns than developed markets and substantially greater risk.

Foreign Securities Risk.  There are special risk factors associated with investing in foreign securities, including the risks of fluctuations in exchange rates, potential political and economic instability, differing accounting and financial reporting standards or inability to obtain reliable financial information regarding a company’s financial condition, less stringent regulation and supervision of foreign securities markets, custodians and securities depositories, and potential capital restrictions.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk.  High portfolio turnover could increase the Fund’s transaction costs and produce taxable distributions to shareholders and possibly have a negative impact on its performance.

Liquidity Risk.  The Fund is susceptible to the risk that certain investments may be difficult or impossible to sell at a favorable time or price.  Market developments may cause the Fund’s investments to become less liquid and subject to erratic price movements.  This risk is particularly acute in the case of foreign securities that are traded in smaller, less-developed or emerging markets.

Market Risk.  Stock prices may decline over short or even extended periods not only because of company-specific developments, but also due to general economic and market conditions, adverse political or regulatory developments or interest rate fluctuations.  Adverse market events may lead to increased redemptions, which could cause the Fund to experience a loss or difficulty in selling securities to meet redemptions.

Mid-Size and Small-Size Company Risk.  The market risk associated with stocks of mid- and small-size companies is generally greater than that associated with stocks of larger, more established companies because stocks of mid- and small-size companies tend to experience sharper price fluctuations.  At times, it may be difficult for the Fund to sell mid-to-small-size company stocks at reasonable prices.

Security Selection Risk.  Securities selected by the portfolio manager may perform differently than the overall market or may not meet the portfolio manager’s expectations. 

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