Investor trading policy
VALIC has a policy to discourage excessive trading and market timing. Our investment options are not designed to accommodate short-term trading or “market timing” organizations, or individuals engaged in certain trading strategies, such as programmed transfers, frequent transfers, or transfers that are large in relation to the total assets of a mutual fund. These trading strategies may be disruptive to mutual funds by diluting the value of the fund shares, negatively affecting investment strategies and increasing portfolio turnover. Excessive trading also raises fund expenses, such as recordkeeping and transaction costs, and harms fund performance.
Accordingly, VALIC implemented certain policies and procedures intended to hinder short-term trading. If an investor sells fund shares valued at $5,000 or more, whether through an exchange, transfer, or any other redemption, the investor will not be able to make a purchase of $5,000 or more in that same fund for 30 calendar days.
This policy applies only to investor-initiated trades of $5,000 or more, and does not apply to the following:
- Plan-level or employer-initiated transactions;
- Purchase transactions involving transfers of assets or rollovers;
- Retirement plan contributions, loans, and distributions (including hardship withdrawals);
- Roth IRA conversions or IRA recharacterizations;
- Systematic purchases or redemptions; or
- Trades of less than $5,000.
As described in a fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents, in addition to the above, fund purchases, transfers and other redemptions may be subject to other investor trading policies, including redemption fees, if applicable. Certain funds may set limits on transfers in and out of a fund within a set time period in addition to or in lieu of the policy above. Also, an employer’s benefit plan may limit an investor’s rights to transfer.
We intend to enforce these investor trading policies uniformly. We make no assurances, however, that all the risks associated with frequent trading will be completely eliminated by these policies and/or restrictions. If we are unable to detect or prevent market timing activity, the effect of such activity may result in additional transaction costs for the investment options and dilution of long-term performance returns. Thus, an investor’s account value may be lower due to the effect of the extra costs and resultant lower performance. We reserve the right to modify these policies at any time.
In addition, please read this important message about Fund Company Short-Term Trade Redemption Fees