Dreyfus International Equity Fund

Why invest in this Fund?

The fund seeks long-term growth of capital. To pursue this goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities of companies located in the foreign countries represented in the Morgan Stanley Capital Inter-national Europe, Australasia and Far East (EAFE) Index and Canada. The fund's stock investments may include common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible securities. The fund intends to invest in a broad range of countries. The fund may invest up to 20% of its assets in securities of issuers located in emerging market countries, but no more than 5% of its assets may be invested in issuers located in any one emerging market country. The fund invests in stocks that appear to be undervalued (as measured by their price/earnings ratios) and that may have value and/or growth characteristics. The portfolio managers employ a bottom-up investment approach, which emphasizes individual stock selection.

Min. class investment
$1,000
Class Inception Date
12/08/88
Fund Assets
$653,717,683  As of  03/15/19
Class Assets
$5,776,693  As of  03/15/19
Portfolio Turnover Rate
54.84%  As of fiscal year end  09/30/18
Morningstar Category
Foreign Large Blend
Benchmark
MSCI EAFE(r) Index
Fund Holdings
82  As of  02/28/19

Morningstar Rating™ as of February 28, 2019 for the Class C class shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Foreign Large Blend category. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 2 Stars (644 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 2 Stars (644 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 2 Stars (514 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 2 Stars (383 funds rated). The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products with at least a 3-year history. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance (not including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees if applicable), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Managed products; including open-end mutual funds, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds; are considered a single population for comparative purposes. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. ©2018 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The fund represents a single portfolio with multiple share classes that have different expense structures. Other share classes may have achieved different results.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Download a prospectus, or a summary prospectus, if available, that contains this and other information about the fund, and read it carefully before investing.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  MBSC Securities Corporation, a registered broker-dealer and FINRA member, is the distributor for the Dreyfus Funds.

Portfolio Managers

  • Bogar, Mark A.

    Mark A. Bogar

    Portfolio Manager, Mellon Investments Corporation

    9 yr(s). on fund

  • Lydotes, James A.

    James A. Lydotes

    Mellon Investments Corporation

    4 yr(s). on fund

  • Leger, Andrew

    Andrew Leger

    Portfolio Manager, Mellon Investments Corporation

    4 yr(s). on fund


Click here to see SALES CHARGE  Max Sales Charge:  1.00% CDSC Load
As of  02/28/19 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dreyfus International Equity Fund
DIECX
-10.18 8.13 0.50 8.81 5.07 12/08/88
MSCI EAFE(r) Index
-6.04 9.32 2.07 9.56 - -
As of  12/31/18 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dreyfus International Equity Fund
DIECX
-17.46 0.74 -0.97 5.61 4.77 12/08/88
MSCI EAFE(r) Index
-13.79 2.87 0.53 6.32 - -
Click here to see SALES CHARGE  Max Sales Charge:  1.00% CDSC Load
As of  02/28/19 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dreyfus International Equity Fund
DIECX
-10.18 26.42 2.50 132.62 346.28 12/08/88
MSCI EAFE(r) Index
-6.04 30.65 10.78 149.17 - -
As of  12/31/18 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dreyfus International Equity Fund
DIECX
-18.28 2.24 -4.77 72.59 306.02 12/08/88
MSCI EAFE(r) Index
-13.79 8.87 2.69 84.52 - -

The performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Yield, share price and investment return fluctuate and an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than original cost upon redemption. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Click above for month-end returns.

The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Investors cannot invest directly in any index.

Growth of $10,000 Investment

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Yield, share price and investment return fluctuate and an investor's shares may be worth more or less than original cost upon redemption. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Historical Performance

Investors should consider, when deciding whether to purchase a particular class of shares, the investment amount, anticipated holding period and other relevant factors.

    These figures do not reflect the maximum sales charge which, if included, would reduce return.

    Yearly Total Return

    Fund 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
    DIECX
    -17.46% 26.99% -2.46% 0.30% -7.13% 26.16% 20.66% -12.42% 7.34% 26.64%

    Investment return fluctuates and past performance is no guarantee of future results.


    Monthly Expense Ratios (Annualized)

    As of  02/28/19 Fee Description Expense Ratio (%)
    Management Fee 0.79%
    12B-1 Fee 0.75%
    Service Fee 0.25%
    Other Expenses 0.31%
    Total Expenses 2.10%
    Expenses Reimbursed 0.20%
    Net Expenses 1.90%

    This data is annualized. Monthly operating expenses may vary month to month.

    Redemption Charge

    As of  03/18/19  Redemption Year CDSC
    Year 1 1.00
    Class C shares are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) imposed on Class C shares redeemed within one year of purchase.

    Prospectus Fee Table Expense Ratios

    As of  02/01/19 Fee Description Expense Ratio (%)
    Management Fee 0.78%
    12B-1 Fee 0.75%
    Service Fee 0.25%
    Other Expenses 0.28%
    Total Expenses 2.06%
    Expenses Reimbursed 0.16%
    Net Expenses 1.90%
    The fund's administrator, The Dreyfus Corporation, and the fund's investment adviser, Mellon Investments Corporation, have contractually agreed to waive receipt of their fees and/or assume the direct expenses of the fund so that such expenses (excluding taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, commitment fees on borrowings and extraordinary expenses) do not exceed an annual rate of 1.12% for Class A shares, 1.90% for Class C shares, .85% for Class I shares & .85% for Class Y shares. This agreement will continue in effect, with respect to each class (except Class Y shares), until the fiscal year end following such time as the expenses are equal to or less than such annual rate for the applicable class. With respect to Class Y shares, the agreement will continue until February 1, 2020, after which the expense limitation can be terminated at any time.

    Portfolio Manager/Sub-Investment Advisor

    The fund's investment adviser is Mellon Investments Corporation (Mellon). The fund's administrator is The Dreyfus Corporation (Dreyfus), an affiliate of Mellon. The fund is managed by a team of portfolio managers who are members of the Mellon Global Equity Team. The team members who are jointly and primarily responsible for managing the fund’s portfolio are Mark A. Bogar, CFA, James A. Lydotes, CFA, and Andrew Leger. Mr. Bogar has been a primary portfolio manager of the fund since January 2010, and is a managing director, portfolio manager and head of the Mellon Global Equity Team. Mr. Lydotes has been a primary portfolio manager of the fund since November 2015, and is a managing director, portfolio manager and senior research analyst for the Mellon Global Equity Team. Mr. Leger has been a primary portfolio manager of the fund since November 2015, and is a director and senior research analyst for the Mellon Global Equity Team.

    Top Holdings

    As of  02/28/19   Holdings % Portfolio  Weight
    Novartis 3.53
    Sanofi 2.61
    Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 2.53
    Deutsche Telekom 2.27
    Royal Dutch Shell 2.04
    AIA Group 1.91
    Macquarie Group 1.90
    Chubu Electric Power 1.79
    UNICREDIT SPA 1.74
    Legal & General Group, ADR 1.69

    Portfolio composition is subject to change at any time. The holdings listed should not be considered recommendations to buy or sell a security. Large concentrations can increase share price volatility.

    Asset Allocation


        Daily Statistics

        As of  03/15/19 Name NAV Change 05/14/18  12 Month 
        High Nav
        12/24/18  12 Month 
        Low Nav
        YTD Return
        DIECX
        $37.26
        $0.44
        1.20%
        $41.90 $32.86 11.29%

        Main Risks

        Equities are subject to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer, and investment style risks to varying degrees.

        Investing in foreign denominated and/or domiciled securities involves special risks, including changes in currency exchange rates, political, economic, and social instability, limited company information, differing auditing and legal standards, and less market liquidity. These risks generally are greater with emerging market countries.

        Risk Metrics

        As of  02/28/19, 3-Year Trailing Standard Deviation Alpha Beta R-Squared Sharpe Ratio
        DIECX
        12.31 -2.59 1.03 91.54 0.60

        STANDARD DEVIATION - A statistical measure of dispersion around an average which depicts how widely fund returns varied over a certain period of time. A smaller standard deviation statistic indicates less variability of historic returns around a mean.

        ALPHA - A measure of a fund's actual returns compared to its expected performance, as measured by beta. A positive alpha indicates a fund outperformed what its beta would predict.

        BETA - Measures an investment's market-related risk. A beta higher than 1.0 suggests that the fund's expected return will exceeds the market's return; a beta lower than 1.0 suggests that the fund's expected return will lag the market's return.

        R-SQUARED - Reflects the percentage of a fund's movements that can be explained by movements in it's benchmark. An R-squared of 100 indicates fund movements that are perfectly correlated to those of the benchmark.

        SHARPE RATIO - The Sharpe ratio is based on a risk-adjusted measure developed by Nobel Laureate William Sharpe. It is calculated using standard deviation and excess return to determine reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better the fund's historical risk-adjusted performance.

        Source: Morningstar, Inc.


        Dividend Schedule

        Declared
        Annually
        Distributed
        Annually
        Paid
        Annually
        Fiscal Year End
        Sep 30
        Year Dividend ($) Capital Gains ($)
        2018 0.3328 0.0000
        2017 0.1498 0.0000
        2016 0.2634 0.0000
        2015 0.0940 0.0000
        2014 0.2170 0.0000
        2013 0.2510 0.0000
        2012 0.4870 0.0000
        2011 0.2290 0.0000
        2010 0.3417 0.0000
        2009 0.3160 0.0000
        There is no guarantee that the fund will distribute any level annually. Capital gains may be short-term, long-term, or both.

        Distributions History

        (Values Listed In $) Ordinary 
        Non-Qualified 
        Dividends
        Qualified 
        Dividends
        Non-Qualified 
        Short-Term 
        Capital Gain
        Qualified 
        Short-Term 
        Capital Gain
        Long-Term 
        Capital Gain
        Total 
        Distribution
        Reinvest 
        NAV
        DIECX
        0.0000 0.3328 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.3328 33.21
        Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Payable Date
        DIECX
        12/24/18 12/26/18 12/26/18
        (Values Listed In $) Distribution Status Ordinary 
        Non-Qualified 
        Dividends
        Qualified 
        Dividends
        Non-Qualified 
        Short-Term 
        Capital Gain
        Qualified 
        Short-Term 
        Capital Gain
        Long-Term 
        Capital Gain
        Total 
        Distribution
        Reinvest 
        NAV
        DIECX
        Final 0.0000 0.3328 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.3328 33.21
        Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Payable Date
        DIECX
        12/24/18 12/26/18 12/26/18

        Capital gains, if any, may be short-term, long-term or a combination of both.

        Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Download a prospectus, or a summary prospectus, if available, that contains this and other information about the fund, and read it carefully before investing.

        The performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Share price, yield and investment return fluctuate and an investor's shares may be worth more or less than original cost upon redemption. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Click here to view standardized total returns and for month-end returns reflecting the fund's current performance.