Dynamic Total Return Fund

Why invest in this Fund?

The fund seeks total return. The fund pursues its goal by normally investing in instruments that provide investment exposure to global equity, bond, currency and commodity markets, and in fixed-income securities. The fund may invest in instruments that provide economic exposure to developed and, to a limited extent, emerging market issuers. The fund may invest up to 30% of its net assets in emerging market issuers and considers emerging market countries to be those included in the Morgan Stanley Capital International Emerging Markets Index.

Min. class investment
$1,000
Class Inception Date
05/02/06
Class Status
Not available for purchase by individual investors.
Fund Assets
$1,218,001,129  As of  12/18/18
Class Assets
$433,487,004  As of  12/18/18
Portfolio Turnover Rate
69.80%  As of fiscal year end  10/31/17
Morningstar Category
Multialternative
Morningstar Overall Rating
Fund Holdings
761  As of  11/30/18

Morningstar Rating™ as of November 30, 2018 for the Class I class shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Multialternative category. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 4 Stars (288 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 3 Stars (288 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 4 Stars (166 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 5 Stars (57 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.

Portfolio Managers

  • Dagioglu, Vassilis

    Vassilis Dagioglu

    Managing Director, Head of Asset Allocation Portfolio Management, BNY Mellon AMNA

    8 yr(s). on fund

  • Stavena, James

    James Stavena

    Portfolio Manager, BNY Mellon AMNA

    8 yr(s). on fund

  • Colton, Sinead

    Sinead Colton

    Head of Investment Strategy, BNY Mellon AMNA

    4 yr(s). on fund

  • Zaches, Torrey

    Torrey Zaches

    Portfolio Manager, BNY Mellon AMNA

    8 yr(s). on fund

  • Miletich, Joseph

    Joseph Miletich

    Portfolio Manager, BNY Mellon AMNA

    8 yr(s). on fund


As of  11/30/18 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dynamic Total Return Fund
AVGRX
-3.08 0.91 2.61 7.57 3.12 05/02/06
As of  09/30/18 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dynamic Total Return Fund
AVGRX
2.84 3.97 4.14 5.88 3.47 05/02/06
As of  11/30/18 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dynamic Total Return Fund
AVGRX
-3.08 2.76 13.77 107.39 47.19 05/02/06
As of  09/30/18 Name 1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception Inception Date
Dynamic Total Return Fund
AVGRX
2.84 12.40 22.49 76.99 52.61 05/02/06

Growth of $10,000 Investment

Historical Performance

    Not available for purchase by individual investors.

    Yearly Total Return

    Fund 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
    AVGRX
    7.70% 0.06% 0.00% 8.49% 14.30% 8.81% 0.43% 13.68% 25.12% -33.76%

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


    Monthly Expense Ratios (Annualized)

    As of  11/30/18 Fee Description Expense Ratio (%)
    Management Fee 1.10%
    Other Expenses 0.20%
    Total Expenses 1.30%
    Expenses Reimbursed 0.11%
    Net Expenses 1.19%

    Prospectus Fee Table Expense Ratios

    As of  03/01/18 Fee Description Expense Ratio (%)
    Management Fee 1.10%
    Other Expenses 0.20%
    Acquired Fund Fees & Expenses 0.01%
    Total Expenses 1.31%
    Expenses Reimbursed 0.11%
    Net Expenses 1.20%
    The fund's investment adviser, The Dreyfus Corporation, has contractually agreed, for so long as the fund invests in the subsidiary, to waive the management fee it receives from the fund in the amount equal to the management fee paid to The Dreyfus Corporation by the subsidiary. In addition, The Dreyfus Corporation has also contractually agreed, until March 1, 2019, to waive receipt of its fees and/or assume the direct expenses of the fund so that the direct expenses for Class A, C, I and Y shares (excluding Rule 12b-1 fees, shareholder services fees, taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, commitment fees on borrowings and extraordinary expenses) do not exceed 1.19%. On or after March 1, 2019, The Dreyfus Corporation may terminate this expense limitation at any time.

    Portfolio Manager/Sub-Investment Advisor

    The fund's investment adviser is The Dreyfus Corporation (Dreyfus), and the fund's sub-adviser is BNY Mellon Asset Management North America Corporation (the "firm"), an affiliate of Dreyfus. Investment decisions for the fund are made by the Global Asset Allocation Team of the firm. The team members are Sinead Colton, Vassilis Dagioglu, Joseph Miletich, James Stavena and Torrey Zaches. Mr. Dagioglu has served as a primary portfolio manager since May 2010. Messrs. Stavena, Zaches and Miletich have each served as a primary portfolio manager of the fund since June 2010. Ms. Colton has served as a primary portfolio manager of the fund since December 2014. Messrs. Dagioglu and Stavena are both managing directors and global asset allocation portfolio managers at the firm. Mr. Zaches is a director and global asset allocation portfolio manager at the firm. Mr. Miletich and Ms. Colton are managing directors and global investment strategists at the firm.

    Asset Allocation


        Daily Statistics

        As of  12/18/18 Name NAV Change 01/11/18  12 Month 
        High Nav
        12/18/18  12 Month 
        Low Nav
        YTD Return
        AVGRX
        $15.23
        -$0.06
        -0.39%
        $16.44 $15.23 -6.10%

        Performance Metrics

        Overall Morningstar Rating


        MORNINGSTAR CATEGORY Multialternative


        Morningstar Rating™ as of 11/30/18 for the Class I shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Multialternative. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 4 Stars (511 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 3 Stars (288 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 4 Stars (166 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 5 Stars (57 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. © 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.

        Lipper Rankings

        • 1 Year
          140 out of 265
        • 3 Year
          186 out of 233
        • 5 Year
          63 out of 199
        • 10 Year
          11 out of 73

        LIPPER CLASSIFICATION Alternative Global Macro Funds


        Lipper Category returns and rankings are calculated by Lipper Inc., a Reuters Company, which is a nationally recognized organization that compares the performance of mutual funds with similar investment objectives. The Category returns represent the average performance of included funds, while rankings compare an individual fund's returns to those of the other funds in its category. Both are based on total return performance, with capital gains and dividends reinvested, with annual operating expenses deducted, but without including front or back-end sales charges. Rankings begin with the actual share class inception. Rankings are relative to a peer group and do not necessarily mean that the fund had high total returns. Rankings do not reflect sales loads

        Main Risks

        Bonds are subject to interest rate, credit, liquidity, call and market risks, to varying degrees. Generally, all other factors being equal, bond prices are inversely related to interest-rate changes and rate increases can cause price declines.

        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. Short sales involve selling a security the portfolio does not own in anticipation that the security's price will decline. Short sales may involve risk and leverage, and expose the portfolio to the risk that it will be required to buy the security sold short at a time when the security has appreciated in value, thus resulting in a loss.

        Commodities contain heightened risk including market, political, regulatory, and natural conditions, and may not be suitable for all investors.

        Derivatives and commodity-linked derivatives involves risks different from, or possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets. Derivatives can be highly volatile, illiquid, and difficult to value and there is the risk that changes in the value of a derivative held by the portfolio will not correlate with the underlying instruments or the portfolio's other investments. Commodity-linked derivative instruments may involve additional costs and risks such as commodity index volatility or factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, such as drought, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargoes, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments.

        Risk Metrics

        As of  11/30/18, 3-Year Trailing Standard Deviation Alpha Beta R-Squared Sharpe Ratio
        AVGRX
        5.50 -3.96 0.71 60.38 0.00

        Dividend Schedule

        Declared
        Annually
        Distributed
        Annually
        Paid
        Annually
        Fiscal Year End
        Oct 31
        Year Dividend ($) Capital Gains ($)
        2017 0.0000 0.8172
        2016 0.0000 0.0294
        2014 0.0296 0.0000
        2012 0.0070 0.0000
        2008 0.4230 0.0000
        2007 0.3010 0.1692
        2006 0.0701 0.1619
        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
        AVGRX
        0.0000 0.0000 0.4630 0.0275 0.3267 0.8172 16.20
        Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Payable Date
        AVGRX
        12/21/17 12/22/17 12/22/17
        (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
        AVGRX
        Estimated 0.1060 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.1060 -
        Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Payable Date
        AVGRX
        12/19/18 12/20/18 12/20/18