T. Rowe Price (NASDAQ GS: TROW) announced that it closed the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund(Ticker: PRGTX), along with similar portfolios for institutional clients, to new investors at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, September 29, 2017. The decision was made to protect the interests of the fund's current shareholders as a result of new cash inflows in recent months. Although the fund is closed to new investors, investments from current shareholders and direct rollovers from qualified retirement plans into new T. Rowe Price IRAs will continue to be accepted.
T. Rowe Price's Global Technology Equity Strategy had assets of $9.1 billion as of June 30, 2017, including $5.0 billion in the Global Technology Fund. The Global Technology Fund launched in 2000 and seeks long-term capital growth by investing at least 80% of its net assets throughout the world in the common stocks of companies that are expected to generate a majority of their revenues from the development, advancement, and use of technology. Josh Spencer has been the fund's portfolio manager since June 1, 2012.
Josh Spencer, portfolio manager:
"My primary goal is to deliver excellent long-term performance for clients. Restricting new inflows will help preserve my ability to invest effectively and in accordance with the investment objectives of the Global Technology Strategy. This decision is for the benefit of all of the strategy's current investors."
The fund's prospectus, which is available at troweprice.com or by calling 1-800-541-8803, includes investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses, and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing. T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., Distributor.
The fund is less diversified than a non-focused fund, and its reward potential is coupled with significant risk. In addition, any foreign holdings could be affected by declining local currencies or adverse political or economic events.
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The fund's expense ratio as of its fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, was 0.90%.
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