Reducing Sales Charges
Class A Shares
Volume Discounts: Shareholders investing more than $100,000 in Class A shares of a fund may receive a reduced sales charge based on the table below. Front-end sales charges are eliminated for purchases of $1 million or more for all funds except Cohen & Steers Low Duration Preferred and Income Fund, and $500,000 or more for Cohen & Steers Low Duration Preferred and Income Fund. If you sell those shares within one year of their purchase, you may pay a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) equal to 1% of the lesser of the current net asset value (“NAV”) or the original cost of the shares you sell.
Effective May 1, 2020, all open-end funds except Cohen & Steers Preferred Securities and Income Fund (CPXAX) and Cohen & Steers Low Duration Preferred and Income Fund (LPXAX)
Cohen & Steers Preferred Securities and Income Fund (CPXAX)
Cohen & Steers Low Duration Preferred and Income Fund (LPXAX)
As shown in the tables above, the size of your investment in Class A shares will affect the initial sales load that you pay. The funds offer certain other methods, which are described below, that you can use to reduce the initial sales load. Please also consult the Statement of Additional Information (SAI) for more information.
Rights of Aggregation: The size of the total investment in Class A shares applies to the total amount being invested by any ‘person,’ which term includes an individual, his spouse and children under the age of 21, a trustee or other fiduciary purchasing for a single trust, estate or single fiduciary account (including a pension, profit-sharing or other employee benefit trust created pursuant to a plan qualified under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the ‘Code’)) although more than one beneficiary is involved, or any U.S. bank or investment advisor purchasing shares for its investment advisory clients or customers. Any such person purchasing for several accounts at the same time may combine these investments into a single transaction in order to reduce the applicable sales charge.
Rights of Accumulation: The Class A shares of the Fund may be purchased at a reduced sales charge by a ‘person’ (as defined above) who is already a shareholder of the Fund and/or a shareholder of other Cohen & Steers open-end funds that impose initial sales charges (‘Eligible Funds’) by taking into account not only the amount then being invested, but also the current net asset value of the shares of the Fund and other Eligible Funds already held by such person. If the current net asset value of the qualifying shares already held plus the net asset value of the current purchase exceeds a point in the schedule of sales charges at which the charge is reduced to a lower percentage, the entire current purchase is eligible for the reduced charge. To be entitled to a reduced sales charge pursuant to the Rights of Accumulation, the investor must notify his dealer, the transfer agent or the Distributor at the time of purchase that he wishes to take advantage of such entitlement, and give the numbers of his account, and those accounts held in the name of his spouse or for a minor child, and the specific relationship of each such other person to the investor.
Letter of Intention: An investor may also qualify for a reduced sales charge by completing a Letter of Intention (the ‘Letter’) set forth in the Subscription Agreement in the Prospectus or on a separate form for this purpose which is available from the Fund. This enables the investor to aggregate purchases of shares of the Fund and other Eligible Funds during a 13-month period for purposes of calculating the applicable sales charge on Class A shares. All shares of the Fund and other Eligible Funds currently owned by the investor will be credited as purchases toward the completion of the Letter at the greater of their net asset value on the date the Letter is executed or their cost. No retroactive adjustment will be made if purchases exceed the amount indicated in the Letter.
The Letter is not a binding obligation on the investor. However, 5% of the amount specified in the Letter will be held in escrow, and if the investor’s purchases are less than the amount specified, the investor will be requested to remit to the Fund an amount equal to the difference between the sales charge paid and the sales charge applicable to the aggregate purchases actually made. If not remitted within 20 days after written request, an appropriate number of escrowed shares will be redeemed in order to realize the difference. However, the sales charge applicable to the investment will in no event be higher than if the shareholder had not submitted a Letter.
At the time of your purchase, you must inform the fund, your dealer or other financial intermediary of any other investment in the fund or in other Eligible Funds that would count toward reducing your sales load. This includes, for example, investments held in a retirement account, an employee benefit plan, or at a dealer or other financial intermediary other than the one handling your current purchase. In addition, you will need to provide adequate proof of those investments. If the account is held directly with the fund or with the dealer or intermediary handling your current purchase, then you should provide the applicable account numbers, including any accounts held in the name of a spouse or for a minor child, and the specific relationship of each such other person to you. If the account is held with a dealer or intermediary other than the one handling your current purchase, you should provide the dealer or intermediary handling your current purchase with current account statements or other documentation in order to verify ownership and identify the specific relationship of each person to you.
Sales at Net Asset Value. Class A shares of a Fund may be sold at NAV (i.e., without a sales charge) (i) to registered representatives or employees (and their immediate families) of authorized dealers, or to any trust, pension, profit-sharing or other benefit plan for only such persons, (ii) to banks or trust companies or their affiliates when the bank, trust company, or affiliate is authorized to make investment decisions on behalf of a client, (iii) to investment advisors and financial planners who place trades for their own accounts or the accounts of their clients and who charge a management, consulting or other fee for their services, (iv) to clients of such investment advisors and financial planners who place trades for their own accounts if the accounts are linked to the master account of such investment advisor or financial planner on the books and records of the broker, agent, investment advisor or financial institution, (v) to certain financial institutions and third-party recordkeepers and/or administrators who have agreements with the Distributor with respect to such purchases, and who buy shares for their accounts on behalf of investors in retirement plans and deferred compensation plans, and (vi) to financial intermediaries who are compensated by their clients on a fee-only basis, including but not limited to investment advisors, financial planners, and bank trust departments; or who have entered into an agreement with the Distributor to offer shares through a no-load network or platform, or through a self-directed investment brokerage account program that may or may not charge a transaction fee to its clients. Investors may be charged a fee if they effect transactions in Fund shares through a broker or agent. Class A shares of the Fund may also be sold at NAV to current officers, directors and employees (and their immediate families) of a Fund, the Advisor and its affiliates, Distributor, employees (and their immediate families) of certain firms providing services to a Fund (such as the custodian and Transfer Agent), and to any trust, pension, profit-sharing or other benefit plan for only such persons. IRAs are not eligible to purchase Class A shares at NAV.
Miscellaneous. No sales charge is applied to purchases of Class A shares in the following circumstances:
- Shares purchased through reinvestment of dividends or capital gains distributions,
- Shares purchased pursuant to the exchange privilege (provided that the exchange is made into the same class of shares),
- Reinstatement privilege. If you redeem your Class A shares and then decide to reinvest in Class A shares, you may, within 120 calendar days of the date of your redemption, use all or any part of the proceeds of the redemption to reinstate, free of an initial sales load, all or any part of your investment in Class A shares of the fund. If you redeem your Class A shares and your redemption was subject to a contingent deferred sales charge, you may reinstate all or any part of your investment in Class A shares within 120 calendar days of the date of your redemption and receive a credit for the applicable contingent deferred sales charge that you paid. Your investment will be reinstated at the net asset value per share next determined after we receive your request. The transfer agent must be informed that your new purchase represents a reinstated investment.
Class C Shares
A shareholder may pay a CDSC equal to 1% of the lesser of the current NAV of your shares or their original cost if you sell your shares on or before the one year anniversary date of their purchase. Shareholders purchasing Class C shares should note that CDSCs will not be assessed on shares derived from reinvestment of dividends or capital gains distributions. In addition, no CDSC will be imposed on increases in net asset value above the initial purchase price. CDSCs may also be waived in certain circumstances described below. Please consult a Fund’s SAI for more information.
Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of any Cohen & Steers fund carefully before investing. A summary prospectus or prospectus containing this and other information may be obtained by visiting cohenandsteers.com or by calling 800.330.7348. Please read the summary prospectus or prospectus carefully before investing.