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EXPLANATORY NOTE
 
 
Attached for filing are exhibits containing, in interactive data format, risk/return summary information that mirrors the risk/return summary information in the prospectuses dated December 15, 2012, as amended January 25, 2013, for Class A, Class C, Institutional Class, Investor Class, Trust Class, and Class R3 of Neuberger Berman International Equity Fund (formerly known as Neuberger Berman International Institutional Fund), a series of Neuberger Berman Equity Funds, which were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 25, 2013 (0000898432-13-000097).
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Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Class A and Class C, its performance typically would have been better than that of Class A and Class C. Returns would have been lower if NBM had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. For Class A shares, a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) of 1.00% applies on certain redemptions made within 18 months following purchases of $1 million or more made without an initial sales charge. For Class C shares, the CDSC is eliminated one year after purchase. "Other expenses" are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year; actual expenses may vary. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Class A and Class C so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) of each class are limited to 1.51% and 2.26% of average net assets, respectively. Each of these undertakings lasts until 8/31/2016 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that each of Class A and Class C will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for the class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 1.51% and 2.26% of the class' average net assets, respectively. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. The above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Class R3, its performance typically would have been better than that of Class R3. Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Management LLC had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Class R3 so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 1.76% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2016 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Class R3 will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 1.76% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Returns would have been lower if NBM had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Institutional Class so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 0.85% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2022 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Institutional Class will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 0.85% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Institutional Class so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 0.85% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2022 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Institutional Class will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 0.85% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Management LLC had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. The above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Investor Class, its performance typically would have been better than that of Investor Class. Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Management LLC had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Investor Class so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 1.40% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2016 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Investor Class will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 1.40% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Returns would have been lower/higher if NBM had not reimbursed/recouped certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. The Fund has agreed that Investor Class will repay Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) to exceed 1.11% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. "Other expenses" shown above include the following repayment: Investor Class - 0.08%. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Investor Class so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 1.30% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2022 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Investor Class will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 1.30% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Management LLC had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Management LLC had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. The above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Trust Class, its performance typically would have been better than that of Trust Class. Returns would have been lower if Neuberger Berman Management LLC had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. "Other expenses" are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year; actual expenses may vary. Returns would have been lower if NBM had not reimbursed certain expenses and/or waived a portion of the investment management fees during certain of the periods shown. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Trust Class so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 1.25% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2022 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Trust Class will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 1.25% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Neuberger Berman Management LLC (NBM) has contractually undertaken to waive current payment of fees and/or reimburse certain expenses of Trust Class so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividend expense on short sales, and extraordinary expenses, if any) are limited to 1.40% of average net assets. This undertaking lasts until 8/31/2022 and may not be terminated during its term without the consent of the Board of Trustees. The Fund has agreed that Trust Class will repay NBM for fees and expenses waived or reimbursed for that class provided that repayment does not cause annual operating expenses to exceed 1.40% of its average net assets. Any such repayment must be made within three years after the year in which NBM incurred the expense. Neuberger Berman Equity Funds 497 false 0000044402 2013-01-28 2013-01-28 2013-01-28 2012-12-15 Neuberger Berman International Equity Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in foreign companies of any size, including companies in developed and emerging markets. The Fund defines a foreign company as one that is organized outside of the United States and conducts the majority of its business abroad.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many industries. Although the Fund has the flexibility to invest a significant portion of its assets in one country or region, it generally intends to remain well-diversified across countries and geographical regions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In picking stocks, the Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed and profitable companies that show growth potential and whose stock prices are undervalued. Factors in identifying these firms may include strong fundamentals, such as attractive cash flows and balance sheets, as well as prices that are reasonable in light of projected returns. The Portfolio Manager also considers the outlooks for various countries and regions around the world, examining economic, market, social, and political conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in international stock markets. The markets&#8217; behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign and Emerging Market Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Investing in emerging market countries involves risks in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in more developed foreign countries. Securities issued in these countries may be more volatile and less liquid than securities issued in foreign countries with more developed economies or markets.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk</font>. Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk</font>. To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk</font>. Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk</font>. Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk</font>. To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions</font>. The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 33% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.33 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. For Class A shares, your costs would be the same whether you sold your shares or continued to hold them at the end of each period. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 720 720 1025 1025 1360 1360 2304 2304 329 706 1219 2626 229 706 1219 2626 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20003 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleNoRedemptionTransposed20004 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in common stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The returns in the bar chart do not reflect any applicable sales charges. If sales charges were reflected, returns would be lower than those shown. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Description of Index&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy. Unlike the returns in the bar chart, the returns in the table reflect the maximum applicable sales charges.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* 0.2322 0.0385 -0.4574 0.3696 0.1864 -0.1167 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20005 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2376 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2347 2008-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1387 2012-09-30 <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;09, 23.76%</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;08, -23.47%</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.87%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1675 -0.0529 0.0130 -0.1702 -0.0638 0.0024 -0.1078 -0.0467 0.0084 -0.1254 -0.0416 0.0222 -0.1173 -0.0426 0.0252 2005-06-17 2005-06-17 2005-06-17 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20006 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only and after-tax returns for Class C shares may vary. After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> Unlike the returns in the bar chart, the returns in the table reflect the maximum applicable sales charges. After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. After-tax returns are shown for Class A shares only and after-tax returns for Class C shares may vary. (reflects no deduction for fees or expenses) The returns in the bar chart do not reflect any applicable sales charges. If sales charges were reflected, returns would be lower than those shown. For each class, the above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Class A and Class C, its performance typically would have been better than that of Class A and Class C. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the Fund. You may qualify for initial sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in Neuberger Berman funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your investment provider and in &#8220;Sales Charge Reductions and Waivers&#8221; on page 14 in the Fund&#8217;s prospectus and in &#8220;Additional Purchase Information &#8211; Sales Charge Reductions and Waivers&#8221; on page B-1 in Appendix B to the Fund&#8217;s SAI.</font> </div> 0.0575 0.0000 0.0000 0.0100 0.0110 0.0110 0.0025 0.0100 0.0020 0.0020 0.0155 0.0230 -0.0004 -0.0004 0.0151 0.0226 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20001 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20002 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ 2016-08-31 You may qualify for initial sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in Neuberger Berman funds. Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) 50000 "Other expenses" are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year; actual expenses may vary. Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman International Equity Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in foreign companies of any size, including companies in developed and emerging markets. The Fund defines a foreign company as one that is organized outside of the United States and conducts the majority of its business abroad.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many industries. Although the Fund has the flexibility to invest a significant portion of its assets in one country or region, it generally intends to remain well-diversified across countries and geographical regions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In picking stocks, the Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed and profitable companies that show growth potential and whose stock prices are undervalued. Factors in identifying these firms may include strong fundamentals, such as attractive cash flows and balance sheets, as well as prices that are reasonable in light of projected returns. The Portfolio Manager also considers the outlooks for various countries and regions around the world, examining economic, market, social, and political conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in international stock markets. The markets&#8217; behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign and Emerging Market Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Investing in emerging market countries involves risks in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in more developed foreign countries. Securities issued in these countries may be more volatile and less liquid than securities issued in foreign countries with more developed economies or markets.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 33% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.33 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 179 554 963 2105 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20011 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in common stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Description of Index&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* 0.2322 0.0385 -0.4574 0.3696 0.1864 -0.1167 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20012 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2376 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2347 2008-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1387 2012-09-30 <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q2 &#8217;09, 23.76%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q3 &#8217;08, -23.47%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.87%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1167 -0.0416 0.0222 -0.1195 -0.0527 0.0115 -0.0747 -0.0374 0.0163 -0.1173 -0.0426 0.0252 2005-06-17 2005-06-17 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20013 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees or expenses) The above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Class R3, its performance typically would have been better than that of Class R3. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0110 0.0050 0.0020 0.0180 -0.0004 0.0176 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20009 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20010 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ 2016-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) "Other expenses" are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year; actual expenses may vary. Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Genesis Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in common stocks of small-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market value of no more than $2 billion at the time the Fund first invests in them. The Fund may continue to hold or add to a position in a stock after the company&#8217;s market value has grown beyond $2 billion.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers generally look for what they believe to be undervalued companies whose current market shares and balance sheets are strong. In addition, the Portfolio Managers tend to focus on companies whose financial strength is largely based on existing business lines rather than on projected growth. Factors in identifying these firms may include: above-average returns; an established market niche; circumstances that would make it difficult for new competitors to enter the market; the ability to finance their own growth; and sound future business prospects. This approach is designed to let the Fund benefit from potential increases in stock prices, while limiting the risks typically associated with small-cap stocks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Managers may emphasize certain sectors that they believe will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Small- and Mid-Cap Stock Risk.</font> The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. To the extent the Portfolio Managers commit a portion of the Fund&#8217;s assets to stocks of mid-cap companies, the Fund will be subject to their risks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 15% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.15 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 87 271 471 1050 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20018 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 11.4pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.0274 0.3200 0.1898 0.1661 0.0750 0.2212 -0.3267 0.2654 0.2172 0.0488 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20019 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1637 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2648 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.0762 2012-09-30 <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q2 &#8217;09, 16.37%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q4 &#8217;08, -26.48%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 7.62%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* 0.0488 0.0584 0.0978 0.0430 0.0503 0.0913 0.0392 0.0491 0.0861 -0.0418 0.0015 0.0562 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20020 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 11.4pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0081 0.0000 0.0005 0.0086 -0.0001 0.0085 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20016 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20017 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ 2022-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman International Equity Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in foreign companies of any size, including companies in developed and emerging markets. The Fund defines a foreign company as one that is organized outside of the United States and conducts the majority of its business abroad.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many industries. Although the Fund has the flexibility to invest a significant portion of its assets in one country or region, it generally intends to remain well-diversified across countries and geographical regions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In picking stocks, the Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed and profitable companies that show growth potential and whose stock prices are undervalued. Factors in identifying these firms may include strong fundamentals, such as attractive cash flows and balance sheets, as well as prices that are reasonable in light of projected returns. The Portfolio Manager also considers the outlooks for various countries and regions around the world, examining economic, market, social, and political conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in international stock markets. The markets&#8217; behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign and Emerging Market Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Investing in emerging market countries involves risks in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in more developed foreign countries. Securities issued in these countries may be more volatile and less liquid than securities issued in foreign countries with more developed economies or markets.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 33% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.33 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 87 271 471 1094 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20025 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in common stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* 0.2322 0.0385 -0.4574 0.3696 0.1864 -0.1167 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20026 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2376 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2347 2008-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1387 2012-09-30 <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q2 &#8217;09, 23.76%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q3 &#8217;08, -23.47%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.87%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1167 -0.0416 0.0222 -0.1195 -0.0527 0.0115 -0.0747 -0.0374 0.0163 -0.1173 -0.0426 0.0252 2005-06-17 2005-06-17 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20027 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees or expenses) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0099 0.0000 0.0017 0.0116 -0.0031 0.0085 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20023 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20024 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ 2022-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Focus Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests in a concentrated portfolio, consisting mainly of common stocks of companies of any size that are selected using a fundamental, research driven approach.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Under normal market conditions, the Fund typically holds a limited number of stocks. Because of this, the Fund may at times be substantially over- and under-weighted in certain economic sectors.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers, with the assistance of Neuberger Berman research analysts, look for what they believe to be undervalued companies. Factors in identifying these firms may include depressed valuations, above-average returns, an established market niche, and sound future business prospects. This approach is designed to let the Fund benefit from potential increases in stock prices, while limiting the risks typically associated with investing in a smaller number of stocks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target valuation, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s portfolio may contain fewer securities than the portfolios of other mutual funds, which may increase the risk that the value of the Fund could go down because of the poor performance of one or a few investments.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 96% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.96 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 100 312 542 1201 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20032 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Because the Fund had a policy of investing 90% of its assets in no more than six economic sectors prior to December 17, 2007, its performance prior to that date might have been different if current policies had been in effect.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.3641 0.6489 0.0500 0.0000 0.1241 0.0654 -0.4068 0.2927 0.1207 -0.0285 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20033 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.3406 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.3187 2002-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1777 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 34.06%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;02, -31.87%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 17.77%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0285 -0.0231 0.0096 -0.0292 -0.0337 -0.0001 -0.0175 -0.0200 0.0082 0.0211 -0.0025 0.0292 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20034 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0079 0.0000 0.0019 0.0098 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20030 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20031 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Genesis Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in common stocks of small-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market value of no more than $2 billion at the time the Fund first invests in them. The Fund may continue to hold or add to a position in a stock after the company&#8217;s market value has grown beyond $2 billion.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers generally look for what they believe to be undervalued companies whose current market shares and balance sheets are strong. In addition, the Portfolio Managers tend to focus on companies whose financial strength is largely based on existing business lines rather than on projected growth. Factors in identifying these firms may include: above-average returns; an established market niche; circumstances that would make it difficult for new competitors to enter the market; the ability to finance their own growth; and sound future business prospects. This approach is designed to let the Fund benefit from potential increases in stock prices, while limiting the risks typically associated with small-cap stocks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Managers may emphasize certain sectors that they believe will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Small- and Mid-Cap Stock Risk.</font> The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. To the extent the Portfolio Managers commit a portion of the Fund&#8217;s assets to stocks of mid-cap companies, the Fund will be subject to their risks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 15% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.15 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 105 328 569 1259 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20039 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.0296 0.3170 0.1876 0.1637 0.0731 0.2189 -0.3288 0.2632 0.2142 0.0470 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20040 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1630 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2655 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.0750 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;09, 16.30%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -26.55%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 7.50%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* 0.0470 0.0561 0.0955 0.0392 0.0476 0.0888 0.0405 0.0471 0.0840 -0.0418 0.0015 0.0562 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20041 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0092 0.0000 0.0011 0.0103 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20037 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20038 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment ) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Guardian Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goals, the Fund invests primarily in common stocks of mid- to large-capitalization companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by investing across many different industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers employ a research driven and valuation sensitive approach to stock selection, with a long term perspective. They look for solid balance sheets, strong management teams with a track record of success, good cash flow and the prospect for above average earnings growth. They seek to purchase the stock of businesses that they believe to be well positioned and undervalued by the market.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Although the Fund invests primarily in domestic stocks, it may also invest in stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Valuation Sensitive Investing.</font> In addition to employing traditional value criteria &#8211; that is, looking for value among companies whose stock prices are below their historical average, based on earnings, cash flow, or other financial measures &#8211; the Portfolio Managers may buy a company&#8217;s shares if they look more fully priced based on Wall Street consensus estimates of earnings, but still inexpensive relative to their estimates. The Portfolio Managers look for these companies to rise in price as they outperform Wall Street&#8217;s expectations, because they believe some aspects of the business have not been fully appreciated or appropriately priced by other investors.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s portfolio may contain fewer securities than the portfolios of other mutual funds, which may increase the risk that the value of the Fund could go down because of the poor performance of one or a few investments.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Mid- and Large-Cap Stock Risk.</font> Compared to smaller companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 26% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.26 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 94 293 509 1131 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20046 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div align="left" style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital;</font></div> <div align="left" style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">current income is a secondary goal.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Because the Fund had a policy of investing mainly in large-cap stocks prior to December 2002, its performance prior to that date might have been different if current policies had been in effect.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.2575 0.3514 0.1606 0.0844 0.1348 0.0761 -0.3821 0.3021 0.1951 -0.0294 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20047 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1836 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2636 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1225 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 18.36%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -26.36%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.25%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0294 0.0009 0.0371 -0.0304 -0.0071 0.0313 -0.0177 -0.0004 0.0313 0.0211 -0.0025 0.0292 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20048 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0077 0.0000 0.0015 0.0092 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20044 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20045 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman International Equity Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in foreign companies of any size, including companies in developed and emerging markets. The Fund defines a foreign company as one that is organized outside of the United States and conducts the majority of its business abroad.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many industries. Although the Fund has the flexibility to invest a significant portion of its assets in one country or region, it generally intends to remain well-diversified across countries and geographical regions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In picking stocks, the Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed and profitable companies that show growth potential and whose stock prices are undervalued. Factors in identifying these firms may include strong fundamentals, such as attractive cash flows and balance sheets, as well as prices that are reasonable in light of projected returns. The Portfolio Manager also considers the outlooks for various countries and regions around the world, examining economic, market, social, and political conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.&#160; <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: Times New Roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font></font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in international stock markets. The markets&#8217; behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign and Emerging Market Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Investing in emerging market countries involves risks in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in more developed foreign countries. Securities issued in these countries may be more volatile and less liquid than securities issued in foreign countries with more developed economies or markets.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 33% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.33 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 143 443 809 1838 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20053 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in common stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* 0.2322 0.0385 -0.4574 0.3696 0.1864 -0.1167 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20054 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2376 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2347 2008-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1387 2012-09-30 <div> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q2 &#8217;09, 23.76%</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q3 &#8217;08, -23.47%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.87%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1167 -0.0416 0.0222 -0.1195 -0.0527 0.0115 -0.0747 -0.0374 0.0163 -0.1173 -0.0426 0.0252 2005-06-17 2005-06-17 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20055 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees or expenses) The above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Investor Class, its performance typically would have been better than that of Investor Class. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0110 0.0000 0.0049 0.0159 -0.0019 0.0140 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20051 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20052 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ 2016-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) "Other expenses" are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year; actual expenses may vary. Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Large Cap Disciplined Growth Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in stocks of large-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a market capitalization greater than $3 billion at the time of purchase. The Fund seeks to generate a return that is greater than the average return for stocks in the Russell 1000 Growth Index.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies, sectors and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers employ a disciplined investment strategy when selecting growth stocks. Using fundamental research and a catalyst-driven approach, the Portfolio Managers seek to purchase what they believe to be high-quality, dynamic companies that exhibit acceleration in key growth metrics, such as earnings per share, driven by an identifiable catalyst and that are selling at valuations that the Portfolio Managers believe offer the potential for protection from a drop in price.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The catalyst-driven approach involves examining companies for the presence of potential catalysts for growth which may include: new product development; management changes; demographic shifts; regulatory changes; and mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganizations. The Portfolio Managers then look to analyze the significance of the catalyst to determine whether the company demonstrates the necessary qualities for inclusion in the Fund&#8217;s portfolio.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Managers may emphasize certain sectors that they believe will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when an expected catalyst does not materialize, when a catalyst&#8217;s impact is below expectations, when the fundamental picture for the company or industry deteriorates, when more attractive alternatives are available at better valuation levels, when they believe the stock has become fully valued, or when the stock grows too large relative to the rest of the portfolio. As part of the Portfolio Managers&#8217; sell discipline, they identify stocks that are down from cost or down from a 52-week high and re-evaluate those stocks to determine whether or not they still demonstrate the necessary qualities for inclusion in the Fund&#8217;s portfolio.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in stocks of large-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Large-Cap Stock Risk.</font> Compared to smaller companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 116% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 1.16 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 113 353 612 1352 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20060 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007838Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.3203 0.2580 0.0153 0.0695 0.0891 0.1707 -0.3493 0.2719 0.1247 -0.0482 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20061 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007838Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1320 2010-09-30 Worst quarter: -0.2051 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1393 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;10, 13.20%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -20.51%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.93%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0482 0.0073 0.0048 -0.0548 0.0059 0.0040 -0.0228 0.0062 0.0041 0.0264 0.0250 0.0260 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20062 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007838Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0079 0.0000 0.0032 0.0111 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20058 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007838Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20059 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007838Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Large Cap Value Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of large-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell 1000 Value Index at the time of purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed companies whose stock prices are undervalued. The Portfolio Manager seeks to identify companies with catalysts that he believes have the potential to improve the companies&#8217; earnings from depressed levels. Such catalysts may include: management changes, restructurings, new products, new services, or new markets. The Portfolio Manager may also look for other characteristics in a company, such as a strong market position relative to competitors, a high level of stock ownership among management, and a recent sharp decline in stock price that appears to be the result of a short-term market overreaction to negative news.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Although the Fund invests primarily in domestic stocks, it may also invest in stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies and industries. However, at times, the Portfolio Manager may emphasize certain sectors or industries that he believes are undervalued relative to their historical valuations.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of large-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Mid- and Large-Cap Stock Risk</font>. Compared to smaller companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk. <font style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal">Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Catalyst Risk.</font> Investing in companies with potential catalysts carries the risk that certain of such catalysts may not happen or the market may react differently than expected to such catalysts, in which case the Fund may experience losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses&#8221;.</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 171% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 1.71 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 90 281 488 1084 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20067 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Prior to April 2, 2012, the Fund had a policy of investing mainly in common stocks of mid- to large-capitalization companies. Its performance prior to that date might have been different if current policies had been in effect.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.2482 0.3587 0.1921 0.1799 0.1319 0.1010 -0.5198 0.5610 0.1540 -0.1127 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20068 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2823 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.3280 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1261 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;09, 28.23%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -32.80%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.61%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1127 -0.0331 0.0323 -0.1133 -0.0353 0.0298 -0.0724 -0.0279 0.0280 0.0039 -0.0264 0.0389 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20069 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0074 0.0000 0.0014 0.0088 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20065 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20066 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in common stocks of mid-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell Midcap Index at the time of purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies, sectors and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager employs a disciplined investment strategy when selecting growth stocks. Using fundamental research and quantitative analysis, he looks for what he believes to be fast-growing companies with above-average sales and competitive returns on equity relative to their peers. In doing so, the Portfolio Manager analyzes such factors as: financial condition (such as debt to equity ratio); market share and competitive leadership of the company&#8217;s products; earnings growth relative to competitors; and market valuation in comparison to a stock&#8217;s own historical norms and the stocks of other mid-cap companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Manager may emphasize certain sectors that he believes will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in mid-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. 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Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 40% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.40 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 103 322 558 1236 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20074 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.3123 0.3057 0.1622 0.1338 0.1459 0.2159 -0.4098 0.2917 0.2784 0.0151 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20075 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1596 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2349 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1273 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 15.96%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -23.49%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.73%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* 0.0151 0.0376 0.0501 0.0147 0.0375 0.0501 0.0101 0.0323 0.0439 -0.0165 0.0244 0.0529 -0.0155 0.0141 0.0699 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20076 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in "Descriptions of Indices" in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund's investment strategy. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0079 0.0000 0.0022 0.0101 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20072 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20073 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Intrinsic Value Fund (Formerly Neuberger Berman Regency Fund) PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of mid-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell Midcap Value Index at the time of purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s strategy consists of using a bottom-up, fundamental research driven approach to identify stocks of companies that are trading below the Portfolio Manager&#8217;s estimate of their intrinsic value and that he believes have the potential for appreciation over time. 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The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. 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In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 118% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 1.18 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 142 440 761 1669 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20081 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.1169 0.3588 0.2234 0.1242 0.1155 0.0509 -0.4719 0.4802 0.2636 -0.0679 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20082 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2573 2009-09-30 Worst quarter: -0.2829 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1275 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;09, 25.73%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -28.29%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.75%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0679 -0.0066 0.0594 -0.0686 -0.0121 0.0538 -0.0434 -0.0063 0.0514 -0.0138 0.0004 0.0767 -0.0155 0.0141 0.0699 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20083 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in "Descriptions of Indices" in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund's investment strategy. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0081 0.0000 0.0058 0.0139 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20079 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20080 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Small Cap Growth Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in common stocks of small-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell 2000 Index at the time of initial purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies, sectors and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager employs a disciplined investment strategy when selecting growth stocks. Using fundamental research and quantitative analysis, he looks for what he believes to be fast-growing companies with above-average sales and competitive returns on equity relative to their peers. In doing so, the Portfolio Manager analyzes such factors as: financial condition (such as debt to equity ratio); market share and competitive leadership of the company&#8217;s products; earnings growth relative to competitors; and market valuation in comparison to a stock&#8217;s own historical norms and the stocks of other small-cap companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Manager may emphasize certain sectors that he believes will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In an effort to achieve its goal, the Fund may engage in active and frequent trading.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in small-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Small- and Mid-Cap Stock Risk.</font> The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. To the extent the Portfolio Manager commits a portion of the Fund&#8217;s assets to stocks of mid-cap companies, the Fund will be subject to their risks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">High Portfolio Turnover.</font> The Fund may engage in active and frequent trading and have a high portfolio turnover rate, which may increase the Fund&#8217;s transaction costs, may adversely affect the Fund&#8217;s performance and may generate a greater amount of capital gain distributions to shareholders than if the Fund had a low portfolio turnover rate.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 294% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 2.94 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 132 412 713 1607 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20088 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.4446 0.3326 0.1620 0.1522 0.0798 0.2641 -0.4226 0.2307 0.2057 -0.0140 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20089 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1739 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2643 2002-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1401 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 17.39%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;02, -26.43%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: normal">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 14.01%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0140 0.0132 0.0134 -0.0140 0.0132 0.0134 -0.0091 0.0113 0.0115 -0.0291 0.0209 0.0448 -0.0418 0.0015 0.0562 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20090 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in "Descriptions of Indices" in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund's investment strategy. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0111 0.0000 0.0047 0.0158 -0.0028 0.0130 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20086 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20087 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ 2022-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Socially Responsive Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests primarily in common stocks of mid- to large-capitalization companies that meet the Fund&#8217;s social policy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by investing across many different industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers employ a research driven and valuation sensitive approach to stock selection, with a long term perspective. They look for solid balance sheets, strong management teams with a track record of success, good cash flow and the prospect for above-average earnings growth. They seek to purchase the stock of businesses that they believe to be well positioned and undervalued by the market. Among companies that meet these criteria, the Portfolio Managers look for those that show leadership in environmental concerns, and progressive workplace practices including diversity and community relations.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In addition, the Portfolio Managers typically look at a company&#8217;s record in public health and the nature of its products. The Portfolio Managers judge firms on their corporate citizenship overall, considering their accomplishments as well as their goals. While these judgments are inevitably subjective, the Fund endeavors to avoid companies that derive revenue from gambling or</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">the production of alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or nuclear power. The Fund also does not invest in any company that derives its total revenue primarily from non-consumer sales to the military.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Although the Fund invests primarily in domestic stocks, it may also invest in stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. As a socially responsive fund, the Fund is required by the federal securities laws to have a policy, which it cannot change without providing investors at least 60 days&#8217; written notice, of investing at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities selected in accordance with its social policy. In practice, the Portfolio Managers&#8217; current intention is to hold only equity securities selected in accordance with the Fund&#8217;s social investing policies. The 80% test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Valuation Sensitive Investing.</font> In addition to employing traditional value criteria &#8211; that is, looking for value among companies whose stock prices are below their historical average, based on earnings, cash flow, or other financial measures &#8211; the Portfolio Managers may buy a company&#8217;s shares if they look more fully priced based on Wall Street consensus estimates of earnings, but still inexpensive relative to their estimates. The Portfolio Managers look for these companies to rise in price as they outperform Wall Street&#8217;s expectations, because they believe some aspects of the business have not been fully appreciated or appropriately priced by other investors.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s portfolio may contain fewer securities than the portfolios of other mutual funds, which may increase the risk that the value of the Fund could go down because of the poor performance of one or a few investments.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Social Investing Risk.</font> The Fund&#8217;s social policy could cause the Fund to sell or avoid stocks that subsequently perform well. In addition, undervalued stocks that do not meet the social criteria could outperform those that do.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Mid- and Large-Cap Stock Risk.</font> Compared to smaller companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 28% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.28 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 91 284 493 1096 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20095 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007847Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in securities of companies that meet the Fund&#8217;s financial criteria and social policy.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-877-9700 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.1445 0.3448 0.1357 0.0758 0.1444 0.0748 -0.3877 0.3061 0.2279 -0.0290 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20096 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007847Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1532 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2661 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.0902 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;09, 15.32%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -26.61%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 9.02%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0290 0.0049 0.0513 -0.0297 0.0029 0.0480 -0.0179 0.0040 0.0441 0.0211 -0.0025 0.0292 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20097 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007847Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block"> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares 800-877-9700 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0074 0.0000 0.0015 0.0089 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20093 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007847Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20094 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007847Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Focus Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests in a concentrated portfolio, consisting mainly of common stocks of companies of any size that are selected using a fundamental, research driven approach.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Under normal market conditions, the Fund typically holds a limited number of stocks. Because of this, the Fund may at times be substantially over- and under-weighted in certain economic sectors.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers, with the assistance of Neuberger Berman research analysts, look for what they believe to be undervalued companies. Factors in identifying these firms may include depressed valuations, above-average returns, an established market niche, and sound future business prospects. This approach is designed to let the Fund benefit from potential increases in stock prices, while limiting the risks typically associated with investing in a smaller number of stocks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target valuation, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s portfolio may contain fewer securities than the portfolios of other mutual funds, which may increase the risk that the value of the Fund could go down because of the poor performance of one or a few investments.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 96% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.96 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 119 372 644 1420 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20102 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Because the Fund had a policy of investing 90% of its assets in no more than six economic sectors prior to December 17, 2007, its performance prior to that date might have been different if current policies had been in effect.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.3648 0.6458 0.0482 -0.0020 0.1219 0.0635 -0.4080 0.2884 0.1184 -0.0303 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20103 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.3398 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.3193 2002-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1761 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 33.98%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;02, -31.93%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 17.61%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0303 -0.0253 0.0077 -0.0311 -0.0358 -0.0019 -0.0186 -0.0217 0.0066 0.0211 -0.0025 0.0292 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20104 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0093 0.0010 0.0014 0.0117 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20100 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20101 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007848Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Genesis Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in common stocks of small-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market value of no more than $2 billion at the time the Fund first invests in them. The Fund may continue to hold or add to a position in a stock after the company&#8217;s market value has grown beyond $2 billion.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers generally look for what they believe to be undervalued companies whose current market shares and balance sheets are strong. In addition, the Portfolio Managers tend to focus on companies whose financial strength is largely based on existing business lines rather than on projected growth. Factors in identifying these firms may include: above-average returns; an established market niche; circumstances that would make it difficult for new competitors to enter the market; the ability to finance their own growth; and sound future business prospects. This approach is designed to let the Fund benefit from potential increases in stock prices, while limiting the risks typically associated with small-cap stocks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Managers may emphasize certain sectors that they believe will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Small- and Mid-Cap Stock Risk.</font> The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. To the extent the Portfolio Managers commit a portion of the Fund&#8217;s assets to stocks of mid-cap companies, the Fund will be subject to their risks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 15% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.15 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 113 353 612 1352 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20109 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.0299 0.3165 0.1868 0.1630 0.0726 0.2180 -0.3285 0.2625 0.2138 0.0460 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20110 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1630 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2655 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.0741 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;09, 16.30%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -26.55%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 7.41%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* 0.0460 0.0556 0.0950 0.0409 0.0478 0.0886 0.0366 0.0468 0.0835 -0.0418 0.0015 0.0562 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20111 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0106 0.0000 0.0005 0.0111 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20107 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20108 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007841Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Guardian Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goals, the Fund invests primarily in common stocks of mid- to large-capitalization companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by investing across many different industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers employ a research driven and valuation sensitive approach to stock selection, with a long term perspective. They look for solid balance sheets, strong management teams with a track record of success, good cash flow and the prospect for above average earnings growth. They seek to purchase the stock of businesses that they believe to be well positioned and undervalued by the market.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Although the Fund invests primarily in domestic stocks, it may also invest in stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Managers follow a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Valuation Sensitive Investing.</font> In addition to employing traditional value criteria &#8211; that is, looking for value among companies whose stock prices are below their historical average, based on earnings, cash flow, or other financial measures &#8211; the Portfolio Managers may buy a company&#8217;s shares if they look more fully priced based on Wall Street consensus estimates of earnings, but still inexpensive relative to their estimates. The Portfolio Managers look for these companies to rise in price as they outperform Wall Street&#8217;s expectations, because they believe some aspects of the business have not been fully appreciated or appropriately priced by other investors.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s portfolio may contain fewer securities than the portfolios of other mutual funds, which may increase the risk that the value of the Fund could go down because of the poor performance of one or a few investments.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Mid- and Large-Cap Stock Risk.</font> Compared to smaller companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 26% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.26 Expense Example <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 111 347 601 1329 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20116 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div align="left" style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital;</font></div> <div align="left" style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">current income is a secondary goal.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Because the Fund had a policy of investing mainly in large-cap stocks prior to December 2002, its performance prior to that date might have been different if current policies had been in effect.</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.2591 0.3501 0.1593 0.0826 0.1332 0.0738 -0.3827 0.2981 0.1937 -0.0305 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20117 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1818 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2638 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1202 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 18.18%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -26.38%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.02%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0305 -0.0008 0.0354 -0.0317 -0.0089 0.0298 -0.0182 -0.0018 0.0299 0.0211 -0.0025 0.0292 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20118 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0091 0.0010 0.0008 0.0109 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20114 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20115 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007849Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman International Equity Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund invests mainly in foreign companies of any size, including companies in developed and emerging markets. The Fund defines a foreign company as one that is organized outside of the United States and conducts the majority of its business abroad.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many industries. Although the Fund has the flexibility to invest a significant portion of its assets in one country or region, it generally intends to remain well-diversified across countries and geographical regions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In picking stocks, the Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed and profitable companies that show growth potential and whose stock prices are undervalued. Factors in identifying these firms may include strong fundamentals, such as attractive cash flows and balance sheets, as well as prices that are reasonable in light of projected returns. The Portfolio Manager also considers the outlooks for various countries and regions around the world, examining economic, market, social, and political conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block"> <br /> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so.&#160; The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities, without providing shareholders at least 60 days' notice.&#160; This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in international stock markets. The markets&#8217; behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign and Emerging Market Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Investing in emerging market countries involves risks in addition to and greater than those generally associated with investing in more developed foreign countries. Securities issued in these countries may be more volatile and less liquid than securities issued in foreign countries with more developed economies or markets.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Capitalization Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund emphasizes small-, mid-, or large-cap stocks, it takes on the associated risks. Compared to small- and mid-cap companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to large-cap companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 33% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.33 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 160 496 855 1867 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20123 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in common stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* 0.2322 0.0385 -0.4574 0.3696 0.1864 -0.1167 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20124 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2376 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2347 2008-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1387 2012-09-30 <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q2 &#8217;09, 23.76%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Q3 &#8217;08, -23.47%</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.87%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1167 -0.0416 0.0222 -0.1195 -0.0527 0.0115 -0.0747 -0.0374 0.0163 -0.1173 -0.0426 0.0252 2005-06-17 2005-06-17 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20125 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees or expenses) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. The above performance is that of the Fund's Institutional Class. Because Institutional Class has lower expenses than Trust Class, its performance typically would have been better than that of Trust Class. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0124 0.0000 0.0033 0.0157 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20121 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20122 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007842Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) "Other expenses" are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year; actual expenses may vary. Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Large Cap Value Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of large-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell 1000 Value Index at the time of purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager looks for what he believes to be well-managed companies whose stock prices are undervalued. The Portfolio Manager seeks to identify companies with catalysts that he believes have the potential to improve the companies&#8217; earnings from depressed levels. Such catalysts may include: management changes, restructurings, new products, new services, or new markets. The Portfolio Manager may also look for other characteristics in a company, such as a strong market position relative to competitors, a high level of stock ownership among management, and a recent sharp decline in stock price that appears to be the result of a short-term market overreaction to negative news.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Although the Fund invests primarily in domestic stocks, it may also invest in stocks of foreign companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies and industries. However, at times, the Portfolio Manager may emphasize certain sectors or industries that he believes are undervalued relative to their historical valuations.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of large-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Mid- and Large-Cap Stock Risk</font>. Compared to smaller companies, large-cap companies may be less responsive to changes and opportunities. At times, the stocks of larger companies may lag other types of stocks in performance. The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Catalyst Risk.</font> Investing in companies with potential catalysts carries the risk that certain of such catalysts may not happen or the market may react differently than expected to such catalysts, in which case the Fund may experience losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font></font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses&#8221;.</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 171% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 1.71 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 108 337 585 1294 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20130 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks long-term growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. The index, which is described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, has characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Prior to April 2, 2012, the Fund had a policy of investing mainly in common stocks of mid- to large-capitalization companies. Its performance prior to that date might have been different if current policies had been in effect.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.2491 0.3566 0.1902 0.1781 0.1304 0.0984 -0.5206 0.5585 0.1520 -0.1146 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20131 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2825 2009-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.3284 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1252 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;09, 28.25%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -32.84%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.52%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.1146 -0.0350 0.0306 -0.1149 -0.0371 0.0283 -0.0741 -0.0294 0.0265 0.0039 -0.0264 0.0389 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20132 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0088 0.0010 0.0008 0.0106 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20128 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20129 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007840Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Growth Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in common stocks of mid-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell Midcap Index at the time of purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies, sectors and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager employs a disciplined investment strategy when selecting growth stocks. Using fundamental research and quantitative analysis, he looks for what he believes to be fast-growing companies with above-average sales and competitive returns on equity relative to their peers. In doing so, the Portfolio Manager analyzes such factors as: financial condition (such as debt to equity ratio); market share and competitive leadership of the company&#8217;s products; earnings growth relative to competitors; and market valuation in comparison to a stock&#8217;s own historical norms and the stocks of other mid-cap companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Manager may emphasize certain sectors that he believes will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in mid-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. 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Compared to larger companies, mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses&#8221;.</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 40% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 0.40 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 107 334 579 1283 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20137 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.3123 0.3055 0.1603 0.1307 0.1420 0.2126 -0.4114 0.2908 0.2779 0.0138 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20138 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1580 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2355 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1273 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 15.80%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -23.55%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.73%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* 0.0138 0.0360 0.0485 0.0137 0.0360 0.0485 0.0090 0.0309 0.0424 -0.0165 0.0244 0.0529 -0.0155 0.0141 0.0699 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20139 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. 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The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in "Descriptions of Indices" in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund's investment strategy. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0093 0.0000 0.0012 0.0105 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20135 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20136 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007850Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Mid Cap Intrinsic Value Fund (Formerly Neuberger Berman Regency Fund) PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities of mid-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell Midcap Value Index at the time of purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund&#8217;s strategy consists of using a bottom-up, fundamental research driven approach to identify stocks of companies that are trading below the Portfolio Manager&#8217;s estimate of their intrinsic value and that he believes have the potential for appreciation over time. 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Next, the Portfolio Manager establishes an estimate of a company&#8217;s intrinsic value. The Portfolio Manager will invest in a company based on its discount to his estimate of intrinsic value and his belief in its potential for appreciation over time. In addition, the Portfolio Manager may invest in anticipation of a catalyst that can be expected to close the value/price gap, such as a merger, restructuring, liquidation, spin-off, major management change, share repurchase, or capital reallocation. 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To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Mid-Cap Stock Risk.</font> The stocks of mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. 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The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Foreign Risk.</font> Foreign securities involve risks in addition to those associated with comparable U.S. securities. Additional risks include exposure to less developed or less efficient trading markets; social, political or economic instability; fluctuations in foreign currencies; nationalization or expropriation of assets; settlement, custodial or other operational risks; and less stringent auditing and legal standards. As a result, foreign securities can fluctuate more widely in price, and may also be less liquid, than comparable U.S. securities. World markets, or those in a particular region, may all react in similar fashion to important economic or political developments. In addition, foreign markets can perform differently than the U.S. market. Following the market turmoil of 2008-2009, some national economies continue to show profound instability, which may in turn affect their international trading partners.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Currency Risk.</font> Currency fluctuations could negatively impact investment gains or add to investment losses.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Value Stock Risk.</font> Value stocks may remain undervalued during a given period or may not ever realize their full value. This may happen, among other reasons, because of a failure to anticipate which stocks or industries would benefit from changing market or economic conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Catalyst Risk.</font> Investing in companies in anticipation of a catalyst carries the risk that certain of such catalysts may not happen or the market may react differently than expected to such catalysts, in which case the Fund may experience losses. Certain catalysts, such as companies emerging from, or restructuring as a result of, bankruptcy, carry additional risks and the securities of such companies may be more likely to lose value than the securities of more financially stable companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 118% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 1.18 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 127 397 686 1562 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20144 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.1169 0.3591 0.2220 0.1234 0.1139 0.0490 -0.4720 0.4824 0.2620 -0.0681 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20145 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.2577 2009-09-30 Worst quarter: -0.2823 2008-12-31 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1266 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;09, 25.77%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q4 &#8217;08, -28.23%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 12.66%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0681 -0.0070 0.0589 -0.0688 -0.0126 0.0533 -0.0435 -0.0067 0.0509 -0.0138 0.0004 0.0767 -0.0155 0.0141 0.0699 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20146 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in "Descriptions of Indices" in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund's investment strategy. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0095 0.0010 0.0056 0.0161 -0.0036 0.0125 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20142 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20143 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007846Member row primary compact * ~ 2022-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Small Cap Growth Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">To pursue its goal, the Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in common stocks of small-capitalization companies, which it defines as those with a total market capitalization within the market capitalization range of the Russell 2000 Index at the time of initial purchase.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks to reduce risk by diversifying among many companies, sectors and industries.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager employs a disciplined investment strategy when selecting growth stocks. Using fundamental research and quantitative analysis, he looks for what he believes to be fast-growing companies with above-average sales and competitive returns on equity relative to their peers. In doing so, the Portfolio Manager analyzes such factors as: financial condition (such as debt to equity ratio); market share and competitive leadership of the company&#8217;s products; earnings growth relative to competitors; and market valuation in comparison to a stock&#8217;s own historical norms and the stocks of other small-cap companies.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">At times, the Portfolio Manager may emphasize certain sectors that he believes will benefit from market or economic trends.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Portfolio Manager follows a disciplined selling strategy and may sell a stock when it reaches a target price, if a company&#8217;s business fails to perform as expected, or when other opportunities appear more attractive.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">In an effort to achieve its goal, the Fund may engage in active and frequent trading.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund may change its goal without shareholder approval, although it does not currently intend to do so. The Fund will not change its strategy of normally investing at least 80% of its net assets in small-capitalization companies, without providing shareholders at least 60 days&#8217; notice. This test is applied at the time the Fund invests; later percentage changes caused by a change in Fund assets, market values or company circumstances will not require the Fund to dispose of a holding.</font> </div> PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Most of the Fund&#8217;s performance depends on what happens in the stock market. The market&#8217;s behavior is unpredictable, particularly in the short term. There can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its goal.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The following factors can significantly affect the Fund&#8217;s performance:</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Market Volatility.</font> Markets are volatile and values of individual securities and other instruments can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, economic or other developments that may cause broad changes in market value. To the extent that the Fund sells a portfolio position before it reaches its market peak, it may miss out on opportunities for higher performance.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Issuer-Specific Risk.</font> The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Small- and Mid-Cap Stock Risk.</font> The stocks of small- and mid-cap companies are often more volatile and less liquid than the stocks of larger companies and may be more affected than other types of stocks by the underperformance of a sector or during market downturns. Compared to larger companies, small- and mid-cap companies may have a shorter history of operations, and may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. To the extent the Portfolio Manager commits a portion of the Fund&#8217;s assets to stocks of mid-cap companies, the Fund will be subject to their risks.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Growth Stock Risk.</font> Because the prices of most growth stocks are based on future expectations, these stocks tend to be more sensitive than value stocks to bad economic news and negative earnings surprises. Bad economic news or changing investor perceptions can negatively affect growth stocks across several industries and sectors simultaneously.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Sector Risk.</font> To the extent the Fund invests more heavily in particular sectors, its performance will be especially sensitive to developments that significantly affect those sectors. Individual sectors may move up and down more than the broader market. The several industries that constitute a sector may all react in the same way to economic, political or regulatory events.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">High Portfolio Turnover.</font> The Fund may engage in active and frequent trading and have a high portfolio turnover rate, which may increase the Fund&#8217;s transaction costs, may adversely affect the Fund&#8217;s performance and may generate a greater amount of capital gain distributions to shareholders than if the Fund had a low portfolio turnover rate.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Recent Market Conditions.</font> The financial crisis in the U.S. and many foreign economies over the past several years, including the European sovereign debt and banking crises, has resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign, and in the net asset values of many mutual funds, including to some extent the Fund. In addition, global economies and financial markets are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the possibilities that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. The severity or duration of adverse economic conditions may also be affected by policy changes made by governments or quasi-governmental organizations. Because the situation is widespread and largely unprecedented, it may be unusually difficult to identify both risks and opportunities using past models of the interplay of market forces, or to predict the duration of these market conditions.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">A decline in the Fund&#8217;s average net assets during the current fiscal year due to market volatility or other factors could cause the Fund&#8217;s expense ratios for the current fiscal year to be higher than the expense information presented in &#8220;Fees and Expenses.&#8221;</font> </div> The value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund is a mutual fund, not a bank deposit, and is not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Portfolio Turnover <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or &#8220;turns over&#8221; its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund&#8217;s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund&#8217;s portfolio turnover rate was 294% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </div> 2.94 Expense Example <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The expense example can help you compare costs among mutual funds. The example assumes that you invested $10,000 for the periods shown, that the Fund earned a hypothetical 5% total return each year, and that the Fund&#8217;s expenses were those in the table. Actual performance and expenses may be higher or lower.</font> </div> 143 443 766 1731 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20151 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ GOAL <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Fund seeks growth of capital.</font> </div> PERFORMANCE <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The bar chart and table below provide an indication of the risks of investing in the Fund. The bar chart shows how the Fund&#8217;s performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in &#8220;Descriptions of Indices&#8221; in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund&#8217;s investment strategy.</font> </div> <br/><div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. Visit www.nb.com or call 800-366-6264 for updated performance information.</font> </div> YEAR-BY-YEAR % RETURNS AS OF 12/31 EACH YEAR* -0.4450 0.3326 0.1614 0.1526 0.0784 0.2627 -0.4230 0.2290 0.1993 -0.0159 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20152 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ Best quarter: 0.1743 2003-06-30 Worst quarter: -0.2648 2002-09-30 Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 0.1386 2012-09-30 <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Best quarter:</font> Q2 &#8217;03, 17.43%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-WEIGHT: bold">Worst quarter:</font> Q3 &#8217;02, -26.48%</font> </div> <br/><div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Year-to-date performance as of 9/30/2012: 13.86%</font> </div> AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL % RETURNS AS OF 12/31/11* -0.0159 0.0111 0.0121 -0.0159 0.0111 0.0121 -0.0103 0.0095 0.0104 -0.0291 0.0209 0.0448 -0.0418 0.0015 0.0562 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20153 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ <div style="TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor&#8217;s tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares.</font> </div> After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. The bar chart shows how the Fund's performance has varied from year to year. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. Past performance (before and after taxes) is not a prediction of future results. The table next to the bar chart shows what the returns would equal if you averaged out actual performance over various lengths of time and compares the returns with the returns of a broad-based market index and an additional index. The indices, which are described in "Descriptions of Indices" in the prospectus, have characteristics relevant to the Fund's investment strategy. (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes) Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares may be higher than other returns for the same period due to a tax benefit of realizing a capital loss upon the sale of Fund shares. 800-366-6264 www.nb.com After-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. FEES AND EXPENSES <div style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.25; TEXT-INDENT: 0pt; DISPLAY: block; MARGIN-LEFT: 0pt; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0pt" align="left"> <font style="DISPLAY: inline; FONT-FAMILY: times new roman; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">These tables describe the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.</font> </div> 0.00 0.0125 0.0010 0.0042 0.0177 -0.0037 0.0140 ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleShareholderFees20149 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ ~ http://www.nb.com/20130128/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20150 column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact nbef_S000007839Member row primary compact * ~ 2022-08-31 Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a % of the value of your investment) Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Neuberger Berman Socially Responsive Fund PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES