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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM N-CSR

CERTIFIED SHAREHOLDER REPORT OF REGISTERED MANAGEMENT
INVESTMENT COMPANIES

Investment Company Act file number

811-04813

 

 

 

BNY Mellon Investment Funds I

 

 

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

c/o BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc.

240 Greenwich Street

New York, New York  10286

 

 

(Address of principal executive offices)        (Zip code)

 

 

 

 

 

Bennett A. MacDougall, Esq.

240 Greenwich Street

New York, New York  10286

 

 

(Name and address of agent for service)

 

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: 

(212) 922-6400

 

 

Date of fiscal year end:

 

09/30

 

Date of reporting period:

09/30/2020

 

 

 

 

             

The following N-CSR relates only to the Registrant's series listed below and does not relate to any series of the Registrant with a different fiscal year end and, therefore, different N-CSR reporting requirements.  A separate N-CSR will be filed for any series with a different fiscal year end, as appropriate.

 

BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund

BNY Mellon International Equity Fund

BNY Mellon Tax Sensitive Total Return Bond Fund

BNY Mellon Small/Mid Cap Growth Fund

BNY Mellon Small Cap Growth Fund

BNY Mellon Small Cap Value Fund

 

 


 

FORM N-CSR

Item 1.             Reports to Stockholders.

                       

 


 

BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund

 

ANNUAL REPORT

September 30, 2020

 

 

 

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The views expressed in this report reflect those of the portfolio manager(s) only through the end of the period covered and do not necessarily represent the views of BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. or any other person in the BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. organization. Any such views are subject to change at any time based upon market or other conditions and BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views may not be relied on as investment advice and, because investment decisions for a fund in the BNY Mellon Family of Funds are based on numerous factors, may not be relied on as an indication of trading intent on behalf of any fund in the BNY Mellon Family of Funds.

 

Not FDIC-Insured • Not Bank-Guaranteed • May Lose Value

 

Contents

THE FUND

FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Back Cover

 

       
 


BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund

 

The Fund

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF BNY MELLON INVESTMENT ADVISER, INC.

Dear Shareholder:

We are pleased to present this annual report for BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund, covering the 12-month period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. For information about how the fund performed during the reporting period, as well as general market perspectives, we provide a Discussion of Fund Performance on the pages that follow.

Accommodative rate policies from the U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) and progress towards a U.S./China trade deal stoked optimism about future economic growth prospects in the final months of 2019, fueling an equity rally. As the calendar year turned over, optimism turned to concern as COVID-19 spread across portions of Asia and Europe. When the virus reached the U.S. in March 2020, stocks became volatile. U.S. equities posted historic losses during the month due to investor concern over the economic impact of a widespread quarantine. Global central banks and governments launched emergency stimulus measures to support their respective economies, and equity valuations began to rebound, trending upward until the fall. Stocks stalled in September 2020, as concerns over a second wave of COVID-19, continued trade tensions and the U.S. Congress’ failure to pass additional financial assistance constrained equity valuations.

In fixed-income markets, interest rates were heavily influenced by changes in Fed policy and investor concern over COVID-19. In 2019, as stocks rallied in response to Fed rate cuts, risk-asset valuations also rose while Treasuries lagged. When COVID-19 began to emerge, a flight to quality ensued, and Treasury rates fell significantly. The Fed cut rates twice in March 2020, resulting in an overnight lending target rate of nearly zero, and the government launched a large stimulus package. Many governments and central banks around the globe followed suit. Risk-asset prices began to rebound, and bond indices generally rose until September 2020, when weakness in the U.S. corporate bond sector weighed on returns.

We believe the near-term outlook for the U.S. will be challenging, as the country continues to battle COVID-19. However, we think ongoing central bank responses may continue to support economic progress. As always, we will monitor relevant data for any signs of a change. We encourage you to discuss the risks and opportunities in today’s investment environment with your financial advisor.

Thank you for your continued confidence and support.

Sincerely,

Renee LaRoche-Morris
President
BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc.
October 15, 2020

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited)

For the period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, as provided by portfolio managers Julianne McHugh, Peter D. Goslin, CFA, Syed A. Zamil, CFA, and Chris Yao, CFA of Mellon Investments Corporation, Sub-Investment Adviser. Chris Yao was added to the portfolio management team in December 2019.

Market and Fund Performance Overview

For the 12-month period ended September 30, 2020, BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund’s Class A shares produced a total return of 17.12%, Class C shares returned 16.21%, Class I shares returned 17.71% and Class Y shares returned 17.84%.1 In comparison, the fund’s benchmark, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (the “Index”), produced a return of 10.54% for the same period.2

Emerging-markets stocks posted positive returns during the reporting period, amid a volatile environment due in part to COVID-19. The fund outperformed the Index, due to the BNY Mellon Global Emerging Markets Fund, an affiliated underlying fund, significantly outperforming its respective benchmark.

The Fund’s Investment Approach

The fund seeks long-term capital growth. To pursue its goal, the fund invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities (or other instruments with similar economic characteristics) of companies located, organized or with a majority of assets or business in countries considered to be emerging markets, including other investment companies that invest in such securities.

The fund uses a “manager-of-managers” approach by selecting one or more experienced investment managers to serve as sub-advisers to the fund. The fund also uses a “fund-of-funds” approach by investing in one or more underlying funds. The fund currently allocates its assets among the emerging-market equity strategies that are separately employed by: (i) Mellon Investments Corporation (Mellon), the fund’s sub-adviser, through its Active Equity portfolio management team (the Active Equity Strategy); (ii) Mellon through its Multi-Factor Equity portfolio management team (the Multi-Factor Equity Strategy); and (iii) BNY Mellon Global Emerging Markets Fund, an affiliated underlying fund, which is sub-advised by Newton Investment Limited (the Newton Fund). BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. determines the investment strategies and sets the target allocations. Effective June 15, 2020, the fund no longer invests in BNY Mellon Strategic Beta Emerging Markets Equity Fund.

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited) (continued)

COVID-19 and Central Bank Actions Drive Market Activity

Emerging markets rose very strongly in the final quarter of 2019. The global economic environment remained sluggish, but sentiment improved as China and the U.S. reached a ‘Phase One’ trade agreement. The People’s Bank of China cut its bank-funding rate but did not aggressively stimulate, in stark contrast to the U.S., where the slowdown led to rapid loosening of policy and a consequent spike in money-supply growth. The positive sentiment carried over into the new year; however, the strong emerging-market equity index gains that had accumulated by mid-January started to reverse, as optimism about the ‘Phase One’ U.S.-China trade agreement was replaced by growing fears over the potential impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 in China. By the end of March 2020, emerging markets, along with all global markets, had suffered substantial falls, as COVID-19 spread across the world, and many countries went into lockdown, essentially stalling large parts of the global economy.

Emerging markets staged a strong recovery in the second half of the review period, as monetary authorities continued their exceptional support to markets. Many central banks committed to a continued low rate policy. Some governments made financial assistance payments directly to citizens of their countries. The U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) began purchasing corporate debt directly in an effort to provide liquidity to fixed-income markets and support bond valuations. The market was also driven in large part by data in China pointing to a strong economic recovery. In India, where the market had over-discounted the short-term impact of the pandemic, the market subsequently rallied in hard currency terms. In contrast, South Africa and most Latin American markets were very weak in hard currency terms, as these more fragile economies struggled with the impact of the virus.

The Newton Fund Drives Positive Relative Results

The Newton Fund outpaced its benchmark by a comfortable margin. The strategy’s outperformance is attributed to the market rebound that began in late March 2020, having also shown far stronger drawdown characteristics than almost all peers through the difficult first quarter of 2020. At the sector level, the Newton fund benefited most from stock selection within the information technology, consumer discretionary and financials sectors. At a country level, the largest contribution has come from positioning in China, Hong Kong and South Korea. Top stock performers included Korean lithium-battery manufacturer Samsung SDI, which sustained its strong performance, supported by strong year-on-year sales growth of electric vehicles across Europe. Chinese solar energy manufacturer LONGi Green Energy Technology was also among the leading contributors, as was Meituan Dianping, China’s leading food and consumer service delivery platform, online tutoring provider GSX Techedu and Indian online food-delivery business Delivery Hero. Notable detractors for the period include an underweight to health care due to a void in pharmaceutical stocks. In addition, India-based consumer names such as cinema operator PVR, jeweler Titan and automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki underperformed. Brazilian travel company CVC was also a large detractor. Its stock price fell after its quarterly results were affected by additional news related to airline Avianca’s bankruptcy. We have since exited the position.

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Conversely, the Active Equity Strategy mildly underperformed the Index, in part due to security selection and allocation decisions within the health care and energy sectors. From a country perspective, selections among companies based in India, South Korea and Brazil provided the biggest headwind. Russia-based energy company Lukoil was among the leading individual detractors. The company suffered during the period due in part to the oil pricing conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Brazil-based financial company Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul also provided a headwind, as did India-based finance company Shriram Transport Finance. Better results were achieved elsewhere within the portfolio. Allocation and stock selection decisions within the information technology, materials and real estate sectors were positive. From a country standpoint, Taiwan, South Africa and Indonesia benefited results. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing was among the top contributors to results, as were Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings Limited, and South African materials company Sibanye Stillwater.

The Multi-Factor Equity Strategy lagged the Index in a period when investors rewarded growth stocks and generally penalized value and dividend-yielding stocks. This performance spread was particularly pronounced among emerging-markets names. Stock selection within the communication services and utilities sectors detracted, as did positions in companies based in South Africa and South Korea. South Africa-based wired-telecommunications company Telkom was among the leading detractors from relative results during the year. Other top detractors included Brazil-based meat processing company JBS. Conversely, the strategy benefited from stock selection within the materials and industrials sectors. Security choices among companies based in Brazil and India were also beneficial. Two Hong Kong-based companies were among the leading individual contributors to performance. They were health care company Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer and industrials company Sinotruk (Hong Kong). India-based pharmaceutical products company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories was also a leading contributor to returns.

Finding Opportunities in the Emerging Markets

We are cautiously optimistic on emerging-market equity growth opportunities as we move through the next several months. Some of emerging Asia, such as China, Taiwan and South Korea, have returned to pre-COVID operating levels. U.S. and other developed market policy will likely continue their accommodative monetary and fiscal policies, which can be supportive of a yield pickup in emerging markets. This may be supportive of currencies and may even reduce the discount rate for equities, particularly those with good structural growth opportunities.

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited) (continued)

Each of the fund’s underlying strategies and underlying funds employs its own distinctive approach to investing in emerging-market equities, and all report that they have continued to find opportunities that meet their investment criteria across a wide variety of markets and industry groups.

October 15, 2020

1 Total return includes reinvestment of dividends and any capital gains paid and does not take into consideration the maximum initial sales charge in the case of Class A shares, or the applicable contingent deferred sales charge imposed on redemptions in the case of Class C shares. Had these charges been reflected, returns would have been lower. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Share price and investment return fluctuate such that upon redemption, fund shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. The fund’s return reflects the absorption of certain fund expenses by BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. pursuant to an agreement in effect through January 31, 2021, at which time it may be extended, modified or terminated. Had these expenses not been absorbed, returns would have been lower.

2 Source: Lipper Inc. — The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. It reflects reinvestment of net dividends and, where applicable, capital gain distributions. Investors cannot invest directly in any index.

Please note: the position in any security highlighted with italicized typeface was sold during the reporting period.

The fund’s performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting investments in foreign companies. These special risks include exposure to currency fluctuations, less liquidity, less developed or less efficient trading markets, lack of comprehensive company information, political instability and differing auditing and legal standards. Investments in foreign currencies are subject to the risk that those currencies will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar, or, in the case of hedged positions, that the U.S. dollar will decline relative to the currency being hedged.

Emerging markets tend to be more volatile than the markets of more mature economies and generally have less diverse and less mature economic structures and less stable political systems than those of developed countries. The securities of companies located in emerging markets are often subject to rapid and large changes in price. An investment in this fund should be considered only as a supplement to a complete investment program for those investors willing to accept the greater risks associated with investing in emerging-market countries.

Recent market risks include pandemic risks related to COVID-19. The effects of COVID-19 have contributed to increased volatility in global markets and will likely affect certain countries, companies, industries and market sectors more dramatically than others. To the extent the fund may overweight its investments in certain countries, companies, industries or market sectors, such positions will increase the fund’s exposure to risk of loss from adverse developments affecting those countries, companies, industries or sectors.

The ability of the fund to achieve its investment goal depends, in part, on the ability of BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. to allocate effectively the fund’s assets among investment strategies, sub-advisers and underlying funds. There can be no assurance that the actual allocations will be effective in achieving the fund’s investment goal or that an investment strategy, sub-adviser or underlying fund will achieve its particular investment objective.

Each strategy of the sub-adviser makes investment decisions independently, and it is possible that the investment styles of the individual strategies of the sub-adviser may not complement one another. As a result, the fund’s exposure to a given stock, industry, sector, market capitalization, geographic area or investment style could unintentionally be greater or smaller than it would have been if the fund had a single investment strategy.

The risks of investing in other investment companies, including ETFs, typically reflect the risks associated with the types of instruments in which the investment companies and ETFs invest. When the fund or an underlying fund invests in another investment company or ETF, shareholders of the fund will bear indirectly their proportionate share of the expenses of the other investment company or ETF (including management fees) in addition to the expenses of the fund. ETFs are exchange-traded investment companies that are, in many cases, designed to provide investment results corresponding to an index. The value of the underlying securities can fluctuate in response to activities of individual companies or in response to general market and/or economic conditions.

The fund may, but is not required to, use derivative instruments. A small investment in derivatives could have a potentially large impact on the fund’s performance. The use of derivatives involves risks different from, or possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets.

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FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited)



Comparison of change in value of a $10,000 investment in Class A shares, Class C shares and Class I shares of BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund with a hypothetical investment of $10,000 in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (the “Index”)

 Source: Lipper Inc.

Past performance is not predictive of future performance.

The above graph compares a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in each of the Class A shares, Class C shares and Class I shares of BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund on 9/30/10 to a hypothetical investment of $10,000 made in the Index on that date. All dividends and capital gain distributions are reinvested.

The fund’s performance shown in the line graph above takes into account the maximum initial sales charge on Class A shares and all other applicable fees and expenses on Class A shares, Class C shares and Class I shares. The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. Unlike a mutual fund, the Index is not subject to charges, fees and other expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. Further information relating to fund performance, including expense reimbursements, if applicable, is contained in the Financial Highlights section of the prospectus and elsewhere in this report.

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FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited) (continued)

Comparison of change in value of a $1,000,000 investment in Class Y shares of BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund with a hypothetical investment of $1,000,000 in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index (the “Index”)

 Source: Lipper Inc.

†† The total return figures presented for Class Y shares of the fund reflect the performance of the fund’s Class I shares for the period prior to 1/31/14 (the inception date for Class Y shares).

Past performance is not predictive of future performance.

The above graph compares a hypothetical $1,000,000 investment made in Class Y shares of BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund on 9/30/10 to a hypothetical investment of $1,000,000 made in the Index on that date. All dividends and capital gain distributions are reinvested.

The fund’s performance shown in the line graph above takes into account all other applicable fees and expenses of the fund’s Class Y shares. The Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. Unlike a mutual fund, the Index is not subject to charges, fees and other expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. Further information relating to fund performance, including expense reimbursements, if applicable, is contained in the Financial Highlights section of the prospectus and elsewhere in this report.

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Average Annual Total Returns as of 9/30/2020

 

 

 

 

Inception

1 Year

5 Years

10 Years

Date

Class A shares

       

with maximum sales charge (5.75%)

3/31/09

10.37%

7.64%

1.70%

without sales charge

3/31/09

17.12%

8.92%

2.31%

Class C shares

       

with applicable redemption charge

3/31/09

15.21%

7.95%

1.48%

without redemption

3/31/09

16.21%

7.95%

1.48%

Class I shares

7/10/06

17.71%

9.41%

2.79%

Class Y shares

1/31/14

17.84%

9.50%

2.85%††

MSCI Emerging Markets Index

 

10.54%

8.97%

2.50%


 The maximum contingent deferred sales charge for Class C shares is 1% for shares redeemed within one year of the date of purchase.

†† The total return performance figures presented for Class Y shares of the fund reflect the performance of the fund’s Class I shares for the period prior to 1/31/14 (the inception date for Class Y shares).

The performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Share price and investment return fluctuate and an investor’s shares may be worth more or less than original cost upon redemption. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Go to www.bnymellonim.com/us for the fund’s most recent month-end returns.

The fund’s performance shown in the graphs and table does not reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on fund distributions or the redemption of fund shares. In addition to the performance of Class A shares shown with and without a maximum sales charge, the fund’s performance shown in the table takes into account all other applicable fees and expenses on all classes.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR FUND’S EXPENSES (Unaudited)

As a mutual fund investor, you pay ongoing expenses, such as management fees and other expenses. Using the information below, you can estimate how these expenses affect your investment and compare them with the expenses of other funds. You also may pay one-time transaction expenses, including sales charges (loads) and redemption fees, which are not shown in this section and would have resulted in higher total expenses. For more information, see your fund’s prospectus or talk to your financial adviser.

Review your fund’s expenses

The table below shows the expenses you would have paid on a $1,000 investment in BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020. It also shows how much a $1,000 investment would be worth at the close of the period, assuming actual returns and expenses.

             

Expenses and Value of a $1,000 Investment

 

Assume actual returns for the six months ended September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

Class C

Class I

Class Y

 

Expense paid per $1,000

$9.23

$13.67

$6.44

$5.73

 

Ending value (after expenses)

$1,382.10

$1,376.60

$1,384.90

$1,386.30

 

COMPARING YOUR FUND’S EXPENSES
WITH THOSE OF OTHER FUNDS
(Unaudited)

Using the SEC’s method to compare expenses

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has established guidelines to help investors assess fund expenses. Per these guidelines, the table below shows your fund’s expenses based on a $1,000 investment, assuming a hypothetical 5% annualized return. You can use this information to compare the ongoing expenses (but not transaction expenses or total cost) of investing in the fund with those of other funds. All mutual fund shareholder reports will provide this information to help you make this comparison. Please note that you cannot use this information to estimate your actual ending account balance and expenses paid during the period.

             

Expenses and Value of a $1,000 Investment

 

Assuming a hypothetical 5% annualized return for the six months ended September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

Class C

Class I

Class Y

 

Expense paid per $1,000

$7.82

$11.58

$5.45

$4.85

 

Ending value (after expenses)

$1,017.25

$1,013.50

$1,019.60

$1,020.20

 

†  Expenses are equal to the fund’s annualized expense ratio of 1.55% for Class A, 2.30% for Class C, 1.08% for Class I and .96% for Class Y, multiplied by the average account value over the period, multiplied by 183/366 (to reflect the one-half year period).

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STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS
September 30, 2020

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4%

         

Argentina - .2%

         

Globant

     

1,903

a

341,056

 

Brazil - 2.3%

         

B3 - Brasil Bolsa Balcao

     

41,300

 

405,359

 

Banco do Brasil

     

97,400

 

515,105

 

BB Seguridade Participacoes

     

35,600

 

154,422

 

BRF

     

5,600

a

18,328

 

CCR

     

140,100

 

317,825

 

Cia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo

     

27,000

 

224,956

 

Cia Siderurgica Nacional

     

34,000

 

99,955

 

EDP - Energias do Brasil

     

140,400

 

437,758

 

IRB Brasil Resseguros

     

10,900

 

14,537

 

JBS

     

30,100

 

110,894

 

Minerva

     

206,000

a

434,677

 

Tim Participacoes

     

93,400

 

216,540

 

Vale

     

44,600

 

469,992

 

WEG

     

17,800

 

207,258

 

YDUQS Participacoes

     

54,800

 

267,369

 
       

3,894,975

 

Chile - .2%

         

Enel Americas

     

2,875,949

 

373,659

 

Enel Generacion Chile

     

66,256

 

22,365

 
       

396,024

 

China - 24.9%

         

Agricultural Bank of China, Cl. H

     

793,000

 

248,294

 

Alibaba Group Holding, ADR

     

36,852

a

10,833,751

 

Anhui Conch Cement, Cl. H

     

176,700

 

1,221,704

 

ANTA Sports Products

     

44,200

 

458,078

 

BAIC Motor, Cl. H

     

851,500

b

348,944

 

Beijing Capital International Airport, Cl. H

     

131,700

 

79,373

 

CGN Power, Cl. H

     

671,000

b

138,005

 

China Coal Energy, Cl. H

     

116,400

 

28,431

 

China Construction Bank, Cl. H

     

2,777,000

 

1,808,417

 

China Everbright Bank, Cl. A

     

576,700

 

309,177

 

China Evergrande Group

     

39,000

 

99,716

 

China Life Insurance, Cl. H

     

187,100

 

424,678

 

China Medical System Holdings

     

323,100

 

358,613

 

China Merchants Bank, Cl. H

     

85,000

 

404,768

 

China Minsheng Banking, Cl. H

     

473,000

 

248,139

 

China National Building Material, Cl. H

     

206,300

 

261,235

 

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STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4% (continued)

         

China - 24.9% (continued)

         

China Pacific Insurance Group, Cl. H

     

145,500

 

415,700

 

China Resources Sanjiu Medical & Pharmaceutical, Cl. A

     

73,400

 

276,788

 

China Shenhua Energy, Cl. H

     

143,500

 

258,594

 

China Vanke, Cl. H

     

13,900

 

42,643

 

China Yangtze Power, Cl. A

     

141,100

 

397,427

 

Chongqing Rural Commercial Bank, Cl. H

     

232,000

 

85,551

 

CITIC

     

343,200

 

254,609

 

CNOOC

     

911,000

 

881,820

 

Country Garden Holdings

     

28,000

 

34,500

 

Country Garden Services Holdings

     

27,000

 

174,711

 

ENN Energy Holdings

     

53,100

 

579,301

 

Fosun International

     

121,100

 

141,545

 

Gree Electric Appliances of Zhuhai, Cl. A

     

35,200

 

276,646

 

GSX Techedu, ADR

     

689

a

62,086

 

Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Cl. H

     

404,500

 

210,880

 

JD.com, ADR

     

8,339

a

647,190

 

Kingdee International Software Group

     

12,000

 

31,186

 

Li Ning

     

24,500

 

114,963

 

Longfor Group Holdings

     

9,500

b

53,400

 

Meituan, Cl. B

     

68,400

a

2,151,130

 

Momo, ADR

     

10,332

 

142,168

 

NetEase, ADR

     

728

 

331,000

 

New China Life Insurance, Cl. H

     

209,900

 

791,785

 

NIO, ADR

     

6,859

a

145,548

 

PICC Property & Casualty, Cl. H

     

362,000

 

253,296

 

Pinduoduo, ADR

     

2,779

a

206,063

 

Ping An Insurance Group Company of China, Cl. H

     

207,500

 

2,140,618

 

Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer, Cl. H

     

36,800

 

73,726

 

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding, Cl. H

     

243,800

 

409,081

 

Sinopharm Group, Cl. H

     

104,800

 

222,441

 

Sinotruk Hong Kong

     

149,200

 

383,642

 

Tencent Holdings

     

145,400

 

9,682,677

 

Times China Holdings

     

230,000

 

319,939

 

Tingyi Cayman Islands Holding

     

171,800

 

304,534

 

Uni-President China Holdings

     

65,200

 

59,872

 

Vipshop Holdings, ADR

     

11,719

a

183,285

 

Weichai Power, Cl. H

     

215,000

 

433,462

 

Wuliangye Yibin, Cl. A

     

27,200

 

885,417

 

Yanzhou Coal Mining, Cl. H

     

416,000

 

310,047

 

Yihai International Holding

     

7,000

 

110,292

 

12

 

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4% (continued)

         

China - 24.9% (continued)

         

Yum China Holdings

     

1,630

a

86,309

 

Zhongsheng Group Holdings

     

88,200

 

554,361

 

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology, Cl. H

     

147,600

 

142,743

 
       

42,534,299

 

Colombia - .1%

         

Interconexion Electrica

     

22,922

 

122,067

 

Greece - .4%

         

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization

     

24,774

 

357,644

 

OPAP

     

42,982

 

407,664

 
       

765,308

 

Hong Kong - 2.1%

         

Bosideng International Holdings

     

196,500

 

61,158

 

China Mobile

     

45,500

 

292,504

 

China Overseas Land & Investment

     

31,000

 

78,182

 

China Resources Cement Holdings

     

364,000

 

499,303

 

China Resources Land

     

36,000

 

163,721

 

China Taiping Insurance Holdings

     

150,800

 

232,373

 

China Unicom Hong Kong

     

958,100

 

628,177

 

Galaxy Entertainment Group

     

52,000

 

351,955

 

Kingboard Laminates Holdings

     

107,000

 

147,305

 

Kunlun Energy

     

84,000

 

55,362

 

Nine Dragons Paper Holdings

     

77,000

a

96,805

 

Shanghai Industrial Holdings

     

96,000

 

127,945

 

Shanghai Industrial Urban Development Group

     

112,200

 

10,761

 

Shenzhen International Holdings

     

142,500

 

227,135

 

Shimao Group Holdings

     

131,000

 

544,390

 
       

3,517,076

 

Hungary - .2%

         

MOL Hungarian Oil & Gas

     

1,736

 

9,461

 

Richter Gedeon

     

13,068

 

275,872

 
       

285,333

 

India - 5.2%

         

ACC

     

27,815

 

527,686

 

Amara Raja Batteries

     

30,357

 

315,634

 

Aurobindo Pharma

     

5,810

 

62,965

 

Bajaj Finance

     

3,938

 

176,925

 

Bharti Airtel

     

6,518

 

37,332

 

Bharti Infratel

     

61,575

 

147,151

 

Cipla

     

3,848

 

40,593

 

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

     

7,147

 

502,849

 

Hero MotoCorp

     

8,422

 

360,639

 

13

 

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4% (continued)

         

India - 5.2% (continued)

         

Hindalco Industries

     

56,061

 

134,091

 

Hindustan Petroleum

     

129,014

 

317,690

 

Hindustan Unilever

     

31,992

 

898,686

 

Housing Development Finance

     

32,276

 

766,023

 

Infosys

     

79,576

 

1,099,376

 

ITC

     

94,064

 

219,054

 

Nestle India

     

744

 

160,599

 

Petronet LNG

     

109,707

 

329,141

 

REC

     

191,113

 

258,257

 

Reliance Industries

     

11,838

 

360,553

 

Shriram Transport Finance

     

35,328

 

298,941

 

Tata Consultancy Services

     

14,061

 

476,898

 

Tata Motors

     

153,665

a

279,902

 

Tech Mahindra

     

39,740

 

428,505

 

The Tata Power Company

     

34,032

 

24,623

 

UPL

     

54,507

 

373,589

 

Wipro

     

50,616

 

216,008

 
       

8,813,710

 

Indonesia - .5%

         

Gudang Garam

     

92,200

a

248,570

 

Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper

     

207,800

 

125,942

 

Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur

     

172,300

 

116,751

 

Indofood Sukses Makmur

     

648,800

 

312,599

 

XL Axiata

     

691,900

 

94,798

 
       

898,660

 

Malaysia - 1.0%

         

Hartalega Holdings

     

35,700

 

140,994

 

Malaysia Airports Holdings

     

134,700

 

154,329

 

MISC

     

185,300

 

334,336

 

RHB Bank

     

437,100

 

480,848

 

Sime Darby

     

354,200

 

212,555

 

Tenaga Nasional

     

100,900

 

255,081

 

Top Glove

     

92,200

 

186,246

 
       

1,764,389

 

Mexico - 1.7%

         

America Movil, Ser. L

     

1,282,700

 

801,125

 

Arca Continental

     

79,600

c

343,110

 

Coca-Cola Femsa

     

46,200

 

187,295

 

Fibra Uno Administracion

     

14,700

 

11,608

 

Gruma, Cl. B

     

35,615

 

394,138

 

Grupo Financiero Banorte, Cl. O

     

169,600

a

585,928

 

Grupo Mexico, Ser. B

     

83,300

 

212,022

 

14

 

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4% (continued)

         

Mexico - 1.7% (continued)

         

Wal-Mart de Mexico

     

157,800

 

377,595

 
       

2,912,821

 

Philippines - .5%

         

Aboitiz Equity Ventures

     

64,040

 

60,983

 

Ayala Land

     

52,000

 

31,860

 

Globe Telecom

     

7,170

 

307,630

 

International Container Terminal Services

     

174,050

 

395,077

 

Metro Pacific Investments

     

545,400

 

39,265

 

SM Prime Holdings

     

55,800

 

33,935

 
       

868,750

 

Poland - .4%

         

CD Projekt

     

1,613

a

174,374

 

KGHM Polska Miedz

     

6,835

 

208,174

 

Play Communications

     

36,085

b

360,480

 
       

743,028

 

Qatar - .2%

         

Ooredoo

     

75,380

 

138,336

 

The Commercial Bank

     

146,862

 

164,266

 
       

302,602

 

Russia - 2.0%

         

Lukoil, ADR

     

24,143

 

1,395,923

 

MMC Norilsk Nickel, ADR

     

7,904

 

190,028

 

Polyus

     

1,367

 

285,915

 

Sberbank of Russia, ADR

     

98,124

 

1,144,783

 

Sistema, GDR

     

3,967

 

21,224

 

Tatneft, ADR

     

1,592

 

56,877

 

X5 Retail Group, GDR

     

9,771

 

361,477

 
       

3,456,227

 

Saudi Arabia - 1.2%

         

Abdullah Al Othaim Markets

     

20,070

 

693,654

 

Al Rajhi Bank

     

9,034

 

158,322

 

Almarai

     

16,219

 

228,810

 

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance

     

6,533

a

214,022

 

Etihad Etisalat

     

46,269

a

352,409

 

Jarir Marketing

     

7,106

 

355,141

 

The Savola Group

     

7,787

 

99,689

 
       

2,102,047

 

South Africa - 2.3%

         

Anglo American Platinum

     

1,349

 

93,580

 

AngloGold Ashanti

     

457

 

11,939

 

Clicks Group

     

28,409

 

376,517

 

Growthpoint Properties

     

20,202

 

14,756

 

15

 

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4% (continued)

         

South Africa - 2.3% (continued)

         

Impala Platinum Holdings

     

54,682

 

474,514

 

Investec

     

103,650

 

195,091

 

Kumba Iron Ore

     

8,384

 

247,806

 

Mediclinic International

     

99,804

 

366,821

 

MTN Group

     

50,255

a

169,069

 

Naspers, Cl. N

     

3,643

 

642,540

 

Nedbank Group

     

30,645

 

184,016

 

Ninety One

     

38,528

a

101,096

 

Redefine Properties

     

24,122

 

3,468

 

Resilient REIT

     

2,745

 

6,032

 

Sibanye Stillwater

     

355,489

 

989,282

 
       

3,876,527

 

South Korea - 6.2%

         

BGF Retail

     

822

 

86,460

 

Celltrion

     

1,179

a

259,400

 

Daelim Industrial

     

3,930

 

259,824

 

DB Insurance

     

7,357

 

286,842

 

Doosan Bobcat

     

2,614

 

60,045

 

Hana Financial Group

     

11,946

 

284,314

 

Hyundai Glovis

     

1,790

 

223,925

 

Hyundai Mobis

     

6,743

 

1,324,531

 

Kakao

     

440

 

136,969

 

KB Financial Group

     

11,827

 

381,417

 

Kia Motors

     

3,671

 

149,606

 

Korea Investment Holdings

     

6,855

 

432,389

 

Korea Zinc

     

434

 

141,266

 

Kumho Petrochemical

     

4,828

 

449,253

 

NAVER

     

489

 

123,810

 

NCSoft

     

173

 

119,147

 

POSCO

     

2,591

 

435,444

 

Posco International

     

21,878

 

253,757

 

Samsung Biologics

     

94

a,b

55,416

 

Samsung Electronics

     

81,862

 

4,124,672

 

Samsung SDI

     

357

 

132,148

 

Samsung Securities

     

13,483

 

352,393

 

Shinhan Financial Group

     

21,161

 

492,105

 
       

10,565,133

 

Taiwan - 9.9%

         

Accton Technology

     

6,000

 

46,354

 

Asia Cement

     

258,000

 

370,829

 

Chailease Holding

     

316,895

 

1,439,885

 

Chicony Electronics

     

161,000

 

469,512

 

Feng Tay Enterprise

     

12,440

 

74,916

 

16

 

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Common Stocks - 63.4% (continued)

         

Taiwan - 9.9% (continued)

         

Hon Hai Precision Industry

     

99,000

 

265,035

 

Hotai Motor

     

5,000

 

111,574

 

Lite-On Technology

     

297,000

 

472,907

 

MediaTek

     

78,000

 

1,644,779

 

Micro-Star International

     

39,000

 

180,192

 

Nanya Technology

     

41,000

 

81,526

 

Powertech Technology

     

111,000

 

331,806

 

Realtek Semiconductor

     

29,000

 

371,190

 

Standard Foods

     

133,000

 

279,843

 

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

     

590,600

 

8,869,970

 

Uni-President Enterprises

     

100,000

 

216,206

 

United Microelectronics

     

249,000

 

244,065

 

Wistron

     

539,000

 

557,756

 

Wiwynn

     

11,000

 

249,856

 

Yageo

     

40,000

 

488,406

 

Zhen Ding Technology Holding

     

46,000

 

201,342

 
       

16,967,949

 

Thailand - .7%

         

Advanced Info Service

     

57,000

 

308,586

 

Advanced Info Service, NVDR

     

59,500

 

322,120

 

Krungthai Card

     

9,900

 

10,943

 

PTT Exploration & Production, NVDR

     

28,500

 

71,790

 

PTT, NVDR

     

89,800

 

90,854

 

Thai Oil

     

57,500

 

58,211

 

Thai Union Group, NVDR

     

94,300

 

41,719

 

Thanachart Capital

     

269,000

 

246,657

 
       

1,150,880

 

Turkey - .6%

         

BIM Birlesik Magazalar

     

56,662

 

510,349

 

Emlak Konut Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortakligi

     

17,218

 

3,852

 

Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari

     

344,021

 

420,875

 

KOC Holding

     

13,022

 

24,709

 

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri

     

56,496

 

111,059

 

Turkiye Vakiflar Bankasi, Cl. D

     

26,522

a

14,213

 
       

1,085,057

 

United Arab Emirates - .6%

         

Dubai Islamic Bank

     

807,081

 

953,323

 

Emaar Properties

     

36,166

a

27,513

 
       

980,836

 

Total Common Stocks (cost $84,920,592)

     

108,344,754

 

17

 

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

               
 

Description

     

Shares

 

Value ($)

 

Exchange-Traded Funds - .7%

         

United States - .7%

         

iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF
(cost $1,177,106)

     

26,490

c

1,167,944

 
   

Preferred Dividend
Yield (%)

         

Preferred Stocks - .5%

         

Brazil - .4%

         

Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Cl. B

 

5.50

 

116,000

 

245,596

 

Cia Paranaense de Energia

 

3.83

 

37,000

 

409,735

 
       

655,331

 

South Korea - .1%

         

Samsung Electronics

 

2.03

 

4,790

 

206,655

 

Total Preferred Stocks (cost $906,847)

     

861,986

 
   

1-Day
Yield (%)

         

Investment Companies - 33.9%

         

Registered Investment Companies - 33.9%

         

BNY Mellon Global Emerging Markets Fund, Cl. Y
(cost $33,789,331)

     

2,673,471

d

57,827,175

 
               

Investment of Cash Collateral for Securities Loaned - .0%

         

Registered Investment Companies - .0%

         

Dreyfus Institutional Preferred Government Plus Money Market Fund
(cost $21,750)

 

0.10

 

21,750

d

21,750

 

Total Investments (cost $120,815,626)

 

98.5%

 

168,223,609

 

Cash and Receivables (Net)

 

1.5%

 

2,595,917

 

Net Assets

 

100.0%

 

170,819,526

 


ADR—American Depository Receipt

ETF—Exchange-Traded Fund

GDR—Global Depository Receipt

NVDR—Non-Voting Depository Receipt

REIT—Real Estate Investment Trust

aNon-income producing security.

bSecurity exempt from registration pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933. These securities may be resold in transactions exempt from registration, normally to qualified institutional buyers. At September 30, 2020, these securities were valued at $956,245 or .56% of net assets.

cSecurity, or portion thereof, on loan. At September 30, 2020, the value of the fund’s securities on loan was $365,146 and the value of the collateral was $366,916, consisting of cash collateral of $21,750 and U.S. Government & Agency securities valued at $345,166.

dInvestment in affiliated issuer. The investment objective of this investment company is publicly available and can be found within the investment company’s prospectus.

18

 

   

Portfolio Summary (Unaudited)

Value (%)

Investment Companies

34.6

Retailing

9.1

Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

6.8

Media & Entertainment

6.3

Banks

5.8

Materials

4.9

Technology Hardware & Equipment

4.4

Insurance

2.9

Food, Beverage & Tobacco

2.8

Telecommunication Services

2.7

Energy

2.4

Diversified Financials

2.2

Utilities

1.8

Capital Goods

1.7

Automobiles & Components

1.5

Software & Services

1.5

Food & Staples Retailing

1.4

Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology & Life Sciences

1.1

Transportation

1.0

Real Estate

.9

Health Care Equipment & Services

.8

Consumer Services

.7

Consumer Durables & Apparel

.6

Household & Personal Products

.5

Commercial & Professional Services

.1

 

98.5

 Based on net assets.

See notes to financial statements.

19

 

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS IN AFFILIATED ISSUERS

             

Investment Companies

 

Value
9/30/2019 ($)

Purchases ($)

Sales ($)

Net Realized
Gain (Loss) ($)

Registered Investment Companies:

BNY Mellon Global Emerging Markets Fund, Cl. Y

 

69,050,412

4,452,219

 

(36,915,182)

7,520,115

BNY Mellon Strategic Beta Emerging Markets Equity Fund, Cl. Y

 

17,074,910

1,136,735

 

(16,288,856)

893,817

Investment of Cash Collateral for
Securities Loaned:

Dreyfus Institutional Preferred Government Plus Money Market Fund

 

582,162

14,364,820

 

(14,925,232)

-

Total

 

86,707,484

19,953,774

 

(68,129,270)

8,413,932

             

Investment Companies

 

Net Change in
Unrealized
Appreciation
(Depreciation) ($)

Value
9/30/2020 ($)

 

Net
Assets (%)

Dividends/
Distributions ($)

Registered Investment Companies:

BNY Mellon Global Emerging Markets Fund, Cl. Y

 

13,719,611

57,827,175

 

33.9

1,707,109

BNY Mellon Strategic Beta Emerging Markets Equity Fund, Cl. Y

 

(2,816,606)

-

 

-

557,292

Investment of Cash Collateral for
Securities Loaned:

Dreyfus Institutional Preferred Government Plus Money Market Fund

 

-

21,750

 

.0

-

Total

 

10,903,005

57,848,925

 

33.9

2,264,401

 Includes reinvested dividends/distributions.

See notes to financial statements.

20

 

STATEMENT OF FORWARD FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE CONTRACTS September 30, 2020 (Unaudited)

           

Counterparty/ Purchased
Currency

Purchased Currency
Amounts

Currency
Sold

Sold
Currency
Amounts

Settlement Date

Unrealized Appreciation ($)

Morgan Stanley

     

Mexican Peso

4,489,085

United States Dollar

200,798

10/1/2020

2,198

Gross Unrealized Appreciation

   

2,198

See notes to financial statements.

21

 

STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
September 30, 2020

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost

 

Value

 

Assets ($):

 

 

 

 

Investments in securities—See Statement of Investments
(including securities on loan, valued at $365,146)—Note 1(c):

 

 

 

Unaffiliated issuers

87,004,545

 

110,374,684

 

Affiliated issuers

 

33,811,081

 

57,848,925

 

Cash

 

 

 

 

12,870,628

 

Cash denominated in foreign currency

 

 

676,199

 

665,891

 

Dividends and securities lending income receivable

 

148,029

 

Receivable for investment securities sold

 

108,473

 

Receivable for shares of Beneficial Interest subscribed

 

89,273

 

Tax reclaim receivable

 

15,125

 

Unrealized appreciation on forward foreign
currency exchange contracts—Note 4

 

2,198

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

 

 

26,832

 

 

 

 

 

 

182,150,058

 

Liabilities ($):

 

 

 

 

Due to BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. and affiliates—Note 3(c)

 

145,534

 

Payable for investment securities purchased

 

10,745,567

 

Payable for shares of Beneficial Interest redeemed

 

353,390

 

Liability for securities on loan—Note 1(c)

 

21,750

 

Trustees’ fees and expenses payable

 

1,700

 

Foreign capital gains tax payable

 

166

 

Other accrued expenses

 

 

 

 

62,425

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,330,532

 

Net Assets ($)

 

 

170,819,526

 

Composition of Net Assets ($):

 

 

 

 

Paid-in capital

 

 

 

 

148,194,166

 

Total distributable earnings (loss)

 

 

 

 

22,625,360

 

Net Assets ($)

 

 

170,819,526

 

           

Net Asset Value Per Share

Class A

Class C

Class I

Class Y

 

Net Assets ($)

331,062

28,408

3,403,020

167,057,036

 

Shares Outstanding

12,871

1,184

133,356

6,538,050

 

Net Asset Value Per Share ($)

25.72

23.99

25.52

25.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See notes to financial statements.

 

 

 

 

 

22

 

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
Year Ended September 30, 2020

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment Income ($):

 

 

 

 

Income:

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends (net of $397,850 foreign taxes withheld at source):

 

Unaffiliated issuers

 

 

2,809,198

 

Affiliated issuers

 

 

2,264,401

 

Income from securities lending—Note 1(c)

 

 

6,351

 

Interest

 

 

1,541

 

Total Income

 

 

5,081,491

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

Investment advisory fee—Note 3(a)

 

 

1,232,387

 

Custodian fees—Note 3(c)

 

 

159,156

 

Professional fees

 

 

124,173

 

Administration fee—Note 3(a)

 

 

112,569

 

Registration fees

 

 

64,788

 

Trustees’ fees and expenses—Note 3(d)

 

 

19,292

 

Chief Compliance Officer fees—Note 3(c)

 

 

14,025

 

Prospectus and shareholders’ reports

 

 

10,929

 

Loan commitment fees—Note 2

 

 

6,804

 

Shareholder servicing costs—Note 3(c)

 

 

6,553

 

Interest expense—Note 2

 

 

589

 

Distribution fees—Note 3(b)

 

 

191

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

26,074

 

Total Expenses

 

 

1,777,530

 

Less—reduction in expenses due to undertaking—Note 3(a)

 

 

(244)

 

Net Expenses

 

 

1,777,286

 

Investment Income—Net

 

 

3,304,205

 

Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments—Note 4 ($):

 

 

Net realized gain (loss) on investments and foreign currency transactions:

 

 

Unaffiliated issuers

 

 

 

(4,061,845)

 

Affiliated issuers

 

 

 

8,413,932

 

Net realized gain (loss) on forward foreign currency exchange contracts

(74,387)

 

Net Realized Gain (Loss)

 

 

4,277,700

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments
and foreign currency transactions:

 

 

Unaffiliated issuers

 

 

 

8,813,914

 

Affiliated issuers

 

 

 

10,903,005

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on
forward foreign currency exchange contracts

2,300

 

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

 

 

19,719,219

 

Net Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments

 

 

23,996,919

 

Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

 

27,301,124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See notes to financial statements.

         

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STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS

                   

 

 

 

 

Year Ended September 30,

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

Operations ($):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income—net

 

 

3,304,205

 

 

 

3,386,078

 

Net realized gain (loss) on investments

 

4,277,700

 

 

 

(5,022,533)

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation
(depreciation) on investments

 

19,719,219

 

 

 

(2,048,951)

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets
Resulting from Operations

27,301,124

 

 

 

(3,685,406)

 

Distributions ($):

 

Distributions to shareholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

 

 

(4,209)

 

 

 

(225)

 

Class C

 

 

(230)

 

 

 

-

 

Class I

 

 

(85,164)

 

 

 

(42,914)

 

Class Y

 

 

(4,635,350)

 

 

 

(2,456,868)

 

Total Distributions

 

 

(4,724,953)

 

 

 

(2,500,007)

 

Beneficial Interest Transactions ($):

 

Net proceeds from shares sold:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

 

 

37,178

 

 

 

295,186

 

Class I

 

 

4,071,189

 

 

 

4,407,958

 

Class Y

 

 

32,168,702

 

 

 

49,904,492

 

Distributions reinvested:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

 

 

4,103

 

 

 

219

 

Class C

 

 

140

 

 

 

-

 

Class I

 

 

74,367

 

 

 

41,912

 

Class Y

 

 

708,904

 

 

 

392,592

 

Cost of shares redeemed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

 

 

(64,475)

 

 

 

(475,599)

 

Class C

 

 

-

 

 

 

(3,471)

 

Class I

 

 

(4,837,945)

 

 

 

(5,054,192)

 

Class Y

 

 

(93,223,924)

 

 

 

(65,125,772)

 

Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets
from Beneficial Interest Transactions

(61,061,761)

 

 

 

(15,616,675)

 

Total Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets

(38,485,590)

 

 

 

(21,802,088)

 

Net Assets ($):

 

Beginning of Period

 

 

209,305,116

 

 

 

231,107,204

 

End of Period

 

 

170,819,526

 

 

 

209,305,116

 

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Year Ended September 30,

 

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

Capital Share Transactions (Shares):

 

Class A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares sold

 

 

1,516

 

 

 

14,044

 

Shares issued for distributions reinvested

 

 

167

 

 

 

10

 

Shares redeemed

 

 

(2,835)

 

 

 

(21,120)

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Shares Outstanding

(1,152)

 

 

 

(7,066)

 

Class C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares issued for distributions reinvested

 

 

6

 

 

 

-

 

Shares redeemed

 

 

-

 

 

 

(177)

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Shares Outstanding

6

 

 

 

(177)

 

Class Ia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares sold

 

 

175,581

 

 

 

198,897

 

Shares issued for distributions reinvested

 

 

3,055

 

 

 

2,057

 

Shares redeemed

 

 

(222,389)

 

 

 

(231,289)

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Shares Outstanding

(43,753)

 

 

 

(30,335)

 

Class Ya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares sold

 

 

1,549,992

 

 

 

2,314,163

 

Shares issued for distributions reinvested

 

 

29,113

 

 

 

19,254

 

Shares redeemed

 

 

(4,304,456)

 

 

 

(3,025,870)

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Shares Outstanding

(2,725,351)

 

 

 

(692,453)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the period ended September 30, 2020, 166,105 Class Y shares representing $3,853,381 were exchanged for 166,268 Class I shares and during the period ended September 30, 2019, 184,848 Class Y shares representing $4,091,696 were exchanged for 185,016 Class I shares.

 

See notes to financial statements.

               

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

The following tables describe the performance for each share class for the fiscal periods indicated. All information (except portfolio turnover rate) reflects financial results for a single fund share. Total return shows how much your investment in the fund would have increased (or decreased) during each period, assuming you had reinvested all dividends and distributions. These figures have been derived from the fund’s financial statements.

                 
       
   
 

Year Ended September 30,

Class A Shares

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

Per Share Data ($):

           

Net asset value, beginning of period

 

22.25

22.69

24.18

19.92

17.23

Investment Operations:

           

Investment income—neta

 

.21

.13

.19

.02

.02

Net realized and unrealized
gain (loss) on investments

 

3.59

(.55)

(1.50)

4.26

2.72

Total from Investment Operations

 

3.80

(.42)

(1.31)

4.28

2.74

Distributions:

           

Dividends from investment
income—net

 

(.33)

(.02)

(.18)

(.02)

(.08)

Proceeds from redemption
fees—Note 3(e)

 

.00b

.00b

.00b

.00b

.03

Net asset value, end of period

 

25.72

22.25

22.69

24.18

19.92

Total Return (%)c

 

17.12

(1.87)

(5.50)

21.48

16.20

Ratios/Supplemental Data (%):

           

Ratio of total expenses
to average net assetsd

 

1.62

1.51

1.26

1.28

1.39

Ratio of net expenses
to average net assetsd

 

1.55

1.51

1.26

1.27

1.39

Ratio of net investment income
to average net assetsd

 

.89

.60

.77

.08

.10

Portfolio Turnover Rate

 

47.02

44.24

41.37

50.35

62.91

Net Assets, end of period ($ x 1,000)

 

331

312

479

901

949


a
 Based on average shares outstanding.

b Amount represents less than $.01 per share.

c Exclusive of sales charge.

d Amount does not include the expenses of the underlying funds.

See notes to financial statements.

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Year Ended September 30,

Class C Shares

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

Per Share Data ($):

           

Net asset value, beginning of period

 

20.81

21.37

22.85

18.98

16.50

Investment Operations:

           

Investment income (loss)—neta

 

.03

.04

(.11)

(.16)

(.13)

Net realized and unrealized
gain (loss) on investments

 

3.35

(.60)

(1.37)

4.03

2.58

Total from Investment Operations

 

3.38

(.56)

(1.48)

3.87

2.45

Distributions:

           

Dividends from investment
income—net

 

(.20)

-

-

-

-

Proceeds from redemption
fees—Note 3(e)

 

.00b

.00b

.00b

.00b

.03

Net asset value, end of period

 

23.99

20.81

21.37

22.85

18.98

Total Return (%)c

 

16.21

(2.62)

(6.48)

20.39

15.03

Ratios/Supplemental Data (%):

           

Ratio of total expenses
to average net assetsd

 

2.51

2.27

2.59

2.32

2.23

Ratio of net expenses
to average net assetsd

 

2.30

2.27

2.26

2.25

2.23

Ratio of net investment income (loss)
to average net assetsd

 

.15

.21

(.47)

(.83)

(.74)

Portfolio Turnover Rate

 

47.02

44.24

41.37

50.35

62.91

Net Assets, end of period ($ x 1,000)

 

28

25

29

28

64


a
 Based on average shares outstanding.

b Amount represents less than $.01 per share.

c Exclusive of sales charge.

d Amount does not include the expenses of the underlying funds.

See notes to financial statements.

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (continued)

               
     
   
 

Year Ended September 30,

Class I Shares

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

Per Share Data ($):

           

Net asset value, beginning of period

 

22.11

22.66

24.13

19.86

17.16

Investment Operations:

           

Investment income—neta

 

.36

.33

.32

.13

.02

Net realized and unrealized
gain (loss) on investments

 

3.54

(.64)

(1.52)

4.22

2.75

Total from Investment Operations

 

3.90

(.31)

(1.20)

4.35

2.77

Distributions:

           

Dividends from investment
income—net

 

(.49)

(.24)

(.27)

(.08)

(.10)

Proceeds from redemption
fees—Note 3(e)

 

.00b

.00b

.00b

.00b

.03

Net asset value, end of period

 

25.52

22.11

22.66

24.13

19.86

Total Return (%)

 

17.71

(1.26)

(5.10)

22.05

16.45

Ratios/Supplemental Data (%):

           

Ratio of total expenses
to average net assetsc

 

1.01

.90

.89

.95

1.11

Ratio of net expenses
to average net assetsc

 

1.01

.90

.89

.94

1.11

Ratio of net investment income
to average net assetsc

 

1.53

1.49

1.26

.57

.12

Portfolio Turnover Rate

 

47.02

44.24

41.37

50.35

62.91

Net Assets, end of period ($ x 1,000)

 

3,403

3,916

4,700

3,550

1,207


a
 Based on average shares outstanding.

b Amount represents less than $.01 per share.

c Amount does not include the expenses of the underlying funds.

See notes to financial statements.

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Year Ended September 30,

 

Class Y Shares

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

Per Share Data ($):

           

Net asset value,
beginning of period

 

22.14

22.69

24.16

19.90

17.18

Investment Operations:

           

Investment income—neta

 

.39

.35

.31

.13

.07

Net realized and unrealized
gain (loss) on investments

 

3.53

(.63)

(1.50)

4.23

2.74

Total from Investment Operations

 

3.92

.28

1.19

4.36

2.81

Distributions:

           

Dividends from investment
income—net

 

(.51)

(.27)

(.28)

(.10)

(.12)

Proceeds from redemption
fees—Note 3(e)

 

.00b

.00b

.00b

.00b

.03

Net asset value, end of period

 

25.55

22.14

22.69

24.16

19.90

Total Return (%)

 

17.84

(1.15)

(5.06)

22.06

16.64

Ratios/Supplemental Data (%):

           

Ratio of total expenses
to average net assetsc

 

.91

.82

.80

.86

1.01

Ratio of net expenses
to average net assetsc

 

.91

.82

.80

.85

1.01

Ratio of net investment income
to average net assetsc

 

1.71

1.59

1.24

.61

.42

Portfolio Turnover Rate

 

47.02

44.24

41.37

50.35

62.91

Net Assets, end of period ($ x 1,000)

 

167,057

205,052

225,899

213,397

147,926


a
 Based on average shares outstanding.

b Amount represents less than $.01 per share.

c Amount does not include the expenses of the underlying funds.

See notes to financial statements.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

NOTE 1—Significant Accounting Policies:

BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund (the “fund”) is a separate diversified series of BNY Mellon Investment Funds I (the “Trust”), which is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”), as an open-end management investment company and operates as a series company currently offering seven series, including the fund. The fund’s investment objective is to seek long-term growth of capital. BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. (the “Adviser”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (“BNY Mellon”), serves as the fund’s investment adviser. Mellon Investments Corporation (the “Sub-Adviser”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNY Mellon and an affiliate of the Adviser, serves as the fund’s sub-investment adviser.

The Trust’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) approved, effective December 31, 2019 (the “Effective Date”), the termination of the fund’s authorized Class T shares. Prior to the Effective Date, the fund did not offer such Class T shares for purchase.

As of June 15, 2020, the fund no longer invests a portion of its assets in BNY Mellon Strategic Beta Emerging Markets Equity Fund, an affiliated underlying fund.

BNY Mellon Securities Corporation (the “Distributor”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adviser, is the distributor of the fund’s shares. The fund is authorized to issue an unlimited number of $.001 par value shares of Beneficial Interest in each of the following classes of shares: Class A, Class C, Class I and Class Y. Class A and Class C shares are sold primarily to retail investors through financial intermediaries and bear Distribution and/or Shareholder Services Plan fees. Class A shares generally are subject to a sales charge imposed at the time of purchase. Class C shares are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge (“CDSC”) imposed on Class C shares redeemed within one year of purchase. Class C shares automatically convert to Class A shares ten years after the date of purchase, without the imposition of a sales charge. Class I shares are sold primarily to bank trust departments and other financial service providers (including The Bank of New York Mellon, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon and an affiliate of the Adviser, and its affiliates), acting on behalf of customers having a qualified trust or an investment account or relationship at such institution, and bear no Distribution or Shareholder Services Plan fees. Class Y shares are sold at net asset value per share generally to institutional investors, and bear no Distribution or Shareholder Services

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Plan fees. Class I and Class Y shares are offered without a front-end sales charge or CDSC. Other differences between the classes include the services offered to and the expenses borne by each class, the allocation of certain transfer agency costs, and certain voting rights. Income, expenses (other than expenses attributable to a specific class), and realized and unrealized gains or losses on investments are allocated to each class of shares based on its relative net assets.

The Trust accounts separately for the assets, liabilities and operations of each series. Expenses directly attributable to each series are charged to that series’ operations; expenses which are applicable to all series are allocated among them on a pro rata basis.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) is the exclusive reference of authoritative U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities. Rules and interpretive releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under authority of federal laws are also sources of authoritative GAAP for SEC registrants. The fund is an investment company and applies the accounting and reporting guidance of the FASB ASC Topic 946 Financial Services-Investment Companies. The fund’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP, which may require the use of management estimates and assumptions. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

The Trust enters into contracts that contain a variety of indemnifications. The fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown. The fund does not anticipate recognizing any loss related to these arrangements.

As of September 30, 2020, MBC Investments Corp., an indirect subsidiary of BNY Mellon, held 460 Class C shares of the fund.

(a) Portfolio valuation: The fair value of a financial instrument is the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (i.e., the exit price). GAAP establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs of valuation techniques used to measure fair value. This hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements).

Additionally, GAAP provides guidance on determining whether the volume and activity in a market has decreased significantly and whether such a decrease in activity results in transactions that are not orderly.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

GAAP requires enhanced disclosures around valuation inputs and techniques used during annual and interim periods.

Various inputs are used in determining the value of the fund’s investments relating to fair value measurements. These inputs are summarized in the three broad levels listed below:

Level 1—unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical investments.

Level 2—other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.).

Level 3—significant unobservable inputs (including the fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments).

The inputs or methodology used for valuing securities are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in those securities.

Changes in valuation techniques may result in transfers in or out of an assigned level within the disclosure hierarchy. Valuation techniques used to value the fund’s investments are as follows:

Investments in equity securities are valued at the last sales price on the securities exchange or national securities market on which such securities are primarily traded. Securities listed on the National Market System for which market quotations are available are valued at the official closing price or, if there is no official closing price that day, at the last sales price. For open short positions, asked prices are used for valuation purposes. Bid price is used when no asked price is available. Registered investment companies that are not traded on an exchange are valued at their net asset value. All of the preceding securities are generally categorized within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.

Securities not listed on an exchange or the national securities market, or securities for which there were no transactions, are valued at the average of the most recent bid and asked prices. These securities are generally categorized within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

Fair valuing of securities may be determined with the assistance of a pricing service using calculations based on indices of domestic securities and other appropriate indicators, such as prices of relevant ADRs and futures. Utilizing these techniques may result in transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

When market quotations or official closing prices are not readily available, or are determined not to accurately reflect fair value, such as when the

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value of a security has been significantly affected by events after the close of the exchange or market on which the security is principally traded (for example, a foreign exchange or market), but before the fund calculates its net asset value, the fund may value these investments at fair value as determined in accordance with the procedures approved by the Board. Certain factors may be considered when fair valuing investments such as: fundamental analytical data, the nature and duration of restrictions on disposition, an evaluation of the forces that influence the market in which the securities are purchased and sold, and public trading in similar securities of the issuer or comparable issuers. These securities are either categorized within Level 2 or 3 of the fair value hierarchy depending on the relevant inputs used.

For securities where observable inputs are limited, assumptions about market activity and risk are used and such securities are generally categorized within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy.

Investments denominated in foreign currencies are translated to U.S. dollars at the prevailing rates of exchange.

Forward foreign currency exchange contracts (“forward contracts”) are valued at the forward rate and are generally categorized within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

The following is a summary of the inputs used as of September 30, 2020 in valuing the fund’s investments:

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

           
 

Level 1 - Unadjusted Quoted Prices

Level 2 - Other Significant Observable Inputs

 

Level 3 - Significant Unobservable Inputs

Total

Assets ($)

     

Investments in Securities:

     

Equity Securities –
Common Stocks

20,304,343

88,040,411

††

-

108,344,754

Equity Securities -
Preferred Stocks

655,331

206,655

††

-

861,986

Exchange-Traded Funds

1,167,944

-

 

-

1,167,944

Investment Companies

57,848,925

-

 

-

57,848,925

Other Financial Instruments:

     

Forward Foreign Currency
Exchange Contracts†††

-

2,198

 

-

2,198


 See Statement of Investments for additional detailed categorizations, if any.

†† Securities classified within Level 2 at period end as the values were determined pursuant to the fund’s fair valuation procedures.

††† Amount shown represents unrealized appreciation (depreciation) at period end, but only variation margin on exchnaged traded and centrally cleared derivatives, if any, are reported in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

(b) Foreign currency transactions: The fund does not isolate that portion of the results of operations resulting from changes in foreign exchange rates on investments from the fluctuations arising from changes in the market prices of securities held. Such fluctuations are included with the net realized and unrealized gain or loss on investments.

Net realized foreign exchange gains or losses arise from sales of foreign currencies, currency gains or losses realized on securities transactions between trade and settlement date, and the difference between the amounts of dividends, interest and foreign withholding taxes recorded on the fund’s books and the U.S. dollar equivalent of the amounts actually received or paid. Net unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses arise from changes in the value of assets and liabilities other than investments resulting from changes in exchange rates. Foreign currency gains and losses on foreign currency transactions are also included with net realized and unrealized gain or loss on investments.

Foreign Taxes: The fund may be subject to foreign taxes (a portion of which may be reclaimable) on income, stock dividends, realized and unrealized capital gains on investments or certain foreign currency transactions. Foreign taxes are recorded in accordance with the fund’s understanding of the applicable foreign tax regulations and rates that exist in the foreign jurisdictions in which the fund invests. These foreign taxes, if any, are paid by the fund and are reflected in the Statement of

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Operations. Foreign taxes payable or deferred as of September 30, 2020, if any, are disclosed in the fund’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

(c) Securities transactions and investment income: Securities transactions are recorded on a trade date basis. Realized gains and losses from securities transactions are recorded on the identified cost basis. Dividend income is recognized on the ex-dividend date and interest income, including, where applicable, accretion of discount and amortization of premium on investments, is recognized on the accrual basis.

Pursuant to a securities lending agreement with The Bank of New York Mellon, the fund may lend securities to qualified institutions. It is the fund’s policy that, at origination, all loans are secured by collateral of at least 102% of the value of U.S. securities loaned and 105% of the value of foreign securities loaned. Collateral equivalent to at least 100% of the market value of securities on loan is maintained at all times. Collateral is either in the form of cash, which can be invested in certain money market mutual funds managed by the Adviser, or U.S. Government and Agency securities. The fund is entitled to receive all dividends, interest and distributions on securities loaned, in addition to income earned as a result of the lending transaction. Should a borrower fail to return the securities in a timely manner, The Bank of New York Mellon is required to replace the securities for the benefit of the fund or credit the fund with the market value of the unreturned securities and is subrogated to the fund’s rights against the borrower and the collateral. Additionally, the contractual maturity of security lending transactions are on an overnight and continuous basis. During the period ended September 30, 2020, The Bank of New York Mellon earned $1,258 from the lending of the fund’s portfolio securities, pursuant to the securities lending agreement.

(d) Affiliated issuers: Investments in other investment companies advised by the Adviser are considered “affiliated” under the Act.

(e) Risk: Investing in foreign markets may involve special risks and considerations not typically associated with investing in the U.S. These risks include revaluation of currencies, high rates of inflation, repatriation restrictions on income and capital, and adverse political, economic developments and public health conditions. Moreover, securities issued in these markets may be less liquid, subject to government ownership controls and delayed settlements, and their prices may be more volatile than those of comparable securities in the U.S. In addition, turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and/or fixed income markets may negatively affect many issuers, which could adversely affect the fund. Global economies and financial markets are becoming

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increasingly interconnected, and conditions and events in one country, region or financial market may adversely impact issuers in a different country, region or financial market. These risks may be magnified if certain events or developments adversely interrupt the global supply chain; in these and other circumstances, such risks might affect companies worldwide. Recent examples include pandemic risks related to COVID-19 and aggressive measures taken world-wide in response by governments, including closing borders, restricting international and domestic travel, and the imposition of prolonged quarantines of large populations, and by businesses, including changes to operations and reducing staff. To the extent the fund may overweight its investments in certain countries, companies, industries or market sectors, such positions will increase the fund’s exposure to risk of loss from adverse developments affecting those countries, companies, industries or sectors.

(f) Dividends and distributions to shareholders: Dividends and distributions are recorded on the ex-dividend date. Dividends from investment income-net and dividends from net realized capital gains, if any, are normally declared and paid annually, but the fund may make distributions on a more frequent basis to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). To the extent that net realized capital gains can be offset by capital loss carryovers, it is the policy of the fund not to distribute such gains. Income and capital gain distributions are determined in accordance with income tax regulations, which may differ from GAAP.

(g) Federal income taxes: It is the policy of the fund to continue to qualify as a regulated investment company, if such qualification is in the best interests of its shareholders, by complying with the applicable provisions of the Code, and to make distributions of taxable income and net realized capital gain sufficient to relieve it from substantially all federal income and excise taxes.

As of and during the period ended September 30, 2020, the fund did not have any liabilities for any uncertain tax positions. The fund recognizes interest and penalties, if any, related to uncertain tax positions as income tax expense in the Statement of Operations. During the period ended September 30, 2020, the fund did not incur any interest or penalties.

Each tax year in the four-year period ended September 30, 2020 remains subject to examination by the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.

At September 30, 2020, the components of accumulated earnings on a tax basis were as follows: undistributed ordinary income $883,319,

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accumulated capital losses $22,277,630 and unrealized appreciation $44,019,671.

The fund is permitted to carry forward capital losses for an unlimited period. Furthermore, capital loss carryovers retain their character as either short-term or long-term capital losses.

The accumulated capital loss carryover is available for federal income tax purposes to be applied against future net realized capital gains, if any, realized subsequent to September 30, 2020. The fund has $20,864,082 of short-term capital losses and $1,413,548 of long-term capital losses which can be carried forward for an unlimited period.

The tax character of distributions paid to shareholders during the fiscal periods ended September 30, 2020 and September 30, 2019 were as follows: ordinary income $4,724,953 and $2,500,007, respectively.

NOTE 2—Bank Lines of Credit:

The fund participates with other long-term open-end funds managed by the Adviser in a $823.5 million unsecured credit facility led by Citibank, N.A. (the “Citibank Credit Facility”) and a $300 million unsecured credit facility provided by The Bank of New York Mellon (the “BNYM Credit Facility”), each to be utilized primarily for temporary or emergency purposes, including the financing of redemptions (each, a “Facility”). The Citibank Credit Facility is available in two tranches: (i) Tranche A is in an amount equal to $688.5 million and is available to all long-term open-ended funds, including the fund, and (ii) Tranche B is an amount equal to $135 million and is available only to BNY Mellon Floating Rate Income Fund, a series of BNY Mellon Investment Funds IV, Inc. Prior to September 30, 2020, the Citibank Credit Facility was $927 million with Tranche A available in an amount equal to $747 million and Tranche B available in an amount equal to $180 million. Prior to March 11, 2020, the Citibank Credit Facility was $1.030 billion with Tranche A available in an amount equal to $830 million and Tranche B available in an amount equal to $200 million. In connection therewith, the fund has agreed to pay its pro rata portion of commitment fees for Tranche A of the Citibank Credit Facility and the BNYM Credit Facility. Interest is charged to the fund based on rates determined pursuant to the terms of the respective Facility at the time of borrowing.

The average amount of borrowings outstanding under the Facilities during the period ended September 30, 2020 was approximately $56,011 with a related weighted average annualized interest rate of 1.05%.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

NOTE 3—Investment Advisory Fee, Sub-Investment Advisory Fee, Administration Fee and Other Transactions with Affiliates:

(a) Pursuant to an investment advisory agreement with the Adviser, the fund has agreed to pay an investment advisory fee at the annual rate of 1.10% of the value of the fund’s average daily net assets other than assets allocated to investments in other investment companies (other underlying funds, which may consist of affiliated funds, mutual funds and exchange traded funds) and is payable monthly. Therefore the fund’s investment advisory fee will fluctuate based on the fund’s allocation between underlying and direct investments. The Adviser has also contractually agreed, from October 1, 2019 through January 31, 2021, to waive receipt of its fees and/or assume the direct expenses of the fund, so that the expenses of none of the classes (excluding Rule 12b-1 Distribution Plan fees, Shareholder Services Plan fees, taxes, interest expense, brokerage commissions, commitment fees on borrowings, and extraordinary expenses) exceed 1.30% of the value of the fund’s average daily net assets. On or after January 31, 2021, the Adviser, Inc. may terminate this expense limitation at any time. Because “acquired fund fees and expenses” are incurred indirectly by the fund as a result of its investment in underlying funds, such fees and expenses are not included in the expense limitation. The reduction in expenses, pursuant to the undertaking, amounted to $244 during the period ended September 30, 2020.

Pursuant to separate sub-investment advisory agreements between the Adviser and the Sub-Adviser, the Sub-Adviser serves as the fund’s sub-investment adviser responsible for the day-to-day management of a portion of the fund’s portfolio. The Adviser pays the sub-investment adviser a monthly fee at an annual percentage of the value of the fund’s average daily net assets. The Adviser has obtained an exemptive order from the SEC (the “Order”), upon which the fund may rely, to use a manager of managers approach that permits the Adviser, subject to certain conditions and approval by the Board, to enter into and materially amend sub-investment advisory agreements with one or more sub-investment advisers who are either unaffiliated with the Adviser or are wholly-owned subsidiaries (as defined under the Act) of the Adviser’s ultimate parent company, BNY Mellon, without obtaining shareholder approval. The Order also allows the fund to disclose the sub-investment advisory fee paid by the Adviser to any unaffiliated sub-investment adviser in the aggregate with other unaffiliated sub-investment advisers in documents filed with the SEC and provided to shareholders. In addition, pursuant to the Order, it is not necessary to disclose the sub-investment advisory fee payable by the Adviser separately to a sub-investment adviser that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BNY Mellon in documents filed with the SEC and provided

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to shareholders; such fees are to be aggregated with fees payable to the Adviser. The Adviser has ultimate responsibility (subject to oversight by the Board) to supervise any sub-investment adviser and recommend the hiring, termination, and replacement of any sub-investment adviser to the Board.

The fund has a Fund Accounting and Administrative Services Agreement (the “Administration Agreement”) with the Adviser, whereby the Adviser performs administrative, accounting and recordkeeping services for the fund. The fund has agreed to compensate the Adviser for providing accounting and recordkeeping services, administration, compliance monitoring, regulatory and shareholder reporting, as well as related facilities, equipment and clerical help. The fee is based on the fund’s average daily net assets and computed at the following annual rates: .10% of the first $500 million, .065% of the next $500 million and .02% in excess of $1 billion.

In addition, after applying any expense limitations or fee waivers that reduce the fees paid to the Adviser for this service, the Adviser has contractually agreed in writing to waive any remaining fees for this service to the extent that they exceed both the Adviser’ costs in providing these services and a reasonable allocation of the costs incurred by the Adviser and its affiliates related to the support and oversight of these services. The fund also reimburses the Adviser for the out-of-pocket expenses incurred in performing this service for the fund. Pursuant to the Administration Agreement, the fund was charged $112,569 during the period ended September 30, 2020.

During the period ended September 30, 2020, the Distributor retained $1 from commissions earned on sales of the fund’s Class A shares.

(b) Under the Distribution Plan adopted pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Act, Class C shares pay the Distributor for distributing its shares at an annual rate of .75% of the value of its average daily net assets. During the period ended September 30, 2020, Class C shares were charged $191 pursuant to the Distribution Plan.

(c) Under the Shareholder Services Plan, Class A and Class C shares pay the Distributor at an annual rate of .25% of the value of their average daily net assets for the provision of certain services. The services provided may include personal services relating to shareholder accounts, such as answering shareholder inquiries regarding the fund and providing reports and other information, and services related to the maintenance of shareholder accounts. The Distributor may make payments to Service Agents (securities dealers, financial institutions or other industry

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

professionals) with respect to these services. The Distributor determines the amounts to be paid to Service Agents. During the period ended September 30, 2020, Class A and Class C shares were charged $749 and $64, respectively, pursuant to the Shareholder Services Plan.

Under its terms, the Distribution Plan and Shareholder Services Plan shall remain in effect from year to year, provided such continuance is approved annually by a vote of a majority of those Trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Trust and who have no direct or indirect financial interest in the operation of or in any agreement related to the Distribution Plan or Shareholder Services Plan.

The fund has an arrangement with the transfer agent whereby the fund may receive earnings credits when positive cash balances are maintained, which are used to offset transfer agency fees. For financial reporting purposes, the fund includes net earnings credits, if any, as an expense offset in the Statement of Operations.

The fund has an arrangement with the custodian whereby the fund will receive interest income or be charged an overdraft fees when cash balances are maintained. For financial reporting purposes, the fund includes this interest income and overdraft fees, if any, as interest income in the Statement of Operations.

The fund compensates BNY Mellon Transfer, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Adviser, under a transfer agency agreement for providing transfer agency and cash management services for the fund. The majority of transfer agency fees are comprised of amounts paid on a per account basis, while cash management fees are related to fund subscriptions and redemptions. During the period ended September 30, 2020, the fund was charged $3,218 for transfer agency services. These fees are included in Shareholder servicing costs in the Statement of Operations.

The fund compensates The Bank of New York Mellon under a custody agreement for providing custodial services for the fund. These fees are determined based on net assets, geographic region and transaction activity. During the period ended September 30, 2020, the fund was charged $159,156 pursuant to the custody agreement.

During the period ended September 30, 2020, the fund was charged $14,025 for services performed by the Chief Compliance Officer and his staff. These fees are included in Chief Compliance Officer fees in the Statement of Operations.

The components of “Due to BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. and affiliates” in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities consist of: investment

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advisory fees of $91,754, administration fees of 9,721, Distribution Plan fees of $17, Shareholder Services Plan fees of $75, custodian fees of $40,000, Chief Compliance Officer fees of $3,410 and transfer agency fees of $592, which are offset against an expense reimbursement currently in effect in the amount of $35.

(d) Each Board member also serves as a Board member of other funds in the BNY Mellon Family of Funds complex. Annual retainer fees and attendance fees are allocated to each fund based on net assets.

(e) A 2% redemption fee is charged and retained by the fund on certain shares redeemed within sixty days following the date of issuance subject to certain exceptions, including redemptions made through use of the fund’s exchange privilege. During the period ended September 30, 2020, redemption fees charged and retained by the fund amounted to $2,929. Effective on December 13, 2019, the fund will no longer assess a redemption fee on redemptions or exchanges of fund shares. The fund reserves the right to reimpose a redemption fee in the future, upon appropriate notice.

NOTE 4—Securities Transactions:

The aggregate amount of purchases and sales of investment securities, excluding short-term securities and forward contracts, during the period ended September 30, 2020, amounted to $89,305,951 and $150,058,359, respectively.

Derivatives: A derivative is a financial instrument whose performance is derived from the performance of another asset. The fund enters into International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. Master Agreements or similar agreements (collectively, “Master Agreements”) with its over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivative contract counterparties in order to, among other things, reduce its credit risk to counterparties. Master Agreements include provisions for general obligations, representations, collateral and events of default or termination. Under a Master Agreement, the fund may offset with the counterparty certain derivative financial instruments’ payables and/or receivables with collateral held and/or posted and create one single net payment in the event of default or termination.

Each type of derivative instrument that was held by the fund during the period ended September 30, 2020 is discussed below.

Derivatives: A derivative is a financial instrument whose performance is derived from the performance of another asset. Each type of derivative instrument that was held by the fund during the period ended September 30, 2020 is discussed below.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (continued)

Forward Foreign Currency Exchange Contracts: The fund enters into forward contracts in order to hedge its exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates on its foreign portfolio holdings, to settle foreign currency transactions or as a part of its investment strategy. When executing forward contracts, the fund is obligated to buy or sell a foreign currency at a specified rate on a certain date in the future. With respect to sales of forward contracts, the fund incurs a loss if the value of the contract increases between the date the forward contract is opened and the date the forward contract is closed. The fund realizes a gain if the value of the contract decreases between those dates. With respect to purchases of forward contracts, the fund incurs a loss if the value of the contract decreases between the date the forward contract is opened and the date the forward contract is closed. The fund realizes a gain if the value of the contract increases between those dates. Any realized or unrealized gains or losses which occurred during the period are reflected in the Statement of Operations. The fund is exposed to foreign currency risk as a result of changes in value of underlying financial instruments. The fund is also exposed to credit risk associated with counterparty nonperformance on these forward contracts, which is generally limited to the unrealized gain on each open contract. This risk may be mitigated by Master Agreements, if any, between the fund and the counterparty and the posting of collateral, if any, by the counterparty to the fund to cover the fund’s exposure to the counterparty. Forward contracts open at September 30, 2020 are set forth in the Statement of Forward Foreign Currency Exchange Contracts.

The provisions of ASC Topic 210 “Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities” require disclosure on the offsetting of financial assets and liabilities. These disclosures are required for certain investments, including derivative financial instruments subject to Master Agreements which are eligible for offsetting in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities and require the fund to disclose both gross and net information with respect to such investments. For financial reporting purposes, the fund does not offset derivative assets and derivative liabilities that are subject to Master Agreements in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

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At September 30, 2020, derivative assets and liabilities (by type) on a gross basis are as follows:

           

Derivative Financial Instruments:

 

Assets ($)

 

Liabilities ($)

 

Forward contracts

 

2,198

 

-

 

Total gross amount of derivative

 

 

 

 

 

assets and liabilities in the

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of Assets and Liabilities

 

2,198

 

-

 

Derivatives not subject to

 

 

 

 

 

Master Agreements

 

-

 

-

 

Total gross amount of assets

 

 

 

 

 

and liabilities subject to

 

 

 

 

 

Master Agreements

 

2,198

 

-

 

The following table present derivative assets net of amounts available for offsetting under Master Agreements and net of related collateral received or pledged, if any, as of September 30, 2020:

             

 

 

 

Financial

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruments

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Derivatives

 

 

 

 

Gross Amount of

 

Available

Collateral

 

Net Amount of

Counterparty

Assets ($)

1

for Offset ($)

Received ($)

 

Assets ($)

Morgan Stanley

2,198

 

-

-

 

2,198

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Absent a default event or early termination, OTC derivative assets and liabilities are presented at gross amounts and are not offset in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities.

The following summarizes the average market value of derivatives outstanding during the period ended September 30, 2020:

     

 

 

Average Market Value ($)

Forward contracts

 

208,044

 

 

 

At September 30, 2020, the cost of investments for federal income tax purposes was $124,193,382; accordingly, accumulated net unrealized appreciation on investments inclusive of derivative contracts was $44,032,425, consisting of $55,226,981 gross unrealized appreciation and $11,194,556 gross unrealized depreciation.

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Shareholders of the Fund and Board of Trustees of
BNY Mellon Investment Funds I:

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statement of assets and liabilities of BNY Mellon Diversified Emerging Markets Fund (the “Fund”), a series of BNY Mellon Investment Funds I, including the statements of investments and forward foreign currency exchange contracts, as of September 30, 2020, the statement of investments in affiliated issuers as of and for the year then ended, the related statement of operations for the year then ended, the statements of changes in net assets for each of the years in the two-year period then ended, and the related notes (collectively, the financial statements), and the financial highlights for each of the years in the five-year period then ended. In our opinion, the financial statements and financial highlights present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Fund as of September 30, 2020, the results of its operations for the year then ended, the changes in its net assets for each of the years in the two-year period then ended, and the financial highlights for each of the years in the five-year period then ended, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements and financial highlights are the responsibility of the Fund’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and financial highlights based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Fund in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements and financial highlights are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements and financial highlights, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements and financial highlights. Such procedures also included confirmation of securities owned as of September 30, 2020, by correspondence with the custodian, transfer agent and brokers or by other appropriate auditing procedures when replies from brokers were not received. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements and financial highlights. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

We have served as the auditor of one or more BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. investment companies since 1994.

New York, New York
November 24, 2020

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IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION (Unaudited)

For federal tax purposes, the fund elects to provide each shareholder with their portion of the fund’s income sourced from foreign countries and taxes paid from foreign countries. The fund reports the maximum amount allowable but not less than $6,067,708 as income sourced from foreign countries for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020 in accordance with Section 853(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code and also, the fund reports the maximum amount allowable but not less than $396,883 as taxes paid from foreign countries for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020 in accordance with Section 853(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Where required by federal tax rules, shareholders will receive notification of their proportionate share of foreign sourced income and foreign taxes paid for the 2020 calendar year with Form 1099-DIV which will be mailed in early 2021. Also, the fund reports the maximum amount allowable, but not less than $5,099,481 as ordinary income dividends paid during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020 as qualified dividend income in accordance with Section 854(b)(1)(B) Section 852(b)(3)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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LIQUIDITY RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (Unaudited)

Effective June 1, 2019, the fund adopted a liquidity risk management program (the “Liquidity Risk Management Program”) pursuant to the requirements of Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Rule 22e-4 requires registered open-end funds, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds but not money market funds, to establish liquidity risk management programs in order to effectively manage fund liquidity and shareholder redemptions. The rule is designed to mitigate the risk that a fund could not meet redemption requests without significantly diluting the interests of remaining investors.

The rule requires the funds to assess, manage and review their liquidity risk at least annually considering applicable factors such as investment strategy and liquidity during normal and foreseeable stressed conditions, including whether the strategy is appropriate for an open-end fund and whether the fund has a relatively concentrated portfolio or large positions in particular issuers. The fund must also assess its use of borrowings and derivatives, short-term and long-term cash flow projections in normal and stressed conditions, holdings of cash and cash equivalents, and borrowing arrangements and other funding sources.

The rule also requires the fund to classify its investments as highly liquid, moderately liquid, less liquid or illiquid based on the number of days the fund expects it would take to liquidate the investment, and to review these classifications at least monthly or more often under certain conditions. The periods range from three or fewer business days for a highly liquid investment to greater than seven calendar days for settlement of a less liquid investment. Illiquid investments are those a fund does not expect to be able to sell or dispose of within seven calendar days without significantly changing the market value. The fund is prohibited from acquiring an investment if, after the acquisition, its holdings of illiquid assets will exceed 15% of its net assets. In addition, if a fund permits redemptions in-kind, the rule requires the fund to establish redemption in-kind policies and procedures governing how and when it will engage in such redemptions.

Pursuant to the rule’s requirements, the Liquidity Risk Management Program has been reviewed and approved by the fund’s board. Furthermore, the board has received a written report prepared by the Program’s Administrator that addresses the operation of the Program, assesses its adequacy and effectiveness and describes any material changes made to the Program.

Assessment of Program

In the opinion of the Program Administrator, the Program approved by the fund board continues to be adequate for the fund and the Program has been implemented effectively. The Program Administrator has monitored the fund’s liquidity risk and the liquidity classification of the securities held by the fund and has determined that the Program is operating effectively.

During the period from June 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, there were no material changes to the Program and no material liquidity events that impacted the fund. During the period, the fund held sufficient highly liquid assets to meet fund redemptions.

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Under normal expected foreseeable fund redemption forecasts and foreseeable stressed fund redemption forecasts, the Program Administrator believes that the fund maintains sufficient highly liquid assets to meet expected fund redemptions.

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BOARD MEMBERS INFORMATION (Unaudited)
INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBERS

Joseph S. DiMartino (76)
Chairman of the Board (2008)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Director or Trustee of funds in the BNY Mellon Family of Funds and certain other entities (as described in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information) (1995-Present)

Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5 Years:

· CBIZ, Inc., a public company providing professional business services, products and solutions, Director (1997-Present)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 110

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Francine J. Bovich (69)
Board Member (2011)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Trustee, The Bradley Trusts, private trust funds (2011-Present)

Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5 Years:

· Annaly Capital Management, Inc., a real estate investment trust, Director (2014-Present)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 67

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Andrew J. Donohue (70)
Board Member (2019)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling LLP (2017-2019)

· Chief of Staff to the Chair of the SEC (2015-2017)

· Managing Director and Investment Company General Counsel of Goldman Sachs (2012-2015)

Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5 Years:

· Oppenheimer Funds (58 funds), Director (2017-2019)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 53

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Kenneth A. Himmel (74)
Board Member (2008)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Managing Partner, Gulf Related, an international real estate development company (2010-Present)

· President and CEO, Related Urban Development, a real estate development company (1996-Present)

· CEO, American Food Management, a restaurant company (1983-Present)

· President and CEO, Himmel & Company, a real estate development company (1980-Present)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 22

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Stephen J. Lockwood (73)
Board Member (2008)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Chairman of the Board, Stephen J. Lockwood and Company LLC, a real estate investment company (2000-Present)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 22

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Roslyn M. Watson (70)
Board Member (2008)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Principal, Watson Ventures, Inc., a real estate investment company (1993-Present)

Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5 Years:

· American Express Bank, FSB, Director (1993-2018)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 53

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BOARD MEMBERS INFORMATION (Unaudited) (continued)
INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBERS (continued)

Benaree Pratt Wiley (74)
Board Member (2008)
Principal Occupation During Past 5 Years:

· Principal, The Wiley Group, a firm specializing in strategy and business development (2005-Present)

Other Public Company Board Memberships During Past 5 Years:

· CBIZ, Inc., a public company providing professional business services, products and solutions, Director (2008-Present)

· Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Massachusetts (2004-Present)

No. of Portfolios for which Board Member Serves: 71

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Once elected all Board Members serve for an indefinite term, but achieve Emeritus status upon reaching age 80. The address of the Board Members and Officers is c/o BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. 240 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10286. Additional information about the Board Members is available in the fund’s Statement of Additional Information which can be obtained from the Adviser free of charge by calling this toll free number: 1-800-373-9387.

James M. Fitzgibbons, Emeritus Board Member

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OFFICERS OF THE FUND (Unaudited)

RENEE LAROCHE-MORRIS, President since May 2019.

President and a director of BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. since January 2018. She is an officer of 61 investment companies (comprised of 110 portfolios) managed by the Adviser. She is 49 years old and has been an employee of BNY Mellon since 2003.

JAMES WINDELS, Treasurer since December 2008.

Director-BNY Mellon Fund Administration, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 62 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since April 1985.

BENNETT A. MACDOUGALL, Chief Legal Officer since October 2015.

Chief Legal Officer of the Adviser and Associate General Counsel and Managing Director of BNY Mellon since June 2015; Director and Associate General Counsel of Deutsche Bank–Asset & Wealth Management Division from June 2005 to June 2015, and as Chief Legal Officer of Deutsche Investment Management Americas Inc. from June 2012 to May 2015. He is an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 49 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since June 2015.

DAVID DIPETRILLO, Vice President since May 2019.

Head of North America Product, BNY Mellon Investment Management since January 2018, Director of Product Strategy, BNY Mellon Investment Management from January 2016 to December 2017; Head of US Retail Product and Channel Marketing, BNY Mellon Investment Management from January 2014 to December 2015. He is an officer of 62 investment companies (comprised of 118 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 42 years old and has been an employee of BNY Mellon since 2005.

JAMES BITETTO, Vice President since December 2008 and Secretary since February 2018.

Senior Managing Counsel of BNY Mellon since December 2019; Managing Counsel of BNY Mellon from April 2014 to December 2019; Secretary of the Adviser, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 54 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since December 1996.

SONALEE CROSS, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since March 2018.

Counsel of BNY Mellon since October 2016; Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP from April 2016 to September 2016; Attorney at EnTrust Capital from August 2015 to February 2016; Associate at Sidley Austin LLP from September 2013 to August 2015. She is an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. She is 32 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since October 2016.

DEIRDRE CUNNANE, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since March 2019.

Counsel of BNY Mellon since August 2018; Senior Regulatory Specialist at BNY Mellon Investment Management Services from February 2016 to August 2018; Trustee Associate at BNY Mellon Trust Company (Ireland) Limited from August 2013 to February 2016. She is an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. She is 30 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since August 2018.

SARAH S. KELLEHER, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since April 2014.

Managing Counsel of BNY Mellon since December 2017, Senior Counsel of BNY Mellon from March 2013 to December 2017. She is an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. She is 45 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since March 2013.

JEFF PRUSNOFSKY, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since December 2008.

Senior Managing Counsel of BNY Mellon, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 55 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since October 1990.

AMANDA QUINN, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since March 2020.

Counsel of BNY Mellon since June 2019; Regulatory Administration Manager at BNY Mellon Investment Management Services from September 2018 to May 2019; Senior Regulatory Specialist at BNY Mellon Investment Management Services from April 2015 to August 2018. She is an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. She is 35 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since June 2019.

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OFFICERS OF THE FUND (Unaudited) (continued)

PETER M. SULLIVAN, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since March 2019.

Managing Counsel of BNY Mellon since March 2009, Senior Counsel of BNY Mellon from April 2004 to March 2009, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 52 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since January 2019.

NATALYA ZELENSKY, Vice President and Assistant Secretary since March 2017.

Managing Counsel of BNY Mellon since December 2019; Counsel of BNY Mellon from May 2016 to December 2019; Attorney at Wildermuth Endowment Strategy Fund/Wildermuth Advisory, LLC from November 2015 to May 2016 and Assistant General Counsel at RCS Advisory Services from July 2014 to November 2015. She is an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. She is 35 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since May 2016.

GAVIN C. REILLY, Assistant Treasurer since December 2005.

Tax Manager-BNY Mellon Fund Administration, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 52 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since April 1991.

ROBERT S. ROBOL, Assistant Treasurer since December 2008.

Senior Accounting Manager-BNY Mellon Fund Administration, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 56 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since October 1988.

ROBERT SALVIOLO, Assistant Treasurer since December 2008.

Senior Accounting Manager–BNY Mellon Fund Administration, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 53 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since June 1989.

ROBERT SVAGNA, Assistant Treasurer since December 2008.

Senior Accounting Manager–BNY Mellon Fund Administration, and an officer of 63 investment companies (comprised of 141 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. He is 53 years old and has been an employee of the Adviser since November 1990.

JOSEPH W. CONNOLLY, Chief Compliance Officer since December 2008.

Chief Compliance Officer of the Adviser, the BNY Mellon Family of Funds and BNY Mellon Funds Trust (62 investment companies, comprised of 133 portfolios). He is 63 years old and has served in various capacities with the Adviser since 1980, including manager of the firm’s Fund Accounting Department from 1997 through October 2001.

CARIDAD M. CAROSELLA, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer since January 2016.

Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer of the BNY Mellon Family of Funds and BNY Mellon Funds Trust since January 2016; from May 2015 to December 2015, Interim Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer of the BNY Mellon Family of Funds and BNY Mellon Funds Trust and the Distributor; from January 2012 to May 2015, AML Surveillance Officer of the Distributor. She is an officer of 56 investment companies (comprised of 134 portfolios) managed by the Adviser or an affiliate of the Adviser. She is 52 years old and has been an employee of the Distributor since 1997.

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BNY Mellon International Equity Fund

 

ANNUAL REPORT

September 30, 2020

 

 

 

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BNY Mellon International Equity Fund

 

The Fund

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF BNY MELLON INVESTMENT ADVISER, INC.

Dear Shareholder:

We are pleased to present this annual report for BNY Mellon International Equity Fund, covering the 12-month period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. For information about how the fund performed during the reporting period, as well as general market perspectives, we provide a Discussion of Fund Performance on the pages that follow.

Accommodative rate policies from the U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) and progress towards a U.S./China trade deal stoked optimism about future economic growth prospects in the final months of 2019, fueling an equity rally. As the calendar year turned over, optimism turned to concern as COVID-19 spread across portions of Asia and Europe. When the virus reached the U.S. in March 2020, stocks became volatile. U.S. equities posted historic losses during the month due to investor concern over the economic impact of a widespread quarantine. Global central banks and governments launched emergency stimulus measures to support their respective economies, and equity valuations began to rebound, trending upward until the fall. Stocks stalled in September 2020, as concerns over a second wave of COVID-19, continued trade tensions and the U.S. Congress’ failure to pass additional financial assistance constrained equity valuations.

In fixed-income markets, interest rates were heavily influenced by changes in Fed policy and investor concern over COVID-19. In 2019, as stocks rallied in response to Fed rate cuts, risk-asset valuations also rose while Treasuries lagged. When COVID-19 began to emerge, a flight to quality ensued, and Treasury rates fell significantly. The Fed cut rates twice in March 2020, resulting in an overnight lending target rate of nearly zero, and the government launched a large stimulus package. Many governments and central banks around the globe followed suit. Risk-asset prices began to rebound, and bond indices generally rose until September 2020, when weakness in the U.S. corporate bond sector weighed on returns.

We believe the near-term outlook for the U.S. will be challenging, as the country continues to battle COVID-19. However, we think ongoing central bank responses may continue to support economic progress. As always, we will monitor relevant data for any signs of a change. We encourage you to discuss the risks and opportunities in today’s investment environment with your financial advisor.

Thank you for your continued confidence and support.

Sincerely,

Renee LaRoche-Morris
President
BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc.
October 15, 2020

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited)

For the period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, as provided by portfolio managers Paul Markham and Jeff Munroe, of Newton Investment Management Limited, Sub-Investment Adviser

Market and Fund Performance Overview

For the 12-month period ended September 30, 2020, BNY Mellon International Equity Fund’s Class A shares produced a total return of 6.31%, Class C shares returned 5.47%, Class I shares returned 6.53% and Class Y shares returned 6.58%.1,2 In comparison, the fund’s benchmark, the MSCI EAFE Index (the “Index”), produced a net return of 0.49% for the same period.3

International equity indices generally provided muted returns over the reporting period, amid a volatile environment fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic effects. The fund outperformed the Index, primarily due to stock selection within the consumer discretionary and information technology sectors.

The Fund’s Investment Approach

The fund seeks long-term growth of capital. To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in common stocks or securities convertible into common stocks of foreign companies and depositary receipts evidencing ownership in such securities. At least 75% of the fund’s net assets will be invested in countries represented in the Index.

The core of the investment philosophy of Newton Investment Management Limited (“Newton”), the fund’s sub-investment adviser, is the belief that no company, market or economy can be considered in isolation; each must be understood within a global context. Newton believes that a global comparison of companies is the most effective method of stock analysis, and Newton’s global analysts research investment opportunities by global sector rather than by region.

The process begins by identifying a core list of investment themes that Newton believes will positively or negatively affect certain sectors or industries and cause stocks within these sectors or industries to outperform or underperform others. Newton then identifies specific companies, using these investment themes, to help focus on areas where thematic and strategic research indicates superior returns are likely to be achieved. Sell decisions for individual stocks will typically be a result of one or more of the following: a change in investment theme or strategy, profit-taking, a significant change in the prospects of a company, price movement and market activity creating an extreme valuation, and the valuation of a company becoming expensive against its peers.

Central Bank Policy and Disease Influence Markets

International equities gained over the end of 2019, as investor optimism regarding trade and future economic growth prospects bolstered sentiment. After the U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) cut rates in October 2019, the U.S. saw some encouraging economic data releases. Greater certainty as to the timing of Brexit was also forthcoming, and aided investor optimism. In addition, as the year-end approached, both the U.S. and China indicated that a ‘phase-one’ trade deal would be signed in early 2020.

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DISCUSSION OF FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited) (continued)

Markets gave way to extreme risk aversion in early 2020, as the global scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its alarming humanitarian and economic implications, became apparent. Equity valuations in the U.S. remained robust throughout January and February 2020, while markets in areas that experienced the virus earlier, such as China, began to experience volatility closer to the start of the calendar year. Financial markets also had to contend with a second major shock in the form of an oil-price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, which caused oil prices to fall precipitously in March 2020. Central bank responses to the crisis ramped up dramatically, as financial markets became progressively more distressed. Governments were also proactive and launched an unprecedented array of fiscal initiatives that sought to offset the economic impact of widespread lockdown measures. The intervention provided comfort to investors, and indices began to rally towards the end of March 2020. Supported by central bank and government intervention, U.S. equities generally went on to stage a recovery that lasted through August 2020. Investors began to anticipate a move towards economic normalization as lockdown measures eased. However, the recovery was company and sector specific, as several industries that remained affected by COVID-19 prevention procedures did not fully participate. In September, volatility crept back into equity markets as increasing COVID-19 infection rates began to concern investors.

Stock Selection Drives Fund Performance

The portfolio strongly outperformed the Index over the 12 months due primarily to strong stock selection in the consumer discretionary and information technology sectors. Security selections were also supportive in the financials, industrials and real estate sectors. From a sector allocation standpoint, an underweight to energy was beneficial, as were overweights to information technology and health care. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) and Alibaba Group Holding both rose strongly towards the end of the review period and were some of the most significant individual contributors to portfolio performance. Well positioned for an increasingly digital world, having developed and diversified its ecosystem over the last 20 years, Alibaba’s long-term growth drivers appealed to the market. Similarly, our view that TSMC remains a long-term structural winner was reflected by the rise in its share price, as a number of developments served to highlight the company’s increasing domination and opportunity to expand its total addressable market.

Conversely, positioning within consumer staples detracted from relative returns, while stock selection in the health care sector also detracted from performance. From an individual detractor standpoint, widespread event cancellation and postponement weighed on Informa, a United Kingdom-based exhibition company. Despite the valuation now only assuming a very limited recovery toward prior levels of profitability for the trade show business, we remain somewhat more positive on the company’s long-term growth prospects, as we believe that face-to-face marketing will steadily regain its appeal once the virus has passed. Meanwhile, France-based electronic equipment and systems company Thales struggled as the majority of its businesses experienced COVID-19-related revenue and profit declines over the first half of the year, with civil aerospace the hardest hit division. We remain positive on the recovery prospects for the company, given its exposure to attractive areas such as defense and infrastructure spend.

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Maintaining a Clear Focus in the Face of Uncertainty

Although the recovery of the stock market has been much more rapid than we anticipated, weakness in international equity markets over September offered a reminder that the real economy faces some difficult times ahead. While a backdrop of ultra-low interest rates and bond yields goes some way to justifying higher valuations for equities than in a more “normal” environment, and massive and unprecedented amounts of liquidity further supports this, we harbor some concern that expectations for 2021 remain high, given that the virus may continue to dampen activity over the first part of the year. Uncertainty still reigns regarding the path of COVID-19 and our ability to treat it and, as ever, we feel it is important to retain a focus on individual holdings, their long-term prospects and valuations.

We continue to draw on our long-term thematic framework to guide our stock picking, and focus intensely on those companies with an exposure to attractive structural growth trends, as well as those that possess strong, robust business models that should prove relatively resilient in the face of the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19. We have continued to run a fairly balanced portfolio, maintaining a solid overweight to structural growth in technology and the Asian consumer, alongside a selection of smaller holdings in higher-beta cyclicals.

October 15, 2020

1 BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. serves as the investment adviser for the fund. Newton Investment Management Limited (Newton) is the fund’s sub-investment adviser. Newton’s comments are provided as a general market overview and should not be considered investment advice or predictive of any future market performance. Newton’s views are current as of the date of this communication and are subject to change rapidly as economic and market conditions dictate.

2 Total return includes reinvestment of dividends and any capital gains paid and does not take into consideration the maximum initial sales charge in the case of Class A shares, or the applicable contingent deferred sales charge imposed on redemptions in the case of Class C shares. Had these charges been reflected, returns would have been lower. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Share price, yield and investment return fluctuate such that upon redemption, fund shares may be worth more or less than their original cost. The fund’s return reflects the absorption of certain fund expenses by BNY Mellon Investment Adviser, Inc. pursuant to an agreement in effect through January 31, 2021, at which time it may be extended, modified or terminated. Had these expenses not been absorbed, returns would have been lower.

3 Source: Lipper Inc. — The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. It reflects reinvestment of net dividends and, where applicable, capital gain distributions. Investors cannot invest directly in any index.

Equities are subject generally to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer and investment style risks, among other factors, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund’s prospectus.

Recent market risks include pandemic risks related to COVID-19. The effects of COVID-19 have contributed to increased volatility in global markets and will likely affect certain countries, companies, industries and market sectors more dramatically than others. To the extent the fund may overweight its investments in certain countries, companies, industries or market sectors, such positions will increase the fund’s exposure to risk of loss from adverse developments affecting those countries, companies, industries or sectors.

Investing internationally involves special risks, including changes in currency exchange rates, political, economic, and social instability, a lack of comprehensive company information, differing auditing and legal standards and less market liquidity.

The fund may, but is not required to, use derivative instruments. A small investment in derivatives could have a potentially large impact on the fund’s performance. The use of derivatives involves risks different from, or possibly greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in the underlying assets.

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FUND PERFORMANCE (Unaudited)

Comparison of change in value of a $10,000 investment in Class A shares, Class C shares and Class I shares of BNY Mellon International Equity Fund with a hypothetical investment of $10,000 in the MSCI EAFE Index (the “Index”)

 Source: Lipper Inc.

Past performance is not predictive of future performance.

The above graph compares a hypothetical $10,000 investment made in Class A shares, Class C shares and Class I shares of BNY Mellon International Equity Fund on 9/30/10 to a hypothetical investment of $10,000 made in the Index on that date. All dividends and capital gain distributions are reinvested.

The fund’s performance shown in the line graph above takes into account the maximum initial sales charge on Class A shares and all other applicable fees and expenses on all classes. The Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Unlike a mutual fund, the Index is not subject to charges, fees and other expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. Further information relating to fund performance, including expense reimbursements, if applicable, is contained in the Financial Highlights section of the prospectus and elsewhere in this report.

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Comparison of change in value of a $1,000,000 investment in Class Y shares of BNY Mellon International Equity Fund with a hypothetical investment of $1,000,000 in the MSCI EAFE Index (the “Index”)

 Source: Lipper Inc.

†† The total return figures presented for Class Y shares of the fund reflect the performance of the fund’s Class I shares for the period prior to 7/1/13 (the inception date for Class Y shares).

Past performance is not predictive of future performance.

The above graph compares a hypothetical $1,000,000 investment made in Class Y shares of BNY Mellon International Equity Fund on 9/30/10 to a hypothetical investment of $1,000,000 made in the Index on that date. All dividends and capital gain distributions are reinvested.

The fund’s performance shown in the line graph above takes into account all other applicable fees and expenses of fund’s Class Y shares. The Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Unlike a mutual fund, the Index is not subject to charges, fees and other expenses. Investors cannot invest directly in any index. Further information relating to fund performance, including expense reimbursements, if applicable, is contained in the Financial Highlights section of the prospectus and e