0000898432-13-000191.txt : 20130212 0000898432-13-000191.hdr.sgml : 20130212 20130212142613 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000898432-13-000191 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 7 FILED AS OF DATE: 20130212 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20130212 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20130212 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: FIRST INVESTORS EQUITY FUNDS CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000886048 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-46924 FILM NUMBER: 13596391 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 55 BROADWAY CITY: NEW YORK STATE: NY ZIP: 10006 BUSINESS PHONE: 1-212-858-8000 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: RARITAN PLAZA 1 STREET 2: 8TH FLOOR CITY: EDISON STATE: NJ ZIP: 08837-3620 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: FIRST INVESTORS SERIES FUND II INC DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19920929 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: FIRST INVESTORS EQUITY FUNDS CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000886048 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 FISCAL YEAR END: 0930 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-06618 FILM NUMBER: 13596392 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 55 BROADWAY CITY: NEW YORK STATE: NY ZIP: 10006 BUSINESS PHONE: 1-212-858-8000 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: RARITAN PLAZA 1 STREET 2: 8TH FLOOR CITY: EDISON STATE: NJ ZIP: 08837-3620 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: FIRST INVESTORS SERIES FUND II INC DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19920929 0000886048 S000010584 FIRST INVESTORS OPPORTUNITY FUND C000029237 CLASS A FIUSX C000029238 CLASS B FIMBX 0000886048 S000010585 FIRST INVESTORS SELECT GROWTH FUND C000029239 CLASS A FICGX C000029240 CLASS B FIGBX 0000886048 S000010586 First Investors Equity Income Fund C000029241 CLASS A FIUTX C000029242 CLASS B FIUBX 0000886048 S000010587 FIRST INVESTORS GROWTH & INCOME FUND C000029243 CLASS A FGINX C000029244 CLASS B FGIBX 0000886048 S000010589 FIRST INVESTORS GLOBAL FUND C000029247 CLASS A FIISX C000029248 CLASS B FIBGX 0000886048 S000010591 FIRST INVESTORS TOTAL RETURN FUND C000029251 CLASS A FITRX C000029252 CLASS B FBTRX 0000886048 S000010592 FIRST INVESTORS SPECIAL SITUATIONS FUND C000029253 CLASS A FISSX C000029254 CLASS B FISBX 0000886048 S000012416 First Investors International Fund C000033679 Class A FIINX C000033680 Class B FIIOX 485BPOS 1 a485bpos.htm a485bpos.htm
As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2013

1933 Act File No. 033-46924
1940 Act File No. 811-06618

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549
 
FORM N-1A
 
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
[ X ]
 
Pre-Effective Amendment No. __
[     ]
 
Post-Effective Amendment No. 62
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and/or
 
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940
[ X ]
 
Amendment No. 64
[ X ]
(Check appropriate box or boxes.)

FIRST INVESTORS EQUITY FUNDS
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
55 Broadway
New York, New York 10006
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)
Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code:  (212) 858-8000
 
Mary Carty, Esq.
First Investors Equity Funds
55 Broadway
New York, New York 10006
(Name and Address of Agent for Service)
 
Copy to:
Kathy K. Ingber, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP
1601 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-1601

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box)
 
[ X ]
immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)
 
[     ]
on (date) pursuant to paragraph (b)
 
[     ]
60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
 
[     ]
on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
 
[     ]
75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)
 
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on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 485.
 
If appropriate, check the following box:
 
[    ]
This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed post-effective amendment.


 
 

 

This amendment is being filed solely to submit exhibits containing risk/return summary information in interactive data format that is identical to the Registrant's risk/return information contained in its prospectus that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Post-Effective Amendment No. 61 to the Registrant’s registration statement on January 28, 2013.

 
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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities  Act of 1933, as amended (“1933 Act”), and the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, the Registrant represents that this Amendment meets all the requirements for effectiveness pursuant to Rule 485(b) under the 1933 Act and has duly caused  this Post-Effective Amendment No. 62 to the Registration Statement on Form N-1A to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Edison, and the State of New Jersey, on the 12th day of February 2013.
 
   
FIRST INVESTORS EQUITY FUNDS
   
By:
/s/ Derek Burke                       
     
Derek Burke
     
President
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the 1933 Act, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 62 to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

/s/ Derek Burke
 
President
February 12, 2013
Derek Burke
     
       
/s/ Joseph I. Benedek
 
Treasurer
February 12, 2013
Joseph I. Benedek
     
       
/s/ Susan E. Artmann
 
Trustee
February 12, 2013
Susan E. Artmann*
     
       
/s/ Mary J. Barneby
 
Trustee
February 12, 2013
Mary J. Barneby*
     
       
/s/ Charles R. Barton, III
 
Trustee
February 12, 2013
Charles R. Barton, III*
     
       
/s/ Stefan L. Geiringer
 
Trustee
February 12, 2013
Stefan L. Geiringer*
     
       
/s/ Arthur M. Scutro, Jr.
 
Chairman of the Board
February 12, 2013
Arthur M. Scutro, Jr.*
 
And Trustee
 
       
/s/ Mark R. Ward
 
Trustee
February 12, 2013
Mark R. Ward*
     

*  By:          /s/ Mary Carty                                
Mary Carty
(Attorney-in-Fact)

 
 

 

Exhibit Index


Type
Description
   
EX-101.INS
XBRL Instance Document
EX-101.SCH
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
EX-101.DEF
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
EX-101.LAB
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase
EX-101.PRE
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

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