Although the Securities and Exchange Commission is not requiring fund companies to begin producing summary prospectuses until Jan. 1, some fund companies, including the Guinness Atkinson Funds, have already started to equip investors with the plain English, four-page documents.

“We have decided to make our summary prospectuses available now because we strongly feel this innovation represents a significant step forward in our ability to communicate with current and potential shareholders,” said Jim Atkinson, chief executive officer of Guinness Atkinson.

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