|Dryden National Municipals Fund, Inc.|
|Class A: PRNMX||Class C: PNMCX|
|Class B: PBHMX||Class Z: DNMZX|
|Summary Prospectus||October 30, 2009|
Before you invest, you may want to review the Fund's Prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund's Prospectus, Statement of Additional Information (SAI), Annual Report and other information about the Fund online at www.jennisondryden.com. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 1-800-225-1852 or by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fund's Prospectus and SAI, both dated October 30, 2009, and the Fund's most recent shareholder report, dated August 31, 2009, are all incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus.
The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a high level of current income exempt from federal income taxes.
FUND FEES AND EXPENSES
FUND FEES AND EXPENSES
The tables below describe the sales charges, fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.
You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and an eligible group of investors purchase, or agree to purchase in the future, more than $25,000 in shares of the Fund or other funds in the JennisonDryden family of funds. More information about these discounts is available from your financial professional and is explained in Reducing or Waiving Class A's Initial Sales Charge on page 35 of the Fund's Prospectus and in the Fund's Statement of Additional Information (SAI), in Rights of Accumulation on page 35.
Shareholder Fees (paid directly from your investment)
|Class A||Class B||Class C||Class Z|
|Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price)||4.00%||None||None||None|
|Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the lower of original purchase price or sale proceeds)||1%||5%||1%||None|
|Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends and other distributions||None||None||None||None|
|Maximum account fee (accounts under $2,500)||$15||$15||$15||None|
Annual Fund Operating Expenses % (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
|Class A||Class B||Class C||Class Z|
|+ Distribution and service (12b-1) fees||.30||.50||1.00||None|
|+ Other expenses||.11||.11||.11||.11|
|= Total annual Fund operating expenses||.89||1.09||1.59||.59|
|- Fee waiver or expense reimbursement||.05||None||.25||None|
|= Net annual Fund operating expenses||.84||1.09||1.34||.59|
Examples. The following hypothetical example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. It assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then, except as indicated, redeem all your shares at the end of those periods. It assumes a 5% return on your investment each year, that the Fund's operating expenses remain the same and that all dividends and distributions are reinvested. Your actual costs may be higher or lower.
If Shares Are Redeemed
If Shares Are Not Redeemed
|Share Class||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years||1 Year||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years|
° The distributor of the Fund has contractually agreed through December 31, 2010 to reduce its distribution and service (12b-1) fees for Class A shares and Class C Shares to .25 of 1% of the average daily net assets of Class A shares and to .75 of 1% of the average daily net assets of Class C shares. This waiver may not be terminated by the distributor prior to December 31, 2010, and may be renewed, modified or discontinued thereafter. The decision on whether to renew, modify or discontinue the waiver is subject to review by the distributor and the Fund's Board of Trustees.
Portfolio Turnover. The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund's performance. During the Fund's most recent fiscal year, the Fund's portfolio turnover rate was 37% of the average value of its portfolio.
INVESTMENTS, RISKS AND PERFORMANCE
INVESTMENTS, RISKS AND PERFORMANCE
Principal Investment Strategies. The Fund invests, under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Fund's investable assets in obligations the income from
which is exempt from federal income tax, that is, municipal obligations. This is a fundamental policy of the Fund, which means
that it may not be changed without shareholder approval. The term "investable assets" in this prospectus refers to the Fund's
net assets plus any borrowings for investment purposes. The Fund's investable assets will be less than its total assets to
the extent that it has borrowed money for non-investment purposes, such as to meet anticipated redemptions.
The Fund's investments permitted by this policy may include certain municipal bonds, the interest on which is subject to the federal alternative minimum tax (AMT). The Fund's portfolio consists primarily of investment grade long-term municipal bonds which are bonds rated Baa or higher by Moody's Investors Service (Moody's), and BBB or higher by Standard & Poor's Ratings Group (S&P), or comparably rated by another major rating service, and unrated debt obligations that the investment subadviser believes are comparable in quality. The Fund may invest up to 15% of the Fund's investable assets in "below-investment grade" or high-yield municipal debt obligations, commonly known as junk bonds. Below-investment grade securities are rated below Baa by Moody's and below BBB by S&P, or comparably rated by another major rating service, and are considered speculative. The Fund may invest in obligations the interest and/or principal payments on which are insured by the bond issuers or other parties.
In seeking to achieve the Fund's investment objective, the investment subadviser will purchase securities that it believes represent the best values based on yield, maturity, issue, quality characteristics and expectations regarding economic and political developments, including movements in interest rates and demand for municipal bonds. While we make every effort to achieve our objective, we can't guarantee success.
Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund. All investments have risks to some degree. Please remember that an investment in the Fund is not guaranteed to achieve its investment objective; is not a deposit with a bank; is not insured, endorsed or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency; and is subject to investment risks, including possible loss of your original investment.
Recent Market Events. Domestic and international markets have experienced a period of acute stress starting in the financial sector and then moving
to other sectors of the world economy. This stress has resulted in extreme volatility in equity markets and stock prices.
In some cases, the prices of certain stocks have declined sharply even though the financial condition or prospects of that
company remain sound. These market conditions add significantly to the risk of short-term volatility of the Fund. Debt markets
are also experiencing a period of high volatility which has negatively impacted market liquidity and prices. The concerns,
which initially focused on subprime mortgage backed securities, have since expanded to include derivatives, securitized assets
and other debt securities, including those rated investment grade, the U.S. and international credit and interbank money markets
generally, and a wide range of financial institutions and markets, asset classes, and sectors. As a result, debt instruments
are experiencing liquidity issues, increased price volatility, credit downgrades, and increased likelihood of default. These
market conditions may adversely effect the Fund's investments and hamper its ability to sell debt securities or to purchase
suitable debt instruments.
Risk of increase in expenses. Your actual cost of investing in the Fund may be higher than the expenses shown in the expense table for a variety of reasons. For example, expense ratios may be higher than those shown if a voluntary fee waiver is changed or terminated or if average net assets decrease. Net assets are more likely to decrease and Fund expense ratios are more likely to increase when markets are volatile.
Municipal Bonds. Municipal bonds are subject to credit risk, market risk and interest rate risk. The Fund's holdings, share price, yield
and total return may also fluctuate in response to municipal bond market movements. Municipal bonds are also subject to the
risk that potential future legislative changes could affect the market for and value of municipal bonds, which may adversely
affect the Fund's yield or value of the Fund's investments in municipal bonds. Certain municipal bonds with principal and
interest payments that are made from the revenues of a specific project or facility, and not general tax revenues, may have
increased risks. Factors affecting the project or facility, such as local business or economic conditions, could have a significant
effect on the project's ability to make payments of principal and interest on these securities. Municipal securities of a
particular state are vulnerable to events adversely affecting that state, including economic, political and regulatory occurrences,
court decisions, terrorism and catastrophic natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Many municipal bonds are
also subject to prepayment risk - when interest rates fall, the issuers may redeem a security by repaying it early, which
may reduce the Fund's income if the proceeds are reinvested at a lower interest rate.
Insured Municipal Bonds. The Fund may purchase municipal bonds that are insured to attempt to reduce credit risks. Although insurance coverage reduces credit risks by providing that the insurer will make timely payment of interest and/or principal, it does not provide protection against market fluctuations of insured bonds or fluctuations in the price of the shares of the Fund. An insured municipal bond fluctuates in value largely based on factors relating to the insurer's creditworthiness or ability to satisfy its obligations. The Fund cannot be certain that any insurance company will make the payments it guarantees.
Recent developments relating to subprime mortgages have adversely affected fixed-income securities markets in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. The values of many types of debt securities have been reduced, including debt securities that are not related to mortgage loans. These developments have reduced the willingness of some lenders to extend credit and have made it more difficult for borrowers to obtain financing on attractive terms or at all. In addition, broker-dealers and other market participants have been less willing to make a market in some types of debt instruments, which has impacted the liquidity of those instruments. These developments may also have a negative effect on the broader economy. There is a risk that the lack of liquidity or other adverse credit market conditions may hamper the Fund's ability to sell the debt securities in which it invests or to find and purchase suitable debt instruments.
Junk Bonds. High-yield, high-risk bonds have speculative characteristics, including particularly high credit risk. Junk bonds tend to be less liquid than higher-rated securities. The liquidity of particular issuers or industries within a particular investment category may shrink or disappear suddenly and without warning. The non-investment grade bond market can experience sudden and sharp price swings and become illiquid due to a variety of factors, including changes in economic forecasts, stock market activity, large sustained sales by major investors, a high profile default or a change in the market's psychology.
Interest Rate Risk. This is the risk that the securities in which the Fund invests could lose value because of interest rate changes. For example, bonds tend to decrease in value if interest rates rise. Debt obligations with longer maturities generally are more sensitive to interest rate changes. In addition, short-term and long-term interest rates do not necessarily move in the same direction or by the same amount. An instrument's reaction to interest rate changes depends on the timing of its interest and principal payments and the current interest rate for each of those time periods. Instruments with floating interest rates can be less sensitive to interest rate changes. Certain types of debt obligations are also subject to prepayment and extension risk. When interest rates fall, the issuers of debt obligations may prepay principal more quickly than expected, and the Fund may be required to reinvest the proceeds at a lower interest rate. This is referred to as "prepayment risk." When interest rates rise, debt obligations may be repaid more slowly than expected, and the value of the Fund's holdings may fall sharply. This is referred to as "extension risk."
Credit Risk. This is the risk that the issuer, the guarantor or the insurer of a fixed-income security, or the counterparty to a contract, may be unable or unwilling to make timely principal and interest payments or to otherwise honor its obligations. Additionally, the securities could lose value due to a loss of confidence in the ability of the issuer, guarantor, insurer or counterparty to pay back debt. The longer the maturity and the lower the credit quality of a bond, the more likely its value will decline.
Market Risk. Your investment in Fund shares represents an indirect investment in the securities owned by the Fund. The value of these securities, like other investments, may move up or down, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. Securities markets are volatile. Your Fund shares at any point in time may be worth less than what you invested, even after taking into account the reinvestment of Fund dividends and distributions. Regardless of how well an individual company performs, if financial markets go down, you could lose money.
Management Risk. Actively managed mutual funds are subject to management risk. The subadviser will apply investment techniques and risk analyses in making investment decisions for the Fund, but there can be no guarantee that these techniques will produce the desired results. Additionally, the securities selected by the subadviser may underperform the markets in general, the Fund's benchmark and other mutual funds with similar investment objectives.
For more information on the risks of investing in this Fund, please see Investment Risks in the Prospectus and Investment Risks and Considerations in the SAI.
The Fund's Past Performance. A number of factors - including risk - can affect how the Fund performs. The following bar chart shows the Fund's performance
for the indicated share class for each full calendar year of operations or for the last 10 calendar years, whichever is shorter.
The bar chart and Average Annual Total Returns table demonstrate the risk of investing in the Fund by showing how returns
can change from year to year and by showing how the Fund's average annual total returns for the share class compare with a
broad-based securities market index and a group of similar mutual funds.
Past performance (before and after taxes) does not mean that the Fund will achieve similar results in the future. Updated Fund performance information is available online at www.jennisondryden.com.
Annual Total Returns (Class B Shares)1
1 These annual total returns do not include sales charges. If the sales charges were included, the annual total returns would be lower than those shown. The return for Class B shares from 1/1/09-9/30/09 was 15.88%.
|Average Annual Total Returns % (as of 12-31-08)|
|Return Before Taxes||One Year||Five Years||Ten Years||Since Inception|
|Class A shares||-9.85||0.58||2.75||-|
|Class C shares||-7.44||0.91||2.67||-|
|Class Z shares||-5.86||1.65||N/A||3.38|
Class B Shares %
|Return Before Taxes||-10.81||0.99||2.92|
|Return After Taxes on Distributions||-10.81||0.89||2.77|
|Return After Taxes on Distribution and Sale of Fund Shares||-5.67||1.41||3.06|
Index % (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes)
|Barclays Capital Muni Bond Index||-2.47||2.71||4.26|
° After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor's tax situation and may differ from those shown. After-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. After-tax returns are shown only for the indicated share class. After-tax returns for other classes will vary due to differing sales charges and expenses.
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND
|Investment Manager||Subadviser||Portfolio Managers||Title||Service Date|
|Prudential Investments LLC||Prudential Investment Management, Inc.||Robert Tipp, CFA||Managing Director & Chief Investment Strategist||October 2004|
|Susan Courtney||Managing Director||April 2005|
BUYING AND SELLING FUND SHARES
BUYING AND SELLING FUND SHARES
|Minimum Initial Investment||Subsequent Investments|
|Fund shares (most cases)||$2,500||$100|
|Automatic Investment Plan (AIP), retirement accounts and custodial accounts for minors||$1,000||$1,200 annually (AIP accounts)|
You can purchase or redeem shares through the Fund's transfer agent or through servicing agents, including brokers, dealers and other financial intermediaries appointed by the distributor to receive purchase and redemption orders. To buy shares through the transfer agent, a new investor must complete a new account application and return it with a check payable to the Fund and mail it to Prudential Mutual Fund Services LLC, PO Box 9658, Providence, RI 02940. Current shareholders may also purchase or redeem shares through the Fund's website or by calling (800) 225-1852. Redemption proceeds may be sent by mail, by Federal funds wire or deposited directly into your bank account if you have established the link.
Dividends, Capital Gains and Taxes. The Fund intends to distribute income that is exempt from regular federal income tax, however, Fund distributions may be subject to capital gains tax. A portion of the Fund's distributions may be subject to federal income tax or to the federal alternative minimum tax.
FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARY COMPENSATION
FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARY COMPENSATION
Potential Conflicts of Interest. If you purchase Fund shares through a financial services firm, the Fund, the Manager, or their related companies may pay the financial services firm for the sale of Fund shares and/or for services to shareholders. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial services firm or the firm's representatives to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your financial services firm or representative for more information or visit your firm's website.
|Prudential Mutual Fund Services LLC, PO Box 9658, Providence, RI 02940|
|800-225-1852 or 973-367-3529 (outside the US)|
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