One of the things that struck me about this is that marketing for a mutual fund is a highly regulated affair, and making a claim like that could get them in real trouble with the SEC. My guess at this point would be that whoever wrote up this bit for the newsletter based it on a half-understood conversation with someone from AF. Either that, or the woman who called me back is just terrified that someone actually noticed.
OK, I'm not really that cynical. Yet.