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Growth Opportunities Fund

Summary

Summary

What is the Growth Opportunities Fund?

The Fund seeks to deliver long-term growth of capital by investing primarily in stocks of mid-sized U.S. companies.

Fund Basicsas of 02/28/2019

Total Net Assets
$792.12 M
Inception Date
08/01/1995
Dividend Frequency
Annually
Number of Holdings
99
CUSIP
54400R103
Minimum Initial Investment
$1,000+

Expense Ratioas of 02/28/2019

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1995
w/o sales charge 17.74% 11.86% 15.66% 8.11% 15.82% 9.95%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Cap Growth Funds 14.65% 6.74% 16.90% 9.52% 16.73% -
Russell Midcap® Growth Index 18.03% 9.85% 17.20% 10.18% 18.52% 9.51%
w/ sales charge 10.98% 5.44% 13.39% 6.84% 15.14% 9.68%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1995
w/o sales charge -3.36% -3.36% 6.25% 5.54% 12.65% 9.26%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Cap Growth Funds -2.95% -2.95% 8.41% 7.24% 13.65% -
Russell Midcap® Growth Index -4.75% -4.75% 8.59% 7.42% 15.12% 8.81%
w/ sales charge -8.91% -8.91% 4.17% 4.30% 11.99% 8.98%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

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TEN LARGEST HOLDINGS as of 02/28/2019View Portfolio

Holding Assets
ServiceNow, Inc. 2.8%
Global Payments, Inc. 2.2%
O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. 1.8%
Splunk, Inc. 1.8%
TransDigm Group, Inc. 1.8%
Dollar General Corp. 1.7%
Fortive Corp. 1.7%
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. 1.7%
Ultimate Software Group, Inc. 1.7%
SBA Communications Corp. 1.6%

INVESTMENT TEAM

Jeffrey Rabinowitz, CFA
Jeffrey Rabinowitz, CFA

Portfolio Manager

20 Years of Industry Experience

Supported By 38 Investment Professionals with 18 Years Avg. Industry Experience

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Performance

Performance

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1995
w/o sales charge 17.74% 11.86% 15.66% 8.11% 15.82% 9.95%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Cap Growth Funds 14.65% 6.74% 16.90% 9.52% 16.73% -
Russell Midcap® Growth Index 18.03% 9.85% 17.20% 10.18% 18.52% 9.51%
w/ sales charge 10.98% 5.44% 13.39% 6.84% 15.14% 9.68%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

YTD 1-YR 3-YR 5-YR 10-YR Since Inception 08/01/1995
w/o sales charge -3.36% -3.36% 6.25% 5.54% 12.65% 9.26%
Lipper Category Avg. Multi-Cap Growth Funds -2.95% -2.95% 8.41% 7.24% 13.65% -
Russell Midcap® Growth Index -4.75% -4.75% 8.59% 7.42% 15.12% 8.81%
w/ sales charge -8.91% -8.91% 4.17% 4.30% 11.99% 8.98%

Fund Expense Ratio :

1.18%

Year Fund Returns Russell Midcap® Growth Index
2018 -3.36% -4.75%
2017 22.84% 25.27%
2016 1.04% 7.33%
2015 2.68% -0.20%
2014 6.32% 11.90%
2013 37.08% 35.74%
2012 13.81% 15.81%
2011 -10.04% -1.65%
2010 23.26% 26.38%
2009 45.37% 46.29%
2008 -38.28% -
2007 21.05% -
2006 7.28% -
2005 4.17% -
2004 11.52% -
2003 33.85% -
2002 -25.25% -
2001 -12.53% -
2000 -3.83% -
1999 58.03% -
Year Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Yearly Returns
2019 - - - - 17.79%
2018 1.77% 2.46% 7.63% -13.89% -3.36%
2017 6.91% 5.17% 4.23% 4.82% 22.84%
2016 -2.11% 2.49% 2.59% -1.83% 1.04%
2015 7.61% 0.91% -7.81% 2.58% 2.68%
2014 1.21% 2.96% -2.83% 5.00% 6.32%
2013 11.24% 2.68% 11.01% 8.11% 37.08%
2012 16.82% -6.25% 4.16% -0.24% 13.81%
2011 7.73% -0.04% -24.99% 11.36% -10.04%
2010 6.64% -13.79% 15.28% 16.29% 23.26%
2009 -2.38% 17.60% 17.52% 7.75% 45.37%
2008 -12.72% 4.39% -12.27% -22.78% -38.28%
2007 4.03% 6.75% 6.77% 2.09% 21.05%
2006 8.76% -5.91% -1.43% 6.35% 7.28%
2005 -2.90% 1.62% 3.59% 1.92% 4.17%
2004 3.07% -0.90% -4.51% 14.34% 11.52%
2003 -0.07% 16.97% 2.07% 12.18% 33.85%
2002 -2.41% -11.08% -16.00% 2.56% -25.25%
2001 -16.71% 14.12% -20.71% 16.05% -12.53%
2000 9.42% -8.90% 1.67% -5.10% -3.83%
1999 -3.83% 12.76% -0.33% 46.21% 58.03%
1998 8.98% 1.09% -20.70% 29.75% 13.36%
1997 0.79% 14.48% 12.78% 0.59% 30.90%
1996 3.24% 2.31% 4.24% 12.30% 23.65%
1995 - - - 5.35% 6.30%

Growth of $10,000 as of 02/28/2019

NAV HISTORICAL PRICES

Date Net Asset Value

Portfolio

Portfolio

Portfolio Positioning as of 12/31/2018

  • We believe in focusing on mid-cap companies that provide a compelling combination of seasoned management teams, established business models, and strong growth prospects that are mispriced by the market. We maintain a long-term perspective and adhere to our investment process and philosophy.
  • The portfolio remains underweight the traditional media industry due to a lack of attractive investment opportunities and mounting secular pressures.
  • Within the retail industry we have identified select retailers with enduring franchises and compelling value propositions that have been less impacted by e-commerce, specifically Amazon.
  • We reduced the portfolio’s underweight to the information technology sector relative to the Russell Mid-Cap Growth Index, as we identified select opportunities during the market decline in the quarter. We have uncovered more attractive opportunities as valuations have compressed from their previously elevated levels.
  • We have a reasonably balanced view of the U.S. equity market and its economic outlook. As such, we believe valuations are more attractive, yet remain cautious as there are some weak areas within the global economy. We continue to focus on companies with strong franchises, favorable long-term growth prospects, and reasonable valuations.

PORTFOLIO DETAILS as of 02/28/2019

Total Net Assets
$792.12 M
Number of Holdings
99
Weighted Average Market Cap.
18.6 B
P/B Ratio
5.5x
Portfolio Turnover Ratio as of 11/30/2018
55.2%
P/E Ratio
27.4x

Contributors & Detractors as of  12/31/2018

Contributors

Holding Contribution
Red Hat, Inc. 0.6%
MarketAxess Holdings, Inc. 0.1%
Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 0.1%
Dollar Tree, Inc. 0.1%
Guardant Health Inc 0.1%

Detractors

Holding Contribution
Align Technology, Inc. -0.5%
ARAMARK Holdings Corp. -0.5%
Ultimate Software Group, Inc. -0.5%
DXC Technology Co. -0.4%
Global Payments, Inc. -0.4%

Attribution Analysis 

Growth Opportunities Fund Benchmark Variance
Sector Avg. Weight Base Return Avg. Weight Base Return Stock Selection Group Weight Total

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividends & Cap Gains

Dividend Payments

For
YTD Dividends Paidas of 03/22/2019
$0
Dividend Frequency
Annually
Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date Dividend Reinvest Price
12/09/1999 12/10/1999 12/17/1999 $0.01270 $19.69

Upcoming Dividend Payment Dates

This section lists all anticipated income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date Reinvest & Payable Date
12/17/2019 12/18/2019 12/18/2019

Capital Gains Distributions

For
Record Date Reinvest & Payable Date Long-term Short-term * Total Reinvest Price
12/17/2018 12/18/2018 $0.9032 $0.2351 $1.1383 $18.60

Upcoming Capital Gain Distribution

This section lists all anticipated income and Capital Gain distribution dates and any actual distributions are subject to adequacy of earnings and must be approved by the Board of Directors/Trustees. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Record Date Ex-Dividend Date
12/17/2019 12/18/2019

Fees & Expenses

Fees & Expenses

Sales Charge Schedule as of 03/22/2019

  Sales Charge Dealer's Concession Prices at Breakpoint
Less than $50,000 5.75% 5.00% $23.18
$50,000 to $99,999 4.75% 4.00% $22.94
$100,000 to $249,999 3.95% 3.25% $22.75
$250,000 to $499,999 2.75% 2.25% $22.47
$500,000 to $999,999 1.95% 1.75% $22.28
$1,000,000 to $5,000,000 0.00% 1.00% $21.85

EXPENSE RATIOas of 02/28/2019

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