Why invest in this Fund?
The fund seeks investment results that are greater than the total return performance of publicly traded common stocks of medium-size domestic companies in the aggregate, as represented by the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400® Index (S&P 400).
To pursue its goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in stocks of mid-cap companies. The fund invests in growth and value stocks, which are chosen through a disciplined investment process that combines computer modeling techniques, fundamental analysis and risk management. Consistency of returns compared to the S&P 400 Index, the fund's benchmark, is a primary goal of the investment process.
The fund invests principally in common stocks, but its stock investments also may include preferred stocks, convertible securities and depositary receipts, including those issued in initial public offerings (IPOs) or shortly thereafter. The portfolio managers will select stocks through a 'bottom-up,' structured approach that seeks to identify undervalued securities using a quantitative ranking process. The process is driven by a proprietary quantitative model which measures a diverse set of corporate characteristics to identify and rank stocks based on:
- valuation, such as current and forecasted price-to-earnings ratios, yields, dividend discount models, and other price sensitive data for a stock compared to its past, its peers, and the model's overall stock universe;
- momentum and sentiment, meaning measures that reflect the changes in short-term earnings outlook through factors such as revised earnings estimates and earnings surprises; and
- earnings quality measures, such as accruals compared to cash earnings, changes in inventory to sales ratio, and return on equity.
Morningstar Rating™ as of August 31, 2023 for the Initial Shares class shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Mid-Cap Blend category. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 2 Stars (382 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 4 Stars (382 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 1 Stars (357 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 2 Stars (238 funds rated). The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products with at least a 3-year history. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance (not including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees if applicable), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Managed products; including open-end mutual funds, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds; are considered a single population for comparative purposes. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. © Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete, or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The fund represents a single portfolio with multiple share classes that have different expense structures. Other share classes may have achieved different results.
This fund is only offered as an underlying investment option for variable annuity contracts and variable life insurance policies and is not sold directly to the general public. Please refer investors to the applicable variable annuity or variable life insurance prospectus as well as the underlying fund prospectus for more detailed information and other important considerations, which should be read carefully before investing.
Fees & Expenses
Variable insurance products have additional fees, charges and expenses. Please consult the applicable variable contract prospectus for more detailed information.
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Top HoldingsAs of 08/31/23
Equity funds are subject generally to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer, and investment style risks, among other factors, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund's prospectus.
Midsize companies carry additional risks because their earnings and revenues tend to be less predictable, and their share prices more volatile than those of larger, more established companies. Some of the fund's investments will rise and fall based on investor perception rather than economics.
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All risk metrics are provided by Morningstar. The index used in the calculations are determined by Morningstar which may not be the funds primary benchmark. The index Morningstar used for this analysis is S&P 500® Index.