Why invest in this Fund?
To pursue this goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in the stocks of growth companies of any size that the manager believes to be leading producers or beneficiaries of technological innovation. Up to 25% of the fund's assets may be invested in foreign securities. The fund's stock investments may include common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible securities of both U.S. and foreign issuers, including those purchased in initial public offerings.
In choosing stocks, the fund looks for technology companies with the potential for strong earnings or revenue growth rates, although some of the fund's investments may currently be experiencing losses. The fund's investment process centers on a multi-dimensional approach that look for opportunities across emerging growth, cyclical or stable growth companies. The fund's investment approach seeks companies that appear to have strong earnings momentum, positive earnings revisions, favorable growth, product or market cycles and/or favorable valuations.
The fund typically sells a stock when the manager believes there is a more attractive alternative, or there are deteriorating fundamentals, such as a loss of competitive advantage, a failure in management execution or deteriorating capital structure. The fund also may sell stocks when the manager's evaluation of a sector has changed.
Morningstar Rating™ as of August 31, 2023 for the Initial Shares class shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Technology category. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 3 Stars (228 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 2 Stars (228 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 2 Stars (202 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 3 Stars (157 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.
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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.
Technology companies involve greater risk because their earnings tend to be less predictable, their share prices more volatile, and their securities less liquid than larger, more established companies. Some of the fund's investments in technology companies will rise and fall based on investor perceptions rather than economics. Certain technology companies may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources. Investor perception may play a greater role in determining the day-to-day value of tech stocks than it does in other sectors.
The fund's share price is likely to be more volatile than other funds that do not concentrate in one sector. The technology sector involves special risks, such as the faster rate of change and obsolescence of technological advances, and has been among the most volatile sectors of the stock market.
The technology sector has been among the most volatile sectors of the stock market. Because the fund's investments are concentrated in the technology sector, its performance will be affected dramatically by developments in that sector.
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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 MSCI ACWI Index.