Why invest in this Fund?
The fund seeks capital growth.
To pursue this goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in the stocks of small-cap companies with market capitalizations within the range of companies in the Russell 2000 Index at the time of purchase. The fund's stock investments may include common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible securities of both U.S. and foreign issuers. Stocks are selected for the fund's portfolio based primarily on bottom-up fundamental analysis.
Morningstar Rating™ as of August 31, 2023 for the Initial Shares class shares; other classes may have different performance characteristics. Overall rating for the Small Blend category. Fund ratings are out of 5 Stars: Overall 1 Stars (593 funds rated); 3 Yrs. 2 Stars (593 funds rated); 5 Yrs. 1 Stars (553 funds rated); 10 Yrs. 1 Stars (385 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
While stocks have historically been a leading choice of long-term investors, they do fluctuate in price. The value of a shareholder's investment in the fund will go up and down, sometimes dramatically, which means that shareholders could lose money.
Small companies carry additional risks 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 are made in anticipation of future products and services that if delayed or cancelled could cause the company's stock price to drop. The fund may purchase securities of companies in initial public offerings (IPOs). The prices of securities purchased in IPOs can be very volatile.
Please refer to the prospectus for a more complete discussion of the fund's main risks.
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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.