Fund Facts  

Inception Date: Nov 12, 2001
CUSIP: 921926200
Ticker Symbol: VEXRX
Morningstar Category:Small Growth
As of Sep 30, 2017
Fund Net Assets ($millions) $12,801

Documents for Fund or Underlying Fund(s)  

Description

Objective  

The investment seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation.

Principal Investment Strategies  

The fund invests mainly in the stocks of small and mid-size companies. These companies tend to be unseasoned but are considered by the fund's advisors to have superior growth potential. Also, these companies often provide little or no dividend income. It uses multiple investment advisors.

Principal Investment Risks  

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Please see the Fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents for information about the Fund’s risks.

 

Performance & Expenses

Standard Performance As of Sep 30, 2017
Fund/Benchmark Name QtrYTD1-Yr3-Yr5-Yr10-YrSince Inception
Vanguard Explorer Admirala4.48%16.11%18.83%10.06%14.11%7.83%8.96%
Russell 2500 Growth Indexa,b5.78%17.03%20.07%11.27%14.46%8.72%N/A
Morningstar Small Growtha,c5.62%15.93%20.40%11.15%13.02%7.57%N/A

Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, visit www.icmarc.org.

Fund performance is shown comparing it to a "benchmark" which may be a (i) broad-based securities market index (ii) a group of mutual funds with similar investment objectives, or (iii) a short term government backed debt obligation such as a U.S. Treasury Bill. An index is not available for direct investment, is unmanaged, and does not reflect the costs of portfolio management or trading. A fund's portfolio may differ from the securities held in an index.

Fund Expensesa
Gross Expenses0.34%
Net Expenses0.34%

 

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b. The Russell 2500® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 2500® companies with higher price-to-book ratios and higher forecasted growth values.

c. The Morningstar category represents the average return for a category of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies. The average is calculated and funds are assigned to a category by Morningstar.

Distributions

Dividends and Capital Gains  
Record Date Ex/Payable Date Income/Capital Gains Paid Per Share
Dec 23, 2016Dec 23, 2016$3.720400000
Dec 24, 2015Dec 24, 2015$8.138000000
Dec 17, 2014Dec 17, 2014$13.299000000
Dec 17, 2013Dec 17, 2013$10.278000000
Dec 26, 2012Dec 26, 2012$2.534000000
 

Morningstar Information

Morningstar RatingTM   As of Sep 30, 2017
Period Stars Category Size
Overall 3 Stars597
3-Year 3 Stars597
5-Year 4 Stars532
10-Year 3 Stars399

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange–traded funds, closed–end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three–year history. Exchange–traded funds and open–ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk–Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product′s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. 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 three–, five–, and 10–year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three–year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% five–year rating⁄40% three–year rating for 60–119 months of total returns, and 50% 10–year rating⁄30% five–year rating⁄20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Morningstar Stylebox As of Sep 30, 2017
Equity Stylebox
Small Growth
Allocation of Assets As of Jun 30, 2017
Type of Asset Percent
Equity95%
Fixed Income0%
Cash/Other5%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
 

Characteristics

Allocation of Assets As of Jun 30, 2017
Asset ClassPercent
Domestic Stock90.9%
Foreign Stock3.7%
Domestic Bond0.0%
Foreign Bond0.0%
Preferred0.0%
Convertible0.0%
Cash5.1%
Other0.3%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

 
Equity Sector As of Jun 30, 2017
SectorPercent
Technology23.4%
Industrials17.5%
Healthcare15.6%
Consumer Cyclical15.2%
Financial Services7.5%
Consumer Defensive4.5%
Real Estate4.4%
Basic Materials3.2%
Energy2.1%
Communication Services0.9%
Utilities0.3%

Exposure reflects equity securities only and will sum to the equity exposure of the fund.

 
Top Ten Holdings As of Jun 30, 2017
Holding NamePercent
Cadence Design Systems Inc1.0%
athenahealth Inc1.0%
Icon PLC0.9%
Insulet Corp0.9%
Medidata Solutions Inc0.9%
Trinet Group Inc0.9%
Clean Harbors Inc0.7%
Carter's Inc0.7%
2U Inc0.7%
Kirby Corp0.6%
 

Statistics

Portfolio Statistics As of Sep 30, 2017
Statistic3-Year5-Year
Beta0.980.98
Alpha-0.90-0.08
Standard Deviation13.2012.95
 
 

Footnotes

1.

Please read the fund's prospectus carefully for a complete summary of all fees, expenses, investment objectives and strategies, risks, financial highlights, and performance information. Investing involves risk, including possible loss of the amount invested. Investors should carefully consider the information contained in the prospectus before investing. You may contact us to obtain a prospectus or to answer questions by calling 800-669-7400, emailing investorservices@icmarc.org, or visiting www.icmarc.org.

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Morningstar places funds in certain categories based on the fund's historical portfolio holdings. Placement of a fund in a particular Morningstar category does not mean that the fund will remain in that category or that it will invest primarily in securities consistent with its Morningstar category. A fund's investment strategy and portfolio holdings are governed by its prospectus, guidelines or other governing documents, not its Morningstar category.