Fund overview
Pursuing alpha through a unique PMV process
The Common Stock Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in small- and mid-cap companies that management believes are underpriced yet have attractive growth prospects.

The fund’s PMV approach helps uncover high-conviction investments.  

Key differentiators

  • A proprietary framework and bottom-up research helps uncover high-conviction investments 

  • Style-agnostic approach eliminates the need to choose between growth and value, providing more balanced returns 

  • Investment team has consistently applied its philosophy and process for over 30 years 


Average annual returns

Average annual returns

(as of 6/30/2024)
Russell 2500™ Index
Lipper Mid-Cap Core Funds
Expenses (as of 2/1/2024)
Gross Expense Ratio
0.85 %
Net Expense Ratio
0.84 %

One-month, three-month and year-to-date returns are not annualized.

Figures quoted represent past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and do not reflect taxes that a shareholder may pay on an investment in a fund. Investment return, principal value, and yields of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted and assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. 

Net asset value (NAV) is the value of one share of the fund excluding any sales charges.

R6 Class shares are sold without a front-end sales charge or contingent deferred sales charge.

The manager has contractually committed, through 1/31/2025, to waive fees and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessary to cap the fund's total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers at 0.83%. Brokerage commissions, stamp duty fees, interest, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses are excluded from the expense cap. Prior to or after the commitment expiration date, the cap may be increased or the commitment to maintain the cap may be terminated only with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Without this cap, the fund's returns would have been lower. The expense ratio paid by an investor is the net expense ratio (the total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers) as stated in the prospectus.

Calendar year

Calendar year

(as of 12/31/2023)
Growth of $10,000

Growth of a $10,000 investment

(as of 6/30/2024)

This chart shows the value of a hypothetical $10,000 investment in the fund over the specified time period up to 10 years or since its inception (for funds lacking 10-year records). The result is compared with benchmarks, which may include a broad-based market index and a peer group average or index. Market indexes do not include expenses, which are deducted from fund returns as well as mutual fund averages and indexes.

Does not include sales charges and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. If sales charges were included, returns would be lower.

Performance and volatility metrics

Performance and volatility metrics

(as of 6/30/2024)
3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Alpha 1.51 -0.26 0.25
Beta 0.93 0.99 0.97
Excess Return 1.56 -0.50 -0.30
Information Ratio 0.30 -0.10 -0.07
Sharpe Ratio -0.10 0.25 0.32
R2 0.94 0.95 0.95
Tracking Error 5.12 4.92 4.39
Standard Deviation 19.80 22.79 18.93
Upside Market Capture Ratio 91.29 88.64 82.61
Downside Market Capture Ratio 93.04 97.24 97.84
Morningstar ratings and rankings

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Mid-Cap Blend (Out of 397 funds)
Three Year
78th percentile (300 out of 397)
Five Year
83rd percentile (300 out of 364)
Ten Year
64th percentile (141 out of 251)

The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) ratings.

Morningstar rankings represent a fund's total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category. The percentile ranking is based on the fund's total return percentile rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. The highest (most favorable) percentile rank is 1% and the lowest (least favorable) percentile rank is 100%. Morningstar rankings do not include the effect of sales charges. The absolute ranking is based on the fund’s total return rank relative to all funds that have the same category for the same time period. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Prices and distributions

Historical prices

YTD high $20.88 7/16/2024
YTD low $18.76 1/3/2024
52-week high $20.88 7/16/2024
52-week low $16.39 10/29/2023
2023 high $19.75 2/2/2023
2023 low $16.39 10/29/2023
Best quarterly return 26.93% 12/31/2020
Worst quarterly return -32.29% 3/31/2020
Best annual return 29.88% 12/31/2013
Worst annual return -17.17% 12/31/2022

Distribution summary

Dividends Annually
Capital gains Annually

Distribution history

Distribution history Type Per share amount Re investment price
2023-12-11 Long-term capital gain $0.45369 $18.29
2023-12-11 Short-term capital gain $0.15751 $18.29
2022-12-09 Long-term capital gain $2.47343 $17.34
2022-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.23922 $17.34
2021-12-09 Long-term capital gain $3.80191 $23.42
2021-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.43968 $23.42
2020-12-09 Long-term capital gain $1.05045 $22.18
2019-12-17 Dividend $0.08094 $20.90
2019-12-10 Long-term capital gain $2.43687 $20.63
2019-12-10 Short-term capital gain $0.20464 $20.63
2018-12-10 Long-term capital gain $2.95221 $19.69
2018-12-10 Short-term capital gain $0.34283 $19.69
2017-12-13 Long-term capital gain $2.1896 $23.69
2017-12-13 Short-term capital gain $0.34888 $23.69
2016-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.68257 $23.00
2016-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.14795 $23.00
2015-12-11 Long-term capital gain $2.56351 $20.25
2014-12-11 Long-term capital gain $2.6707 $22.72
2014-12-11 Short-term capital gain $0.13692 $22.72
2013-12-09 Long-term capital gain $1.98815 $24.02
2013-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.07944 $24.02
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Portfolio statistics

Portfolio statistics

(as of 6/30/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 81 2416
Median Market Cap 6.39 1.44
Dividend Yield 1.02 1.47
PE Ratio 28.30 25.25
PB Ratio 2.19 2.38
EPS Growth 12.95 13.99
Return on Equity 9.43 12.03
Portfolio Turnover 44.20 -

Equity Style Box

(as of 6/30/2024) Overview chart

Placement within the Morningstar Equity Style Box is based on two variables: relative median market capitalization and relative price valuations (price/book and price/earnings) of the fund’s portfolio holdings. These numbers are drawn from the fund’s portfolio holdings figures most recently entered into Morningstar’s database and the corresponding market conditions. The Ownership Zone is represented by a shaded area surrounding the centroid. This zone encompasses 75% of a portfolio’s holdings on an asset-weighted basis and is designed to be a visual measure of how wide-ranging the portfolio is.


Top 10 holdings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Burlington Stores, Inc.
Ashland Inc.
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
Atkore Inc
Melrose Industries PLC
Marvell Technology, Inc.
Regal Rexnord Corporation
Sun Communities, Inc.
HealthEquity Inc
Okta, Inc. Class A
Top 10 represents 19.07% of total net assets
Sector allocation

Sector allocation

(as of 6/30/2024)
20.87% 20.29%
Information technology
18.08% 13.50%
15.59% 16.16%
Health care
13.61% 11.53%
Consumer discretionary
10.97% 12.72%
Real estate
8.87% 6.53%
8.60% 5.38%
Consumer staples
2.70% 3.33%
Communication services
0.70% 2.38%
0.00% 2.89%
0.00% 5.28%

Sector diversification is a breakdown of the fund's investments based on the S&P Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), a breakdown of market sectors used by Standard & Poor's. Sector weights are subject to change and may have changed since the date specified. Percent total may not add to 100% due to rounding.


Literature Details Frequency
Fact Sheet Institutional, C, A, R6, Administrator Quarterly Download
Regulatory Document Details Date
Annual Report Institutional, C, A, R6, Administrator 9/30/2023 Download
Full Prospectus R6 2/1/2024 Download
Quarterly Holdings Institutional, C, A, R6, Administrator 12/31/2023 Download
Quarterly Holdings Institutional, C, A, R6, Administrator 6/30/2023 Download
Semi-annual Report Institutional, C, A, R6, Administrator 3/31/2024 Download
Statement of Additional Information Institutional, C, A, R6, Administrator 2/1/2024 Download
Summary Prospectus R6 2/1/2024 Download
Our team
Meet the investment team

On a public stock exchange, a stock typically trades between 50% and 80% of its PMV.

The team’s process is geared toward buying in the lower half of the trading range and selling as it pushes the upper limit.

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Stock values fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. Smaller-company stocks tend to be more volatile and less liquid than those of larger companies. Certain investment strategies tend to increase the total risk of an investment (relative to the broader market). This fund is exposed to foreign investment risk. Consult the fund's prospectus for additional information on these and other risks.

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The manager has contractually committed to certain fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements. Without these reductions, the fund’s returns would have been lower and rankings may have been lower. These reductions may be discontinued.

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