WGFCX

Growth Fund

$14.29
NAV
-$0.46 / -3.12%
$3,084.6M
Fund assets
19.28%
Year-to-date return
12/31/1993
Fund inception date
Data as of 7/17/2024
Fund overview
A unique combination of longevity and success
The Growth Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing in small-, mid-, and large-cap companies where growth is robust, sustainable, and underappreciated.

The fund focuses on stocks with underappreciated potential, offering full exposure across the market-cap spectrum.  

Key differentiators

  • Emphasizes consistency of returns within a strong risk management framework centered on sell discipline 

  • Seasoned, stable investment team with key decision-makers who have an average of 24 years of investment experience 

  • Differentiated, extensive track record delivering significant alpha since inception 

General facts

Morningstar category

Large Growth

Lipper category

Multi-Cap Growth Funds

Ticker

WGFCX

CUSIP

949915722

Fund number

3510

Benchmark name

Russell 3000® Growth Index

Gross expense ratio

1.93%

Net expense ratio

1.90%

Dividend frequency

Annually

Active share

45.55

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Morningstar Rating™

Out of 1092 funds, Large Growth As of 6/30/2024


An investment’s Overall Morningstar Rating™, based on its risk-adjusted return, is a weighted average of its applicable 3-, 5-, and 10-year Ratings.

Performance

Average annual returns

Average annual returns

(as of 6/30/2024)
12/31/1993
1M
3M
YTD
1Y
3Y
5Y
10Y
Inception
Fund
NAV POP
5.69
5.92
21.04
28.26
-0.10
11.33
11.76
11.48
4.69
4.92
20.04
27.26
-0.10
11.33
11.76
11.48
Russell 3000® Growth Index
6.43
7.80
19.90
32.22
10.33
18.55
15.75
10.81
Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Funds
4.36
1.85
13.93
23.48
0.54
12.15
11.59
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Expenses (as of 12/1/2023)
Gross Expense Ratio
1.93 %
Net Expense Ratio
1.90 %

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. Performance shown without sales charges would be lower if sales charges were reflected. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted and assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. 

Public offering price (POP) is the price of one share of a fund including any sales charges. Net asset value (NAV) is the value of one share of the fund excluding any sales charges. Had sales charges been included, performance would be lower.

For Class C, the maximum front-end sales charge is 1.00%. Performance including sales charge assumes the sales charge for the corresponding time period. 

Please keep in mind that high double-digit returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions. You should not expect that such favorable returns can be consistently achieved. A fund's performance, especially for short time periods, should not be the sole factor in making your investment decision.

The manager has contractually committed, through 11/30/2024, 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 1.9%. 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)
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Fund
32.53
-37.31
6.57
50.06
36.07
-0.64
33.63
-1.72
1.73
2.88
Benchmark
41.21
-28.97
25.85
38.26
35.85
-2.12
29.59
7.39
5.09
12.44
Morningstar
36.74
-29.91
20.45
35.86
31.90
-2.09
27.67
3.23
3.60
10.00
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 -10.03 -7.31 -44.24
Beta 1.03 1.08 1.07
Excess Return -10.44 -7.22 -4.11
Information Ratio -1.91 -1.11 -0.73
Sharpe Ratio -0.15 0.40 0.53
R2 0.94 0.93 0.92
Tracking Error 5.45 6.49 5.61
Standard Deviation 22.06 22.83 19.15
Upside Market Capture Ratio 74.06 84.23 84.31
Downside Market Capture Ratio 108.57 107.99 104.09
Morningstar ratings and rankings

Morningstar ratings and rankings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Overall
Large Growth (Out of 1092 funds)
Three Year
92nd percentile (1007 out of 1092)
Five Year
86th percentile (888 out of 1019)
Ten Year
80th percentile (645 out of 794)

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 $14.98 7/10/2024
YTD low $11.54 1/4/2024
52-week high $14.98 7/10/2024
52-week low $11.54 1/4/2024
2023 high $14.63 7/18/2023
2023 low $11.12 1/5/2023
Best quarterly return 34.30% 6/30/2020
Worst quarterly return -24.19% 6/30/2022
Best annual return 50.06% 12/31/2020
Worst annual return -37.31% 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 $2.92658 $11.55
2022-12-09 Long-term capital gain $1.62055 $11.68
2021-12-09 Long-term capital gain $8.36656 $20.63
2021-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.62741 $20.63
2020-12-09 Long-term capital gain $5.86924 $26.22
2020-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.03398 $26.22
2019-12-10 Long-term capital gain $4.27786 $22.03
2018-12-10 Long-term capital gain $6.47108 $20.89
2018-12-10 Short-term capital gain $0.23662 $20.89
2017-12-13 Long-term capital gain $10.88757 $26.21
2017-12-13 Short-term capital gain $0.19371 $26.21
2016-12-09 Long-term capital gain $7.2027 $28.99
2016-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.11934 $28.99
2015-12-11 Long-term capital gain $5.90555 $35.18
2015-12-11 Short-term capital gain $0.12338 $35.18
2014-12-11 Long-term capital gain $7.22855 $40.43
2013-12-09 Long-term capital gain $1.62834 $45.91
2013-12-09 Short-term capital gain $0.14502 $45.91
2011-12-09 Long-term capital gain $0.46846 $33.05
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Composition

Portfolio statistics

Portfolio statistics

(as of 6/30/2024)
Fund Benchmark
Number of Holdings 80 1494
Median Market Cap 43.87 2.26
Dividend Yield 0.31 0.69
PE Ratio 45.87 36.16
PB Ratio 11.20 12.00
EPS Growth 22.65 19.33
Return on Equity 31.75 38.30
Portfolio Turnover 30.02 -

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.

Holdings

Top 10 holdings

(as of 6/30/2024)
Security
Fund
Microsoft Corporation
12.27%
NVIDIA Corporation
10.99%
Amazon.com, Inc.
8.63%
Apple Inc.
6.58%
Meta Platforms Inc Class A
5.95%
Alphabet Inc. Class A
5.07%
Mastercard Incorporated Class A
2.00%
Tradeweb Markets, Inc. Class A
1.76%
Uber Technologies, Inc.
1.67%
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
1.65%
Top 10 represents 56.57% of total net assets
Sector allocation

Sector allocation

(as of 6/30/2024)
Type
Fund
Benchmark
Information technology
46.61% 45.83%
Consumer discretionary
16.60% 13.91%
Communication services
13.53% 12.20%
Financials
8.08% 5.67%
Industrials
7.06% 5.74%
Health care
5.44% 10.56%
Materials
1.41% 0.76%
Consumer staples
1.27% 3.81%
Utilities
0.00% 0.11%
Real estate
0.00% 0.77%
Energy
0.00% 0.64%

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.

Documents

Literature Details Frequency
Fact Sheet C, Institutional, Administrator, R6, A Quarterly Download
Regulatory Document Details Date
Annual Report C, Institutional, Administrator, R6, A 7/31/2023 Download
Full Prospectus C, A 12/1/2023 Download
Quarterly Holdings C, Institutional, Administrator, R6, A 10/31/2023 Download
Quarterly Holdings C, Institutional, Administrator, R6, A 4/30/2023 Download
Semi-annual Report C, Institutional, Administrator, R6, A 1/31/2024 Download
Statement of Additional Information C, Institutional, Administrator, R6, A 12/1/2023 Download
Summary Prospectus C, A 6/21/2024 Download
Our team
Meet the investment team

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Stock values fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. 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 and smaller-company securities risk. Consult the fund's prospectus for additional information on these and other risks.

  
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