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Seeks long-term capital growth.

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Goal and Strategy

The fund is designed as a core equity complement that seeks to provide:

  • Participation in strong equity markets, with a degree of protection when markets decline
  • Lower volatility than traditional long-only equity investments
  • Dynamic exposure that adapts to changing markets

Distinguishing Characteristics

The team pursues this attractive risk/return profile by utilizing systematic analysis focused on fundamental characteristics that have been shown to drive capital growth. They apply this analysis to take long positions in equity securities they have identified as the most attractive and short positions in those they view as the least attractive.

A Note About Risk

The value and/or returns of a portfolio will fluctuate with market and economic conditions. Alternative mutual funds that hold a variety of non-traditional investments also often employ more complex trading strategies than traditional mutual funds. Each of these different alternative asset classes and investment strategies have unique risks making them more suitable for investors with an above average tolerance risk. There are risks associated with selling short, including the risk that the fund may have to cover its short positions at a higher price than the short price, resulting in a loss. The fund's loss on a short sale is potentially unlimited, as a loss occurs when the value of a security sold short increases. There is no guarantee that the investment objectives will be met. Dividends and yields represent past performance and there is no guarantee that they will continue to be paid. International investing involves special risks, such as political instability and currency fluctuations. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks. Because the fund may invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies, the fund may be subject to currency risk, meaning the fund could experience gains or losses based solely on changes in the exchange rate between foreign currencies and the U.S. dollar.

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For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Morningstar ratings are based upon Investor class of shares, unless otherwise indicated. The top 10% of funds in each 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. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) 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) Morningstar Rating™ metrics. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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The Morningstar Investment Style Box™ reveals a fund's investment strategy. For the equity holdings in the fund's portfolio, the vertical axis shows the market capitalization of the stocks owned and the horizontal axis shows investment style (value, blend or growth).

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Fund Management

Data reflects past performance for Investor Class shares, assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than data shown. Investment return and principal value fluctuates. Redemption value may be more or less than original cost. Obtain performance data current to the most recent month end. For additional share class information, consult the prospectus.

Alternative mutual funds that hold a variety of non-traditional investments also often employ more complex trading strategies than traditional mutual funds. Each of these different alternative asset classes and investment strategies have unique risks making them more suitable for investors with an above average tolerance for risk.

The value and/or returns of a portfolio will fluctuate with market and economic conditions. There are risks associated with selling short, including the risk that the fund may have to cover its short positions at a higher price than the short price, resulting in a loss. The fund's loss on a short sale is potentially unlimited, as a loss occurs when the value of a security sold short increases.

Fund(s) shown may take short positions. A short position arises when the fund sells stock that it does not own but was borrowed in anticipation that the market price of the stock will decline. If the market price declines, the fund can replace the borrowed stock at a lower price and capture the value represented by the difference between the higher sale price and the lower replacement price. Conversely, if the price of the stock goes up after the fund borrows the stock, the fund will lose money because it will have to pay more to replace the borrowed stock than it received when it sold the stock short. Any loss will be increased by the amount of compensation, interest or dividends, and transaction costs the fund must pay to the lender of the borrowed security. In addition, because the fund's loss on a short sale stems from increases in the value of the stock sold short, the extent of such loss, like the price of the stock sold short, is theoretically unlimited. By contrast, a fund's loss on a long position arises from decreases in the value of the stock and therefore is limited by the fact that a stock's value cannot drop below zero. In addition, the fund may not be able to close out a short position at a particular time or price advantageous to the fund and there is some risk the lender of the stock sold short will terminate the loan at an inopportune time.

Investment return and principal value of security investments will fluctuate. The value at the time of redemption may be more or less than the original cost. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. International investing involves special risks, such as political instability and currency fluctuations.

W2 If your account falls below the minimum balance, you will be notified and given 90 days to meet the minimum. If the deadline is not met, American Century Investments may redeem the shares in the account and send the proceeds to the address of record.

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Expense ratios provided are the funds' total annual operating expense ratios, gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements. Expense ratios are as of the funds' most current prospectus.

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