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Overview

Seeks long-term total return primarily through holdings in companies engaged in mining, processing or distributing gold or other precious metals throughout the world.

Key Facts
Investment Objective
Seeks to realize a total return (capital growth and dividends) consistent with investment in securities of companies that are engaged in mining, processing, fabricating or distributing gold or other precious metals throughout the world.
Inception Date
08/17/1988
Morningstar Category
Equity Precious Metals
Benchmark
NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index - Total ReturnA
Total Assets
$589,373,734
As of 11/30/2023
Total Holdings
51
As of 10/31/2023
Distribution Frequency
Semi-annual
Morningstar Overall Rating
Based on risk-adjusted return
Out of 67 funds. Equity Precious Metals category
As of 10/31/2023
Fees
Gross Expense Ratio
0.66%
Minimums
All Accounts
With $100 monthly automatic investment
$500
IRA & CESAs
With no automatic investment
$1,000
All other accounts
With no automatic investment
$2,500
Trading Information
Ticker
BGEIX
CUSIP
02507M105

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, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance.

Performance

BGEIX
NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index - Total ReturnA

Data reflects past performance, 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. Returns less than one year are not annualized.

Average annual total returns illustrate the annual compounded returns that would have produced the cumulative total return if the fund's performance had remained constant throughout the period indicated. Returns for periods less than one year are not annualized. For periods prior to the inception of a class, performance is for the oldest class, restated with applicable fees, if any.

Global Gold Fund

NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index - Total Return

Data reflects past performance, 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. Returns less than one year are not annualized.

Data is not available at this time

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns will fluctuate and it is possible to lose money.

Total Paid
Ordinary Dividends
Reinvest Price
06/20/2023
$0.0497
$0.0497
$10.42
12/21/2022
$0.0913
$0.0913
$10.20

Historical Distribution (CSV)

Ratings and Risk

As of 10/31/2023
Overall
Out of 67 funds. Equity Precious Metals category
3 Year
Out of 67 funds
5 Year
Out of 62 funds
10 Year
Out of 56 funds

Investment Style

Large
Medium
Small
Value
Blend
Growth

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, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance.

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 Morningstar Rating does not include any adjustment for sales loads. 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 Investment Style Box™: 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).

As of 10/31/2023
Risk Measures
Relative to the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index - Total Return.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns will fluctuate and it is possible to lose money.

Portfolio

As of 11/30/2023
% Portfolio
Due to rounding, these values may exceed 100%Negative weights may be due to open security or capital stock trades at period end and/or unrealized loss on derivative positions as a percent of net assets at period end.
As of 10/31/202351 Equity Issues
As of 11/30/2023
Sectors
% Portfolio
Materials
100%
Due to rounding, these values may exceed 100%
As of 11/30/2023
Company
% Portfolio
Newmont Corp
8.28%
Gold Fields Ltd
6.49%
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd
5.47%
Kinross Gold Corp
5.29%
Barrick Gold Corp
5.09%
Northern Star Resources Ltd
4.76%
Wheaton Precious Metals Corp
4.62%
Alamos Gold Inc
4.19%
Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd
3.74%
Royal Gold Inc
3.70%
% of Top Portfolio Holdings
51.63%
Due to rounding, these values may exceed 100%Negative weights may be due to open security or capital stock trades at period end and/or unrealized loss on derivative positions as a percent of net assets at period end.
As of 11/30/2023
Countries
Regions
Countries
% Portfolio
Canada
47%
Australia
15%
South Africa
13%
United States
13%
United Kingdom
6%
China
5%
Peru
1%
Due to rounding, these values may exceed 100%

Team

Stephen Quance avatar
Stephen Quance

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Head of Disciplined Equity Group Investments

Firm Start

2023


Industry Start

2003

Yulin Long, Ph.D., CFA avatar
Yulin Long, Ph.D., CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Head of Quantitative Research

Firm Start

2005


Industry Start

2004

Arun Daniel avatar
Arun Daniel

Portfolio Manager

Head of Disciplined Equity Group Strategies

Firm Start

2022


Industry Start

2001

Resources

Fund Literature
Fact Sheet

Due to the limited focus of these funds, they may experience greater volatility than funds with a broader investment strategy. They are not intended to serve as a complete investment program by themselves.

International investing involves special risks, such as political instability and currency fluctuations.

Please see the prospectus for details about sales charges.

The gross expense ratio is the fund's total annual operating costs, expressed as a percentage of the fund's average net assets for a given time period. It is gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursement. The net expense ratio is the expense ratio after the application of any waivers or reimbursement. This is the actual ratio that investors paid during the fund's most recent fiscal year. Please see the prospectus for more information.

Investor Class Shares: Minimum initial investment is $1,000 for IRA and CESA accounts, and $2,500 for non-retirement accounts, but these minimums are waived with an initial investment of at least $500 per account and automatic investments of at least $100 per month. Non-Retirement Accounts: If your account balance falls below the minimum, or if you cancel your automatic monthly investment plan prior to reaching the minimum, American Century Investments may redeem the account and send the proceeds to you. Prior to doing so, we will notify you and give you 90 days to meet the minimum or reinstate your automatic monthly investment plan.

NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index - Total Return

A modified market capitalization-weighted index comprised of publicly traded companies involved primarily in the mining for gold and silver.

Alpha: Typically used to represent the value added or subtracted by active investment management strategies. It shows how an actively managed investment portfolio performed compared with the expected portfolio returns produced simply by benchmark volatility (beta) and market changes. A positive alpha shows that an investment manager has been able to capture more of the upside movement in the benchmark while softening the downswings. A negative alpha means that the manager's strategies have caught more benchmark downside than upside.

Beta: Standard measurement of potential investment risk and return. It shows how volatile a security's or an investment portfolio's returns have been compared with their respective benchmark indices. A benchmark index's beta always equals 1. A security or portfolio with a beta greater than 1 had returns that fluctuated more, both up and down, than those of its benchmark, while a beta of less than 1 indicates less fluctuation than the benchmark.

R-Squared: Portfolio performance and risk measure that indicates how much of a portfolio's performance fluctuations were attributable to movements in the portfolio's benchmark index. R-squared can range from 0-100%. An r-squared of 100% indicates that all portfolio performance movements were attributable to movements in the benchmark index-they correlate perfectly to the benchmark. Conversely, an r-squared of 0% indicates that there is no correlation between the performance movements of the portfolio and the benchmark.

Standard Deviation: Statistical measurement of variations from the average. In financial literature, it's often used to measure risk, when risk is measured or defined in terms of volatility. In general, more risk means more volatility, and more volatility means a higher standard deviation-there's more variation from the average of the data being measured. In this context, reducing risk means seeking lower standard deviation.

Sharpe Ratio: Simple but useful risk-adjusted measure of returns, showing the amount of return (reward) earned per unit of risk from any asset with a risk component. The higher the Sharpe Ratio, the better, theoretically, the portfolio's risk-adjusted performance-portfolios with higher Sharpe Ratios tend to provide more return for the same amount of risk. The Sharpe Ratio is useful, but not perfect. It can be skewed by irregular return factors that can upset the standard deviation calculation, and it doesn't take into account the market risk (beta) exposure of the portfolio.

Investment Blend: Reflects the blend of securities owned by a fund. For example, the percentage of foreign or domestic stocks held by an equity fund or the percentage of corporate and government securities owned by a bond fund. The U.S./Foreign Convertibles grouping includes Convertible Bonds, Equity Linked Securities and Convertible Preferred securities.

Sector Weights: This value represents the sectors included in the portfolio on a percent of assets basis.

Top Holdings: This value represents the top holdings included in the portfolio on a percent of assets basis. Equity holdings are grouped to include common shares, depository receipts, rights and warrants issued by the same company. Holdings are rounded to the nearest whole number, which may result in the display of less than ten holdings.

Countries: This value represents the countries included in the portfolio on a percent of assets basis.

Regions: This value represents the regions of the country represented by the securities included in the portfolio on a percent of assets basis.

For detailed descriptions of indices or investing terms referenced above, refer to our glossary.

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