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Overview

Sustainable Equity Fund seeks to invest in large cap companies (ESG leaders) with improving business fundamentals and sustainable corporate behaviors to deliver competitive long-term financial returns.

  1. Focused on Strong, Sustainable Businesses

    Our goal is to deliver a sustainable, actively-managed, large-cap portfolio focused on ESG leaders that may align with core portfolio investment choices.

  2. A Robust, ESG-Integrated Process

    The investment team applies our unique blend of financial and ESG analysis to help manage risk, increase long-term gains, and positively impact the world.

  3. Emphasizing Stock Selection

    Constructed to capitalize on the team's research insights with stock selection being the intended driver of excess return¹, not macro or sector factors.

Getting to Know... Sustainable Equity Fund
Key Facts
Investment Objective
Seeks long-term capital growth. Income is a secondary objective
Inception Date
07/29/2005
Morningstar Category
Large Blend
Benchmark
S&P 500 IndexA
Total Assets
$4,184,760,318
As of 05/31/2023
Total Holdings
98
As of 04/30/2023
Distribution Frequency
Annual
Morningstar Overall Rating
Based on risk-adjusted return
Out of 1,281 funds. Large Blend category
As of 05/31/2023
Fees
Gross Expense Ratio
0.79%
Trading Information
Ticker
AFDIX
CUSIP
02508H600

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

AFDIX
S&P 500 IndexA

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.

Sustainable Equity Fund

S&P 500 Index

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
12/21/2022
$0.2427
$0.2125
$39.02

Historical Distribution (CSV)

Ratings and Risk

As of 05/31/2023
Overall
Out of 1,281 funds. Large Blend category
3 Year
Out of 1,281 funds
5 Year
Out of 1,178 funds
10 Year
Out of 874 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 04/30/2023
Risk Measures
Relative to the S&P 500 Index.

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

Sustainability Report

We believe integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment process leads to better decision making and improved outcomes for our investors.

Portfolio

As of 05/31/2023
% 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 04/30/202398 Equity Issues
As of 05/31/2023
Sectors
% Portfolio
Information Technology
29%
Health Care
14%
Financials
13%
Consumer Discretionary
9%
Communication Services
9%
Industrials
8%
Consumer Staples
7%
Energy
4%
Materials
3%
Real Estate
3%
Utilities
2%
Due to rounding, these values may exceed 100%
As of 05/31/2023
Company
% Portfolio
Microsoft Corp
8.81%
Apple Inc
5.12%
Alphabet Inc
4.61%
NVIDIA Corp
3.12%
Amazon.com Inc
2.44%
Prologis Inc
2.10%
UnitedHealth Group Inc
2.02%
ConocoPhillips
1.99%
NextEra Energy Inc
1.88%
Visa Inc
1.81%
% of Top Portfolio Holdings
33.9%
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 05/31/2023
Countries
Regions
Countries
% Portfolio
United States
99%
Netherlands
1%
Denmark
1%
Due to rounding, these values may exceed 100%

Team

Justin Brown, CFA avatar
Justin Brown, CFA

Vice President

Portfolio Manager

Firm Start

2000


Industry Start

1993

Joe Reiland, CFA avatar
Joe Reiland, CFA

Vice President

Senior Portfolio Manager

Firm Start

2000


Industry Start

1995

Rob Bove avatar
Rob Bove

Portfolio Manager

Firm Start

2005


Industry Start

1995

Resources

Fund Literature
Fact Sheet

The advisor has agreed to waive the G Class's management fee in its entirety. The advisor expects this waiver to remain in effect permanently and cannot terminate it without the approval of the Board of Directors.

The value and/or returns of a portfolio will fluctuate with market and economic conditions.

Different investment styles tend to shift in and out of favor depending upon market and economic conditions, as well as investor sentiment. A fund may outperform or underperform other funds that employ a different investment style.

Although the fund's performance has historically benefited from investments in initial public offerings (IPOs), future IPO exposure likely will be limited by the fund's investment process.

International investing involves special risk considerations, including economic and political conditions, inflation rates 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.

Sustainability

Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. There are many different approaches to Sustainability, with motives varying from positive societal impact, to wanting to achieve competitive financial results, or both. Methods of sustainable investing include active share ownership, integration of ESG factors, thematic investing, impact investing and exclusion among others.

Many of American Century's investment strategies incorporate the consideration of environmental, social, and/or governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes in addition to traditional financial analysis. However, when doing so, the portfolio managers may not consider ESG factors with respect to every investment decision and, even when such factors are considered, they may conclude that other attributes of an investment outweigh ESG considerations when making decisions for the portfolio. The consideration of ESG factors may limit the investment opportunities available to a portfolio, and the portfolio may perform differently than those that do not incorporate ESG considerations. ESG data used by the portfolio managers often lacks standardization, consistency, and transparency, and for certain companies such data may not be available, complete, or accurate.

ESG Definitions:

  • ESG Integrated: An investment strategy that integrates ESG factors aims to make investment decisions through the analysis of ESG factors alongside other financial variables in an effort to deliver superior, long-term, risk-adjusted returns. Therefore, ESG factors may limit the investment opportunities available, and the portfolio may perform differently than those that do not incorporate ESG factors. Portfolio managers have ultimate discretion in how ESG issues may impact a portfolio's holdings, and depending on their analysis, investment decisions may not be affected by ESG factors.

  • ESG Focused: An investment strategy that focuses on ESG factors seeks to invest, under normal market conditions, in securities that meet certain ESG criteria or standards in an effort to promote sustainable characteristics, in addition to seeking superior, long-term, risk-adjusted returns. This investment focus may limit the investment opportunities available to a portfolio. Therefore, the portfolio may underperform or perform differently than other portfolios that do not have an ESG investment focus. ESG-focused investment strategies include but are not limited to impact, best-in-class, positive screening, exclusionary, and thematic approaches.

Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Criteria

The risk and/or opportunity to a company's market valuation resulting from environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Depending on the sector, environmental and social factors include, but are not limited to, 1) climate change, 2) water stress, 3) product safety and quality (supply chain and manufacturing), 4) cybersecurity and data privacy, and 5) human capital management. Regardless of the sector, governance factors include: 1) business (mis)conduct, 2) board composition, independence and entrenchment, 3) accounting practices, 4) ownership structure, and 5) executive pay-for-sustainability performance alignment.

S&P 500® Index

The S&P 500® Index is composed of 500 selected common stocks most of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It is not an investment product available for purchase.

Excess return

Excess return, in investment management literature, is used in risk-adjusted return (defined below) discussions and risk-adjusted return calculations, such as the Sharpe Ratio (defined below). It equals the return of a portfolio minus the return of what is considered to be a relatively risk-free asset, such as a U.S. Treasury bill.

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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