Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate; an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. The Fund's transfer agency expenses may be reduced by expense offsets from an unaffiliated transfer agent, without which performance would have been lower. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted above. For performance information current to the most recent month end, click on Total Returns By Month tab above.
Performance for the Institutional Shares prior to 5/29/2009, is based on the performance of the Retail Shares, which have a distribution fee. The Institutional Shares do not have a distribution fee. If the annual returns prior to 5/29/2009 did not reflect this fee, the returns would be higher.
*As of fiscal year ended 12/31/2015, the total expense ratio of the Fund's Institutional Shares was 1.26% (comprised of a 1.06% expense ratio plus an interest expense of 0.20%).
Reflects actual fees and expenses charged when the Fund was a partnership. The partnership charged a 20% performance fee. If the annual returns for the Fund did not reflect the performance fee for the years the predecessor partnership charged a performance fee, the returns would be higher. The Fund’s shareholders are not charged a performance fee. The partnership’s performance is before April 30, 2003. During that period, the partnership was not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and was not subject to its requirements or the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code relating to registered investment companies, which, if it was, might have adversely affected its performance.
Definitions (provided by BAMCO, Inc.): The indexes are unmanaged. The Russell Midcap™ Growth Index measures the performance of medium-sized U.S. companies that are classified as growth and the S&P 500 Index of 500 widely held large-cap U.S. companies. The Russell Midcap Growth Index, the S&P 500 Index and the Fund are with dividends, which positively impact the performance results. The Morningstar Mid-Cap Growth Average is not weighted and represents the straight average of annualized returns of each of the funds in the Mid-Cap Growth category. The Fund's Institutional Shares have been included in the category since 5/29/09 and the Fund's Retail Shares since 4/30/03. As of 6/30/13, the category consisted of 727, 719, 704, 637, 563 and 417 funds for the 3-month, year-to-date, 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods. © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Morningstar information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.