The Growth Fund (HNASX) is a stock fund that seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation through investments in common stocks of growth companies.
The approach of the fund’s subadviser, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., generally is to look for companies with what it expects to have an above-average rate of earnings and cash flow growth and a lucrative niche in the economy that gives them the ability to sustain earnings momentum even during times of slow economic growth. In taking a growth approach to stock selection, the fund normally will invest at least 80% of net assets (including any borrowings for investment purposes) in the common stocks of large companies.
|Inception||January 22, 2001|
|Morningstar Category||Large Growth|
|Lipper Classification||Large-Cap Growth Funds|
|Benchmark||Russell 1000 Growth Index|
|Expense Ratio||0.93% (12/31/17)|
|Median Expense Ratio for Peer Group||1.15% (12/31/17)|
|Minimum for Initial Purchase||$500/$200 IRA|
The expense ratio shows the percentage of fund assets deducted annually to cover operating costs. Fund expense ratios shown here do not include acquired fund fees and expenses. If applicable, these additional costs are disclosed in the prospectus. For some funds, the investment advisor has agreed voluntarily or contractually (for at least the current fiscal year) to waive or reimburse a portion of expenses. The net expense ratio is the expense ratio minus the portion of expenses waived or reimbursed. Please see the current prospectus for additional details. The peer ratio is according to Morningstar Direct, based on each fund’s Morningstar classification.
|Morningstar Overall Rating||*****|
Lipper ratings for Total Return reflect the Fund’s historical total return performance relative to peers as of 12/31/18. Lipper ratings for Consistent Return reflect the Funds’ historical risk-adjusted returns, adjusted for volatility, relative to peers as of 12/31/18. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Total Return and Consistent Return metrics over three-, five-, 10-year and Overall periods. The highest 20% of funds in each peer group are named Lipper Leader or a score of 5, the next 20% receive a score of 4, the middle 20% are scored 3, the next 20% are scored 2 and the lowest 20% are scored 1. Homestead Growth Fund, in Lipper’s Large-Cap Growth Funds classification, received a rating of 5 for the five-, 10-year and Overall periods (number of funds rated in parentheses). Total Return: Three Year (596 funds), Five Year (536 funds), Ten Year (408 funds) and Overall (596 funds). Consistent Return: Three Year (595 funds), Five Year (535 funds), Ten Year (407 funds) and Overall (595 funds).
Morningstar rated this Fund, in Morningstar’s large-growth category, 5 stars for the Overall period out of 1,246 funds, 5 stars for the 10-year period out of 798 funds, 5 stars for the five-year period out of 1,106 funds and 5 stars for the three-year period out of 1,246 funds for performance periods ending 12/31/18. 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 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.
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Equity securities generally have greater price volatility than fixed-income securities and are subject to issuer risk and market risk. Growth stocks are subject to the risk that returns on stocks within the style category will trail returns of stocks representing other styles or the market overall.