The Small-Company Stock Fund (HSCSX) seeks long-term growth of capital for the long-term investor.
The fund generally invests in stocks of companies selling at prices below what RE Advisers believes to be their fundamental value. To determine whether a stock is undervalued, RE Advisers considers, among other factors, potential earning power, financial debt ratios and any competitive advantages a company may have. Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes) in common stocks of companies whose market capitalization, at the time of purchase, is within the range of the market capitalization of companies represented in the Russell 2000 Index. However, RE Advisers will not necessarily sell a security whose market capitalization, after the initial purchase, is no longer within the range of the market capitalization of the companies represented in the Russell 2000 Index.
|Inception||March 04, 1998|
|Morningstar Category||Small Blend|
|Lipper Classification||Small-Cap Core Funds|
|Benchmark||Russell 2000 Index|
|Expense Ratio||0.88% (12/31/17)|
|Median Expense Ratio for Peer Group||1.33% (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 Expense reflect the Fund’s expense minimization relative to peers with similar load structures as of 3/31/18. The Lipper ratings are subject to change every month and are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks for the Tax Efficiency and Expense 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 Small Company Stock Fund, in Lipper’s Small-Cap Core Funds classification, received a rating of 5 for the three-, five-, 10-year and Overall periods (number of funds rated in parentheses). Expense: Three Year (268 funds), Five Year (241 funds), 10 Year (195 funds) and Overall (268 funds). Lipper ratings are not intended to predict future results, and Lipper does not guarantee the accuracy of this information. More information is available at lipperleaders.com.
Morningstar rated this Fund, in Morningstar’s small blend category, 4 stars for the Overall period out of 627 funds, 5 stars for the 10-year period out of 400 funds, 3 stars for the five-year period out of 542 funds and 2 stars for the three-year period out of 627 funds for performance periods ending 3/31/18. 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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Senior Equity Analyst
Senior Equity Portfolio Manager
Equity funds, in general, are subject to style risk, the chance that returns on stocks within the style category in which the fund invests will trail returns of stocks representing other styles or the market overall. Share prices of small-capitalization stock funds may be more volatile than those of large-capitalization stock funds. Smaller companies may have limited product lines, markets or financial resources, or their management teams may have less depth and expertise, compared with large-capitalization companies.