|P. O. Box 219078 , Kansas City, MO 64121|
|Fund Manager||Justin Leverenz|
|Manager Tenure||7 Years 3 Months|
The Fund s investment objective is to seek capital appreciation. The Fund mainly invests in equity securities of issuers in emerging and developing markets throughout the world. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets, plus borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities of issuers that are economically tied to an emerging market country, and in derivatives and other instruments that have economic characteristics similar to such securities. For purposes of the 80% investment policy, the Fund considers an emerging market country to be one whose economy or markets are generally considered emerging or developing. The Fund typically invests in at least three emerging market countries. At times, the Fund may invest up to 100% of its total assets in securities of issuers in emerging and developing markets. In general, countries may be considered emerging or developing markets if they are included in any one of the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) emerging markets indices, classified as an emerging or developing market, or classified under a similar or corresponding classification, by organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, or have economies, industries and stock markets with similar characteristics. For purposes of the 80% investment policy discussed above, a determination that an issuer is economically tied to an emerging market country is based on factors including, but not limited to, geographic location of its primary trading markets, location of its assets, its domicile or its principal offices, or whether it receives revenues or profits from goods produced or sold from, or investments made or services performed in, an emerging or developing market. Such a determination can also be based, in whole or in part, on identification of an issuer s securities within an index or other listing indicating its location in an emerging or developing market country. The Fund may also invest in securities of issuers in less-developed emerging market countries that are not included in standard emerging market benchmarks or classifications and are traditionally less accessible to investors or in the early stages of capital market or economic development (such countries are commonly referred to as frontier market countries). Frontier market countries generally have smaller economies and less developed capital markets than traditional emerging and developing market countries. Investments in issuers in frontier market countries are included in the 80% of the Fund s assets discussed in the investment policy above. The Fund seeks its investment objective by focusing on investments in securities of companies in emerging or developing markets that the Adviser believes are innovative in either, or a combination of, their products, services, processes, business models, management, use of technology, or approach to servicing geographic and consumer markets. The Fund invests primarily in common stocks, but can also invest in other equity securities, including preferred stocks, convertible securities, rights and warrants. The Fund may buy securities of issuers of any size, any market capitalization range and any industry or sector. Although the Fund can invest in securities of companies of any size and any market capitalization range, because innovative companies generally tend to have smaller market capitalizations, the Fund anticipates that it will generally have greater exposure to small- and mid-sized companies. The Fund may invest directly in certain eligible China A Shares through Stock Connect (a securities trading and clearing program designed to achieve mutual stock market access between the People s Republic of China (PRC) and Hong Kong). In selecting investments for the Fund, the Adviser evaluates investment opportunities on a company-by-company basis. This approach includes fundamental analysis of a company s financial statements, management record, capital structure, operations, product development, and competitive position in its industry. The portfolio manager also looks for newer or established businesses that are entering, or expected to enter, into a growth cycle and have the potential for accelerating earnings growth or cash flow. The portfolio manager considers the effect of worldwide trends on the growth of particular business sectors and looks for companies that may benefit from those trends and seeks a diverse mix of industries and countries to help reduce the risks of foreign investing, such as currency fluctuations and stock market volatility. The portfolio manager takes a broad view that stretches across industries, sectors, companies and a company s operational functions, when considering whether a company is deemed to be innovative. The portfolio manager monitors individual issuers for changes in the factors above, which may trigger a decision to sell a security. These factors may vary in particular cases and may change over time. As part of the Fund s investment process to implement its investment strategy in pursuit of its investment objective, the Fund s portfolio manager also considers both qualitative and quantitative environmental, social and governance ( ESG ) factors they believe to be material to understanding an issuer s fundamentals, and assesses whether any ESG factors pose a material financial risk or opportunity to the issuer and determines whether such risks are appropriately reflected in the issuer s valuation. This analysis may involve the use of third-party research as well as proprietary research. Consideration of ESG factors is just one component of the portfolio manager s assessment of issuers eligible for investment and the Fund s portfolio manager may still invest in securities of issuers that may be viewed as having a high ESG risk profile. The ESG factors considered by the Fund s portfolio manager may change over time and one or more factors may not be relevant with respect to all issuers eligible for investment.
|Asset Type||% Of Allocation|
|Total Net Assets||21.02 M|
|Criteria||3 Years||5 Years||10 Years|
|Minimum Initial IRA||$250|
|Timeframe||Average Annual Current Performance Monthly As Of 08/31/2021||Average Annual Current Performance Quarterly As Of 06/30/2021||Avg Annual Current Performance Monthly As Of 08/31/2021||Avg Annual Current Performance Quarterly As Of 06/30/2021|
|Life Of Fund||
|Symbol||Company Name||% Of Assets|
|YUMC||YUM CHINA HOLDINGS INC||5.55%|
|HTHT||HUAZHU GROUP LTD||4.84%|
|207940.K||SAMSUNG BIOLOGICS CO LTD||2.93%|
|LAME4.SA||LOJAS AMERICANAS SA||2.64%|
|EDU||NEW ORIENTAL EDUCATION & TECH||2.59%|
|2269.HK||WUXI BIOLOGICS CAYMAN INC||2.54%|
|ACES||ACE HARDWARE INDONESIA||2.35%|
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