Long-term growth of capital

Fund Overview

  • A fundamental research-driven, high-conviction portfolio with high active share
  • Bottom-up process seeks attractively valued companies that have the ability to generate high and sustainable returns on invested capital
  • Led by a team with extensive experience managing global equity portfolios

Primary Investments

  • Geographically diverse mix of US and non-US stocks
  • Broad universe of companies, of any size and in any industry
  • Normally holds 50–80 stocks

Management Team

David Dalgas, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer—Global Core Equity

Klaus Ingemann, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer—Global Core Equity

Related Insights

The performance shown represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance information shown. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Portfolio will fluctuate, so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund/Portfolio carefully before investing. For copies of our prospectus or summary prospectus, which contain this and other information, visit our Literature Center or contact your AB representative. Please read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

The net asset value (NAV) price is the value of one share of the Portfolio as of the date listed. The NAV does not take into account any initial sales charges that may apply when shares are purchased or redemption charges when shares are sold; if these sales charges were reflected, the Portfolio’s quoted performance would be lower. The NAV change is the change in value of one share of the Portfolio from the prior day’s value.

Total Returns
Peer Comparison

Performance for Classes R, K, I, Z and Advisor shares prior to the share class’ inception date is simulated based on the historical performance of the Class A shares, adjusted for typical estimated expenses. Please note the inception dates for the Funds.

Class A annualized returns with sales charge reflect the deduction of the maximum 4.25% sales charge. Class B shares are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge equal to 4% in year 1, 3% in year 2, 2% in year 3, and 1% in year 4. Class C shares are subject to a 1-year, 1% contingent deferred sales charge. Returns for Advisor Class, Class R, Class K, Class I and Class 2 are at NAV and carry no front-end or contingent deferred sales charges. Returns for Class R shares are without the imposition of a sales charge that would apply if shares were purchased outside of a group retirement plan.

As of January 31, 2009, Class B shares are no longer available for purchase by new investors. For additional information, see the Fund’s current prospectus.

If applicable, please keep in mind that high, double-digit returns are highly unusual and cannot be sustained. Investors should also be aware that these returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions. Fund returns are annualized for periods longer than one year. The NAV does not take into account any sales charges that may apply when shares are purchased or redeemed; if sales charges were reflected, the Fund’s quoted performance would be lower.

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The Morningstar RatingTM 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. The star rating 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 10.0% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35.0% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10.0% 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.

Lipper ratings are based on total returns at net asset value, without the imposition of a sales charge, which would reduce total return figures. Funds in the Lipper category generally have similar investment objectives for the funds, although some may have different investment policies.

Net expense ratio, if applicable, reflects the contractual waiver of a portion of the Advisor’s fee and/or reimbursement of a portion of the Fund’s operating expenses. This waiver and/or reimbursement extends through a particular date, as specified in the Fund’s current prospectus, and may be further extended or terminated by the Advisor, as set forth in the prospectus. Absent waivers and/or reimbursements, performance would have been lower.

The reinvest price is the net asset value (NAV) price. The NAV price is the value of one share of the Fund as of the Ex Date. The NAV does not take into account any sales charges that may apply when shares are purchased or redeemed.

Holdings and characteristics shown include underlying investments of pooled vehicles.

The Fund’s/Portfolio’s holdings (including derivatives) are expressed as a percentage of total investments and may vary over time. They are provided for informational purposes only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities mentioned.

Risks To Consider

Market Risk: The market values of the portfolio’s holdings rise and fall from day to day, so investments may lose value.

Non-Diversification Risk: The Fund is a "non-diversified" investment company, which means that the Fund may invest a larger portion of its assets in fewer companies than a diversified investment company. This increases the risks of investing in the Fund since the performance of each stock has a greater impact on the Fund's performance. To the extent that the Fund invests a relatively high percentage of its assets in securities of a limited number of companies, the Fund may also be more susceptible than a diversified investment company to any single economic, political or regulatory occurrence.

Emerging Market Risk: Investments in emerging market countries may have more risk because the markets are less developed and less liquid as well as being subject to increased economic, political, regulatory or other uncertainties.

Derivatives Risk: Investing in derivative instruments such as options, futures, forwards or swaps can be riskier than traditional investments, and may be more volatile, especially in a down market.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund/Portfolio carefully before investing. For copies of our prospectus or summary prospectus, which contain this and other information, visit our Literature Center or contact your AB representative. Please read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

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