Ave Maria Growth Fund

Class No Load (AVEGX)
3 / 5 Stars
3 2 4 5 4
Zacks Investment Research
5 (Strong Sell)
Standard & Poor's
3 / 5 Stars
C (Hold)

#74 in Mid-Cap Growth

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The fund has returned 19.62 percent over the past year, 11.57 percent over the past three years, and 17.75 percent over the past five years.

Trailing Returns Updated 06.30.2014
Year to date -0.2%
1 Year 19.6%
3 Years (Annualized) 11.6%
5 Years (Annualized) 17.8%
10 Years (Annualized) 9.2%

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Ave Maria Growth, as its name implies, is a socially responsible fund that looks to provide religious investors with capital appreciation.

As of July 03, 2014, the fund has assets totaling almost $286.07 million invested in 35 different holdings. Its portfolio consists of a mix of mid- and large-cap companies.

Ave Maria Growth is geared toward Catholic investors. As such, it uses religious screens to eliminate certain companies, such as businesses that are involved in embryonic stem cell research or that produce pornography, from consideration. Companies that pass its screens are fair game. While technically a mid-cap fund, Ave Maria Growth also gives investors significant exposure to larger, more established companies. These large-cap holdings came in handy in 2008, when blue chips suffered less than their smaller counterparts. That year, the fund lost nearly 12 percentage points less than the average fund in Morningstar's mid-cap growth category. The fund has returned 19.62 percent over the past year and 11.57 percent over the past three years. 

The fund has returned 17.75 percent over the past five years.

Investment Strategy

Members of an advisory board composed of lay Roman Catholics and a retired archbishop of Detroit create the investing guidelines for this fund. Currently, the fund, which is geared toward Catholic investors, is not allowed to invest in companies that support abortion in any way. That means it stays away from a number of hospitals and insurance providers, as well as almost the entire pharmaceutical industry. It also avoids companies that are involved in pornography or embryonic stem cell research or that contribute money to Planned Parenthood. When choosing among companies that pass its screens, the fund looks to isolate growth opportunities. Management also has a strong buy-and-hold discipline, as evidenced by the fund's rock-bottom turnover ratio.

Role in Portfolio

This fund is designed for religious investors.



Ave Maria Growth Fund has an expense ratio of 1.43 percent. 

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Like all stock funds, this one comes with some risks.

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