American Century Investments® VP Capital Appreciation Fund
This fund seeks capital growth.
The portfolio managers look for stocks of medium-sized companies they believe will increase in value over time, using an investment strategy developed by the fund's investment advisor. In implementing this strategy, the portfolio managers make their investment decisions based primarily on their analysis of individual companies, rather than on broad economic forecasts. Management of the fund is based on the belief that durable franchises in a growing industry can sustain above average earnings growth. Under normal market conditions, the fund's portfolio will primarily consist of securities of companies with attractive returns on invested capital that are demonstrating business improvement. Analytical indicators helping to identify signs of business improvement could include accelerating earnings or revenue growth rates, increasing cash flows, or other indications of the relative strength of a company's business. These techniques help the portfolio managers buy or hold the stocks of companies they believe have favorable growth prospects and sell the stocks of companies whose characteristics no longer meet their criteria.
Also, although the portfolio managers intend to invest the funds assets primarily in U.S. securities, the fund may invest in securities of foreign companies when these securities meet the portfolio managers' standards of selection.
The fund may write covered calls on a portion of the fund's holdings in common stock when the portfolio managers believe call premiums are attractive relative to the price of the underlying security.
- Growth Stocks – Investments in growth stocks may be more volatile than other stocks and the overall stock market. These stocks are typically priced higher than other stocks because of their growth potential, which may or may not be realized.
- Mid Cap Stocks – The fund invests in mid-sized and smaller companies, which may be more volatile and subject to greater risk than larger companies. Smaller companies may have limited financial resources, product lines and markets, and their securities may trade less frequently and in more limited volumes than the securities of larger companies, which could lead to higher transaction costs.
- Style Risk – If at any time the market is not favoring the fund’s growth investment style, the fund’s gains may not be as big as, or its losses may be bigger than, those of other equity funds using different investment styles.
- Foreign Securities – The fund may invest in foreign securities, which can be riskier than investing in U.S. securities. Securities of foreign issuers may be less liquid, more volatile and harder to value than U.S. securities.
- Covered Call Risk – Writing covered calls may limit the fund's ability to participate in price increases of the underlying securities and could lower the fund's return.
- Price Volatility – The value of the fund’s shares may fluctuate significantly in the short term.
- Market Risk – The value of the fund’s shares will go up and down based on the performance of the companies whose securities it owns and other factors generally affecting the securities market. Market risks, including political, regulatory, economic and social developments, can affect the value of the fund’s investments. Natural disasters, public health emergencies, terrorism and other unforeseeable events may lead to increased market volatility and may have adverse long-term effects on world economies and markets generally.
- Redemption Risk – The fund may need to sell securities at times it would not otherwise do so in order to meet shareholder redemption requests. Selling securities to meet such redemptions may cause the fund to experience a loss or increase the fund's transaction costs. To the extent that an insurance company has a large position in the fund, the fund may experience relatively large redemptions if such insurance company reallocates its assets.
- Principal Loss – At any given time your shares may be worth less than the price you paid for them. In other words, it is possible to lose money by investing in the fund.
An investment in the fund is not a bank deposit, and it is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or any other government agency.
|Year to Date||13.87%|
|Prior 3 Months||23.09%|
|Prior 1 Year||16.01%|
|Prior 3 Years||15.34%|
|Prior 5 Years||10.29%|
|Prior 10 Years||12.57%|
The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and unit values will fluctuate so that units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investment Fund total return performance currently may be lower or higher than the figures stated above.
The total return performance data are based on a hypothetical investment of $1,000, which is redeemed at the end of the periods shown. The total return figures reflect the reinvestment of investment income and capital gains and losses, and are net of expenses which include a contract fee, an expense risk fee, administrative charges, a distribution expense charge and Underlying Funds fees and expenses.
The total return figures for periods extending beyond a year are average rates of return and do not reflect the Funds' actual year-to-year results, which varied over the periods shown. Contributions or withdrawals made within a period would experience different rates of return based on the unit values on the dates of such transactions.
Portfolio Turnover Rate(%): 58%**Excludes all short-term securities.
|Industry||% of Portfolio|
|Company||% of Portfolio|
|SBA Communications Corp.||2.6%|
|Encompass Health Corp.||2.5%|
|Cadence Design Systems Inc.||3.2%|
|F5 Networks Inc.||2.5%|
|Advanced Micro Devices Inc.||2.2%|
Rob Brookby, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, has been a member of the team that manages the fund since joining American Century Investments in 2018. From 2008 to 2018, he was a portfolio manager for Putnam Investments. He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard University. Nalin Yogasundram, Portfolio Manager, has been a member of the team that manages the fund since joining American Century Investments in 2013 as an investment analyst and became a portfolio manager in 2016. Prior to joining American Century, he was an equity analyst for T. Rowe Price. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.