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Parnassus Core Equity Fund

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Institutional Shares are generally for institutional investors and have a minimum investment of $100,000. Institutional Shares are available to investors who invest directly in the Fund as well as those who invest through certain intermediaries. The minimum initial investment may be waived for group retirement plans. Please see the prospectus for more details.

Investor Shares
Investor Shares are generally for individual investors have a minimum investment of $2,000, which may be reduced to $500 for IRAs and certain custodial accounts. Please see the prospectus for more details.

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Objective:

Capital appreciation and current income.

Strategy

The Parnassus Core Equity Fund is a diversified, fundamental, U.S., large-cap, core equity fund. The Fund invests principally in undervalued equity securities of large-capitalization companies. At least 75% of the Fund’s total assets will normally be invested in equity securities that pay dividends. The remaining 25% may be invested in non-dividend-paying equity securities. The Fund also takes environmental, social and governance factors into account in making investment decisions.

Risks

The Fund’s share price may change daily based on the value of its security holdings. Stock markets can be volatile, and stock values fluctuate in response to the asset levels of individual companies and in response to general U.S. and international market and economic conditions. In addition to large-cap companies, the Fund may invest in small- and/or mid-cap companies, which can be more volatile than large-cap firms. Security holdings in the fund can vary significantly from broad market indexes.

Fund Facts

Ticker PRILX
CUSIP 701769408
Minimum Investment $100,000
Gross Expense Ratio 0.69 %
Net Expense Ratio* 0.69 %
Inception Date 4/28/2006
Fund Managers,
Since May 2001
Since May 2012

Todd C. Ahlsten
Benjamin E. Allen
Fund Strategy Large-Cap Core
Lipper Category Core Equity
Distribution Frequency Quarterly
Share Class Assets $2,601MM
Total Net Assets 1 $10,073MM

* Expenses based on total net assets, net of reimbursement.

Fund Characteristics as of as of September 30, 2014 Fund S&P 500 Index
Avg. Weighted Mkt. Cap ($Bin)

Avg. Weighted Mkt. Cap ($Bin)
The average capitalization of all stocks in the portfolio, weighted by each holding's size in the portfolio. Capitalization, or market value of an entire company, is calculated by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the price per share.

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$82.8 $130.7
P/E Ratio

P/E Ratio
A ratio of a stock's current price to its per-share earnings over the past 12 months (or "trailing" 12 months). This gives us an idea of how "expensive" a stock may be. For a fund, the price/earnings ratio is the weighted average P/E ratio of the stocks it holds.

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21.7x 18.4x
P/B Ratio

P/B Ratio
The ratio of a stock’s latest closing price divided by its book value per share.

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3.4x 2.6x
Number of Holdings 41 502
Portfolio Turnover (2013 Annual) 16.9 % NA
30 Day SEC Yield as of 9/30/14 1.27 % 1.97 %
Fund Statistics (5 Year) as of as of September 30, 2014 Fund S&P 500 Index
Alpha

Alpha
A coefficient measuring risk-adjusted performance, considering the risk due to the specific security, rather than the overall market. A large alpha indicates that the stock or mutual fund has performed better than would be predicted, given its beta.

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1.67 % 0.00 %
Beta

Beta
A measurement of a fund's trailing 36-month returns in relation with the market as a whole. A beta of 1 means that the share price moves exactly inline with the market. A beta over 1 suggests that the share price will typically be more volatile than the market, and conversely, a beta below 1 indicates that the share price will typically be less volatile than the market.

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0.88 1.00
R-Squared

R-Squared
A measurement of how closely the portfolio's performance correlates with the performance of a benchmark index such as the S&P 500.

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0.92 1.00
Sharpe Ratio

Sharpe Ratio
A ratio used to measure risk-adjusted performance. It is calculated by subtracting the risk-free rate from the rate of return for a portfolio and dividing the result by the standard deviation of the portfolio returns.

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1.30 1.19
Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation
A calculation used to measure variability (risk) of a portfolio's performance.

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12.11 % 13.20 %
Downside Risk

Downside Risk
A statistical measurement of a portfolio’s dispersion below the mean return of a benchmark.

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6.89 % 7.50 %
Tracking Error

Tracking Error
The standard deviation of the difference between the portfolio return and the desired investment benchmark return.

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3.72 % NA

1 Total net assets represent the combined assets of Institutional Shares and Investor Shares.

The Standard & Poor's 500 Composite Stock Price Index (also known as "the S&P 500 Index") is a widely recognized index of common stock prices. An individual cannot invest directly in an index. An index reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes, but mutual fund returns do.