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Parnassus Core Equity Fund

Institutional Shares

Objective:

Capital appreciation and current income.

Strategy

The Parnassus Core Equity Fund invests with low turnover and high conviction in approximately 40 holdings. The Fund focuses on identifying companies with:

  • Wide moats or strong competitive advantages that protect market share and profitability
  • Relevancy over the long term, which provides a compounding growth component
  • Quality management teams that will act in the best interest of shareholders
  • Favorable three-year investment horizon

The Fund strives to outperform the S&P 500 index on a risk-adjusted basis with a high active share. The Fund attempts to shield investors from losses during bear markets, while offering significant upside participation during bull markets.

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 0.67 %
Net Expense Ratio* 0.67 %
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 Equity Income
Distribution Frequency Quarterly
Share Class Assets $4,077MM
Total Net Assets 1 $13,032MM

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Institutional Shares
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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Fund Characteristics as of 6/30/16 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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$95.0 $137.5
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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19.3x 19.5x
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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2.9x 2.7x
Number of Holdings 38 505
Portfolio Turnover (2015 Annual) 26.9 % NA
30 Day SEC Yield as of 7/31/16 1.14 % 2.19 %
Fund Statistics (5 Year) as of 6/30/16 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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2.34 % 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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0.84 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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0.91 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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1.20 1.00
Standard Deviation

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

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10.59 % 12.10 %
Downside Risk

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

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5.86 % 6.84 %
Tracking Error

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

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3.68 % NA

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

As described in the Fund’s current prospectus dated May 1, 2016, Parnassus Investments has contractually agreed to limit total operating expenses to 0.78% of net assets for the Parnassus Core Equity Fund—Institutional Shares. This agreement will not be terminated prior to May 1, 2017, and may be continued indefinitely by the Adviser on a year‐to‐year basis.

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.

For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees, unless otherwise indicated), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and is rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. As of 06/30/2016, the Fund was rated against the following numbers of U.S. - domiciled Large Blend funds over the following time periods: 1,392 in the last 3 years, 1,206 in the last 5 years and 895 in the last 10 years. With respect to these Large Blend funds, the Fund received a Morningstar Rating of 4, 5 and 5 stars for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively. Other classes may have different performance characteristics. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.