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Parnassus Core Equity Fund

Investor 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 PRBLX
CUSIP 701769101
Minimum Investment $2,000
Gross Expense Ratio 0.87 %
Net Expense Ratio* 0.87 %
Inception Date 8/31/1992
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 $10,441MM
Total Net Assets 1 $15,436MM

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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 3/31/17 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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$131.8 $163.9
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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19.1x 21.2x
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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3.2x 3.0x
Number of Holdings 37 505
Portfolio Turnover (2016 Annual) 22.9 % NA
30 Day SEC Yield as of 4/30/17 1.05 % 1.99 %
Fund Statistics (5 Year) as of 3/31/17 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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1.71 % 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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0.90 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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1.43 1.30
Standard Deviation

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

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13.53 % 13.30 %
Downside Risk

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

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5.03 % 5.55 %
Tracking Error

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

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3.27 % NA

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

The net expense ratio is what investors pay.

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.

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