Why Invest in This Fund?

1Proudly First

In 1957, AGF began as a single innovative idea: to pool the funds of Canadian investors to provide access to the U.S. market. The American Growth Fund was the first mutual fund in Canada to invest solely in U.S. equities – and its initials (AGF) became the company’s name.

2Focus on Innovation

The Fund looks for leading U.S. growth companies exhibiting exceptional innovation and corporate leadership. These product and service innovators have the greatest odds of potential success, regardless of economic and/or political factors.

3High-conviction Manager

The portfolio manager, Tony Genua, starts each day by taking an objective look at all the stocks in the portfolio to assess the team’s conviction level in each stock. The result is a concentrated portfolio of approximately 40 stocks focused on timely opportunities.

Fund Details

Pricing & Performance

ETF Characteristics

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Portfolio Managers & Investment Team


Literature and Support Material

Regulatory Documents

Fund Facts Documents

FundGrade A+® is used with permission from Fundata Canada Inc., all rights reserved. The annual FundGrade A+® Awards are presented by Fundata Canada Inc. to recognize the “best of the best” among Canadian investment funds. The FundGrade A+® calculation is supplemental to the monthly FundGrade ratings and is calculated at the end of each calendar year. The FundGrade rating system evaluates funds based on their risk-adjusted performance, measured by Sharpe Ratio, Sortino Ratio, and Information Ratio. The score for each ratio is calculated individually, covering all time periods from 2 to 10 years. The scores are then weighted equally in calculating a monthly FundGrade. The top 10% of funds earn an A Grade; the next 20% of funds earn a B Grade; the next 40% of funds earn a C Grade; the next 20% of funds receive a D Grade; and the lowest 10% of funds receive an E Grade. To be eligible, a fund must have received a FundGrade rating every month in the previous year. The FundGrade A+® uses a GPA-style calculation, where each monthly FundGrade from “A” to “E” receives a score from 4 to 0, respectively. A fund’s average score for the year determines its GPA. Any fund with a GPA of 3.5 or greater is awarded a FundGrade A+® Award. For more information, see www.FundGradeAwards.com. Although Fundata makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Fundata.

AGF American Growth Class won in the U.S. Equity CIFSC Category, out of 794 funds. The FundGrade A+ start date was 1/31/2014 and the FundGrade A+ end date was 12/31/2023.

Term Definitions:

Active Share
Active Share tracks the disparity between a portfolio manager's holdings and that of its benchmark index. A low Active Share score indicates that a portfolio manager is closely replicating the target index, while a high Active Share score indicates that a fund's holdings diverge significantly from the target index.

A measure of a fund's sensitivity to market movements (as represented by a benchmark index). The benchmark index has a Beta of 1.0. A Beta of more (less) than 1.0 indicates that a fund’s historical returns have fluctuated more (less) than the benchmark index. For example, a Beta of 1.10 shows that the fund performed 10% better than its benchmark index in up markets and 10% worse in down markets, assuming all other factors remain constant.

Downside Capture (Ratio)
The Downside Capture Ratio is calculated by taking the portfolio's return and dividing it by the benchmark's return in periods when the benchmark return was negative. A Downside Capture Ratio of less than 100% is considered desirable.

Forward Earnings Growth
Forward Earnings are an estimate of a company's earnings for an upcoming period; their growth rate is calculated based on forecasted earnings.

Forward Price/Earnings (Forward P/E)
A Forward P/E is calculated based on forecasted earnings per share; a stock’s current price divided by next year’s expected earnings.

Forward Sales Growth
Forward Sales are an estimate of a company's revenues for an upcoming period; their growth rate is calculated based on forecasted revenue.

Information Ratio
The Information Ratio is the ratio of the portfolio returns above the returns of the blended benchmark to the volatility of those returns. It's designed to measure the ability to generate excess returns relative to a benchmark on a risk-adjusted basis.

Management Expense Ratio (MER)
The Management Expense Ratio, commonly referred to as MER, is a measure of the total expenses (fees and other costs) borne by the mutual fund or ETF, expressed as a percentage of the fund's net asset value. The ratio is calculated by dividing the total annual expenses by the average net asset value of the fund for the given year.

(P/E ratio or P/E) The ratio of share price to earnings per share.

Return on Equity
A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by average shareholders’ equity.

Risk Profile
The Risk Profile is based on the historical volatility of a fund, as measured by the 10-year annualized standard deviation of the 10-year average returns of the fund. The investment risk level is required to be determined in accordance with the Canadian Securities Administrators’ standardized risk classification methodology.

Sharpe Ratio
Sharpe Ratio characterizes how well the return of a fund compensates the investor for each unit of absolute risk they assume, as measured by the Standard Deviation of the fund. The greater a fund's Sharpe Ratio, the better its risk-adjusted performance has been.

Standard Deviation
A statistical measure of the range/dispersion of a fund's performance. The more variable the returns, the larger the Standard Deviation. When a fund has a high Standard Deviation, it means that its range of performance was wide for the given period, i.e. greater historical volatility. Standard Deviation does not predict the future volatility of a fund.

Tracking Error
The Tracking Error represents a fund manager's added value variability. It reports the difference between the return received and that of the benchmark being compared to. It is reported as a Standard Deviation percentage difference.

Trading Expense Ratio (TER)
The total gross expenses divided by the fund's average net assets.

Turnover (Ratio)
The portfolio Turnover Ratio is the rate at which assets in a fund are bought and sold by portfolio managers.

Upside Capture (Ratio)
The Upside Capture Ratio is calculated by taking the portfolio’s return and dividing it by the benchmark’s return in periods when the benchmark return was positive. An Upside Capture Ratio of greater than 100% is considered desirable.

Weighted Average Market Cap
Market cap is the market value of all the outstanding shares in a company. In a portfolio the Weighted Average Market Cap is the sum of the products of a company’s market cap and its percentage allocation in the portfolio.