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VA International Small Portfolio

Cusip 233203686
Inception Date 10/03/95
Fund Net Assets $232.7 M (As Of 11/30/17)

The investment objective of the VA International Small Portfolio is to achieve long-term capital appreciation. The portfolio is available only to insurance company separate accounts funding variable life and variable annuity insurance contracts.

Returns (As of 11/30/17)(As of 09/30/17)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 26.51% 27.35%
1 Year 29.82% 30.87%
3 Year 12.01% 11.61%
5 Year 12.33% 11.56%
10 Year 5.28% 4.55%
Since Inception 7.42%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 24.23% 23.82%
1 Year 21.95% 20.42%
3 Year 10.33% 9.59%
5 Year 12.27% 11.16%
10 Year 4.88% 4.04%
Since Inception 7.39%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2016 6.23% 4.32%
2015 5.81% 5.46%
2014 -5.78% -5.35%
2013 27.07% 25.55%
2012 19.41% 17.48%
2011 -14.82% -15.81%
2010 24.80% 24.51%
2009 39.87% 50.82%
2008 -42.88% -48.03%
2007 6.60% 3.28%

Performance is reported net of all advisory fees and includes reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. Performance data shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.  

Performance less than one year is not annualized.

Indices are not available for direct investment; therefore, their performance does not reflect the expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio.

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Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.50%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.60%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.60%

Certain Portfolios have entered into fee waiver and/or expense assumption arrangements with the Advisor. In these cases, the Advisor has contractually agreed, under certain circumstances, to waive certain fees and/or assume certain expenses of the Portfolio. Unless otherwise stated in the prospectus, the Advisor may amend or discontinue these arrangements at any time, one year from the date of the prospectus. The net expense ratio reflects the total annual fund operating expenses of the Portfolio after taking into account any such fee waiver and/or expense assumption arrangements. Please read the Portfolio's prospectus for details and more information.

Characteristics (As Of 11/30/17)


Price-to-Book 1.61
% in Top 10 Holdings 2.73%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $2466
Number of Holdings 3272
Annual Turnover as of 10/31/16 12%

GICS Sector Allocation1

Industrials 24.71%
Consumer Discretionary 17.12%
Financials 15.81%
Materials 11.52%
Information Technology 11.18%
Consumer Staples 6.43%
Health Care 4.72%
Energy 4.37%
Utilities 2.55%
Telecommunication Services 1.59%

Top Holdings

Spectris PLC 0.31%
Electrocomponents PLC 0.29%
Howden Joinery Group PLC 0.29%
Tate & Lyle PLC 0.27%
Umicore SA 0.27%
Bellway PLC 0.26%
LEG Immobilien AG 0.26%
Hays PLC 0.26%
Rubis SCA 0.26%
Halma PLC 0.26%

Top Countries

Japan 24.69%
United Kingdom 17.07%
Canada 8.22%
Australia 6.59%
Germany 6.34%

1 Sectors defined by MSCI.

Please note that a Portfolio that invests in other Portfolios typically does not hold securities directly. As such, "Top Holdings" information for such a Portfolio represents "Top Holdings" information of underlying Portfolios.

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Holdings are subject to change.

Numbers may not total 100% due to rounding.


Portfolio Risks

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Foreign Securities and Currencies Risk: Foreign securities prices may decline or fluctuate because of: (a) economic or political actions of foreign governments, and/or (b) less regulated or liquid securities markets. Investors holding these securities may also be exposed to foreign currency risk (the possibility that foreign currency will fluctuate in value against the U.S. dollar or that a foreign government will convert, or be forced to convert, its currency to another currency, changing its value against the U.S. dollar). The VA International Small Portfolio does not hedge foreign currency risk.

Small Company Risk: Securities of small companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, smaller capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures and foreign exchange forward contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the VA International Small Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, and the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the VA International Small Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Cyber Security Risk: The VA International Small Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

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