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Frequently Asked Questions

"Clients should understand the strategies, risks, costs and possible rewards of investing."- Dan Steadman, Executive VP

For help with any questions you don’t find answers to here, please contact us.

For questions regarding the reorganization of the Rainier U.S. Funds into the Hennessy Funds, please click here.


For questions regarding the reorganization of Hennessy Large Value Fund into the Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund, please click  here.


For questions regarding the reorganization of The Westport Funds into the Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund, please click here.

What are the symbols and CUSIP numbers for the Hennessy Funds? For a printable PDF, please click here.

Symbol (Investor / Institutional) CUSIP (Investor / Institutional)

Cornerstone Growth Fund HFCGX / HICGX 425 888 104 / 425 888 500
Focus Fund HFCSX / HFCIX 425 88P 700 / 425 88P 809
Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund HFMDX / HIMDX 425 888 302 / 425 888 609
Cornerstone Large Growth Fund HFLGX / HILGX 425 88P 205 / 425 88P 403
Cornerstone Value Fund HFCVX / HICVX 425 888 203 / 425 888 401

Total Return Fund HDOGX 425 887 205
Equity and Income Fund HEIFX / HEIIX 425 88P 825 / 425 88P 817
Balanced Fund HBFBX 425 887 106

Gas Utility Fund GASFX / HGASX 425 88P 833 / 425 88P 759
Small Cap Financial Fund HSFNX / HISFX 425 88P 874 / 425 88P 866
Large Cap Financial Fund HLFNX/HILFX 425 88P 882 / 425 88P 775
Technology Fund HTECX / HTCIX 425 88P 858 / 425 88P 841
Japan Fund HJPNX / HJPIX 425 894 102 / 425 894 201
Japan Small Cap Fund HJPSX/HJSIX 425 894 300 / 425 88P 767

Why and when do the Funds make distributions?

By law all registered mutual funds must pass their taxes on to their fund shareholders. Capital gains distributions for each of the Hennessy Funds (if any) are paid out once annually usually in November or December. Capital gains may be long or short term or a combination of both. While we try to minimize taxes our shareholders pay, and to cause gains to be long-term, our first priority is to manage our portfolios to maximize returns to shareholders. Ordinary income distributions for the Hennessy Equity and Income, Hennessy Gas Utility, Hennessy Balanced and Hennessy Total Return Funds are paid quarterly at the end of March, June, September and December. Ordinary income distributions for the remainder of the Hennessy Funds are paid annually, usually in December.

What is the minimum investment for each of the Hennessy Funds?

The minimum investment for each of the Hennessy Funds Investor Class shares is $2,500 for a regular account and $250 for an IRA account. For Institutional Class shares the minimum initial investment is $250,000, however, it may be waived for certain fee-based or retirement plans.

Are there sales charges when I purchase a Hennessy Fund?

No. There are no sales charges. The Hennessy Funds offer only no-load funds.

Is there a minimum for subsequent investments?

No, there is no minimum for a subsequent investment made into any of the Hennessy Funds.

Will the minimum be waived if I apply for an Automatic Deposit plan?

No. At this time we do not waive the minimum investment amount if you start an automatic deposit plan.

What is the minimum for an automatic deposit and or withdrawal?

The minimum is $100 per transaction for automatic deposit or automatic withdrawal.

What is the annual fee for an IRA opened directly with Hennessy Funds?

Our transfer agent charges $15.00 per account per year for the maintenance of IRA accounts. There is a maximum charge of $30.00 per social security number. These charges help cover the cost of reporting IRA accounts to the government. These fees can be pre-paid, or they will be deducted from your account annually, generally in October or November.

Do any fees result if I exchange funds within a fund family?

There is no charge for exchanges between the Hennessy Funds.

Is there a fee if I redeem my shares?

No.  Hennessy Funds carry no redemption fees.

What is a signature guarantee and when do I need one?

A signature guarantee is an assurance from a financial institution that indicates the signature of the person making a request is true and correct. The guarantor assumes liability for circumstances that arise from a signature that is proved to be invalid. A signature guarantee is not the same as a notarized signature, and they may be obtained from most banks and financial institutions.

To protect the Funds and their shareholders, a signature guarantee is required in the following situations:

  • The redemption request includes a change of address, or a change of address request was received by the Transfer Agent within the last 30 days;
  • The redemption proceeds are to be sent to a person, address or bank account not on record;
  • IRA transfer;
  • When establishing or modifying certain services on the account;
  • Account ownership is changed;
  • The redemption request is over $100,000. The Funds and/or the Transfer Agent may require a signature guarantee in other instances where directions contradict the information held in our files.

Can I get my statements and reports electronically?

We currently offer shareholders the ability to receive their quarterly statements and/or prospectuses and annual and semi-annual reports electronically. If you are interested in electronic delivery, please sign up here. Shareholders can also view their account on-line or can access account information via an automated phone system at 1-800-261-6950.

When are the Funds rebalanced?

The Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund, Hennessy Large Growth Fund, Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund and Hennessy Cornerstone Mid Cap 30 Fund each have annual rebalance dates. The Hennessy Cornerstone Growth Fund, Hennessy Cornerstone Large Growth Fund and Hennessy Cornerstone Value Fund are rebalanced in the Winter. The Hennessy Mid Cap 30 Fund is rebalanced in the Fall. The Hennessy Balanced and Hennessy Total Return Funds invest once each month and hold those investments for approximately one year. All other Hennessy Funds are actively managed and portfolio decisions are made throughout the year.

Why aren’t the rebalance dates announced in advance?

Our Cornerstone Fund portfolios may hold substantial positions in the securities that meet our formulas. When we rebalance, we sell our position in each security that no longer meets our investment criteria and then purchase positions in the new securities prescribed by our investment strategy. Such large sales and purchases have the potential of affecting the market prices of the securities. Therefore, we disclose a general rebalance window but will not give specific dates. Were we to “tip our hand”, it might be possible for unscrupulous individuals to “front run” our trading, thus diminishing our ability to achieve the best possible returns for our shareholders.

If your Cornerstone Funds rebalance annually, why do some Fund portfolios have a turnover rate in excess of 100%?

During the course of the year it may be necessary to purchase or sell additional shares of the underlying securities of the Funds in order to satisfy new Fund purchases or redemptions. When they are rebalanced, several Funds may experience a 100% stock turnover. In conjunction with the buys and sells necessary to keep up with subscriptions and redemptions the total turnover rate may exceed 100%.


Automatic investment plans do not assure a profit and do not protect against loss in declining markets.