International Advantage Portfolio
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MFAIX CUSIP: 61756E461
Overall Morningstar Rating
International Advantage Portfolio
MFAIX CUSIP: 61756E461
Share Class :

International Advantage Portfolio

MFAIX CUSIP: 61756E461
Overall Morningstar Rating
Investment Approach

The Portfolio seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing internationally in high-quality established companies that the investment team believes are undervalued at the time of purchase. To achieve its objective, the investment team seeks companies with sustainable competitive advantages and long-term growth that creates value, rather than focusing on short-term events, with stock selection informed by rigorous fundamental analysis.

Active share (%)
Number of holdings
Tracking error (3 yr) (%)
Weighted Average Market Capitalization ($B)
Pricing & Performance

Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results, and current performance may be lower or higher than the figures shown. For the most recent month-end performance figures, please select the "month" timeframe or call 1-800-548-7786. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate and fund shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For additional important information, please click here

As of 01/31/2018

As of 02/22/2018

Performance of $10,000 invested
Performance of $10,000 invested

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 01/31/2018 As of 12/31/2017
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MFAIX (%) 44.80 18.75 14.55 -- 13.01
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (%) 29.68 9.85 7.11 -- 5.84
Lipper Category Average (%) 31.90 10.33 8.27 -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 32.89 10.84 8.96 -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MFAIX (%) 44.75 17.81 13.58 -- 12.34
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (%) 27.19 7.83 6.80 -- 5.09
Lipper Category Average (%) 29.85 8.54 7.87 -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 30.87 9.04 8.51 -- --
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
MFAIX (%) 12.72 2.58 10.23 2.47 44.75
MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (%) 15.29 -3.87 -5.66 4.50 27.19
Lipper Category Average (%) 19.84 -4.95 0.52 -1.23 29.85
Morningstar Category Average (%) 18.58 -3.92 0.95 -2.14 30.87
Average Annual Total Returns
TIMEFRAME MFAIX USD (%) MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 44.80 29.68 31.90 32.89
3 Yrs 18.75 9.85 10.33 10.84
5 Yrs 14.55 7.11 8.27 8.96
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception 13.01 5.84 -- --
TIMEFRAME MFAIX USD (%) MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 44.75 27.19 29.85 30.87
3 Yrs 17.81 7.83 8.54 9.04
5 Yrs 13.58 6.80 7.87 8.51
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception 12.34 5.09 -- --
TIMEFRAME MFAIX USD (%) MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2013 12.72 15.29 19.84 18.58
2014 2.58 -3.87 -4.95 -3.92
2015 10.23 -5.66 0.52 0.95
2016 2.47 4.50 -1.23 -2.14
2017 44.75 27.19 29.85 30.87
Past performance is not indicative of future results. The Portfolio's calendar year returns do not include the deduction of any applicable sales charges.
Risk/Return StatisticsAs of 01/31/2018

    MFAIX Index
Active share (%) 94.86 --
Alpha (%) 8.90 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.84 1.00
Information ratio 1.57 --
R squared 0.79 1.00
Sharpe ratio 1.58 0.76
Standard deviation (%) 11.62 12.35
Tracking error (%) 5.69 --
    MFAIX Index
Active share (%) 94.86 --
Alpha (%) 7.44 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.82 1.00
Information ratio 1.38 --
R squared 0.79 1.00
Sharpe ratio 1.33 0.59
Standard deviation (%) 10.76 11.61
Tracking error (%) 5.40 --
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Net Investment Income ($ per share) Long-Term Capital Gains ($ per share) Short-Term Capital Gains ($ per share) Total Capital Gains ($ per share)  
12/15/2017 12/18/2017 12/18/2017 0.000000 0.168900 0.156500 0.325400
07/06/2017 07/07/2017 07/07/2017 0.000000 0.015800 0.001600 0.017400
12/15/2016 12/16/2016 12/16/2016 0.000000 0.061600 0.137300 0.198900
Ex-Date /<br />Payable Date Net Investment Income ($ per share) Total Capital Gains ($ per share)
12/18/2017 /
0.000000 0.325400
07/07/2017 /
0.000000 0.017400
12/16/2016 /
0.000000 0.198900
Composition As of 12/31/2017
  Fund Index
Consumer Staples 29.34 9.57
Information Technology 20.08 11.48
Consumer Discretionary 18.74 11.30
Industrials 9.55 11.86
Health Care 3.93 7.63
Financials 3.90 23.14
Utilities 3.32 2.90
Materials 2.82 8.15
Cash 8.38 --

Geography As of 12/31/2017
  Fund Index
United Kingdom 15.94 12.22
China 14.01 7.35
France 11.29 7.33
Japan 9.17 16.50
Denmark 8.17 1.25
United States 8.13 --
Switzerland 7.15 5.51
Australia 6.05 4.75
Italy 5.23 1.61
Belgium 2.60 0.76

Holdings As of 01/31/2018
Fund Index
Reckitt Benckiser Plc 6.61 0.28
Hermes International S.A. 6.20 0.08
DSV 5.46 0.07
Moncler SPA 5.38 --
Lindt & Spruengli AG 4.74 0.06
EPAM Systems Inc 4.68 --
Rightmove Plc 4.47 --
Keyence Corporation Ltd 4.32 0.26
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 4.30 1.02
Priceline Group Inc/The 4.08 --
Total 50.24 --

Full Holdings Report available at least 45 calendar days after quarter-end.

Please note, prior to February 13, 2018, holdings and related composition data, shown as of December 31, 2017, were reflecting data as of January 2, 2018.  Holdings data for these periods are available upon request by emailing client service at

Portfolio Characteristics As of 12/31/2017
Fund Index
Return on capital (%) 15.82 8.57
5 year EPS growth (%) 11.44 2.25
Sales growth (%) 10.91 6.82
Net cash to equity (%) -20 -53
Weighted average market capitalization ($B) 72.12 52.95
Number of holdings 29 1,866
Turnover (%) 23 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
Managing Director
17 years industry experience
Insights by Growth Team
Investment Insight
Fishing for Stocks in China
Jun 09, 2017
Our location in Hong Kong gives us a unique perspective on the risks and opportunities of investing in China, a market we believe is ripe with opportunity for bottom-up stock picking, particularly in the consumer, internet, healthcare and education industries.
Product Literature
Prospectus & Reports

Class A shares include maximum front-end sales charge of 5.50% (Alternatives), 5.25% (Equity) and 4.25% (Fixed Income).  Class B shares include deferred sales charge of 5.00% which declines to zero after sixth year.  Class C shares include deferred sales charge of 1.00% which declines to zero after first year. Class L shares, Class I, and Class IS shares are not subject to a sales charge.

Where the net expense ratio is lower than the gross expense ratio, certain fees have been waived and/ or expenses reimbursed. These waivers and/or reimbursements will continue for at least one year from the date of the applicable fund’s current prospectus (unless otherwise noted in the applicable prospectus) or until such time as the fund's Board of Directors/Trustees acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements. Absent such waivers and/or reimbursements, returns would have been lower. Expenses are based on the fund's current prospectus. The minimum initial investment is $5,000,000 for Class I shares.

The Fund has suspended offering Class L shares of the Portfolio for sale to all investors.

Growth of Investment illustration is based on an initial investment of $10,000 made since fund inception, assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, but does not include sales charges and fees. Performance would have been lower if sales charges and fees had been included. Results are hypothetical.

Subject to change daily. Fund information, Portfolio Composition and Characteristics are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell any security or securities in the sectors and/or countries presented. 

Returns are net of fees and assume the reinvestment of all dividends and income. Returns for less than one year are cumulative (not annualized). Performance of other share classes will vary.

Please keep in mind that double-digit returns are highly unusual and cannot be sustained. Investors should also be aware that these returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions. 

Effective July 1, 2015, the total expense ratio cap for each share class of MSIF International Advantage was lowered by 0.25% (25 basis points).


The Net Asset Value (NAV) per share is determined by dividing the value of the fund's portfolio securities, cash and other assets, less all liabilities, by the total number of common shares outstanding. The common share market price is the price the market is willing to pay for shares of the fund at a given time. Return on capital is a measure of a company’s efficiency at allocating the capital under its control to profitable investments, calculated by dividing net income minus dividends by total capital. Earnings per share (EPS) growth is the weighted average of earnings per share growth for all securities in the portfolio projected for the past five fiscal years. Earnings per share for a company is defined as total earnings divided by shares outstanding. Weighted Average Market Capitalization is a stock market index weighted by the market capitalization of each stock in the index. In such a weighting scheme, larger companies account for a greater portion of the index. Most indexes are constructed in this manner, with the best example being the S&P 500.Debt/equity (D/E) is a measure of a company’s financial leverage calculated by dividing its total liabilities by stockholders’ equity. Sales growth is the increase in sales over a specific period of time, often but not necessarily annually.

Turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus.

The index data displayed under allocations are calculated using MSIM and other third-party methodologies and may differ from data published by the vendor.

Active share
is the fraction of the portfolio or fund that is invested differently than its benchmark as of the last day of the reporting period. A portfolio with a high degree of Active share does not assure a fund’s relative outperformance. Alpha is the excess return or value added (positive or negative) of the portfolio’s return relative to the return of the benchmark. Beta is a measure of the relative volatility of a security or portfolio to the market's upward or downward movements. A beta greater than 1.0 identifies an issue or fund that will move more than the market, while a beta less than 1.0 identifies an issue or fund that will move less than the market. The Beta of the Market is always equal to 1. Information ratio is the portfolio’s alpha or excess return per unit of risk, as measured by tracking error, versus the portfolio’s benchmark. R squared measures how well an investment’s returns correlate to an index. An R squared of 100 means the portfolio performance is 100% correlated to the index’s, whereas a low r-squared means that the portfolio performance is less correlated to the index’s. Sharpe ratio is a risk-adjusted measure calculated as the ratio of excess return to standard deviation. The Sharpe ratio determines reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better the historical risk-adjusted performance. Standard deviation measures how widely individual performance returns, within a performance series, are dispersed from the average or mean value. Tracking error is the amount by which the performance of the portfolio differs from that of the benchmark.


There is no assurance that a Portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the Portfolio will decline and that the value of Portfolio shares may therefore be less than what you paid for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Please be aware that this Portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equities securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, market and liquidity risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Privately placed and restricted securities may be subject to resale restrictions as well as a lack of publicly available information, which will increase their illiquidity and could adversely affect the ability to value and sell them (liquidity risk).

The percentile rankings are based on the average annual total returns for the periods stated and do not include any sales charges, but do include reinvestment of dividends and capital gains and Rule 12b-1 fees. The highest (or most favorable) percentile rank is 1 and the lowest (or least favorable) percentile rank is 100. The top-performing fund in a category will always receive a rank of 1.

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The MSCI All Country World Ex-U.S. Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets, excluding the U.S. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends. The index is unmanaged and does not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Please consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the fund. To obtain a prospectus, download one at or call 1-800-548-7786. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

As of January 1, 2011, the SEC requires fund companies to file a new exhibit with risk/return summary information in interactive data (XBRL) format. Click here for XBRL files.

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Active share is the fraction of the portfolio or fund that is invested differently than its benchmark as of the last day of the reporting period. A portfolio with a high degree of Active share does not assure a fund's relative outperformance.


Active share is the fraction of the portfolio or fund that is invested differently than its benchmark as of the last day of the reporting period. A portfolio with a high degree of Active share does not assure a fund's relative outperformance.


WAM is the weighted average maturity of the portfolio. The WAM calculation utilizes the interest-rate reset date, rather than a security's stated final maturity, for variable- and floating- rate securities. By looking to a portfolio's interest rate reset schedule in lieu of final maturity dates, the WAM measure effectively captures a fund's exposure to interest rate movements and the potential price impact resulting from interest rate movements.


WAL is the weighted average life of the portfolio. The WAL calculation utilizes a security's stated final maturity date or, when relevant, the date of the next demand feature when the fund may receive payment of principal and interest (such as a put feature). Accordingly, WAL reflects how a portfolio would react to deteriorating credit (widening spreads) or tightening liquidity conditions.


Tracking error and information ratio are calculated using the Portfolio's Blended Index (added October 2, 2013), as this is a better representation of the Portfolio's global multi-asset strategy. The investment team manages the Portfolio relative to this Blended Index.


Excess return versus Custom Benchmark is calculated using the Portfolio's Blended Index based on the period since it was added as a benchmark on October 2, 2013.


NTM = Next Twelve Months


LTM = Last Twelve Months


Because the Portfolio had not commenced operations as of the most recent fiscal year end, no portfolio turnover rate is available for the Portfolio.


The Reorganization occurred on January 6, 2015. The inception date reflects the inception date of the Private Fund.


Global equities is represented by the MSCI All Country World Index.


Net exposure % calculated as [(MV of long cash security and derivative positions)-(absolute value of MV in short derivative positions)]/(portfolio MV)


Gross exposure % calculated as [(MV of long cash security and derivative positions)+(absolute value of MV in short derivative positions)]/(portfolio MV).


Fixed income net and gross exposure is duration adjusted (U.S. Treasury 10-Year equivalents)


Security ratings disclosed above have been obtained from Standard & Poor's Ratings Group ("S&P"). S&P's credit ratings express its opinion about the ability and willingness of an issuer to meet its financial obligations in full and on time.'AAA' is the highest rating. Any rating below 'BBB-' rating is considered non-investment grade. Ratings are relative and subjective and are not absolute standards of quality. Ratings apply only to the underlying holdings of the portfolio and does not remove market risk. "NR" or "Not Rated" indicates that no rating has been requested, that there is insufficient information on which to base a rating, or that S&P does not rate a particular obligation as a matter of policy. Futures are not rated.


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