Global Strategist Portfolio
Share Class :
 
MPBAX CUSIP: 617440839
 
 
Overall Morningstar Rating
Global Strategist Portfolio
MPBAX CUSIP: 617440839
Share Class :

Global Strategist Portfolio

SHARE CLASS :
MPBAX CUSIP: 617440839
 
Overall Morningstar Rating
Ratings are historical and do not guarantee future results. For standardized ratings information refer to the Pricing & Performance section. Please click here for additional disclosures.
 
 
 
Investment Approach

Using a top-down, unconstrained approach, the Global Multi-Asset team focuses on global macro and thematic investments across equities, fixed income, FX and commodities. The team invests in opportunities at the asset class, country, sector and thematic levels, rather than concentrating on individual security selection.

 
-0.3
3-Yr. Excess Ann. Return vs. Blended Index (%)
1.8
3-Yr. Tracking Error vs. Blended Index(%)
Dec '92
Share Class Launch Date
 
 
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

The composition of the Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ("Blended Index"), the secondary benchmark index of the Global Strategist Portfolio, has been changed from 60% MSCI All Country World Index, 30% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, 5% S&P GSCI Light Energy Index and 5% Bank of America/Merrill Lynch U.S. Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index to 60% MSCI All Country World Index and 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, effective May 31, 2017.

 

As of 11/30/2018

As of 12/07/2018

As of 11/30/2018

As of 12/07/2018


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

    
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
 
 
Average Annual Total Returns As of 11/30/2018 As of 09/30/2018
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MPBAX (%) -2.12 5.58 3.12 8.45 7.06
MSCI All Country World Index (%) -0.98 8.57 6.16 10.65 7.50
Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ('Blended Index') (%) -1.59 5.86 3.47 7.21 6.36
Lipper Category Average (%) -- -- -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) -- -- -- -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MPBAX (%) 3.94 8.06 4.69 7.15 7.25
MSCI All Country World Index (%) 9.77 13.40 8.67 8.19 7.81
Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ('Blended Index') (%) 5.28 8.50 4.98 5.63 6.57
Lipper Category Average (%) 4.69 7.43 4.91 6.49 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 3.46 7.38 4.42 6.18 --
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
MPBAX (%) 15.78 3.13 -6.15 5.58 16.67
MSCI All Country World Index (%) 22.80 4.16 -2.36 7.86 23.97
Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ('Blended Index') (%) 11.91 1.62 -3.51 5.81 16.45
Lipper Category Average (%) 12.45 2.91 -4.70 7.00 12.70
Morningstar Category Average (%) 10.07 1.54 -4.15 6.04 14.79
 
Average Annual Total Returns
As of 11/30/2018
TIMEFRAME MPBAX USD (%) MSCI All Country World Index (%) Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ('Blended Index') (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr -2.12 -0.98 -1.59 -- --
3 Yrs 5.58 8.57 5.86 -- --
5 Yrs 3.12 6.16 3.47 -- --
10 Yrs 8.45 10.65 7.21 -- --
Since Inception 7.06 7.50 6.36 -- --
As of 09/30/2018
TIMEFRAME MPBAX USD (%) MSCI All Country World Index (%) Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ('Blended Index') (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 3.94 9.77 5.28 4.69 3.46
3 Yrs 8.06 13.40 8.50 7.43 7.38
5 Yrs 4.69 8.67 4.98 4.91 4.42
10 Yrs 7.15 8.19 5.63 6.49 6.18
Since Inception 7.25 7.81 6.57 -- --
TIMEFRAME MPBAX USD (%) MSCI All Country World Index (%) Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index ('Blended Index') (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2013 15.78 22.80 11.91 12.45 10.07
2014 3.13 4.16 1.62 2.91 1.54
2015 -6.15 -2.36 -3.51 -4.70 -4.15
2016 5.58 7.86 5.81 7.00 6.04
2017 16.67 23.97 16.45 12.70 14.79
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 Statistics

TIMEFRAME:
    MPBAX
Tracking error (%) 1.77
Information ratio -0.15
Excess return (versus Custom Benchmark) -0.27
Excess return (versus Primary Benchmark) -2.98
    MPBAX
Tracking error (%) 1.97
Information ratio -0.18
Excess return (versus Custom Benchmark) -0.35
Excess return (versus Primary Benchmark) -3.04
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
 
 
Distributions
 
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)
12/08/2017 12/11/2017 12/11/2017 0.209096 0.880700 0.015900 0.896600
12/15/2016 12/16/2016 12/16/2016 0.177834 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
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)
12/08/2017 12/11/2017 12/11/2017 0.209096 0.880700 0.015900 0.896600
12/15/2016 12/16/2016 12/16/2016 0.177834 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
 
 
Composition As of 09/30/2018
Portfolio Active Wt
Global Equities 58.35 -1.65
Global Fixed Income 58.13 18.13
Commodities 0.96 0.96
Volatility -0.36 -0.36
Cash -17.08 -17.08
Calculated using the Portfolio's Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio's global multi-asset strategy.
Fund
Developed Markets 95.33
North America 54.04
Europe 24.88
Asia ex-Japan 4.81
Japan 11.59
Emerging Markets 4.67


Geography4 As of 09/30/2018
Equities Fixed Income
North America 32.83 28.87
Europe 10.29 11.45
Asia ex-Japan 1.22 2.17
Japan 5.00 6.32
Emerging Markets 9.01 9.32


Holdings As of 10/31/2018
Fund
United States Treasury 12.33
Japan (Government of) 6.63
Argentina (Republic of) 2.74
Greece (Government) 2.18
Fannie Mae 2.16
France Government Bond Oat 1.45
Spain Government Bond 1.34
Apple Inc 1.27
Canadian Government Bond 1.21
Italy (Republic of) 1.15
Total 32.46


 
 
Portfolio Managers
Head of Global Multi-Asset Team
27 years industry experience
Managing Director
35 years industry experience
 
 
Insights by Global Multi-Asset Team
Investment Insight
GMA Viewpoint -Renminbi: End of the Impossible Trinity?
Jun 30, 2018
MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment perspective in the latest viewpoint: “Renminbi: End of the Impossible Trinity?”
Global Multi-Asset Viewpoint
GMA Viewpoint: EM FX Crisis Playbook
Sep 25, 2018
MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment perspective in the latest viewpoint: “EM FX Crisis Playbook”
 
 
Resources
Product Literature
 
 
Prospectus & Reports
SAI
 
 
 
 
 

Calculated using the Portfolio’s Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio’s global multi-asset strategy

 

* The Blended Index performance is a performance linked benchmark of the old and new benchmark of the Portfolio, the old represented by 60% MSCI All-Country World Index, 30% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, 5% S&P GSCI Light Energy Index and 5% BofA Merrill Lynch US Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index from inception through May 31, 2017 and the new Blended Index which consists of 60% MSCI All-Country World Index and 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index for periods thereafter.

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 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.

Class IS shares, are being offered only to eligible investors who must meet a minimum initial investment of $10,000,000 or be a defined contribution, defined benefit or other employer sponsored employee benefit plan, whether or not qualified under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), in each case subject to the discretion of the Portfolio's investment advisor.

The Fund has suspended offering Class L shares of the Portfolio 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 region 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. 

This material is a general communication, which is not impartial and all information provided has been prepared solely for informational and educational purposes and does not constitute an offer or a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security or to adopt any specific investment strategy. The information herein has not been based on a consideration of any individual investor circumstances and is not investment advice, nor should it be construed in any way as tax, accounting, legal or regulatory advice. To that end, investors should seek independent legal and financial advice, including advice as to tax consequences, before making any investment decision.

PORTFOLIO CHARACTERISTICS DEFINITIONS
SEC yield is a measure of the income generated by the portfolio's underlying asset over the trailing 30 days,relative to the asset base of the portfolio itself. The SEC 30-Day yield - Subsidized (Sub.) reflects current fee waivers in effect. Absent such fee waivers, the yield would have been lower. The SEC 30-Day yield - Unsubsidized (Unsub.) does not reflect the fee waivers currently in effect.

RISK/RETURN DEFINITIONS
Excess Return
or the value added (positive or negative) is the portfolio's return relative to the benchmark. Tracking error is the amount by which the performance of the portfolio differs from that of the benchmark. Information ratio is the portfolio’s alpha or excess return per unit of risk, as measured by tracking error, versus the portfolio’s benchmark.

RISK CONSIDERATIONS

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, equity securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Fixed-income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In a rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities (MBS and ABS) are sensitive to early prepayment risk and a higher risk of default and may be hard to value and difficult to sell (liquidity risk). They are also subject to credit, market and interest rate risks. Certain U.S. government securities purchased by the Portfolio, such as those issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future. Sovereign debt securities are subject to default risk. Real estate investment trusts are subject to risks similar to those associated with the direct ownership of real estate and they are sensitive to such factors as management skills and changes in tax laws. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the Portfolio’s performance. The use of leverage may increase volatility in the Portfolio. Restricted and illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk).

Morningstar 
Rankings:  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. Ratings: The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.   Source: Morningstar. Morningstar counts each share class as a separate fund for purposes of its ranking and ratings calculations. Morningstar compares mutual funds within a universe of funds with similar investment objectives, including dividend reinvestment. Morningstar rankings and ratings may vary for other share classes © 2016 Morningstar.  All Rights Reserved.  The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely.  Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
The Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch US Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index tracks the performance of a basket of synthetic assets paying LIBID to a stated maturity. The index purchases a new instrument each day, priced at par, having exactly its stated maturity and with a coupon equal to that day’s fixing rate. All issues are held to maturity. Each day the index is comprised of a basket of securities. The index is not marked to market. The returns represent the accrued income generated by the equally weighted average of all the coupons in the basket for a given day. The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) measures the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The Bank of America/Merrill Lynch U.S. Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index tracks the performance of a basket of synthetic assets paying LIBID to a stated maturity. The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index provides a broad-based measure of the global investment grade fixed-rate debt markets. Total Returns shown is unhedged USD. The S&P GSCI Light Energy Index provides investment performance in the energy commodity market. The indices are unmanaged and do not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

The composition of the Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index, the secondary benchmark index of the Global Strategist Portfolio, has been changed from 60% MSCI All Country World Index, 30% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, 5% S&P GSCI Light Energy Index and 5% Bank of America/Merrill Lynch U.S. Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index to 60% MSCI All Country World Index and 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, effective May 31, 2017.

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 morganstanley.com/im or call 1-800-548-7786. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) is the asset management division of Morgan Stanley

CRC 1801650 Exp 5/19/2018

Calculated using the Portfolio’s Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio’s global multi-asset strategy

 

Calculated using the Portfolio’s Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio’s global multi-asset strategy

 

Calculated using the Portfolio’s Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio’s global multi-asset strategy

 

Calculated using the Portfolio’s Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio’s global multi-asset strategy

 
 
 

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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