Strategic Income Portfolio
Share Class :
MSIDX CUSIP: 617455506
Overall Morningstar Rating
Strategic Income Portfolio
MSIDX CUSIP: 617455506
Share Class :

Strategic Income Portfolio

MSIDX CUSIP: 617455506
Overall Morningstar Rating
Investment Approach

The Strategic Income Portfolio invests in fixed income securities across a spectrum of asset classes including high yield bonds, investment-grade bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and convertibles. The Portfolio's unconstrained approach provides the flexibility to allocate across these fixed income sectors and seek the best ideas through bottom-up security selection globally. The aim is also to construct a portfolio with less sensitivity to interest rate movements and the potential to capture positive returns across varying interest rate environments.

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 12/31/2017

As of 01/22/2018

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

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 12/31/2017 As of 12/31/2017
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSIDX (%) 7.17 3.41 -- -- 3.41
ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index (%) 0.86 0.41 -- -- 0.41
Lipper Category Average (%) 4.26 2.41 -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 4.06 2.73 -- -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSIDX (%) 7.17 3.41 -- -- 3.41
ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index (%) 0.86 0.41 -- -- 0.41
Lipper Category Average (%) 4.26 2.41 -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 4.06 2.73 -- -- --
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
MSIDX (%) -- -- -0.71 3.92 7.17
ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index (%) -- -- 0.05 0.33 0.86
Lipper Category Average (%) -- -- -2.23 5.51 4.26
Morningstar Category Average (%) -- -- -1.41 5.28 4.06
Average Annual Total Returns
TIMEFRAME MSIDX USD (%) ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 7.17 0.86 4.26 4.06
3 Yrs 3.41 0.41 2.41 2.73
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception 3.41 0.41 -- --
TIMEFRAME MSIDX USD (%) ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 7.17 0.86 4.26 4.06
3 Yrs 3.41 0.41 2.41 2.73
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception 3.41 0.41 -- --
TIMEFRAME MSIDX USD (%) ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2013 -- -- -- --
2014 -- -- -- --
2015 -0.71 0.05 -2.23 -1.41
2016 3.92 0.33 5.51 5.28
2017 7.17 0.86 4.26 4.06
Past performance is not indicative of future results. The Portfolio's calendar year returns do not include the deduction of any applicable sales charges.
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 0.053110 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
10/02/2017 10/03/2017 10/03/2017 0.053730 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
07/03/2017 07/05/2017 07/05/2017 0.053730 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
04/03/2017 04/04/2017 04/04/2017 0.053580 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
12/15/2016 12/16/2016 12/16/2016 0.054000 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
10/03/2016 10/04/2016 10/04/2016 0.048791 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
07/01/2016 07/05/2016 07/05/2016 0.049421 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
04/01/2016 04/04/2016 04/04/2016 0.048241 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
Ex-Date /<br />Payable Date Net Investment Income ($ per share) Total Capital Gains ($ per share)
12/11/2017 /
0.053110 0.000000
10/03/2017 /
0.053730 0.000000
07/05/2017 /
0.053730 0.000000
04/04/2017 /
0.053580 0.000000
12/16/2016 /
0.054000 0.000000
10/04/2016 /
0.048791 0.000000
07/05/2016 /
0.049421 0.000000
04/04/2016 /
0.048241 0.000000
Historical Yields (Subsidized)

As of 12/31/2017

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Composition As of 12/31/2017
Corporate Bonds 37.85
Sovereign 21.60
Asset-Backed Securities 13.51
Mortgages - Other 11.87
U.S. Treasury Securities 5.72
Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities 4.47
Futures Contracts 0.35
Collateralized Mortgage Obligations - Agency Collateral Series 0.12
Credit Default Swap Agreements -0.81
Cash 5.07
Total 100.00
RMBS 22.48
Investment Grade Corporates 19.45
Emerging Market Debt 14.95
High Yield Corporates/Bank Loans 12.89
Developed Markets Sovereign 7.44
Convertible Bonds 5.53
CMBS 5.48
US Government/Agency 5.41
ABS 2.08
Cash 4.28
US Dollar 96.70
Russian Ruble 1.06
Polish Zloty New 1.04
Indonesian Rupiah 1.03
Peruvian Nuevo 1.01
Norwegian Krone 0.95
Argentine Peso 0.51
Brazilian Real 0.50
Malaysian Ringgit 0.50
Hungarian Forint 0.06
Mexican New Peso -0.05
Euro -0.33
Swiss Franc -0.50
Japanese Yen -0.96
Australian Dollar -1.52
Treasury 5.41
AAA 1.75
AA 0.73
A 10.16
BBB 24.74
BB 13.89
B or Below 29.10
Not Rated 14.22

Geography As of 12/31/2017
U.S. 52.88
France 4.74
Portugal 3.48
Netherlands 3.19
Spain 3.12
Germany 2.96
Mexico 2.78
Brazil 2.30
Indonesia 2.14
Greece 2.13

Holdings As of 12/31/2017
United States Treasury 5.72
Portugal (Republic of) 2.89
BNP Paribas 2.52
Mexico (United Mexican States) 2.13
Bpce S.A. 2.11
Hungary (Repub of) 2.04
Brazil (Federative Republic of) 1.81
Russian Federation 1.75
Cyprus (Republic of) 1.49
Abn Amro Bank NV 1.40
Total 23.86

Portfolio Characteristics As of 12/31/2017
Number of holdings 193
Effective Duration 0.31
Portfolio Managers
Managing Director
26 years industry experience
Managing Director
26 years industry experience
Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income
30 years industry experience
Managing Director
31 years industry experience
Insights by Global Fixed Income Team
Global Fixed Income Bulletin
Bright Skies in Q1, Some Clouds Ahead
Apr 11, 2017
The team discusses its outlook for second-quarter 2017 and the Federal Reserve’s current strategy for interest rates.
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 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.

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.

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.

Short-term returns may not be indicative of the fund's long-term performance potential. A fund's performance, especially for very short time periods, should not be the sole factor in making your investment decision.

is a measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. Duration is expressed as a number of years. Rising interest rates mean falling bond prices, while declining interest rates mean rising bond prices. 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. Quality distribution refers to the rating given by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (“NRSRO”) and is the rating firms’ subjective opinion concerning the ability and willingness of an issuer to meet its financial obligations in full and on time. Ratings apply only to portfolio holdings and do not remove the Fund’s market risk. Quality distribution data for securities is sourced from Fitch, Moody’s and S&P. Where the credit ratings for individual securities differ between the three ratings agencies, the ‘highest’ rating is applied. The rating of credit default swaps is based on the ‘highest’ rating of the underlying reference bond. ‘Cash’ includes investments in short term instruments, including investments in Morgan Stanley liquidity funds.

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


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. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this strategy. Please be aware that this strategy may be subject to certain additional risks. 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 the current rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall and may result in periods of volatility and increased portfolio redemptions. Longer-term securities may be more sensitive to interest rate changes. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. High yield securities (“junk bonds”) are lower rated securities that may have a higher degree of credit and liquidity risk. Foreign securities are subject to currency, political, economic and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed markets. Sovereign debt securities are subject to default risk. The use of leverage may increase volatility in the Portfolio. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the portfolio’s performance. Restricted and illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). Mortgage- and asset-backed securities 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 Strategy, such as those issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future.

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. Ratings do not take into account sales loads.

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The ICE BofAML 3-Month T-Bill Index is an unmanaged market index of U.S. Treasury securities maturing in 90 days that assumes reinvestment of all income. 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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Restated from 7.61 years.


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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