Morgan Stanley Cushing® MLP High Income Index ETN

The Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs) are based on the performance of the Cushing® MLP High Income Index (the Index), which is a criteria-weighted index tracking the performance of 30 Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) which hold energy and shipping assets in North America.  These Index constituents are chosen for having the highest current indicative yields among MLPs meeting certain criteria1.  The quarterly coupon payments are linked to the cash distributions paid on the MLPs in the Index, less accrued tracking fees.  The ETNs are senior, unsecured debt obligations of Morgan Stanley.

 ETN Product Profile
Product Name Morgan Stanley Cushing® MLP High Income Index ETN
ETN Ticker MLPY Equity
Intraday Indicative Value Ticker MLPY.IV Equity
Underlying Index The Cushing® MLP High Income Index
Index Ticker MLPY Index
Issuer Morgan Stanley
Current Indicative Yield of ETN2 7.32%
ETN Annual Tracking Fee 0.85%
Primary Exchange NYSE Arca
CUSIP 61760E846
ETN Inception Date March 16, 2011
ETN Maturity Date March 21, 2031

Source: Bloomberg, as of March 28, 2013. The quarterly distributions on the ETNs, if any, will be based on the actual quarterly distributions made by the MLPs that are included in the Index net of the Annual Tracking Fee of 0.85% per annum.

1 The "current indicative yield" of a security is defined as the last quarterly distribution annualized divided by the current security price, with adjustment in some cases made for more current information.  See "Information About the Index—Current Indicative Yield" in the pricing supplement.  Since the current indicative yield reflects only the last quarterly distribution by the MLP, there can be no assurance that the MLPs included in the Index based on this past performance will make any distributions in the next or any future period.

2 The "current indicative yield of ETN" equals the latest quarterly coupon annualized and divided by the ETN closing price on March 28, 2013.

Index Total Returns (%) 1-year Return 5-year Annualized
The Cushing® MLP High Income Index 21.26% 17.27%
Alerian MLP Index 23.20% 18.47%
S&P 500® Index 14.04% 5.82%
S&P 500® Utilities Index 16.46% 5.03%
FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs IndexTM 17.21% 7.11%
BarCap US Aggregate Bond IndexTM 3.80% 5.47%

Source: Bloomberg. Calculated as of March 28, 2013. The returns are provided for informational purposes only. The returns are total returns, which reflect the performance of each index including dividends. Historical performance of the Index is not indicative of future performance of the Index or the ETNs. There is no guarantee that the Index or the ETNs will perform as well as or outperform any investment strategy. The data for the Cushing MLP® High Income Index for the period prior to its inception on July 19, 2010 is pro forma and is derived by using the Index’s calculation methodology with historical prices.



Source: Bloomberg, as of March 28, 2013. Each of these indices was calculated based on a level for such index set equal to 100% on July 19, 2010. Historical performance of the Index is not indicative of future performance of the Index or of the ETNs. Fluctuations in the Index level may be more or less than that for the value of the ETNs. All returns displayed above reflect the index transaction fees. There is no guarantee that the Index or the ETNs will perform as well as or outperform any alternative investment strategy.

 Top 10 Cushing® MLP High Income Index Components
Name Ticker Weight  
Crosstex Energy LP XTEX 5.50%  
Buckeye Partners LP BPL 5.39%  
Natural Resource Partners LP NRP 5.16%  
NuStar Energy LP NS 5.11%  
Legacy Reserves LP LGCY 5.00%  
Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP EROC 4.96%  
Suburban Propane Partners LP SPH 4.96%  
Ferrellgas Partners LP FGP 4.75%  
Vanguard Natural Resources LLC VNR 4.70%  
BreitBurn Energy Partners LP BBEP 4.60%  

Source: Bloomberg, as of March 28, 2013.

MLP Overview

What are MLPs?
MLPs are partnerships that trade on U.S. public exchanges or markets (e.g., NYSE).  Most MLPs own and operate assets in the energy sector as natural resource-based companies that own, build and maintain the energy infrastructure (e.g., pipelines, storage facilities, gathering systems and processing plants) of North America.  They are structured as partnerships rather than taxable corporations, so they do not pay federal or state income taxes at the entity level. The business model of a typical MLP seeks the advantages of high barriers to entry, low price sensitivities and continued demand for energy-related products and services due to overall energy demand.

Why invest in MLPs?
MLPs have historically performed well in a variety of market environments, typically with low correlation to the market.  Investors have favored this asset class for its recent history of high, stable and growing distributions.  However, there can be no assurance that performance, low correlation or high distributions will continue in the future.

Source: Bloomberg, as of March 28, 2013. "Alerian MLP Index", "REITs Index", "Utilities Index", and "S&P 500® Index" refer to the Alerian MLP Index, the Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index, the Utilities Select Sector Index, and the S&P 500® Index, respectively. The last twelve month dividend yield equals the sum of gross dividend per share amounts that have gone ex-dividend over the prior 12 months, divided by the current price on the date shown above.

Benefits of Investing in the ETNs

  • Portfolio of MLPs: Exposure to a portfolio of 30 high income MLPs in a single investment.
  • Variable quarterly coupons: Based on the cash distributions, if any, made by the MLPs in the Index, less fees.
  • Simplified tax reporting: Investors receive Form 1099 (for coupon payments); no K-1 forms to deal with for underlying MLP exposure.
  • Reduced tracking error: Performance calculated based on benchmark index.
What are some of the key risks of an investment in the ETNs?
  • The ETNs may result in a loss of some or all of your investment.
  • The ETNs are unsecured debt obligations of Morgan Stanley and therefore are subject to the credit risk of Morgan Stanley.
  • Coupon payments are not guaranteed, will be variable and may be zero. The Accrued Tracking Fee reduces the potential coupons and/or the payment at maturity, call or upon early repurchase.
  • The ETNs may not have an active secondary market and may not continue to be listed over their term.
  • The Index constituents are concentrated in the energy industry.  The Index is solely comprised of securities of MLPs which hold energy and shipping assets in North America.
  • The payment on the ETNs at maturity or call, or upon early repurchase, is linked to the VWAP Level, not to the closing level of the Index and not to the published intraday indicative value of the ETNs. The VWAP Level of the Underlying Index will most likely differ from the closing level of the Underlying Index.
  • Your right to obligate us to repurchase the ETNs is on a weekly basis and is subject to a substantial minimum size restriction of at least 100,000 ETNs and a Repurchase Fee of 0.125% of the applicable Repurchase Amount as of the Repurchase Valuation Date.  Liquidity could be limited if you hold less than the minimum amount of ETNs.
  • The ETNs may be accelerated and mandatorily repurchased by the Issuer, resulting in a loss of some or all of your investment.
  • You will not know the Repurchase Amount that you will receive at the time you elect to request that we repurchase your ETNs.
  • Significant aspects of the tax treatment of the ETNs are uncertain.

Morgan Stanley ETNs are debt securities subject to credit risk and not equivalent to exchange traded funds or ETFs that are typically registered investment companies that hold an underlying portfolio of securities.

The risks identified above are not exhaustive. You should also review carefully the related “Risk Factors” section of the pricing supplement for the ETNs and the prospectus supplement and prospectus that accompany such pricing supplement.


This material is provided by Morgan Stanley or its affiliate ("Morgan Stanley"). Products and services mentioned in this publication may not be available for residents of certain foreign jurisdictions. An investment in Morgan Stanley ETNs involves risks, including possible loss of principal. For a description of the restrictions relating to the ETNs and the primary risks see the applicable pricing supplement. The financial instruments described herein may not be suitable for all investors and suitability should be determined for each investor. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. No representation or warranty is made that any returns indicated will be achieved.

This information is not intended to provide and should not be relied upon as providing accounting, legal, regulatory or tax advice. Investors should consult their own advisors on these matters. In the U.S., securities underwriting, trading and brokerage activities and M&A advisory activities are provided by Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, a registered broker-dealer that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, a member of the New York Stock Exchange and other principal exchanges, and a member of SIPC.

"Cushing®" is a registered trademark of Swank Capital, LLC and the Cushing® MLP High Income Index is the property of Swank Capital, LLC.  The use of both is granted under a license from Swank Capital, LLC. Swank Capital, LLC has contracted with Standard & Poors Financial Services LLC ("S&P") to maintain and calculate the Cushing® MLP High Income Index.  Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC "Calculated by S&P Custom Indices" and its related stylized mark(s) are service marks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC, and have been licensed for use by Swank Capital, LLC.  Swank Capital, LLC and S&P and their respective affiliates shall have no liability for any errors or omissions in calculating the Cushing® MLP High Income Index.  The ETNs are not issued, sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Swank Capital LLC or its affiliates.  Swank Capital, LLC makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of ETNs or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the ETNs particularly or the ability of the Cushing® MLP High Income Index to track general market performance.  Swank Capital, LLC's only relationship to the ETNs is the licensing of the Cushing® MLP High Income Index, which is determined, composed and calculated without regard to the ETNs.  Swank Capital, LLC has no obligation to take the needs of the owners of ETNs into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Cushing® MLP High Income Index.  Swank Capital, LLC is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of ETNs to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the ETNs are to be converted into cash.  Swank Capital, LLC has no obligation or liability in connection with the issuance, administration, marketing or trading of the ETNs.

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