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January 14, 2019
Kristian Heugh featured in Barron's: Taking Buffett Overseas

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Kristian Heugh featured in Barron's: Taking Buffett Overseas

Kristian Heugh featured in Barron's: Taking Buffett Overseas

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January 14, 2019


Kristian Heugh, portfolio manager of the Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund International Opportunity Portfolio, was recently profiled in a Barron’s article entitled Taking Buffett Overseas.

The Barron’s article focuses on Heugh and his Warren Buffett-based approach to investing, highlighting the outstanding performance of the International Opportunity Portfolio, which has beaten 98% of its Morningstar Foreign Large Growth peers over the past five years for Class A shares as of December 31, 2018.

Barron’s also notes that while the International Opportunity Portfolio generated a 9.3% five-year annualize return, compared to 2.1% to its peers, that performance was delivered with compelling upside and downside capture ratios of 122% and 64% respectively.* Or as Barron’s put it “Heugh has been successful at playing defense.”

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Counterpoint Global seeks to make long-term investments in unique companies whose market value can increase significantly for underlying fundamental reasons. Their portfolios are typically concentrated and differentiated from their benchmarks. Counterpoint Global consists of 26 people, including 16 investment professionals and two disruptive change researchers. The team’s culture fosters collaboration, creativity, continued development, and differentiated thinking.

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*Performance data is for Class A shares as of 1/8/2019.

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