Developing Opportunity Portfolio

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MDOAX CUSIP: 61768B851

Developing Opportunity Portfolio

MDOAX CUSIP: 61768B851

Investment Objective
Seeks long-term capital appreciation.
Investment Approach
The Fund seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in high quality companies located or operating in developing or emerging market countries, with capitalizations within the range of companies in the MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index. To achieve its objective, the investment team typically favors companies it believes have sustainable competitive advantages that can be monetized through growth. The investment process integrates analysis of sustainability with respect to disruptive change, financial strength, environmental and social externalities and governance (also referred to as ESG).
Pricing & Performance

Short-term returns may not be indicative of the fund's long-term performance potential.

As of 05/31/2024

As of 06/18/2024

As of 05/31/2024

As of 06/18/2024

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

Past performance is not indicative of future results. Information above does not take into account any applicable sales charges.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 05/31/2024 As of 03/31/2024
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MDOAX 8.53 -14.89 -- -- -2.92
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) 12.39 -6.23 -- -- 1.23
Lipper Category Average (%) 13.61 -5.89 -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 14.21 -4.70 -- -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MDOAX (%) 14.55 -13.35 -- -- -1.70
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) 12.39 -6.23 -- -- 1.23
Lipper Category Average (%) 13.61 -5.89 -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 14.21 -4.70 -- -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MDOAX -4.07 -16.48 -- -- -4.51
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) 8.15 -5.05 -- -- 1.03
Lipper Category Average (%) 9.83 -4.95 -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 10.31 -3.83 -- -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MDOAX (%) 1.28 -14.96 -- -- -3.27
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) 8.15 -5.05 -- -- 1.03
Lipper Category Average (%) 9.83 -4.95 -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 10.31 -3.83 -- -- --
2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
MDOAX 4.91 -30.52 -18.94 -- -- -- --
MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) 9.83 -20.09 -2.54 -- -- -- --
Lipper Category Average (%) 11.76 -23.02 -0.58 -- -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 12.32 -20.86 0.38 -- -- -- --
Average Annual Total Returns
As of 05/31/2024
TIMEFRAME MDOAX MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 8.53 12.39 13.61 14.21
3 Yrs -14.89 -6.23 -5.89 -4.70
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception -2.92 1.23 } -- --
TIMEFRAME MDOAX MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 14.55 12.39 13.61 14.21
3 Yrs -13.35 -6.23 -5.89 -4.70
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception -1.70 1.23 } -- --
As of 03/31/2024
TIMEFRAME MDOAX MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr -4.07 8.15 9.83 10.31
3 Yrs -16.48 -5.05 -4.95 -3.83
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception -4.51 1.03 } -- --
TIMEFRAME MDOAX MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 1.28 8.15 9.83 10.31
3 Yrs -14.96 -5.05 -4.95 -3.83
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception -3.27 1.03 } -- --
TIMEFRAME MDOAX MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2023 4.91 9.83 11.76 12.32
2022 -30.52 -20.09 -23.02 -20.86
2021 -18.94 -2.54 -0.58 0.38
2020 -- -- -- --
2019 -- -- -- --
2018 -- -- -- --
2017 -- -- -- --
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

    MDOAX Index
Alpha (%) -6.15 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 1.11 1.00
Excess return (%) -7.12 --
Information ratio -0.77 --
R squared 0.82 1.00
Sharpe ratio -0.76 -0.52
Standard deviation (%) 21.48 17.63
Tracking error (%) 9.24 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 110.67 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 130.81 100.00
Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Composition As of 03/31/2024
  Fund Index
Consumer Discretionary 41.35 12.41
Financials 24.47 22.35
Communication Services 7.79 8.62
Consumer Staples 7.08 5.64
Information Technology 6.94 23.73
Industrials 4.47 6.95
Real Estate 4.15 1.52
Health Care 1.15 3.47
Energy -- 5.32
Materials -- 7.20
Utilities -- 2.78
Cash 3.08 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Geography As of 03/31/2024
  Fund Index
China 37.34 25.13
India 23.76 17.70
South Korea 11.24 12.82
United States 7.81 --
Brazil 5.61 5.23
Taiwan 4.80 17.63
Singapore 3.37 --
Argentina 2.14 --
Poland 1.32 0.97
Cash 3.08 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Holdings As of 05/31/2024
Fund Index
MercadoLibre Inc 7.78 --
Coupang Inc 6.99 --
ICICI Bank Ltd 5.95 0.96
Meituan 5.50 0.94 Group Ltd 5.39 0.38
HDFC Bank Ltd 4.96 0.71
NU Holdings Ltd 4.49 --
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd 3.99 8.63
Kweichow Moutai Co. Ltd 3.91 0.24
Axis Bank Ltd 3.85 0.44
Total 52.81 --

Complete holdings for Developing Opportunity Portfolio will be publicly available on a quarterly basis
45 calendar days after the quarter-end by calling (800) 548-7786 or emailing client service at

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 86.88 --
Return on invested capital - NTM (%) # 157.86 18.78
Sales growth 3 year forward CAGR # 16.64 8.23
Net cash to equity (%) 31 -20
Number of holdings 33 1,376
Weighted average market capitalization ($B) 90.88 128.65
Turnover (%) 15 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
#Next Twelve Months consensus estimates.
#Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc.
Kristian Heugh
Kristian Heugh
Managing Director, Head of Global Opportunity
23 years industry experience
Product Literature
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Class C shares include deferred sales charge of 1.00% which declines to zero after first year.

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Returns are net of fees and assume the reinvestment of all dividends and income.

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

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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.

Excess Return 
or value added (positive or negative) is the portfolio’s return relative to the return of the benchmark. Alpha (Jensen's) is a risk-adjusted performance measure that represents the average return on a portfolio or investment above or below that predicted by the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) given the portfolio's or investment's beta and the average market return. Prior to 6/30/2018 Alpha was calculated as the excess return of the fund versus benchmark. Beta is a measure of the relative volatility of a security or portfolio to the market's upward or downward movements. 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. Upside/downside market capture measures annualized performance in up/down markets relative to the market 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. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. 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. Frontier emerging markets: the risks of investing in frontier emerging markets are greater than risks associated with investments in other foreign or U.S. issuers and they are often considered highly speculative in nature. Derivative instruments may disproportionately increase losses and have a significant impact on performance. They also may be subject to counterparty, liquidity, valuation, correlation and market risks. Focused investing. To the extent that the Portfolio invests in a limited number of issuers, the Portfolio will be more susceptible to negative events affecting those issuers and a decline in the value of a particular instrument may cause the Portfolio’s overall value to decline to a greater degree than if the Portfolio were invested more widely. Liquidity risk. The portfolio may invest in restricted and illiquid securities, which may be difficult for the portfolio to sell at a reasonable price. China risk. Investments in China involve risk of a total loss due to government action or inaction. Additionally, the Chinese economy is export-driven and highly reliant on trade. Adverse changes to the economic conditions of its primary trading partners, such as the United States, Japan and South Korea, would adversely impact the Chinese economy and the Fund’s investments. Moreover, a slowdown in other significant economies of the world, such as the United States, the European Union and certain Asian countries, may adversely affect economic growth in China. An economic downturn in China would adversely impact the Portfolio’s investments. Risks of investing through stock connect. Any investments in A-shares listed and traded through Stock Connect, or on such other stock exchanges in China which participate in Stock Connect is subject to a number of restrictions that may affect the Portfolio's investments and returns. Moreover, Stock Connect A shares generally may not be sold, purchased or otherwise transferred other than through Stock Connect in accordance with applicable rules. The Stock Connect program may be subject to further interpretation and guidance. There can be no assurance as to the program’s continued existence or whether future developments regarding the program may restrict or adversely affect the Portfolio's investments or returns. There is no assurance strategies that incorporate ESG factors will result in more favorable investment performance. India Risk. To the extent the Portfolio invests a substantial portion of its assets in Indian issuers, the Portfolio may be adversely affected by factors that impact Indian businesses and the Indian economy (among other factors) and such factors may have a disproportionate impact on performance. Active Management Risk. The Adviser has considerable leeway in deciding which investments to buy, hold or sell, and which trading strategies to use. Such decisions will affect performance. To the extent the Portfolio invests a substantial portion of its assets in the financials sector, factors that have an adverse impact on this sector may have a disproportionate impact on performance. To the extent the Portfolio invests a substantial portion of its assets in the consumer discretionary sector, the Portfolio may be particularly susceptible to the risks associated with companies operating in such sector.

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The MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. The MSCI EM Net Index assumes the reinvestment of dividends after the deduction of withholding tax and approximates the minimum possible dividend re-investment, whereas the MSCI EM Gross Index assumes the maximum possible dividend reinvestment. The benchmark is used for comparative purposes only. The index is unmanaged and does not include any expenses, fees or sales charges, which would lower performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

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Next Twelve Months consensus estimates.


Source: FactSet Research Systems Inc.


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)


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