Sustainable Emerging Markets Portfolio

Share Class :
MSDUX CUSIP: 61768B638
Sustainable Emerging Markets Portfolio
MSDUX CUSIP: 61768B638
Share Class :

Sustainable Emerging Markets Portfolio

MSDUX CUSIP: 61768B638

Investment Objective
Seeks long-term capital appreciation.
Investment Approach
A diversified, sustainable core fund which seeks to invest in quality companies in emerging markets, which are financially attractive while also supporting environmental and/or socially sustainable development. In our integrated process, we combine macro and bottom-up financial research with dedicated portfolio manager led engagements to arrive at a core portfolio of 50 – 70 stocks. The Fund aims to achieve a lower carbon footprint than the MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Net Index in aggregate, is positively aligned with our sustainable development themes of: responsible energy transition; circular economy and sustainable production; improved access and affordability; and decent work and innovation, and includes ESG integration.
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 02/28/2023

As of 03/27/2023

As of 02/28/2023

As of 03/27/2023

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

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 02/28/2023 As of 12/31/2022
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSDUX -- -- -- -- 11.40
MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Net Index (%) -- -- -- -- 9.32
Lipper Category Average (%) -- -- -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) -- -- -- -- --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSDUX -- -- -- -- 8.90
MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Net Index (%) -- -- -- -- 7.98
Lipper Category Average (%) -- -- -- -- --
Morningstar Category Average (%) -- -- -- -- --
Average Annual Total Returns
As of 02/28/2023
TIMEFRAME MSDUX MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr -- -- -- --
3 Yrs -- -- -- --
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception 11.40 9.32 } -- --
As of 12/31/2022
TIMEFRAME MSDUX MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Net Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr -- -- -- --
3 Yrs -- -- -- --
5 Yrs -- -- -- --
10 Yrs -- -- -- --
Since Inception 8.90 7.98 } -- --
Past performance is not indicative of future results. The Portfolio's calendar year returns do not include the deduction of any applicable sales charges.
Composition As of 12/31/2022
  Fund Index
Financials 28.88 25.14
Information Technology 25.01 24.79
Materials 17.77 11.42
Consumer Discretionary 10.23 6.33
Consumer Staples 5.21 6.75
Industrials 3.71 6.29
Energy 3.60 6.02
Health Care 3.10 3.05
Real Estate 0.82 1.20
Cash 1.20 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Geography As of 12/31/2022
  Fund Index
India 26.09 21.33
Taiwan 17.63 20.40
South Korea 12.23 16.73
South Africa 7.59 5.45
Brazil 6.85 7.78
Mexico 6.39 3.38
Indonesia 5.29 2.81
United Kingdom 4.54 --
Poland 3.32 1.07
Norway 1.78 --
Other 6.62 21.05
Cash 1.20 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.
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Holdings As of 02/28/2023
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd 8.91
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd 5.98
ICICI Bank Ltd 3.38
Reliance Industries Ltd 3.21
HDFC Bank Ltd 2.90
Delta Electronics Inc 2.86
Wal-Mart de Mexico Sab de Cv 2.80
Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A. 2.68
Anglo American Plc 2.66
Airtac International Group 2.51
Total 37.89

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 72.05 --
Number of holdings 59 663
Price/earnings (LTM) 12.30 10.61
Price/cash flow 7.99 7.09
Price/book 2.32 1.76
Return on equity (%) 20.09 18.19
Weighted average market capitalization ($B) 79.49 54.87
Weighted median market capitalization ($B) 22.95 11.93
Product Literature
Prospectus & Reports

Class C shares include deferred sales charge of 1.00% which declines to zero after first year.

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 Directors 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 $1,000,000 for Class I shares.

Class R6 shares, are  being offered only to eligible investors who must meet a minimum initial investment of $5,000,000 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.

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 factorin making your investment decision.

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. 

Shares of the portfolio redeemed within 30 days of purchase will be subject to a 2% redemption fee, payable to the portfolio. The redemption fee is designed to protect the portfolio and its remaining shareholders from the effects of short-term trading.

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.

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. 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 strategy. Please be aware that this strategy 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 the risks generally associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the portfolio’s performance. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). 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. ESG Strategies that incorporate impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. As a result, there is no assurance ESG strategies could result in more favorable investment performance.


The MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Net Index captures large and mid cap representation across 23 of the 24 Emerging Markets (EM) countries* excluding China. With 654 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country. The performance of the index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends. 

The index is unmanaged and does not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Any index referred to herein is the intellectual property (including registered trademarks) of the applicable licensor.

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.

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LTM = Last Twelve Months.


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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