VIF Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio
Share Class :
MSMBX CUSIP: 61691F201
VIF Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio
MSMBX CUSIP: 61691F201
Share Class :

VIF Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio

MSMBX CUSIP: 61691F201
Investment Approach

We seek long-term capital appreciation by investing in emerging market countries where economies are developing strongly and markets are becoming more sophisticated. We believe that future economic growth matters a great deal for stock returns and that identifying those countries where growth will likely beat expectations over three to five years is critical to amplifying the portfolio's potential returns. We seek to translate our original macro-thematic research and fundamental bottom-up analysis into a growth-oriented portfolio.

Jan '03
Share Class Launch Date
Number of holdings
Weighted Average Market Capitalization ($B)

As of 09/30/2019

As of 10/21/2019

As of 09/30/2019

As of 10/21/2019

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
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)
07/03/2019 07/05/2019 07/05/2019 0.158774 1.081500 0.000000 1.081500
07/03/2018 07/05/2018 07/05/2018 0.066781 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
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)
07/03/2019 07/05/2019 07/05/2019 0.158774 1.081500 0.000000 1.081500
07/03/2018 07/05/2018 07/05/2018 0.066781 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
Composition As of 09/30/2019
  Fund Index
Financials 30.80 24.69
Consumer Staples 15.03 6.90
Consumer Discretionary 13.38 13.05
Information Technology 11.61 15.09
Communication Services 8.69 11.57
Energy 4.69 7.68
Materials 4.56 7.34
Health Care 4.28 2.60
Industrials 2.58 5.39
Real Estate 1.52 2.86
Other 0.74 --
Cash & equivalents 2.11 --
Total 100.00 --
May not sum to 100% due to rounding. Cash & equivalents may include other assets and liabilities of the portfolio.

Geography As of 09/30/2019
  Fund Index
China 26.99 31.84
Brazil 10.53 7.55
Taiwan 9.37 11.48
India 8.28 8.86
South Africa 5.47 4.72
Indonesia 5.32 2.07
Russia 5.23 3.96
Mexico 5.08 2.51
South Korea 4.74 12.15
Poland 3.42 0.99
Other 13.48 --
Cash & equivalents 2.11 --
Total 100.00 --
May not sum to 100% due to rounding. Cash & equivalents may include other assets and liabilities of the portfolio.

Holdings As of 09/30/2019
Fund Index
Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. Ltd 5.03 4.03
Tencent Holdings Ltd 4.65 4.49
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 3.71 4.44
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. 2.36 0.92
Bank Central Asia PT 2.15 0.39
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd 2.00 3.66
China Construction Bank Corp 1.67 1.38
Ping An 1.66 1.31
Jeronimo Martins SGPS S.A. 1.62 --
Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. 1.53 0.76
Total 26.38 --

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 64.37 --
Number of holdings 113 1,202
Price/earnings (LTM) 15.60 12.51
Price/cash flow 8.65 6.95
Price/book 2.29 1.51
Return on equity (%) 18.09 15.19
Weighted average market capitalization ($B) 80.10 50.04
Weighted median market capitalization ($B) 21.57 11.58
Turnover (%) 42 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
Portfolio Managers
Ruchir Sharma
Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist
25 years industry experience
Eric Carlson
Managing Director
23 years industry experience
Paul Psaila
Managing Director
25 years industry experience
May Yu
Managing Director
20 years industry experience
Amay Hattangadi
Managing Director
21 years industry experience
Prospectus & Reports

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 /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 portfolio’s current annual report.

Active Share is the fraction of the portfolio or fund that is invested differently than its benchmark as of the last day of the reporting period. A portfolio with a high degree of Active Share does not assure a fund’s relative outperformance. Active Share calculation may consolidate holdings with the same economic exposure.

Net Asset Value (NAV) is the dollar value of a single fund share, based on the value of the underlying assets of the fund minus its liabilities, divided by the number of shares outstanding. It is calculated at the end of each business day.

Return on capital is a measure of a company’s efficiency at allocating the capital under its control to profitable investments, calculated by dividing net income minus dividends by total capital. 
Earnings per share (EPS) growth is the weighted average of earnings per share growth for all securities in the portfolio projected for the past five fiscal years. Earnings per share for a company is defined as total earnings divided by shares outstanding.
Sales growth is the increase in sales over a specific period of time, often but not necessarily annually.
The Weighted Median Market Capitalization is the point at which half of the market value of a portfolio or index is invested in stocks with a greater market cap, while the other half of the market value is invested in stocks with a lower market cap.
Debt/equity (D/E) is a measure of a company’s financial leverage calculated by dividing its total liabilities by stockholders’ equity.
Turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus.
Weighted Average Market Capitalization is an average of the market capitalization of stocks comprising a portfolio or index, adjusted by each stock’s weight in the portfolio or index.
Duration 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.
Average maturity is the weighted average of the time until all maturities on mortgages in a mortgage-backed security (MBS). The higher the weighted average to maturity, the longer the mortgages in the security have until maturity.

Subject to change daily. Portfolio information, 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 sectors presented. Monthly Holdings are updated 15 calendar days after month-end.

The index data displayed under allocations are calculated using MSIM and other third-party methodologies and may differ from data published by the vendor.

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. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. In general, equity securities’ values also fluctuate in response to activities specific to a company. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, and market risks. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than the risks generally associated with foreign investments. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). 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.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index currently consists of 23 emerging market country indices. 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.

Effective May 1, 2017, The Universal Institutional Funds, Inc. (UIF) changed its name to Morgan Stanley Variable Insurance Fund, Inc. (VIF). There were no other changes to the Portfolio or investment process.


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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