VIF Global Strategist Portfolio
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MGTPX CUSIP: 61691F805
VIF Global Strategist Portfolio
MGTPX CUSIP: 61691F805
Share Class :

VIF Global Strategist Portfolio

MGTPX CUSIP: 61691F805
Investment Approach

Using a top-down, unconstrained approach, the Global Multi-Asset team focuses on global macro and thematic investments across equities, fixed income, FX and commodities. We invest in opportunities at the asset class, country, sector and thematic levels, rather than concentrating on individual security selection.


As of 10/31/2017

As of 03/22/2018

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)  
07/03/2017 07/05/2017 07/05/2017 0.110935 0.157800 0.000000 0.157800
06/29/2016 06/30/2016 06/30/2016 0.000000 0.042400 0.000000 0.042400
Ex-Date /<br />Payable Date Net Investment Income ($ per share) Total Capital Gains ($ per share)
07/05/2017 /
0.110935 0.157800
06/30/2016 /
0.000000 0.042400
Composition As of 12/31/2017
Portfolio Active Wt
Global Equities 57.95 -2.05
Global Fixed Income 51.99 11.99
Commodities -1.77 -1.77
Volatility 0.19 0.19
Cash -8.35 -8.35
Calculated using the Portfolio's Blended Index, as this is a better representation of the Portfolio's global multi-asset strategy.
Developed Markets 86.67
North America 56.17
Europe 21.75
Asia ex-Japan -0.87
Japan 9.62
Emerging Markets 13.33

Geography As of 12/31/2017
Equities Fixed Income
North America 27.61 22.15
Europe 15.58 15.09
Asia ex-Japan 2.06 1.18
Japan 6.86 6.68
Emerging Markets 5.84 6.89

Holdings As of 02/28/2018
United States Treasury 8.98
Japan (Government of) 7.08
Brazil (Federative Republic of) 6.55
Spdr S&P 500 Etf Trust 1.81
Fannie Mae 1.64
Italy (Republic of) 1.40
Spain Government Bond 1.26
Canadian Government Bond 1.24
Freddie Mac Gold 1.10
Portugal (Republic of) 1.06
Total 32.12

Please note, prior to February 13, 2018, holdings and related composition data, shown as of December 31, 2017, were reflecting data as of January 2, 2018.  Holdings data for these periods are available upon request by emailing client service at

Portfolio Managers
Head of Global Multi-Asset Team
27 years industry experience
Managing Director
35 years industry experience
Insights by Global Multi-Asset Team
Investment Insight
GMA View Point - The Case for a U.S. Dollar Rally
Feb 28, 2018
MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: "The Case for a U.S. Dollar Rally."
Macro Insight
GMA View Point - China Cyclical Downturn in 2018
Nov 30, 2017
MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “China Cyclical Downturn in 2018."
Prospectus & Reports

1 The Blended Index performance is a performance linked benchmark of the old and new benchmark of the Portfolio, the old represented by 60% MSCI All-Country World Index, 30% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, 5% S&P GSCI Light Energy Index and 5% BofA Merrill Lynch US Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index from inception through May 31, 2017 and the new Blended Index which consists of 60% MSCI All-Country World Index and 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index for periods thereafter.

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.

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.
Weighted median market capitalization is the point at which half of the market value of a portfolio is invested in stocks with a greater market cap, and consequently the other half 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 a stock market index weighted by the market capitalization of each stock in the index. In such a weighting scheme, larger companies account for a greater portion of the index. Most indexes are constructed in this manner, with the best example being the S&P 500.
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 risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. Fixed-income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In a rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities (MBS and ABS) are sensitive to early prepayment risk and a higher risk of default and may be hard to value and difficult to sell (liquidity risk). They are also subject to credit, market and interest rate risks. Certain U.S. government securities purchased by the Portfolio, such as those issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future. Sovereign debt securities are subject to default risk. Real estate investment trusts are subject to risks similar to those associated with the direct ownership of real estate and they are sensitive to such factors as management skills and changes in tax laws. Derivative instruments can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and may have a potentially large negative impact on the Portfolio’s performance. The use of leverage may increase volatility in the Portfolio. Restricted and illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk).

The Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch US Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index tracks the performance of a basket of synthetic assets paying LIBID to a stated maturity. The index purchases a new instrument each day, priced at par, having exactly its stated maturity and with a coupon equal to that day’s fixing rate. All issues are held to maturity. Each day the index is comprised of a basket of securities. The index is not marked to market. The returns represent the accrued income generated by the equally weighted average of all the coupons in the basket for a given day. The MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) measures the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The Bank of America/Merrill Lynch U.S. Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index tracks the performance of a basket of synthetic assets paying LIBID to a stated maturity. The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index provides a broad-based measure of the global investment grade fixed-rate debt markets. Total Returns shown is unhedged USD. The S&P GSCI Light Energy Index provides investment performance in the energy commodity market. The indices are unmanaged and do not include any expenses, fees or sales charges. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

The composition of the Customized MSIM Global Allocation Index, the secondary benchmark index of the Global Strategist Portfolio, has been changed from 60% MSCI All Country World Index, 30% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, 5% S&P GSCI Light Energy Index and 5% Bank of America/Merrill Lynch U.S. Dollar 1-Month LIBID Average Index to 60% MSCI All Country World Index and 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index, effective May 31, 2017.

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.

CRC 1801660 Exp 5/19/2018


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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