Sustainable Emerging Markets Strategy

Sustainable Emerging Markets Strategy

Sustainable Emerging Markets Strategy

 
 
Summary

Morgan Stanley Sustainable Emerging Markets is a diversified, sustainable core strategy that seeks to invest in quality companies in emerging markets, which are financially attractive while also supporting environmental and/or socially sustainable development. In this integrated process, the Emerging Markets Equity team combine macro and bottom-up financial research with dedicated portfolio manager led engagements to arrive at a core portfolio of 60 - 80 stocks. 

 
 
Investment Approach
Philosophy

The Emerging Markets Equity team bases its investment philosophy on proprietary research, which shows that both country-level and stock-specific factors can drive risks and returns in emerging markets. As a result, the team seeks to add value by integrating top-down country allocation and bottom-up stock selection with a growth bias.

The team believes that in the long term, the dynamics of emerging markets are beneficial to the earnings of selective growth companies. Rather than focusing on short-term cyclical bubbles, the team takes a thematic approach to investing to identify longer-term trends not fully appreciated by the market. As often as possible, the team takes contrarian positions. This allows them to develop sound reasons for why consensus may overlook or ignore elements of a country or a stock where positive change may yet occur.

 

 
Differentiators
Emerging market experience

Morgan Stanley Investment Management is a pioneer in emerging markets investing and has a demonstrated expertise and commitment through all market cycles. The firm began analyzing emerging markets in 1984 and investing in the asset class in 1986.

Top-down and bottom-up analyses

The team believes its integration of country allocation with stock selection helps drive their competitive performance, as they seek to buy responsible growth companies in attractive countries.

Sustainably aligned and ESG integrated

The strategy aims to achieve a lower carbon footprint than the index in aggregate. It is positively aligned with the team’s sustainable development themes of responsible energy transition, circular economy and sustainable production, improved access and affordability, and decent work and innovation; and it includes ESG integration.

 
 
 
Investment Process
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Portfolio Managers  
Paul Psaila
Managing Director
30 years industry experience
Amay Hattangadi
Managing Director
27 years industry experience
Eric Carlson
Head of Sustainability, Emerging Markets Equity Team
28 years industry experience
 

Team members may be subject to change at any time without notice. The investment team currently has 14 members; information on additional team members can be found on MSIM.com.

 
 
 
 
 

RISK CONSIDERATIONS  

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.

This communication is only intended for and will be only distributed to persons resident in jurisdictions where such distribution or availability would not be contrary to local laws or regulations.

There is no guarantee that any investment strategy will work under all market conditions, and each investor should evaluate their ability to invest for the long-term, especially during periods of downturn in the market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

A separately managed account may not be appropriate for all investors. Separate accounts managed according to the Strategy include a number of securities and will not necessarily track the performance of any index. Please consider the investment objectives, risks and fees of the Strategy carefully before investing. A minimum asset level is required. For important information about the investment manager, please refer to Form ADV Part 2.

Any views and opinions provided are those of the portfolio management team and are subject to change at any time due to market or economic conditions and may not necessarily come to pass. Furthermore, the views will not be updated or otherwise revised to reflect information that subsequently becomes available or circumstances existing, or changes occurring. The views expressed do not reflect the opinions of all portfolio managers at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) or the views of the firm as a whole, and may not be reflected in all the strategies and products that the Firm offers.

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OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

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 Index currently consists of 24 emerging-market country indices. The performance of the index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends.

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The information presented represents how the portfolio management team generally implements its investment process under normal market conditions.

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