International Equity Portfolio

Share Class :
MSIQX CUSIP: 61744J408
International Equity Portfolio
MSIQX CUSIP: 61744J408
Share Class :

International Equity Portfolio

MSIQX CUSIP: 61744J408
Investment Objective

Seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of non-U.S. issuers.

Investment Approach

The investment team believes that the best route to superior returns is through long-term compounding and seeking reduced downside participation. The International Equity Portfolio is actively managed by consistently applying strict investment criteria to help identify attractive businesses at a discount to their long-term fair value. In-depth fundamental company research is paramount to the team’s bottom-up stock selection process with emphasis on companies with high or improving Returns on Operating Capital Employed, recurring cash flows and capable management. This investment discipline is maintained by strict adherence to the team’s longstanding investment process and cash-flow-based valuation criteria.

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 10/31/2021

As of 11/26/2021

As of 10/31/2021

As of 11/26/2021

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

Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Average Annual Total Returns As of 10/31/2021 As of 09/30/2021
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSIQX 27.53 10.17 8.93 6.89 8.18
MSCI EAFE Index (%) 34.18 11.54 9.79 7.37 4.99
Lipper Category Average (%) 28.73 17.08 12.50 8.63 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 31.56 11.75 9.42 7.35 --
1 YR 3 YRS 5 YRS 10 YRS Since Inception
MSIQX 16.40 6.08 7.55 7.49 8.11
MSCI EAFE Index (%) 25.73 7.62 8.81 8.10 4.92
Lipper Category Average (%) 21.15 12.00 10.95 9.32 --
Morningstar Category Average (%) 23.96 7.55 8.33 8.07 --
2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
MSIQX 11.42 20.37 -13.80 25.17 -2.00 0.36 -6.08
MSCI EAFE Index (%) 7.82 22.01 -13.79 25.03 1.00 -0.81 -4.90
Lipper Category Average (%) 21.21 26.73 -14.32 27.28 -1.14 -3.39 -4.82
Morningstar Category Average (%) 9.30 21.59 -14.59 25.12 0.79 -1.59 -4.98
Average Annual Total Returns
As of 10/31/2021
TIMEFRAME MSIQX MSCI EAFE Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 27.53 34.18 28.73 31.56
3 Yrs 10.17 11.54 17.08 11.75
5 Yrs 8.93 9.79 12.50 9.42
10 Yrs 6.89 7.37 8.63 7.35
Since Inception 8.18 4.99 } -- --
As of 09/30/2021
TIMEFRAME MSIQX MSCI EAFE Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
1 Yr 16.40 25.73 21.15 23.96
3 Yrs 6.08 7.62 12.00 7.55
5 Yrs 7.55 8.81 10.95 8.33
10 Yrs 7.49 8.10 9.32 8.07
Since Inception 8.11 4.92 } -- --
TIMEFRAME MSIQX MSCI EAFE Index (%) Lipper Category Average (%) Morningstar Category Average (%)
2020 11.42 7.82 21.21 9.30
2019 20.37 22.01 26.73 21.59
2018 -13.80 -13.79 -14.32 -14.59
2017 25.17 25.03 27.28 25.12
2016 -2.00 1.00 -1.14 0.79
2015 0.36 -0.81 -3.39 -1.59
2014 -6.08 -4.90 -4.82 -4.98
Past performance is not indicative of future results. The Portfolio's calendar year returns do not include the deduction of any applicable sales charges.
Risk/Return Statistics

    MSIQX Index
Alpha (%) -1.22 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.99 1.00
Excess return (%) -1.37 --
Information ratio -0.32 --
R squared 0.94 1.00
Sharpe ratio 0.52 0.61
Standard deviation (%) 17.32 17.03
Tracking error (%) 4.28 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 98.68 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 104.83 100.00
    MSIQX Index
Alpha (%) -0.69 --
Beta (vs. benchmark) 0.98 1.00
Excess return (%) -0.86 --
Information ratio -0.21 --
R squared 0.92 1.00
Sharpe ratio 0.52 0.59
Standard deviation (%) 14.90 14.60
Tracking error (%) 4.17 --
Up-capture ratio (%) 96.51 100.00
Down-capture ratio (%) 100.24 100.00
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)
12/15/2020 12/16/2020 12/16/2020 0.220316 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
12/13/2019 12/16/2019 12/16/2019 0.319942 1.175300 0.000000 1.175300
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)
12/15/2020 12/16/2020 12/16/2020 0.220316 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
12/13/2019 12/16/2019 12/16/2019 0.319942 1.175300 0.000000 1.175300
Composition As of 09/30/2021
  Fund Index
Consumer Staples 22.65 10.22
Health Care 17.40 12.65
Financials 16.14 17.17
Industrials 13.66 15.77
Information Technology 13.55 9.62
Consumer Discretionary 6.91 12.74
Materials 3.02 7.33
Communication Services 2.78 4.80
Energy 1.62 3.49
Cash 2.11 --
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Geography As of 09/30/2021
  Fund Index
United Kingdom 21.51 14.37
Germany 18.37 9.09
France 13.65 11.22
Japan 8.13 24.20
Canada 6.01 --
Switzerland 5.06 9.53
China 3.38 --
Singapore 3.06 1.16
Sweden 3.05 3.68
Hong Kong 2.49 2.96
Other 13.01 --
Cash 2.11 --
Country weightings arise from our bottom-up fundamental analysis. The team seeks superior companies that are attractively valued regardless of country of domicile.
May not sum to 100% due to the exclusion of other assets and liabilities.

Holdings As of 10/31/2021
Fund Index
SAP SE 3.51 0.88
Constellation Software Inc 3.32 --
Reckitt Benckiser Plc 3.30 0.34
RELX Plc 3.26 0.35
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA 3.01 0.14
Sanofi 2.85 0.66
Tencent Holdings Ltd 2.83 --
Prudential Plc 2.77 0.31
Roche Holding AG 2.64 1.66
Pernod Ricard S.A. 2.61 0.28
Total 30.10 --

Portfolio Characteristics
Fund Index
Active share (%) 82.94 --
Number of holdings 61 845
Price/earnings (NTM) 15.71 15.16
Price/free cash flow (NTM) 19.59 20.60
Turnover (%) 20 --
Portfolio turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus. View current prospectus for the as of date.
Investment Team
William Lock
Head of International Equity Team
29 years industry experience
Bruno Paulson
Managing Director
27 years industry experience
Nic Sochovsky
Managing Director
23 years industry experience
Marcus Watson
Executive Director
13 years industry experience
Alex Gabriele
Executive Director
12 years industry experience
Nathan Wong
Executive Director
21 years industry experience
Richard Perrott
Executive Director
15 years industry experience
Vladimir Demine
Head of ESG Research
19 years industry experience
Isabelle Mast
Executive Director
16 years industry experience

Team members may be subject to change at any time without notice. The investment team currently has 13 members; information on additional team members can be found on

Effective March 31, 2021, Dirk Hoffmann-Becking has retired and is no longer serving as a portfolio manager for the Portfolio.

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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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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.  

The Fund has suspended offering Class L shares of the Portfolio to all investors. 

Class IS shares, are  being offered only to eligible investors who must meet a minimum initial investment of $10,000,000 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.

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.

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. 

Returns are net of fees and assume the reinvestment of all dividends and income. Returns for less than one year are cumulative (not annualized). Performance of other share classes will vary.

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Please keep in mind that double-digit returns are highly unusual and cannot be sustained. Investors should also be aware that these returns were primarily achieved during favorable market conditions.

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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. The Net Asset Value (NAV) per share is determined by dividing the value of the fund's portfolio securities, cash and other assets, less all liabilities, by the total number of common shares outstanding. The common share market price is the price the market is willing to pay for shares of the fund at a given time. Price/earnings (P/E) is the price of a stock divided by its earnings per share. Sometimes called the multiple, P/E gives investors an idea of how much they are paying for a company’s earning power. The higher the P/E, the more investors are paying, and therefore the more earnings growth they are expecting. Price to Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) is a ratio used to compare a company’s market value to its free cash flow. It is calculated by dividing the company’s per-share stock price by its per-share free cash flow. Free Cash flow is calculated by subtracting a company’s Capital Expenditures from its Operating Cash flow.

Turnover is sourced from the fund's current prospectus.

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.

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. 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. 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. Stocks of small- and medium capitalization companies entail special risks, such as limited product lines, markets and financial resources, and greater market volatility than securities of larger, more established companies. Nondiversified portfolios often invest in a more limited number of issuers. As such, changes in the financial condition or market value of a single issuer may cause greater volatility. 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. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). Privately placed and restricted securities may be subject to resale restrictions as well as a lack of publicly available information, which will increase their illiquidity and could adversely affect the ability to value and sell them (liquidity risk).

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The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the international equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada. 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 EAFE Index currently consists of 21 developed 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.

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NTM = Next 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)


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