A Global equity fund with a disciplined approach to seeking reduced volatility
A diversified equity fund that seeks to provide capital appreciation with reduced volatility relative to the global market. The fund utilizes MFS' global research platform to identify investment opportunities that are attractive from both a quantitative and a fundamental perspective.
of total net assets
Total number of holdings: 96
5 Largest Equity Sectors/Categories
Utilities & Communications
Top 10 Country Weightings
Cash and other assets are less liabilities.
As of 3/31/14
Morningstar Category: World Stock
Number of funds in World Stock:
For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Within each asset class, the top 10%, the next 22.5%, 35%, 22.5%, and the bottom 10% receive 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 star, respectively. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) Each fund is rated exclusively against U.S. domiciled funds. The Overall Morningstar Rating™ is based on the weighted average of the number of stars assigned to the fund's applicable time periods. In cases where the fund has changed investment categories, its historical information is given less weight. If the fund has been in existence at least 10 years, the 10-year rating accounts for 50%, the 5-year for 30%, and the 3-year for 20%. If the fund has been in existence at least 5 years, but less than 10 years, the 5-year rating accounts for 60% and the 3-year for 40%. If the fund has been in existence for 3 years, but less than 5 years, the 3-year rating accounts for 100%.
Morningstar rankings may vary among share classes and are based on historical total returns, which are not indicative of future results.
Load-waived (LW) Class A share star ratings do not include any front-end sales load and are intended for those investors who have access to such purchase terms (e.g., plan participants of a defined contribution plan). Not all A share mutual funds for which Morningstar calculates a load-waived A share star rating may actually waive their front-end sales load. Therefore, Morningstar strongly encourages investors to contact their investment professional to determine whether they are eligible to purchase the A share without paying the front load.
The fund may not achieve its objective and/or you could lose money on your investment in the fund.
Stock markets and investments in individual stocks are volatile and can decline significantly in response to issuer, market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical, and other conditions.
Investments in foreign markets can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical, or other conditions.
The fund’s strategy to invest in low-volatility equity securities may not produce the intended results if low-volatility equity securities do not outperform the benchmark. It is expected that the fund will generally underperform the equity markets during strong, rising equity markets.
Please see the prospectus for further information on these and other risk considerations.
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