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MFS® Emerging Markets Debt Fund

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Symbol: MEDAX   CUSIP:  55273E673   Newspaper Abbreviation: PENDING   Fund number: 33  
Daily NAV:  $14.91  (as of 4/24/14)
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Fund Profile

Uncovering fixed income opportunities in emerging markets worldwide

Focuses primarily on debt issued by emerging market countries; however, the fund may invest in corporate debt issued by companies located in emerging market countries.


Seeks total return with an emphasis on high current income, but also considering capital appreciation.

Important Risk Considerations


  • Classification: Bond
  • Fiscal Year End:  JULY
  • Fund Commencement: 3/17/98  
  • Class Inception: 3/17/98  
  • CUSIP:  55273E673  
  • Newspaper Abbreviation: PENDING  
  • Net Assets:  $5,897.89 million (as of 3/31/14)
  • Maximum Sales Charge:  4.75%

Portfolio Facts:

Portfolio characteristic data are based on unaudited net assets.

The portfolio is actively managed, and current holdings may be different.

Portfolio Structure
(on 3/31/14)
Emerging Markets Debt 89.21%
Cash & Other1 10.78%
Non-U.S. Sovereigns 1.49%
High Yield Corporates 0.67%
High Grade Corporates 0.30%
U.S. Treasuries* -2.44%
Portfolio Statistics
(on 3/31/14)
What's this?
Average Effective Maturity 11.22 yrs
Average Effective Duration 6.24 yrs
Top 10 Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
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Full & Historical Holdings
Mexico Government International Bond 3.625 MAR 15 22
Russian Foreign Bond - Eurobond STP 7.5 MAR 31 30
Mexico Government International Bond 4.000 OCT 02 23
Philippine Government International Bond 5.500 MAR 30 26
KazAgro National Management Holding JSC 144A 4.625 MAY 24 23
Croatia Government International Bond 144A 6.000 JAN 26 24
Philippine Government International Bond 6.375 OCT 23 34
Turkey Government International Bond 7.375 FEB 05 25
Development Bank of Kazakhstan JSC RegS 4.125 DEC 10 22
UST Bond 10Yr Future Jun 19 14*

13.12% long and 1.73% short (*) positions of total net assets
Total number of holdings: 382
Credit Quality
(% of Total Net Assets on 3/31/14)
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AA 0.18%
A 3.32%
BBB 51.58%
BB 20.66%
B 14.10%
CCC and Below 1.23%
Other Not Rated* -1.85%

Portfolio characteristics are based on equivalent exposure, which measures how a portfolio's value would change due to price changes in an asset held either directly or, in the case of a derivative contract, indirectly. The market value of the holding may differ.


1 Cash and other assets are less liabilities; this may include derivative offsets.


*Short positions, unlike long positions, lose value if the underlying asset gains value.


Morningstar RatingTM: As of 3/31/14

Morningstar Category: Emerging Markets Bond
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Number of funds in Emerging Markets Bond: 144 144 99 48

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.


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Important Risk Considerations

The fund may not achieve its objective and/or you could lose money on your investment in the fund.

Investments in debt instruments may decline in value as the result of declines in the credit quality of the issuer, borrower, counterparty, underlying collateral, or changes in economic, political, issuer-specific, or other conditions. Certain types of debt instruments can be more sensitive to these factors and therefore more volatile. In addition, debt instruments entail interest rate risk (as interest rates rise, prices usually fall), therefore the Fund's share price may decline during rising rate environments as the underlying debt instruments in the portfolio adjust to the rise in rates. Funds that consist of debt instruments with longer durations are generally more sensitive to a rise in interest rates than those with shorter durations. At times, and particularly during periods of market turmoil, all or a large portion of segments of the market may not have an active trading market. As a result, it may be difficult to value these investments and it may not be possible to sell a particular investment or type of investment at any particular time or at an acceptable price.

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.

Emerging markets can have less market structure, depth, and regulatory, custodial or operational oversight and greater political, social, and economic instability than developed markets.

Investments in derivatives can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying indicator(s) on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty and liquidity risk.

Investments in lower-quality debt instruments can be more volatile and have greater risk of default than higher-quality debt instruments.

The fund's performance could be more volatile than the performance of more diversified funds.

Please see the prospectus for further information on these and other risk considerations.

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