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MFS® Global Total Return Fund

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Symbol: MFWTX   CUSIP:  552986101   Newspaper Abbreviation: GlTotA   Fund number: 24  
Daily NAV:  $16.69  (as of 4/23/14)
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Fund Profile

A conservative global balanced fund

Our team-managed global balanced fund maintains an investment mix of stocks and bonds, which historically has been allocated at approximately 60% stocks and 40% bonds. The portfolio follows a conservative approach investing in large-cap companies trading at attractive valuations and global bonds.


Seeks total return.

Important Risk Considerations


  • Classification: Global/International
  • Fiscal Year End:  OCTOBER
  • Fund Commencement: 9/4/90  
  • Class Inception: 9/4/90  
  • CUSIP:  552986101  
  • Newspaper Abbreviation: GlTotA  
  • Net Assets:  $1,303.93 million (as of 3/31/14)
  • Maximum Sales Charge:  5.75%

Portfolio Facts:

Portfolio characteristic data are based on unaudited net assets.

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

Types of Holdings
(on 3/31/14)
Stocks 58.93%
Bonds 34.65%
Cash & Other1 6.42%

Total number of holdings

Top 10 Equity Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
What's this?
Full & Historical Holdings
Johnson & Johnson
Pfizer Inc
Nestle SA
Wells Fargo & Co
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Lockheed Martin Corp
GlaxoSmithKline PLC
Danone SA
Kao Corp

20.75% of equity assets
Top 10 Fixed Income Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
What's this?
Full & Historical Holdings
Japan Government Ten Year Bond 1.100 JUN 20 20
Japan Government Twenty Year Bond 2.100 SEP 20 24
Italy Buoni Poliennali Del Tesoro 3.750 MAR 01 21
Canadian Government Bond 4.250 JUN 01 18
Italy Buoni Poliennali Del Tesoro 5.25 AUG 01 17
Australia Government Bond 5.750 MAY 15 21
Belgium Government Bond 4.250 SEP 28 21
Japan Government Twenty Year Bond 2.200 SEP 20 27
Canadian Government Bond 3.250 JUN 01 21
Ireland Government Bond 4.500 APR 18 20

29.97% of fixed income assets
5 Largest Equity Sectors/Categories
(on 3/31/14)
Financial Services 18.26%
Consumer Staples 17.69%
Health Care 14.01%
Industrial Goods & Services 9.28%
Technology 6.98%
Credit Quality
(% of Fixed Income Assets on 3/31/14)
What's this?
U.S. Government 2.45%
Federal Agencies 10.07%
AAA 18.30%
AA 10.09%
A 23.28%
BBB 36.80%
BB 0.00%
Other Not Rated* -0.98%
Currency Weights
(on 3/31/14)
United States Dollar 48.38%
Euro 18.50%
Japanese Yen 13.82%
British Pound Sterling 9.06%
Swiss Franc 3.88%
Canadian Dollar 1.32%
Australian Dollar 1.11%
Swedish Krona 1.04%
Taiwan Dollar 0.62%
Norwegian Krone 0.44%
South Korean Won 0.39%
Danish Krone 0.38%
Indian Rupee 0.18%
Hong Kong Dollar 0.18%
Mexican Peso 0.13%
Polish Zloty 0.10%
Thailand Offshore Rate 0.09%
South African Rand 0.09%
Malaysian Ringgit 0.08%
New Zealand Dollar 0.07%
Singapore Dollar 0.06%
Czech Koruna 0.05%
Israeli Shekel 0.04%
Brazilian Real 0.01%
Turkish Lira 0.00%

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: World Allocation
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Number of funds in World Allocation: 319 319 219 126

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.

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 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.

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

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