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Symbol: MRNAX   CUSIP:  552746547   Newspaper Abbreviation: PENDING   Fund number: 1048  
Daily NAV:  $9.66  (as of 4/17/14)
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Fund Profile

A flexible absolute return strategy

A global approach to investing aimed at delivering returns regardless of market conditions.


Seeks total return.

Important Risk Considerations


  • Classification: Asset Allocation
  • Fiscal Year End:  MAY
  • Fund Commencement: 3/30/11  
  • Class Inception: 3/30/11  
  • CUSIP:  552746547  
  • Newspaper Abbreviation: PENDING  
  • Net Assets:  $191.44 million (as of 3/31/14)
  • Maximum Sales Charge:  4.75%

Portfolio Facts:

Fund Positions through March 31,2014
    Actively Managed Overlay Impact1 Net Exposure
Fixed Income U.S. 49.37% 4.32% 53.69%
  Europe ex-U.K. 18.35% -6.71% 11.64%
  North America ex-U.S. 4.70% 5.40% 10.11%
  Asia/Pacific ex-Japan 3.48% 3.13% 6.62%
  Emerging Markets 2.20% 0.00% 2.20%
  United Kingdom 4.72% -2.86% 1.86%
  Supranational 0.96% 0.00% 0.96%
  Japan 2.88% -7.32% -4.44%
      Total 82.64%

Equity Emerging Markets 0.00% 5.37% 5.37%
  Europe ex-U.K. 0.00% 4.48% 4.48%
  Japan 0.00% -0.08% -0.08%
  U.S. Small/Mid Cap 0.00% -0.40% -0.40%
  United Kingdom 0.00% -0.46% -0.46%
  North America ex-U.S. 0.00% -0.93% -0.93%
  Asia/Pacific ex-Japan 0.00% -3.31% -3.31%
      Total 4.68%

Real Estate Related U.S. 0.82% 0.00% 0.82%
      Total 0.82%

Cash Cash & Equivalents 11.89% 0.62% 12.50%
  Derivative Cash Equivalents 2 -0.00% -0.64% -0.64%
      Total 11.86%

  Total Net Exposure Summary 99.37%



1Represents the Fund's exposure to various markets using derivative instruments.
2Represents the offsetting component of the Fund's derivative transactions
Portfolio characteristic data are based on unaudited net assets.

Top 10 Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
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Full & Historical Holdings
Canadian Bond 10Yr Future Jun 19 14
UST Bond 10Yr Future Jun 19 14
Aud Bond 10Yr Future Jun 16 14
FTSE MIB Index Future JUN 20 14
Hang Seng China Ent Index Future APR 29 2014
IBEX Index Future APR 17 14
Aust SPI 200 Future JUN 19 14*
GB Govt Bond 10Yr Future Jun 26 14*
Euro Bund 10Yr Future Jun 06 14*
JGB 10Yr Future Jun 11 14*

20.69% long and 19.70% short (*) positions of total net assets
Total number of holdings: 433
Currency Weights
(on 3/31/14)
United States Dollar 102.50%
Norwegian Krone 2.38%
Euro 2.06%
British Pound Sterling 1.24%
Swedish Krona 0.85%
Hong Kong Dollar 0.14%
Brazilian Real 0.09%
Turkish Lira 0.08%
Japanese Yen 0.03%
Mexican Peso 0.02%
South Korean Won* -0.01%
Singapore Dollar* -0.02%
South African Rand* -0.03%
New Zealand Dollar* -1.21%
Canadian Dollar* -1.93%
Swiss Franc* -2.87%
Australian Dollar* -3.33%

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.


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


Morningstar RatingTM: As of 3/31/14

Morningstar Category: Nontraditional Bond
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Number of funds in Nontraditional Bond: 150 150

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.

MFS’ assessment of the risk/return potential of asset classes, markets and currencies and its adjustments to the fund’s exposure to asset classes, markets and currencies through the use of derivatives may not produce intended results and/or can lead to an investment focus that results in the fund underperforming other funds that invest in similar investment types or have similar investment strategies.

The fund’s strategy to manage its exposure to asset classes, markets and currencies may not produce intended results. In addition, the hedging strategies that may be implemented by MFS that seek to limit the fund’s exposure to certain extreme market events may not work as intended, and the costs associated with such strategies will reduce the fund’s returns.

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

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