MFS® Absolute Return Fund

Fund Overview


Seeks total return.

Key Differentiators

  • A flexible, low volatility approach that aims to deliver absolute returns, regardless of market conditions, over a full market cycle
  • By investing across and within multiple asset classes, absolute return investing may offer a lower correlated alternative to traditional fixed income or equity investing.
  • Offers the potential to capitalize on long-term trends and short-term relative value opportunities in a dynamic global economic environment


Fund Information

$9.38 DAILY NAV AS OF 6/24/16
$205 M NET ASSETS AS OF 5/31/16
Fund Commencement
Class Inception
Net Assets ($M)
As of 5/31/16
Maximum Sales Charge
Net Asset Value (NAV)
As of 6/24/16
NAV Change
$ 0.01  | 0.11%
Fiscal Year End
Fund Number
Gross Expense ratio
1.47 %
Net Expense ratio
1.15 %

Gross Expense Ratio is the fund's total operating expense ratio from the fund's most recent prospectus.

Net Expense Ratio reflects the reduction of expenses from fee waivers and reimbursements. Elimination of these reductions will result in higher expenses and lower performance. These reductions will continue until at least September 30, 2016.

Top 10 Holdings Details

As of 5/31/16

US Treasury Note 0.875% MAR 31 18
IBOXX USD Liquid High Yield Index Total Return SWAP
Iboxx USD Liquid High Yield Index Total Return Swap 0.000 SEP 20 16
Aud Bond 10Yr Future JUN 15 16
Hang Seng Index Future JUN 29 16
FTSE 100 Index Future JUN 17 16
NIFTY Index Future JUN 30 16*
TOPIX Index Future JUN 09 16*
S&P 500 E-Mini Future JUN 17 16*
JGB 10Yr Future JUN 13 16*

27.89% long and 30.41% short (*) positions of total net assets

Total number of holdings: 392

Full and Historical Holdings

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

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

Average Annual Total Returns % Details

These results represent the percent change in net asset value.

As of 5/31/16 (YTD Updated Daily, as of 6/24/16) As of 3/31/16

*YTD Updated Daily as of 6/24/16, subject to revision and not annualized.

Performance data shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value fluctuate so your shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than the original cost; current performance may be lower or higher than quoted.

Performance data shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value fluctuate so your shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than the original cost; current performance may be lower or higher than quoted.

Important Performance Information

Performance results reflect any applicable expense subsidies and waivers in effect during the periods shown. Without such subsidies and waivers the fund's performance results would be less favorable. All results are historical and assume the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Sales Charges

Class A shares ("A") results include the maximum sales charge.

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, industry, 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, or other entity responsible for payment, 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 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, currency, economic, industry, 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, involve 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.

  • 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 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 and/or underperform the markets in which the fund invests.

  • The fund’s strategy to seek a positive return regardless of market conditions may not produce the intended results. The fund’s strategy to manage its exposure to asset classes, markets, and currencies may not produce the intended results. In addition, the strategies MFS may implement 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.

Product Insights

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