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Symbol: MSFRX   CUSIP:  552981300   Newspaper Abbreviation: TotRA   Fund number: 15  
Daily NAV:  $17.86  (as of 4/23/14)
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Fund Profile

A conservative balanced fund

Our team-managed 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 value stocks and a well-diversified mix of generally investment grade bonds.


Seeks total return.

Important Risk Considerations


  • Classification: Domestic Conservative Stock
  • Fiscal Year End:  SEPTEMBER
  • Fund Commencement: 10/6/70  
  • Class Inception: 10/6/70  
  • CUSIP:  552981300  
  • Newspaper Abbreviation: TotRA  
  • Net Assets:  $6,673.52 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 58.63%
Bonds 39.44%
Cash & Other1 1.93%

Total number of holdings

Top 10 Equity Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
What's this?
Full & Historical Holdings
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Pfizer Inc
Wells Fargo & Co
Philip Morris International Inc
Johnson & Johnson
Exxon Mobil Corp
Lockheed Martin Corp
CVS Caremark Corp
MetLife Inc
United Technologies Corp

23.29% of equity assets
Top 10 Fixed Income Holdings
(on 3/31/14)  
What's this?
Full & Historical Holdings
United States Treasury Note/Bond 0.875 DEC 31 16
United States Treasury Note 2.125 MAY 31 15
United States Treasury Note 4.5 AUG 15 39
United States Treasury Note 3.125 MAY 15 21
United States Treasury Note 0.375 FEB 15 16
FNMA 30YR 4.0
FNMA 30YR 3.5
United States Treasury Note/Bond 3.500 MAY 15 20
United States Treasury Note 3.125 MAY 15 19
FNMA 30YR 4.5

42.86% of fixed income assets
5 Largest Equity Sectors/Categories
(on 3/31/14)
Financial Services 22.41%
Health Care 13.10%
Consumer Staples 10.47%
Industrial Goods & Services 9.52%
Energy 8.69%
Credit Quality
(% of Fixed Income Assets on 3/31/14)
What's this?
U.S. Government 36.65%
Federal Agencies 29.59%
AAA 2.00%
AA 2.84%
A 12.54%
BBB 15.35%
BB 0.55%
CCC and Below 0.47%
Other Not Rated 0.02%

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.


Morningstar RatingTM: As of 3/31/14

Morningstar Category: Moderate Allocation
3 yr
5 yr
10 yr
Number of funds in Moderate Allocation: 742 742 666 437

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.

Mortgage-backed securities can be subject to prepayment and/or extension and therefore can offer less potential for gains and greater potential for loss.

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

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