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Sun Life MFS Low Volatility Global Equity Fund

$13.0921
CAD
Net asset value per security (NAVPS) as of November 19, 2019
$0.0085 0.06%
Benchmark

MSCI AC World C$ Index

Fund category

Global Equity

MorningstarTM Rating

★★★

Funds in category

1493

Mutual fund categories are maintained by the Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (CIFSC).

 

Portfolio analysis (as of September 30, 2019)

Composition

%
Cash 2.1
Fixed income 0.0
Canadian equity 8.3
U.S. equity 43.0
International equity 43.4
Emg markets equity 2.6
Other 0.5

Equity style

Market cap %
Giant 47.1
Large 29.1
Medium 23.3
Small 0.0
Micro 0.5

Geographic composition %
United States 44.2
Japan 12.6
Canada 8.5
Switzerland 6.6
United Kingdom 3.9
Hong Kong 3.7
Germany 3.0
Taiwan 2.3
Australia 2.2
France 2.1
Others 10.9
Global equity sectors* %
as of September 30, 2019
Utilities 7.9
Energy 2.2
Financials 10.8
Materials 2.3
Consumer discretionary 12.1
Consumer staples 15.1
Telecommunication services 9.9
Industrials 6.5
Health care 14.2
Information technology 11.0
Real Estate 8.1

Top ten holdings %
as of September 30, 2019
Roche Holding AG Dividend Right Cert. 3.1
Johnson & Johnson 2.4
STORE Capital Corp 2.3
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd ADR 2.3
ABC-Mart Inc 2.2
Starbucks Corp 2.1
PepsiCo Inc 2.0
Lockheed Martin Corp 2.0
Adobe Inc 1.9
Terumo Corp 1.9
Total number of portfolio holdings 101

Performance analysis (as of October 31, 2019)

Calendar year YTD 2018 2017 2016* 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Total assets $M 8.9 2.7 1.9 1.2 - - - - - - -
Fund return % 9.9 4.7 8.9 5.8 - - - - - - -
Category return % 14.2 -4.5 13.6 - - - - - - - -
Distribution $/security 0.00 0.21 0.00 0.12 - - - - - - -
Quartile
(within category)
4 1 4 - - - - - - - -
Trailing 1 mth 3 mth 6 mth 1 yr 2 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr Since
inception
Fund return % 0.2 2.2 1.7 10.4 7.7 7.9 - - 7.9
Category return % 1.3 1.5 0.4 10.6 4.8 8.3 - - -
MorningstarTM rating - - - - - ★★★ - - -
Quartile
(within category)
4 2 1 3 1 3 - - -
# of funds in category 2202 2187 2172 2095 1675 1493 - - -
Calendar yearTrailing

Calendar year

Total assets $M

  • YTD
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016*
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 8.9
  • 2.7
  • 1.9
  • 1.2
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Fund return %

  • YTD
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016*
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 9.9
  • 4.7
  • 8.9
  • 5.8
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Category return %

  • YTD
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016*
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 14.2
  • -4.5
  • 13.6
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Distribution $/security

  • YTD
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016*
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 0.00
  • 0.21
  • 0.00
  • 0.12
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Quartile (within category)

  • YTD
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016*
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Trailing

Fund return %

  • 1 mth
  • 3 mth
  • 6 mth
  • 1 yr
  • 2 yr
  • 3 yr
  • 5 yr
  • 10 yr
  • Since inception
  • 0.2
  • 2.2
  • 1.7
  • 10.4
  • 7.7
  • 7.9
  • -
  • -
  • 7.9

Category return %

  • 1 mth
  • 3 mth
  • 6 mth
  • 1 yr
  • 2 yr
  • 3 yr
  • 5 yr
  • 10 yr
  • Since inception
  • 1.3
  • 1.5
  • 0.4
  • 10.6
  • 4.8
  • 8.3
  • -
  • -
  • -

Morningstar TM rating

  • 1 mth
  • 3 mth
  • 6 mth
  • 1 yr
  • 2 yr
  • 3 yr
  • 5 yr
  • 10 yr
  • Since inception
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • ★★★
  • -
  • -
  • -

Quartile
(within category)

  • 1 mth
  • 3 mth
  • 6 mth
  • 1 yr
  • 2 yr
  • 3 yr
  • 5 yr
  • 10 yr
  • Since inception
  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • 1
  • 3
  • -
  • -
  • -

# of funds in category

  • 1 mth
  • 3 mth
  • 6 mth
  • 1 yr
  • 2 yr
  • 3 yr
  • 5 yr
  • 10 yr
  • Since inception
  • 2202
  • 2187
  • 2172
  • 2095
  • 1675
  • 1493
  • -
  • -
  • -

*For the period February 11 to December 31.

3-YEAR RISK MEASURES (as of October 31, 2019)

Annualized returns are used to calculate the risk metrics below.
Standard deviation (fund) 6.71 Sharpe ratio 1.02 Alpha 1.26
Standard deviation (category) 9.58 R2 60.72 Beta 0.56
Standard deviation (fund) 6.71
Sharpe ratio 1.02
Alpha 1.26
Standard deviation (category) 9.58
R2 60.72
Beta 0.56
  • Standard deviation is a measure of volatility; it shows how broadly returns have varied over a given time period. Generally, a high standard deviation implies greater volatility.
  • Sharpe ratio combines a risk measurement and a return measurement into a single number to determine a fund's risk-adjusted return. A higher value is better.
  • R2: reflects the percentage of a portfolio's movements that can be explained by movements in its benchmark. It is measured on a scale of 0-100.
  • Alpha measures the difference between a fund's return and its benchmark, taking into account volatility (beta). An alpha of 1 means a fund outperformed its benchmark by 1%; -1 means the fund underperformed by 1%.
  • Beta measures the movement of a fund in relation to its benchmark. A beta over 1 means price moves are greater (up or down) than the benchmark's; below 1 means less extreme price moves; 1 means it moves in step with its benchmark.

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Investment management approach

MFS Investment Management

MFS Investment Management has guided investors through every market condition imaginable. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, the firm has spent decades refining its investment process according to four key principles: work from the bottom up, take a global perspective, collaborate, and manage risk.

Bottom up. MFS believes detailed fundamental analysis of individual companies is the cornerstone of successful investing.

Global. Analysts in many of the world's major financial centers scour the globe for opportunities.

Collaborative. MFS believes ideas improve when they're carefully reviewed and constantly challenged.

Risk managed. Risk management is intrinsic to MFS' entire investment process.

MFS Investment Management joined forces with McLean Budden in Canada in November 2011. The two firms have 150 years of investing history between them. Now with a unified commitment to fundamental and balanced research from all corners of the globe, MFS is looking forward to 150 more.

Overview

Investment objective

The Fund's investment objective is to achieve long-term capital appreciation with low volatility by investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of equity securities of issuers located anywhere in the world or indirectly by investing in mutual funds (including exchange-traded funds) that invest primarily in such securities.

 

This Fund may be suitable for investors who:

  • seek to add global geographic diversification with a focus towards lowering portfolio volatility;
  • are long-term investors; and
  • are comfortable with medium investment risk.
 

Fund essentials

Inception date Feb 11, 2016
Min initial inv $ 500
Min additional inv $ 50
MER % unaudited as at June 30, 2019 2.19
Management fee % 1.80
 

Management company
Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc.

Sub-advisor
MFS Investment Management Canada Limited

Class Load structure Currency Fund Code
A ISC CAD SUN1103
A DSC CAD SUN1203
A LSC CAD SUN1303
 

Risk profile

Risk profile: Medium
Refer to the Simplified Prospectus for greater detail.

Management team

MFS Institutional Advisors:

James Fallon - Portfolio Manager
Jonathan Sage, CFA - Portfolio Manager
Matthew Krummell, CFA - Portfolio Manager
John Stocks, CFA - Portfolio Manager

 

Notes and Disclaimers

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