In tough markets, words don’t matter; results do. These featured Sun Life MFS funds1 have historically outperformed through good times and bad. The funds draw on a well-established, successful process that emphasizes long-term focus and risk management.

Featured funds


Sun Life MFS U.S. Growth Fund

Investing in the strength of America

Asset Class
U.S. Equity

Investment Risk
Medium

Series F MER
1.11%

Fund characteristics*

  3 Yrs. 5 Yrs.
Up capture 113% 111%
Down capture  78% 87%

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Sun Life MFS U.S. Growth Fund information

The line graph compares the growth of a $10 000 investment from Oct. 2010 to May 2020 for the Sun Life MFS U.S. Growth Fund, Series F, with the Russell 1000 Index and the U.S. Equity Category Average. It shows the biggest growth over 10 years for the Sun Life MFS U.S. Growth Fund, Series F ending with $50,840. The Russell 1000 Index grew to $41,273 and the U.S. Equity Category Average grew to $31,146 over 10 years.

Below the line graph is a table that shows performance of Sun Life MFS U.S. Growth Fund Series F since inception on Oct. 1, 2010 and for 7 years, 5 years, 3 years, 1 year and year to date: 18.3, 19.7%, 16.9%, 18.5%, 25.7%, and 12.4% respectively. The next two lines compare it to index and category returns over the same periods. The Russell 1000 Index (C$) has returns since inception (Oct. 1, 2010) of 15.8%, 16.2% for 7 years, 11.8% for 5 years, 10.9% for 3 years, 15.1% for 1 year and 1.4% year to date. Over the same periods, the U.S. Equity Category average was 12.5% (since inception), 12.1% (7 years), 8.1% (5 years), 7.6% (3 years), 9.4% (1 year) and -2.6% year to date. The fund’s quartile rank was 1 over all periods. It’s Morningstar rating was 5 stars in the 5 year and 3 year time periods. The number of funds in the category since inception were 347, 595 for 7 years, 861 for 5 years, 1,357 for 3 years, 1,611 for 1 year and 1,743 year to date. The source of this data is Morningstar Direct, data as of May 31, 2020. Returns for periods longer than 1 year are annualized.

Sun Life MFS Global Growth Fund

Global equities with above average growth prospects

Asset Class
Global Equity

Investment Risk
Medium

Series F MER
1.12%

Fund characteristics*

  3 Yrs. 5 Yrs.
Up capture 116% 109%
Down capture 88% 86%

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Sun Life MFS Global Growth Fund  information

The line graph compares the growth of a $10 000 investment from Oct. 2010 to May 2020 for the Sun Life MFS Global Growth Fund, Series F, with the MSCI All Country World Index and the Global Equity Category Average. It shows the biggest growth over 10 years for the Sun Life MFS Global Growth Fund, Series F ending with $33,349. The MSCI All Country World Index grew to $27,424 and the Global Equity Category Average grew to $22,191 over 10 years.

Below the line graph is a table that shows performance of Sun Life MFS Global Growth Fund Series F since inception on Oct. 1, 2010 and for 7 years, 5 years, 3 years, 1 year and year to date: 13.3%, 14.0%, 11.4%, 11.3%, 14.7% and -0.1% respectively. The next two lines compare it to index and category returns over the same periods. The MSCI All Country World Index (C$) has returns since inception (Oct. 1, 2010) of 11.0%, 11.4% for 7 years, 7.5% for 5 years, 6.0% for 3 years, 7.8% for 1 year and -3.2% year to date. Over the same periods, the Global Equity Category average was 8.5% (since inception), 8.7% (7 years), 5.2% (5 years), 3.9% (3 years), 4.9% (1 year) and -4.5% year to date. The fund’s quartile rank was 1 over all periods. It’s Morningstar rating was 5 stars in the 5 year and 3 year time periods. The number of funds in the category since inception were 523, 718 for 7 years, 1,016 for 5 years, 1,555 for 3 years, 2,104 for 1 year and 2,142 year to date. The source of this data is Morningstar Direct, data as of May 31, 2020. Returns for periods longer than 1 year are annualized.

Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund

Focused on sustainable growth

Asset Class
International Equity

Investment Risk
Medium

Series F MER
1.11%

Fund characteristics*

  3 Yrs. 5 Yrs.
Up capture 114% 112%
Down capture 81% 86%

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Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund information

The line graph compares the growth of a $10 000 investment from Oct 2010 to May 2020 for the Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund, Series F, with the MSCI EAFE Index and the International Equity Category Average. It shows the biggest growth over 10 years for the Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund, Series F ending with $22,269. The MSCI EAFE Index grew to $19,486 and the International Equity Category Average grew to $17,567 over 10 years.

Below the line graph is a table that shows performance of Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund Series F since inception on Oct. 1, 2010 and for 7 years, 5 years, 3 years, 1 year and year to date: 8.6%, 9.2%, 7.1%, 5.4%, 5.2% and -4.4% respectively. The next two lines compare it to index and category returns over the same periods. The MSCI EAFE Index (C$) has returns since inception (Oct. 1, 2010) of 6.9%, 7.3% for 7 years, 2.9 % for 5 years, 0.4 % for 3 years, -0.6% for 1 year and -8.6% year to date. Over the same periods, the International Equity Category average was 5.7% (since inception), 6.2% (7 years), 2.2% (5 years), -0.1% (3 years), -0.4% (1 year) and -9.0% year to date. The fund’s quartile rank was 1 over all periods. It’s Morningstar rating was 5 stars in the 5 year and 3 year time periods. The number of funds in the category since inception were 219, 268 for 7 years, 362 for 5 years, 561 for 3 years, 712 for 1 year and 739 year to date. The source of this data is Morningstar Direct, data as of May 31, 2020. Returns for periods longer than 1 year are annualized. Effective June 1, 2020, Sun Life MFS International Growth Fund was renamed Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund. The mandate of the Fund did not change.

Sun Life MFS International Value Fund

Finding value in international markets

Asset Class
International Equity

Investment Risk
Medium

Series F MER
1.28%

Fund characteristics*

  3 Yrs. 5 Yrs.
Up capture 102% 104%
Down capture 64% 70%

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Sun Life MFS International Value Fund information

The line graph compares the growth of a $10 000 investment from Oct 2010 to May 2020 for the Sun Life MFS International Value Fund, Series F, with the MSCI EAFE Index and the International Equity Category Average. It shows the biggest growth over 10 years for the Sun Life MFS International Value Fund, Series F ending with $29,868. The MSCI EAFE Index grew to $19,486 and the International Equity Category Average grew to $17,567 over 10 years.

Below the line graph is a table that shows performance of Sun Life MFS International Value Fund Series F since inception on Oct. 1, 2010 and for 7 years, 5 years, 3 years, 1 year and year to date: 12.0%, 12.1%, 8.4%, 6.1%, 10.1% and 2.5% respectively. The next two lines compare it to index and category returns over the same periods. The MSCI EAFE Index (C$) has returns since inception (Oct. 1, 2010) of 6.9%, 7.3% for 7 years, 2.9% for 5 years, 0.4% for 3 years, -0.6% for 1 year and -8.6% year to date. Over the same periods, the International Equity Category average was 5.7% (since inception), 6.2% (7 years), 2.2% (5 years), -0.1% (3 years), -0.4% (1 year) and -9.0% year to date. The fund’s quartile rank was 1 over all periods. It’s Morningstar rating was 5 stars in the 5 year and 3 year time periods. The number of funds in the category since inception were 220, 268 for 7 years, 362 for 5 years, 561 for 3 years, 712 for 1 year and 739 year to date. The source of this data is Morningstar Direct, data as of May 31, 2020. Returns for periods longer than 1 year are annualized.

Morningstar Overall rating based on Series F.
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Investment expertise

MFS Investment Management (MFS): A world-class partner

At Sun Life Global Investments, we bring together investment research and world-class asset managers from around the globe. That’s why we’ve partnered with MFS to sub-advise the Sun Life MFS funds.

Since they started in 1924, MFS has lined up their active investment approach with a sole purpose:

To create long-term value responsibly.

That approach thrives on:

Global collaboration. Integrated global research.

MFS believes the collective expertise of their teams brings them to better investment decisions through:

Engagement

  • With the companies they own to understand what could influence their sustainable value
  • Using their voting power to influence issues that matter

Diversity & collaboration

  • Teams of diverse thinkers share and debate their unique perspectives
  • This helps to build conviction in their investment ideas

Integrated research

  • Through a global platform that allows them to develop local market perspectives
  • Drives information sharing across sectors, geographies and asset classes

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Effective June 1, 2020, Sun Life MFS International Growth Fund was renamed Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund. The mandate of the Fund did not change.

The up capture ratio measures investment performance in up-markets. It is compared to an index during periods when that index has risen. A ratio greater than 100 indicates outperformance versus the index during the up-market. A ratio less than 100% indicates underperformance. The down capture ratio is similar although it measures performance when that index has dropped.

The corresponding up and down capture ratios for the funds for the period ending May 31, 2020 are:
Sun Life MFS U.S. Growth Fund, Series F – Up Capture: 1-year: 101%; 3-years: 113%; 5-years: 111%; 7-years: 108%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 102%; Down Capture: 1-year: 48%; 3-years: 78%; 5-years: 87%; 7-years: 90%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 101%.

Sun Life MFS Global Growth Fund, Series F – Up Capture: 1-year: 108%; 3-years: 116%; 5-years: 109%; 7-years: 107%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 104%; Down Capture: 1-year: 75%; 3-years: 88%; 5-years: 86%; 7-years: 90%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 101%.                                                                                                                                                        

Sun Life MFS International Opportunities Fund, Series F – Up Capture: 1-year: 100%; 3-years: 114%; 5-years: 112%; 7-years: 101%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 91%; Down Capture: 1-year: 70%; 3-years: 81%; 5-years: 86%; 7-years: 87%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 89%.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Sun Life MFS International Value Fund, Series F – Up Capture: 1-year: 88%; 3-years: 102%; 5-years: 104%; 7-years: 101%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 83%; Down Capture: 1-year: 34%; 3-years: 64%; 5-years: 70%; 7-years: 64%; since inception (Oct. 1, 2010): 75%.      

Commissions, trailing commissions are not payable on Series F units of the Funds but management fees and expenses may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Investors may pay a fee-based account fee that is negotiated and payable by you to your registered dealer. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in security value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or other optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

© Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc., 2020. Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc. and MFS are members of the Sun Life group of companies.

Morningstar is an independent organization that groups investment funds with generally similar investment objectives for comparison purposes and ranks them on a historical basis.

Ratings and/or ranking information is subject to change monthly.

Morningstar Rating: The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

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Morningstar Quartile Ranking: The quartiles divide the data into four equal regions. Expressed in terms of rank (1, 2, 3 or 4), the quartile measure shows how well a fund has performed compared to all other funds in its peer group. Peer groups are defined such that mutual funds are ranked only versus other mutual funds that are in the same category and segregated funds are ranked compared to other segregated funds in the same category. The top 25% of funds (or quarter) are in the first quartile, the next 25% of funds are in the second, and the next group is in the third quartile. The 25% of funds with the poorest performance are in the fourth quartile. The point at which half the funds had better performance and half had worse performance is the median.

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