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MFS Investments

Global opportunity through a long-term lens

As a global investment manager, MFS strives to create long-term value and protect capital for clients through an active approach and an investment platform built on nearly a century of expertise. To make that long-term value meaningful for clients, we work to align with them on our beliefs, their needs and the time it takes to deliver on their desired outcomes. This client alignment creates mutual understanding and clarity. Clients know what to expect from us and precisely how we will invest on their behalf. We build an intimate understanding of their objectives. And, we work to achieve them together.

MFS’ approach to active management starts with client alignment and is driven by:

Continuity: Time is an asset
We think, act and invest with a long-term focus because we believe it’s the best way to meet client objectives. To broaden the opportunity set for clients, we look for more dispersed returns over longer horizons. By investing through a full market cycle, we help clients manage the downside while pursuing opportunities to outperform as we find them. By rewarding our investment team for long-term performance, we keep our strategies aligned with our clients’ time horizons and objectives.

Collective expertise: Insight to advantage
In an age of information democracy, our ability to turn information into investment insight is the analysis advantage we strive to bring to clients. That takes bringing together our diverse perspectives in a culture of collaborative thinking. Created through MFS Active IntelligenceSM, our global investment platform, and uncompromised information flow across geographies, asset classes and industries, our analysis advantage helps us actively manage risk and make effective decisions within client portfolios.

Risk management: Seeing all angles
Risk can be an adversary or an ally. It’s a matter of having the time, skill and discipline to potentially turn risk into an investment opportunity for clients. We believe our risk-aware culture affords us that ability. At MFS, risk management is always on and embedded in every corner of our investment process, with rigorous reviews at the portfolio, security and firm levels. Every member of our investment team takes responsibility for assessing risk on behalf of clients, and in every decision we make, risk is part of the equation.

Visit www.mfs.com to learn more.

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