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MSFRX MFS Total Return A

MSFRX - Profile

Vitals

  • YTD Return 13.3%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Return 2.2%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Return 1.2%
  • Net Assets $7.46 B
  • Holdings in Top 10 16.2%

52 WEEK LOW AND HIGH

$19.47
$16.68
$19.51

Expenses

OPERATING RELATED FEES

  • Expense Ratio 0.73%

SALES FEES

  • Front Load 5.75%
  • Deferred Load N/A

BROKERAGE FEES

  • Turnover 33.00%

TRADING FEES

  • Max Redemption Fee N/A

Min Investment

STANDARD (TAXABLE)

$1,000

IRA

$250

Fund Classification

PRIMARY CATEGORY

  • Fund Type Open End Mutual Fund
  • Investment Style Allocation--50% to 70% Equity

Distributions

  • YTD Total Return 13.7%
  • 3 Yr Annualized Total Return 6.7%
  • 5 Yr Annualized Total Return 5.9%
  • Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually
  • Net Income Ratio 1.95%
DIVIDENDS
  • Dividend Yield 1.2%
  • Dividend Distribution Frequency Monthly

Fund Details

  • Legal Name MFS Total Return Fund
  • Fund Family Name MFS
  • Inception Date Oct 06, 1970
  • Shares Outstanding N/A
  • Share Class A
  • Currency USD
  • Domiciled Country United States
  • Manager Steven R. Gorham

Fund Description

The fund invests its assets in equity securities and debt instruments. Equity securities include common stocks and other securities that represent an ownership interest (or right to acquire an ownership interest) in a company or other issuer. Debt instruments include corporate bonds, U.S. government securities, securitized instruments, foreign government securities, and other obligations to repay money borrowed. It generally invests approximately 60% of its assets in equity securities and approximately 40% of its assets in debt instruments.

MSFRX - Performance

Return Ranking - Trailing

Period MSFRX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 13.3% -37.7% 29.6% 26.22%
1 Yr 0.9% -95.7% 30.1% 27.94%
3 Yr 2.2%* -63.5% 26.7% 29.61%
5 Yr 1.2%* -46.6% 10.4% 25.81%
10 Yr 4.2%* -38.2% 15.1% 29.94%

* Annualized


Return Ranking - Calendar

Period MSFRX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2018 -10.2% -93.5% 19.0% 50.51%
2017 6.0% -44.7% 46.3% 47.97%
2016 5.1% -84.5% 146.1% 33.25%
2015 -5.6% -40.7% 14.6% 41.32%
2014 3.5% -67.0% 306.6% 19.73%

Total Return Ranking - Trailing

Period MSFRX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
YTD 13.7% -37.7% 29.6% 23.04%
1 Yr 4.8% -60.7% 30.1% 14.17%
3 Yr 6.7%* -49.3% 26.7% 14.86%
5 Yr 5.9%* -40.0% 10.4% 10.17%
10 Yr 7.9%* -38.2% 15.1% 18.47%

* Annualized


Total Return Ranking - Calendar

Period MSFRX Return Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
2018 -5.8% -64.7% 19.0% 40.70%
2017 12.2% -44.7% 46.3% 27.60%
2016 8.9% -84.5% 146.1% 20.99%
2015 -0.2% -36.9% 14.6% 18.63%
2014 8.4% -67.0% 306.6% 21.88%

NAV & Total Return History

MSFRX - Holdings

Concentration Analysis

MSFRX Category Low Category High MSFRX % Rank
Net Assets 7.46 B 554 K 149 B 7.25%
Number of Holdings 876 2 13525 10.51%
Net Assets in Top 10 1.22 B -32.5 M 27.3 B 15.47%
Weighting of Top 10 16.15% 8.9% 808.8% 91.44%

Top 10 Holdings

  1. United States Treasury Notes 1.75% 2.60%

  2. United States Treasury Notes 1.75% 2.25%

  3. JPMorgan Chase & Co 1.92%

  4. United States Treasury Bonds 2.88% 1.89%

  5. Comcast Corp Class A 1.60%

  6. Microsoft Corp 1.20%

  7. Pfizer Inc 1.19%

  8. Johnson & Johnson 1.18%

  9. Union Pacific Corp 1.16%

  10. Citigroup Inc 1.16%


Asset Allocation

Weighting Return Low Return High MSFRX % Rank
Stocks
60.37% -41.01% 78.05% 19.75%
Bonds
38.00% -35.77% 80.79% 55.35%
Cash
1.34% -11.87% 72.58% 81.03%
Preferred Stocks
0.28% 0.00% 46.23% 33.27%
Other
0.00% -1.62% 100.69% 76.26%
Convertible Bonds
0.00% 0.00% 88.42% 88.04%

Stock Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High MSFRX % Rank
Financial Services
14.36% -7.21% 38.00% 5.16%
Healthcare
9.27% -6.04% 21.65% 12.02%
Industrials
9.08% -2.39% 24.83% 6.85%
Technology
7.44% -18.03% 25.15% 46.97%
Consumer Defense
5.58% -4.62% 11.56% 12.21%
Consumer Cyclical
3.54% -9.46% 41.19% 56.01%
Energy
3.50% -2.02% 67.98% 25.92%
Utilities
2.41% -2.30% 23.65% 18.47%
Basic Materials
2.00% -1.53% 15.06% 27.21%
Communication Services
1.97% -6.69% 25.75% 31.28%
Real Estate
1.23% -8.18% 50.68% 57.50%

Stock Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High MSFRX % Rank
US
54.19% -41.02% 77.15% 20.82%
Non US
6.18% -16.08% 29.49% 43.00%

Bond Sector Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High MSFRX % Rank
Securitized
16.00% 0.00% 43.38% 28.99%
Government
11.61% -149.28% 80.79% 48.93%
Corporate
10.56% -8.79% 89.23% 79.67%
Cash & Equivalents
1.34% -11.87% 335.52% 78.89%
Municipal
0.12% 0.00% 58.59% 35.21%
Derivative
0.00% -84.86% 22.55% 53.21%

Bond Geographic Breakdown

Weighting Return Low Return High MSFRX % Rank
US
36.07% -36.43% 358.36% 53.60%
Non US
1.93% -302.38% 25.43% 70.82%

MSFRX - Expenses

Operational Fees

MSFRX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Expense Ratio 0.73% 0.01% 28.47% 69.12%
Management Fee 0.35% 0.00% 2.00% 36.67%
12b-1 Fee 0.25% 0.00% 1.00% 40.35%
Administrative Fee N/A 0.00% 0.83% N/A

Sales Fees

MSFRX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Front Load 5.75% 1.00% 5.75% 20.00%
Deferred Load N/A 1.00% 5.50% N/A

Trading Fees

MSFRX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Max Redemption Fee N/A 0.25% 2.00% N/A

Turnover Related Fees

Turnover provides investors a proxy for the trading fees incurred by mutual fund managers who frequently adjust position allocations. Higher turnover means higher trading fees.

MSFRX Fees (% of AUM) Category Return Low Category Return High Rank in Category (%)
Turnover 33.00% 0.00% 2115.00% 36.20%

MSFRX - Distributions

Dividend Yield Analysis

MSFRX Category Low Category High MSFRX % Rank
Dividend Yield 1.18% 0.00% 11.92% 38.52%

Dividend Distribution Analysis

MSFRX Category Low Category High Category Mode
Dividend Distribution Frequency Monthly Annually Quarterly Quarterly

Dividend Payout History


Net Income Ratio Analysis

MSFRX Category Low Category High MSFRX % Rank
Net Income Ratio 1.95% -4.09% 6.65% 37.34%

Capital Gain Distribution Analysis

MSFRX Category Low Category High Capital Mode
Capital Gain Distribution Frequency Annually Annually Annually Annually

MSFRX - Managers

Steven R. Gorham

Manager

Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Jan 21, 2002

17.62

17.6%

Steven R. Gorham, CFA, is an investment officer of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®) and a portfolio manager of the value and global balanced portfolios of our mutual funds, variable annuities, and institutional investment products. Steve joined MFS in 1989 as a teleservices representative and became a member of the Financial Advisor Division sales desk in 1991. In 1992 he joined the Equity Research Department, and he became a research analyst in 1993 and an investment officer in 1996. He was named portfolio manager in 2000.


Brooks A. Taylor

Manager

Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Feb 01, 2004

15.59

15.6%

Brooks Taylor is an investment officer of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). He is a portfolio manager of the balanced portfolios of our mutual funds, variable annuities, and institutional accounts. Brooks joined MFS in 1996 as an analyst. Prior to joining the firm, he was an analyst with Lodestar Group, a subsidiary of Société Générale. He has also held positions as an analyst with Fidelity Management and Research Company and Salomon Brothers. Prior to his current assignment he was a portfolio manager of our large-cap core portfolios. Brooks earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Yale University.


Nevin P. Chitkara

Manager

Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

May 01, 2006

13.34

13.3%

Nevin Chitkara is an investment officer of MFS Investment Management (MFS®) and a portfolio manager of the firm's value, total return, and global total return portfolios. Prior to being named portfolio manager in 2006, Nevin was an equity research analyst specializing in the business services, cellular telephone, and telephone services industries. Nevin joined MFS in 1997. Previously, he served on the corporate audit and business development staffs of General Electric Co.


Joshua P. Marston

Manager

Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Nov 20, 2008

10.78

10.8%

Joshua P. Marston, Portfolio Manager, is an Investment Officer, Director of Fixed Income, and Director of Structured & Financial Research at MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). Josh's responsibilities include managing MFS' fixed income portfolio management team as well as oversight of MFS' structured product strategy, dedicated structured product portfolios, and portfolio management responsibilities for several of the firm's other fixed income strategies. Mr. Marston has been employed in the investment area of MFS since 1999 as a credit analyst.


Jonathan W. Sage

Manager

Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Apr 30, 2013

6.34

6.3%

Jonathan W. Sage, CFA, is an investment officer and a portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management. He manages blended research equity strategies utilized by the firm's mutual funds and institutional accounts. He joined MFS in 2000 as a quantitative equity research analyst and was named a portfolio manager in 2005. Prior to joining MFS, Jonathan spent two years as a supervisor of portfolio administration for Santander Global Advisors, Inc. and three years as a senior mutual fund accountant for First Data Investor Services Group.


Robert D. Persons

Manager

Start Date

Tenure

Tenure Rank

Apr 05, 2017

2.41

2.4%

Robert D. Persons, CFA, is an investment officer of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®) and a fixed income portfolio manager. Robert joined MFS in 2000 as an investment grade fixed income research analyst. Prior to joining MFS, he served six years as a bond analyst/portfolio manager for Scudder Kemper Investments; three years as an investment manager for The Travelers Insurance Company; and three years as an investment analyst for Bailard, Biehl & Kaiser. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University.


Tenure Analysis

Category Low

0.04

Category High

35.69

Category Average

6.67

Category Mode

7.29