Fund Goal and Approach
The fund seeks long-term growth of capital.To pursue this goal, the fund normally invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities of companies located in the foreign countries represented in the Morgan Stanley Capital International Europe, Australasia and Far East (EAFE) Index and Canada. The fund's stock investments may include common stocks, preferred stocks and convertible securities. The fund intends to invest in a broad range of countries. The fund may invest up to 20% of its assets in securities of issuers located in emerging market countries, but no more than 5% of its assets may be invested in issuers located in any one emerging market country. The fund invests in stocks that appear to be undervalued (as measured by their price/ earnings ratios) and that may have value and/or growth characteristics. The portfolio managers employ a bottom-up investment approach, which emphasizes individual stock selection.
Diversification and asset allocation cannot ensure a profit or protect against loss of principal.
Equity funds are subject generally to market, market sector, market liquidity, issuer and investment style risks, among other factors, to varying degrees, all of which are more fully described in the fund's prospectus.
To the extent the fund invests in foreign securities, its performance will be influenced by political, social and economic factors affecting investments in foreign companies. These special risks include exposure to currency fluctuations, less liquidity, less developed or less efficient trading markets, lack of comprehensive company information, political instability, and differing auditing and legal standards.
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Download a prospectus, or a summary prospectus, if available, that contains this and other information about the fund, and read it carefully before investing.