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PARTNERSELECT INTERNATIONAL FUND MSILX

Seeking superior long-term performance relative to its peer group of international stock funds.

Overview

PartnerSelect International Fund, formerly known as Litman Gregory Masters International Fund, invests in foreign stocks and seeks superior long-term performance relative to its peer group of international stock funds. Each of the managers separately runs a portion of the portfolio composed of his highest conviction stocks. The fund may invest in emerging markets, although it is expected that exposure to developed markets will be significantly greater. Although each manager runs a concentrated portfolio typically of 15 stocks or less of his highest-conviction ideas, the fund as a whole is diversified by industry, country and stocks.

Typically, the fund holds between 40 to 50 securities. The fund seeks to maintain risk in line with its peer group of international stock funds.

This fund is appropriate for investors who:

  • Want a core international equity investment with some exposure to emerging markets and small companies
  • Seek strong market-cycle performance but are less concerned about short-term returns
  • Understand the risks associated with international investing

Managers

Harris Associates

Target Manager Allocation: 33%

Stock-Picking Style: Value

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David Herro

CIO-International Equities, Portfolio Manager
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David Herro is the Chief Investment Officer-International Equities at Harris Associates L.P. and serves as the Portfolio Manager of The Oakmark International Fund, The Oakmark International Small Cap Fund, The Oakmark Global Select Fund and The Oakmark Global Fund. He was named Morningstar’s International-Stock Fund Manager of the Year for 2006; and International-Stock Fund Manager of the Decade for 2000-2009*.
Herro has been managing international portfolios since 1986, previously managing international portfolios for The State of Wisconsin Investment Board and The Principal Financial Group. Herro, who joined Harris Associates in 1992, holds a B.S. in Business and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1983) and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1985). He is a CFA charterholder.
*According to Morningstar, the Morningstar Manager of the Year award is presented to portfolio managers based on the managers’ (i) “ability to generate exceptional returns;” (ii) “willingness to align their interests with shareholders;” and (iii) “courage to stay with their strategies in order to produce superior risk-adjusted returns in the end.“
According to Morningstar, the Fund Manager of the Decade award, which is a new award from Morningstar, recognizes fund managers who have achieved superior risk-adjusted results over the past 10 years and have an established record of serving shareholders well. While the awards focus on performance over the past decade, Morningstar takes into consideration other factors, including the fund manager’s strategy, approach to risk, size of the fund, and stewardship. Both individual fund managers and management teams are eligible, and being a previous winner of the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year award isn’t a prerequisite. Morningstar’s fund analysts select the Fund Manager of the Decade award winners based on Morningstar’s proprietary research and in-depth evaluation.

Herro employs Harris’ value investment philosophy and process to manage his portion of the fund’s assets. This investment philosophy is based upon the belief that, over time, a company’s stock price converges with the company’s intrinsic or true business value. By “true business value,” Harris means an estimate of the price a knowledgeable buyer would pay to acquire the entire business. In making its investment decisions, Harris uses a “bottom-up” approach focused on individual companies, rather than focusing on specific economic factors or specific industries.

The chief consideration in the selection of stocks is the size of the discount of a company’s stock price compared to the company’s perceived true business value. In addition, Harris looks for companies with the following characteristics, although not all companies will have all of these attributes: free cash flows and intelligent investment of excess cash, earnings that are growing and are reasonably predictable, and a high level of management ownership in the company. Once Harris determines that a stock is selling at a significant discount and that the company has some of the aforementioned attributes, Harris generally will consider buying that stock for a strategy. Harris usually sells a stock when the price approaches its estimated worth. This means Harris sets specific “buy” and “sell” targets for each stock held in its clients’ discretionary accounts. Harris also monitors each holding and adjusts those price targets as warranted to reflect changes in a company’s fundamentals. Harris attempts to manage some of the risks of investing in stocks of companies by purchasing stocks whose prices it considers low relative to the companies’ intrinsic values. In addition, Harris seeks companies with solid finances and proven records and continuously monitors each portfolio holding. Harris attempts to manage some of the risks of investing in foreign securities by considering the relative political and economic stability of a company’s home country, the company’s ownership structure, and the company’s accounting practices.

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Lazard Asset Management

Target Manager Allocation: 33%

Stock-Picking Style: Blend/Relative Value

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Mark Little

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager/Analyst
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Mark Little is a Portfolio Manager/Analyst on the International Strategic Equity, International Compounders, and Global Strategic Equity teams. He began working in the investment field in 1992. Prior to joining Lazard in 1997, he was a manager in the corporate finance practice of Coopers & Lybrand and earned his ACA qualification with Rees Pollock Chartered Accountants. Little has an MA in Economics from Clare College, Cambridge University.

 

Established in 1848, Lazard has long held a preeminent position in the global financial marketplace. Lazard Asset Management LLC, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Lazard Ltd., is known for its global view on investing and its vast experience with global, regional, and domestic portfolios. With more than 340 investment personnel and offices in 23 cities across 16 countries, we offer investors an array of traditional and alternative investment solutions. Our team-based approach to portfolio management allows us to deliver robust and consistent performance over time, and strong client relationships enhance our ability to employ our capabilities to our clients’ advantage.
As of 30 September 2019, Lazard managed approximately $207.7 billion in assets.*
* Total assets under management include those of Lazard Asset Management LLC (New York) and its affiliates, but do not include those of Lazard Frères Gestion (Paris) or other asset management businesses of Lazard Ltd.

 

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Polen Capital

Target Manager Allocation: 33%

Stock-Picking Style: Growth

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Todd Morris

Portfolio Manager & Analyst
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Todd Morris joined Polen Capital in 2011. Todd is lead portfolio manager of the firm’s International Growth strategy. He also works as an analyst, identifying and researching investments for the strategy. During his time at Polen Capital, he has served as a Research Analyst and the Director of Research. Prior to joining Polen Capital, Todd worked in research and marketing roles with Prudential Insurance and Millennium Global Asset Management, respectively, and served for seven years in the U.S. Navy. During his naval career, Todd navigated a warship on three deployments, taught at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and served with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Todd received a B.S. in History from the U.S. Naval Academy where he was a student-athlete and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

 

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Daniel Fields

Portfolio Manager & Analyst
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Daniel Fields joined Polen Capital in 2017. He is co-portfolio manager of the firm’s International Growth strategy. Prior to joining Polen Capital, Daniel spent eight years in Hong Kong where he worked for GaveKal Capital and Marshall Wace LLP as a Research Analyst evaluating Asian growth companies. He began his career at Fisher Investments as a Junior Analyst analyzing Emerging Markets companies. Daniel received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Idaho and M.S. in Global Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business and HKUST Business School. Daniel is a CFA® charterholder.

 

Polen Capital is an independently owned, employee-controlled global investment management firm. They specialize in providing concentrated, high-quality growth equity strategies and serve a client base that includes public funds, sovereign wealth clients, corporate retirement plans, endowments and foundations, family offices, and high net worth individuals. Since 1989, they have been committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional professionals who are aligned with their goal of preserving and growing their clients’ assets to protect their present and enable their future.

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Performance

AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURN

 

 Source: MSCI. Neither MSCI nor any other party involved in or related to compiling, computing, or creating the MSCI data makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such data (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such data. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, any of its affiliates, or any third party involved in or related to compiling, computing, or creating the data have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential, or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages. No further distribution or dissemination of the MSCI data is permitted without MSCI’s express written consent. Source note: Returns prior to 1999 are the MSCI ACWI ex-US GR index. Returns from 1999 onwards are MSCI ACWI ex-US NR index.

Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance of the fund may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Investment performance reflects fee waivers in effect. In the absence of such waivers, total return would be reduced.

Prior to April 30, 2009, the Fund’s Institutional Class was an unnamed share class.

Indexes are unmanaged, do not incur fees and cannot be invested in directly. 

Returns less than one year are not annualized.

AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURN

The first rolling 12 month-period is reached 12 months after each fund’s inception (based on month-end dates). The starting and ending periods then “roll” forward one month at a time to comprise a new 12-month period. The first rolling three-year period is reached 36 months after each fund’s inception (based on month-end dates). The starting and ending periods then “roll” forward one month at a time to comprise a new 36-month period. The first rolling five-year period is reached 60 months after each fund’s inception (based on month-end dates). The starting and ending periods then “roll” forward one month at a time to comprise a new 60-month period.

Fund Data

Investment performance reflects fee waivers in effect. In the absence of such waivers, total return would be reduced. The gross and net expense ratios can be found in the most recent Summary Prospectus (4/30/2021). There are contractual fee waivers in effect through 4/30/2022.

While the fund is no-load, management and other expenses still apply.

Portfolio Holdings

  • To view our most recent portfolio holdings, please click here.

Fund holdings and/or sector allocations are subject to change at any time and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security.

Portfolio Composition (as of 9.30.2021)

Market Capitalization
Small-Cap: < $5.5 Billion
Mid-Cap: $5.5 - $15 Billion
Large-Cap: > $15 Billion

Developed vs. Emerging Markets (as of 9.30.2021)

Market Capitalization
Developed Small: < $5.5 Billion
Developed Large/Mid: > $5.5 Billion

Regional Allocation Vs. MSCI ACWI Ex-U.S. Index (As Of 9.30.2021)

Fund holdings and/or sector allocations are subject to change at any time and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security.
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Sector Allocation vs. MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Index (as of 9.30.2021)

Fund holdings and/or sector allocations are subject to change at any time and are not recommendations to buy or sell any security.
*Sectors reflect 12/31/04 change to Thomson One GICS - Telecom & Utilities separated; Industrials & Materials separated.

Geographic Distribution (as of 9.30.2021)

* Emerging markets consist of Arab Emirates, Argentina, Brazil, China, Greece, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa,Taiwan, and Turkey and total 5.61% of the portfolio. Due to rounding totals may not always equal 100%.

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DISCLOSURE

PartnerSelect Fundsʼ investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the investment company, and it may be viewed here or by calling 1-800-960-0188. Read it carefully before investing.

Mutual fund investing involves risk. Principal loss is possible.

The fund will invest in foreign securities. Investing in foreign securities exposes investors to economic, political, and market risks and fluctuations in foreign currencies. Though not a small-cap fund, the fund may invest in the securities of small companies. Small-company investing subjects investors to additional risks, including security price volatility and less liquidity than investing in larger companies. Investments in emerging-market countries involve additional risks such as government dependence on a few industries or resources, government-imposed taxes on foreign investment or limits on the removal of capital from a country, unstable government, and volatile markets. Multi-investment management styles may lead to higher transaction expenses compared to single investment management styles. Outcomes depend on the skill of the sub-advisors and advisor and the allocation of assets amongst them.

Any tax or legal information provided is merely a summary of our understanding and interpretation of some of the current income tax regulations and is not exhaustive. Investors must consult their tax advisor or legal counsel for advice and information concerning their particular situation. Neither the Fund nor any of its representatives may give legal or tax advice.

Diversification does not assure a profit nor protect against loss in a declining market.

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