The Scout International Fund normally pursues its objective of long-term growth of capital and income by investing in a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of equity securities of established companies either located outside of the United States or whose primary business is carried on outside the United States. The Fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets in equity securities, which include common stocks and depository receipts (receipts typically issued by banks or trust companies representing ownership interests of securities issued by foreign companies).
Overall Morningstar Rating
1(based on risk-adjusted performance against 252 Foreign Large Growth Funds as of August 31, 2014)
2On April 9, 2014, after a thorough evaluation of its process, performance, people, parent and price, Morningstar bestowed a Neutral rating upon the Scout International Fund.
Lipper Leader Rating
3(among 114 International Large-Cap Growth Funds as of August 31, 2014)
Michael Stack, CFA
Co-Lead Portfolio Manager
James L Moffett, CFA
Chief International Strategist and Co-Lead Portfolio Manager
Michael Fogarty, CFA
1 MORNINGSTAR RATING:
The Overall Morningstar Rating™ for a fund is derived from the weighted-average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics.
For each fund with at least a 3-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variations in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of the funds in a broad asset class 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. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.)
As of Aug. 31, 2014, the Scout International Fund received the following star ratings among U.S. domiciled Foreign Large Growth for the following time periods: 3 stars (among 252 funds) for the 3 year, 3 stars (among 226 funds) for the 5 year and 4 stars (among 126 funds) for the 10 year periods.
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2 MORNINGSTAR ANALYST RATING:
The Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by the mutual fund analysts of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent and price, which are not weighted equally in Morningstar's evaluation of the Fund. Morningstar's analysts use this five pillar evaluation to identify funds they believe are more likely to outperform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis. Analysts consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, but the assessment of each pillar and how they are combined is driven by the analyst's overall assessment and overseen by Morningstar's Analyst Rating Committee. The approach serves not as a formula but as a framework to ensure consistency across Morningstar's global coverage universe. The Analyst Rating scale ranges from Gold to Negative, with Gold being the highest rating and Negative being the lowest rating. A fund with a "Gold" rating distinguishes itself across the five pillars and has garnered the analysts' highest level of conviction. A fund with a ‘Silver' rating has notable advantages across several, but perhaps not all, of the five pillars-strengths that give the analysts a high level of conviction. A "Bronze" rated fund has advantages that outweigh the disadvantages across the five pillars, with sufficient level of analyst conviction to warrant a positive rating. A fund with a "Neutral" rating isn't seriously flawed across the five pillars, nor does it distinguish itself very positively. A "Negative" rated fund is flawed in at least one, if not more pillars and is considered an inferior offering to its peers. Analyst Ratings are reevaluated every 14 months. For more detailed information about Morningstar's Analyst Rating, including its methodology, please click here. The Morningstar Analyst Rating should not be used as the sole basis in evaluating a mutual fund. Morningstar Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar's current expectations about future events; therefore, in no way does Morningstar represent ratings as a guarantee nor should they be viewed by an investor as such. Morningstar Analyst Ratings involve unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause Morningstar's expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what we expected.
Lipper ratings for Tax Efficiency identifies a fund that has been successful at deferring taxes over the measurement period relative to peers as of August 31, 2014. The Scout International Fund, in Lipper's International Large-Cap Growth Funds classification, received the following ratings for the 3-, 5- and 10-year periods, respectively: a Lipper Leader rating (among 114 funds), a Lipper Leader rating (among 106 funds) and a 4 rating (among 74 funds). Tax Efficiency offers no benefit to investors in tax-sheltered accounts such as 401(k) plans. The designation of Lipper Leader does not imply the best performance in a particular category.
International risk considerations: Foreign investments present additional risks due to currency fluctuations, economic and political factors, government regulations, differences in accounting standards and other factors. Investments in emerging markets involve even greater risks.
Unconstrained risk considerations: The Fund employs an unconstrained investment approach, which creates considerable exposure to certain types of securities that present significant volatility in the Fund’s performance, particularly over short periods of time. The return of principal in a fixed income fund is not guaranteed. Fixed income funds have the same interest rate, inflation, issuer, maturity and credit risks that are associated with underlying fixed income securities owned by the Fund. Foreign investments present additional risks due to currency fluctuations, economic and political factors, government regulations, differences in accounting standards and other factors. Investments in emerging markets involve even greater risks. Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities are subject to prepayment risk and the risk of default on the underlying mortgages or other assets. High yield securities involve greater risk than investment grade securities and tend to be more sensitive to economic conditions and credit risk.
Credit Default Swaps and related instruments such as credit default swap index products, may involve greater risks than if the Fund invested in the referenced obligation directly. Credit Default Swaps are subject to risks such as market risk, liquidity risk, interest rate risk, credit risk and management risk. Derivative investments could lose more than the principal amount invested. The Fund may use derivatives for hedging purposes or as part of its investment strategy. The use of leverage and derivatives investments could accelerate losses to the fund. These losses could exceed the amount originally invested.
The Fund may, at times, experience higher-than-average portfolio turnover which may generate significant taxable gains and increased trading expenses which in turn may lower the Fund’s return.
The recent growth in the fixed income market has helped to produce short-term returns that are not typical and may not continue in the future. Because of ongoing market volatility, fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes.
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