Sun Life Global Investments - Sun Life MFS Canadian Bond Fund

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Investment objective

The Fund aims to provide investors with high investment returns primarily through income, with reasonable safety of capital.


This Fund may be suitable for investors who:

  • seek a moderate degree of income and potential for capital gains
  • are medium- to long-term investors
  • are comfortable with low investment risk

Fund essentials

Inception date April 1, 2009
Min initial inv $ 500
Min additional inv $ 50
MER % audited as at December 31, 2016 1.56
Management fee % 1.25 *
Distributions A distribution may be applicable for this fund. Refer to Simplified Prospectus for more detail.

Management company
Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc.

MFS Investment Management Canada Limited;
MFS Institutional Advisors, Inc. 

Class Load structure Currency Fund Code

Risk profile

Risk profile: Low
Refer to the Simplified Prospectus for greater detail.

Management team

MFS Investment Management: Robert Spector, CFA, Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, Soami Kohly, CFA, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager; Joshua Marston, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager; Robert Persons, CFA, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Cash and cash equivalents are not shown.

The growth of $10k calculator calculates an approximate rate of return using the performance information as at the first business day of each month in your chosen time-frame.


Investment management approach

MFS Investment Management

MFS Investment Management has guided investors through every market condition imaginable. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, the firm has spent decades refining its investment process according to four key principles: work from the bottom up, take a global perspective, collaborate, and manage risk.

Bottom up. MFS believes detailed fundamental analysis of individual companies is the cornerstone of successful investing.

Global. Analysts in many of the world's major financial centers scour the globe for opportunities.

Collaborative. MFS believes ideas improve when they're carefully reviewed and constantly challenged.

Risk managed. Risk management is intrinsic to MFS’ entire investment process.

MFS Investment Management joined forces with McLean Budden in Canada in November 2011. The two firms have 150 years of investing history between them. Now with a unified commitment to fundamental and balanced research from all corners of the globe, MFS is looking forward to 150 more.


Notes and Disclaimers

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. For periods greater than one year, the indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns as of the date indicated including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

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On April 2, 2012 the manager and portfolio manager changed from MFS Investment Management Canada Limited (then known as MFS McLean Budden Limited) to Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc. Also on that date, McLean Budden Global Bond Fund, Sun Life McLean Budden Canadian Bond Fund, and McLean Budden Real Return Bond Fund merged into Sun Life MFS Canadian Bond Fund. The merger was not a material change for Sun Life MFS Canadian Bond Fund.

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