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Top 4 Mutual Fund Holders of Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (MS) was founded on Sept. 16, 1935. The firm went public in 1986 and has grown to provide advisory, banking, financing, research, sales, market making, and wealth management services. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $168 billion as of March 1, 2022. Here are the top four mutual fund holders of Morgan Stanley shares.

Key Takeaways

  • Morgan Stanley is an almost 90-year old global investment bank and financial firm based in New York.
  • As a major player in the financial sector, many large mutual funds naturally own Morgan Stanley shares.
  • Here we look at the four largest mutual fund and ETF holders of MS stock.
Top Mutual Fund Holders of MS (as of Q1 2022)
Holder Shares (millions) % Out $ Value (billions)
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund 41.25 2.30% $4.01
Vanguard 500 Index Fund 30.65 1.71% $2.98
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 15.71 0.88% $1.49
Select Sector SPDR Fund-Financials 14.85 0.83% $1.46
Source: Yahoo! Finance

1. The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX)

The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX) was created in 1992 and is designed to give broad exposure to the total U.S. stock market by including small-cap to large-cap growth, as well as value stocks. VTSAX is the largest shareholder of Morgan Stanley as it owns 40.8 million shares or 2.18% of Morgan Stanley as of Q1 2022.

The fund has $1.3 trillion in assets under management (AUM) and its Morgan Stanley investment constitutes around 0.2% of its portfolio. The fund has an expense ratio of 0.04% and a five-year annualized return of 14.6%. The fund requires a minimum investment of $3,000.

2. The Vanguard 500 Index Fund Investor Shares (VFIAX)

The Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFIAX) owns 30.65 million shares, which account for 1.71% of shares held in the company and around 0.25% of VFIAX's portfolio. The fund is the industry's first index fund for individual investors. The portfolio contains a diversified spectrum of the largest US. companies mirroring the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500).

The fund has $816.6 billion in AUM, an expense ratio of 0.04%, and a five-year annualized return of 15.1%. The fund requires a minimum investment of $3,000. 

3. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is a $381 billion fund, owning 15.71 million Morgan Stanley shares—roughly 0.83% of the investment bank's outstanding shares. Morgan Stanley makes up around 0.25% of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF fund.

The expense ratio for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF is 0.0945%. The fund has a five-year annualized return of 14.3%. This fund, which started trading in 1993, was the first ETF listed in the U.S. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF looks to track the performance of the S&P 500 index.

4. SPDR Select Financials (XLF)

SPDRs also come in sector funds. The SPDR Select Financials (XLF) tracks the financial sector, and holds 14.85 million shares of XLF, making it the fourth-largest fund holder. With around $46 billion in assets, MS shares comprise a little over 3% of the XLF portfolio. XLF has a 0.12% expense ratio and its S&P 500-only portfolio means that it’s concentrated in large banks and avoids small-caps.

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  1. The Wall Street Journal. "Morgan Stanley."

  2. Vanguard. "Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Admiral Shares (VTSAX)."

  3. Vanguard. "Semiannual Report: Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund," Pages 6 and 14.

  4. Vanguard. "Semiannual Report: Vanguard 500 Index Fund," Pages 6 and 11.

  5. Vanguard. "Vanguard 500 Index Fund Admiral Shares (VFIAX)."

  6. State Street Global Advisors. "SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust."

  7. ETF.com "XLF."

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