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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 6, 2013

1933 Act File No. 333-03013
1940 Act File No. 811-07607

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT
  UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933  
x

  Pre-Effective Amendment No.  o

  Post-Effective Amendment No. 51  x

and/or

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY
  ACT OF 1940  
x

  Amendment No. 52  x

The Universal Institutional Funds, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

522 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10036

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

Registrant's Telephone Number, including Area Code: (800) 548-7786

Stefanie V. Chang Yu, Esq.
Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc.
522 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10036

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

Copy to:

Carl Frischling, Esq.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
  Stuart M. Strauss, Esq.
Dechert LLP
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036- 6797
 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box)

         

X

   

immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)

 

 

     

on (date) pursuant to paragraph (b)

 
           

60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)

 
           

on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)

 
           

75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)

 
           

on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of rule 485.

 



 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant certifies that it meet all of the requirements for effectiveness of this Registration Statement pursuant to Rule 485(b) under the Securities Act of 1933 and has duly caused this Post-Effective Amendment to the Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York and State of New York on the 6th day of May, 2013.

 

 

THE UNIVERSAL INSTITUTIONAL FUNDS, INC.

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Arthur Lev

 

 

Arthur Lev

 

 

President and Principal Executive Officer

 

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 51 has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

 

Signatures

 

Title

 

Date

(1)

Principal Executive Officer

 

President and Principal Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Arthur Lev

 

 

 

May 6, 2013

 

Arthur Lev

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)

Principal Financial Officer

 

Principal Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Francis J. Smith

 

 

 

May 6, 2013

 

Francis J. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3)

Majority of the Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James F. Higgins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Stefanie V. Chang Yu

 

 

 

May 6, 2013

 

Stefanie V. Chang Yu

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney-in-Fact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank L. Bowman

Michael F. Klein

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Bozic

Michael E. Nugent (Chairman)

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen A. Dennis

W. Allen Reed

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Manuel H. Johnson

Fergus Reid

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph J. Kearns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Carl Frischling

 

 

 

May 6, 2013

 

Carl Frischling

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney-in-Fact

 

 

 

 

 



 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Index No.

 

Description of Exhibit

 

 

 

EX-101.INS

 

XBRL Instance Document

EX-101.SCH

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

EX-101.CAL

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase

EX-101.DEF

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase

EX-101.LAB

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase

EX-101.PRE

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 

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Actual Acquired Fund fees and expenses incurred by the Portfolio may vary with changes in the allocation of Portfolio assets among the Acquired Funds and with other events that directly affect the fees and expenses of the Acquired Funds. Since "Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses" are not directly borne by the Portfolio, they are not reflected in the Portfolio's financial statements, with the result that the information presented in the table will differ from that presented in the Financial Highlights. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 0.60%. The fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least two years from the date of the Reorganization (defined herein) or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 0.70%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.25% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least two years from the date of the Reorganization (defined herein) or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Morgan Stanley Capital International ("MSCI") Emerging Markets Net Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The MSCI Emerging Markets Net Index currently consists of 21 emerging market country indices. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 1.42%. The fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 1.47%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.30% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Morgan Stanley Capital International ("MSCI") World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the global equity market performance of developed markets. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The MSCI World Index currently consists of 24 developed market country indices. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 1.20%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.30% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Real Estate Index-Net Total Return to U.S. Investors is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to reflect the stock performance of companies engaged in specific aspects of the major real estate markets/regions of the developed world. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of dividends. "Net Total Return to U.S. Investors" reflects a reduction in total returns after taking into account the withholding tax on dividends by certain foreign countries represented in the Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) World Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the global equity market performance of developed markets. The term "free float" represents the portion of shares outstanding that are deemed to be available for purchase in the public equity markets by investors. The MSCI World Index currently consists of 24 developed market country indices. The performance of the Index is listed in U.S. dollars and assumes reinvestment of net dividends. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 1.40%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.10% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. 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The fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 1.10%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.10% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. 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The fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Adviser has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 1.15%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.25% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. 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The FTSE NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts) Equity REITs Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index of tax qualified equity REITs listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Amex and the NASDAQ National Market List. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.10% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. This fee waiver will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waiver when it deems such action is appropriate. The Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index tracks the performance of U.S. government agency and Treasury securities, investment-grade corporate debt securities, agency mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 0.70%. The fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., has agreed to reduce its advisory fee and/or reimburse the Portfolio so that Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses, excluding certain investment related expenses, taxes, interest and other extraordinary expenses (including litigation), will not exceed 0.95%. In addition, the Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.10% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. These fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waivers and/or reimbursements when it deems such action is appropriate. The J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Global ("EMBG") Index tracks total returns for U.S. dollar-denominated debt instruments issued by emerging markets sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities: Brady bonds, loans, Eurobonds and local market instruments for over 30 emerging market countries. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond Global ("EMBG") Index tracks total returns for U.S. dollar-denominated debt instruments issued by emerging markets sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities: Brady bonds, loans, Eurobonds and local market instruments for over 30 emerging market countries. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. The Portfolio's "Distributor," Morgan Stanley Distribution, Inc., has agreed to waive 0.30% of the 0.35% 12b-1 fee that it may receive. This fee waiver will continue for at least one year or until such time as the Fund's Board of Directors acts to discontinue all or a portion of such waiver when it deems such action is appropriate. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future.</font> </p> Annual Total Returns-Calendar Years (Class I) Commenced operations on January 2, 1997 0.2742 0.1739 0.1107 0.2513 0.1459 -0.4462 0.3253 0.0568 -0.0368 0.1384 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20003 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011764Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004181Member row primary compact * ~ High Quarter 0.2602 2009-06-30 Low Quarter -0.2164 2008-09-30 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>High Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">04/09 - 06/09</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="right" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">26.02%</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>Low Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">07/08 - 09/08</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="right" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">&#8211; 21.64%</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> </table> 0.1384 -0.0319 0.0732 0.1613 -0.0116 0.0811 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20004 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011764Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004181Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class I shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's Class I shares' average annual returns for the past one, five and 10 year periods compare with those of a broad measure of market performance over time. The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Return (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. 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During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 105% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 1.05 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio seeks to achieve total return by investing in a blend of equity and fixed income securities of U.S. and non-U.S. issuers. In seeking to achieve this investment objective, the Portfolio will implement a global tactical approach to achieving total return, and to control risk and volatility.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser will utilize a top-down investment approach that focuses on asset class, sector, region, country, and currency and thematic allocations. The Portfolio's allocations will be based upon the Adviser's evaluations and analyses, taking into account results of its fundamental market research and recommendations generated by the Adviser's quantitative models. The Adviser's research process focuses on three large macro factors across almost all asset classes: 1) valuation (both relative and absolute), 2) dynamics, including earnings revisions, interest rate policy and inflation expectations, and 3) technicals, such as liquidity and sentiment. The Portfolio may invest in any country, including developing or emerging market countries. The Portfolio's investments may be U.S. and non-U.S. dollar denominated. In determining whether to sell a security, the Adviser considers a number of factors, including changes in capital appreciation potential, or the overall assessment of asset class, sector, region, country, and currency and thematic allocation shifts.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may invest in real estate investment trusts ("REITs") and mortgage-related or mortgage-backed securities. The Portfolio may also invest in restricted and illiquid securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may invest a portion of its assets in below "investment grade" fixed income securities (often referred to as "high yield securities" or "junk bonds") and repurchase agreements. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based upon these assumptions your costs would be:</font> </p> 73 227 395 883 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20008 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000097939Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004181Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect Portfolio performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 105% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 1.05 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio seeks to achieve total return by investing in a blend of equity and fixed income securities of U.S. and non-U.S. issuers. In seeking to achieve this investment objective, the Portfolio will implement a global tactical approach to achieving total return, and to control risk and volatility.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser will utilize a top-down investment approach that focuses on asset class, sector, region, country, and currency and thematic allocations. The Portfolio's allocations will be based upon the Adviser's evaluations and analyses, taking into account results of its fundamental market research and recommendations generated by the Adviser's quantitative models. The Adviser's research process focuses on three large macro factors across almost all asset classes: 1) valuation (both relative and absolute), 2) dynamics, including earnings revisions, interest rate policy and inflation expectations, and 3) technicals, such as liquidity and sentiment. The Portfolio may invest in any country, including developing or emerging market countries. The Portfolio's investments may be U.S. and non-U.S. dollar denominated. In determining whether to sell a security, the <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Adviser considers a number of factors, including changes in capital appreciation potential, or the overall assessment of asset class, sector, region, country, and currency and thematic allocation shifts.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may invest in real estate investment trusts ("REITs") and mortgage-related or mortgage-backed securities. The Portfolio may also invest in restricted and illiquid securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may invest a portion of its assets in below "investment grade" fixed income securities (often referred to as "high yield securities" or "junk bonds") and repurchase agreements. The Portfolio may also invest up to 10% of its total assets in other investment companies, including exchange-traded funds ("ETFs").</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may, but it is not required to, use derivative instruments for a variety of purposes, including hedging, risk management, portfolio management or to earn income. The Portfolio's use of derivatives may involve the purchase and sale of derivative instruments such as futures, options, swaps, structured investments and other related instruments and techniques. The Portfolio may also utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are also derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. Derivative instruments used by the Portfolio will be counted toward the Portfolio's exposure in the types of securities listed above to the extent they have economic characteristics similar to such securities.</font> </p> Objective <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><i>The Portfolio seeks total return.</i></font> </p> Principal Risks <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. The principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Equity Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">In general, prices of equity securities are more volatile than those of fixed income securities. The prices of equity securities fluctuate, and sometimes widely fluctuate, in response to activities specific to the issuer of the security as well as factors unrelated to the fundamental condition of the issuer, including general market, economic and political conditions. To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. If the conversion value exceeds the investment value, the price of the convertible security will tend to fluctuate directly with the price of the underlying equity security.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Fixed Income Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Fixed income securities are subject to the risk of the issuer's inability to meet principal and interest payments on its obligations (i.e., credit risk) and are subject to price volatility resulting from, among other things, interest rate sensitivity, market perception of the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (i.e., market risk). Securities with longer durations are likely to be more sensitive to changes in interest rates, generally making them more volatile than securities with shorter durations. Lower rated fixed income securities have greater volatility because there is less certainty that principal and interest payments will be made as scheduled.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Mortgage Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in mortgage securities are subject to the risk that if interest rates decline, borrowers may pay off their mortgages sooner than expected which may adversely affect the Portfolio's return. Rising interest rates tend to discourage refinancings, with the result that the average life and volatility of mortgage securities will increase and market price will decrease. Certain mortgage-backed securities may be more volatile and less liquid than other traditional types of debt securities. In addition, an unexpectedly high rate of defaults on the mortgages held by a mortgage pool may adversely affect the value of a mortgage-backed security and could result in losses to the Portfolio. Investments in mortgage-backed securities may give rise to a form of leverage and may cause the Portfolio's turnover rate to appear higher. Leverage may cause the Portfolio to be more volatile than if the Portfolio had not been leveraged.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>REITs.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investing in REITs exposes investors to the risks of owning real estate directly, as well as to risks that relate specifically to the way in which REITs are organized and operated. Operating REITs requires specialized management skills and the Portfolio indirectly bears management expenses along with the direct expenses of the Portfolio. REITs are subject to certain provisions under federal tax law and the failure of a company to qualify as a REIT could have adverse consequences for the Portfolio.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>High Yield Securities ("Junk Bonds").</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's investments in high yield securities expose it to a substantial degree of credit risk. High yield securities may be issued by companies that are restructuring, are smaller and less creditworthy or are more highly indebted than other companies, and therefore they may have more difficulty making scheduled payments of principal and interest. High yield securities may experience reduced liquidity, and sudden and substantial <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">decreases in price. An economic downturn affecting an issuer of high yield securities may result in an increased incidence of default. In the event of a default, the Portfolio may incur additional expenses to seek recovery.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Foreign and Emerging Market Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic and market risks. There also may be greater market volatility, less reliable financial information, higher transaction and custody costs, decreased market liquidity and less government and exchange regulation associated with investments in foreign markets. In addition, investments in certain foreign markets, which have historically been considered stable, may become more volatile and subject to increased risk due to ongoing developments and changing conditions in such markets. Moreover, the growing interconnectivity of global economies and financial markets has increased the probability that adverse developments and conditions in one country or region will affect the stability of economies and financial markets in other countries or regions. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition, the Portfolio's investments in foreign countries generally will be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. The use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts involves the risk of loss from the insolvency or bankruptcy of the counterparty to the contract or the failure of the counterparty to make payments or otherwise comply with the terms of the contract.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Liquidity.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's investments in restricted and illiquid securities may entail greater risk than investments in publicly traded securities. These securities may be more difficult to sell, particularly in times of <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">market turmoil. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to value. If the Portfolio is forced to sell an illiquid security to fund redemptions or for other cash needs, it may be forced to sell the security at a loss.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>ETFs.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Shares of ETFs have many of the same risks as direct investments in common stocks or bonds and their market value may differ from their NAV because the supply and demand in the market for ETF shares at any point in time is not always identical to the supply and demand in the market for the underlying securities. As a shareholder in an ETF, the Portfolio would bear its ratable share of that entity's expenses while continuing to pay its own investment management fees and other expenses. As a result, the Portfolio and its shareholders will, in effect, be absorbing duplicate levels of fees. Further, certain of the ETFs in which the Portfolio may invest are leveraged. While leveraged ETFs may offer the potential for greater return, the potential for loss and the speed at which losses can be realized also are greater. Leveraged ETFs can deviate substantially from the performance of their underlying benchmark over longer periods of time, particularly in volatile periods.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Derivatives.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">A derivative instrument often has risks similar to its underlying asset and may have additional risks, including imperfect correlation between the value of the derivative and the underlying asset, risks of default by the counterparty to certain transactions, magnification of losses incurred due to changes in the market value of the securities, instruments, indices or interest rates to which they relate, and risks that the transactions may not be liquid. Certain derivative transactions may give rise to a form of leverage. Leverage magnifies the potential for gain and the risk of loss.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.</font> </p> There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio UEMEX Performance Information <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class I shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's Class I shares' average annual returns for the past one, five and 10 year periods compare with those of a broad measure of market performance over time. This performance information does not include the impact of any charges deducted by your insurance company. If it did, returns would be lower. The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future.</font> </p> Annual Total Returns-Calendar Years (Class I) Commenced operations on October 1, 1996 0.4967 0.2311 0.3385 0.3714 0.4045 -0.5662 0.6984 0.1902 -0.1822 0.1995 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20015 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011754Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004175Member row primary compact * ~ High Quarter 0.3500 2009-06-30 Low Quarter -0.2992 2008-12-31 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>High Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">04/09 - 06/09</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="right" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">35.00%</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>Low Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">10/08 - 12/08</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="right" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">&#8211;29.92%</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> </table> 0.1995 -0.0297 0.1512 0.1822 -0.0092 0.1652 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20016 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011754Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004175Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class I shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's Class I shares' average annual returns for the past one, five and 10 year periods compare with those of a broad measure of market performance over time. The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.0125 0.0000 0.0040 0.0165 -0.0023 0.0142 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20013 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011754Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004175Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:</font> </p> 145 449 776 1702 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20014 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011754Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004175Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect Portfolio performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 46% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.46 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio seeks to maximize returns by investing in growth-oriented equity securities in emerging markets.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The global strategists of the Adviser, and its sub-advisers, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited ("MSIM Limited") and Morgan Stanley Investment Management Company ("MSIM Company" and together with MSIM Limited, the "Sub-Advisers"), analyze the global economic environment, particularly its impact on emerging markets, and allocate the Portfolio's assets among emerging markets based on relative economic, political and social fundamentals, stock valuations and investor sentiment.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in equity securities located in emerging market or developing countries. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may, but it is not required to, use derivative instruments for a variety of purposes, including hedging, risk management, portfolio management or to earn income. The Portfolio's use of derivatives may involve the purchase and sale of derivative instruments such as futures and other related instruments and techniques. The Portfolio may utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are also derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. Derivative instruments used by the Portfolio will be counted toward the Portfolio's 80% policy discussed above to the extent they have economic characteristics similar to the securities included within that policy.</font> </p> Objective <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><i>The Portfolio seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in growth-oriented equity securities of issuers in emerging market countries.</i></font> </p> Principal Risks <p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">in this Portfolio. The principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Equity Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">In general, prices of equity securities are more volatile than those of fixed income securities. The prices of equity securities fluctuate, and sometimes widely fluctuate, in response to activities specific to the issuer of the security as well as factors unrelated to the fundamental condition of the issuer, including general market, economic and political conditions.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Foreign and Emerging Markets Securities.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic and market risks. There also may be greater market volatility, less reliable financial information, higher transaction and custody costs, decreased market liquidity and less government and exchange regulation associated with investments in foreign markets. In addition, investments in certain foreign markets, which have historically been considered stable, may become more volatile and subject to increased risk due to ongoing developments and changing conditions in such markets. Moreover, the growing interconnectivity of global economies and financial markets has increased the probability that adverse developments and conditions in one country or region will affect the stability of economies and financial markets in other countries or regions. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 46% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.46 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio seeks to maximize returns by investing in growth-oriented equity securities in emerging markets.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The global strategists of the Adviser and its sub-advisers, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Limited ("MSIM Limited") and Morgan Stanley Investment Management Company ("MSIM Company" and together with MSIM Limited, the "Sub-Advisers"), analyze the global economic environment, particularly its impact on emerging markets, and allocate the Portfolio's assets among emerging markets based on relative economic, political and social fundamentals, stock valuations and investor sentiment.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in equity securities of issuers located in emerging market or developing countries. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may, but it is not required to, use derivative instruments for a variety of purposes, including hedging, risk management, portfolio management or to earn income. The Portfolio's use of derivatives may involve the purchase and sale of derivative instruments such as futures and other related instruments and techniques. The Portfolio may utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are also derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. 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There also may be greater market volatility, less reliable financial information, higher transaction and custody costs, decreased market liquidity and less government and exchange regulation associated with investments in foreign markets. In addition, investments in certain foreign markets, which have historically been considered stable, may become more volatile and subject to increased risk due to ongoing developments and changing conditions in such markets. Moreover, the growing interconnectivity of global economies and financial markets has increased the probability that adverse developments and conditions in one country or region will affect the stability of economies and financial markets in other countries or regions. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 29% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.29 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in equity securities of companies in the real estate industry, including real estate operating companies ("REOCs"), real estate investment trusts ("REITs") and similar entities established outside the United States ("foreign real estate companies"). This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes. 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To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. 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Operating REITs and foreign real estate companies requires specialized management skills and the Portfolio indirectly bears management expenses along with the direct expenses of the Portfolio. REITs are also subject to certain provisions under federal tax law and the failure of a company to qualify as a REIT could have adverse consequences for the Portfolio. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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These securities will have the effect of increasing the level of Portfolio illiquidity to the extent the Portfolio may be unable to sell or transfer these securities due to restrictions on transfers or on the ability to find buyers interested in purchasing the securities. The illiquidity of the market, as well as the lack of publicly available information regarding these securities, may also adversely affect the ability to arrive at a fair value for certain securities at certain times and could make it difficult for the Portfolio to sell certain securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.</font> </p> There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.0050 0.0035 0.0038 0.0123 -0.0013 0.0110 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20043 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011758Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004177Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">same. 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During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 48% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.48 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser seeks to achieve the Portfolio's investment objective by investing primarily in established and emerging companies with market capitalizations of generally $10 billion or more.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser emphasizes a bottom-up stock selection process, seeking attractive investments on an individual company basis. 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To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. 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There also may be greater market volatility, less reliable financial information, higher transaction and custody costs, decreased market liquidity and less government and exchange regulation associated with investments in foreign markets. In addition, investments in certain foreign markets, which have historically been considered stable, may become more volatile and subject to increased risk due to ongoing developments and changing conditions in such markets. Moreover, the growing interconnectivity of global economies and financial markets has increased the probability that adverse developments and conditions in one country or region will affect the stability of economies and financial markets in other countries or regions. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. 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These securities will have the effect of increasing the level of Portfolio illiquidity to the extent the Portfolio may be unable to sell or transfer these securities due to restrictions on transfers or on the ability to find buyers interested in purchasing the securities. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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These securities will have the effect of increasing the level of Portfolio illiquidity to the extent the Portfolio may be unable to sell or transfer these securities due to restrictions on transfers or on the ability to find buyers interested in purchasing the securities. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future.</font> </p> Annual Total Returns-Calendar Years (Class II) Commenced operations on May 5, 2003 0.2148 0.1729 0.0914 0.2261 -0.4682 0.5737 0.3227 -0.0717 0.0849 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20057 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011740Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004167Member row primary compact * ~ High Quarter 0.2610 2009-06-30 Low Quarter -0.2603 2008-12-31 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="52" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 2pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>High Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="51" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 2pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">04/09 - 06/09</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="35" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 2pt 0pt;"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">26.10</font><font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">%</font> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="52" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 9pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>Low Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="51" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 9pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">10/08 - 12/08</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="35" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 9pt 0pt;"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">&#8211; 26.03</font><font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">%</font> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> </table> 0.0849 0.0220 0.1102 0.1581 0.0323 0.0966 2003-05-05 2003-05-05 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20058 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011740Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004167Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class II shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's average annual returns for the past one and five year periods and since the Portfolio's Class II shares' inception compare with those of a broad measure of market performance over time. The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.0075 0.0035 0.0031 0.0141 -0.0026 0.0115 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20055 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011740Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004167Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. 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During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 29% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.29 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser seeks to achieve the Portfolio's investment objective by investing primarily in established and emerging companies from a universe comprised of mid cap companies, most with market capitalizations of generally less than $35 billion.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in common stocks of mid cap companies. 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In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. 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These securities will have the effect of increasing the level of Portfolio illiquidity to the extent the Portfolio may be unable to sell or transfer these securities due to restrictions on transfers or on the ability to find buyers interested in purchasing the securities. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.0092 0.0035 0.0078 0.0205 -0.0080 0.0125 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20061 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011744Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004169Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:</font> </p> 127 397 686 1511 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20062 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011744Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004169Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Portfolio's performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 22% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.22 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser seeks to achieve the Portfolio's investment objective by investing primarily in established and emerging companies from a universe comprised of small cap companies, most with market capitalizations of generally less than $4 billion.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the assets of the Portfolio will be invested in equity securities of small companies. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes. A company is considered to be a small cap company if it has a total market capitalization at the time of purchase of $4 billion or less.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser emphasizes a bottom-up stock selection process, seeking attractive investments on an individual company basis. In selecting securities for investment, the Adviser seeks to invest in high quality companies it believes have sustainable competitive advantages and the ability to redeploy capital at high rates of return. The Adviser typically favors companies with rising returns on invested capital, above average business visibility, strong free cash flow generation and an attractive risk/reward. The Adviser generally considers selling an investment when it determines the company no longer satisfies its investment criteria.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's equity investments may include common and preferred stocks, convertible securities and equity-linked securities, rights and warrants to purchase common stocks, depositary receipts, exchange-traded funds ("ETFs"), limited partnership interests and other specialty securities having equity features. The Portfolio may invest in privately placed and restricted securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser may invest up to 25% of the Portfolio's net assets in foreign securities, including emerging market securities classified as American Depositary Receipts ("ADRs"), Global Depositary Receipts ("GDRs"), American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") or Global Depositary Shares ("GDSs"), foreign U.S. <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">dollar-denominated securities that are traded on a U.S. exchange or local shares of non-U.S. issuers.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. Derivative instruments used by the Portfolio will be counted toward the Portfolio's 80% policy discussed above to the extent they have economic characteristics similar to the securities included within that policy.</font> </p> Objective <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><i>The Portfolio seeks long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in growth-oriented equity securities of small companies.</i></font> </p> Principal Risks <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. The principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Equity Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">In general, prices of equity securities are more volatile than those of fixed income securities. The prices of equity securities fluctuate, and sometimes widely fluctuate, in response to activities specific to the issuer of the security as well as factors unrelated to the fundamental condition of the issuer, including general market, economic and political conditions. In addition, at times, growth-oriented equity securities of small companies may underperform relative to the overall market. To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. If the conversion value exceeds the investment value, the price of the convertible security will tend to fluctuate directly with the price of the underlying equity security.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Small Capitalization Companies.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in small capitalization companies may involve greater risks than investments in larger, more established companies. The securities issued by small capitalization companies may be less liquid, and such companies may have more limited markets, financial resources and product lines, and may lack the depth of management of larger companies.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Foreign and Emerging Market Securities.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic and market risks. There also may be greater market volatility, less reliable financial information, higher transaction and custody costs, decreased market liquidity and less government and exchange regulation associated with investments in foreign markets. In addition, investments in certain foreign markets, which have historically been considered</font> stable, may become more volatile and subject to increased risk due to ongoing developments and changing conditions in such markets. Moreover, the growing interconnectivity of global economies and financial markets has increased the probability that adverse developments and conditions in one country or region will affect the stability of economies and financial markets in other countries or regions. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. The use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts involves the risk of loss from the insolvency or bankruptcy of the counterparty to the contract or the failure of the counterparty to make payments or otherwise comply with the terms of the contract.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Privately Placed and Restricted Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's investments may also include privately placed securities, which are subject to resale restrictions. These securities will have the effect of increasing the level of Portfolio illiquidity to the extent the Portfolio may be unable to sell or transfer these securities due to restrictions on transfers or on the ability to find buyers interested in purchasing the securities. The illiquidity of the market, as well as the lack of publicly available information regarding these securities, may also adversely affect the ability to arrive at a fair value for certain securities at certain times and could make it difficult for the Portfolio to sell certain securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.</font> </p> There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Return (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:</font> </p> 112 350 606 1340 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20068 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011749Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004172Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect Portfolio performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 17% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.17 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes. The equity securities in which the Portfolio may invest include common and preferred stocks, convertible securities, depositary receipts, rights, warrants and limited partnership interests.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., seeks a combination of above average current income and long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry, including real estate investment trusts ("REITs"). The Portfolio focuses on REITs as well as real estate operating companies ("REOCs") that invest in a variety of property types and regions.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser actively manages the Portfolio using a combination of top-down and bottom-up methodologies. The Adviser's proprietary models drive the bottom-up value-driven approach for stock selection. The top-down portion seeks diversified exposure to all major asset classes with an overweighting to property markets that offer the best relative valuation. The bottom-up research process strongly influences the Adviser's perspective on which property markets it believes provide better relative value and growth prospects and, consequently, affects its decision to overweight or underweight a given property market. The Adviser generally considers selling a portfolio holding if the holding's share price shifts to the point where the position no longer represents an attractive relative value opportunity versus the underlying value of its assets or versus other securities in the universe.</font> </p> Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry. Objective <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><i>The Portfolio seeks to provide above average current income and long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry, including real estate investment trusts.</i></font> </p> Principal Risks <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. The principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Equity Securities.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">In general, prices of equity securities are more volatile than those of fixed income securities. The prices of equity securities fluctuate, and sometimes widely fluctuate, in response to activities specific to the issuer of the security as well as factors unrelated to the fundamental condition of the <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">issuer, including general market, economic and political conditions. To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. If the conversion value exceeds the investment value, the price of the convertible security will tend to fluctuate directly with the price of the underlying equity security.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>REITs and REOCs.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investing in REITs and REOCs exposes investors to the risks of owning real estate directly, as well as to risks that relate specifically to the way in which REITs and REOCs are organized and operated. Operating REITs requires specialized management skills and the Portfolio indirectly bears management expenses along with the direct expenses of the Portfolio. REITs are also subject to certain provisions under federal tax law and the failure of a company to qualify as a REIT could have adverse consequences for the Portfolio.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Non-Diversification.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Because the Portfolio is non-diversified, it may be more susceptible to an adverse event affecting a portfolio investment than a diversified portfolio and a decline in the value of that instrument would cause the Portfolio's overall value to decline to a greater degree.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.</font> </p> Because the Portfolio is non-diversified, it may be more susceptible to an adverse event affecting a portfolio investment than a diversified portfolio and a decline in the value of that instrument would cause the Portfolio's overall value to decline to a greater degree. There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. US Real Estate Portfolio Performance Information <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class II shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's Class II shares' average annual returns for the past one, five and 10 year periods compare with those of a broad measure of market performance, as well as a comparative sector index, over time. This performance information does not include the impact of any charges deducted by your insurance company. If it did, returns would be lower. 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The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class II shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's Class II shares' average annual returns for the past one, five and 10 year periods compare with those of a broad measure of market performance, as well as a comparative sector index, over time. Average Annual Total Return (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.0080 0.0035 0.0030 0.0145 -0.0010 0.0135 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20073 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011748Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004172Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:</font> </p> 137 428 739 1624 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20074 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011748Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004172Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect Portfolio performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 17% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 0.17 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the assets of the Portfolio will be invested in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes. The equity securities in which the Portfolio may invest include common and preferred stocks, convertible securities, depositary receipts, rights, warrants and limited partnership interests.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's "Adviser," Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc., seeks a combination of above average current income and long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry, including real estate investment trusts ("REITs"). The Portfolio focuses on REITs as well as real estate operating companies ("REOCs") that invest in a variety of property types and regions.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser actively manages the Portfolio using a combination of top-down and bottom-up methodologies. The Adviser's proprietary models drive the bottom-up value-driven approach for stock selection. The top-down portion seeks diversified exposure to all major asset classes with an overweighting to property markets that offer the best relative valuation. The bottom-up research process strongly influences the Adviser's perspective on which property markets it believes provide better relative value and growth prospects and, consequently, affects its decision to overweight or underweight a given property market. The Adviser generally considers selling a portfolio holding if the holding's share price shifts to the point where the position no longer represents an attractive relative value opportunity versus the underlying value of its assets or versus other securities in the universe.</font> </p> Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry. Objective <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><i>The Portfolio seeks to provide above average current income and long-term capital appreciation by investing primarily in equity securities of companies in the U.S. real estate industry, including real estate investment trusts.</i></font> </p> Principal Risks <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. The principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Equity Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">In general, prices of equity securities are more volatile than those of fixed income securities. The prices of equity securities fluctuate, and sometimes widely fluctuate, in response to activities specific to the issuer of the security as well as factors unrelated to the fundamental condition of the issuer, including general market, economic and political conditions. To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. If the conversion value exceeds the investment value, the price of the convertible security will tend to fluctuate directly with the price of the underlying equity security.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>REITs and REOCs.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investing in REITs and REOCs exposes investors to the risks of owning real estate directly, as well as to risks that relate specifically to the way in which REITs and REOCs are organized and operated. Operating REITs requires specialized management skills and the Portfolio indirectly bears management expenses along with the direct expenses of the Portfolio. 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Because the Portfolio is non-diversified, it may be more susceptible to an adverse event affecting a portfolio investment than a diversified portfolio and a decline in the value of that instrument would cause the Portfolio's overall value to decline to a greater degree. Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.00375 0.0000 0.0037 0.0075 -0.0005 0.0070 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20079 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011739Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004166Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:</font> </p> 72 224 390 871 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20080 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011739Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004166Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher</font> portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Portfolio's performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 245% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 2.45 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in fixed income securities. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes. The Adviser invests primarily in a diversified mix of U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade fixed income securities, particularly U.S. government, corporate, municipal, mortgage- and asset-backed securities. The Portfolio will ordinarily seek to maintain an average weighted maturity between five and ten years.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser employs a value approach toward fixed income investing and evaluates the relative attractiveness among corporate, mortgage and U.S. government securities, and also may consider the relative attractiveness of non-dollar-denominated issues. The Adviser relies upon value measures to guide its decisions regarding sector, security and country selection, such as the relative attractiveness of the extra yield offered by securities other than those issued by the U.S. Treasury. The Adviser also measures various types of risk by monitoring interest rates, inflation, the shape of the yield curve, credit risk, prepayment risk, country risk and currency valuations. The Portfolio may engage in frequent trading to achieve its investment objective.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may invest opportunistically in fixed income securities that are rated below "investment grade" or are not rated, but are of equivalent quality. These fixed income securities are often referred to as "high yield securities" or "junk bonds." High yield securities are fixed income securities rated below Baa by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's") or below BBB by Standard &amp; Poor's Rating Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("S&amp;P"), or if unrated considered by the Adviser to be of equivalent quality. The Portfolio may also invest in public bank loans made by banks or other financial institutions. Public bank loans are privately negotiated loans that are not publicly traded for which information about the issuer has been made publicly available. These public bank loans may be rated investment grade or below investment grade. In addition, the Portfolio may invest in convertible securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's mortgage securities may include collateralized mortgage obligations ("CMOs"), commercial</font> mortgage-backed securities ("CMBS"), stripped mortgage-backed securities ("SMBS") and inverse floating rate obligations ("inverse floaters"). In addition, the Portfolio may invest in to-be-announced pass-through mortgage securities, which settle on a delayed delivery basis ("TBAs"). The Portfolio may also invest in securities of foreign issuers, including issuers located in emerging market or developing countries. The securities in which the Portfolio may invest may be denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars. The Portfolio may also invest in restricted and illiquid securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may, but it is not required to, use derivative instruments for a variety of purposes, including hedging, risk management, portfolio management or to earn income. The Portfolio's use of derivatives may involve the purchase and sale of derivative instruments such as futures, options, swaps and other related instruments and techniques. The Portfolio may utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are also derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. 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Securities with longer durations are likely to be more sensitive to changes in interest rates, generally making them more volatile than securities with shorter durations. Lower rated fixed income securities have greater volatility because there is less certainty that principal and interest payments will be made as scheduled. To the extent that the Portfolio invests in convertible securities, and the convertible security's investment value is greater than its conversion value, its price will be likely to increase when interest rates fall and decrease when interest rates rise. 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High yield securities may be issued by companies that are restructuring, are smaller and less creditworthy or are more highly indebted than other companies, and therefore they may have more difficulty making scheduled payments of principal and interest. High yield securities may experience reduced liquidity, and sudden and substantial decreases in price. An economic downturn affecting an issuer of high yield securities may result in an increased incidence of default. In the event of a default, the Portfolio may incur additional expenses to seek recovery.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Public Bank Loans.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Certain public bank loans are illiquid, meaning the Portfolio may not be able to sell them quickly at a fair price. The secondary market for bank loans may be subject to irregular trading activity, wide bid/ask spreads and extended trade settlement periods. Bank loans are subject to the risk of default in the payment of interest or principal on a loan, which will result in a reduction of income to the Portfolio, and a potential decrease in the Portfolio's net asset value ("NAV"). The risk of default will increase in the event of an economic downturn or a substantial increase in interest rates. Because public bank loans usually rank lower in priority of payment to senior loans, they present a greater degree of investment risk. These bank loans may exhibit greater price volatility as well.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Mortgage Securities.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in mortgage securities are subject to the risk that if interest rates decline, borrowers may pay off their mortgages sooner than expected which may adversely affect the Portfolio's return. Rising interest rates tend to discourage refinancings, with the result that the average life and volatility of mortgage securities will increase and market price will decrease. Certain mortgage-backed securities may be more volatile and less liquid than other traditional types of debt securities. In addition, an unexpectedly <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">high rate of defaults on the mortgages held by a mortgage pool may adversely affect the value of a mortgage-backed security and could result in losses to the Portfolio. Investments in TBAs may give rise to a form of leverage and may cause the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate to appear higher. Leverage may cause the Portfolio to be more volatile than if the Portfolio had not been leveraged.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Asset-Backed Securities.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Asset-backed securities are subject to the risk that consumer laws, legal factors or economic factors may result in the collateral backing the securities being insufficient to support payment on the securities. Some asset-backed securities also entail prepayment risk, which may vary depending on the type of asset.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Foreign and Emerging Market Securities.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic and market risks. There also may be greater market volatility, less reliable financial information, higher transaction and custody costs, decreased market liquidity and less government and exchange regulation associated with investments in foreign markets. In addition, investments in certain foreign markets, which have historically been considered stable, may become more volatile and subject to increased risk due to ongoing developments and changing conditions in such markets. Moreover, the growing interconnectivity of global economies and financial markets has increased the probability that adverse developments and conditions in one country or region will affect the stability of economies and financial markets in other countries or regions. The risks of investing in emerging market countries are greater than risks associated with investments in foreign developed countries. In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. The use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts involves <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">the risk of loss from the insolvency or bankruptcy of the counterparty to the contract or the failure of the counterparty to make payments or otherwise comply with the terms of the contract.</font><br /> </font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><b><i>Liquidity.</i></b></font> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's investments in restricted and illiquid securities may entail greater risk than investments in publicly traded securities. These securities may be more difficult to sell, particularly in times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to value. 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Higher portfolio turnover will cause the Portfolio to incur additional transaction costs.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.</font> </p> There is no assurance that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective and you can lose money investing in this Portfolio. Shares of the Portfolio are not bank deposits and are not guaranteed or insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future.</font> </p> Annual Total Returns-Calendar Years (Class II) Commenced operations on May 1, 2003 0.0407 0.0393 0.0356 0.0522 -0.1046 0.0938 0.0686 0.0540 0.0919 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualTotalReturnsBarChart20087 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011738Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004166Member row primary compact * ~ High Quarter 0.0454 2009-09-30 Low Quarter -0.0553 2008-09-30 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>High Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">07/09 - 09/09</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="right" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">4.54%</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;"><b>Low Quarter</b></font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="left" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">07/08 - 09/08</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> <td colspan="3" width="0" align="right" valign="bottom" style="padding:0pt .7pt 0pt 0pt;"> <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt"> <font style="font-size:6pt; font-family: Arial, Helvetica;">&#8211; 5.53%</font> </p> </td> <td colspan="1"> &#160; </td> </tr> </table> 0.0919 0.0379 0.0392 0.0421 0.0595 0.0512 2003-05-01 2003-05-01 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAverageAnnualReturnsTransposed20088 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011738Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004166Member column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * row primary compact * ~ The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's Class II shares' performance from year-to-year and by showing how the Portfolio's average annual returns for the past one-year and five-year periods and since the Portfolio's Class II inception compare with those of a broad measure of market performance over time. The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class II) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class II) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. If they did, Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses would be higher.</font> </p> 0.00375 0.0035 0.0037 0.0110 -0.0015 0.0095 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleAnnualFundOperatingExpenses20085 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011738Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004166Member row primary compact * ~ Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Example <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example below is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio, your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio's operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:</font> </p> 97 303 525 1166 ~ http://morganstanley.com/20130411/role/ScheduleExpenseExampleTransposed20086 column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact ck0001011378_C000011738Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact ck0001011378_S000004166Member row primary compact * ~ Portfolio Turnover <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio pays transaction costs when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Portfolio's performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 245% of the average value of its portfolio.</font> </p> 2.45 Principal Investment Strategies <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Under normal circumstances, at least 80% of the Portfolio's assets will be invested in fixed income securities. This policy may be changed without shareholder approval; however, you would be notified in writing of any changes. The Adviser invests primarily in a diversified mix of U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade fixed income securities, particularly U.S. government, corporate, municipal, mortgage- and asset-backed securities. The Portfolio will ordinarily seek to maintain an average weighted maturity between five and ten years.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser employs a value approach toward fixed income investing and evaluates the relative attractiveness among corporate, mortgage and U.S. government securities, and also may consider the relative attractiveness of non-dollar-denominated issues. The Adviser relies upon value measures to guide its decisions regarding sector, security and country selection, such as the relative attractiveness of the extra yield offered by securities other than those issued by the U.S. Treasury. The Adviser also measures various types of risk by monitoring interest rates, inflation, the shape of the yield curve, credit risk, prepayment risk, country risk and currency valuations. The Portfolio may engage in frequent trading to achieve its investment objective.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may invest opportunistically in fixed income securities that are rated below "investment grade" or are not rated, but are of equivalent quality. These fixed income securities are often referred to as "high yield securities" or "junk bonds." High yield securities are fixed income securities rated below Baa by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's") or below BBB by Standard &amp; Poor's Rating Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("S&amp;P"), or if unrated considered by the Adviser to be of equivalent quality. The Portfolio may also invest in public bank loans made by banks or other financial institutions.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Public bank loans are privately negotiated loans that are not publicly traded for which information about the issuer has been made publicly available. These public bank loans may be rated investment grade or below investment grade. In addition, the Portfolio may invest in convertible securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio's mortgage securities may include collateralized mortgage obligations ("CMOs"), commercial mortgage-backed securities ("CMBS"), stripped mortgage-backed securities ("SMBS") and inverse floating rate obligations ("inverse floaters"). In addition, the Portfolio may invest in to-be-announced pass-through mortgage securities, which settle on a delayed delivery basis ("TBAs"). The Portfolio may also invest in securities of foreign issuers, including issuers located in emerging market or developing countries. The securities in which the Portfolio may invest may be denominated in currencies other than U.S. dollars. The Portfolio may also invest in restricted and illiquid securities.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 3pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may, but it is not required to, use derivative instruments for a variety of purposes, including hedging, risk management, portfolio management or to earn income. The Portfolio's use of derivatives may involve the purchase and sale of derivative instruments such as futures, options, swaps and other related instruments and techniques. The Portfolio may utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are also derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. 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The principal risks of investing in the Portfolio include:</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">&#8226;</font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;"><strong><em>Fixed Income Securities.</em></strong></font> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">Fixed income securities are subject to the risk of the issuer's inability to meet principal and interest payments on its obligations (i.e., credit risk) and are subject to price volatility resulting from, among other things, interest rate sensitivity, market perception of the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (i.e., market risk). The Portfolio is not limited as to the maturities of the securities in which it may invest. 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High yield securities may be issued by companies that are restructuring, are smaller and less creditworthy or are more highly indebted than other companies, and therefore they may have more difficulty making scheduled payments of principal and interest. High yield securities may experience reduced liquidity, and sudden and substantial decreases in price. An economic downturn affecting an issuer of high yield securities may result in an increased incidence of default. 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Bank loans are subject to the risk of default in the payment of interest or principal on a loan, which will result in a reduction of income to the Portfolio, and a potential decrease in the Portfolio's net asset value ("NAV"). The risk of default will increase in the event of an economic downturn or a substantial increase in interest rates. Because public bank loans <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">usually rank lower in priority of payment to senior loans, they present a greater degree of investment risk. 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Certain mortgage-backed securities may be more volatile and less liquid than other traditional types of debt securities. In addition, an unexpectedly high rate of defaults on the mortgages held by a mortgage pool may adversely affect the value of a mortgage-backed security and could result in losses to the Portfolio. Investments in TBAs may give rise to a form of leverage and may cause the portfolio turnover rate to be higher. 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The Portfolio's past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Portfolio will perform in the future. Average Annual Total Returns (Class I) (for the calendar periods ended December 31, 2012) Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio (Class I) <p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold the classes of shares that may be offered by the Portfolio. The Portfolio does not charge any sales loads or other fees when you purchase or redeem shares. The table and the example below do not reflect the impact of any charges by your insurance company. 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High yield securities are fixed income securities rated below Baa by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's") or below BBB by Standard &amp; Poor's Rating Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("S&amp;P"), or if unrated considered by the Adviser to be of equivalent quality.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin:0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size:10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Adviser implements a top down assessment of the global economic environment and the sensitivity of emerging economies in general to worldwide events. 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The Adviser generally considers selling a portfolio holding when it determines that the holding no longer satisfies its investment criteria.</font> </p> <br/><p style="margin: 0pt 0pt 9pt 0pt;" align="left"> <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">The Portfolio may, but it is not required to, use derivative instruments for a variety of purposes, including hedging, risk management, portfolio management or to earn income. The Portfolio's use of derivatives may involve the purchase and sale of derivative instruments such as futures, options, swaps, structured investments <font style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Times New Roman PS Std, Times New Roman PS, Times New Roman, Times;">and other related instruments and techniques. The Portfolio may utilize foreign currency forward exchange contracts, which are also derivatives, in connection with its investments in foreign securities. 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Securities with longer durations are likely to be more sensitive to changes in interest rates, generally making them more volatile than securities with shorter durations. Lower rated fixed income securities have greater volatility because there is less certainty that principal and interest payments will be made as scheduled. 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In addition, the Portfolio's investments may be denominated in foreign currencies and therefore, to the extent unhedged, the value of the investment will fluctuate with the U.S. dollar exchange rates. To the extent hedged by use of foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the precise matching of foreign currency forward exchange contract amounts and the value of the securities involved will not generally be possible because the future value of such securities in foreign currencies will change as a consequence of market movements in the value of those securities between the date on which the contract is entered into and the date it matures. There is additional risk that such transactions reduce or preclude the opportunity for gain if the value of the currency should move in the direction opposite to the position taken and that foreign currency forward exchange contracts create exposure to currencies in which the Portfolio's securities are not denominated. 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The issuer or governmental authority that controls the repayment of sovereign debt may not be willing or able to repay the principal and/or pay interest when it becomes due, due to factors such as debt service burden, political constraints, cash flow problems and other national economic factors. In addition, foreign governments may default on their debt securities, which may require holders of such securities to participate in debt rescheduling or additional lending to defaulting governments. 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