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Celebrating 20 years with the Scout International Fund

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At Scout Investments, we’ve had a lot to celebrate lately. The Scout International Fund, celebrated two major milestones over the last few months: the fund’s 20th anniversary in September and more recently reaching $10 billion in assets under management.

You’re probably wondering why the 20th anniversary of an international mutual fund is such a big milestone. Well, according to Morningstar data as of Dec. 1, 2013, the Scout International Fund is one of only 70 “Foreign Large Funds” that have passed the 20-year mark of the 380 funds in existence in that category today. It’s one of the oldest international large-cap funds available to investors. 

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The Scout International Fund is led by Jim Moffett, who has managed the fund since it launched in 1993, along with co-portfolio managers Michael Stack and Michael Fogarty. The team also includes seven experienced sector analysts.

For an international fund to be around for 20 years with the same manager at the helm the entire time is certainly unique. In Jim’s two decades as lead manager on the fund, he has seen a world of change in international investing and investors’ views. When the fund first launched, investors were very cautious of international investments, especially as compared to today’s global marketplace with many investment options in developed and emerging markets around the world.

Recently, Jim traveled to New York City and spent time discussing the fund and his investment strategy with several media outlets. He had the opportunity to discuss current events affecting international markets and where the team is finding opportunities, as well as sharing his thoughts on specific holdings in the fund.

One of the media interviews he conducted was with CNBC Television during their morning program Squawk Box. Watch Jim’s interview here.

Preparing to go live on CNBC.

Jim was also a guest on Bloomberg Television during In The Loop with Betty Liu. Watch Jim’s appearance here.

We congratulate the Scout International Fund team on these recent milestones. We also thank our investors for their continued support and confidence in the fund to help them meet their long-term investment goals.


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Risk Considerations: Foreign investments present additional risks due to currency fluctuations, economic and political factors, government regulations, differences in accounting standards and other factors. Investments in emerging markets involve even greater risks.

The Scout Funds are distributed by UMB Distribution Services, LLC, an affiliate of UMB Financial Corporation, and managed by Scout Investments, Inc., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation.

Scout Investments Chief Executive Officer Andrew Iseman provides strategic direction and day-to-day management of the firm and leads the firm’s executive committee. He has developed Scout Investments’ multi-year growth strategy, which includes delivering competitive investment performance to clients, bringing Scout’s award-winning equity investment strategies to the institutional channel and broadening distribution for Reams Asset Management Co., Scout’s fixed income division. Mr. Iseman joined Scout in August 2010, bringing with him a lengthy career spent in the financial services industry, including more than 26 years of experience at the most senior levels of asset management. Mr. Iseman received a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University. He serves on the board of directors of Starlight Theatre.

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UMB “More Than” student video contest

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As part of our 100-year anniversary celebration, UMB sponsored a student video contest that engaged college students by using the “more than” theme. The contest was open to any person over the age of 18 enrolled in at least three credit hours in a college or university in our seven state retail footprint.

We asked for video entries that contained emotionally compelling content to inspire others by telling a story of how they see “more than” in their life, school or community.

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In honor of the company’s 100 years in business, the contest ran for 100 days (September 13, 2012 to December 21, 2012). Entries were scored by a pre-determined judging panel. Based on those scores, the top 15 finalists were posted to the UMB Bank Facebook page on February 1 and counted down until only the top five finalists were left. The top five finalists were then open to a two-week public vote on Facebook. The judge’s scores and the Facebook votes were combined to determine the top three winners, announced on March 1.

The grand prize winner received $20,000 and a trip to New York City to see their video displayed in Times Square. The second place winner received $10,000 and third place received $5,000.

The grand prize was awarded to Purna Biswa, Hang Summers and Evgeniya Zvigunova from the University of Missouri – Kansas City for their video titled “Inspired to do More.”

Biswa, originally from Shawnee Mission, Kan., is majoring in computer science. His favorite part of the trip: “Watching myself on that huge Nasdaq building was like the sweetest dream come true.”

Summers, originally from Kansas City, Mo, is majoring in computer science. Her favorite part of the trip: “The best part of this trip for me was getting the chance to explore New York because I have never been there. The city is so beautiful and the experience helped me find more inspiration to keep doing what I love…Cinematography.”

Zvigunova , originally from Moscow, Russia, is majoring in computer science. Her favorite part of the trip: “This trip was the most exciting and unique experience of my life because I felt that I am powerful enough to make a difference in this world.”

The students had a great time in New York City!

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Zvigunova, Biswa, UMB CEO Mariner Kemper and Summers stand in front of the Nasdaq building in Times Square.

To see the top three prize-winning videos, click here.

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UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF) is a diversified financial holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., offering complete banking services, payment solutions, asset servicing and institutional investment management to customers. UMB operates banking and wealth management centers throughout Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas, as well as two national specialty-lending businesses. Subsidiaries of the holding company include companies that offer services to mutual funds and alternative-investment entities and registered investment advisors that offer equity and fixed income strategies to institutions and individual investors.

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