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November 2021

Preliminary Terms No. 3,222

Registration Statement Nos. 333-250103; 333-250103-01

Dated November 26, 2021

Filed pursuant to Rule 433

Morgan Stanley Finance LLC

Structured Investments

Opportunities in U.S. Equities

Enhanced Buffered Jump Securities Based on the Value of the Worst Performing of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, the NASDAQ-100 Index® and the Russell 2000® Index due December 3, 2026

Fully and Unconditionally Guaranteed by Morgan Stanley

Principal at Risk Securities

The Enhanced Buffered Jump Securities, which we refer to as the securities, are unsecured obligations of Morgan Stanley Finance LLC (“MSFL”) and are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Morgan Stanley. The securities have the terms described in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities, index supplement and prospectus, as supplemented and modified by this document. The securities pay no interest and will instead pay an amount in cash at maturity that may be greater than or less than the stated principal amount, depending on the closing values of the underlying indices on the valuation date. If the final index value of each underlying index is greater than or equal to 80% of its respective initial index value, which we refer to as the respective downside threshold value, you will receive for each security that you hold at maturity a minimum of the upside payment of at least $205 per security (to be determined on the pricing date) in addition to the stated principal amount. If each underlying index appreciates by more than at least 20.50% over the term of the securities, you will receive for each security you hold at maturity the stated principal amount plus an amount based on the percentage increase of the worst performing underlying index. However, if the final index value of any underlying index is less than its respective downside threshold value, you will be exposed to the decline in the level of the worst performing underlying index beyond the buffer amount of 20%, and you will lose some or a significant portion of your initial investment. The payment at maturity may be significantly less than the stated principal amount, and you could lose up to 80% of your investment. Because the payment at maturity on the securities is based on the worst performing of the underlying indices, a decline in any final index value below 80% of its respective initial index value will result in a loss on your investment, even if the other underlying indices have appreciated or have not declined as much. These long-dated securities are for investors who seek an equity index-based return and who are willing to risk their principal, risk exposure to the worst performing of three underlying indices and forgo current income in exchange for the minimum upside return that applies only if the final index value of each underlying index is greater than or equal to its respective downside threshold value and buffer features that in each case apply to a limited range of performance of the worst performing underlying index. The securities are notes issued as part of MSFL’s Series A Global Medium-Term Notes Program.

All payments are subject to our credit risk. If we default on our obligations, you could lose some or all of your investment. These securities are not secured obligations and you will not have any security interest in, or otherwise have any access to, any underlying reference asset or assets.

SUMMARY TERMS

Issuer:

Morgan Stanley Finance LLC

Guarantor:

Morgan Stanley

Issue price:

$1,000 per security

Stated principal amount:

$1,000 per security

Pricing date:

November 30, 2021

Original issue date:

December 3, 2021 (3 business days after the pricing date)

Maturity date:

December 3, 2026

Aggregate principal amount:

$

Interest:

None

Underlying indices:

The Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM (the “INDU Index”), the NASDAQ-100 Index® (the “NDX Index”) and the Russell 2000® Index (the “RTY Index”)

Payment at maturity:

If the final index value of each underlying index is greater than or equal to its respective downside threshold value:

$1,000 + the greater of (i) $1,000 × the index percent change of the worst performing underlying index and (ii) the upside payment

If the final index value of any underlying index is less than its respective downside threshold value, meaning the value of any underlying index has declined by more than the buffer amount of 20% from its respective initial index value to its respective final index value:

$1,000 + $[1,000 × (index percent change of the worst performing underlying index + 20%)]

Because the index percent change of the worst performing underlying index will be less than -20% in this scenario, the payment at maturity will be less, and potentially significantly less, than the stated principal amount of $1,000.

Upside payment:

At least $205 per security (20.50% of the stated principal amount). The actual upside payment will be determined on the pricing date.

Index percent change:

With respect to each underlying index, (final index value - initial index value) / initial index value

Worst performing underlying index:

The underlying index that has declined the most, meaning that it has the lowest index percent change

Initial index value:

With respect to the INDU Index, , which is the index closing value of such index on the pricing date

With respect to the NDX Index, , which is the index closing value of such index on the pricing date

With respect to the RTY Index, , which is the index closing value of such index on the pricing date

Downside threshold value:

With respect to the INDU Index, , which is 80% of the initial index value for such index

With respect to the NDX Index, , which is 80% of the initial index value for such index

With respect to the RTY Index, , which is 80% of the initial index value for such index

Final index value:

With respect to each underlying index, the index closing value of such index on the valuation date

Valuation date:

November 30, 2026, subject to postponement for non-index business days and certain market disruption events

Buffer amount:

20%

Minimum payment at maturity:

$200 per security

CUSIP / ISIN:

61773HLW7 / US61773HLW78

Listing:

The securities will not be listed on any securities exchange.

Agent:

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS & Co.”), an affiliate of MSFL and a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley. See “Supplemental information regarding plan of distribution; conflicts of interest.”

Estimated value on the pricing date:

Approximately $957.40 per security, or within $40.00 of that estimate. See “Investment Summary” on page 2.

Commissions and issue price:

Price to public(1)

Agent’s commissions and fees(2)

Proceeds to us(3)

Per security

$1,000

$

$

Total

$

$

$

(1)The securities will be sold only to investors purchasing the securities in fee-based advisory accounts.

(2)MS & Co. expects to sell all of the securities that it purchases from us to an unaffiliated dealer at a price of $ per security, for further sale to certain fee-based advisory accounts at the price to public of $1,000 per security. MS & Co. will not receive a sales commission with respect to the securities. See “Supplemental information regarding plan of distribution; conflicts of interest.” For additional information, see “Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities.

(3)See “Use of proceeds and hedging” on page 21.

The securities involve risks not associated with an investment in ordinary debt securities. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page 8.

The Securities and Exchange Commission and state securities regulators have not approved or disapproved these securities, or determined if this document or the accompanying product supplement, index supplement and prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The securities are not deposits or savings accounts and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency or instrumentality, nor are they obligations of, or guaranteed by, a bank.

You should read this document together with the related product supplement, index supplement and prospectus, each of which can be accessed via the hyperlinks below. Please also see “Additional Terms of the Securities” and “Additional Information About the Securities” at the end of this document.

References to “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Morgan Stanley or MSFL, or Morgan Stanley and MSFL collectively, as the context requires. 

Product Supplement for Jump Securities dated November 16, 2020Index Supplement dated November 16, 2020 Prospectus dated November 16, 2020 

Morgan Stanley Finance LLC

Enhanced Buffered Jump Securities Based on the Value of the Worst Performing of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, the NASDAQ-100 Index® and the Russell 2000® Index due December 3, 2026

Principal at Risk Securities

 

Investment Summary

Principal at Risk Securities

The Enhanced Buffered Jump Securities Based on the Value of the Worst Performing of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, the NASDAQ-100 Index® and the Russell 2000® Index due December 3, 2026 (the “securities”) can be used:

As an alternative to direct exposure to the underlying indices that provides a minimum return of at least 20.50% (to be determined on the pricing date) if the final index value of each underlying index is greater than or equal to its respective downside threshold value and offers uncapped 1-to-1 participation in the appreciation of the worst performing underlying index if the appreciation of such underlying index is greater than at least 20.50%;

To enhance returns and potentially outperform the worst performing of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, the NASDAQ-100 Index® and the Russell 2000® Index in a moderately bullish or moderately bearish scenario; and

To obtain a buffer against a specified level of negative performance in the worst performing underlying index.

The securities are exposed on a 1-to-1 basis to the percentage decline of the final index value of the worst performing underlying index from its respective initial index value beyond the buffer amount of 20%. Accordingly, 80% of your principal is at risk.

Maturity:

5 years

Upside payment:

At least $205 per security (20.50% of the stated principal amount), payable only if the final index value of each underlying index is greater than or equal to its respective downside threshold value. The actual upside payment will be determined on the pricing date.

Buffer amount:

20%

Minimum payment at maturity:

$200 per security. You could lose up to 80% of the stated principal amount of the securities.

Interest:

None

The original issue price of each security is $1,000. This price includes costs associated with issuing, selling, structuring and hedging the securities, which are borne by you, and, consequently, the estimated value of the securities on the pricing date will be less than $1,000. We estimate that the value of each security on the pricing date will be approximately $957.40, or within $40.00 of that estimate. Our estimate of the value of the securities as determined on the pricing date will be set forth in the final pricing supplement.

What goes into the estimated value on the pricing date?

In valuing the securities on the pricing date, we take into account that the securities comprise both a debt component and a performance-based component linked to the underlying indices. The estimated value of the securities is determined using our own pricing and valuation models, market inputs and assumptions relating to the underlying indices, instruments based on the underlying indices, volatility and other factors including current and expected interest rates, as well as an interest rate related to our secondary market credit spread, which is the implied interest rate at which our conventional fixed rate debt trades in the secondary market.

What determines the economic terms of the securities?

In determining the economic terms of the securities, including the upside payment, the buffer amount and the downside threshold values, we use an internal funding rate, which is likely to be lower than our secondary market credit spreads and therefore advantageous to us. If the issuing, selling, structuring and hedging costs borne by you were lower or if the internal funding rate were higher, one or more of the economic terms of the securities would be more favorable to you.

 

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What is the relationship between the estimated value on the pricing date and the secondary market price of the securities?

The price at which MS & Co. purchases the securities in the secondary market, absent changes in market conditions, including those related to the underlying indices, may vary from, and be lower than, the estimated value on the pricing date, because the secondary market price takes into account our secondary market credit spread as well as the bid-offer spread that MS & Co. would charge in a secondary market transaction of this type and other factors. However, because the costs associated with issuing, selling, structuring and hedging the securities are not fully deducted upon issuance, for a period of up to 6 months following the issue date, to the extent that MS & Co. may buy or sell the securities in the secondary market, absent changes in market conditions, including those related to the underlying indices, and to our secondary market credit spreads, it would do so based on values higher than the estimated value. We expect that those higher values will also be reflected in your brokerage account statements.

MS & Co. may, but is not obligated to, make a market in the securities, and, if it once chooses to make a market, may cease doing so at any time.

 

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Key Investment Rationale

The securities provide a return based on the performance of the worst performing of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, the NASDAQ-100 Index® and the Russell 2000® Index. If the final index value of each underlying index, as determined on the valuation date, is greater than or equal to its respective downside threshold value, you will receive for each security that you hold at maturity a minimum of the upside payment of at least $205 per security (to be determined on the pricing date) in addition to the stated principal amount. If each underlying index appreciates by more than at least 20.50% over the terms of the securities, you will receive for each security you hold at maturity the stated principal amount plus an amount based on the percentage increase of the worst performing underlying index. However, if the final index value of any underlying index is less than its respective downside threshold value, the payment due at maturity will be less, and possibly significantly less, than the stated principal amount of the securities. You could lose up to 80% of the stated principal amount of the securities.

Upside Scenario

If the final index value of each underlying index is greater than or equal to its respective downside threshold value, the payment at maturity for each security will be equal to $1,000 plus the greater of (i) $1,000 times the index percent change of the worst performing underlying index and (ii) the upside payment of at least $205. The actual upside payment will be determined on the pricing date.

Downside Scenario

If the final index value of any underlying index is less than its respective downside threshold value, you will lose 1% for every 1% decline in the value of the worst performing underlying index from its respective initial index value beyond the buffer amount of 20% (e.g., a 50% depreciation in the worst performing underlying index from the respective initial index value to the respective final index value will result in a payment at maturity of $700 per security).

 

Because the payment at maturity of the securities is based on the worst performing of the underlying indices, a decline in any underlying index below its respective downside threshold value will result in a loss on your investment, even if the other underlying indices have appreciated or have not declined as much. You could lose up to 80% of your investment.

 

 

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Hypothetical Examples

The following hypothetical examples illustrate how to calculate the payment at maturity on the securities. The following examples are for illustrative purposes only. The payment at maturity on the securities is subject to our credit risk. The below examples are based on the following terms. The actual initial index values and downside threshold values will be determined on the pricing date.

Stated Principal Amount:

$1,000 per security

Hypothetical Initial Index Value:

With respect to the INDU Index: 28,000

With respect to the NDX Index: 14,000

With respect to the RTY Index: 1,600

Hypothetical Downside Threshold Value:

With respect to the INDU Index: 22,400, which is 80% of its hypothetical initial index value

With respect to the NDX Index: 11,200, which is 80% of its hypothetical initial index value

With respect to the RTY Index: 1,280, which is 80% of its hypothetical initial index value

Hypothetical Upside Payment:

$205 (20.50% of the stated principal amount). The actual upside payment will be determined on the pricing date.

Buffer Amount:

20%

Minimum Payment at Maturity:

$200 per security

Interest:

None

EXAMPLE 1: Each underlying index appreciates substantially, and investors therefore receive the stated principal amount plus a return reflecting the percent change of the worst performing underlying index.

Final index value

 

INDU Index: 51,800

NDX Index: 25,200

 

 

RTY Index: 3,040

Index percent change

 

INDU Index: (51,800 – 28,000) / 28,000 = 85%

NDX Index: (25,200 – 14,000) / 14,000 = 80%

RTY Index: (3,040 – 1,600) / 1,600 = 90%

Payment at maturity

=

$1,000 + the greater of (i) the index percent change of the worst performing underlying index and (ii) the upside payment

 

=

$1,000 + $800

 

=

$1,800

In example 1, the final index value for the INDU Index has increased from its initial index value by 85%, the final index value for the NDX Index has increased from its initial index value by 80% and the final index value for the RTY Index has increased from its initial index value by 90%. Because the final index value of each underlying index is above its respective downside threshold value, and the index percent change of the worst performing underlying index is greater than the minimum positive return of 20.50%, investors receive at maturity the stated principal amount plus uncapped 1-to-1 participation in the performance of the worst performing underlying index. Investors receive $1,800 per security at maturity.

EXAMPLE 2: The final index value of each underlying index is at or above the respective downside threshold value but the worst performing underlying index has not appreciated by more than 20.50%, and investors therefore receive the stated principal amount plus the upside payment.

 

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Final index value

 

INDU Index: 26,880

NDX Index: 13,580

 

 

RTY Index: 1,568

Index percent change

 

INDU Index: (26,880 – 28,000) / 28,000 = -4%

NDX Index: (13,580 – 14,000) / 14,000 = -3%

RTY Index: (1,568 – 1,600) / 1,600 = -2%

Payment at maturity

=

$1,000 + upside payment

 

=

$1,000 + $205

 

=

$1,205

In example 2, the final index value for the INDU Index has decreased from its initial index value by 4%, the final index value for the NDX Index has decreased from its initial index value by 3% and the final index value for the RTY Index has decreased from its initial index value by 2%. Because the final index value of each underlying index is above its respective downside threshold value, investors receive at maturity the stated principal amount plus the upside payment of $205. Although each underlying index has depreciated, investors receive $1,205 per security at maturity.

EXAMPLE 3: The final index value of one of the underlying indices is less than its respective downside threshold value. Investors are therefore exposed to the negative performance of the worst performing underlying index, and lose 1% for every 1% decline beyond the buffer amount of 20%.

Final index value

 

INDU Index: 39,200

NDX Index: 16,800

 

 

RTY Index: 800

Index percent change

 

INDU Index: (39,200 – 28,000) / 28,000 = 40%

NDX Index: (16,800 – 14,000) / 14,000 = 20%

RTY Index: (800 – 1,600) / 1,600 = -50%

Payment at maturity

=

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (index percent change of the worst performing underlying index + 20%)]

 

=

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (-50% + 20%)]

 

=

$700

In example 3, the final index value for the INDU Index has increased from its initial index value by 40%, the final index value for the NDX Index has increased from its initial index value by 20% and the final index value for the RTY Index has decreased from its initial index value by 50%. Because one of the underlying indices has declined below its respective downside threshold value, investors do not receive the upside payment and are exposed to the negative performance of the RTY Index, which is the worst performing underlying index in this example. Under these circumstances, investors lose 1% for every 1% decline in the value of the worst performing underlying index beyond the buffer amount of 20%. In this example, investors receive a payment at maturity equal to $700 per security, resulting in a loss of 30%.

EXAMPLE 4: The final index value of each underlying index is less than the respective downside threshold value. Investors are therefore exposed to the negative performance of the worst performing underlying index, and will lose 1% for every 1% decline beyond the buffer amount of 20%.

Final index value

 

INDU Index: 8,400

NDX Index: 2,100

 

 

RTY Index: 640

Index percent change

 

INDU Index: (8,400 – 28,000) / 28,000 = -70%

NDX Index: (2,100 – 14,000) / 14,000 = -85%

RTY Index: (640 – 1,600) / 1,600 = -60%

 

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Payment at maturity

=

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (index percent change of the worst performing underlying index + 20%)]

 

=

$1,000 + [$1,000 × (-85% + 20%)]

 

=

$350

In example 4, the final index value for the INDU Index has decreased from its initial index value by 70%, the final index value for the NDX Index has decreased from its initial index value by 85% and the final index value for the RTY Index has decreased from its initial index value by 60%. Because one or more underlying indices have declined below their respective downside threshold values, investors do not receive the upside payment and are exposed to the negative performance of the NDX Index, which is the worst performing underlying index in this example. Under these circumstances, investors lose 1% for every 1% decline in the value of the worst performing underlying index beyond the buffer amount of 20%. In this example, investors receive a payment at maturity equal to $350 per security, resulting in a loss of 65%.

Because the payment at maturity of the securities is based on the worst performing of the underlying indices, a decline in the final index value of any underlying index to below its respective downside threshold value will result in a loss of some or a significant portion of your investment, even if the other underlying indices have appreciated or have not declined as much. You could lose up to 80% of your investment in the securities.

 

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Risk Factors

This section describes the material risks relating to the securities. For further discussion of these and other risks, you should read the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the accompanying product supplement, index supplement and prospectus. You should also consult with your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisers in connection with your investment in the securities.

Risks Relating to an Investment in the Securities

The securities do not pay interest and provide for the minimum payment at maturity of only 20% of your principal. The terms of the securities differ from those of ordinary debt securities in that the securities do not pay interest and provide for the minimum return of only 20% of the principal amount at maturity. At maturity, you will receive for each $1,000 stated principal amount of securities that you hold an amount in cash based upon the final index value of each underlying index. If the final index value of any underlying index is less than 80% of its respective initial index value, you will lose 1% of your principal for every 1% decline in the final index value of the worst performing underlying index beyond the buffer amount of 20%. You could lose up to 80% of the stated principal amount of the securities.

The amount payable on the securities is not linked to the values of the underlying indices at any time other than the valuation date. The final index value of each underlying index will be based on the index closing value of such underlying index on the valuation date, subject to postponement for non-index business days and certain market disruption events. Even if the values of all three underlying indices appreciate prior to the valuation date but the value of any underlying index drops by the valuation date, the payment at maturity may be less, and may be significantly less, than it would have been had the payment at maturity been linked to the values of the underlying indices prior to such drop. Although the actual values of the underlying indices on the stated maturity date or at other times during the term of the securities may be higher than their respective final index values, the payment at maturity will be based solely on the index closing values on the valuation date.

The securities will not be listed on any securities exchange and secondary trading may be limited. The securities will not be listed on any securities exchange. Therefore, there may be little or no secondary market for the securities. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, which we refer to as MS & Co., may, but is not obligated to, make a market in the securities and, if it once chooses to make a market, may cease doing so at any time. When it does make a market, it will generally do so for transactions of routine secondary market size at prices based on its estimate of the current value of the securities, taking into account its bid/offer spread, our credit spreads, market volatility, the notional size of the proposed sale, the cost of unwinding any related hedging positions, the time remaining to maturity and the likelihood that it will be able to resell the securities. Even if there is a secondary market, it may not provide enough liquidity to allow you to trade or sell the securities easily. Since other broker-dealers may not participate significantly in the secondary market for the securities, the price at which you may be able to trade your securities is likely to depend on the price, if any, at which MS & Co. is willing to transact. If, at any time, MS & Co. were to cease making a market in the securities, it is likely that there would be no secondary market for the securities. Accordingly, you should be willing to hold your securities to maturity.

The market price of the securities may be influenced by many unpredictable factors. Several factors, many of which are beyond our control, will influence the value of the securities in the secondary market and the price at which MS & Co. may be willing to purchase or sell the securities in the secondary market, including:

the values of the underlying indices at any time (including in relation to their respective initial index values),

the volatility (frequency and magnitude of changes in value) of the underlying indices,

dividend rates on the securities underlying the underlying indices,

interest and yield rates in the market,

■  geopolitical conditions and economic, financial, political, regulatory or judicial events that affect the component stocks of the underlying indices or securities markets generally and which may affect the value of the underlying indices,

 

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the time remaining until the maturity of the securities,

the composition of the underlying indices and changes in the constituent stocks of the underlying indices, and

any actual or anticipated changes in our credit ratings or credit spreads.

Generally, the longer the time remaining to maturity, the more the market price of the securities will be affected by the other factors described above. Some or all of these factors will influence the price you will receive if you sell your securities prior to maturity. In particular, you may have to sell your securities at a substantial discount from the stated principal amount if at the time of sale the value of any underlying index is near, at or below its respective downside threshold value.

You cannot predict the future performance of the underlying indices based on their historical performance. If the final index value of any underlying index is less than 80% of its respective initial index value, you will be exposed on a 1-to-1 basis to the decline in the final index value of the worst performing underlying index beyond the buffer amount. There can be no assurance that the final index value of each underlying index will be greater than or equal to 80% of its respective initial index value so that you will receive at maturity an amount that is greater than the $1,000 stated principal amount for each security you hold, or that you will not lose some or a significant portion of your investment.

The securities are subject to our credit risk, and any actual or anticipated changes to our credit ratings or credit spreads may adversely affect the market value of the securities. You are dependent on our ability to pay all amounts due on the securities at maturity and therefore you are subject to our credit risk. If we default on our obligations under the securities, your investment would be at risk and you could lose some or all of your investment. As a result, the market value of the securities prior to maturity will be affected by changes in the market’s view of our creditworthiness. Any actual or anticipated decline in our credit ratings or increase in the credit spreads charged by the market for taking our credit risk is likely to adversely affect the market value of the securities.

As a finance subsidiary, MSFL has no independent operations and will have no independent assets. As a finance subsidiary, MSFL has no independent operations beyond the issuance and administration of its securities and will have no independent assets available for distributions to holders of MSFL securities if they make claims in respect of such securities in a bankruptcy, resolution or similar proceeding. Accordingly, any recoveries by such holders will be limited to those available under the related guarantee by Morgan Stanley and that guarantee will rank pari passu with all other unsecured, unsubordinated obligations of Morgan Stanley. Holders will have recourse only to a single claim against Morgan Stanley and its assets under the guarantee. Holders of securities issued by MSFL should accordingly assume that in any such proceedings they would not have any priority over and should be treated pari passu with the claims of other unsecured, unsubordinated creditors of Morgan Stanley, including holders of Morgan Stanley-issued securities.

The rate we are willing to pay for securities of this type, maturity and issuance size is likely to be lower than the rate implied by our secondary market credit spreads and advantageous to us. Both the lower rate and the inclusion of costs associated with issuing, selling, structuring and hedging the securities in the original issue price reduce the economic terms of the securities, cause the estimated value of the securities to be less than the original issue price and will adversely affect secondary market prices. Assuming no change in market conditions or any other relevant factors, the prices, if any, at which dealers, including MS & Co., are willing to purchase the securities in secondary market transactions will likely be significantly lower than the original issue price, because secondary market prices will exclude the issuing, selling, structuring and hedging-related costs that are included in the original issue price and borne by you and because the secondary market prices will reflect our secondary market credit spreads and the bid-offer spread that any dealer would charge in a secondary market transaction of this type as well as other factors.

The inclusion of the costs of issuing, selling, structuring and hedging the securities in the original issue price and the lower rate we are willing to pay as issuer make the economic terms of the securities less favorable to you than they otherwise would be.

However, because the costs associated with issuing, selling, structuring and hedging the securities are not fully deducted upon issuance, for a period of up to 6 months following the issue date, to the extent that MS & Co. may

 

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buy or sell the securities in the secondary market, absent changes in market conditions, including those related to the underlying indices, and to our secondary market credit spreads, it would do so based on values higher than the estimated value, and we expect that those higher values will also be reflected in your brokerage account statements.

The estimated value of the securities is determined by reference to our pricing and valuation models, which may differ from those of other dealers and is not a maximum or minimum secondary market price. These pricing and valuation models are proprietary and rely in part on subjective views of certain market inputs and certain assumptions about future events, which may prove to be incorrect. As a result, because there is no market-standard way to value these types of securities, our models may yield a higher estimated value of the securities than those generated by others, including other dealers in the market, if they attempted to value the securities. In addition, the estimated value on the pricing date does not represent a minimum or maximum price at which dealers, including MS & Co., would be willing to purchase your notes in the secondary market (if any exists) at any time. The value of your securities at any time after the date of this document will vary based on many factors that cannot be predicted with accuracy, including our creditworthiness and changes in market conditions. See also “The market price of the securities may be influenced by many unpredictable factors” above.

Investing in the securities is not equivalent to investing in the underlying indices. Investing in the securities is not equivalent to investing in any underlying index or the component stocks of any underlying index. Investors in the securities will not have voting rights or rights to receive dividends or other distributions or any other rights with respect to stocks that constitute the underlying indices.

The calculation agent, which is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley and an affiliate of MSFL, will make determinations with respect to the securities. As calculation agent, MS & Co. will determine the initial index values, the downside threshold values, the final index values and the index percent changes, if applicable, and the payment that you will receive at maturity. Moreover, certain determinations made by MS & Co., in its capacity as calculation agent, may require it to exercise discretion and make subjective judgments, such as with respect to the occurrence or non-occurrence of market disruption events and the selection of a successor index or calculation of the index closing values in the event of a market disruption event or discontinuance of an underlying index.  These potentially subjective determinations may adversely affect the payout to you at maturity. For further information regarding these types of determinations, see “Description of Securities—Postponement of Valuation Date(s),” “—Discontinuance of Any Underlying Index or Basket Index; Alteration of Method of Calculation,” “—Alternate Exchange Calculation in case of an Event of Default” and “—Calculation Agent and Calculations” in the accompanying product supplement.  In addition, MS & Co. has determined the estimated value of the securities on the pricing date.

Hedging and trading activity by our affiliates could potentially adversely affect the value of the securities. One or more of our affiliates and/or third-party dealers expect to carry out hedging activities related to the securities (and to other instruments linked to the underlying indices or their component stocks), including trading in the stocks that constitute the underlying indices as well as in other instruments related to the underlying indices. As a result, these entities may be unwinding or adjusting hedge positions during the term of the securities, and the hedging strategy may involve greater and more frequent dynamic adjustments to the hedge as the valuation date approaches. Some of our affiliates also trade the stocks that constitute the underlying indices and other financial instruments related to the underlying indices on a regular basis as part of their general broker-dealer and other businesses. Any of these hedging or trading activities on or prior to the pricing date could potentially increase the initial index value of an underlying index, and, therefore, could increase the value at or above which such underlying index must close on the valuation date so that you do not suffer a loss on your initial investment in the securities (depending also on the performance of the other underlying indices). Additionally, such hedging or trading activities during the term of the securities, including on the valuation date, could adversely affect the value of any underlying index on the valuation date, and, accordingly, the amount of cash an investor will receive at maturity (depending also on the performance of the other underlying indices).

The U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the securities are uncertain. Please read the discussion under “Additional Information—Tax considerations” in this document and the discussion under “United States Federal Taxation” in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities (together, the “Tax Disclosure Sections”) concerning the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the securities. If the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) were successful in asserting an alternative treatment, the timing and

 

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character of income on the securities might differ significantly from the tax treatment described in the Tax Disclosure Sections. For example, under one possible treatment, the IRS could seek to recharacterize the securities as debt instruments. In that event, U.S. Holders would be required to accrue into income original issue discount on the securities every year at a “comparable yield” determined at the time of issuance and recognize all income and gain in respect of the securities as ordinary income. The risk that financial instruments providing for buffers, triggers or similar downside protection features, such as the securities, would be recharacterized as debt is greater than the risk of recharacterization for comparable financial instruments that do not have such features. We do not plan to request a ruling from the IRS regarding the tax treatment of the securities, and the IRS or a court may not agree with the tax treatment described in the Tax Disclosure Sections.

In 2007, the U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS released a notice requesting comments on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar instruments. The notice focuses in particular on whether to require holders of these instruments to accrue income over the term of their investment. It also asks for comments on a number of related topics, including the character of income or loss with respect to these instruments; whether short-term instruments should be subject to any such accrual regime; the relevance of factors such as the exchange-traded status of the instruments and the nature of the underlying property to which the instruments are linked; the degree, if any, to which income (including any mandated accruals) realized by non-U.S. investors should be subject to withholding tax; and whether these instruments are or should be subject to the “constructive ownership” rule, which very generally can operate to recharacterize certain long-term capital gain as ordinary income and impose an interest charge. While the notice requests comments on appropriate transition rules and effective dates, any Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the securities, possibly with retroactive effect. Both U.S. and Non-U.S. Holders should consult their tax advisers regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the securities, including possible alternative treatments, the issues presented by this notice and any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.

Risks Relating to the Underlying Indices

You are exposed to the price risk of each underlying index. Your return on the securities is not linked to a basket consisting of each underlying index. Rather, it will be based upon the independent performance of each underlying index. Unlike an instrument with a return linked to a basket of underlying assets, in which risk is mitigated and diversified among all the components of the basket, you will be exposed to the risks related to each underlying index. Poor performance by any underlying index over the term of the securities will negatively affect your return and will not be offset or mitigated by any positive performance by the other underlying indices. If the final index value of any underlying index declines to below 80% of its respective initial index value, you will be exposed to the negative performance of the worst performing underlying index at maturity, even if the other underlying indices have appreciated or have not declined as much. Accordingly, your investment is subject to the price risk of each underlying index.

Because the securities are linked to the performance of the worst performing underlying index, you are exposed to greater risk of sustaining a loss on your investment than if the securities were linked to just one underlying index. The risk that you will suffer a loss on your investment is greater if you invest in the securities as opposed to substantially similar securities that are linked to the performance of just one underlying index. With three underlying indices, it is more likely that the final index value of any underlying index will decline to below its respective downside threshold value than if the securities were linked to only one underlying index. Therefore, it is more likely that you will suffer a loss on your investment.

The securities are linked to the Russell 2000® Index and are subject to risks associated with small-capitalization companies. As the Russell 2000® Index is one of the underlying indices, and the Russell 2000® Index consists of stocks issued by companies with relatively small market capitalization, the securities are linked to the value of small-capitalization companies. These companies often have greater stock price volatility, lower trading volume and less liquidity than large-capitalization companies and therefore the Russell 2000® Index may be more volatile than indices that consist of stocks issued by large-capitalization companies. Stock prices of small-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than those of large-capitalization companies to adverse business and economic developments, and the stocks of small-capitalization companies may be thinly traded. In addition, small capitalization companies are typically less well-established and less stable financially than large-

 

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capitalization companies and may depend on a small number of key personnel, making them more vulnerable to loss of personnel. Such companies tend to have smaller revenues, less diverse product lines, smaller shares of their product or service markets, fewer financial resources and less competitive strengths than large-capitalization companies and are more susceptible to adverse developments related to their products.

Adjustments to the underlying indices could adversely affect the value of the securities. The publisher of each underlying index may add, delete or substitute the stocks underlying such index or make other methodological changes that could change the value of such underlying index. Any of these actions could adversely affect the value of the securities. The publisher of each underlying index may also discontinue or suspend calculation or publication of such underlying index at any time. In these circumstances, MS & Co., as the calculation agent, will have the sole discretion to substitute a successor index that is comparable to the discontinued underlying index. MS & Co. could have an economic interest that is different than that of investors in the securities insofar as, for example, MS & Co. is permitted to consider indices that are calculated and published by MS & Co. or any of its affiliates. If MS & Co. determines that there is no appropriate successor index, the payout on the securities at maturity will be an amount based on the closing prices on the valuation date of the stocks underlying the relevant index at the time of such discontinuance, without rebalancing or substitution, computed by the calculation agent in accordance with the formula for calculating such underlying index last in effect prior to such discontinuance (depending also on the performance of the other underlying indices).

 

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Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM Overview

The Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM is a price-weighted index composed of 30 common stocks that is published by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, the marketing name and a licensed trademark of CME Group Inc., as representative of the broad market of U.S. industry. For additional information about the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, see the information set forth under “Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM” in the accompanying index supplement.

 

Information as of market close on November 23, 2021:

Bloomberg Ticker Symbol:

INDU

Current Index Value:

35,813.80

52 Weeks Ago:

29,591.27

52 Week High (on 11/8/2021):

36,432.22

52 Week Low (on 11/23/2020):

29,591.27

The following graph sets forth the daily closing values of the INDU Index for the period from January 1, 2016 through November 23, 2021. The related table sets forth the published high and low closing values, as well as end-of-quarter closing values, of the INDU Index for each quarter in the same period. The closing value of the INDU Index on November 23, 2021 was 35,813.80. We obtained the information in the table and graph below from Bloomberg Financial Markets, without independent verification. The INDU Index has at times experienced periods of high volatility, and you should not take the historical values of the INDU Index as an indication of its future performance.

INDU Index Daily Closing Values
January 1, 2016 to November 23, 2021

 

 

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Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM

High

Low

Period End

2016

 

 

 

First Quarter

17,716.66

15,660.18

17,685.09

Second Quarter

18,096.27

17,140.24

17,929.99

Third Quarter

18,636.05

17,840.62

18,308.15

Fourth Quarter

19,974.62

17,888.28

19,762.60

2017

 

 

 

First Quarter

21,115.55

19,732.40

20,663.22

Second Quarter

21,528.99

20,404.49

21,349.63

Third Quarter

22,412.59

21,320.04

22,405.09

Fourth Quarter

24,837.51

22,557.60

24,719.22

2018

 

 

 

First Quarter

26,616.71

23,533.20

24,103.11

Second Quarter

25,322.31

23,644.19

24,271.41

Third Quarter

26,743.50

24,174.82

26,458.31

Fourth Quarter

26,828.39

21,792.20

23,327.46

2019

 

 

 

First Quarter

26,091.95

22,686.22

25,928.68

Second Quarter

26,753.17

24,815.04

26,599.96

Third Quarter

27,359.16

25,479.42

26,916.83

Fourth Quarter

28,645.26

26,078.62

28,538.44

2020

 

 

 

First Quarter

29,551.42

18,591.93

21,917.16

Second Quarter

27,572.44

20,943.51

25,812.88

Third Quarter

29,100.50

25,706.09

27,781.70

Fourth Quarter

30,606.48

26,501.60

30,606.48

2021

 

 

 

First Quarter

33,171.37

29,982.62

32,981.55

Second Quarter

34,777.76

33,153.21

34,502.51

Third Quarter

35,625.40

33,843.92

33,843.92

Fourth Quarter (through November 23, 2021)

36,432.22

34,002.92

35,813.80

 

“Dow Jones,” “Dow Jones Industrial Average,” “Dow Jones Indexes” and “DJIA” are service marks of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. For more information, see “Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM” in the accompanying index supplement.

 

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NASDAQ-100 Index® Overview

The NASDAQ-100 Index®, which is calculated, maintained and published by Nasdaq, Inc., is a modified capitalization-weighted index of 100 of the largest and most actively traded equity securities of non-financial companies listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC. The NASDAQ-100 Index® includes companies across a variety of major industry groups. At any moment in time, the value of the NASDAQ-100 Index® equals the aggregate value of the then-current NASDAQ-100 Index® share weights of each of the NASDAQ-100 Index® component securities, which are based on the total shares outstanding of each such NASDAQ-100 Index® component security, multiplied by each such security’s respective last sale price on NASDAQ (which may be the official closing price published by NASDAQ), and divided by a scaling factor, which becomes the basis for the reported NASDAQ-100 Index® value. For additional information about the NASDAQ-100 Index®, see the information set forth under “NASDAQ-100 Index®” in the accompanying index supplement.

Information as of market close on November 23, 2021:

Bloomberg Ticker Symbol:

NDX

Current Index Value:

16,306.72

52 Weeks Ago:

11,905.94

52 Week High (on 11/19/2021):

16,573.34

52 Week Low (on 11/23/2020):

11,905.94

The following graph sets forth the daily closing values of the NDX Index for the period from January 1, 2016 through November 23, 2021. The related table sets forth the published high and low closing values, as well as end-of-quarter closing values, of the NDX Index for each quarter in the same period. The closing value of the NDX Index on November 23, 2021 was 16,306.72. We obtained the information in the table and graph below from Bloomberg Financial Markets, without independent verification. The NDX Index has at times experienced periods of high volatility, and you should not take the historical values of the NDX Index as an indication of its future performance.

NDX Index Daily Closing Values
January 1, 2016 to November 23, 2021

 

 

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NASDAQ-100 Index®

High

Low

Period End

2016

 

 

 

First Quarter

4,497.86

3,947.80

4,483.66

Second Quarter

4,565.42

4,201.06

4,417.70

Third Quarter

4,891.36

4,410.75

4,875.70

Fourth Quarter

4,965.81

4,660.46

4,863.62

2017

 

 

 

First Quarter

5,439.74

4,911.33

5,436.23

Second Quarter

5,885.30

5,353.59

5,646.92

Third Quarter

6,004.38

5,596.96

5,979.30

Fourth Quarter

6,513.27

5,981.92

6,396.42

2018

 

 

 

First Quarter

7,131.12

6,306.10

6,581.13

Second Quarter

7,280.71

6,390.84

7,040.80

Third Quarter

7,660.18

7,014.55

7,627.65

Fourth Quarter

7,645.45

5,899.35

6,329.96

2019

 

 

 

First Quarter

7,493.27

6,147.13

7,378.77

Second Quarter

7,845.73

6,978.02

7,671.08

Third Quarter

8,016.95

7,415.69

7,749.45

Fourth Quarter

8,778.31

7,550.79

8,733.07

2020

 

 

 

First Quarter

9,718.73

6,994.29

7,813.50

Second Quarter

10,209.82

7,486.29

10,156.85

Third Quarter

12,420.54

10,279.25

11,418.06

Fourth Quarter

12,888.28

11,052.95

12,888.28

2021

 

 

 

First Quarter

13,807.70

12,299.08

13,091.44

Second Quarter

14,572.75

13,001.63

14,554.80

Third Quarter

15,675.76

14,549.09

14,689.62

Fourth Quarter (through November 23, 2021)

16,573.34

14,472.12

16,306.72

 

“Nasdaq®,” “NASDAQ-100®” and “NASDAQ-100 Index®” are trademarks of Nasdaq, Inc. For more information, see “NASDAQ-100 Index®” in the accompanying index supplement.

 

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Russell 2000® Index Overview

The Russell 2000® Index is an index calculated, published and disseminated by FTSE Russell, and measures the composite price performance of stocks of 2,000 companies incorporated in the U.S. and its territories. All 2,000 stocks are traded on a major U.S. exchange and are the 2,000 smallest securities that form the Russell 3000® Index. The Russell 3000® Index is composed of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies as determined by market capitalization and represents approximately 98% of the U.S. equity market. The Russell 2000® Index consists of the smallest 2,000 companies included in the Russell 3000® Index and represents a small portion of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000® Index. The Russell 2000® Index is designed to track the performance of the small capitalization segment of the U.S. equity market. For additional information about the Russell 2000® Index, see the information set forth under “Russell 2000® Index” in the accompanying index supplement.

Information as of market close on November 23, 2021:

Bloomberg Ticker Symbol:

RTY

Current Index Value:

2,327.855

52 Weeks Ago:

1,818.297

52 Week High (on 11/8/2021):

2,442.742

52 Week Low (on 11/23/2020):

1,818.297

The following graph sets forth the daily closing values of the RTY Index for the period from January 1, 2016 through November 23, 2021. The related table sets forth the published high and low closing values, as well as end-of-quarter closing values, of the RTY Index for each quarter in the same period. The closing value of the RTY Index on November 23, 2021 was 2,327.855. We obtained the information in the table below from Bloomberg Financial Markets, without independent verification. The RTY Index has at times experienced periods of high volatility, and you should not take the historical values of the RTY Index as an indication of its future performance.

RTY Index Daily Closing Values
January 1, 2016 to November 23, 2021

 

 

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Russell 2000® Index

High

Low

Period End

2016

 

 

 

First Quarter

1,114.028

953.715

1,114.028

Second Quarter

1,188.954

1,089.646

1,151.923

Third Quarter

1,263.438

1,139.453

1,251.646

Fourth Quarter

1,388.073

1,156.885

1,357.130

2017

 

 

 

First Quarter

1,413.635

1,345.598

1,385.920

Second Quarter

1,425.985

1,345.244

1,415.359

Third Quarter

1,490.861

1,356.905

1,490.861

Fourth Quarter

1,548.926

1,464.095

1,535.511

2018

 

 

 

First Quarter

1,610.706

1,463.793

1,529.427

Second Quarter

1,706.985

1,492.531

1,643.069

Third Quarter

1,740.753

1,653.132

1,696.571

Fourth Quarter

1,672.992

1,266.925

1,348.559

2019

 

 

 

First Quarter

1,590.062

1,330.831

1,539.739

Second Quarter

1,614.976

1,465.487

1,566.572

Third Quarter

1,585.599

1,456.039

1,523.373

Fourth Quarter

1,678.010

1,472.598

1,668.469

2020

 

 

 

First Quarter

1,705.215

991.160

1,153.103

Second Quarter

1,536.895

1,052.053

1,441.365

Third Quarter

1,592.287

1,398.920

1,507.692

Fourth Quarter

2,007.104

1,531.202

1,974.855

2021

 

 

 

First Quarter

2,360.168

1,945.914

2,220.519

Second Quarter

2,343.758

2,135.139

2,310.549

Third Quarter

2,329.359

2,130.680

2,204.372

Fourth Quarter (through November 23, 2021)

2,442.742

2,214.958

2,327.855

 

The “Russell 2000® Index” is a trademark of FTSE Russell. For more information, see “Russell 2000® Index” in the accompanying index supplement.

 

 

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Additional Terms of the Securities

Please read this information in conjunction with the summary terms on the front cover of this document.

 

Additional Terms:

If the terms described herein are inconsistent with those described in the accompanying product supplement, index supplement or prospectus, the terms described herein shall control.

Denominations:

$1,000 and integral multiples thereof

Underlying index publisher:

With respect to the INDU Index, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, or any successor thereof.

With respect to the NDX Index, Nasdaq, Inc., or any successor thereof.

With respect to the RTY Index, FTSE Russell, or any successor thereof.

Index closing value:

With respect to each of the INDU Index and the NDX Index, the index closing value on any index business day shall be determined by the calculation agent and shall equal the official closing value of such underlying index, or any successor index as defined under “Discontinuance of Any Underlying Index or Basket Index; Alteration of Method of Calculation” in the accompanying product supplement, published at the regular official weekday close of trading on such index business day by the underlying index publisher for such underlying index, as determined by the calculation agent. In certain circumstances, the index closing value for the INDU Index or the NDX Index will be based on the alternate calculation of such underlying index as described under “Discontinuance of Any Underlying Index or Basket Index; Alteration of Method of Calculation” in the accompanying product supplement.

With respect to the RTY Index, the index closing value on any index business day shall be determined by the calculation agent and shall equal the closing value of such underlying index or any successor index reported by Bloomberg Financial Services, or any successor reporting service the calculation agent may select, on such index business day. In certain circumstances, the index closing value for the RTY Index will be based on the alternate calculation of such underlying index as described under “Discontinuance of Any Underlying Index or Basket Index; Alteration of Method of Calculation” in the accompanying product supplement. The closing value of the RTY Index reported by Bloomberg Financial Services may be lower or higher than the official closing value of the RTY Index published by the underlying index publisher for such underlying index.

Postponement of maturity date:

If the scheduled valuation date is not an index business day with respect to any underlying index or if a market disruption event occurs with respect to any underlying index on that day so that the valuation date is postponed and falls less than two business days prior to the scheduled maturity date, the maturity date of the securities will be postponed to the second business day following that valuation date as postponed with respect to any underlying index.

Trustee:

The Bank of New York Mellon

Calculation agent:

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC (“MS & Co.”)

Issuer notice to registered security holders, the trustee and the depositary:

In the event that the maturity date is postponed due to postponement of the valuation date, the issuer shall give notice of such postponement and, once it has been determined, of the date to which the maturity date has been rescheduled (i) to each registered holder of the securities by mailing notice of such postponement by first class mail, postage prepaid, to such registered holder’s last address as it shall appear upon the registry books, (ii) to the trustee by facsimile confirmed by mailing such notice to the trustee by first class mail, postage prepaid, at its New York office and (iii) to The Depository Trust Company (the “depositary”) by telephone or facsimile, confirmed by mailing such notice to the depositary by first class mail, postage prepaid. Any notice that is mailed to a registered holder of the securities in the manner herein provided shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given to such registered holder, whether or not such registered holder receives the notice. The issuer shall give such notice as promptly as possible, and in no case later than (i) with respect to notice of postponement of the maturity date, the business day immediately preceding the scheduled maturity date, and (ii) with respect to notice of the date to which the maturity date has been rescheduled, the business day immediately following the actual valuation date.

The issuer shall, or shall cause the calculation agent to, (i) provide written notice to the trustee and to the depositary of the amount of cash to be delivered with respect to each stated principal amount of the securities, on or prior to 10:30 a.m. (New York City time) on the business day preceding the maturity date, and (ii) deliver the aggregate cash amount due with respect to the securities to the trustee for delivery to the depositary, as holder of the securities, on the maturity date. 

 

 

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Additional Information About the Securities

Additional Information:

Minimum ticketing size:

$1,000 / 1 security

Tax considerations:

Although there is uncertainty regarding the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the securities due to the lack of governing authority, in the opinion of our counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, under current law, and based on current market conditions, a security should be treated as a single financial contract that is an “open transaction” for U.S. federal income tax purposes. However, because our counsel’s opinion is based in part on market conditions as of the date of this document, it is subject to confirmation on the pricing date.

Assuming this treatment of the securities is respected and subject to the discussion in “United States Federal Taxation” in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities, the following U.S. federal income tax consequences should result based on current law:

A U.S. Holder should not be required to recognize taxable income over the term of the securities prior to settlement, other than pursuant to a sale or exchange.

Upon sale, exchange or settlement of the securities, a U.S. Holder should recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount realized and the U.S. Holder’s tax basis in the securities. Such gain or loss should be long-term capital gain or loss if the investor has held the securities for more than one year, and short-term capital gain or loss otherwise.

In 2007, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released a notice requesting comments on the U.S. federal income tax treatment of “prepaid forward contracts” and similar instruments. The notice focuses in particular on whether to require holders of these instruments to accrue income over the term of their investment. It also asks for comments on a number of related topics, including the character of income or loss with respect to these instruments; whether short-term instruments should be subject to any such accrual regime; the relevance of factors such as the exchange-traded status of the instruments and the nature of the underlying property to which the instruments are linked; the degree, if any, to which income (including any mandated accruals) realized by non-U.S. investors should be subject to withholding tax; and whether these instruments are or should be subject to the “constructive ownership” rule, which very generally can operate to recharacterize certain long-term capital gain as ordinary income and impose an interest charge. While the notice requests comments on appropriate transition rules and effective dates, any Treasury regulations or other guidance promulgated after consideration of these issues could materially and adversely affect the tax consequences of an investment in the securities, possibly with retroactive effect.

As discussed in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities, Section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and Treasury regulations promulgated thereunder (“Section 871(m)”) generally impose a 30% (or a lower applicable treaty rate) withholding tax on dividend equivalents paid or deemed paid to Non-U.S. Holders with respect to certain financial instruments linked to U.S. equities or indices that include U.S. equities (each, an “Underlying Security”). Subject to certain exceptions, Section 871(m) generally applies to securities that substantially replicate the economic performance of one or more Underlying Securities, as determined based on tests set forth in the applicable Treasury regulations (a “Specified Security”). However, pursuant to an IRS notice, Section 871(m) will not apply to securities issued before January 1, 2023 that do not have a delta of one with respect to any Underlying Security. Based on the terms of the securities and current market conditions, we expect that the securities will not have a delta of one with respect to any Underlying Security on the pricing date. However, we will provide an updated determination in the final pricing supplement. Assuming that the securities do not have a delta of one with respect to any Underlying Security, our counsel is of the opinion that the securities should not be Specified Securities and, therefore, should not be subject to Section 871(m).

Our determination is not binding on the IRS, and the IRS may disagree with this determination. Section 871(m) is complex and its application may depend on your particular circumstances, including whether you enter into other transactions with respect to an Underlying Security. If withholding is required, we will not be required to pay any additional amounts with respect to the amounts so withheld. You should consult your tax adviser regarding the potential application of Section 871(m) to the securities.

Both U.S. and non-U.S. investors considering an investment in the securities should read the discussion under “Risk Factors” in this document and the discussion under “United States Federal Taxation” in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities and consult their tax advisers regarding all aspects of the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the securities, including possible alternative treatments, the issues presented by the aforementioned notice and any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction.

The discussion in the preceding paragraphs under “Tax considerations” and the discussion contained in the section entitled “United States Federal Taxation” in the accompanying product supplement for Jump Securities, insofar as they purport to describe provisions of U.S. federal

 

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Enhanced Buffered Jump Securities Based on the Value of the Worst Performing of the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, the NASDAQ-100 Index® and the Russell 2000® Index due December 3, 2026

Principal at Risk Securities

 

income tax laws or legal conclusions with respect thereto, constitute the full opinion of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP regarding the material U.S. federal tax consequences of an investment in the securities.

 

 

 

 

Use of proceeds and hedging:

The proceeds from the sale of the securities will be used by us for general corporate purposes. We will receive, in aggregate, $1,000 per security issued, because, when we enter into hedging transactions in order to meet our obligations under the securities, our hedging counterparty will reimburse the cost of the agent’s commissions. The costs of the securities borne by you and described beginning on page 2 above comprise the agent’s commissions and the cost of issuing, structuring and hedging the securities.

On or prior to the pricing date, we expect to hedge our anticipated exposure in connection with the securities by entering into hedging transactions with our affiliates and/or third-party dealers. We expect our hedging counterparties to take positions in stocks of the underlying indices and in futures and options contracts on the underlying indices and any component stocks of the underlying indices listed on major securities markets. Such purchase activity could potentially increase the initial index value of any underlying index, and, therefore, could increase the value at or above which such underlying index must close on the valuation date so that you do not suffer a loss on your initial investment in the securities (depending also on the performance of the other underlying indices). In addition, through our affiliates, we are likely to modify our hedge position throughout the term of the securities, including on the valuation date, by purchasing and selling the stocks constituting the underlying indices, futures or options contracts on the underlying indices or their component stocks listed on major securities markets or positions in any other available securities or instruments that we may wish to use in connection with such hedging activities. As a result, these entities may be unwinding or adjusting hedge positions during the term of the securities, and the hedging strategy may involve greater and more frequent dynamic adjustments to the hedge as the valuation date approaches. We cannot give any assurance that our hedging activities will not affect the value of any underlying index, and, therefore, adversely affect the value of the securities or the payment you will receive at maturity (depending also on the performance of the other underlying indices). For further information on our use of proceeds and hedging, see “Use of Proceeds and Hedging” in the accompanying product supplement.

Additional considerations:

Client accounts over which Morgan Stanley, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management or any of their respective subsidiaries have investment discretion are not permitted to purchase the securities, either directly or indirectly.

Supplemental information regarding plan of distribution; conflicts of interest:

MS & Co. expects to sell all of the securities that it purchases from us to an unaffiliated dealer at a price of $ per security, for further sale to certain fee-based advisory accounts at the price to public of $1,000 per security. MS & Co. will not receive a sales commission with respect to the securities.

MS & Co. is an affiliate of MSFL and a wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, and it and other affiliates of ours expect to make a profit by selling, structuring and, when applicable, hedging the securities. When MS & Co. prices this offering of securities, it will determine the economic terms of the securities such that for each security the estimated value on the pricing date will be no lower than the minimum level described in “Investment Summary” on page 2.

MS & Co. will conduct this offering in compliance with the requirements of FINRA Rule 5121 of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., which is commonly referred to as FINRA, regarding a FINRA member firm’s distribution of the securities of an affiliate and related conflicts of interest. MS & Co. or any of our other affiliates may not make sales in this offering to any discretionary account. See “Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” and “Use of Proceeds and Hedging” in the accompanying product supplement.

Where you can find more information:

Morgan Stanley and MSFL have filed a registration statement (including a prospectus, as supplemented by the product supplement for Jump and the index supplement) with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, for the offering to which this communication relates. You should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the product supplement for Jump, the index supplement and any other documents relating to this offering that Morgan Stanley and MSFL have filed with the SEC for more complete information about Morgan Stanley, MSFL and this offering. You may get these documents without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, Morgan Stanley, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you the prospectus, the product supplement for Jump and the index supplement if you so request by calling toll-free 800-584-6837.

You may access these documents on the SEC web site at www.sec.gov as follows:

Product Supplement for Jump Securities dated November 16, 2020

Index Supplement dated November 16, 2020

Prospectus dated November 16, 2020

Terms used but not defined in this document are defined in the product supplement for Jump, in the index supplement or in the prospectus.

 

 

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