BACK TO KEEP CALM AND REMAIN DIVERSIFIED

A Diversified Portfolio Offers Better Performance and a Smoother Ride

Although most investors don’t think in terms of standard deviation, it’s an important tool for measuring risk. High standard deviations are indicative of volatility, and lower standard deviations are often associated with more stable assets. As the chart below illustrates, a diversified portfolio has a much lower standard deviation along with a higher return over the long term.

Quick Take: Investors are more likely to make investing mistakes to the further "right" of the chart while a diversified portfolio has a much lower standard deviation along with a higher return over the long term.

Source: FactSet, S&P Dow Jones Indices. As of June 30, 2023. Data date range is January 1999-June 2023. The indices are unmanaged, are not available for investment, and do not incur expenses. Click here for index definitions. Standard Deviation (Std. Dev.): A measure of risk; it calculates the variability of returns by comparing the Fund’s return in each period with the average Fund return across all periods. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Click here for index definitions.

Diversified Portfolio

Investment Grade Bonds30%
U.S. Large Cap Equity (US LC)20%
U.S. Small Cap Equity (US SC)10%
Foreign Developed Equity (For Dev)10%
Municipals (Munis)5%
U.S. High Yield Bonds (US HYB)5%
International Small Cap (Int SC)5%
Emerging Markets (EM)5%
U.S. Real Estate (REITs)5%
Alternatives (Alts)5%

The indices are unmanaged, are not available for investment, and do not incur expenses. Click here for representative indices and definitions

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in declining markets.

Investments in debt securities are subject to credit and interest rate risk. An increase in interest rates typically causes the value of bonds and other fixed income securities to fall.

Investments in international securities are subject to certain risks of overseas investing including currency fluctuations and changes in political and economic conditions, which could result in significant market fluctuations. These risks are magnified in emerging markets.

Investments in small-capitalization companies are subject to greater price volatility, lower trading volume and less liquidity than investing in larger, more established companies.

Real estate investments are subject to factors such as changing general and local economic, financial, competitive and environmental conditions.

Alternative investments are speculative, subject to high return volatility and involve a high degree of risk including, but not limited to, the risks associated with leverage, derivative instruments such as options and futures, distressed securities, may be illiquid on a long term basis and short sales. There can be no assurance that these types of strategies will achieve their objectives or avoid substantial losses. Alternative investments may also be subject to significant fees and expenses.

Investments in emerging markets are subject to risks such as erratic earnings patterns, economic and political instability, changing exchange controls, limitations on repatriation of foreign capital and changes in local governmental attitudes toward private investment, possibly leading to nationalization or confiscation of investor assets.

Market Risk—Market prices of Market Risk—Market prices of investments held by the Fund may fall rapidly or unpredictably due to a variety of economic or political factors, market conditions, disasters or public health issues, or in response to events that affect particular industries or companies.

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