The Importance of a Long-Term Perspective

Market highs and lows have historically evened out over the long term, particularly if you were invested in a diversified portfolio. Adhering to a lengthy time horizon may not always be easy, especially in a downturn, but it can be a valuable discipline. As this chart illustrates, short-term volatility can be violent. Knee-jerk reactions to market fluctuations can lead to buying high and selling low, making it difficult to stay on track and achieve long-term financial goals.

Maximum and Minimum Annual Total Returns (%)

Portfolio Allocation
(Equity/Fixed Income/Alts
Total Return
Growth of
$1 Mil over
20 Years
green S&P 500® 8.61% $5,216,513
black Diversified Portfolio: 73%/20%/7% 8.25% $4,880,797
black Diversified Portfolio: 55%/40%/5% 7.63% $4,351,927
black Diversified Portfolio: 46%/50%/4% 7.27% $4,072,327
black Diversified Portfolio: 32%/65%/3% 6.70% $3,655,213
black Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate 4.56% $2,440,678

Source: FactSet. As of June 30, 2021. Performance represents a rolling 1-, 3-, 5-, 10-, and 20-year window with a 1-year moving step. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Start date for analysis is December 29, 1995. The indices are unmanaged, are not available for investment, and do not incur expenses. Click here for index definitions.

Diversified Portfolio

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

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 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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