Asset Allocation: Will 2016 Be the “Worst Year” for Alpha?
Keep in mind that all investments carry a certain amount of risk including possible loss of the principal amount invested. No investment strategy, including diversification and asset allocation, guarantees a profit or protects against a loss. Stock markets and investments in individual stocks are volatile and can decline significantly in response to issuer, market, economic, industry, political, regulatory, geopolitical, and other conditions.
There is no assurance that past trends will continue into the future.
The value of investments in fixed-income securities will change as interest rates fluctuate and in response to market movements. Generally, when interest rates rise, the prices of debt securities fall, and when interest rates fall, prices generally rise. High-yield securities, sometimes called junk bonds, carry increased risks of price volatility, illiquidity, and the possibility of default in the timely payment of interest and principal. Bonds may also be subject to other types of risk, such as call, credit, liquidity, interest-rate, and general market risks. Longer-term debt securities are usually more sensitive to interest-rate changes; the longer the maturity of a security, the greater the effect a change in interest rates is likely to have on its price. Lower-rated bonds may be subject to greater risk than higher-rated bonds. The value of investments in equity securities will fluctuate in response to general economic conditions and to changes in the prospects of particular companies and/or sectors in the economy. No investing strategy can overcome all market volatility or guarantee future results. Market forecasts and projections are based on current market conditions and are subject to change without notice. Due to market volatility, the market may not perform in a similar manner in the future.
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Statements concerning financial market trends are based on current market conditions, which will fluctuate. There is no guarantee that markets will perform in a similar manner under similar conditions in the future.
Alpha is a measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis. Alpha takes the volatility (price risk) of a mutual fund and compares its risk-adjusted performance to a benchmark index. The excess return of the fund relative to the return of the benchmark index is a fund's alpha.
The BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Constrained Index is a market value-weighted index of all domestic and Yankee high-yield bonds, including deferred interest bonds and payment-in-kind securities. Issues included in the index have maturities of one year or more and have a credit rating lower than BB-/Baa3, but are not in default. The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master II Constrained Index limits any individual issuer to a maximum of 2% benchmark exposure.
The Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index composed of securities from the Barclays Government/Corporate Bond Index, Mortgage-Backed Securities Index and the Asset-Backed Securities Index. Total return comprises price appreciation/depreciation and income as a percentage of the original investment. Indexes are rebalanced monthly by market capitalization.
The CreditSights U.S. Dollar Multi-Asset Class Total Return Quilt is a performance matrix tracking 15 broad asset classes over a 20-year period. Asset classes in the group include large-cap stocks (S&P 500), mid-cap stocks (Russell 2000 Index), the Nasdaq Composite Index, convertible bonds, emerging-market sovereign debt, high-yield bonds, municipal bonds, high-grade bonds, preferred stocks, U.S. government debt, mortgage-backed securities, bank loans, emerging-market equities, and emerging-market corporate bonds.
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East)is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. & Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 21 developed market country indices: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
The Russell Midcap® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell Midcap companies with lower price-to-book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. The stocks are also members of the Russell 1000 Value Index.
The S&P 500® Index is widely regarded as the standard for measuring large cap U.S. stock market performance and includes a representative sample of leading companies in leading industries.
The S&P International Dividend Opportunities Index is designed to serve as a benchmark for global income-seeking investors. The index seeks to track 100 high-yielding common stocks from around the world excluding the U.S. while meeting diversification, stability, and tradability requirements.
Indexes are unmanaged, do not reflect the deduction of fees or expenses, and are not available for direct investment.
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