Investment Risk Considerations
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Indices are unmanaged. An investor cannot invest directly in an index.
Asset Allocation and diversification do not assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining financial market.
Equity securities may fluctuate in response to news on companies, industries, market conditions and general economic environment. Investing in smaller companies involves greater risks not associated with investing in more established companies, such as business risk, significant stock price fluctuations and illiquidity.
Sector investments, because of their narrow focus, tend to be more volatile than investments that diversify across many sectors.
Bonds are subject to interest rate risk. When interest rates rise, bond prices fall; generally the longer a bond's maturity, the more sensitive it is to this risk. Bonds may also be subject to call risk, which is the risk that the issuer will redeem the debt at its option, fully or partially, before the scheduled maturity date.
The market value of debt instruments may fluctuate, and proceeds from sales prior to maturity may be more or less than the amount originally invested or the maturity value due to changes in market conditions or changes in the credit quality of the issuer. Bonds are subject to the credit risk of the issuer. This is the risk that the issuer might be unable to make interest and/or principal payments on a timely basis. Bonds are also subject to reinvestment risk, which is the risk that principal and/or interest payments from a given investment may be reinvested at a lower interest rate.
Bonds rated below investment grade may have speculative characteristics and present significant risks beyond those of other securities, including greater credit risk and price volatility in the secondary market. Investors should be careful to consider these risks alongside their individual circumstances, objectives and risk tolerance before investing in high‐yield bonds. High-yield bonds should comprise only a limited portion of a balanced portfolio.
Floating‐rate securities have an initial interest rate that may be lower than that of a fixed‐rate security of the same maturity because investors expect to receive additional income due to future increases in the floating security’s underlying reference rate. The reference rate could be an index or an interest rate. However, there can be no assurance that the reference rate will increase. Some floating‐rate securities may be subject to call risk.
Companies paying dividends can reduce or cut payouts at any time.
REIT investing risks are similar to those associated with direct investments in real estate; lack of liquidity, limited diversification and sensitivity to economic factors, such as interest rate changes and market recessions.
MLPs are limited partnerships or limited liability companies that are taxed as partnerships and whose interests (limited partnership units or limited liability company units) are traded on securities exchanges like shares of common stock. Currently, most MLPs operate in the energy, natural resources or real estate sectors.
Investments in MLP interests are subject to the risks generally applicable to companies in the energy and natural resources sectors, including commodity pricing risk, supply and demand risk, depletion risk and exploration risk.
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