- The Portfolio invests in a combination of equity and fixed income Underlying Funds in order to seek capital appreciation and income.
- Although the Portfolio is expected to be subject to less market risk and volatility than those Age-Based and Asset Allocation Portfolios that invest a higher percentage of their assets in equity securities, its potential return is also expected to be lower.
- The Portfolio is subject to greater risks associated with investments in fixed income securities, such as interest rate risk, than Portfolios that invest less heavily in Underlying Funds that invest primarily in fixed income securities.
- The Portfolio has a strategic allocation of approximately 40.75% U.S. equity securities, 5% real estate securities, 22.25% international equity securities and 32% fixed income securities.
Fees and Minimums
â The expense ratio is an estimate of the asset-based expenses for the Portfolio and includes estimated underlying fund expenses, the program management fee and any applicable distribution and service fee. Please see the expense tables in the Disclosure Booklet for more information.
Total return assumes reinvestment of income.
MSCI World Index (net of foreign withholding taxes) is a broad measure of the performance of developed countries' equity markets.
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index is an unmanaged index representing SEC-registered taxable and dollar denominated securities. It covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through, and asset-backed securities.
The Moderate Portfolio Broad Benchmark is a composite benchmark of unmanaged indexes that corresponds to the Portfolio's model allocation and consists of the MSCI World Index (net of foreign withholding taxes) (68%) and Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index (32%).
The BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index is comprised of a single issue purchased at the beginning of the month and held for a full month. The index is rebalanced monthly and the issue selected is the outstanding Treasury Bill that matures closest to, but not beyond 3 months from the rebalancing date.
Total return assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions from the Underlying Funds and reflects the deduction of any sales charges, where applicable. Performance may reflect the waiver of a portion of the Underlying Fund's advisory or administrative fees for certain periods since the inception date. If fees had not been waived, performance would have been less favorable.
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The Underlying Fund is subject to management risk and may not achieve its objective if the adviser's expectations regarding particular securities or markets are not met.
Certain Underlying Funds invest in equity securities (such as stocks) that are more volatile and carry more risks than some other forms of investment. The price of equity securities may rise or fall because of economic or political changes or changes in a company's financial condition, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably. These price movements may result from factors affecting individual companies, sectors or industries selected for the Underlying Fund's portfolio or the securities market as a whole, such as changes in economic or political conditions. When the value of the Underlying Fund's securities goes down, the Portfolio's investment in the Underlying Fund decreases in value.
Some of the Underlying Funds invest more or less of their assets in securities of smaller cap companies (small and mid cap companies) which may be riskier, more volatile and vulnerable to economic, market and industry changes than securities of larger, more established companies. As a result, share price changes of the Underlying Funds may be more sudden or erratic than the prices of other equity securities, especially over the short term.
Underlying Funds that invest in foreign currencies and foreign issuers are subject to additional risks, including political and economic risks, greater volatility, civil conflicts and war, currency fluctuations, higher transaction costs, delayed settlement, possible foreign controls on investment, expropriation and nationalization risks, and less stringent investor protection and disclosure standards of foreign markets. These risks are magnified in countries in "emerging markets."
The Underlying Funds may use derivatives. Derivatives may be riskier than other investments because they may be more sensitive to changes in economic and market conditions and could result in losses that significantly exceed the original investment. Many derivatives create leverage thereby causing the Portfolio or Underlying Fund to be more volatile than it would be if it had not used derivatives. Derivatives also expose the Portfolio and Underlying Funds to counterparty risk (the risk that the derivative counterparty will not fulfill its contractual obligation), including credit risk of the derivative counterparty.
An Underlying Fund's investments in bonds and other debt securities will change in value based on changes in interest rates. If rates increase, the value of these investments generally declines. Securities with greater interest rate sensitivity and longer maturities generally are subject to greater fluctuations in value. The Underlying Fund may invest in variable and floating rate securities. Although these instruments are generally less sensitive to interest rate changes than fixed rate instruments, the value of variable and floating rate securities may decline if their interest rates do not rise as quickly, or as much, as general interest rates. Given the historically low interest rate environment, risks associated with rising rates are heightened.
Certain Underlying Funds' investments are subject to the risk that a counterparty will fail to make payments when due or default completely. If an issuer's financial condition worsens, the credit quality of the issuer may deteriorate making it difficult for the Underlying Fund to sell such investments.
Certain Underlying Funds invest in securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies and instrumentalities (such as the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) securities). Unlike Ginnie Mae securities, securities issued or guaranteed by U.S. government-related organizations such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government and no assurance can be given that the U.S. government would provide financial support. Therefore, U.S. government-related organizations such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac may not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future.
Some of the Underlying Funds invest in securities and instruments that are issued by companies that are highly leveraged, less creditworthy or financially distressed. These investments (known as junk bonds) are considered to be speculative and are subject to greater risk of loss, greater sensitivity to interest rate and economic changes, valuation difficulties, and potential illiquidity.
Certain Underlying Funds may invest in asset-backed, mortgage-related and mortgage-backed securities including so-called "sub-prime" mortgages that are subject to certain other risks including prepayment and call risks. When mortgages and other obligations are prepaid and when securities are called, the Underlying Fund may have to reinvest in securities with a lower yield or fail to recover additional amounts (i.e., premiums) paid for securities with higher interest rates, resulting in an unexpected capital loss and/or a decrease in the amount of dividends and yield. In periods of rising interest rates, the Underlying Fund may be subject to extension risk, and may receive principal later than expected. As a result, in periods of rising interest rates, the Underlying Fund may exhibit additional volatility. During periods of difficult or frozen credit markets, significant changes in interest rates, or deteriorating economic conditions, such securities may decline in value, face valuation difficulties, become more volatile and/or become illiquid. Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) and stripped mortgage-backed securities, including those structured as IOs and POs, are more volatile and may be more sensitive to the rate of prepayments than other mortgage-related securities. An Underlying Fund will be exposed to additional risk to the extent that it uses inverse floaters and inverse IOs, which are debt securities with interest rates that reset in the opposite direction from the market rate to which the security is indexed. These securities are more volatile and more sensitive to interest rate changes than other types of debt securities. If interest rates move in a manner not anticipated by the adviser, the Underlying Fund could lose all or substantially all of its investment in inverse IOs.
Certain Underlying Funds are highly concentrated in real estate securities including REITs. These securities are subject to the same risks as direct investments in real estate and mortgages, and their value will depend on the value of the underlying real estate interests. These risks include default, prepayments, changes in value resulting from changes in interest rates and demand for real and rental property, and the management skill and creditworthiness of REIT issuers. The Underlying Funds will indirectly bear their proportionate share of expenses, including management fees, paid by each REIT in which they invest in addition to the expenses of the Underlying Funds.
The Underlying Funds advised by SSgA FM will seek to replicate Index returns regardless of the current or projected performance of the Index or of the actual securities comprising the Index. As a result, the Underlying Fund's performance may be less favorable than that of a portfolio managed using an active investment strategy. The structure and composition of the Index will affect the performance, volatility, and risk of the Index and, consequently, the performance, volatility, and risk of the Underlying Fund. The Underlying Fund's performance may not match that of the Index.
To the extent that the Underlying Funds are ETFs, a Portfolio will be exposed to the risks inherent in certain ETF investments, such as passive strategy/index risk, index tracking risk, trading issues and fluctuation of net asset value and share premiums and discounts.
Economies and financial markets throughout the world are becoming increasingly interconnected, which increases the likelihood that events or conditions in one country or region will adversely impact markets or issuers in other countries or regions. Securities in an Underlying Fund's portfolio may underperform securities in comparison to general financial markets, a particular financial market or other asset classes, due to a number of factors, including inflation, interest rates, global demand for particular products or resources, natural disasters or events, terrorism, regulatory events and government controls.
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